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

Express Recipes: Cook this Jowar Daliya Upma for a nutritious start to the day
Wed, Jun 13, 2018

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
Wed, Jun 06, 2018

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
Wed, May 30, 2018

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
Wed, May 23, 2018

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.

Express Recipes: This ‘Sprouted Moong Dal Salad’ is a healthy alternative to roadside chaat
Wed, May 16, 2018

Sprouted Moong Dal Salad is a delicious and healthy alternative to roadside chaat. In fact, these days you can often find “healthy bhel puri” with the addition of little-sprouted moong at many outlets.

Express Recipes: ‘Bajra Raab’; the natural health drink
Wed, May 09, 2018

Traditionally, raab was often given to growing children and also pregnant and nursing women for its nutritional values like high fibre, high protein and minerals like iron, phosphorous and magnesium.

Express Recipes: Beat the summer heat with this cool ‘Orange Cinnamon Tea’ recipe
Wed, May 02, 2018

Lemon iced tea might be the most popular iced tea variation you might find but did you know that oranges are the largest harvested citrus fruits in the world? Try this 'Orange Cinnamon Iced Tea' that is a cool, refreshing and healthy drink for the summers.

Express recipes: Eat healthy with this sweet potato and spinach vegetable fry
Wed, May 02, 2018

Unlike white potato, sweet potatoes pack in a lot of nutrition. Did you know, one of the most prominent nutrient in sweet potato is Vitamin C! They are also rich in vitamin B, dietary fibre, and essential minerals especially potassium and manganese.

Express Recipes: How to make Baked Pasta
Sat, Aug 06, 2016

Baked pasta is quite easy to make and it looks like gourmet meal right out of a restaurant.

Make this cheesy omelette in just 8 simple steps
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

A breakfast staple, whip up a cheesy omelette to start your day on a sunny note.

How to make the ultimate Indian Masala Omelette
Sun, Jun 12, 2016

This is your basic omelette all jazzed up for the days when you want something different.

How to make this healthy and tasty Kala Chana Curry
Sun, May 22, 2016

Simple to cook and tasty, kala chana curry (black chickpeas gravy) is a very festive recipe.

Indulge yourself by making this Sizzling Chocolate Brownie at home
Sun, May 15, 2016

With one little sizzling brownie platter, you can have this amazing dessert entirely home-made, and whenever you want.

Ditch the omelette for this hidden eggs recipe for a healthy breakfast
Fri, May 06, 2016

Try this 'hidden eggs' recipe if you are tired of the same old bread-omelette combination.

Say goodbye to hunger with this easy tomato pulao recipe
Wed, May 04, 2016

Tomato pulao makes for a great healthy evening snack for children.

How to make Mango and Lime Cooler
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Served over ice, this mango and lime cooler is a great drink to beat the summer heat.

Ready in 30 mins: Try some Pappa al Pomodoro this weekend
Wed, May 04, 2016

Enjoy this sumptuous Italian bread and tomato salad at home.

How to make Crispy Arbi
Wed, May 04, 2016

Celebrate the humble Arbi with this recipe!

How to make Masaledaar Bharwan Bhindi
Fri, Mar 25, 2016

This Masaledaar Bharwan Bhindi is fit to grace any dastarkhwaan.

Express Recipe: Make this tasty and comforting Pakode ki Sabzi
Sun, Mar 20, 2016

Super-soft lentil pakoras served in a tangy tomato-yogurt gravy.