Matar paneer (No onion/garlic)

Cooking and sharing delicious food with people has been my passion since as long as I can remember and I am so elated to get recognition for my work.I made this dish today morning to celebrate my nomination in IFBA 2017 awards in two categories. If you like my recipes, do vote for me in both the following categories:

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Coming back to this dish, Matar paneer is a delicious Indian curry prepared with cottage cheese and peas which are usually simmered in tomato and onion based gravy. This curry tastes equally good when its made with tomato based gravy minus onion/garlic.

Cashews make this dish super creamy and also balance tangy tomatoes with its sweetness. It pairs really well with flatbreads like chapatis, naan, tandorri roti, parantha and rice. I love eating it next day with bread. I feel it tastes even better the next day, somehow flavour develops more.

Its hearty, healthy, flavourful and perfect for weekday meals.

Matar Paneer is one of my favourite Indian curries. As a kid, I was kinda fussy when it came to eating roti sabzi but I would always get excited at the sight of matar paneer. This creamy matar paneer made with tomato and cashew based gravy is a regular in our house specially during festivals like Diwali, Holi, Sankarat and Navratri when we avoid using onion and garlic in kitchen.
Since Navratri is going on, you can try No onion/garlic Chana masala too.

Matar Paneer is one of those dishes which comes together easily in the morning for packing lunch for my husband. Its a luscious restaurant style dish yet you don't have to put too much effort.

Creamy and tangy Indian curry Matar paneer. Tastes great with  flatbreads like chapati, naan, tandoori roti and parantha and rice.

Type: Main course
Diet: Vegetarian
Serving: 4-5 people


250 gms malai paneer (Cottage cheese)
1/2 cup peas
4 roughly chopped medium sized tomatoes
1 whole green chili
7-8 broken whole cashews
3 Tsp Cooking oil
1/2 Tsp cumin seeds
2 whole dried bay leaf (tej patta)
1/4th tsp turmeric powder
1/2 Tsp red chili powder
1 Tsp coriander powder
1/4th tsp garam masala powder
1/2 Tsp sugar
salt to taste


Cut whole paneer block into small cubes and keep aside.

Boil peas in a pot by adding salt and 1/2 tsp sugar. Once peas are done, strain under cold water and keep aside.

In a blender, puree tomatoes, cashew and green chilli together.

In a heavy bottom pan or kadhai, heat oil.

Add cumin seeds and once they crackle, add bay leaves.

Immediately add pureed tomatoes. Season with salt and add turmeric. Stir and cover with a lid to cook.

Once tomato puree is cooked and releases oil, add chilli powder,sugar and coriander powder. Stir well and let all spices cook for 15-20 seconds.

Now add 1/2 cup water and garam masala. Cook for further 5-10 minutes.

Finally add diced cottage cheese and boiled paneer.

Taste and adjust the seasoning and spices.

Serve hot.

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Lemon iced tea

I have loved Lemon Iced tea since as long as I can remember! My first order in any restaurant is a Lemon flavoured Iced tea. Its lemony, sweet, refreshing and ice cold. It can be easily made at home and its perfect for summers!!

Lemon iced tea is a cold beverage made by brewing tea in water and mixing it with lemon juice and sugar. Not only is it an amazing thirst quencher in summer but also great as a cooler when you have people coming over. I know I will be making this Lemon Iced tea filled with antioxidant all summer to keep myself hydrated.

Its important to drink tons of water during summer for hydration. I recently shared recipe of Thandai too which is great in this weather and keeps body cool. There are other amazing recipes like Cucumber and mint cooler, Thai iced tea and Rose masala spritzer too.

Lemony and refreshing cold Lemon iced tea , perfect for summers

Type: Beverage
Diet: Vegan/Vegetarian
Serving: Makes 4-5 glasses


1 litre water
2 Tsp tea
6-8 Tsp sugar
Juice of 1 lemon


Add water and tea in a pot and bring it to boil. Turn off immediately after one boil and let it stand for half an hour.

Strain tea in a pitcher. Add sugar and refrigerate for at-least two hours.

Before serving, add lemon juice and stir with a help of stirrer.

Serve chilled.

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Eggless whole wheat chocolate pancakes

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. There's nothing better than starting your day with a healthy and delicious breakfast and if its easy to make then even better.

Today I am sharing recipe of these fluffy and delicious Eggless whole wheat chocolate pancakes. They are nutritious, wholesome and insanely chocolatey. Made with very little sugar and almost no butter, these are perfect for your lazy weekend breakfast.

Pancakes are traditionally made with eggs, milk and flour but I have used wholewheat flour and yoghurt in this recipe to make pancakes healthy. Toppings can be honey, chocolate sauce,maple syrup,fruits and nuts of your choice. Since strawberries are in season, I have added strawberries and some chocolate sauce for more decadence. But you can go classic route by drowning your pancakes in honey or maple syrup.

If you have ever given a look at my recipe index, you would know that Smoothie is my favourite breakfast. Strawberry Pineapple layered smoothie, Mango and Spinach layered smoothie, Peach breakfast bowl, Mango sunshine smoothie, 3 layered winter blog is bursting with smoothie recipes.They are creamy, healthy, easy to make and taste sensational.

Off late pancakes have become my favourite too. I have been making these on repeat. They are perfect for weekend devour. Everyone in my family seem to love them!

Eggless, chocolaty, fluffy and wholesome pancakes made with whole wheat flour.

Type: Breakfast
Diet: Vegetarian
Serving: 3-4 people


1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup yoghurt
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate (I used Morde)
1/4th  Tsp vanilla essence
3/4th cup water
pinch of salt


Prepare pancake batter by mixing together whole wheat flour, yogurt,sugar, chocolate, vanilla essence,salt and water.

Let the batter rest for one hour.

Now add baking powder and give a good mix.

On a hot non tick griddle/pan, pour about 1/4th cup batter to make pancake. You can make about 2-3 pancakes on big griddle but just keep enough space between them.

Cook till underside of pancake becomes golden brown and bubbles start breaking.

Using a greasing brush, apply butter on upper-side of pancake and flip with a spatula to cook for further 5 minutes.

Make more pancakes and stack them on a plate.

Garnish with chopped strawberries and drizzle chocolate sauce( I used Hersheys)

Serve immediately.

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Thandai is a traditional Indian milk based drink served cold. It is made by blending almond paste with other spices like cardamom, black pepper, fennel seeds, poppy seeds, melon seeds, saffron and mixing in milk. Holi announces beginning of summer in India and Thandai is consumed on Holi to cool off the body especially after playing with colours all day and relishing festive sweets and snacks.

I must admit that when I first tried it, I wasn't sure how it would turn out. But to my surprise, it turned out amazing in the very first trial.

It tastes much much better than the store bought thandai mixture and the best part is you can add more or less spices and modify it according to your taste. Some people like it hot and add more black pepper while others prefer more prominent flavour of fennel in it.

Having lived in Rajasthan, this delicious and aromatic thandai drink made with  cooling ingredients like poppy seeds, melon seeds and fennel kept the body cool and protected us from heat strokes. Almonds give instant energy and spices like cardamom, pepper and saffron not only increases the flavour and makes this drink distinctive and wonderfully aromatic but also increases immunity and helps in better digestion.

I am yet to come across a drink like this which is rich,energetic,aromatic and cooling all at the same time. Its a perfect drink for summers and great for entertaining guests too.

Thandai, traditional Indian milk based drink made with almonds and other spices

Type: Beverage
Diet: Vegetarian
Serving : 4-5 glasses


4 Tbsp poppy seeds
2 Tbsp melon seeds
4 Tbsp fennel seeds
7-8 cardamom pods
20 whole black pepper corn
1/2 tsp saffron strands
30 whole almonds
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 litre boiled and chilled milk


Soak poppy seeds, fennel seeds, cardamom, black pepper, melon seeds for 4 hours and blend into a paste adding little water.

Strain this spice paste through a sieve and grind the remaining pulp again with the help of more water. Strain the spice paste again and discard the remaining pulp.

Soak almonds for 4 hours separately and grind into a smooth paste with the help of tiny amount of water.

Mix almond paste, saffron and sugar in spice paste.

Now add this in chilled milk.

Garnish with sliced pistachios and saffron.

Serve cold.

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No bake Chocolate tart

Love is in the air! Nothing expresses love better than dark chocolate and I have the perfect dreamy "No bake chocolate tart" for you. Its rich, creamy, indulgent and so delicious. Its perfectly balanced with buttery and slightly salty biscuit base. Such an amazing dessert with such little effort!

Express your love this Valentines Day by trying this easy No bake chocolate tart. Its the perfect Valentines day dessert!

When I tried this 6 ingredient easy No bake chocolate tart at my friend Amrita's place, I knew I had to take the recipe from her. I love desserts especially dessert like this which is chocolaty and decadent yet so easy to make. Hardly requires any effort and preparation.

And that buttery perfect digestive biscuit crust!  You will be amazed how easily you will be able to cut into it and have those perfect slices.

When it comes to dessert, I have a weakness for chocolate. Eggless Double Chocolate Banana Bread, Vegan Chocolate and banana chia pudding, Eggless Dark Chocolate cucpcakes, Eggless Chocolate and walnut brownies, most of the desserts on blog revolve around chocolate. I knew I had to share a chocolate dessert for Valentines day too!

This is the kind of a dessert you will make repeatedly when you are having friends over. Its great for hosting parties as you don't have to spend lot of time preparing it and later worry whether its going to turn out well. It's so easy to make and so so good. A total winner!


200 gms digestive biscuits
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup heavy cream ( I used Amul cream)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
3/4th cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
strawberries for  garnishing


Take a 6 inch round springform mould.

Prepare biscuit base by crushing 200gms digestive biscuit in a food processor. Tip powdered biscuits in a bowl and mix in melted butter properly. Mixture should feel like wet sand.

Add mixture in the springform mould and press it firmly to form a uniformed layer. Chill in fridge while you prepare chocolate filling.

Add heavy cream, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla essence in a bowl and place over a double boiler. Stir everything together till you get a smooth and silky consistency.

Pour the chocolate mixture over the biscuit base in the mould and give a tap to even out the chocolate mixture.

Chill in fridge for atleast four hours.

Once chilled and set, run a warm knife along the edges of the cake and release the ring.

Garnish with strawberries and serve.

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