Upma Recipe – Indian savory breakfast made with Cream of Wheat

14 Oct

Upma is a very popular south Indian breakfast food. In Goa it is available at the chaia dukan (Tea Stalls) till lunch time, locals call it Uppit. Upma recipes have changed so much that it is now  consumed for lunch or dinner. The newer recipes have toasted nuts and dal, veggies and additional spices. The flavor and aroma are from curry leaves and mustard seeds. My recipe is of the past old days when life and foods were simple and not complicated.


Serving Size: 3-4


2 tbsp of ghee or oil

1 cup cream of wheat/ rava/ semolina

2.5 cups water

1 medium onion chopped finely

15-20 curry leaves

1 green chilli

1/2 tsp of black brown mustard seeds

2 pinches of asafoetida

1/2 tsp of sugar

1/2 tsp of  salt



Heat a non-stick pan and roast the cream of wheat on medium heat by stirring continuously for 5-7 minutes till it has a nice light golden color and a nutty smell.

Take of heat. Heat oil or ghee in a pot. Add the mustard seeds, chilli and curry leaves, saute for 20-35 seconds. Add the onions and saute till light brown. You can add peas and carrots if you like and saute for 1-2 minutes. On the side boil 2.5 cup water add the sugar and salt.

Once onions are soft add the boiling water and slowly add the roasted cream of wheat by stirring continuously till no lumps are formed. check for seasoning.

Cook for about 2-3 minutes till thicken. Turn off the heat and let stand for 5 minutes. You can now mould the upma or serve as is. Enjoy it hot.


Zoodles Recipe – Versatile and Healthy Low Carbs Alternative

3 Oct

zoodles-tikka-masala-chicken-curry-recipe-healthy-foods-vegetarian-veganEvery time I am on Pinterest I have seen appetizing pictures of Zoodles. It has been on my list for a while. Finally a couple of weeks back I made it for the first time. On my first try I cooked it too long and it became too watery. I kept reducing the time on the stove till I finally felt that I had got it. The best duration to cook the zoodles is adding it to an already heated pan or pot taking it off heat and mixing it gently till the heats transfers and makes them soft without letting out too much water. This is not a very good food for leftovers you got to make it fresh. For the next couple of weeks I used zoodles as substitute for pasta and rice. Enjoyed them with pasta sauce, chicken curry and kung pao chicken. It gives you the same sense of slurping regular pasta or noodles without the extra carbs.




Serving Size: 2-4


4 medium zucchini or courgette spiralized or julienned

2-3 smashed garlic cloves

1 tbsp of oil

Salt to taste


Heat a pan add the smashed garlic saute for 15-30 seconds.

Take the pan off heat add the zucchini noodles or zoodles sprinkle salt and toss in gently for 1-2 minutes.

Top the zoodles with warmed pasta sauce, sautéed or curried chicken, vegetables or any creamy sauce of choice. Enjoy a healthy meal. Also enjoy it as a side vegetable dish.


Indo-Chinese Hot and Sour Soup Recipe

19 Sep

The Indian hot and sour soup is one of my husband’s favorite and now it’s my 9-year-old’s as well. I grew up with Indo-Chinese cuisine outside of goan and indian as it was the only other cuisine.  Now a days you can find all sorts of different cuisine in Goa. A Indo-Chinese restaurant called “Gaylin” was the most popular one in Margao.  You can also check out my other Indo-Chinese recipe  Chicken Manchurian.



This recipe is fairly easy and can be done a vegetarian or non-veg version. In the vegetarian version you can add cabbage, green beans, mushroom, carrots, bamboo shoots and tofu and for a non-veg shredded chicken. Else you can leave it as a thick broth without any additions. Last week I  used the same recipe to make chicken wonton soup.




Serving Size: 4-6


6 cups of water or stock

1/2 onion finely chopped

5-7 finely chopped garlic cloves

1″ ginger chopped fine

3 tbsp of corn starch

1.5 tbsp of vinegar

4-5 tbsp of soya sauce

1 tbsp of chili-garlic paste

1/2-1 green chili chopped

salt to taste


1/2 cup finely chopped cabbage

1/2 cup finely chopped green beans

1/4 cup finely cubed carrots

1/2 cup cubed tofu

1/4 cup bamboo shoot

1/2 cup mushrooms

12-16 wonton

1 egg beaten

1/2 cup shredded chicken


In a pot saute the onion and green chili till soften. Next add the ginger, garlic and saute for 30-40 seconds. Next add the vegetables and sweat them for 4-5 minutes.

To this add water or stock, chili-garlic paste, soya sauce, vinegar and salt to season and cook covered for 15 minutes on medium heat. You can add the wonton or tofu or shredded chicken bring to a boil.

Mix the cornstarch with 3-4 tbsp of water to form a paste. Add this mixture to the hot soup and stir till it thickens and starts to bubble. Finally add the beaten egg and stir the soup slowly to get egg stands.

Take of heat and serve hot. You can add fresh chopped cilantro for garnish.



Recheado Bhangde – Spicy Stuffed Mackerels Recipe

9 Sep

This recipe is not for faint hearted as it is spicy. It is quintessential Goan and an everyday food during the mackerel season. Growing up we ate fish, vegetables and fruits that were only seasonal. It was much healthier this way. The word “recheado bhangde” is a combination of 2 languages “recheado” is portuguese and means “stuffed” and “bhangdo, bhangde ” is in konkani meaning “mackerel, mackerels”. Goan love their fresh caught fish for everyday meals. Till today the fisherwoman comes over with the daily catch in the morning.



A typical fish market in Goa

FYI: While I was researching for images on google I came across a YouTube video that had used one of my earlier image as the icon picture for the video and watermark it as their own. It made me very upset since I always credit my images and do not water mark.recheado-bangde-bangda-bhangde-recipe-ingredients-mackerels

Suggestion: 4 medium stuffed mackerel


4 medium mackerel

5-6 tbsp of goan recheado masala

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 cup cream of wheat or rava for coating

Salt to taste


Clean the mackerel guts and scales. Next butterfly the fish on both side of the bone and leave the bone in.

Apply salt on the inside out and keep aside.

Mix the recheado masala with sugar and salt to taste.

Apply the masala on either side of the fillet and marinate for 15-20 minutes.

Heat oil in a pan. Coat each sides with cream of wheat or rava or semolina and fry for about 4-5 minutes on each side on medium heat till golden brown.

Enjoy with a side of salad, pulao rice or some steamed vegetables.


Methi Bhaji – Fenugreek Leaves and Urad Dal Recipe

26 Aug

Fenugreek leaves is popular in a Goan household. It is usually made into a vegetable while in the rest parts of India methi leaves is used in many ways. It has many health benefits  which makes it very popular. I had never cooked with methi leaves before so this was my first time. Just fyi, I have to be in a zen state before I get cooking with first time ingredients so as not to mess up the recipe😉


Serving Size: 4-6


leaves of 2 bunches of methi

1 small onion chopped finely

1 cup of moong or urad dal soaked for 30 minutes in water

1/4 tsp of Asafoetida (hing)

1/2″ finely chopped ginger

3 finely chopped garlic cloves

1 slit green chili

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp lemon/lime juice

salt to taste


Heat a pan add oil. Once the oil is hot add asafoetida (hing), chopped garlic, ginger and sliced green chili.

Add sliced onions and saute the onions for 1 minute until they turn soft.

Drain the water from soaked dal, add dal in the pan. Let the dal cook along with onion for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add turmeric powder and coriander powder. Give a stir and mix well.

Now add washed methi leaves or fenugreek leaves and stir.

Let the methi gets cooked for 2 minutes until it reduces in size.

Once methi starts shrinking add salt as per taste and sugar. Squeeze 1 tsp of lemon juice.

Mix well and let cook uncovered for 2 minutes.

Methi bhaji is ready to serve with phulkas, chapati or rice.


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