Ashima Goyal Siraj

After working for six years as an engineer, I studied social policy and am now a full-time volunteer, serving children. Children are my first love. My other ‘first love’ is Food.  Food is story-telling, its conversation, and it’s also service. Food nourishes our body, mind, and soul. Eating well doesn’t require fancy cooking, but it does require mindfulness and practice. Anybody can cook and everybody should cook! I blog about my adventures in the kitchen at My Weekend Kitchen

Articles By Ashima Goyal Siraj

These fruit smoothies will counter attack your hunger pangs throughout the day

Instead of gulping these smoothies down, drink them slowly, savouring each sip. Add some nuts, dried fruit, and/ or seeds to add to the nutrition.

Express recipes: How to make healthy peanut and jaggery laddus

Small and packed with nutrition, these jaggery and peanut laddus are the perfect pick-me-ups. Made with just five ingredients, they are easy to make and have a delicious nutty, earthy taste.

Express recipes: This Ghuti Gobhi (Scrambled Cauliflower) recipe makes for a delicious side dish

This recipe truly celebrates cauliflower. You can call it gobhi bhurji or scrambled cauliflower but unlike usual bhurji recipes, this one doesn't have any potatoes, onions or garlic.

Bharwan Achari Baingan: This spicy stuffed brinjal will make your mouth water

Brinjal is a very versatile kitchen ingredient. A specialty from Rajasthan, all the spices used in the bharwan achaari baingan recipe are the ones that are used to make traditional pickles.

Express recipes: Try out this stuffed Gobi Paratha for a happier you

It takes a bit longer than the traditional way of making stuffed paratha, but take my word that after learning this trick, every paratha you roll out will have perfectly even stuffing and none of it coming out.

Express recipes: How to make Bread Pakoda

While on the streets, bread pakodas are made with a potato only stuffing, you can make this with mixed vegetable stuffing with peas and carrots and sweet potatoes when they are in season.

Express Recipes: Paneer and Aloo Kofta Curry

No Indian dinner party is complete without a paneer main dish. I often make this kofta curry for festive gatherings. It is super simple to make, delicious, and looks like a lot of effort has been put into it!

Express Recipes: Give your rice a healthy twist with the fibre-rich Quinoa vegetable pulao

Quinoa is a whole-grain and is packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fibre. Did you know for just about the same amount of calories, quinoa has four times as much fibre than white rice?

Celebrate Independence Day at home and cook this delicious potato-stuffed capsicum

Craving for something spicy? These potato-stuffed capsicums are the right choice. Easy to cook, you can also try out paneer stuffing or rice stuffing instead of potatoes. It is delicious to eat and can be served on a party platter.

Express recipes: Whip up the easy and tasty Egg Katori in no time

Egg Katori: An easy and tasty dish for when you are suddenly swamped with guests at home. All you have to do is just cut up the eggs and bake. Check out the recipe here.

3 exciting ways of eating watermelon

Watermelon being 90 per cent water is great for keeping your body hydrated during summer time and since it is mostly water, it is also the perfect fruit to snack on as much as you want and not worry about any weight gain!

Express Recipes: Cook this Split Green Moong Dal at home on a laid-back weekend

Wondering what to cook for a healthy and light meal at home? This split green moong dal or moong dal chilka is delicious and nourishing. Pair it with fluffy brown rice for a healthy, wholesome meal. 

Express recipe: Whip up nutritious stir-fry rice noodles in no time

Stir-fry rice noodles recipe: Most regular wheat noodles are made largely of refined all-purpose flour (or maida) which is only starch. If you can find, use whole-wheat noodles, or other varieties of gluten-free noodles made with millets like buckwheat or soybean.

Express recipes: Need a nutritious breakfast option? Try the Cauliflower bread

Cauliflower is part of the cancer-fighting cruciferous vegetable family and though it is super healthy, it doesn’t really enjoy a very good reputation with children. Try this healthy recipe of cauliflower bread that is really tasty as well.

Express recipes: Trying to eat healthy? Whip up this Classic Rocket Leaves Salad

The Classic Rocket Leaves Salad is light and quick to make. Just combine rocket leaves (also known as arugula leaves in English and Tara Mira in Hindi) and parmesan in a bowl, and season with olive oil, lemon juice and some salt and pepper.

Express Recipes: Give your vegetable stir-fry a south Indian twist with Green Beans Thoran

Love south Indian food and can't resist the rich flavour of coconut? Try this healthy and mouth-watering Green Beans Thoran recipe that can be prepared with a different vegetable every day.

Express Recipes: Cook this Jowar Daliya Upma for a nutritious start to the day

Wondering how to give a healthy and nutritious twist to your breakfast? Try this Jowar Daliya Upma recipe. Jowar is also a high protein grain, making it a great choice for breakfast cereals.

Express recipes: Try this home-made potato fries recipe to satiate your after-office hunger

Love french fries? These roasted red potato fries are crisp, delicious, and much healthier options as compared to fries bought from restaurants or the frozen packets one can find in a supermarket!

Express recipes: Give a twist to your classic moong dal with this recipe

It is amazing how this humble yellow moong dal can be made into so many recipes from a plain dal khichdi to mangodi ki sabzi to the traditional Indian desserts like moong dal halwa. Try it with dill leaves for a new experience.

Express recipes: Try this delicious Brown Spinach Rice for a healthier you

White rice is what gives rice its bad reputation for causing diabetes or weight gain. Brown rice, on the other hand, does exactly the opposite! Here's an easy and delicious recipe for Brown Spinach Rice that you can try out.

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