Don’t get sauté make sauté :)

Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Saute

With the heat sometimes cooking, eating all seem like a dreary job. Weather is searing, eating out can be not as much fun with the scorching heat and I am in no mood to take chances with the way the tummy bug is going on. So I’m taking it easy. Confined indoor as much as possible and cook something appetizing and light. I had to go to INA to get some ingredients for my work. I must tell you that place is “cloud nine “for somebody who is hunting for ingredients though there are times I hope it was a bit cleaner.

My sabji vala bhiya (vegetable vendor) had a lot of interesting produce come in. Endives, Brussels sprouts, radicchio. He was keen I tried these organic baby carrots from Bangalore. I picked up 2 bunches and some asparagus.

Asparagus is a big part of Chinese and British meal. I have tried white asparagus in US but in Delhi I find it infrequently. And it is very luxurious.

Did you know leaves of asparagus plant are needle like?

Got home and made this:


2 bunch baby carrots cut off stems and peel
10-12 asparagus
1 small shallot, thinly sliced (red onion if you can’t find shallots)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Trim off sturdy ends from asparagus and cut into 2 inch pieces at a diagonal. Blanch carrots and asparagus in salted boiling water for 2 minutes or till done. Do away with water and drain. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil and add in shallots and garlic and sauté for 30 seconds or until garlic is fragrant. Add the blanched carrots and asparagus and sauté for 2 more minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve hot.

Serve it with Honey mustard dressing or Spicy Mustard Dip.

Simple and Delicious!



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Mother’s Day-10th May

Tuesday 28 April 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Mother's Day

Dear Friends


“A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of cake for five people, promptly announces she never did care for cake…..”


This mother’s day hug her, kiss her, let her know how special she is and will always be!  Quick, order her a cake with her choice of flavour!


Jaded with the ordinary mother’s day cake?



Call Foodaholics to make it out of the ordinary!

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Spicy Mustard Dipping Sauce

Tuesday 28 April 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Dips

Was having a basic cucumber tomato sandwich with tea today and was thinking something spicy, tangy to eat the same with. Here is what I made…try it!


Yield: 1 cupmustard

Ingredients                                         Amount 

Soy sauce                                            1/2    cup

Rice vinegar                                         1/4   cup

Asian Mascot mustard                     1/4   cup

Sesame oil                                            1/8   cup

Green onion, minced                        1/8   cup

Sugar                                                       2   tbsp

Tabasco sauce                                              t.t. 


1.     Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and allow flavors to blend. 

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A bowl of strawberries

Sunday 26 April 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Fruits

My mother got some amazing strawberries today. Supposedly they were from Chandigarh.

I was looking around for something different I could do and I came across a website dedicated to strawberry. Fascinating:



Work was busy and reading things online that I just had a bowl of plain strawberries and I enjoyed them a lot!


Ps: On that note I made a big strawberry chocolate cake for my friend’s son’s second birthday party.


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Homemade Burgers

Wednesday 22 April 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Food,Salads

I am a workaholic thanks to foodaholics! I am determined to teach my maid today. You know it’s hard sometimes to multitask…as much as I find irresistible body for sure can get fatigued. So I found the solution. For dinner I decided to make burgers…home style and decided to teach my maid so my life becomes easy. I call my maid “Gudiya” coz she is about 19-20 in age and a darling.

There are days she asks me attention-grabbing questions when I am assembling cakes. She recognizes fruits by colour. I am teaching her how to write, pack chocolates, bake cakes, learning the ingredients my helper in real sense. I make her taste all the stuff I make so she learns the taste. Now and then I get the most genuine/weird/funny response from her. At times she gets confused between spatula and an off set spatula or between fondant and marzipan and when she picks up something wrong I just give her the look…almost saying gudiyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa not again!! And she just cracks up. And both of just become the reason for each other’s amusement. Tell you she is a real entertainer.

I think I am getting a bit emotional I am very fond of her and she is thinking of going back to the village. I don’t want her to go. She lost her parents in an accident and I don’t know if she goes back will she have a healthier existence. Nevertheless getting back to the meal so where were we-Vegetarian burgers ok?


So here you go… (Good for 5 people, I ate twoJ)


Burger Buns                                                             6

Potatoes                                                                   3

Soya small pieces                                                   300 Gms (nutrela chura)

Carrots                                                                      2 medium

Beans                                                                         100-150 Gms

Cauliflower                                                              1 small

Capsicum                                                                  2 small

Onions                                                                       1 large

Salt                                                                             2 tsp

Black pepper                                                           1tsp

Red chilli                                                                   1 ½ tsp

Mango powder (amchur)                                                ½ tsp

Coriander powder                                                 ½ tsp

Panko/bread crumbs                                            100 Gms

Oil                                                                               4-5 tbsp

Bread if required                                                    2 slices

Flax seeds                                                                 1 tbsp




1.     Boil the potatoes and grate them.

2.     Add all the veggies together and chop them super fine. I use an electric mixer.

3.     Mix all the potatoes and the veggies together. And all the seasoning.

4.     Add panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or regular ones. Bread Crumbs: I use multigrain bread to make them at home. I like the concept of flax seeds in the burger. Today I added some extra other than the 1tbsp.

5.     Mix all the ingredients together and form sort of dough. Potatoes and bread help to bind.

6.     Make small balls and shallow fry them on a flat pan.

7.     Make the balls nice and round and press them as they cook that way the whole mixtures will cook evenly and you won’t get the raw feeling in the middle.

8.     Once both sides are nice and brown put them on a mesh plate. So they dry up and still don’t get soggy.


By and large I don’t eat my burgers with mayo like the rest of the world. Did you know I don’t eat ketchup?

So I more often than not put green chutney made of fresh coriander, mint, onion, ginger and cumin.

Another relish I love putting in there is the Thai sweet chilli sauce. It adds a bit of the tang. It’s non-compulsory. Though you can get it at any market INA rocks!!


On the same pan take the buns and cook them till light golden brown.

Take some lettuce, cucumber, tomato; cherry tomato if it’s available. Onions whatever salad items you like toss them in some lemon juice black pepper, extra virgin olive oil or add some balsamic vinaigrette.(check the recipe section) Toss it and fantastic …home style burger ready!


Ps- the preeminent ingredient of this meal…gudiya now knows how to make it! One task overJ 








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