Monday, September 18, 2017


Its been a very long time since I have posted my daily meal Thali on this blog .. so here is a simple yet tasty thali which you can make in minutes with a little planning plus its also very nutritious like any homemade meal will always be.

Pre-prep: chop your ingredients for the cauliflower and peas rassa vegetable .. cauliflower is the quickest.. , knead Atta for your Roti or chapati, soak toovar dal for your dal . I can make this meal in 1/2 hour right from chopping and soaking . I use my pressure cooker a lot for such times when one has to cook a quick meal.
Offcourse , you should not cook cauliflower in a pressure cooker as it spoils its taste.. but its a quick cooking vegetable which tastes best when left a little raw.
If you wish to know the recipes please comment below .. I will help you out with that.
Here I share meals with you so that those who are short of time or who are working do not have much time to plan their meals and so when bloggers like me put in their whole meal Thali it becomes easy to plan ones meal.
Mango juice is a tinned version as mangoes are not in season now.


VARAN or a simple toovar dal which is cooked with turmeric, ghee and hing
RICE (not in the picture to go along with the dal) .

A simple and healthy Indian thali which anyone can make.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017



This thali that I have shared today is a little different from the regular type of meals that I make
let me tell you what I cooked
1. egg bhurji
2. capsicum, corn and onion stir-fry
3. phodni bhat or bhaggar Rice with corn
4. Roti

This is a quick and easy meal that one can whip up in no time.. the stir fry is the quickest you can do and you have the choice of adding whatever you like to it.. I use capsicum and onions as they cook the quickest and I was short of time.
Egg bhurji too is a very quick dish .. the only time it takes is for the chopping and then stir-frying it ..till there is no raw smell of onions and tomatoes added.
This Rice I made with leftover rice and I think this bhaggar rice is made with leftover rice in most homes .. thats what comes to mind when you see a bowl of rice.
simple, healthy and tasty meal which takes not more than half and hour and a great lunch box meal too.

Monday, September 19, 2016



Its been a long time since i have posted any recipe on this blog... Life has been busy and also that to create recipes and post them in a way that they are easy to follow .. needs inspiration.
I had lost that urge to click pictures and bring those recipes to you all.

I have been regular on Instagram with my daily Thali or the daily meals that I make.. and many a times I had thought of making a blog post on the meals that I have on that day.. I might do that soon but I want motivation.. I want you to come and comment below and let me know if you would like my daily food to be put up here so that it inspires you to cook and gives you ideas regarding the meals that you can plan on a particular day. I plan my meals giving focus to the taste buds like , I try to match together a light non spicy vegetable with a spicy curry with the rice and vice versa. There are many such combinations that you can try while planning your daily meals.

I am going to start this series as I have motivation to do so, my son needs these new recipes which I am trying for him as he will be on his own studying abroad. He is studying in a place where there are no Indian stores and so getting Indian ingredients regularly is going to be a challenge.

Hence to help him with his daily cooking I have decided to come up with recipes that will incorporate the ingredients available to him . Although I would not have those ingredients here in India I will use the Indian substitutes for the same to create recipes which are easy , quick and nutritious.

My son has never cooked , I have always done everything for him and so for him to adjust to the new life and do everything on his own is going to be a challenge in itself.

I will be putting in new recipes but I might not always have pictures for it.. So please bear with me till I am able to upload the pictures. But for me the recipe post being posted is more important than the pictures as these recipes will help him cook his meals.

Thanks ...
Please comment and give me suggestions as to which recipes you would like me to add on my further posts.

Saturday, December 26, 2015


This is a vegetarian meal which I make very often as it’s simple and delicious.

Here in this meal you will find that I have made a cauliflower and Potato vegetable which we call 


I add a little more tomatoes or tomato puree to this if I want it a little runny than seen in the picture. I have also served AMBAT VARAN with this meal and this is a dal preparation which is made by tempering soaked and cooked dal with mustard, jeera, curry leaves, hing and garnished with freshly chopped coriander.



2 medium sized potatoes cut into cubes
One medium sized cauliflower floret cut into pieces.
1/2 cup fresh peas or vatana
2 medium sized onions chopped
2 small tomatoes finely chopped
3 small cloves of garlic finely chopped
1 tsp dhania jeera powder
11/2 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp sugar

For tempering:

Oil, mustard seeds, jeera seeds, hing and one green chili.
Freshly chopped coriander for garnish.

  1. 1.     Heat oil and add mustard seeds let them crackle add jeera 
  2. 2.    Add the onions, and garlic, when it becomes a little brown add the tomatoes, cook till the tomato pieces are cooked and soft.
  3. 3.    Add potatoes and a little water let them cook till the potatoes are partially cooked
  4. 4.    Add the cauliflower florets and the green peas , chili powder , haldi powder , dhania jeera powder, sugar and salt
  5. 5.    Let them cooked covered till cauliflower and potatoes are done
  6. 6.    Garnish with freshly chopped coriander.A simple vegetable which goes well with any type of meal even a fishy type.

Monday, November 23, 2015



I love walking into my kitchen in the morning and finding all those colorful things that I keep on the counter , I have a very small kitchen  barely enough for 2 people to stand and cook , I like to be alone when I cook so that I can cook with concentration and not be distracted .

It’s a pleasure to see a clean and shining counter every morning and so I make it a point to really shine it the night before using dish washing soap, dish washing soap works really well on granite and leaves it shiny and clean.

Kitchen is one place in the whole house where I spend most of my productive time and so as I always say it’s the little things that make your day, I have many things that I love looking at on the counter and on the kitchen shelves , off course it does get a bit congested but I feel what’s the use of those things that I buy with great pleasure , if they lie inside the cupboards unused and not serving its purpose.

Thats my kitchen for you... small but enough to give me pleasure.


It’s been a very long time since we have communicated with each other. I used to take a lot of pictures and make lots of dishes to share with you and it so happened that my regular camera with which I was comfortable with ,would not work as expected and that put me a little back my regular posting of recipes.

But it’s been a long time and I really miss blogging a lot and so I have decided that I will be sharing my daily meals which I click with my mobile.
If you read my other blog where I have all my traditional Goan recipes you will find that I will be posting my daily homemade food thali's too but only those which have a non-veg component. 
So if you want to see my non-vegetarian meals you will have to visit my blog 
Here I will share my day to day lunches which are totally homemade and made from scratch , I prefer to bring vegetables from the vegetable seller and cut chop at home and make my meals no store bought pastes or frozen stuff for me. especially for my daily meals . Off course if we do have a big party one has to take the help of these ready things to ease the planning and cooking process.
I can also share recipes with you if request them in the comments section.

I try my best to click pictures of my day to day meals regularly so that it’s of help to those who are confused as to what to cook for the day. 
 My menu is always made taking into consideration the type of food I make i.e. I make a light vegetable if I make a spicy dal or fish curry ,
or if I make plain non- spicy dal I will always make a nice spicy vegetable and fry something to go with it. So I hope that those of you who are looking out for combinations while cooking their meals will be benefited.

This is a simplest vegetable meal on can prepare the work is cutting and chopping the spinach , but in the US one can get already chopped spinach which is a boon, here in India we have to buy, clean and chop it and so those in the US you can make this in an instant.


Spinach-lentil curry or palak whole masoor curry
Easy stir-fried potatoes.
Roti and I served plain dal which is not in the picture.
An easy and nutritious meal for your family if you are short of time and still want to put something good on the plate.


Saturday, May 23, 2015


This is a quick dish for which the time taken is only that for boiling eggs.


This is a spicy tangy dish which is very versatile can be eaten as a sandwich, as a wrap or on its own. YUM!!
Boil some eggs.. I will say 2 which are enough for one person.

Add the following ingredients to it.

1 small onion finely chopped
1 small tomato finely chopped
1 tsp tamarind pulp
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp chaat masala
½ tsp jeera powder
Lots of finely chopped coriander leaves
And a dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl add salt to taste and finely add your coarsely chopped boiled eggs

Here you can control the amount of egg yolk you can add for those who are not allowed to eat the yolk can only use the egg whites while kids can enjoy the whole egg ..

For added taste smear a little bit of freshly made coriander chutney to your bun or roti before adding the mixture to make a wrap or a sandwich.

Sunday, March 08, 2015


Here you can see a vegetarian thali made at home
It has Palak Rassa bhaji, chickpea salad with spices and raw onion, beet root salad with yoghurt , dal or varan as we call it and potato fritters which add more of a taste to the varan rice combination then nutrition.
I also made rice which is not in the picture.
If you need any recipes please feel free to write in the comments and I will put it up for you.
I am going to feature many of my day to day lunch plates so as to help others plan their meals . I normally try to balance my meals with spicy and mild .

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I have a new mobile and so.. clicking photos is easier and Instant and that's what I love about photography , I love the non-made instant pictures which are real and depict our daily lives.

I will be sharing a lot of such photos with you which will show you my day to day life and little snippets of what I like to look at as I go about my day.

On this blog I will put all the food related pictures.. either when I am cooking or when I am eating or just things needed for a meal are around me and which give me immense pleasure.

I will also put a caption as to what they are about.
Let me tell you that its not a high end mobile and so the quality of the pictures are not like the ones you see on my recipes, which are taken with either a regular NIKON or a DSLR CANON camera.

I would love it if you would comment and tell me if you do enjoy such everyday pictures so that I can continue sharing them with you.

Its your comments that keep us bloggers going...It would be lovely if I get suggestions from you regarding what you would like to see in my pictures.More the interaction the better .

I have put this picture , as the breakfast is a little different from those I make everyday, here you see that I have made OATS PARATHA AND NACHNI SATWA 
I will be putting the recipe of OATS paratha soon enough you will find the recipe of nachni satwa on this blog 
This is a complete breakfast nutritious and filling . If you have what you see on the plate it will keep you full till lunch time and you wont crave for other junk things.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

MIX VEGETABLE TOAST...(Kid friendly recipe)

This is another quick recipe in my KID FRIENDLY RECIPES series...
I am going to share with you some recipes which I and my extended family members have been cooking for their families.
Vacations are taxing for moms with the kids being hungry perpetually all the time and one has to come up with something new all the time, with a little pre-prep you too can make some awesome dishes or snacks for your little ones which will be nutritious and healthy.
You don’t have to worry that they are having those unnecessary packets of chips or biscuits which not only harm one’s body but also put in bad habits of eating junk in your kids lives.


You can read here for knowing the nutritional benefits of a potato

HERE IS A WONDERFUL RECIPE which can be made with vegetables at hand.
I won’t be writing the proportions in this recipe as its totally optional you can put in as much and as little as it suits your taste.


Finely chop boiled potatoes and keep aside.
Take a non-stick or thick bottom pan, add a little oil, add finely chopped onions, and stir till it’s soft and translucent.
Add finely chopped chilies and finely grated ginger to this, stir again
Add in vegetables of choice which are easy to cook and can also be eaten raw for a quick meal.
My vegetables of choice are finely grated carrots, capsicum, cabbage and if possible boiled peas (you can do this in advance with the potatoes) .
At this stage it’s up to you if you want it to be spicy by adding garam masala powder or a little pepper powder (remember we have added green chilies)
Add salt a little sugar and finely chopped coriander
Tip: I sometimes add a little bit of soya sauce and tomato ketchup for a little twist in taste.

Take 2 toasted slices of bread and spread the above mixture on it or you can put these in a sandwich toaster for yummy grilled toast vegetable sandwich.

To increase the nutrition slide a half fried or fully fried egg on top of this mixture.

Monday, May 26, 2014


Summer vacations are in full swing in India, kids are almost always hungry with long morning in the hot and humid sun, playing enjoying and getting hungry.
Although it’s a happy feeling for mom’s to watch their kids happy and enjoying themselves, it is a stressful period too, due to the extra demands on their time and energy from the kids .
So here I will share with you some recipes which have been cooked in my family , may it be my mom or my aunt or any other family member which I use and cook during the summer holidays or when kids are at home.
These are kid friendly and can be enjoyed by adults with equal gusto…
I will be sharing various recipes  over a period of time and these  recipes which I will share with you probably one a day if possible , might not have pictures to go along with them as it’s not that I have cooked or made them today , they are with me for a long time which have been cooked in the family over the years when their kids where growing.

This is my way of sharing my family recipes and also helping those moms who have young kids plan their snacks or extra meals after an hectic  day out.

TOMATO TOAST using Tomato chutney



3-4 mediums sized tomatoes
3 green chilies finely chopped
Finely chopped green coriander
2 tsp sugar
Salt to taste.


Heat oil in a pan; add finely chopped green chilies (you can add as many as you like)
Add the finely chopped tomatoes.
Cook on medium heat till they become soft and mushy, you can crush them with the back of your spoon
Add salt, sugar, and cook for some more time
When the mixture becomes dry add the finely chopped coriander.
Your tomato chutney is ready to be smeared on toast.

This is a very versatile dish you can use it as a spread on pizza and put in your favorite toppings too.

Take a toasted slice of bread spread this chutney, you can top these with cheese, eggs, or just boiled salted potatoes even potato fries taste great on this tomato chutney..