Basil-scented Green Salad

basil scented green salad 3

Welcoming Monsoons in Bangalore, this is a recipe that celebrates the beginnings of rains, a brand-new diet plan and a new magazine that I am about to launch in ten more days!

basil scented green salad 2 basil scented green salad

  1. half a head of green Cabbage
  2. 1 medium green Bell Pepper
  3. 15-20 leaves of green Basil
  4. 1 tbsp of cooked brown rice
  5. 1 medium green Apple
  6. ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  7. 10 almonds
  8. 8 walnuts
  9. 4 cloves of garlic
  10. 1 medium green chilli
  11. Salt
  12. Black/white pepper (optional)


  • Roast the nuts dry, till they are lightly browned, and keep them aside
  • Julienne the bell pepper and cabbage, mince the garlic, and finely chop the chilli.
  • In the same pan, pour about 2 tspns of oil and stir fry them for 30 seconds each, separately (starting with the garlic and chilli), and set them aside.

For the basil-scented oil, this is what I did:

  • Heat ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil in a deep pan, and switch off just a minute before you know it would start getting smoky. That would be approximately a minute and a half on medium heat.
  • After switching off, tap the basil leaves into the oil and wait for things to settle down. Leave them to steep for about a day.


  • Slice the apple into half-moons and set aside.
  • Arrange the salad on your plate (vegetables garlic and chilli, nuts, rice and the apple), adjust the seasoning, and dress the salad with the basil-scented oil. A warm and welcoming salad it is!

basil scented green salad 7 basil scented green salad 6 basil scented green salad 5 basil scented green salad 4

Chocolate Almond Pomegranate Cake

chocolate almond pomegranate cake


So, what did you do for Christmas and New Year? Ours was simple and serene. We baked cakes, ate lots of goodies and relaxed quite a bit. No, it was not hectic. This is the cake we made for Christmas. For new year, we made a simple biscuit cake; does not need detailing at all.

  1. 1 cup oat flour
  2. 1 cup roasted almond flour
  3. 5 heaped tspns whole wheat flour
  4. 2 heaped tbspns of dark, unsweetened cocoa (powder)
  5. A pinch of salt
  6. 1 heaped tspn baking powder (double action)
  7. 3 heaped tspns of dark brown sugar
  8. 1 cup buttermilk
  9. ½ cup vegetable oil
  10. 1 tspn vanilla extract
  11. ½ cup fresh pomegranate juice
  12. 1 tbspn natural honey


For the frosting:

  1. 150 g unsalted butter
  2. 100 g cocoa butter
  3. 2 tbspn natural honey
  4. Seeds from half a pomegranate

chocolate almond pomegranate cake 4 chocolate almond pomegranate cake 2


  • Preheat the oven to 170C
  • In a bowl, sift the flours, baking powder and salt, and mix in the sugar.
  • In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients (buttermilk, oil and vanilla extract) and keep ready.
  • Combine the wet ingredients into the dry and mix thoroughly until homogenous.
  • This mixture makes 3 6-inch cakes. (i.e., if you feel this should be one layer, then make this mixture 3 times.)
  • Bake each layer for 35-38 minutes, till a skewer inserted comes out clean
  • Meanwhile, combine the pomegranate juice and honey in a small saucepan, and reduce it to half by simmering the mixture gently. Take the mixture off the stove and cool the reduction for 5-7 minutes
  • While the cakes are still warm (but not hot) out of the oven, make some holes in the cakes with a toothpick, and pour the reduction over the layers quite generously.

chocolate almond pomegranate cake 3 chocolate almond pomegranate cake5


  • While the cakes are cooling down, make the frosting by first whisking the butter till it is pale;
  • Add honey and vanilla extract, and leave the mixture aside.
  • Finely chop the white chocolate, and melt it in the microwave in 15-20-second intervals, very carefully.
  • Combine this molten chocolate with the butter mixture and whisk again till everything is combined well.
  • Now frost the cooled cakes, layer-by-layer, and then the layers placed together, on a turntable.
  • Line the top of the cake with pomegranate seeds
  • Let the cake chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, before serving.

Superfood Snack

superfood snack 5

superfood snack 6 superfood snack 3

Do you have those mid-afternoon cravings like me? If you do, then do try making these at home. These are wonderful, delicious and ever-so-simple to make.

superfood snack 4 superfood snack 2 superfood snack 1

  1. 22-25 Mejdool dates
  2. 1 cup of jumbo oats
  3. 1/3 cup pecans
  4. 1/3 cup walnuts
  5. 1/3 cup almonds
  6. 2 tbspns watermelon seeds
  7. 2 tbspns sunflower seeds
  8. 1 tbspn organic honey
  9. 1 ½ tspn fennel seeds
  10. 1 tspn salt
  11. 1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil (optional)


  • Roast the fennel seeds and then the nuts in a pan, and place them in a blender to blend them into a not-so-fine powder
  • Next, blend the oats and fennel into a fine powder. You can blend oats and fennel seeds together.
  • If the dates are bit tough, then soak them in warm water for about 10 minutes and then de-seed them. Blend the deseeded dates in a processor till an almost fine paste.
  • Now start combining the processed nuts, oats, fennel, dates, and the watermelon seeds and sunflower seeds and honey (and oil, if you are using).
  • After everything is well combined, flatten the mixture out and cut into shapes.
  • The mixture is a little sticky, so you may want to line your plate with a grease-proof paper.
  • Have them immediately and/or store them in the fridge. They keep well for little more than a week.


Orange-Cardamom-Chocolate Cake (Egg-less, Dairy-free cake)

occ cake 2

Hope you are all doing well. I know it has been some time I posted; and been some time I posted a cake.

occ cake 4

orange - cardamom cake occ cake 3

However, sometimes, you just have to have a cake, with chocolate A chocolate cake! Or atleast a cake with chocolate frosting! Right?

occ cake 6

occ cake 7 occ cake 5

Though we used oat flour and wholewheat flour in it, this cake turned out moist like the cakes you get in bakeries, except that this is a comparatively healthy version of the same. Feel free to change the icing part to something you prefer. I used something that I thought was better for us. Also, instead of cardamom tea, you could use normal tea with a hint of cardamom powder, if you like. Place a bag of cardamom tea in recently boiled water and brew it for about 3-4 minutes for a concentrated version.

The cake keeps well for 2 days (not in the fridge; I just left in covered on the countertop). We had it for breakfast and it seemed another healthy option aside from an omelette, focaccia, or toast.



  1. 1 ½ cups oat flour
  2. ½ cup whole wheat flour
  3. ½ cup vegetable oil
  4. 1 ½ tbspn coconut sugar
  5. 1 heaped tspn baking powder
  6. ½ tspn salt
  7. Zest of 2 juicy oranges
  8. ½ cup orange juice
  9. ½ cup of cardamom tea


  • Preheat the oven to 180C.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, salt, baking powder, sugar and zest.
  • In another bowl, add the hot tea, orange juice and oil; mix well to combine these wet ingredients.
  • Combine the wet ingredients and dry ingredients and make a smooth batter.
  • Divide the batter into 2 small baking dishes/cake moulds, and bake for 35-40 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • After this, let the cakes cool down completely before going ahead with the icing.


  1. 200 g Cottage Cheese
  2. 200 g Unsweetened Dark Chocolate (preferably more than 60%)
  3. 4-5 tbspns warm milk


  • Break up the cottage cheese and add it to a food processor. Process it with a tbspn of warm milk.
  • Chop finely and melt the chocolate either on a double-boiler or the microwave, until smooth and silky
  • Add it to the processed cottage cheese and process again till everything combines homogenously.
  • Decant the mixture into a bowl and mix it thoroughly, and add the remaining milk, to make it a silky mixture.
  • Place this mixture in the fridge for about 10 min, and ice your cake after this.