Healthy & Nutritious

Healthy and Nutritious Recipes for everyday

Light Pasta Salad with Gorgeous Cilantro Dressing

Summer is all about fun- Yes with the summer holidays,Mangoes and  but it also makes you want to eat something light and refreshing.This Pasta salad is just that- Light,refreshing and best of all has a kick ass Coriander/Cilantro Dressing! This pasta salad contains more than 10 ingredients but the absolute hero of this dish is the Cilantro dressing.It is such a perfect mix of fresh, salty, fatty and acidic that I can’t get enough of it.I am probably not qualified to say this but I still want to say it This is the best dressing Ever!!!   No really!!! If you are one of those who just can’t stand plain old stale salad this will be your elixir. Prior Warning …

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Authentic Mangalorean Prawn Curry-Yeti Gassi

Mangalorean Prawn Curry

This Mangalorean Prawn Curry is the crown jewel of the Western Indian Coastal cuisine from Mangalore,Karnatake. Before moving to the southern region of India, I really had no idea about the very distinct cuisines of the southern states. Actually,scratch that..not separate southern “states” but “regions”..There are so many cuisines , that I am suddenly grappling with too much information and ideas..For instance-there is the famous Chettinad cuisine, then there is the Tamil Brahmin way of cooking,Malabar Cuisine,Mangalorean Cuisine and I am sure I am missing out on a dozen more here. For me,Mangalorean Prawn Curry was a case of pure sheer infatuation which started when I tasted Fish Gassi at Jai hind lunch house in Mumbai for the first time.To say that we …

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Mom’s Quick Paneer Capsicum

Super Simple,Quick,Vegetarian Paneer Capsicum Family Recipe.

I met a friend today and we were swapping childhood stories about how her mom cooked some super exotic dishes at home and how my mother was the most “Jugadu” cook ever.All most all our birthday parties had channa masala noodles which by the way we all loved!,bread rolls,fryams and a giant giant vat of Rasna but the “fine cutlery” along with my mothers 10 minute Paneer Capsicum recipe was taken out at the more grown up parties. I am not lying here but it’s really her goto recipe-it’s served every time important guests come home,it was served when my inlaws came home for the first time, it was served when my brother’s inlaws came home the first time, it …

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Healthy Chocolate Bliss Balls

Healthy Chocolate Bliss Balls

It’s okay if you want to call me out on my nonsense. These are ladoos which we Indians have been making for only a dozen centuries.But the undeniable fact is that these have chocolate and I don’t know a lot of healthy chocolate ladoos!These are made without any added sugar(of any kind),any oil or fat and has no grain in it.Like Really! I am obviously very late to the bliss ball party but you don’t have to be! The original recipe is from chocolate covered Kate blog and I can’t tell you how amazing her blog is! It’s full of unbelievable healthy treats which I swear I can’t stop making!  If you own a food processor then it will be …

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Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore translates to “Hunter Style Chicken” in Italian. It’s a rustic, earthy braise of chicken with vegetables and tomatoes.The chicken is first browned and then slowly braised in a chunky sauce made with tomatoes and vegetables. There are a lot of fables around the stew.It’s believed “Hunter style Chicken” is made right after hunting that bird or rabbit, in the middle of a jungle, with vegetables plucked off the foliage but we don’t live in a jungle and neither do we hunt our own food so this is a compromise at best! Another story is that when the men returned empty handed after a hunt their women folk made chicken cacciatore like we Indians probably make khichadi at home. …

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Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh Salad

Indianised Lebanese Tabouleh Salad

In indian context what is a salad? In the most down trodden, bare minimum, stripped form it’s the green salad made with one sad little cucumber, one tomato and one onion cut and artfully(not!) placed on a plate ,served as a dish which in my opinion no one who isn’t a heart or a diabetes patient ever touches. Though we Indian consume a lot of veggies ,most of it is cooked.This salad is sort of an Indian cousin of the actual Lebanese Tabouleh,also called Tabouli, uses Bulgar Wheat.But my version uses broken wheat aka our humble Dalia instead which saves us the time and space to forage another new ingredient. A Lebanese Tabouleh Salad is made with lots of parsley,some finely …

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Healthy Whole Wheat Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Lemon and Blueberry Muffins

Muffin is something we eat on the go, without thinking or spending much time on deciding its merits and demerits and that’s the reason it’s important that a homemade muffin is made with healthier ingredients than with rather more weightier and more processed counterparts.These muffins are made with 100% whole wheat flour, the same flour used to make chapatis at home and the sweetness comes from jaggery as opposed to white or brown sugar. Both these ingredients are less processed and a whole lot more nutrient heavy that their processed cousins and hence they are my choice of baking ingredients, especially when I am making something casual and non celebertory. Though these blueberry lemon muffins don’t have the traditional ingredients, …

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Moist Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Genius Quinoa Chocolate Cake

First,a set of disclaimers on this Quinoa Chocolate Cake. If you are expecting anything less than a perfect chocolate cake then let me disappoint you. If you are expecting a trade off ,gummy, weird Chocolate Cake,then again this recipe will disappoint you. If you are expecting anything other than a magical,chocolatey,fudgy,gooey cake then you are on the wrong post.Seriously! I have listed all these disclaimers because this Quinoa Chocolate Cake is not a trade off cake.It’s not something you are forced to eat in the name of chocolate cake because of all the allergies and diets you have adopted. Don’t make it cause you want something gluten free..make it cause you want something super Chocolatey and fudgy. The recipe is adapted very …

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Avocado & Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Loaded,Gluten Free Avocado & Quinoa Healthy Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Shallots Dressing.

I am a very intuitive cook..The first time I attempt making something,I usually throw things together purely on instinct..Which works well, if I am making something familiar but when making dishes which I haven’t really tasted before or attempting a new cuisine ,I need to follow recipes..Though truthfully,I look at recipes more as a guideline than the absolute truth and I feel doing that gives me the artistic freedom needed to make the recipe my own. There are other perils of following recipes blindly too.Every region produces different flavour,size and quality of ingredients and it’s not possible to replicate a recipe 100% using natural locally available ingredients.That said, an onion is an onion in India,in the USA or in New …

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Greek Yogurt Party Dip – Tzatziki

Greek Yogurt Party Dip - Tzatziki

The first time I heard about cucumber and yogurt in one sentence it was from a friend desperately trying to loose weight, which I dismissed unceremoniously because in my mind anything touted as a weight loss meal is usually unappetising or something you are forced to eat because you want to lose those pesky kilograms you put on during festivals.Suffice it to say I never tried making it. But but but..The first time I had authentic tzatziki was in Athens, which seems ages ago now,sigh.Well, that was a different experience altogether.I remember landing in Athens,dumping our luggage in our shared hostel and heading out to get some Greek Coffee from this idyllic road side cafe,amidst pink Bougainville flowers, un apologetically …

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Tamil Nadu Style Pepper Chicken Curry

Tamil Nadu Style Pepper Chicken Curry

Today I bring to you the Tamil Style Pepper Chicken Curry from the southern East coast of India. Even though I cook a lot of Indian food I don’t post as many recipes on the blog.It’s probably because most times ,I cook by taste.Add spices,some yogurt, some lentils,some onion..taste here..taste there..adjust..change..it’s mostly recipe less. That’s why it’s always difficult to write about indian cuisine but recently I have come across some amazing bloggers and food writers who have inspired me to embrace my everyday Indian cooking and share it with my readers here.I have also started reading a lot more about Indian cooking and truth be told it’s daunting because of its sheer vastness.There are more cuisines in India than languages …

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Power Packed Chickpeas Tahini Salad

Power packed Chickpeas Tahini Salad

If you are like me..You gobble a mouthful of cookies your Super skinny friend bought from the other side of the world ,only to check the calories and realise you have consumed 600 calories in 5 minutes flat.Well such is life.Thats why this Chickpeas Tahini Salad exists. So they can push your derailed self back on the track.Though its a long long journey to that track..in my case probably 10 kgs.That’s the reason I have been doing a lot of salads lately.Don’t get me wrong…I am doing an equal(or more) number of desserts..So the salad is basically to make space for sugar.I know I know..Extremely unhealthy..but as I said the journey to the track is long and lonely.   This Chickpeas …

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Summer Melon Salad with Ricotta Cheese

Watermelon and MuskMelon Salad with Ricotta Cheese

The first time I expanded my melon horizons was in Rome.We had one free evening in Rome and we decided to explore the beach a few kms away from the city cause we are suckers for any waterbody.The beach was blah but we stumbled upon an eatery where they served us melon wrapped in prochitto.It was a simple dish with just two ingredients but it gave me something to ponder about. This dish is simple in its thought but it’s power packed with textures and flavour variations.The minute you have a mouthful of this you will be hit with sweet, tangy,salty and fresh flavours with a textural variations of crunchy melons and soft creamy  ricotta cheese. What I liked most …

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Indian Minced Chicken Recipe

How to make Minced Chicken Curry

Writing about Indian Food is difficult for me because more often than not I am just throwing stuff in my pot, adjusting as I go..I do start out with a rough idea in my mind..decide on the big things first..like will I be using vegetables or meat or chicken but from then on it’s more of an auto pilot. In my opinion, curries and stews are made more as per taste and preference rather than a set in stone recipe.It’s easier to do this while baking which is a precise chemical reaction ,when done right, it will give you precise results.I add, adjust and measure things by hand or by the eye and rarely do I fish out my measuring cups …

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Healing Turmeric Soup

Healing Turmeric Soup

My eyes are watering while I write this..Not because of some emotion, though rage is definitely flowing through me because of this stupid weather bug that’s got us all over the sink,blowing with all our mights trying to clear our airways and somehow earning back our fundamentalest of the most fundamental right to breathe! Yes..All of us are sick…under the weather..One by one like dominos we caught the bug..Just when the person before is getting better the one after starts to feel the symptoms..We did the whole hoopla of going to the doctors(yes plural for the 3 of us)..getting paracetamols and the other paraphernalia but those things take time to kick in. Meanwhile, I decided to combine indian and Chinese …

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Healthy Whole Wheat Tea Cake

Healthy Whole Wheat Cake

I was looking for a basic 100% Whole Wheat and a 100% Jaggery Cake, a quintessential all rounder  healthy Healthy Whole Wheat Cake, which tastes great,which doesn’t feel heavy or lumpy and also which doesn’t have the characteristic raw whole wheat taste.I definately didn’t want a cake which I am forced to eat in the name of health.I would rather just eat a cucumber for that.I basically wanted a Utopian 100% whole wheat and 100% Jaggery Cake. Most whole wheat cakes I have had are weirdly sunken in the middle or are way too dry.If they are good they usually contain corn flour ,which I have nothing against,in fact this cake was supposed to contain it but I couldn’t find the …

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Healthy Oats and Raisin Cookies

Healthy Oats and Raisin Cookies

Once you become a mom, cookies become essential to life…or at-least you now have a reason for baking so many of them.:D..As much work motherhood is ,it’s also a nice smoke screen for gorging on desserts and those extra love handles…As a rule of thumb..you can blame pregnancy for everything.(ah such perks!) I stumbled upon this Oatmeal raisin cookie recipe when I was looking for ways to make some healthy cookies for the baby because I am extremely uncomfortable giving him Marie biscuits of the world.I like to know exactly what is going in that little cudly bear’s tummy.Healthy Instant Oats cookies with raisins was just the thing that I saw baby will enjoying. These are healthier cookies than the store …

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5 Healthy Cookie Recipes

Rounding up of 5 Healthy cookies your family will love! These are made with the goodness of whole grains and unrefined sugars such as jaggery and dates.   1. Healthy Buckwheat Cookies I have made this recipe only about 20 times in just the past 1 month..for friends,family and as return gifts for my baby’s first birthday. The buckwheat flour gives these cookies a nutty taste but if you can’t find buckwheat flour(also called as Kuttu Ka Aata in India) feel free to replace with normal Wheat flour used to make rotis instead.   Stay in touch with me on Instagram and Facebook 2. Double Chocolate Chip Ragi Cookies Did you ever think Ragi(Finger Millet) and chocolate could come together?Well, …

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