Thursday, 1 November 2007


This one pasta is eaten for its own sake with the minimum amount of embellishment– just a hint of garlic, chili and olive oil :)
I ate this spaghetti first ever in japan.And my affection towards garlic took a step forward.
This has been like a Saturday eve snack, lunch, dinner....
Cuz its just soooooo easy to make n soo yummy,
BUT mind you, this one is JUST FOR GARLIC LOVERS:)
Beware the taste is nuthing but GARLIC:))

1/3 cup olive oil (extra virgin preferred)
2 to 3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
Dried Red chili (according to the heat u like)
300 g spaghetti
2 Tbs finely chopped parsley (optional)

Cook the spaghetti with a good helping of salt, so that you do not need to add more salt later.While spaghetti is cooking Heat the oil in a pan.Add the garlic and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the garlic is golden (do not brown).Add the chili peppers (either whole or finely chopped)Add the cooked, drained spaghetti to the oil and garlic, and toss to thoroughly coat the spaghetti. Garnish with a little parsley.
Add a dash of chilli oil and parmesan cheese:)

Enjoy while HOT:)


This is one dish which i love to eat with rice, roti, bread... or just the way it is.
I m a spice freak and this dish can be made from just hot to Death hot:)
During winters Garlic Ginger and spices could warm you up:)
The best to compliment this dish is Green half moong dal, and some soft Gujarati rotis topped with lovable amount of ghee:)
I hope you try this one it.


8-9 small Brinjals or 4-5 long
1 large Potato
1 medium size Onion
4 tbs of chopped garlic
2 tsp of chopped ginger1
Tsp Turmeric
2 -3 tbs coriander powder
1 tbs red chili
1tsp sambhar powder
1tsp amchur powder.
Pinch of garam masala
Salt according to taste.
Curry leaves
Fresh coriander

First prepare the Brinjals, if you are using small ones wash them and slit a cross. If using long ones, cut them in half to make it into 2 parts and then make a grid mark (checks) on them.Soak them in salt water until u prepare the filling.Peel and cut potato into 3 thick round slices and make checker marks,Also soak these in salt water.

Mix all the dry masala with ginger garlic and very very finely chopped onion.Leave some masala aside and then add a little oil to rest of the masal so that it stays well inside the vegetable.Fill this masala in the brinjals and potato.

In a non-stick pan, heat some oil and add jeera and hing, once you get the fragrance of hing, add curry leaves and put the left aside masala in it and saute for about a minute. Then put all the brinjals and potato to the pan. simmer and cook for about 5 minutes.Then add about half a cup of water to it, and cover it to cook on low flame.If you feel that the water has dried keep adding little untill the brinjal and potatoes are cooked.Then with the help of tongs (thats the easiest way) flip the brinjals and potatoes and let hem cook for another 5 min.:)Serve with finely chopped fresh coriander:)

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Herb garlic focaccia

If my hubby had a option of reincarnation We'd choose to b Italians..
And id B a Italian cook:) lol
There is only one thing common between my hubby n me... n that is LOVE FOR ITALIAN FOOD:)
So i tried this new recipe for focaccia:) i wish i could master this cuisine to the best..


1sachet(11gms) dried yeast
t 4-5tbs olive oil
1cup tepid water
2 cups plain flour , and extra for rolling out
3-4 Tbsp rosemary leaves , Thyme leaves. u could use fresh or dried.
1 Tbs garlic powder or fresh minced garlic is good too.

Make the dough By first adding Yeast in a cup of water.
Let the yeast prove for about 5 -10 min.
Then add the yeast mix to the flour, add a pinch or more salt and sugar to it.
Knead the dough well and in a greased bowl wrap a cling film around the bowl and leave it in a warm place for about 1-2 hours to prove.
The dough will double in size.
Pre-heat the oven at 160deg C for about 10 min.
Then remove the dough and take the air off the dough, then roll it into desired shape.. round or a rectangle...Using your fingers .. make finger prints to make a nice design.
Rub a little olive oil on it, n sprinkle the herbs and garlic powder on it.
Bake it for about 30 min.You could eat it hot or cold:)The trick is to drizzle a little olive oil and Parmesan cheese before u munch on it:))Enjoy

Monday, 29 October 2007


Tangy, Spicy, Sweet, Sour, :))) All this and lots more is Gujarati food.
Straight out of the refrigerator, whenever........
KHAMAN (also known as dhokla in many other regions)
In Gujarat we get to eat this at every food joint, road side vendors.
This snack, soft, smooth, a mushy, tangy and sweet could b relished anytime of the day:)
My dad's friends wife had taught me this:)
Pretty simple to make ...too
A sure try!!

1 cup - Besan (gram flour)
1tsp Citric Acid Crystals, (or lemon juice about 1.5 tsp)
Pinch - Soda Bicarb
2tsp Sugar
1tsp salt
1 cup Water (u could also use buttermilk (chaas))
For the tadka:

1tsp mustard seeds (rai)
chopped lenghtwise g.chillies.
1.5 cup buttermilk(chaas)
Handful coriander
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar.
coconut is optional.

First keep the water to boil in the steamer, and put the greased tin (a thick width e.g cake tin or a dibba is better to use to give it space to rise) and put the tin in the steamer to heat it little .
Mix the besan, water,oil, salt, sugar, citric crystals or lemon juice really well until no lumps remain. Now add the soda bicarb, mix lightly,and and set aside for 10 minutes.
Then pour the mix in the tin, and cover the lid of the steamer with a cloth or dupatta so as the steam droplets do not fall in the mix,
Steam for about 20 min. (try not opening the lid before to check) Once this is ready, let it cool
Meanwhile make the tadka.
Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, after crakckle add g.chillies and the buttermilk, then add salt, sugar and corriander.
Make slits in the Khaman, and pour the tadka... Give it some time to absorb the Tadka which will make it soft and mushy:))

Sunday, 14 October 2007

Eggless Nut cake.

I SIMPLY loveeeeeee baking... And really aspire to get the professional touch to it.
"Baking" could be a beautiful art in its own way....
What I've learnt by trying n testing is.... you just cannot go wrong with the definite measurements that a recipe provide. "Precision" is the key to flawless baking:))

Well i had to make something sweet, Was for GOD.
It was a "bhog" decided for my hubby .. after he cleared his driving test(in japan its a achievement in itself.. to clear a driving test all by Ur self:)
HE DID IT:) n i was thinking what could i make which is nice and sweet...
Mithai is something we both don't relish much, So my only option was some rich cake without icing.
And I tried a Mixed nut cake:) it turned out really rich and amazingly soft:)
Just follow the Key word and you ll never go wrong....


4Tbs Condensed milk
¾ cup milk
1/4th cup oil
1¼ cup maida or all purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
1/2tsp baking powder
pinch of cinnamon
1tsp vanilla essence
1/2cup white/brown sugar.
Dry fruits of your choice. (I used Dates, Walnuts,Almonds,Pistachios,Raisins) You could use tutti-fruity or any other dried stuff like cranberries etc..

Pre-heat the oven to 160 deg C.
Prepare the cake tin, rub butter on all sides and dust it lightly with flour. Shake off and remove the excess flour.
Chop the nuts, or just pulse them in the grinder, be cautious that it does not get to powder.
In a bowl mix to together all the dry ingredients and set aside.
In another bowl whisk together condensed milk, milk and oil. And fold in the dry ingredients and then the e dry fruits gently.
Pour into the cake tins. Bake for approx 30 Min's till a inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Cool off on the wire rack till its completely cool

Tuesday, 24 July 2007


Blogging is the latest trend, so i thought y should i be left behind:) lol
Well this could be one way to share my love for FOOD. and talk about my new "Ecstasy" Babies..

Lets start with FOOD. What to eat today???????????
that's one question, questioned by me to my husband everyday:) and the best part is more thought is given to it than anything else ..
The answer to the question is always xeroxed... "SOMETHING NICE" n that lands up to "dal chawal" which is not so nice (considering eating it everyday) .. but is one of the most snappiest, effortless, inexpensive meal to eat.
Not that i end up cooking the same but as i said the answer is so.

I was a Foodie since a kid... I love eating which made me develop interest in cooking...
Cooking was a hobby, adoration at once.. but now its more like a "to-finish" daily grind.

But still this so called daily grind has not made me loose interest in the same... infact its made me more dogged towards being a more sharpened cook, not just for me but also for my husband as he relishes his food:)

Not to forget our resoluteness towards "VEGETARIANISM" has played a extensive role towards my so called chase towards being a better and a more versatile cook.
Living in Japan and being a vegetarian is not a very easily manageable task, because our vegetarianism is not just restricted to "no meat" it is more meticulous than anybody could think.
no eggs, no egg products, no gelatin ....NOTHING.
And outside India people barely have a reason not to cook without egg or gelatin .. etc...

Well i m trying hard to make my husband not miss palatable vegetarian meals, may it be home cooked simple dal chawal, or roadside vada-pav, or the fusion cooking like the Indian style Chinese :)(inspite of having limited resources).
A smiling face is half the meal:) and i belive
Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside(surely not written by me but believed notably)