Archana's Favorite Kitchen Things

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Thursday, 16 October 2014 06:34

Planning a tea party menu for an afternoon tea party can be fairly simple with a little bit of planning. Depending on the occasion, your afternoon tea menu can be as sparse as tea and along with a cup cake or a teatime cake. Or it can include an elaborate menu that includes multiple types of juices, coffees, teas, cakes, finger sandwiches, pakora’s, chaats and other healthy treats. The afternoon teas have always played an important role in many large joint families, Kitty Parties and Women Club meets. So here in this article I am going to demistity the humungous thought of planning for an afternoon tea party.

Sunday, 12 October 2014 07:32

Thai Style Fried Bananas Recipe is a simple and quick dish than you can whip up for a dessert. It is popularly known as Goreng Pisang in the Asian countries like Singapore and Thailand that is essentially made from ripe bananas dipped in a rice flour and coconut batter, then deep fried to make it crisp.

The fried bananas are one of my favourite desserts, but I hardly make them at home as I tend to avoid cooking too many deep fried dishes. When Philips sent me the Philips Air Fryer the first thing that came to my mind is to try the Crispy Fried Bananas. And the result was super delicious! Perfect crust and soft bananas inside.

Saturday, 11 October 2014 17:43

Fennel Potato Croquettes Stuffed with Paneer (Also known as homemade cottage cheese) is a fancier version than mashed potatoes. Traditionally croquettes are fried and here in this recipe I am using the Philips Air Fryer to fry them. I have experimented with various flavours like adding herbs, grated vegetables and the like, but my favourite has been to season the mashed potatoes with crushed fennel seeds. 

Thursday, 09 October 2014 12:23

The Spinach & Millet Pulav Recipe is a great way to include millets in your diet. I have used foxtail millet, also known as Thinai in Tamil. It is one of those millets that are easy to cook and is very similar to cooking broken wheat. A lot of times, when I make a pulav with grains or millets, I tend to use either broken wheat or fox tail millet instead of rice. This recipe of the pulav is also satvik and does not use onion and garlic and making it even more healthy and nutritious. Serve this delicious Spinach & Millet Pulav along with a Raita of your choice. 

You will notice that I have kept the spices to a minimum, what this does is that it brings out the flavors of the millet and spinach and gives a rich taste.

Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:39

Pepper Mushroom Stir Fry Recipe is a super quick and simple recipe, thats healthy and can be combined with a paratha or a bread to complete a weeknight dinner. I have used button mushrooms in this recipe as i felt they work best in absorbing flavors and also retaining its shape. You can experiment with a lot of other ingredients by adding red bell peppers, or green capsicum or even carrot wedges. 

Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:25

Papaya Orange Pomegranate Salad Recipe is a fruit salad that can be put together in a matter of minutes. The only possible time that will take you is to prepare the fruits. And its totally healthy, with no oils and no sugars. A salad that is perfect for a snack or even a light weeknight dinner with a garlic bread.

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:39

The Oats and Coconut dosa is something that I make often as an instant version of the regular dosa. A lot of times it is by mixing flours together, but sometimes I also add the Oats Flour and coconut to the regular dosa batter and make dosa’s too.

When you add oat flour and coconut to the regular batter, then the measures are 1 cup of dosa batter, 1/2 cup of oat flour and 1/4 cup of coconut. Add a little water to bring it to a dosa batter consistency and check the salt levels and add more if required.

Monday, 06 October 2014 15:44

Delighted to share that Archana's Kitchen Featured at 15 among the Top 100 blogs. 

Monday, 06 October 2014 12:44

Til Ka Chikki is one of the easiest crackers you could ever make and it requires no baking. These chikkis are very nutritious because of the combination of sesame seeds and jaggery, both of which are good sources of iron and minerals. The Chikki stores very well and makes a perfect energy booster for any time of the day.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 17:20

The Cheesy Broccoli Pasta Recipe is a super simple and quick to make pasta that you can whip up in less than 30 minutes, if you have all the ingredients handy. The addition of cream cheese, black pepper, dill as a herb and stir fried broccoli makes this pasta a super hit among the kids too.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:14

The Green Moong Dal Tadka Recipe is delicious and easy to make, and is very nutritious too. I most often cook my dal in a pressure cooker with all the ingredients added in and finally just before serving add in the ghee tadka. The ghee tadka is so important for dal's that it heightens the flavor of the dish and makes it perfect to mix it along with rice for a very warm comforting meal.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 12:03

The Spicy Stir Fried Broccoli Recipe is a healthy, quick, simple and delicous way of getting the nutritous vegetable into your diet. You can mix and match a variety of things into this recipe, by adding mushrooms, bell peppers, some snow peas or just have it plain. Serve the Spicy Stir Fried Broccoli along with a Yogurt Dip for your parties or just as a side dish for a weeknight dinner.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 03:08

In an Indian scenario today, everyone takes to fad diet and temporary cures for weight loss, with very little thought given to ‘prevention’ of weight gain or an ailment. Here comes an approach that talks about ‘prevention’ of any health condition and reversing ailments from a simple migraine to a cancer.  Macrobiotics in India started when Mona Schwartz an American by birth migrated to the North of India and started an organic society called ‘The Shakhambari Society’ in Dehradun – ‘The Shakhambari Society’ grew its own brown rice and organized small organic markets for the locals. She mentored Shonali Sabherwal (who had contacted Mona to help with her father’s prostate cancer) who decided to go through a structured program in the US qualifying to be a Macrobiotic Counsellor/Chef/Instructor from the Kushi Institute

Monday, 13 October 2014 08:40

The Courgette & Red Pepper Muffin Recipe are great bites that make great appetisers for parties. You can also serve them along with a salad to turn these muffins into a light supper. These cheesy savoury bites are best eaten when fresh out of the often. Keep the dough for the muffins handy and bake them when you are ready to serve.

Monday, 13 October 2014 08:01

The Mugachi Khichdi Recipe also known as the Moong dal khichdi is a very traditional Maratha comfort food that can be had at time of the year. The combination of carbohydrates and protien along with sublte spices, makes this Khichdi light on the stomach. All you need to do is to serve it with a vegetable like Batata Nu Shaak (Potatoes in Gravy) or even a Kadhi Pakora making your week night dinners simple and healthy

Friday, 20 September 2013 20:10

Green Coriander and Coconut Chutney Recipe is a refreshing and simple to make chutney. The addition of coriander leaves along with fresh coconut along with green chillies and ginger makes this chutney super delicious. It makes for a delectable accompaniment to dishes such as samosas and pakoras, and can even be used as a sandwich spread.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 08:00


Nankhatai's are delicious cookies with an Indian touch. In my search for healthy nankhatai that I could share with our toddler, I stumbled across a recipe by IndianSimmer. I played around with the ingredients ever so slightly. The result was light, crumbly and absolutely delicious cookies. These are great with a cup of steaming coffee and over fun conversations in baby babble. 

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 07:08

 

Aamrakhand recipe is a delicious Mango Yogurt Pudding that is made from the best of the mangoes available in the summer season. Alphonso mango is the favourite of the Indian mangoes that is used in making this Shrikhand. It is simple and quick to make if you have ready hung yogurt, making it a perfect summer dessert.

Monday, 13 May 2013 16:55

Paneer Filo Pastry Pie is a family favourite that is filled with paneer and spices. The filo pastry makes it crisp and crunchy on the outside with moist and flavourful paneer filling inside. It makes a perfect Sunday lunch with a salad and a jug of cold lemonade on the side.

Monday, 29 April 2013 05:46

Bhujne is a 'curry' that is unique to the seafood loving Pathare Prabhu community. This is the vegetarian version that gets made on the days when no meat or fish can be consumed.

Friday, 22 March 2013 05:44

 

Hirve Kaalvan or Fresh Coriander and Coconut Curry is a perfect dish that can be prepared especially when you are tired of the usual dal accompanying your meals.

A versatile curry that goes with any meal, the Hirve Kaalvan is mild and creamy and pairs beautifully with spicier accompaniments for a refreshing change.

Friday, 22 March 2013 04:35

 


Batatyacha Kees is a spicy aloo/potato recipe that is made with a delicious combination of cooking potatoes along with peanuts, cumin and green chillies. By keeping the ingredient list to a minimum, the flavors of the peanuts, along with green chillies makes this dish quick and simple to prepare and delicious to eat as well. This spicy aloo recipe also doubles up as a ‘faraal’ dish on upvaas (fasting) days.

Friday, 08 March 2013 02:37


Spring brings fresh sugar snap peas to mind and Vatanyacha Phadna is a simple and delicate dish that makes the most of these jade beauties. Black pepper adds a kick to this dish while the caramelised pods sprinkled with grated coconut yield a sweeter taste. You can also make the dish from petit pois or any other variety of tender, sweet peas.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:07

 

Chickpea Masala Burgers are perfect one dish dinners for those Friday Movie Nights at home. It is simple to put together and makes a dinner under an hour when you have all the ingredients handy.  You can prepare for this dinner in advance and spend under 30 minutes on the day, to get dinner on the table.

Monday, 18 February 2013 09:30

Fresh and Fluffy Puttermilk Pancakes! Store bought ones come nowhere close to these moist and melt in your mouth beauties. These are perfect for a lazy Saturday brunch and are ready in under 30 minutes, unless of course, you are preparing to feed an army! :) Options for toppings range from the usual maple syrup to fruits and caramel sauce, which we tried this weekend. Lip smackingly delicious! 

Friday, 15 November 2013 11:00

Moong Dal Khasta Kachori is a delicious tea time snack that is also made for the festive season. This Kachori is served with yogurt, Green ChutneyTamarind Chutney and chopped onion. By using readymade namkeen for filling there is no risk of filling going for a toss and in no way outer covering can get wet or soggy because of filling.
 These Khasta Kachoris can be made in advance and this way you also can relish them with your guests instead of sweating in the kitchen.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013 20:16

Moong Dal Mini Samosas are perfect little bites to put a zing into any festive occasion. These samosas are made from Moong Dal Namkeen that you in stores with the additon of a few spices to add to the flavors of this quick samosa. These samosas also make for perfect tea time snack or an appetizer for parties for the holiday season.

Monday, 11 November 2013 09:36

The Low Calorie Moong Dal Halwa Recipe is an idol if you want to enjoy goodness of Moong Dal Halwa without the consuming the of tons of calories that most often goes into a halwa. This halwa recipe is great for the festive season when all of us want to consume dishes that are healthy and not too heavy on the tummy as well

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 08:58

The Jain Style Paneer Makhani Recipe is a rich creamy gravy dish that uses no onion, ginger or garlic and is quick to prepare. The addition of cream and a few spices bring out the delicious flavors of this no Jain Style Paneer Makhani making it a perfect weeknight dinner that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes.

Sunday, 03 November 2013 19:49

The Homemade Jalebi Recipe is a delicious mithai dish that you can make right in your own kitchen. The Jalebi is a traditional sweet dish that is made on every festival, special occations and monsoons. And so much so even homes make this dish to celebrate the occation. This homemade Jalebi recipe is actually very easy to prepare and tastes absolutely delicious. Festivals like Diwali are incomplete without the preparation of this sweet dish.

Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:52

 

Sweet Boondi Halwa is a variation of Boondi Ladoo that is quick to make and perfect for the festive occasion. Made using boondi, kesar and dry fruits, this rich halwa is a wonderful offering for the Diwali puja, and echoes the true spirit of the festivities.

Friday, 18 October 2013 11:44

 

The Creamy Fruit Delight is my delicious and nutritious take on the fruit cream served up at Haji Ali Mosque in Mumbai. This drink packs the healthiness of fresh fruits with the creaminess of curd all in a glass. The drink can be had at any time, in the evenings or even as a post-lunch dessert, and the taste can be varied depending on the kind of fruits that go into the drink. Also, since the recipe uses hung curd and not only calorie-rich cream, it works wonderfully on digestion and packs a healthy punch.

Monday, 14 October 2013 19:28

 

The Hyderabadi Double Ka Meetha is a traditional Hyderabadi dessert prepared with bread, which derives its name from ‘Double Roti’, a term used for bread during the British era. This Indian version of bread pudding showcases the deliciousness of bread when it absorbs the richness of milk and cream and is flavoured with dry fruits and spices.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 11:12

 

Makhane Ki Phirni is beautiful combination of 2 classic dishes, Makhane Ki Kheer and Rice Phirni. The fusion of both these dishes is a delicious recipe that tastes divine and is perfect for a traditional festival like Navrathri and Diwali This dish is also suitable as a dessert option for those people who avoid rice, and fast during the 9 days of the festival. Incorporating lotus seeds, one of the most underrated ingredients into a traditional dish, also makes the dish more healthy and nutritious.

Tuesday, 08 October 2013 19:01

 

Paneer Gulab Jamuns are wonderful little cottage cheese balls that are shaped into a delectable Indian sweet - The Gulab Jamuns. This recipe is a version of Bengal’s famous Channa Jalebi or Paneer Jalebi. Instead of small balls, these jamuns can even be shaped into Jalebis, but this can get time-consuming especially when prepared for a large gathering. These gulab jamuns are subtly sweet and add a beautiful flavour to the festivities.

Tuesday, 01 October 2013 18:05

 

The Quick Bun Pizza Recipe is a super quick way to get a pizza made at home for the kids and family. Makes a perfect cooking in a hurry food for the busy weeknights or even a snack for kids after school. All you need is a pasta or pizza sauce, some vegetables and cheese and the pizzas are ready in 20 minutes.

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