Our Chefs: Seema Chandra

seema chandra Seema Chandra has been in the food space for over a decade. She runs NDTV's food portal www.NDTV Food and has been a food show anchor on television with NDTV 24X7, NDTV India and now NDTV Good Times. She's travelled the world sampling food and has had no choice but to suffer being filmed while eating. She's also been told that she can't lie about the food, as the expression on her face gives her away.

Having spent ample time in kitchen standing shoulder to shoulder with chefs from around the world, Seema has been back on air on a series called Guilt Free. Only this time, she is doing the cooking along with her friends. Guilt Free is a food show about making the right food choices, choosing the right ingredients, cooking and eating smart. That's her food philosophy and it pretty much sums up what she writes about on the food website.

Seema began her career in the television world, when it was barely seen as a career. Way back in 1992, she started as a researcher on the investigative news magazine called Newstrack. And even today, the research continues on food, nutrition and wellness.


  • Guilt Free Watermelon and Feta Cheese Salad

    A cooling watermelon salad with crumbled feta cheese and a handful of mint leaves. Very summery, very refreshing!
    Recipe Tags: Cheese
  • Guilt Free BBQ Chicken

    Chicken breasts marinated in a flavorful homemade BBQ sauce and grilled.
    Recipe Tags: Bbq
  • Whole Grain Crackers

    Stop serving fattening potato chips at every party and roll out a fresh whole grain dough to bake a batch of healthy crispy crackers. Serve these whole grain crackers with a zesty dip and you're ...
    Recipe Tags: Crackers
  • Ragi Cookies

    Calcium rich cookies with the goodness of ragi and cane sugar. Let your family enjoy cookies the guilt free way.
    Recipe Tags: Cookies
  • Amaranth Tikkis

    Who would have thought that the humble amaranth could be transformed into something so delicious? A gluten free tikki made with amaranth seeds and stir fried vegetables that is sure to please your taste buds.
    Recipe Tags: Amaranth
  • Yogurt Crunch Pudding

    To complete a lazy Sunday afternoon well spent, Seema Chandra lathers on a colorful yogurt pudding.
    Recipe Tags: Dessert
  • Tapioca Dumplings

    Packed with a chunky chicken mix, wrapped in a dough of tapioca pearls and flour, these dumplings make for a perfect entree. Also gluten free snack.
    Recipe Tags: Chicken
  • Zucchini Stuffed with Soya

    A palatable appetizer. Zucchini halves stuffed with a soya-spice mix, baked till crisp.
    Recipe Tags: Dinner Party
  • Honey Glazed Mock Duck

    Mock duck marinated with oriental flavours of hoisin sauce, soy sauce, red wine vinegar, honey and fried golden.
    Recipe Tags: Oriental
  • Rosemary and Sumac Mock Chicken

    Mock chicken marinated in flavors of lemon, ginger-garlic, rosemary, sumac and lightly pan fried.
    Recipe Tags: Snacks
  • Blueberry Pie

    A guilt free blueberry pie where the pie crust is made with oats, flour, canola oil, agave nectar and all things good. A dessert that banishes a lot of the bad and keeps a lot ...
    Recipe Tags: Blueberry
  • Jowar Medley

    Cook up a healthy jowar medley filled with vegetables and flavor. Enjoy a light snack, the guilt free way!
    Recipe Tags: Healthy
  • Beetroot Kebab

    These beetroot and tofu kebabs are a power house of energy. Brimming with antioxidants these kebabs hardly have any calories.
    Recipe Tags: Beetroot
  • Ragi Malpua

    The traditional recipe for malpua uses refined flour. This recipe uses ragi flour, atta and oats. Wholesome and guilt free.
    Recipe Tags: Healthy
  • Chocolate Oat Fondant

    This French classic is not the same anymore. With the added goodness of oats, this fondant is served with a beautiful strawberry compote.
    Recipe Tags: Chocolate
  • Prawn Stew

    A light and coconut-y stew with delicately seared prawns and the aroma of freshly roasted spices.
    Recipe Tags: Coconut
  • Tofu and Cashew Mayonnaise

    Imagine a mayonnaise without a drop of oil! Without any eggs. Totally vegan. Made with tofu.
    Recipe Tags: Low Fat
  • Quinoa Risotto

    Italian Risotto made the healthy way with quinoa. It is a grain-like crop which is gluten-free, rich in fiber and full of protein.
    Recipe Tags: Healthy
  • Guilt Free Dark Chocolate Mousse

    Dodge the guilt and whip a delectable chocolate mousse with hung yogurt and egg whites.
    Recipe Tags: Chocolate
  • Pineapple Pachadi

    A pineapple chutney, that's chunky, sweet and sour in one bite. You can alter the spice quotient in this pachadi by going easy on the chillies.
    Recipe Tags: Indian Dip