5pm Quick Fix – Cheesy Smashed Peas

This week has been a little intense. With a mother toddler ‘Cook-Along’ workshop coming up I’ve been totally consumed with planning and figuring out the execution. Courtesy of Babychakra NomNomMum is holding an hour long mother toddler interactive cooking session at the Hamleys toy store in Lower Parel, Mumbai. You could find more details of the workshop on the NomNomMum FB page. Also, my subsequent entries will be about the workshop so do keep tuned in. :)

So this one’s a real quick fix especially good for that 5pm hunger pang.

IMG_6931What you’ll need is:

  • Soft boiled green peas
  • Grated cheese (use any kinds you prefer)
  • Pepper & mustard powder

Smash the peas well along with the pepper, mustard powder and the cheese. Heat until the cheese melts. In case of paneer you needn’t heat it at all. Cool and serve.

Please note: One could do this even with smashed chick peas or any other variety and substitute the cheese with cottage cheese/paneer.




Baby Style Methi Mattar Malai

I’ve been thinking of developing Indian style gravy subzi’s (curries) for T to get him familiarised with the flavours. So this is the first of hopefully many to come, baby style Methi (fenugreek) Mattar Malai.



  • 1 Cup green peas boiled and coarsely mashed
  • 1 Cup chopped methi
  • 1 Tbsp ghee
  • Pinch of cumin powder
  • 1 Small pod of grated garlic (optional)
  • 1/2 Cup fresh cream
  • 1 Cup milk
  • Salt to taste


  • Warm the ghee in a wok and add the cumin powder
  • Add the garlic and cook until soft
  • Add in the Methi and sauté till its cooked
  • Once cooked, add the boiled mashed peas
  • Pour in the fresh cream and milk and simmer on low, careful not to boil for long since the cream and milk can split
  • Add salt to taste

Serve with bread/chapatti or as is.

Also, if you want to give it more body you could add in some cooked and broken brown rice.final