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Healthy Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding

Healthy Self saucing Chocolate and Oats Gluten Free Pudding

Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding is such a hypnotic name for a dish that it will creep in your sub conscious and tugs at your heart strings till you end up sleepwalking to the kitchen and making it. At least thats what happened to me..Thought It was 10 in the morning when I made this but I was utterly sleep deprived and needed a chocolate hug very badly. I read this recipe for Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding somewhere and ended up muddling the proportions(I did make note of it though) and ingredients and to my utter delight this is what came out of the oven.A chocolate pudding mixed together in my mixie jar which literally envelopes you in a warm comforting cloud …

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Cottage Cheese and Tomato Salad

Cottage Cheese and Tomato Salad

There is a backstory to this Cottage Cheese and Tomato Salad! During my pregnancy, i was diagnosed with GDM-short for Gestational Diabetes.I want to say that everyday was a struggle with gestational diabetes but it looked like I was preparing for it for a long time. My dad has had diabetes since he was 35 so my parents are the biggest source of knowledge for me. Knowingly or unknowingly they have imparted knowledge and inculcated habits which don’t make this as difficult it would be for normal folks. The biggest example being that we have never had milk or any beverage with sugar or any other additives so my morning glass of milk or the occasional coffee I allow myself is …

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Foxtail Millet Salad

Foxtail Millet Salad

It’s been so long since I posted but believe me when I say ,things have been action packed and full of surprises! Life seems to have come a full circle and I find myself back at my whole30 program.(almost) Life threw us a curveball , which was expected but also unexpected.I should have suspected something when I couldn’t stomach coffee anymore! Appearance of a faint second line was not enough confirmation for somebody as paranoid as us so an unnecessary blood test proved that we were indeed expecting! Looks like the whole30 program created the best possible environment for this to happen and we couldn’t be less ecstatic about it. What we didn’t expect was the all time sickness (there …

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Roasted Veggies in Italian Herbs

Baked Veggies with italian herbs

I want to start out by thanking Readerspride.com for featuring me on their site. It’s very inspiring when people reach out to you and feature you on their sites! It’s the reverse feedback loop from the food universe patting your back and telling you to keep going.:D After my brunch party on Sunday I had loads of veggies left, which I wanted to use. I contemplating making Pav Bhaji the quintessential Bombay street food but decided to order that instead (Love Swiggy!) and make this nice and healthy veggie bake for myself. All your half zucchinis and handful of mushrooms and tomatoes , that you keep wrapped up waiting for inspiration to strike and ultimately throw them at the end of …

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Paleo Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters

Its been a great day so far.I bought the food photography book recommended by charlotteslivelykitchen  called Food Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Nicole S. Young.Just reading the synopsis has helped me so much imagine the wonders(I hope) the whole book will do.Though I have studied crazy technical stuff during my engineering and MBA , photography was till date was mostly overhead transmission.This book explains stuff in real terms and definitely doesn’t explain one jargon with the help of other jargon! I don’t know if the pictures are better but I have played around with the camera setting much more. Today’s recipe is Zucchini fritters.These are easy peasy if you don’t have restrictions on eating grains but if you …

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Trail Mix Stuffed Chicken Breast with Sauteed Asparagus

Stuffed chicken with Crispy Skin

I have recently become addicted to nuts(dry fruits dude!).Before I used to snack on bread or desserts(Yeah I know!) But nowadays I make trail mixes at home which contain all kinds of nuts and seeds. My husband once was so hungry in his office that he ate his own bag!Ok he ate chocolate,but it might as well have been a bag cause in his mouth, chocolate tastes like cardboard.It’s good for me cause I don’t have to share..:D..Anyhow, to stop such future atrocities from happening,I pack him a jar of trail mix every week. My trail mix is usually a mix of almonds,cashews,walnuts,pumpkin and sunflower seeds and raisins or dried cranberries.It’s simple and it utilises all the dry fruits you get during diwali.Keep this …

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Quick Raw Papaya Salad

Raw Papaya Salad

One warning before you go on to make this dish ,till I am still smarting with the chillies I put in the salad.This salad absorbs everything you put in it and enhances the flavours many fold so don’t be trigger happy with the red chillies like I was! My usual foray into Star Bazaar to buy tomatoes ended up with me spending Rs 700.But this time I was smart.I saw a raw papaya tagged as Rs 350 in the “exotic” aisle and just as I was reaching for it I decided to curtail my budget,after all I have already spent this month’s budget last month so I am literally a pauper at the moment.Well , as in the typical hindi movie …

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille

The first time I heard about Ratatouille was through my brother.I don’t know where he tasted it but he was so awed by it that he came back home and tried his hand at making it.It was funny when he discovered that the dish contained brinjal cause he used to always fight with my mom whenever she made the traditional Baigan Bharta at home(Aubergine). The second time I heard about it was in the movie Ratatouille in 2007.The movie is about a mouse who wants to be a chef  ,whose signature dish is a Ratatouille.What better dish for a Rat to make than a “Rat”atouille. It tickled me something funny when I first saw the promo of the movie! Let …

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Chicken Kheema with Grilled Aubergine

Chicken Kheema with Grilled Aubergine

There is nothing more nostalgic than the smell of parathas for me.I don’t need anything fancy but just my mothers plain parathas with some potato capsicum curry.This is my most favorite combination in the world.Am slightly embarrassed to say that my brother and I have had many a fight culminating with hair pulling for the last paratha. When on the Whole 30 program I don’t miss bread or rice as much as I miss the parathas.I tried making them with grated cauliflower and egg.It turned out to be pretty awful and eggy.Grilled eggplants come as close to paleo parathas for me till date. Here in india you get all shapes and sizes of eggplant.We call them baigan in hindi.Some of …

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Vegetarian Pumpkin Laksa with Peri Peri Chickpeas

Pumpkin Laksa with peri peri chickpeas

Once you start browsing, there is so much inspiration around.It’s difficult to zero in on what you want to make.I see a lot of simple recipes where the biggest effort is the grocery shopping. I wish I was more organised and had a better way to track my inspirations.I wish there was an online instant grocery shopping available.Because when the inspiration strikes I don’t have ingredients and when I have ingredients my mind is blank! I do write them on my phone and on word doc on my laptop..napkins..behind pamphlets..ammm..yeah a little disorganised.(Sidebar-If some of my OCD friends read this, the first flinch would be on the number of extra full stops that I have taken the liberty of using and …

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Vegan Chickpeas and Barley Salad

Healthy Vegan Chickpeas and Barley Salad topped with an avocado rose

It’s sheer serendipity that I came across this beautifully written article by Shonali Muthalaly on the GOODFOOD supplement of The Hindu(sidebar-I wish I could write even a sentence like her!). She talks about how she went on a search of black sticky rice and found a version grown right here in Karnataka!She has shared a slew of amazing resources from where you can order locally grown food stuff online.That was when I decided to do a recipe which showcases these homegrown superfoods.What better to create a recipe with chickpeas or as we call it locally “chole”. Superfood like millets,Ragi,Chia seeds and Chickpeas are staples in certain pockets of india. I am sure there are a lot of other superfoods hidden …

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Mango and Jalapeno Crab

Mango and Jalapeno Crab

  Instead of our yearly jaunt to Goa we decided to go to Varkala and Alleppey this time.Both the places were a food extravaganza! We devoured buckets of butter fish and prawns , literally fished out the minute before from the sea. We even experienced a very local way of fishing where the fisherman lay a long net in the sea and tether it to the beach overnight.In the morning like magic you pull the net out and voila!the sea has blessed you with tonnes of its treasure. It was all most like the game we used to play as kids at birthday parties called “tug of war” but with 20 burly man pulling with all their might on one side and the sea …

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Egg Baked in Portobello Mushroom

Egg Baked in Portobello Mushroom

When you find an oversized Portobello mushroom it deserves to be baked with an egg inside.Do not overcomplicate the flavours with indian spices or Cajun mixes. Keep it as simple as possible! My egg obsession continued after my breakfast number one with breakfast Two. Same passenger different vehicle! My egg discovery has led me to understand that there is very little egg doesn’t work with! The only complication in this dish is that you need to own a oven.If that’s ticked off then the dish in itself is so simple that a five-year old could make it! Its simple—Break egg in mushroom–>Bake Mushroom! For all its simplicity the flavours are very different from the Egg Avocado Tower I ate before this.At the time of baking the …

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Egg Avocado Breakfast Tower

Egg Avocado Tower

You are consciously not aware of it but your mind has associated smells with certain events and locations.Its deeply entrenched in your memories.Today morning when I was making my coffee(thankyou Arvind Shanker!) I was almost instantly transported back to this small library in R A Puram,Chennai which used to be my frequent haunt in 10 th std. I used to borrow and eat 5 books a week and that’s when my school was crazy strict and gave not buckets but tub full of homework! There was a coffee beans grinding shop right next to it and even before I really started appreciating coffee this smell was a part of my history with Chennai. Old romance novels and coffee smell is …

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Butternut Pumpkin Soup with Pork Sausage Croutons

There are three worst things you can do to while making soup.Add cornstarch to thicken it,add cream to make it smooth and the third and the worst , is to strain it through a sieve. Its like killing anything good in the ingredients by ambushing it from all sides and  firing bullets into it  and then repeatedly stabbing it and then putting it through..ok I am getting gory! But you get my point! Worst part is that it fools your brain into thinking that you have eaten something healthy but really you have just dumped a bowl full of carb heavy,nutrient deficient , fibre less liquid in your body! If you are trying to eat something healthy then stick to the …

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Chia Pudding with Tropical Fruits and Walnuts

Chia Pudding

Have you heard of chia?and wondered what it was? I came across this while on my whole 30 diet as a healthy substitute to grains.These are seeds which when soaked in a liquid change from opaque little balls to plump jelly bomb like balls.They soak up the liquid they are soaked in. Remember those kulfi Faloodas you gorged down as a kid?Most resident indians would have tasted the famous ice cream- “Kulfi falooda” at least once in their lives.I have had the good fortune of eating way too many of those as a kid.There are so many very nostalgic memories attached to this one Indian dessert. Those little balls in the falooda are Chia Seeds. But I didn’t make the …

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Asparagus and Garlic Soup

The whole 30 journey has taught me how to make simple meals with a few quality ingredients. It’s a wonder that just 5 ingredients can make a soup so delectable that you wish you had made more! My soups always double as sauces but this recipe yields exactly one serving ,I wish I had made more of this asparagus and garlic soup.After tasting this ,I badly want to try making chicken with the sauce version of this soup.I am sure it will be mind epic blowing!! One word of caution though! Don’t eat a hot soup and frozen grapes together.I wasn’t sure which I liked more and which would lose the right temperature so I ended up interspersing the soup with …

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Frozen Grapes

Black Seedless grapes cleaned and frozen

I have been a total nuisance lately.I have tried(somewhat successfully) to introduce as many people to this phenomena called FROZEN GRAPES.I have bugged all my whatsapp groups,called my mom and rambled non stop about the goodness of frozen grapes and I also exaggerated a little about it being better than chocolate. The last attempt got me a virtual kick all the way from Canada where my friend categorically told me I had lost my mind and was clearly hallucinating if I can even think of comparing them to chocolate. The first time I froze them I couldn’t even photograph them because an army of friends descended home after my 30th birthday celebrations.I have served them as beer snacks and used …

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