Author: Nidhi Bothra

This paneer makhani recipe with a quick and healthy twist was invented as a weeknight dinner. It has a tomato, onion, and cashew gravy that is subtly sweet and perfectly cushions the tender pieces of paneer that are dropped in. Without any cream and designed as a one-pot meal, this recipe is such a fast and wholesome dish that is sure to be a hit with your families, especially your children.

Paneer Makhani (Quick & Easy Recipe)

Tied to beloved memories and nostalgia from both my kids’ childhoods, this dish stems from very close to my heart. As early as I can remember, both of my kids were hooked onto paneer, especially my youngest. Although I was delighted that it had started to grow on him, I felt hesitant giving him such a creamy/heavy dish everyday. Working over the next few days to perfect a quick recipe for paneer makhani, while keeping that classic taste, my innovation and creativity led me to this, an equally delicious and doable recipe. The dish has a rich gravy with tomatoes, onions, cashews, and most importantly, no cream. Perched in this subtle gravy are delicate, tender pieces of cubed paneer. The sweetness of the gravy perfectly complements the absorbent properties of the paneer, making a wonderfully cohesive dish. In fact, since this recipe is so much healthier than a normal paneer, I was even able to make this a 30-minute recipe by cooking the gravy and paneer together. Now, my kids and all of you can …

“Crunchy outside and creamy inside, these Boondi Rolls are truly mouth drooling and flavorsome preparation for breakfasts.". The first thing that comes to mind when I open the fridge in the morning is, “How about making an exciting breakfast from it?” Trust me transforming a dish is a quite challenging task, but then I guess that's the fun of cooking. Yesterday morning at home, we had some boondi raita that was from the night before. Somehow, the morning rush sparked my creativity and resulted in a delicious breakfast.

Breakfast Boondi Rolls

“Crunchy outside and creamy inside, these Boondi Rolls are truly mouth drooling, flavorsome and refreshing preparation for breakfast”. The first thing that comes to mind when I open the fridge in the morning is, “How about making an exciting breakfast from it?” Trust me transforming a dish is a quite challenging task, but then I guess that’s the fun of cooking. Yesterday morning at home, we had some boondi raita that was from the night before. Somehow, the morning rush sparked my creativity and resulted in a delicious breakfast!

Sabudana Tapas

Sabudana Tapas

With soft, crunchy, and toasted textures, all mixed in one mini cocktail cup, this sabudana (sago/tapioca) appetizer is quick to make and absolutely mouthwatering. It has layers of tamarind/cilantro chutney, sabudana, veggies, potatoes, and spices for a chaat style dish! Sabudana, sago or tapioca pearls used to be one of the major components of my mother’s lavish and only meal of her fasting days. Yes, staying hungry for the entire day for your husband’s long life or for your child’s bright future are some bizarre but legendary beliefs of my beloved India. Well, enough on the incredibility of this country, let me tell you about the dish I have created based on traditional sabudana. Reflecting an individual color, each layer of this Sabudana Tapas has its own burst of flavor. The bottom-most layer of tamarind chutney gives a hint of piquantness while the middle layer of sabudana is lightly tossed with spices like salt, pepper and sugar to maintain its subtlety. The soft and elastic sabudana are introduced with crunchy peanuts and roasted namkeen, an …

Cracked Wheat Bowl with Cilantro Vinaigrette and Chickpeas Salad

Cracked Wheat Bowl with Cilantro Vinaigrette and Chickpea Salad

This Indian-inspired cracked wheat dish features local vegetables, incorporated into a nutty, toasted cracked wheat. Seasoned with turmeric, red chili powder, and chaat masala, the bold spice of the flavor works perfectly as breakfast or lunch on a cold morning. Served with chickpea salad in cilantro vinaigrette and a glass of buttermilk, this new twist to the Indian classic creates a perfect harmony between traditional and modern. Growing up in a kitchen where the clanking of copper pots and the earthy smell of clay vessels was a daily occurrence, I became accustomed to the sizzle of Indian spices as they combined with hearty cracked wheat. A dish like this was a staple in my mom’s kitchen, being passed down through the generations of her family, but each time arriving with a new alteration. Perfect for winter mornings or for lunch on a brisk day, I enjoyed the warmth of this delectable grain against the cool refreshment of yogurt or a glass of my grandma’s buttermilk. Being all too close to this meal and having a …

Savory Power Pancakes with Coconut-Mint Dip and Corn-Tomato Relish

Savory Power Pancakes with Coconut-Mint Dip and Corn-Tomato Relish

These deliciously healthy, protein-packed savory pancakes are full of ground lentils and fresh vegetables. It makes a great snack when you are low on energy or as a breakfast. Top it off with some coconut-mint dip and a fresh corn-tomato relish, and you have a perfect spring snack! With the combination of a variety of lentils and rice, this dish is a super wholesome meal to enjoy. Packed with amazing flavors and loads of protein, this nutritious breakfast is especially good for growing kids. STEP BY STEP: DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? Don’t forget to tag @naturallynidhi on Instagram and hashtag it #naturallynidhi. You can also post your pictures to my facebook page. I’d love to hear how the recipe turned out and what you think  in the comment section below.  You can also find me on and share your creation with me!

Saffron-Rose Coconut Ladoo

Creamy coconut milk ladoos with a silky center rolled in toasted coconut and made two ways! The rose-coconut ladoo is made with rose syrup and has the most aromatic, heavenly presence. The saffron-coconut ladoo boasts a vibrant hue of yellow and mellow flavors. Perfect for festivals or just to sweeten your palette these little beauties take just about 15 minutes! These ladoos can be made in two different ways – 1) traditional recipe or  2) quick 15 minutes truffle style recipe.

Turmeric Ginger Lemon Morning Tea

Turmeric Ginger Lemon Morning Tea

Start your morning with this amazing detox tea! 🍋🍯 Freshly diced turmeric, lemon, ginger, and a drizzle of honey are all there to provide a healthy start to your day!! It can be stored for weeks and offers wonderful gastrointestinal benefits. STEP BY STEP: HEALTH BENEFITS: Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation, relieves symptoms of arthritis and protect against skin diseases. It contains lots of essential minerals, including: calcium, copper, fiber, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc. It is also rich in vitamin C, D, K, and several B-vitamins. Turmeric has antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties, useful for strengthening the immune system. Ginger contains at least twelve types of antioxidants, making it useful for treatment of a wide range of disorders. It is used widely for its medicinal properties. A ginger infusion is an effective way to relieve fever and flu symptoms or fight off a cold. Lemon, rich in vitamin C, is known for its therapeutic property since generations. It helps strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and …