April 17, 2017

Rye Breakfast sandwich with Cucumber and Eggs

Rye is a grass grown extensively as a grain, a cover crop and as a forage crop. It is a member of the wheat tribe and is closely related to barley and wheat (Source : Wikipedia). The Bread made with Rye is a excellent substitute for regular sandwich bread. This is a simple breakfast sandwich made with boiled eggs, cream cheese and fresh cucumber. Enjoy this sandwich with a cup of Coffee or Tea or for snacks.

Ingredients: (Serves 2 people)

  • 4 slices of rye bread
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 2 boiled eggs, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 small salad cucumber, thinly sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • To start making Rye Breakfast sandwich with Cucumber and Eggs, In a small bowl add crumbled eggs and cream cheese, stir well to combine. 
  • Place the 2 bread slices, brush some butter on each slice. 
  • Place thinly sliced cucumber into layer on each slice. 
  • Divide the egg mixture and spread evenly above layered cucumber. Sprinkle some salt and pepper. Butter the remaining bread slices and cover the sandwich with butter side down. 
  • Serve sliced in the middle.

April 5, 2017

Makai Paneer Pakora

            Makai Paneer Pakora is a deep fried fritters made with corn and paneer. When you look up for some fried fritters along with a hot cup of chai or coffee, try out this pakora made with some freshly grated paneer, mashed corn, green chili, chickpea flour and some spices that come together to make these fritters absolutely appetizing.

April 3, 2017

Moong dal ladoo

              I am a big fan of Besan Ladoo and my little ones favorite is Moong dal ladoo. They taste so similar too. They are so smooth and melting inside your mouth as you take your first bite. The taste to your ladoo is always based on the way you roast your lentils. We need to roast them on low flame evenly until aroma comes out and that makes these ladoos smooth and tasty. 

March 27, 2017

Five Spice Bean Burger

             Five Spice Bean Burger is a burger with beans as the basic ingredient. The flavors are added in with Five Spice powder also called as Chinese Five spice powder. Preparing Fresh Five spice powder is very easy. It has Cinnamon, Cloves, Fennel, Star anise and peppercorns. They are roasted slightly and powdered fresh. These fresh spices are very flavorful and blend well with the beans.

For making Five spice powder:

  • 2 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 large star anise
  • 1 teaspoon peppercorns

(Roast all the ingredients on low heat until aroma comes out, cool down and powder finely)

For Burger:

  • 7 oz can Great Northern beans
  • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon five spice powder
  • salt to taste
  • 3 hamburger buns
  • Cheese slices as needed
  • 2 tablespoon mayo or as needed
  • Mixed Greens / Lettuce leaves as needed


  • To start making Five Spice Bean Burger, drain the beans to a medium bowl, reserving the liquid. Mash the beans using a fork or potato masher. 
  • Add bread crumbs, egg, pepper, garlic powder, soy sauce, sugar, lemon juice, cilantro, five spice powder with required salt. Mix all the ingredients until the burger holds together. If needed add a little from the reserved bean liquid but it should not become too wet. 
  • Divide the batter to 3 equal portions and shape into patties. Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the patties and cook, turning once, until a crisp crust forms on both sides. Place the cheese slice on the top of cooked burger, once it starts to melt, switch off and remove to a plate. Meanwhile, warm up the burger buns in a 300'F oven for about 4 to 5 minutes. 
  • Spread mayo on each warm burger bun. Start layering the burger by adding lettuce then layer the cooked burger patties and cover with the top burger bun. Serve warm.