Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Homemade Cough Syrup

Uhuu uhuuu! 

No, I am not referring to the well pretended cough from the cult movie 'hum aapke hain kaun'. I am referring to the cough that is ubiquitous these days.

 Everywhere I go I hear every third person coughing or using that already crushed tissue to stop a running nose. Blame the changing season or the dryness in the air or the viral that is supposedly omnipresent and ready to hack your system. 

Two days back I noticed my daughter coughing. And it wasn’t really bad coughing. Just occasional uhu-uhus during the day. I didn’t want to give her a medicine for a cough that was occurring a few times only. So, I opted to give her the good old kada, the recipe of which I got from my inlaws. It’s a saviour for minor coughing. Even for major coughing one can take it along with the normal medication. It is absolutely natural and my little one enjoys it a lot. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Special

Hola folks!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Don’t worry I am not going to bore you with the history behind this day since the news channels are doing that job pretty well already.

As I was humming the song ‘dil diyan gallan’ that was playing on the radio this morning, I pondered on the concept of love.  I got quite philosophical. We have grown up watching movies like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai that preached the idea of one love in a lifetime.  Remember the famous dialogue Hum ek baar jeete hai, ek baar marte hai, shaadi bhi ek baar hoti hai ... aur pyar ek baar hi hota hai”?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

i am back

As I sit I front of my gleaming laptop screen, I am wondering what took me so long to feel this light on my face. If you have read my previous posts you know I have always had excuses (reasons for me though) for being temporarily inactive with my blog posts. I say temporarily because I always come back to writing and I always will.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Healthy Cheese Quesadillas for Toddlers

I am not sure how many of you have given up on my blog since I have been so lousy and lazy, not posting anything for ages now. I am in true sense playing the role of a seasonal blogger. But the fact is that motherhood is keeping me insanely busy.

I want to keep the nest organised looking spic and span the whole time and that comes at the price of posting lesser on the blog.

However, just the other day I cooked something for adira and she loved it! I thought it will be a crime if I do not share it with all the mothers struggling with their picky toddlers. Your spouse will love it too!

It’s easy, nutritious and delicious! 


For the Dough
1 cup bathua ( washed and cut)
2 cups Wholewheat flour /atta 
Water as per requirement
Salt as per taste

For the Quesadilla 
2 tbsp ghee
A slice of cheese
Few leaves of spinach ( boiled)
2 tbsp crushed cottage cheese
Salt as per taste
1/2 tsp pepper
Pinch of oregano


For the Dough
Pour water in a pan. Bring it to a boil. 

Add bathua leaves to it. 

Cover the pan with a plate and let it cook till the leaves become soft and wilted

Take it off the stove and blend the bathua to form a purée.

Add this purée to atta, add salt and some water and knead it to firm a soft dough.

For the Quesadilla 
Put a griddle on flame and let it become hot. 
Meanwhile, taks some dough and form two small balls.

Roll theme into two thin rotis.

Put a roti on the hot griddle and cook it from both sides without using any oil or ghee. 

Repeat the same with the other roti.

Now place one roti on a plate, add a slice of cheese on top, add crushed cottage cheese to it.

Sprinkle some salt, pepper and oregano.

Top this with a layer of boiled spinach leaves and finally with the second roti. 

Put ghee on the griddle and place the entire thing on the pan. Let it become brown and crisp.

Brush some ghee on the other side, flip it and let cook. 

Press the top a little so the cheese gets melted.

Take it off the griddle and cut it into triangles.

Serve it hot to adults. Let them cool down and then serve the toddlers. 


  • You can make this dish with plain dough or spinach dough.
  • You can add grated broccoli, capsicum and other veggies. Use your  imagination.

Hope you and your family enjoy relishing this as much as we did ! 

Happy Cooking! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Creamy Methi Paneer


So I realise that I have been absent from my blog for sometime but if you have been following my posts since the beginning you must have got used to my erratic frequency of writing. I know I know that it is not an excuse for not posting in a while but please let me use it as one this time. 

So yesterday we had someone coming over and I was in charge of the dinner menu. I realised the refrigerator just had capsicum so I made capsicum-potatoes or Shimla mirch-aloo as we call it normally. Dal is always obvious. I was glad when my father-in-law got paneer. I knew it will make the perfect third dish. 

I had got tired of making the same old kadai paneer and butter paneer masala, so this time I thought of making a new kind of paneer dish. ( I will not lie it was also because I have recently found out that I am allergic to a few things and onions and tomatoes are among those things!). 

The idea of this dish comes from something my mom cooks for us but I have brought in my own changes to it and the result is phenomenal. 

So this creamy paneer dish is not as much work as it looks. It was loved by everyone, even my little girl! So it is definitely a win. 

If you want to make something rich looking and rich tasting but do not want to work extremely hard, this dish is your answer.

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)

3 tbsp oil
2 tbsp yellow butter
2 cloves of garlic (crushed or grated)
3 tbsp wholewheat flour (atta)
Handful of cashews
3/4th cup of milk
Salt as required
1 tbsp of pepper
1 tbsp of mixed herbs
2 handfuls of crushed kasoori methi
375gms paneer (cottage cheese)
Water as required.


Grind cashews in a mixer with some water to get a runny cashew paste. Yes runny not thick.

Pour oil in a wok and let it get warm.

Add butter cubes to the oil and let them melt.

Toss in the grated garlic and let it fry for 30 seconds.

Add the wholewheat flour to the garlic oil and cook it for a minute. 

Add half a cup of water to the flour to form a paste, followed by the runny cashew paste.

Give it all a good stir and let it simmer. Add milk to this and let it all come to a boil.

Throw in the crushed dried fenugreek (kasoori methi) and let it cook.

Keep adding a little water and a little milk if the gravy looks too thick.

Add salt, pepper and mixed herbs to the gravy and let it come to a boil.

Toss the cubed paneer into the gravy. Let it all cook for a few minutes and allow the flavours to come together.

Transfer it to your serving dish, sprinkle some pepper on top and serve hot.

Honestly I can eat this dish even without a bread. My little squirrel licked it off her plate in no time. But you can serve it with any bread of your choice. 


If your gravy looks too runny even after a lot of simmering make a paste of wholewheat flour, milk and water and add it to the gravy. The consistency of this paste should be the same as honey. 

I hope this dish comes to your rescue when you are uncertain about the next dinner party at your place, because believe me it is definitely a winner!

P.S: the title of this post is creamy methi paneer and not methi malai paneer because there is NO malai in it!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wholewheat Pancakes

I just had wholewheat pancakes for breakfast yesterday. And as soon as I posted it on my Instagram page I started receiving a lot of messages asking for the recipe.

So here you go folks. Wholewheat pancakes are easy to make. You can hand these to your kids without giving a thought. They look inviting and taste even better. Believe me I have had pancakes at many places but these home cooked wholewheat ones give them all a tough competition.

This is how I ate my pancakes

This is how my sis-in-law had the pancakes.

INGREDIENTS (makes 6 mini pancakes)

2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 egg
4 tbsp wholewheat flour (atta)
8 tbsp milk
A drop of vanilla essence


Put ghee in a bowl. Add sugar to it and whisk.

Add the egg to the mixture and whisk again.

Add 1 tbsp of flour with 2 tbsp of milk and whisk. Now add another 1 tbsp of flour and 3 tbsp of milk. Whisk again.

Finally add the remaining flour and the remaining milk and give a good whisk.

Add vanilla essence and stir. The batter now should not be to thick nor too runny.

Heat the pan. Make sure the pan is nicely hot.

Pour the batter with a ladle onto the pan. Let the pancake bubble and cook from side.

Flip the pancake and cook the other side.

Transfer them to a plate.

Serve hot.


You can have these pancakes with peanut butter and jam like I do.

If you are a chocolate lover you can go crazy with Nutella and Hersheys topped with nuts!

And if you are serving these to kids and toddlers you can use honey or maple syrup with banana slices or a seasonal fruit like strawberry.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Healthy Homemade Cookies For Kids and Everyone


I have always loved baking. However, I have also been moody with it. For example when I got married I baked a lot for the family. I baked for my husband on every special occasion ( check out my strawberry cupcakes from one Valentine’s Day). 

With adira in our lives now I have been so busy doing the mundane chores that my other hobbies had taken a backseat. But I am glad that I am back to doing those things again. Ofcourse not at the same pace but I am definitely doing them again. 

Baking is one of those things. I don’t bake everyday anyway but I had completely left it for a while. 

Contrary to my excuse for not baking, now adira is my reason to bake. You know how kids love biscuits. Also, biscuits come to our rescue when out for dinner or in a public place to keep these toddlers occupied. No, I am not proud of handing her a biscuit every time. Rather a lot of times I carry fresh cuts of cucumber/carrot/apple/pear. But sometimes these kids just need a biscuit.