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Sausage & Basil Penne Pasta

My today's recipe is a flavourful and quick main dish prepared using penne pasta, fresh basil leaves and chicken sausages. Basil leaves is a fragrant herb which is popularly used in Italian cuisines. The strong flavour gives a refreshing taste and also includes lots of medicinal values. In this recipe, basil leaves and garlic pods are ground coarsely and further sautéed along with the sausage and pasta to give a yummy main course. Addition of parmesan cheese gives a delicious taste and flavour to the dish.


Ingredients :

2 Cups Penne Pasta, Cooked 
5 - 6 Cherry Tomatoes, cut into halves 
1 Tbsp Olive oil 
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated 
Fresh basil leaves for Garnishing
3 Chicken Sausages, cut into small sticks

To Grind :

3 Garlic cloves, peeled 
Handful of Basil leaves
1 Tbsp Olive oil 
Salt to taste

Method :

Grind basil leaves along with garlic, olive oil and salt coarsely and keep aside. ( I have used my chopper to get this coarse texture ).

Heat olive oil in a pan and add the chopped sausa…

Sausage & Basil Penne Pasta

My today's recipe is a flavourful and quick main dish prepared using penne pasta, fresh basil leaves and chicken sausages. Basil leaves is a fragrant herb which is popularly used in Italian cuisines. The strong flavour gives a refreshing taste and also includes lots of medicinal values. In this recipe, basil leaves and garlic pods are ground coarsely and further sautéed along with the sausage and pasta to give a yummy main course. Addition of parmesan cheese gives a delicious taste and flavour to the dish.


Ingredients :

2 Cups Penne Pasta, Cooked 
5 - 6 Cherry Tomatoes, cut into halves 
1 Tbsp Olive oil 
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated 
Fresh basil leaves for Garnishing
3 Chicken Sausages, cut into small sticks

To Grind :

3 Garlic cloves, peeled 
Handful of Basil leaves
1 Tbsp Olive oil 
Salt to taste

Method :

Grind basil leaves along with garlic, olive oil and salt coarsely and keep aside. ( I have used my chopper to get this coarse texture ).

Heat olive oil in a pan and add the chopped sausa…

Ivy Gourd - Potato & Egg Stir Fry

This tasty, healthy and less spicy stir fry is an excellent option for kids lunchbox menu as it contains kids favourite potato along with a healthy ivy gourd and egg. The addition of peanuts gives a crunchy taste to the stir fry and also gives a delicious taste when eaten with veggies. I have used only green chillies for the spicy taste which can also be replaced with red chilli powder or extra chillies to adjust according to the taste bud. This stir fry goes well with any varieties of rice and personally, I served with lemon rice.


Ingredients :

12 Ivy Gourd, chopped or sliced into small diagonal pieces
2 Potatoes, chopped into cubes or diagonal pieces
2 Eggs 
1 Tbsp Oil 
1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds
2 Tbsp Groundnuts / Peanuts 
2 Springs of Curry leaves 
3 Green chillies, Finely chopped ( Adjust according to taste bud ) 
Less than 1/4 Tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste 

Method :

Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds followed by peanuts, finely chopped green chillies, turmeric powder and curry lea…

Egg Rice Noodles Using 5 Spice Powder

Rice Noodles is a quick noodles which can be prepared in a jiffy. The noodles has to be soaked in a boiling water for couple of minutes and drained is further rinsed with a cold water to use in delicious soups and stir fried recipes. In my today's recipe, I have used simple egg noodles using rice noodles and 5 spice powder. The five spice powder is a mixture of five spices like star anise, cloves, cinnamon, pepper and fennel seeds which is also a very popular seasoning in Chinese cooking. Addition of this powder, enhances the taste of dish and also gives a delicious authentic taste. I have also added generous amount of spring onion leaves to give a yummy taste and flavor to the noodles.


Ingredients :

200 gms Rice Noodles / Rice Vermicelli ( I have used MAMA brand )
1 Tbsp Oil
1 Onion, sliced
1 Tbsp Garlic, finely chopped
4 Eggs ( 3 for preparing Noodles and 1 for Omelette )
2 Tbsp Spring onion bulb, finely chopped
1/4 Cup Spring Onion leaves, finely chopped
1 Tsp 5 Spice powder
1 Tsp Lemon…

Egg Drop Ginger Soup

Egg drop ginger soup is a a flavourful and easy Chinese soup in which beaten egg is added in a chicken stock. The beaten egg is added like a thin stream at the final stage of cooking to the soup which in result gives a silky thread / strands like texture. Adding finely chopped ginger pieces to the soup gives a strong flavourful taste and also excellent for digestion and cold. Simple yet tasty and delicious soup to serve with a toast.


Ingredients :

1 Egg 
2 1/2 Cups Water
1 Tbsp Chicken powder 
2 Tbsp Ginger, Finely chopped 
3 Tbsp Spring Onion leaves, Finely chopped 
Salt to taste 
1/4 Tsp Pepper powder 
1 1/2 Tsp Cornflour 

Method :

Mix chicken powder in a measured amount of water and let it boil in a medium flame.

Add the chopped ginger pieces and boil it further for 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix cornflour with little water and keep aside.

Add spring onion leaves along with cornflour to the boiling ginger soup.

Let it boil in a medium flame till the soup gets thicken.

Break the egg and beat it w…

Minty Aloo Egg Frankie

Frankie, a very popular street food which is mostly available in the entrance of malls and movie theatres is nothing but a heavy wrap stuffed with delicious stuffings like potatoes, chicken, egg etc. The base is generally prepared using All purpose flour / maida but in this recipe, I have used an equal amount of wheat and maida to make it healthy. The boiled potatoes are cooked in a mint masala along with a spices to get a tasty and flavourful filling. Addition of chat masala in the end of cooking gives a delicious street food taste to the stuffing. This is an excellent option for kids lunchbox menu and also a tummy filling breakfast. One frankie will make your tummy full and happy for sure. As the roti is stuffed with potato masala, no extra side dish is required but if necessary, this can also be served with Tomato sauce.


Ingredients :

For Roti :

1 Cup All Purpose Flour 
1 Cup Wheat Flour 
Salt to taste 
1 Tbsp Oil 
Water, as needed to prepare dough

For Minty Aloo :

3 Potatoes, medium sized…

Cucumber & Pine nuts Salad

This is a refreshing salad with a mixed flavourful dressing which is prepared using English cucumber and Pine nuts. English cucumber is a variety of cucumber which has very less seeds ( sometimes with no seeds ) and with less bitter taste than the regular ones. The skin of cucumber will be thinner and this is an excellent variety for preparing salads. Adding pine nuts to the salad gives a delicious buttery taste in each and every bite. As mentioned in my previous Oats & Peas Congee post, I have used one more healthy product "Buckwheat honey" which I received from Gondiaorganic and it tasted yummy. It is rich and tasty without overpowering flavour. Buckwheat honey is a dark coloured honey with a robust flavour and also, has higher concentrations of macronutrients and anti - oxidant compounds compared to other varieties.


Ingredients :

3 English Cucumber, Grated lengthwise
1 Onion, Sliced 
3 Tbsp Spring Onions, Finely chopped 
4 Tbsp Pinenuts 

For Dressing :

1 Tbsp Honey ( I have…

Mashed Potato Muffins / Savoury Muffins

Have leftover mashed potatoes and looking for an innovative recipe... then, bake these delicious and flavourful muffins to enjoy your breakfast with a cup of tea. More than a sweet muffins, I love baking savoury ones as it can be served for breakfast too. In this recipe, the mashed potatoes are mixed up with the dry and wet ingredients is further baked for about 25 - 30 minutes to get a delicious muffins. Tomato sauce or mayo goes well with these yummy muffins.


Ingredients :

3 Potatoes, Medium sized, Boiled 
1 1/2 Cups All purpose flour / Maida
2 Tsp Baking powder 
1 Egg
3/4 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Olive oil 
1/4 Cup Butter, melted 
1 Tbsp Cheddar cheese powder
1 Tsp Dried Basil 
1 Tsp Dried Oregano
1 Tsp Red chilli flakes  
Salt to taste 

Method :

Mash the boiled potatoes without any lumps. ( The texture of it should look creamy ).

Add egg to the mashed potato and mix well.

Now add the measured cup of milk followed by oil and butter.

Mix well and keep aside.

Sieve the all purpose flour and baking powder…

Oats & Peas Congee

Hello Friends...

Getting into regular routine of life after a long much needed break is really tough to manage and need loads of self motivation to be back on track. My summer break is finally over and back to my lovely space with an exciting news of winning in Plattershare for Chicken Vs Paneer Contest which happened a month back. Felt really happy when my innovative recipe, Poached egg in chicken rasam won in the contest and icing on the cake is getting a personalised message from Masterchef. Jayanandan for this recipe. I am thankful to plattershare and feeling excited as this is the second time win in their amazing platform. Also, thanks to Goindiaorganic team for sponsoring and sending these healthy and diet friendly products.


In my today's recipe, I have used the organic porridge oats which I received from Goindiaorganic. Absolutely loved the quality of it and the texture was so perfect with less gooey consistency.

Congee is a type of porridge which is usually prepared using…

Mango & Pineapple Salsa in Apple Chips

Summer in India is a season to enjoy mangoes and luckily we got this seasonal ingredient as our may month theme in our shhh secretly cooking challenge group. In this May month, I got paired with an amazing blogger Veena Krishnakumar from www.veenasvegnation.com . Apart from the main ingredient ( Mango ), we had to share to couple of secret ingredients and I got Apple and Pineapple as my secret ingredients. Using these three amazing healthy fruits, I prepared a tasty and easy party snack mango and pineapple salsa. Generally salsa is served in a canapes or biscuits, I had given a twist by served these salsa in apple chips as apple is one of my secret ingredient. I have to mention that this snack is a blend of mixed taste, as it contains sweet, sour, spicy, mild masala and mild bitter from apple chips. Innovative and healthy way to serve this for kids or during parties...

Ingredients :

10 Baked Apple Chips ( Click HERE for recipe )
1 Cup Mangoes, Ripe, Finely chopped
1 Cup Pineapple, finely…