Category: Grilled

Aubergine Lasagna

The cottage cheese layer is a perfect topping for the health conscious...one can use cheese too...
The cottage cheese layer is a perfect topping for the health conscious…you could use mozzarella for that stringy top too!

This dish has been one of the hottest selling entrees in both my restaurants. The name has appeal, the simplistic recipe allows you to enjoy the vegetables, it’s healthy so works with the crazy gym-addicts, and me, and it’s a looker!

Aubergine or brinjal is technically a fruit…and you can’t keep me away from fruits for too long. Full of vital vitamins, minerals, fibre and with the ability to lower cholesterol and help manage weight, brinjals have always been a hot favourite in my kitchen. And what’s even more interesting is the ease with which it can be used in any cuisine. Like, tonight, I’m trying a Sweet-Sour-Spicy Aubergine with Sichuan chilli, if I get my hands on it, and am going to serve it with brown rice noodles and a quick 5 veggie stir fry. But coming back to the brinjal, you’ve got to cook it right to prevent it from becoming a soggy mess.

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Baked Cheesy Tortilla

A slice of the baked tortilla, filled with veggies and warm grilled cottage cheese sizzling on top
A slice of the baked tortilla, filled with veggies and warm grilled cottage cheese sizzling on top

So yesterday I tried to bake a sugar-free oats and yoghurt cake with blueberries. I broke the first rule of baking, didn’t measure my baking powder and over beat the eggs. It ended up being hard and bread like, I don’t usually have such disasters in the kitchen and was super upset. I needed a pick me up. Nothing in my fridge seemed to be right for the moment and I had run out of chocolates :( That’s when I glanced upon 2 slices of a thin herbed wheat pizza base. My brain started ticking. Should I convert them into quesadillas? (pronounced: cay-suh-dee-yuh) Or may be just turn them into dinner…something that’s warm, simple, wholesome and smooth. The thought of a Baked Cheesy Tortilla brought back a smile. The dish requires very little attention whilst its cooking. It’s almost like a pizza but 100 times more nutritious and loaded with healthy vegetables like mushrooms, spinach, onions, tomatoes and the cheese in it comes from cottage cheese. It’s my go-to-dish, try it and you will know why :)

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Barbecued Pineapple With Coconut Ice Cream

Barbecued Pineapple served with coconut ice cream
Barbecued pineapple served with coconut ice cream

If it’s the New Year, it has to be barbecues. How else do you beat the cold, eat all those amazing meats in one meal and drink yourself silly? :) This recipe has been pulled out of my recipe book for Skie Grille, my first restaurant. It was always a hit with the crowd. The warm sweet fruit blending in with the cold creamy ice cream…Delicious.

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Roasted Pumpkin and Walnut Soup

Pumpkin Soup: perfect for a cold monsoon evening or chilly winter night
Pumpkin Soup: perfect for a cold monsoon evening or chilly winter night

This recipe takes me back to a rainy day in Goa. We were sitting by the river, watching the pouring rain create zig zag patterns all over the surface. We sipped on our chilled beer as we waited for the service to start. The kitchen was all pumped up, getting ready for the rush that would soon hit us. The menu of the day included my very favourite Roasted Pumpkin Walnut Soup.

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Potato and Spinach Frittata

Spinach, Potato and Feta Frittata
Spinach, Potato and Feta Frittata

How do you like your eggs done? For me it always depends on my mood. When I’m in a hurry it’s a quick sunny side up, if I’m bored out of my bones, it’s a savoury French Toast and when I want to make something exotic it’s either a Shakshuka or Eggs Benedict. But this Italian dish is quite a hit too. I load it up with so much cheese, that the end product is gooey and soft.

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Grilled Mutton Chops with Brown Gravvy

Grilled chops with potatoes, boiled veggies and a salad
Grilled chops with potatoes, boiled veggies and a salad

There’s nothing like eating slow cooked food, especially if its meat and has been marinated over at least 24 hours. The flavours get nice and warm and the mutton simply melts away of falls of the bone like it should. This one is a speciality from my mom’s house. Some of her recipes are very “English” and I must say, this is one of them.

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Barbecue Sauce

Onions Sauted in Barbecue Sauce
Onions sauteed in barbecue sauce

This is one of my favourite sauces. Add it to a grilled chicken salad, fry onions in it for a sandwich or top it on chips or stuffed tacos…it lends flavour to any entrée.

If you are looking to jazz up this sauce a wee bit more, feel free to add some whisky or rum to it, giving yourself enough time to burn the alcohol off during the cooking process.

If you use dark brown sugar, you will get a darker shade of sauce.

If you use whole grain mustard, the sauce will be denser, but you can use English Mustard too. The best way to make a sauce is to keep tasting it, and making your notes as you add ingredients. Once you find the right proportions to tickle your taste buds, your recipe and variations with help you achieve the same product, time after time.

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Tandoori Pomfret

Another less oil and diet recipe

So, how does one start making a tandoori dish without a tandoor?

Leave that for the oven to figure out.

All you need to care about is–buy the best (read freshest) fish available, gut it, clean it, slash it and marinate it in this five-minute marinade.

The coolest thing about it, is the longer it is marinated the more robust and enhanced are the flavours. Which makes it perfect entree for a party. The crispy skin, golden glow tandoori fish is quite a “pick-me-up” on any dinner table. What’s more you can garnish the plate with some onions that have been left soaking in vinegar, sugar and salt till they have achieved a pinkish tone; and freshly chopped tomato and cucumber to create an absolute down to earth, homely and eye-catching platter.

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