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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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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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Cauliflower Base Pizza with Cashew Cheese and Veggies

Cauliflower Base mushroom and brocolli Pizza

So I am faced with a big challenge.I know my husband for over 15 years now and I have never seen him take lunch to school or college or to his office.Now suddenly he has very casually requested that I pack him something handy which he can eat at his desk cause he is too busy to move his bum and go eat at the foodcourt.I am in mild shock but have to underplay it cause he might just reject his own suggestion.So I am faced with a big challenge of making kids approved lunch, for a grown man which doesn’t look like traditional lunch so that my husband thinks its an exotic snack and eats it! Today’s lunch was a …

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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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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 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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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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Baked Pear with Homemade Almond Butter

This recipe deserves a separate post!! It might not look so pretty but it’s absolutely divine!! I decided to make almond butter after seeing a few recipes online…I can’t believe it’s that simple!!! It’s just three steps to heaven!!TOAST—BLEND—EAT!!! Well almond butter is ready..But what to eat it with?? Search the fridge..Come up with one pear…well…ammm..Let’s bake it!!! So slice slice slice , a few drops of ghee and bake for 20 minutes…drizzle with almond butter and devour!!! I was so impatient to eat this that I hardly plated it..And while taking the pictures my phone fell on the plate! I hope nobody saw me licking almond butter off my phone.. Almond Butter INGREDIENTS Almonds-1 cup RECIPE Toast the almonds …

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Day 4 and 5-Ginger Coriander Basa with Spicy Baby Potatoes

Day 4 was not as smashing a success as the other days. I conquered the cravings but botched up the cooking. The chicken was over cooked and the flavor from balsamic vinegar was too strong. Only saving grace were the carrots which were cooked to perfection…Sweet and salty charred orange perfection! I did make a good egg dish. It was like a quiche but without the pastry or cream and milk. I used the left over mushrooms from the lunch in this dish. Pretty bite sized pieces of eggy delight. They work well as a post workout snack…But unlike the, not so tasty chicken and mushrooms these didn’t photograph as well… :(..I want to work more on these recipes before …

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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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Day 2-Whole30 WITH ZUCHINNI PASTA IN RED SAUCE AND SMASHED ROASTED POTATOS

    Day 2 was certainly a delicious day of this diet…I didn’t feel I was on any kind of diet! I know I might end up paying for this! I mean who eats spaghetti and baked potatoes and looses weight!!I did have a moment when I struggled a bit after my evening badminton game when everybody was ordering amazing Kerala food and I couldn’t devour it! The Zucchini pasta in red sauce was my special lunch obviously abiding by all the rules. Substituting zucchini for pasta was not the compromise I thought it will be. It lifted the dish way more than any store bought pasta could ever do!! Have you ever felt that the pasta in itself becomes …

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