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Showing posts with label Evening Snack Recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Evening Snack Recipes. Show all posts

Saturday, March 5, 2016


Potato is one versatile vegetable and loved by all. From soup to desserts it can be used in all! So here's another recipe with the versatile potato. Potato fingers is a good old recipe and I've already posted one of my Potato Fingers recipe but this one is a little spicy and different from that. Try it out, it's very simple to prepare. A very good evening snack recipe that can be had with rice preparations too.


Potatoes - 3 medium size
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Corn flour - 2 tsp


Wash, peel and cut the potatoes into long strips. In a bowl add chilli powder, salt and corn flour. Mix well. Heat oil and fry immediately. Serve hot. Add corn flour if you're going to fry it immediately otherwise add when you're going to fry them. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016


This dish pairs wonderfully well with fried rice and noodles. Since it's not very spicy you can have it like a starter or an evening snack too. Use homemade paneer for best results or buy the best quality available, that makes all the difference. Vegans can follow the same instructions and use tofu instead of paneer.


Paneer/ Tofu - 250 gms
Onion - 1 (cut into square pieces)
Capsicum - 1 (cut into square pieces)
Spring Onion - 4 stalks (slice the white onion and finely chop the greens)
Ginger - 1 inch piece (finely chopped)
Garlic - 3 pods (finely minced)
Tomato sauce - 2 tbsp
Dark soy sauce - 1 tbsp
Green chili sauce 1/2 tbsp
Gingely oil - 2 tbsp

To coat paneer/tofu
Tomato sauce - 2 tbsp
Soy sauce - 1 tbsp
Green chili sauce - 1 tbsp
Maida - 1 tbsp
Corn flour - 2 tbsp
Chili powder - 1/2 tsp


Cut the paneer into 1 inch cubes and keep aside. In a bowl, mix together 2 tbsp of tomato sauce, 1 tbsp of soy sauce and 1 tbsp of green chili sauce. Coat the paneer cubes with this paste. Next, in another bowl mix 1 tbsp maida and 2 tbsp cornflour along with 1/2 tsp chili powder and little salt. Take the coated paneer cubes and gently toss them in this mix. Once done, take a pan, add 1 tbsp of oil and shallow fry the paneer till lightly crisp. 

 In the same pan, add oil (sesame oil/gingely oil gives a very good flavour) and saute the ginger and garlic, once they're brown add the onion, sliced spring onion whites and capsicum pieces. Fry till they're crisp and cooked. Now add the sauces, check for salt. Give it a good stir and finally add the paneer pieces and the greens. Toss and remove from flame. 

If you want a gravy, before adding the paneer, make a mix of cornflour and water. 1 tbsp of cornflour in 1 cup water, add this, let it boil and then add the paneer. 


I love salads and these pasta salads are my favourite for it's simplicity and taste. These salads are kept on all the buffets these days! As usual, I wanted to re-create that at home just by tasting and without finding out what actually goes in. I usually do such experiments at home, sometimes, it's a hit and at times it's a miss. Don't worry! I share only the hit ones here.

Here's my recipe for the pasta salad, try it out and I'm sure you'll love it. It's a cold salad, so chill it before you serve. Also, do add your favourite seasoning or veggies to it if you prefer.


Pasta - 100 gms (I've used Penne)
Fresh cream - 1 tbsp
Eggless Mayonnaise - 1 tbsp
Cherry Tomatoes - 5
Fresh Basil - 3 leaves
Celery - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Freshly ground black pepper - a pinch 


Boil pasta with enough water and salt. Add a drop of oil to prevent from sticking together. Make sure you don't over cook them. Once done, run under cool water. Add all the ingredients except cherry tomato and give a good mix. Finally add the cherry tomatoes and give a light mix. Chill and serve!

If you don't have cherry tomatoes, then use 1/4 tsp tomato sauce to give a tangy and sweet taste. Use not more than 1/4 tsp otherwise it'll alter the whole taste. 

Monday, January 11, 2016


I love wholesome sandwiches, it's simple to prepare and filling too. Ever since I had a yummy sandwich stuffed with bell peppers and loads of mozzarella at a near by cafe, I wanted to re create the same at home. It was delicious and I gobbled all of it without the tomato ketchup (I usually need tomato ketchup for every bite I take) so you can imagine how good it was!

So here's the recipe for the yummy, hearty and healthy sandwich! I've been getting a lot of requests for vegan recipes, so here you go! This is Vegan too! Please feel free to use cheese if you're not a vegan! To add some flavour I wanted to use some quick pesto sauce (my recipe). You can omit this if you don't like pesto.


Bread - 6 slices (to make 3 sets)
Vegan Pesto sauce - 3 tbsp (recipe below)
Red bell pepper - 1 (thinly sliced)
Green bell pepper - (thinly sliced)
Onion - 2 (finely sliced)
Egg-less Mayonnaise - 3 tbsp 
Olive oil - 1 tbsp 
Freshly ground pepper for seasoning


To prepare the pesto sauce:
Pesto sauce is a combination of crushed garlic, fresh basil, pine nuts, cheese and olive oil. It originates from Italy. The traditional way of preparing, is by pounding the ingredients using a wooden mortar and pestle. Since it's vegan I haven't added cheese in my recipe. Also, instead of pine nuts I've used walnuts. I've also added a few fresh thyme leaves along with basil. 

In a mixer coarsely powder 4 whole walnuts, then add 2 garlic cloves roasted in olive oil or use it raw, 2 handful of fresh basil, a sprig or 2 of fresh thyme, 4 tbsp of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Using the pulse mode blend to coarse mixture. 

Bell pepper stuffing:
Heat olive oil in a pan, when hot, add the onion with a pinch of salt and saute till light brown, add the bell peppers and saute till they're soft, add required salt and a pinch or two of pepper. 

Assemble & Toast
Take a slice of bread and, apply the pesto sauce, add some filling and 1 tbsp of mayonnaise to another slice and close with it.  Follow the same for other slices. If you like it with cheese, add some grated cheese. I would suggest mozzarella  or cheddar or a combination of both for the filling and some butter to toast. 

Toast the sandwich in a pan with olive oil or use a sandwich maker. Enjoy the yummy goodness!

Friday, October 23, 2015


It's raining in Chennai now so how about some hot potato fingers to have by the window sill, enjoying the rain? Here comes the recipe for homemade, all time favourite potato finger- Indian style.


Potato - 2
Chili powder - 3-4 pinches
Oil to deep fry


Cut the potato into thin strips. Heat oil and when ready add the potato fingers and fry only till the potato turns pale yellow and remove immediately. Repeat this until all the strips are fried. Cool them. Heat oil (let it be smoking hot) and add the lightly fried and cooled potato strips. Fry till they turn golden brown. When hot and just out of oil, add the salt and chili powder and toss well. Here you go! Homemade potato fingers is ready to eat! You can add seasoning of your choice. Try black pepper and salt or add some chili flakes and oregano to make it Italian!

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Aval upma/poha is made with flattened rice (beaten rice) or aval as we say in Tamil. This dish is prepared with onion and potato and makes a wholesome breakfast or even a snack for kids. Its a healthy and tasty Maharashtrian recipe, popularly known as batata poha. Its mildly spicy yet flavourful and filling. A simple and yummy dish which doesn't require any curry powder or strong spices. 


Aval/beaten rice - 1 cup
Potatoes - 2 medium (small cubes)
Onion - 1 big (finely chopped)
Green chili - 1 (slit)
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds  - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 4 tbsp 
Salt to taste
Lemon juice - 4 drops
Coriander leaves - for garnish


In a kadai or non stick pan, add oil and let the mustard crackle. Now add the green chili and chopped onion along with little salt and turmeric. Saute for 3 minutes and then add the washed, peeled and cubed potatoes with salt. Cook in medium heat, till the potatoes have cooked well. This will take about 10 -15 mins. Meanwhile wash and soak the beaten rice in water not more than 2 minutes. Once the potatoes are cooked, lower the heat, check for salt and the add the drained beaten rice to the potato mix. Squeeze out all the water before adding it into the pan. Give it a stir, add the lemon juice and mix gently. Switch of the the heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot. If you like peanuts, you can add some roasted peanuts to this.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


This is something different and easy to try with snake gourd. Apart from the boring and usual podalanka poriyal, podalanka or snake gourd can be used to make something interesting like this. Its similar to the bajjis we eat, so it can be prepared as an evening snack, served as a starter or even with a rice preparation. 


Snake gourd - 2 (small size)
Gram flour - 1 cup
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Chili pwd - 1 tsp (add more if you require)


Wash and wipe the snake gourd dry. Scrape the skin lightly and cut them into rings. Remove the pith from the rings and keep the chopped rings aside. Prepare a batter with gram flour, rice flour, chili pwd and salt with water. It should resemble dosa batter. Check for salt and chili pwd and add more if required. Now add chopped snake gourd into the batter. Heat oil in a kadai and fry them. Snake gourd rings are ready!! 

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Preparing roti and poori with whole wheat and multigrain was little boring so wanted to try something different at the same time healthy. Here comes the recipe to a HEALTHY, NO BAKING POWDER, NO BAKING SODA, NO OIL, NO BUTTER multigrain crackers. Relish these lovely crisps with mayonnaise or any dip of your choice. I tried it with egg less sweet chili mayo and it was yummy!

It doesn't involve any hard work and its not time consuming. It can be made in ten minutes and will sure be a good evening snack or even a starter. You can even try it out with whole wheat and get experimental by adding herbs and spices of your choice. 


Multigrain flour - 1 cup 
Salt - 1 tsp
Chili pwd or pepper pwd - 1/4 tsp
Dry herb - 1/4 tsp 


Mix the multigrain flour (I used Ashirvad multigrain flour) salt, spices and herbs first. Mix well and check for salt and spice level. Then make a dough by adding little water. The dough should be tight. Please ensure that you add water little by little to make a perfect tight dough. Roll it like a chappati, using a fork make holes on it. This prevents puffing up and cut into pieces with a knife. The thinner you roll, the crisper the cracker. 

Pre-heat the oven to 200 c for 10 mins. Place a baking sheet on a tray and then place the cut pieces. Bake for 15 mins or until the they turn light brown.

Saturday, March 14, 2015


This homemade garlic butter is very simple to prepare and can be made in no time. It can be used on a toasted bread, can be added to pasta or spaghetti to give a nice flavour or even to temper your dhal fry. I usually spread this on a slice of sweet or milk bread and then toast it on a tava and have it. Oh, its simple delicious! The taste of butter and the aroma of garlic with chopped coriander leaves is irresistible.


Table Butter - 1 pack (100g)
Garlic cloves - 4
Finely chopped coriander leaves - 2 tbsp


Soften the butter with the back of a spoon. You can either chop the garlic finely and add or paste it and add its juice alone with a filter. Since we're using table butter, salt is not required. After adding the garlic, give a mix. Finally add the chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Set in fridge for a few minutes and use it as you prefer. It can be stored for up to 2 days but having it fresh makes it more tasty.  

Saturday, December 27, 2014


Usually, when I have left over chapathis's at home, I make kothu parota or make rolls with a filling or simply eat it with any left-over gravy. This time I wanted to make something different and also make use of the lovely and fresh bell peppers I bought. My kitchen is open to all kinds of culinary experiments and so I tried to cook something interesting with chapathi and bell peppers. It was a hit!

When I gave some to my parents, they asked me what it was. Since naming my dish dint really occur to me, I just called it - Chapathi & Bell peppers Stir Fry. Name it however you want but try this out and I'm sure you'll like it. 


Chapathi/roti - 4 torn into pieces
Onion - 1  
Bell peppers - 2 (one of each yellow and red)
Cumin Pwd - 1/2 tsp
Chili Garlic sauce - 1 tbsp
Soya Sauce - 1 tbsp


  • Chop the onions and the bell peppers roughly

  • Heat oil in a Kadai and add the chopped onions and bell peppers. Cook in high heat for 3- 4 mins. Add the cumin pwd and mix well. 

  • Add the chapathi pieces, soya sauce and Chili garlic sauce. Give it a nice stir and switch off the heat. 

The picture above may not be very appealing but it definitely tastes nice. The slight crunchiness of the bell peppers and the mix of cumin pwd with the sauces gives it a different taste. 

Friday, September 5, 2014


I've already posted a recipe with yam/chena kilangu and this is just another variation.


Chena kilangu/ Yam - 250 gms
Sambhar pwd - 2 tbsp
Turmeric pwd - a pinch
Salt to taste
Oil - 2


Cut the yam into small cubes.
Boil them in water with required salt and turmeric till its cooked about 70% (it should not get too soft or mashed)
Drain the water and cool the yam cubes (it should dry completely) 
In a pan add oil, yam cubes, sambhar pwd (you can use plain chili pwd too, in that case reduce the quantity to 1 tbsp) and salt.
Toss it and cook till crisp.
This dish goes well with sambhar sadham/rice, curd rice or as an evening snack all by itself.

Yam should not be cooked completely while boiling.
A few curry leaves can be added while frying to enhance the flavour.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


This sandwich can be prepared in no time. Actually feels silly to write ingredients and method for this post. Nevertheless, I hope it helps beginners. Here goes the recipe for an utterly simple and utterly delicious mint and cheese sandwich. 


Bread slices - 4
Pudina/ mint chutney - 2 tbsp
Cheese slices - 2
Ghee or Butter to toast


Spread the mint/pudina chutney on a bread slice, place a cheese slice and close it with another slice of bread. Toast it on a tawa or a sandwich maker. Use a little butter or ghee if you're using a tawa to toast. This is too simple and can be made in a jiffy with left over mint chutney at home and tastes yummy. 

Friday, March 7, 2014


We all love this crunchy nut, don't we? This delicately sweet yet crunchy and delicious cashew nut is packed with energy, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for robust health. Here are a few health benefits of these super nuts : 

  • Cashews have a lower fat content when compared to most other nuts
  • They contain soluble dietary fibre 
  • Contains magnesium and copper that help to strengthen bones and are good for blood flow.
  • Cashews (100 gms) have almost 7 mg of iron while beetroot has only 0.8 mg.
  • Cashews keep our arteries flexible, prevent plaque build up.
  • Promotes bone health and traditionally used to prevent night cramps.
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Coming to the recipe. Its a quick evening snack and can be made in a jiffy! I have used chili powder, the same can be prepared using pepper powder too, if you prefer. 


Whole Cashews - 20-30
Chili pwd - 1 tsp
Ghee for frying


Heat ghee in a kadai and when hot drop the cashews. Fry until golden brown in medium flame. Before letting it to cool add the chili pwd and salt and give it a good mix. Let it cool for a few minutes and enjoy your masala cashews with hot tea. 

Monday, December 16, 2013


I was looking to make a salad and the only ingredient I had was tomato and luckily found some sprouted green gram too! So the chef in me said why not put them together with a dash of olive oil and a pinch of pepper and salt. Here's the recipe to my tomato and sprout salad with a twist ;)


To make a small bowl of salad for one person

Tomato - 1 (cut into 1 inch pieces)
Sprouted green gram - a handful
Rusk - 2
Olive oil - 1 tbsp
Lemon juice - 2 drops
Salt and Pepper as per taste
Chopped coriander leaves for garnish if you prefer


Add the chopped tomato pieces and sprouted green gram to a bowl. The twist in this salad recipe is adding sweet rusk. Yes, rusk!! Break the rusk into 2 inch pieces. I've used sweet rusk here but it can be tried with any kind of rusk. Flavoured rusk may change the taste of the salad so refrain from using that unless you like it. Add the rusk pieces to the tomatoes and sprouts along with a tbsp of olive oil. Give it a good mix. Add 2 drops of lemon juice and the required salt and pepper. I've used white pepper for this salad. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. The crunchiness of sprouted green gram and the sweetness of rusk mixed in the juice of tomato and olive oil makes it tasty. Try this simple and healthy salad and you're sure to love it.

Friday, July 12, 2013


Chena kilangu fry has been my favourite from childhood. I would love to relish this simple delicacy with curd rice. This version of the recipe is how we cook it at home, very simple yet delicious to taste.


Chena kilangu- 250 gms
Turmeric pwd- a pinch
Sambar pwd- 1/2 tbsp (add more if you prefer it spicy)
Mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp
Split urad dal- 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste


Wash and slice the yam into thin slices. Heat oil in a pan and crackle the mustard seeds and split urad dal. Add the sliced yam to it, give it a stir. To it, add a pinch of turmeric pwd, sambar pwd and required salt. Mix well, sprinkle little water and cook till crisp. Yummy yam fry is ready to eat.