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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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How To Make Almond Milk At Home

How to make Almond Milk at Home

I went out to buy some grocerie today..First of all , how is it that I am always out of staples in phases because of which I am forced to go to the supermarket multiple times in a week.Today I had to buy onions and I somehow spent Rs 3400! I am burning a hole in my wallet just buying groceries! While strolling along the aisle I came across a 200 ml packaged almond milk catron.I was so excited seeing it, it was green in color and said “Natural” in big bold black and then I turned it to read the ingredients.Except almonds and salt everything else was at least 8 syllables long and totally unpronounceable! My uncle, who is …

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Bunny Chow-South African Curry

Bunny Chow

Even if this dish was not tasty, I would have still tried it out because of its boss of a name!!!While doing my research on Bunny Chow,I saw a lot of folks given declarations before Starting to talk about the dish and I think its only clear from the name that it could roll the stomach of some folks so let’s address the elephant in the room first This recipe has nothing to do with any kind of hoppers (ahem no bunnies were used to make this duh!) Its not a type of chowmein Its not a south east asian recipe but a fusion indian south african recipe Most simply put this dish is a curry served inside a hollowed out bread. …

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My Smoothie Bowl

Vegan Smoothie bowl

It’s weird having so much sugar after the whole 30 regime early in the morning.It’s almost like I am rebelling against it.I know most of you want to punch my face and say rebelling is if you eat a full batch of brownie! I unofficially not on paper agree..:D So other than avocado rose smoothie bowls are the new instagram fad.More exotic the fruit more like you get.Though its amazingly tasty and fulfilling its crazy high on natural sugar so I won’t suggest people on diabetes watch to eat this.But if you are eating pancakes or chole batoore or cheese sandwich everyday then this is a healthier indulgence! Its almost a smoothie but a little thicker and in a bowl …

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Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

Do you think coffee unblocks worlds and boundaries and ammm…content?I think i could overlook a lot of otherwise non negotiable stuff for a good cup of coffee! Ever since I bought the magic coffe making equipment from café coffee day along with their medium roast coffee I have overdosed on it.It doesn’t help that I am drinking it with water and at times, to beat the heat on the rocks(ice cubes).I am an inch away from being snobbish about it cause I have contemplated taking my decoction when I go over for coffee at friend’s house. Yes snobbish. This post I will introduce you to my quick,easy and healthy breakfasts recipes.The first thing you guys think of is bread right?Hmm..that’s not a …

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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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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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Spicy Indian Roast Chicken

Spicy Whole Chicken Roast

I have wanted to roast a whole chicken since starting the whole30 journey.I have made it a few times in the past with a melange of random sauces,spices and filling but never an Indian chicken roast .My first try at roasting a chicken was 2 years ago which turned out to be extremely comical cause the poor bird was lacking a few limbs.I had asked my husband to get me a whole chicken and what I got was a skin less and leg less chicken. It also took us a while to figure out was how to carve the bird and the extra extra large long knife which my well meaning doctor friend bought to help us carve didn’t really help as …

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Butternut Pumpkin Chicken Roulade

As a child I ate the indian version of pumpkin curry with pooris all the time but I never imagined I could make a pie or a cookie with it back then.I remember eating a pumpkin chocolate kisses which was very weird! My recent tryst with pumpkin was a massive disaster.I made sautéed mushroom stuffed pumpkin and every single element of the dish was a big disappointment. Either the pumpkin was not ripe enough or I didn’t cook it for long enough.Even the mushroom filling was over salted and how can you go wrong with mushrooms! Overall it was a pretty bleh dish and I wasn’t very keen on trying anything pumpkin again. But amazing looking produce has irresistibly strong gravitational force which …

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5 minute Pan Fried Pomfret

I might have looked a little deranged eating this fish with my hands , sitting on the balcony floor at 3 pm on a Tuesday but there is only so much control a girl can exercise.The fish that took 5 minutes to prepare , took me approximately 38 seconds to devour front and back! I could compete with my dog Milo in who “finishes dinner faster”! The inspiration of this dish was from the Pomfret fry I ate at Mahesh Lunch Home on Sunday.While travelling back from the airport on Sunday we decided to stop for lunch.It’s a seafood speciality restaurant ,which if you are a seafood lover will blow your socks,caps and macaroons off(oh I mean mittens)! You wont be …

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6 minute Pan-Seared Chicken Breast Recipe

This recipe is for all my bachelor friends who have limited skills in the kitchen but want to make something nutritious and yummy in few minutes.This is especially good as a pre or post workout meal because it is full of lean protein. Follow this recipe to the dot and you will never eat rubbery chicken breast again in your life. The trick is in controlling the flame and timing the recipe absolutely. You can use any marinade on the chicken breast.I have given some sample marinades below which can be whipped up in a matter of few seconds with pantry staples. TSP is short for tea spoon TBSP is short for table spoon Indian Marinade-I Turmeric -1/2 tsp Ginger Garlic paste-1/2 tsp …

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Alu Tikki Taco with Salsa and Mint chutney

For the indian that I am I haven’t experimented with too many indian whole30 compliant recipes. There are a few reasons why indian food is not going to work for me.The first being that the food combinations are too deeply entrenched in my mind that It won’t feel like a novelty but a compromise and secondly the spices don’t support eating just the curry or meat and third everything indian contains yoghurt or lentils. This is what I told myself for the past 20 days while on my whole30 program. But how the proverbial light bulb switches on with an idea, I realised that my assumption is just that, an assumption.Indian food can be customised to be whole30 compliant.My craving …

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Day 6,7,8 -Eggs Baked in Tomato Sauce, Mutton Keema with Cauliflower Pulav

I just want one day off this diet…just have something normal with carbs…some rice with the chicken curry maybe..or some roti or little bit of the bread or even dal..That’s all… Day 6, 7 and 8 have been very difficult…started with my cook making rotis when I was awake for a change and that just pushed me almost over the edge..It’s sort of what happens to my dog Milo…He stays with my parents back home…He is almost my soul brother..But a dog…when my mom is making rotis in the house he goes mental…which is about twice a day…you can’t not give him the roti…Once he smells the fresh rotis being made…he can’t control himself..He goes from salivating to light cooing …

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Whole30-Day 3 with Thai Green Curry

Day three started very happy. I was extremely positive. Before getting out of the bed I read about some awesome whole30 stories and was totally inspired. The Day went well with no real challenges. Highlight of the day was the Green Curry. Dinner was a simple salad with some balsamic vinaigrette. Breakfast -One Boiled Egg -Two Slices of Pineapple Lunch -A bowl of the Thai curry Dinner -Basic Salad with fried Egg Snacks -Dates -Roasted Cashews -Coffee with Almond Milk   I found some Thai basil the other day in the super market. Usually I am not finicky about basil. I use whichever basil I find in whatever! But this basil worked wonders with the curry. This basil has purple …

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