Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Pasta Sauce/Sugo

Tomato sauce for a Pasta or as they call it Sugo in Italian is a very famous and most commonly used sauce for Pasta. Here is a recipe with a little twist and my kids love it. You can use any Pasta or Spagetti, I mostly use the Farfalle or Fusilli.

Here is what you will need:


- 1 can of Pelati, 400 gms can (peeled, canned tomatoes)
- 1 red capsicum, chopped
- 1 big onion, chopped
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 hot red/green chili, chopped
- half an inch piece of ginger, grated
- salt to taste
- 5-6 pieces of black peppercorns
- 1/4 tsp of turmeric(according to choice, I love turmeric)
- 1 tsp of red chili flakes
- 1 tsp of oregano
- 3 tbsp of olive oil

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Simple Veggie Sandwich

Who doesn't love a simple Sandwich! My girls are huge Sandwich fans and I am very happy for that because there are so many things different things you can put and make an interesting and healthy Sandwich, just get creative. I like to make mostly warm Sandwiches, sometimes with store bought bread and sometimes with my home made Focaccia.

Here is what you will need for two people:

Monday, 2 December 2013

Jaipur: The Pink City of India

Ajmeri Gate

Jaipur: The Pink City of India. The city of Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh Ji II in the year 1727, who then used to rule Amber. The city is named after him. The city was planned for better facilities and for the growing population of Jaipur. He planned the City with great love and passion according to the Vastu Shastra with the help of the Architect, Vidhyadhar.  The City of Jaipur is the first planned City of India. The Streets of Jaipur are very wide (111 ft.) It is laid in a rectangle shape of nine blocks and it was painted pink to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1853 and since then its called as the Pink City.

There is a lot to see in Jaipur. The best way to travel in Jaipur is either hire a taxi through your hotel, or the most easiest and cheapest way is to hire a Richshaw or an Auto (Tuk Tuk)

Sight seeing places

Tips for Tourists

When you are travelling as a tourist then I know the kind of pressure you have to take things home for the friends and family. Here are some tips which might help you with your gift shopping.

1. One can never go wrong with Swiss Chocolate and here in the town where I live we have a chocolate factory outlet from Halba Chocolates. This is the photo from the entrance of the outlet, it looks exaclty like this, a Swiss Chalet, inviting you in and since I live 2 minutes walk from here, we have no choice but to indulge ourselves, so woth it, even a simple chocolate bar of 80 Rappen tastes heavenly!

Halba Chocolate
Alte Winterthur strasse 1
8304 Wallisellen

Peanut Chutney

This Peanut Chutney is really yummy and its super simple to make. You can use it in so many ways. I serve it with Upma, as a spread for Falafel or in a Pita Bread sandwich and I also serve it as a Vegetable dip. It has a good protein and hence great for the children too.

Moong Daal

Moong Daal is one of the most commonly cooked Daals in the Indian homes. Here you will be able to see a little story of the good old green Moong and as they say, a picture says it better than a thousand words, so here you go:

Whole Moong 
Moong daal with husk on 
Yellow Moong daal 

So you see first we have the Moong in the first picture. Moong can be soaked overnight and cooked as a whole bean and also as Sprouts

In the middle picture we see the broken Moong but with the green husk on, and the third one is Dholi Moong Daal which is without the Husk and hence yellow in colour. The yellow Moong daal is the most poupular one in the north of India. 

So with one type of bean we can get four different kinds of Daals/lentils and even more because all of these can be made in flours too.  

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Shopping in Jaipur

The best way to have fun to shop in Jaipur is to walk in the different markets:

There are different markets selling different kinds of things, some of the most famous markets or Bazaars are :

- Nehru Bazar
- Indira Bazar
- Johari Bazar
- Kishanpole Bazar (yours truly`s home is till there!! hmmm)
- Bapu Bazar : Just at the corner of the Bapu Bazar there is a small market called "Saroagi Mansion" It has things mostly for Women, some very nice Saree shops, bindis, jewelery, lingrie etc.


I organise private cooking events in German and English too. If you want to celebrate your birthday, if its a company event or just a get together. Do write to me and we can plan the event. I organise the Kitchen, groceries, place and the Recipes. You just have to show up with a good big appetite. Looking forward to hear from you. 


This was the Event from Claudia`s birthday


Prithviraj Road
Opposite Central Park

Tapri: what can I say, its like a breath of fresh air. When N took me there for the first time, I started freaking out because its the first cool, neat place which serves the best kind of home made Chai and that too in so many varities and in those typical little Dhaba stlye glasses! There food is just awesome, from Samosas to Vatata Vedas, Aloo ka parantha, Golgappa and even Maggi! Boy! they serve it so well in these little wooden aged looking square trays which are lined with printed newspapers, so worth a visit. If you are lucky and get to sit on the terrace with the view of the Central park, awesome!

Indian Coffee House
M I Road

One of the oldest places in Jaipur, very simple but you will find the most reasonable and good coffee here. Not at all fancy but a lot of character.

LMB (Laxmi Misthan Bhandar)
Johari Bazar

Another one of the finest and oldest traditional Indian Restaurants in the heart of the City. You can always take a break here for a Kesar Kufli, Coffee or any kinds of Chaats and they are one of the best in Jaipur. I remember growing up seeing that. This time I took the girls and they loved it. It might be a bit too crowded but its worth a wait.

Rawat Kachori
Station Road

The best Pyaz ki Kachori in Jaipur and they also the Mawe ki Kachori. Its a very old place for traditional Rajasthani food. If you fancy, worth a visit. Its very close to the bus station and the railway station too.

Opposite Gaurav Towers
Malviya Nagar

Kanhas serve all kinds of Indian street food in a very hygenic way and qutie reasonable. There list of dishes is so big that you can eat a different dish for more than a week. I love it, simple great food.

M I Road

You can get the best Lassi (Yoghurt drink) here and they serve it in earthen pots how it was done years ago. You just stand outside the shop and enjoy the frothy thick Lassi.

KK Square
C11 Prithviraj Road
Chitranjan Marg
302005 Jaipur

This is a little Restaurant/Cafe which is just outside the Anokhi boutique. There food is simple, fresh, delicious and reasonable. My girls love the ginger sodas and lemonades here and R loves the filter Coffee. You can also find nice cakes and a very good Falafel. Our routine is to go shop for books on the first floor at Crosswords and then I sneak in Anokhi for a Kurta or something and the final destination is to chill at the Restaurant, worth a visit.

On the third floor is another very nice Restaurant

Little Italy

We had the best Brownie served on the hot plate with Vanilla Ice-creme, although I have also heard they serve one of the best Pizzas, but I havent tried it yet. 


Indian Shops

Barkat Cash & Carry 
Birmensdorferstrasse 143
8003 Zürich
Tel: 043 8115490

Barkat Cash & Carry 
Badenerstrasse 530
8048 Zürich
Tel: 043 8186564
Agarwal’s Mirch Masala AG
Kernstrasse 27
8004 Zürich
Tel: 044 240 0670

SKT Nathan
Quellenstrasse 1
8005 Zürich
Tel: 044 2724336

New Asia Market 
Feldstrasse 24
8004 Zürich
Tel: 044 2418000

India Supermarkt 
Frischer Fisch, Obst, Gemüse und Lebensmittel!
Josefstrasse 91
8005 Zürich
Tel: 043 3669844

Food PLUS Net GmbH
Schauffhauserstrasse 449
8052 Zürich
Tel: 076 568 8732
Art of Food
Franklinstrasse 4, 
8050 Oerlikon
Tel: 043 288 5076

Spices & Herbs

Here is the list of different spices in Hindi, German and English.

Mango Powder
Thyme Seeds
Pomegranate Seeds
Badi Elaichi
Kardamom, schwarz
Brown Cardamom
Chat Masala
Gewürzmischung (f. Gemüse/Fr.)
Mixed Spices
Curry Patta
Curry Leaves
Dhania Pisa Hua
Coriander Powder
Garam Masala
Ground Mixed Spices
Rose Water
Hara Dhania
Koriandergrün (frisch)
Coriander Leaves
Kala Jeera
Kreuzkümmel, schwarz
Black Cumin
Kali Mirach
Pfeffer, schwarz
Black Pepper
Onion Seeds
Poppy Seeds
Chili, rot
Red Chilli
Lehsoon Powder
Garlic Powder
Methi Dane
Methi Kassori
Getrocknete Bockshornkleeblatter
Fenugreek Dried
Chilli Powder
Rai / Rai Sarson
Senfkörner, rot-braun
Brown Mustard Seeds
Sabut Mirach
Chilischoten, rot, getrocknet
Chilli, dry, whole
Anis Seeds
Getrocknete Ingwer
Dried Ginger
Sonth Powder
Ginger Powder
Sukha Dhania Sabut
Coriander Seeds
Sukha Poodina
Pfefferminze, getrocknet
Dried Mint Leaves
Sukhi Methi
Bockshornkleesamen, getr.
Dried Fenugreek Leaves
Citric Acid
Tej Patta
Bay Leaf
Tschai Masala
Tea Spices
Kreuzkümmelsamen, hell
Cumin Seeds


Panch Poran 

Panch Poran means a five spice mix. Its a spice mix which is mostly used in the East of India (Calcutta) It consists of only seeds and those five seeds are:

1. Fenugreek seeds (Methi)
2. Cumin seeds (Jeera)
3. Mustard seeds (Rai)
4. Nigella seeds (Kalongi)
5. Fennel seeds (Saunf)

Sunday, 24 November 2013


A simple Matar-Tamater (Peas and Tomatoes) vegetable for everyday cooking. This is a simple home Recipe which can be made for everyday home cooking,. Here its difficult to find the fresh peas in the pods like how we used to get back home, although sometimes I have find the pods at the Turkish store but mostly the peas are quite ripe. I always used the frozen peas here, they are the best next to the fresh ones, but you can also use the peas from a can.  I personally don't like to use the can ones, because they have this sticky sweet sauce, which I don't like but its your choice. 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Lentil Salad

This is a lentil salad made with whole dark green Lentils which are French Lentils and they are also called as Puy Lentils and French green Lentils. I make them both the ways like an Indian Daal and also as a Salad. But honestly these are better for Salads because they keep a firm texture even after cooking. I make them a lot for the girls Lunch boxes. 

Here is what you:

Monday, 18 November 2013


Sprouting is a very easy way of germinating lentils, seeds, beans, chic-peas etc. It is a very easy way of having greens at home. I sprout my moon beans, Fenugreek and Indian chic peas all the time. You can do so many interesting things with these sprouts like eat them raw in a salad, steamed made into a chat, as a vegetable and so many other things. I am slowly going to put my recipes from the sprouts but first here is the way how to do it at home. This time I have made three different kinds and they are green moon, fenugreek and Indian Chicpea or Chana. 

Sunday, 17 November 2013


Thalipeeth is a Maharastrian delicacy. It can be made in a variety of ways with different mixes of flours. You can also call it a multi grain bread, with loads of flavor and nutrition. I made it without wheat flour as this recipe is long due for my cousin who has wheat intolerance back in India. This dish can be very good for people with wheat intolerance problem as it really can satisfy your need to eat bread/roti.

Here is what you will need:

Four different kinds of flour :

- 1 cup of millet flour/Bajra
- 1/2 cup corn flour/Makka
- 1/2 cup barley flour/Jowar
- 1/2 cup of gram flour/Besan
- 1/2 cup fine rice flour

Spices and herbs:

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread is an English biscuit. It is made of the most simple ingredients but it tastes great. The only important thing to remember while making shortbread is that the butter should be at the room temperature, meaning really soft.

Here is what you will need:


- 250 gr Butter very soft
- 130 gr Sugar
  350 gr white flour
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1 tsp of Vanilla sugar/few drops vanilla/ vanilla from half vanilla stick

Saturday, 16 November 2013


Aloo-Methi (Potato and Fenugreek) is a common household Subzi सब्ज़ी  (vegetable) often made at home in the north of India. I grew up eating it and loved it too. Its really super simple to make and tastes great served with Chapatis or even Rice. Here in this recipe I have used the dried Methi in this recipe because you always don't get fresh Methi in the Indian stores. But I got it last time here at the Art of Food. I have used here baby potatoes but you can also use any usual potato. One more thing, these potatoes can also be served as a starter, you can stick them into tooth picks and they make great appetizers.

Here is what you will need.

- 500 gms new potatoes
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 2 green Chili's, slit lengthwise
- 3/4 tsp Salt
- 3/4 tsp red Chili flakes or to taste
- 1 tsp Coriander powder
- 1 tbsp dried Methi / handful of fresh Methi leaves, chopped if available
- 1/2 tsp of Amchoor Powder, mango powder

Winter Tee

Winter is here, it can snow anytime now so stock up on your winter spices, lemons, limes, ginger and honey. You will need these warm spices to keep you warm and vitamin c from the limes and lemons to keep you away from cold. If nothing else this tee will give you a warm and cozy feeling of winter. We all love it at home. When the girls have cold, I also give them for school in this steel flask and they enjoy it. You can also make a big pot in the morning and keep it in the flask. Help yourself for the whole day.

Here is what you will need:

Friday, 15 November 2013

Masala Chai


Masala Chai is a Chai/Tee based on black tee. It is a very common beverage in India, it is very much consumed in the north, central and the east of India but if you go towards the south you will find the best filter coffee there

So anyways back to our good old chai :

Here is what you will need for 1 cup


- 3/4 cup and a little bit more water to evaporate
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1 tsp sugar or to taste
- a hazelnut size piece of ginger, crushed
- a green cardamom, crushed
- a pinch of chai masala if available if not 1 small clove and a pinch of black pepper.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Mint Chutney

Mint Chutney is a delightful little side dish or a Condiment. It is bursting with flavour and it can be served with almost any Indian meal. Chutney plays a very important role in the Indian kitchen. It is super helpful in digestion because of the fresh lime, mint, cumin, ginger and black salt and it tastes amazing. I is a must to be served with fried food because all the fresh herbs and spices are very digestive too. You need this in very small portions.

Here is what you will need:

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Indian coffee

Today we have so many different kinds and types of Coffee. In India Coffee was more a drink in the South of India and North was more dominated by the good old Indian Chai. But this habit has also been affected by the Globalisation. Now-a-days you can find Coffee Baristas everywhere, especially in the Metro Cities. Although if I am right, Chai is the drink which an Indian mostly relishes but Coffee is the in thing to be. 

Anyways, while I was growing up we used to have Coffee once in a while, cold Coffees for Summer and hot, Indian style hand made "Ghoti hoi Coffee" for winter days and mostly at the times of one day Cricket matches. Those used to be fun days. We used to all watch Cricket matches and the Coffee bowl used to be passed down from person to person to beat. 

Bruchetta for a small lunch


Here is a Recipe for a Bruchetta for a small lunch. I made it with medium sized Baugettes. This is very close to the authentic Italian Bruchetta but not the real thing. I have modified it for my taste but I am also going to write the main Bruchetta Recipe too.

Here is what you will need:

- Bread cut into slices/Baugette halved
- 1 fresh tomatoes, diced or 2 tbsp from a Can
- 1/2 red Capsicum, chopped in small cubes
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 clove of Garlic, pressed
- 1 tsp of Italian spice mix or dried Oregano
- 1 tsp of extra Virgin Olive oil
- Salt to taste
- few shakes of black Pepper
- a pinch of red Chili Flakes
- 3-4 leaves of fresh Basil, roughly teared.
- 2 tbsp grated Mozzarella cheese for topping.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Ginger and Lemon Tee

Its that time of the year when you drink litres and litres of do, at least I do. This is I got to learn from this guy from Romania while we went to the region on Pontresina in the mountains. Its a great tee for the winter months and it also keeps you away from the cold because of the ginger and the vitamin C from the Lemon. Here is what you will need:

Garlic Bread


Garlic bread is a kind of bread which everyone loves from kids to adults and its super simple to make. It goes well for a Party or serve it with a Hot and Spicy Tomato soup on a cold night. Here is what yo will need.


- 1 baguette (or any bread of your choice, I mostly take the half baked small breads)
- 2 TL soft butter
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed/pressed
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp of Italian spice mix
- 1 big pinch of red chili flakes if you fancy.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Swiss Bits

Zürich is a very cosmopolitan city and you can find almost all types of cuisines here. There are so many good Restaurants here. I am listing a few of my favourites. Most of them are Indian vegetarians but you can also find non vegetarian food there. 

Restaurants in Zürich 

1. Hiltl
    St. Annagasse 18
    8001 Zürich

   Hiltl is one of the first vegetarian restaurants of zürich. It was started in the year 1898. You    can read more here This is my family`s favourite restaurant. Where else in Zürich you            can find delicious Samosas and Kachoris and an endless variety of other vegetarian food.

2. Tibits (This is also a baby from Hiltil)
    Falkenstrasse 12
    8008 Zürich

3. Tibits
   Seefeldstrasse 2
   8008 Zürich

4. Tibits
   Oberer Graben 48
   8400 Winterthur

    Tibits is also from House Hiltl. These are the above three restaurants, two in downtown         Zürich and one in Winterthur.

5. Bona Dea
    It is right outside Zürich main train station called as Zürich Hauptbahnof.

6. Hitzberger
    This is like a chain of restaurants which can mainly be found in the malls.

7. Tandoori
    Bleicherweg 19
    8002 Zürich

8. Khans

9. Kerela
    Hofwiesenstrasse 188
    8057 Zürich

Restaurants in Wallisellen

1. Curry n more
     Richtistrasse 9
     8304 Wallisellen

2. Sahar- Coffee Curry Culture
    Richtipl. 3
    8304 Wallisellen 
    044 883 7000

Restaurants in Oerlikon

1. Malabar
    Wallisellenstrasse 11
    8050 Zürich
    044 311 3117

2. Kurry world
    C S Towers - Oerlikon 
    8050 Zürich 

3. Kurry world
    Max Bill Platz
    Binzmühlestrasse 804
    8050 Oerlikon

4. Hong Kong Food Paradise
    Binzmühlestrasse 104
    8050 Oerlikon 
    044 310 48 88

Tips and Tricks

There are always little tips and tricks in every kitchen. If you know about these cooking becomes much more easier and fun.

Indian cooking is done more with feeling, experience and love. There are recipes to be followed but this kitchen is also very flexible which makes it very versatile, I think! We all know about the food  
pyramid, which is a universal system to follow. But if you have a flexible cuisine which we can combine with the food pyramid, I think the results are amazing. Yes! I am talking about the Indian kitchen. Its a very flexible kitchen, there are certain rules about the spices which I will talk on the spice page. But for example, if you don't like to eat ginger or garlic then it can be very well avoided here. This way the food that you are cooking will be for your palate and taste.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Rice Cakes 4 a Breakfast/Snack

This is a no cook breakfast, it can be either made with Rice Cakes or very much with a toast bread. We all love it at home. When we are having a lazy weekend for go for this breakfast and the little ones can help them make too. 

Here`s what you need :

- rice cakes (4 pieces)
- 1 kiwi, peeled and cut into circles
- 1 banana, peeled and cut into circles
- 3 strawberries, cut into half or half an apple cut into thin slices
- chopped walnuts or almonds

Thursday, 24 October 2013



Upma is mainly a breakfast dish (sort of a porridge but salty) but it is often cooked also as a small meal. It is a dish from the South India but is equally famous in the Central part of India. Today it is widely cooked in the whole of India and loved for its simplicity. It is made from Semolina, you can either take the finer one or the bit grainier one. 

Here is what you will need:

- 1 cup semolina/suji
- 1 tbsp ghee
- a few string of curry leaves if available
- 1 green chili, finely chopped or to taste
- handful of peanuts, Cashew nuts and raisins
- 1 red/white onion or to taste
- 1 tsp of mustard seeds
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp finely grated ginger
- 3 cups of warm water
- Lime juice
- pinch of sugar

Lobia curry

Lobia beans or black eyed beans are as famous and loved in India as they are in Europe and Mexico. They are so easy to cook and are super creamy after cooking. Unlike other whole beans you don't have to soak them overnight/8 hours, they are good after a soak of 1-2 hours as well. 

Here is the Lobia curry which goes well with Rice or even Chapati/Naan. 

Here is what you will need:

- 250 gms of dried lobia beans, soaked 
- about an inch piece of ginger
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/4 tsp of turmeric