Thursday, January 21, 2010

Khatti Meethi Tamatar ki Chatni

Chitra Pal khate Mithe Tamatar ki Chattni


1. 10-15 desi tomatoes

2. 1 tsp of sugar

3. 1 tbsp of oil

4. 1tsp of cumin / zeera seeds

5. 1 tsp of salt and red chili powder


1. Dice tomatoes in very small pieces or grate them

2. Heat oil in pan

3. When oil is hot drop in cumin seeds

4. When the cumin seeds crackle add tomatoes

5. Let them cook for 5 minutes with lid closed on slow medium heat.

6. Now add sugar and stir well till sugar caramelizes.

7. When sugar is melted well add salt and red chili powder and let it cook until all water is evaporated on slow heat.

8. Serve hot or cold with parantha’s or on bread as a spread.

- Chitra

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Potato Wedges

Chitra Pal Potato Wedges


1. 2 medium potatoes

2. Salt to taste

3. Pepper to taste

4. 1 tbsp of lemon juice

5. Red chili powder to taste

6. 1tsp. of hot sauce

7. 2 tbsp of virgin olive oil

Chitra Pal PotatoWedges


1. Cut the potatoes in wedges and drop in glass bowl

2. Spray oil on the wedges

3. Sprinkle salt, pepper and red chili powder and red hot sauce

4. Now toss over the wedges with spatula

5. Spread the wedges in oven tray. Oven should be preheated at 400 degrees

6. Bake the wedges till they turn golden brown

7. Sprinkle lemon juice all over the wedges.

8. Serve hot with spicy mayonnaise sauce or tomato sauce

- Chitra

Friday, January 8, 2010

Low Fat Burschetta with Roasted Tomatoes

Chitra Pal Burchetta


1. ½ cup of feta cheese

2. 2 tbsp of mozzarella cheese

3. 1 sesame French baguette loaf bread, sliced 1 inch thick

4. 2 cups of thinly sliced firm tomatoes (seeds out)

5. Salt and black pepper to taste

6. 1 tbsp of lemon zest

7. Two tbsp. of fresh chopped basil

8. Olive oil for drizzling

french bread


1. Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

2. Toast the bread in oven by drizzling olive oil on both sides of bread until light brown.

3. Toast the tomatoes also with olive oil and salt and pepper until they turn golden brown.

4. Now take out the tomatoes and let it cool down for some time.

5. In a big bowl add tomatoes, basil, lemon zest, mozzarella cheese.

6. Take out the bread now and place the tomatoes mixture and let it bake for 5 minutes.

7. Garnish with crumbled feta cheese and mint / basil leaves.

8. Bake them only when your guest arrives. Before that just prepare all ingredients.

Adding only two tbsp. of cheese will be less fattening as compared to normal burschetta and using all fresh ingredients is healthy as a dish.


Strawberry Sorbet

Chitra Pal Strawaberry Sorbet


1. 8-10 frozen strawberries

2. 5 ice cubes

3. 1 cup of Ice Tea mixed with water (I opted for Crystal light Peach flavor), you can also use any kind of fruit juice apple / orange / mango

4. 2-3 cherries to garnish

Chitra Pal Stawberries frozen for Sorbe


1. Blend strawberries with juice or ice tea.

2. When strawberries are blended well mix ice cubes till they turn to thick mixture.

3. Serve icy cold garnished with a cherry.

This can be done with any frozen fruit like mangoes, pineapple, berries or even water melon or mix two fruits together. Now you don’t have to spend so much on frozen treat outside and enjoy making your own.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Chilled Mediterranean Salad

Chitra Pal Chilled Mediterranean Salad


  1. 1 small bag green romaine lettuce hearts or one fresh romaine
  2. 1 English cucumber, sliced thinly with grater
  3. 1 cup chopped kalamata/black or green olives
  4. 1/2 medium red onion, diced vertically
  5. 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  6. 3 firm tomatoes sliced in bite size
  7. 1 cup baby artichokes in can
  8. 1 tablespoon capers
  9. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  10. 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  11. 1/2 cup red wine vinaigrette
  12. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  13. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  14. 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  15. 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  16. 1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence or Greek seasoning
  17. 1 pita bread cut them diagonally.


1. Take a small bowl and a whisk for mixing dressing for salad.

2. Add Olive oil and salt and pepper.

3. Mix together and add vinegar and lemon juice slowly keeps on stirring while adding, so that it mixes well.

4. In a large bowl for tossing salad add all the salad ingredients.

5. Chop the romaine, and add to salad bowl.

6. Toss in the cucumber, olives, tomatoes, artichokes and red onion and set aside.

7. Now Add Feta cheese, capers and greek seasoning or herbes de provence and toss well.

8. Pour dressing we prepared earlier over salad and toss well to combine.


Friday, January 1, 2010


Chitra Pal New Year Fresh Food

Everybody makes a New Year Resolution to eat healthy and stay fit. Most of us want to achieve size Zero as soon as possible and for that we try different things like Gym, Yoga....etc.

But we all know that to stay healthy we have to start eating fresh and healthy food.

So for all of you my friends, my new year resolution is to post some fresh and healthy recipes which are very economical and easy to cook at home with fresh ingredients.

Let’s start fresh……