[Recipe] Nan Paratha


What you need

  • White flour                  3 cups
  • Yeast                           1 tbsp
  • Sugar                           1 tbsp
  • Oil                               2 tbsp
  • Salt                              1 tsp
  • Egg                              1
  • Black seed                   a pinch
  • Coriander                    1 bunch
  • Lukewarm water         as needed
  • Butter                          4 tbsp

What you do

  1. Mix all the ingredients. Use lukewarm water and knead it into dough.
  2. Let it rest for an hour.
  3. Break off small pieces of dough, roll them into balls, place some butter on them, and even them out into discs. (You should have at least six discs.)
  4. Fry on a hot pan or bake in an oven and cut them into large pieces (as shown in the picture).
  5. Enjoy with Raita or Chutney.

Mood Foods


We often grab certain foods to satisfy those urges which have nothing remotely whatsoever to do with hunger. These specific foods are those which work on our mood in a particular way – this is exactly why we crave them in times of depression or stress. However, there is a less obvious but equally effective and healthier alternative to these “mood foods.”


Mood Foods: Cakes and sweets give an instant sugar rush and lift your mood – however, their effect wears off fast, leaving you feel worse.

Healthy Alternative: Try fresh or dried fruits to give you a quick boost – and this boost won’t be followed by a slump.


Mood Foods: Chocolates and ice creams; however, sugar only exacerbates your anxiety.

Healthy Alternative: Try a glass of skimmed milk or low-fat yoghurt.


Mood Foods: Cakes or chocolates distract you from boredom with a sudden energy rush

Healthy Alternative: Try grilled chicken or tuna sandwich – high protein foods stimulate the brain and give long-lasting energy release.


Mood Foods: Sugary foods – however, they stroke your anger further

Healthy Alternative: Try complex carbohydrates such as bread, cereals or pasta.

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A Chicken Affair

Vol 6 - Issue 3 Eating HealthyBy Naheed Ansari 

Chicken with Basil

What you need

  • Boneless chicken (cut in small pieces) – 1 kg
  • Garlic (chopped) – 2 tbsp
  • Mushrooms (cut) – 4
  • Green chillies – 3
  • Basil leaves – 1 cup
  • Spring onions (chopped) – 1 cup
  • Oyster sauce – 3 tbsp
  • Soya sauce – 1 tbsp
  • Onions (medium sized / chopped) – 2

What you do

1)      Heat 1 tbsp oil; add onions and garlic.

2)      Fry a little, add chicken and stir fry for 3 minutes.

3)      Add green chillies and mushrooms.

4)      Then add oyster sauce and soya sauce.

5)      Further, add basil and spring onions.

6)      Your chicken is now ready to serve.

Chicken with Lime Spices

What you need:

  • Chicken (fillets / cut in strips) – 4
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Lime (green / marinated) – 1
  • Coriander (ground / pounded) – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric (ground) – ½ tsp
  • Cumin (ground) – 1 tsp
  • Mint (fresh / finely chopped) – 1 tbsp
  • Pita bread (large) – 1

What you do:

1)      Marinate the chicken with lime, coriander, turmeric, cumin and mint.

2)      Fry in a griddle pan with olive oil.

3)      Serve with pita bread and salad.

Chills in Summer

By Naheed Ansari

Fruit Yoghurt

What you need

  • Yoghurt – 1 kg
  • Condensed milk – 1 can
  • Pineapple/mango jelly powder – 1 packet
  • Pineapple/mango cubes – 1 can
  • Cream – 1 box
  • Gelatin – 1 tbsp

What you do

1)      Mix yoghurt, condensed milk, jelly powder and cream. Beat well.

2)      Mix gelatin powder with pineapple juice.

3)      Add gelatin powder and pineapple juice mixture to yoghurt mixture and mix well.

4)      Place it in a mould or dish and put it in the freezer or refrigerator for cooling down.

5)      Serve with pineapple/mango slices.

Blue Colada

What you need

  • Castor sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Blue colour – few drops
  • Pineapple juice – 8 oz
  • Vanilla essence – 1/4 tsp
  • Vanilla ice-cream – 2 scoops
  • Crushed ice – 1/2 cup
  • Cream of coconut – 8 oz tin OR
  • Coconut powder – 2 tbsp

What you do

1)      Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend well.

2)      Serve with pineapple slices.

Thai Fruit Salad

What you need

  • Leeches
  • Mangoes
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Honeydew melon
  • Papaya
  • Cherries
  • Bananas
  • Lemon juice

For coconut sauce: mix together coconut milk (thick) with 2 oz castor sugar.

What you do

1)      Cut mangoes in half centre side of the stone. Peel and slice in finger style.

2)      Cut bananas diagonally into chunks and toss in lemon juice.

3)      Arrange fruits on a serving platter and pour coconut sauce over them. You can also serve sauce separately either in a bowl or a jug.

4)      Chill before serving. Sprinkle zest of lemon.