Chilli Paneer Dry 

This is a really Indian take on a Chinese style inspired spicy starter with cottage cheese – which is an Indian favourite for vegetarians. This can be as spicy or mild as you like it. 

I used the following vegetables but you can add whatever you like 

Red peppers – diced into large cubes 

Green peppers – diced into large cubes 

Fresh ginger and garlic – finely chopped or minced 

Spring onions -finely chopped 

Red jalapeño- cut into slices 

Fresh green chillies – slit lengthwise 

Ground black pepper 

Chinese sauces – green chilly, soya, black pepper, red chilly sauce 


1 spoon of cornflour.

How to cook : 

Chop paneer into large cubes. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of cornflour, some black pepper, salt and red chilli powder if desired on the paneer and let it sit for 10 min. 

Take a wok, I added just 1 tablespoon of oil for 400 gm of paneer.Lightly toss the paneer in this oil until cooked and soft. You can deep-fry them if you like but I made a low cal version. 

Keep aside. 

In a bowl add 1 tablespoon or more (per taste) of soya sauce, red and green chilli sauce abd black pepper sauce. Blend well and ksso aside. 

Use the same pan used for paneer, add 1 teaspoon of oil, add the ginger and garlic and cook slightly. Now turn the flame high. Add in chopped vegetables and stir fry for a few minutes.  Add the blended sauces and cook for a minute or two. Toss in the cooked paneer and coat well in sauces anand veggies.

Check seasoning and serve hot.

Be cautious of adding salt because all the sauces are high on salt so you want to check and taste before adding more. 

Spice level can be adjusted per taste.  


Sabudana or sago khichdi

This is an absolutely delicious preparation of sago or sabudana as it’s called in India.  Soaked for a few hours and then tempered with cumin, black mustard, green chillies and cooked with peanuts, coriander, potatoes and some fresh lime juice squeezed. It’s a popular dish in maharashtra and cooking it takes some skill ..else it’s too soggy or uncooked or too oily. 

One of my fav breakfast dishes for sure.

Chicken Seekh Kabab 

I am always looking for low oil recipes that don’t require potatoes, flour and other fattening ingredients. I tried this chicken seekh which turned out really well without the use of any of  lot of oil other potato. 

I used minced chicken. To that added some vinegar, salt and pepper, ginger and garlic which was finely chopped, coriander leaves again finely chopped, some green chillies and seasoned with chicken masala. I had to add some bread to provide it a firm shape. Also added 1 egg. 

That’s it ..mix well and refrigerate for a better hold when trying to shape it on the skewer. I cooked them in a pan on the gas ( not oven) but I guess you could do either. Squeeze lime before serving. 

Not fried bread rolls

What can be better than enjoying your fav food without the calories:-)

I recently got my hands on Philips air fryer and have been checking which recipes actually work without oil. Bread roll passed the test with flying colours.  I made the bread rolls as you would and then just kept them in the air fryer.  It took it’s time but the taste was flawlessly there. Highly reccomended dish for air fryer image

Chicken Tikka (No Oil)

Another of my latest – Zero Oil Cooking – feature. Specially for meats like chicken, and fish I find its pretty easy to cook without the oil. I feel happy cutting back a few calories whenever I can. I used a marinade for the chicken cubes and left them in for about 2 hours. Then its a matter

Chicken Tikka of which vegetables you like – I have yellow and red peppers and some onions, seasoned and grilled on a pan for a few minutes to soften up. Added skewers to the chicken and grilled them, makes them easy to handle and eat, and served with some lime wedges and a green mint coriander chutney. Dinner is a breeze