This cake is a sure treat for vegans!This is a

lovely fruit cake ,with good texture and taste .

The addition of jam, gives an unique flavour.

Do try this recipe and post in your comments!


1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup vanilla custard powder or cornflour

1 tsp.baking powder

1 tsp.baking soda

a pinch of salt

1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup hot water

1/2 cup cold milk

1 tsp.vanilla essence

2 tblsp.yoghurt

1/2 cup tutti fruity  and 1/4 cup nuts mixed in

strawberry jam.(for a richer taste you could

add 4 tblsp.  rum or brandy and soak for a few


1/2 tsp.powdered spices(cinnamon and mace)


•Mix all the dry ingredients(bold listed).

•Mix the wet ingredients and add to the dry


•Make sure there are no lumps.

•Scoop into individual paper cups and bake in a

moderate oven (180 degrees) for 30-35 minutes

after which it is ready to be served.



This  is not very spicy and anyone could savour it!I am not a lover of ready made or store fresh wrappers! So here’s the recipe for homemade wrappers.

Ingredients for wrappers:

1 cup flour

2 eggs

salt to taste

oil for frying

Ingredients for filling:

2 cups cooked prawns (boiled or lightly sauteed in oil)

1/2 cup shredded cabbage

2 spring onions with greens or leeks

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp chillie sauce(optional)

butter or olive oil -1tblsp

Wrappers:Make a thin batter of eggs, flour ,salt and water.Fry thin pancakes on one side. keep a little batter aside.fill the pancakes with the filling on the cooked side,roll up,dip in remaining batter and deep fry till golden.

Filling:heat the butter in a pan,add onions,and saute till light brown.Add all other ingredients and cook over low heat till dry.

Rolls could be served with chilli or tomato sauce.

Variations:Fish,crab meat,and boiled egg can be used instead of prawn.

If you have any questions,let me know in the comments section.

Cabbage Manchurian Recipe

This is a recipe for the cabbage balls a simple yet delightful side dish(ingredients listed below)

3/4 cup wheat flour

150gm finely chopped cabbage

a small piece ginger (finely chopped)

2 pips garlic(finely chopped)

spring onions -a little or one onion(finely chopped

green chillies-3 finely chopped

1/2 tsp. salt.

oil for frying.

bind all these ingredients into lemon sized balls,adding a little water .fry  in oil and set aside.

For the sauce

2-3 dry chillies

1-2 tsp ginger -garlic chopped finely

1 onion

finely chopped capsicum

1 tsp.chilli sauce

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1-2 tbsp soya sauce

1 tab cornflour mixed in 1 cup water.

1 tsp.sugar or honey

salt to taste

Heat 1 tblsp. of oil in a pan.Add the chopped  ginger & garlic .Add onion and the capsicum and saute for a minute.Add the rest of the spices and sauces and finally add cornflour mixed with water.Add sugar or honey.When the gravy starts to thicken .Add the cabbage balls and remove from fire immediately.Garnish with spring onions/coriander leaves.

Good accompaniment for fried rice and noodles.

The fried cabbage balls tastes good without the gravy too,and could be served as a side dish or starter.


This is a Srilankan special dish which could be

made for breakfast or dinner.


3 cups plain flour

1 coconut scraped (coconut can be cut and

ground coarsely with 1 cup water and  used )

salt to taste


Bind all these to a slight sticky dough .

Divide portions out of the dough.

Grease a plate with coconut oil,flatten with the

palm of your hand.

Cook on a griddle till cooked on both sides.


1.  You could add chopped onions,green

chillies,and curry leaves when binding the


2.  Spring onions and chilli powder with

cumin seeds.

For the onion sambol

25 small onions /2 big onions

1-2 tbsp chilli flakes

juice of 1 lime

1/2 tsp pepper powder

1 garlic

few curry leaves

1 tbsp sugar

salt to taste.

Grinding this in a pestle and mortar way will

be excellent..or blend coarsely in a blender

quickly,otherwise it will become watery.

Stuffed Grilled Fish


500 gm mackeral fish (head removed,slit half and deboned

Thick tamarind extact-2 tblsp.

honey -1 tblsp.

chillie flakes 2 tblsp.

pepper powder-1/2 tblsp.

salt to taste.

4 pips garlic

cummin powder-1/2 tblsp.

finely chopped onion -1 big

green chillies  finely chopped

gramflour for coating

Grind  all spices,except onion and green chillies to a fine paste.

Apply all over the fish,inside should be well coated.Mix onions and green chillies .

Stuff and press the edges tight (if you want you can use the tooth picks .coat with plain gram flour (powdery form,no water )and grill on medium heat till golden brown.


shredded chicken -2 cups chicken stock-1 cup                74143

capsicums- 2 chopped

carrots-2 chopped

spring onions-4-5 chopped with greens

peanuts or nuts of your choice-1 tbsp.

grated cheese-1/4 cup

1 tsp.worcester sauce

1/4 tsp.pepper powder

chilli powder-1/4 tsp.(or to your taste)

salt to taste

butter/ghee-1 tbsp.

bread  slices

blanch tomatoes in hot water,skin and puree.add the stock and cook till thick.heat butter and saute the vegetables and chicken.add the thickened tomatoes,add the rest of the ingredients except peanuts and cheese and simmer till thick.lastly add peanuts.apply chicken mixture on the bread.sprinkle grated cheese,and bake in a hot oven for 5-10 mins till golden brown.

note:this sandwich could be grilled too.


This quick doughnut can be fried and stored,for a few days.can be served plain,coated with sugar,cream custard  chocolate or any of ur choice.                                                                                                                                                                                                 plain-doughnuts-vijis-food-recipes

ingredients:sugar -1 cup

butter- 4 tbsp.


flour-4 cups

baking powder-1tbsp.

salt- 1 tsp

mace-1/2 tsp.(powder)

milk- 3/4 cup

oil for frying

Beat the eggs well.and mix the rest of the ingredients except the oil and set aside for 10 mins(could be made immediately too)

cut into doughnut shapes,and fry on low heat.


Ingredients for the scotch eggs 

Hard boiled eggs-6

Bread -4-5 slices

Milk to bind

Green chillies-2 finely chopped

Jeera powder-1/2 tsp

Coriander leaves/palak leaves finely chopped.

Breadcrumbs to coat the eggs

Oil for frying.

1/4 cup flour mixed with a little water to dip the eggs before coating with crumbs

Cut the boiled eggs into halves and remove the egg yolks separately.Bind all other ingredients except

the breadcrumbs and flour,and fill in the boiled white egg .(you could fill only one side, or cover the

whole egg to make a big ball…your choice).Dip in the flour batter,coat with breadcrumbs.Deep fry in

oil to a golden brown color and set aside.

For the gravy:

Onion-2 big chopped fine

Tomatoes-4-5 pureed

Ginger garlic paste-1 tbsp.

1 capsicum or two green chillies

1 tsp.chilli powder

1 tsp.coriander powder

1 tsp cummin seed powder

garam masala -1/2 tsp.

Cream /or thick coconut milk-1/2 cup

Coriander leaves for garnishing

1 tsp honey

Salt to taste

Take a tbsp.of oil from the fried oil.and add onions and saute till brown.add ginger garlic paste,and the

pureed tomatoes .add salt and cook till oil separates,then add the rest of the ingredients except the

cream,and further cook for 5 mins.add cream/coconut milk.adjust the gravy to your requirement.add

the eggs and simmer for 5 mins add coriander leaves to garnish

Suggestions:Kasuri methi leaves could be added for the garnish.

Honey could be substituted for jaggery/sugar.

Good dish accompanied with white pulaos or coconut rice.

brocolli and chicken wonton soup

For the filling:              images




1 egg(optional)

salt to taste

For the wonton wraps


1 cup white flour.

For the soup

water /or chicken stock/or any stock you like-4-5 cups

2-3 green chillies chopped

small piece ginger chopped.

coriander leaves

1 tbsp soya sauce or oyster sauce

onions-1 large chopped.

For the filling:Boil the brocolli and chicken for 5 mins.blend coarsely.combine all the ingredients together in a pan and cook on a low heat till dry and scrambled.(keep stirring)

For the wraps:Bind to a smooth dough .set aside for few mins .roll out thinly.stuff with filling .and make the dumplings.

For the soup:Put in all the ingredients for soup in a pan,when it starts to boil add wontons one by one till the dumplings cook.

garnish with coriander leaves.

This soup is a mild and healthy soup,with no oil .

variations for filling:mutton mince,egg and fine cabbage.prawn,crab,fish…and many more

vegetarian variation:paneer crumbled with spinach,cabbage and carrot ,spinach n carrot,leeks and grated pumpkin,and many more.

Chicken N Cashew Ball Korma

chicken kofta curry

Chicken n cashew balls curry

500 gm chicken mince

100-150gm cashew coarsely ground

Salt to taste

One green chillie.

For the gravy:

Chopped onions-1

Coarsely ground onion -1

Green chillies -2(ground)

Red chillies-5(ground)

Ginger garlic paste -1 tbsp.

Curd -1/4 cup

Tomatoes -1 big

Coconut -1/4 ground to a paste

Aniseeds -1/4 tsp.

Whole garam masala -1 tsp.

Lime juice -1 tbsp

Mint and coriander leaves

Ghee or butter

1 cup water

To make the balls:mix all the ingredients and form into balls.

Heat ghee in a flat bottomed pan.add whole garam masala,aniseeds,and chopped onions and fry till golden brown.then add the ground onions,next the ground chillies,and tomatoes and sauté till tomato softens.add the coconut paste .and sauté for 5 mins.then add curd and the rest of the ingredients.add  the water and when it starts to boil,add the chiken balls.don’t stir allow the chicken balls to settle and simmer till the gravy thickens.

Good accompaniment for pulaos and rotis or bread.

Balls could be fried and added too.

Brinjal and Drumstick leaves delight

Brinjal -250g                                                IMG_20140911_133154

Drumstick leaves -a small bunch

Garlic pips-6-7

Green chillies-3

Dry red chillies -2

Mustard,cummin seeds-1/2 tsp.of each

Curry leaves

Pepper powder-1tsp

Jeera powder-1/2 tsp

Coriander powder-1/2 tsp

A little juggery

Curd /tamarind paste -1tbsp.

Oil-2 tbsp

Method: Heat the oil in a small wok.add dry chillies,mustard,curry leaves,cummin seeds.Then add the

whole garlic and fry for another minute.Next add the sliced brinjals,and green chillies.Cover and

simmer for 10 mins or untill the brinjal is cooked.then add the greens, pepper powder,jeera powder and

keep stirring.add juggery,tamarind paste/curd and keep stirring for another 5 mins.lastly add coriander

powder.remove from fire.

This is a very healthy dish and could be served with rice



Chicken -250gm

Ginger garlic paste-1 tsp.

Green chillies-3

Onions-2 finely chopped

Medium sized tomatoes 2-3



Poppy seeds-1tbsp

Saunf-1 tsp.(fennel seeds)

1-2 tsp.garam masala powder

Gram dal-1/4 cup presoaked for 1 hour.(roasted gram dal also can be added whole if there is no time to soak.)

1/4 cup oil +ghee mixed


Heat oil, and add the chicken pieces and seal

for 5 mins.

Remove  and set aside.

In the same oil add saunf,garam masala and

the onions and saute till onions turn color.

Add green chillies,tomatoes and stir till

tomatoes are soft.

Add the chicken,and cook in the juices for 5


Add dal and stir well.

Grind coconut, almonds,and poppy seeds to a

fine paste and add this to the chicken and cook

for another 5-10 mins.

Garnish with coriander/curry leaves

The gravy can be adjusted according to each

ones taste.If you like the gravy to be spicy you

could add  more green chillies.

Can be served with naan,chappathis……..or rice.


This dish is indeed,a colorful dish,and a mock

for a sweet Swiss roll.Good for kitty parties,and

kids parties too!

For those kids who don’t love greens,will

definitely savor this slice!Now for the recipe!


 1 cup spinach  leaves (palak) slightly boiled

and pureed

2-3 tbsp. flour

4 eggs

1 tbsp.butter(melted)

1-2 tbsp.grated cheese

1/4 tsp mustard powder

1/2 tsp. pepper powder

salt to taste.


Beat egg whites.

Mix the puréed spinach,butter,salt,pepper,

mustard powder,flour ,egg yolks and cheese


Gently fold the spinach ,into the egg white


Grease a Swiss roll baking tin and spread


Bake at 140degrees for 10 -15 minutes.

Transfer it onto a butter paper whilst still hot.

 For the filling

250 gm prawns

2 tbsp.oil

2 onions  finely chopped

2 tomatoes blanched,skinned and chopped

 1-2 tbsp.grated cheese

1 tsp.lime juice

1 tsp.ginger garlic paste

Chillie powder and salt to your taste


Heat oil and fry the onions till brown.

Add prawns,tomatoes and fry well.

Add the seasoning.Saute well.

Spread the prawn filling, evenly over the

roll.Roll neatly.

Top with cream or white sauce,or yoghurt.

Filling can be made according to your


Suggestions:You could lightly fry prawn/ fish / paneer or meat and then add to mixture to enhance the taste..

Healthy peek:no frying ..instead of using cheese you could substitute thick white sauce.


The question of what to do with the leftover

mangoes ,made me try this sweet dish,which

turned out to be a hit to the halwa list…

Eye on health : Raw mango has a cooling effect

on the body..



1 big raw mango or two medium sized

mangoes(peeled and ground in a blender

without water)to make 2 cups of the pulp.

2-2.5 cups sugar

1/2 cup corn flour

1/4-1/2 cup ghee

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup cashewnuts

a pinch of cardamon powder



Heat half of the ghee in a heavy bottomed

vessel,and add the mango pulp .

Cook for 5 minutes.

Mix cornflour and the water with desired color

separately in a bowl.

Add to the mango-ghee mixture .

Keep stirring till it thickens,and add the sugar

cardamon powder and cook.

When it starts to thicken ,add rest of the ghee

and keep stirring till you see the mixture

leaving the sides of the pan.

Add cashewnuts.

Pour into a greased plate and cut when cool.

Variation:You could substitute half cup mango

pulp to half cup of finely ground almonds…this

enriches the taste..



8 oz butter (200 gm)

4 oz  caster  sugar (100 gm)

4  oz  honey (100 gm)

4  eggs

2 tblsp. coffee essence

10 oz.flour (250gm)

1 tsp.ground  ginger

1  tsp.ground  cinnamon

4 oz mixed  chopped  nuts (100 gm)


6 oz  icing  sugar ( 150 gm)

3 oz (75g)butter

2  tblsp. honey

Preheat  oven  to  180 degrees.

Cream  fat  with  sugar  and  honey  until  light.

Gradually  add  eggs and  coffee essence.

Beat  well.

Sieve  flour  and  spices. Fold into the butter

mixture with chopped  nuts.

Bake for  30-40 minutes.Cool.


Sieve  5  oz  icing  sugar into  a  bowl.

Beat  in  fat  and  honey well.

Slit the cake in half horizontally .

Sandwich  together with  honey  filling.

Dust  with  remaining  icing  sugar.

(I have used the icing on top of the cake in the photo.)