quick recipes

Cottage Cheese and Tomato Salad

Paneer and Tomato Salad

I want to say that everyday is a struggle with gestational diabetes but it looks 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 with sugar or any other additives so my morning glass of milk or the occasional coffee I allow myself is not an ordeal it would be for normal folks. If there was one rule for folks with GDM(with insulin) is to feed your …

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Chocolate & Banana Bread Pudding

Chocolate and Banana Bread Pudding

This recipe was more of an aberration, a departure from my usual norm on several levels.It’s a mix of french toast and a bread pudding.I usually prefer the Indian version of savory french toast with a generous sprinkling of  chat masala.This dish was born out of a necessity to use my over ripe bananas and few days old bread.And I am so happy that I made it! It’s a simple dish which has layers of flavors and textures.You can replace chocolate chips with chocolate chunks or strawberries or mangos. You can serve it as a dessert at your dinner party or a great breakfast dish for the family. I ate this as a snack cause I was craving chocolate and sugar.I usually …

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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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Roasted Chickpeas

Homemade Garlic Roasted crunchy healthy Chickpeas

Warning!!-these are addictive and you can stop with only a bowl These crispy roasted chickpeas deserve a post of their own.Making these was an afterthought to the pumpkin laksa that I have pinned on my pinterest board few days back. As is clear from my multiple warnings on various social media these are addictive and I enjoyed them more than the main dish. For all you NRIs you don’t have to wait for relatives to get indian snacks. For all you dieters,you don’t have to consume weird soy based processed crisps. For all you serial snackers, these will never make you feel guilty! Chuck the ugly tasteless sprouts and eat these! You can decide the flavours based on your palate.Roasting …

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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 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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Fish in Orange Sauce

Fish in Orange Sauce

Two years back on our trip across europe ,travelling with my crazy, quirky set of friends we chanced upon a small seaside restaurant while searching for a club in Naples.We started out from Pompei to experience the “Night Life” of Naples and travelled 20 kms away from the city in search of the phantom all night open club.What we found instead was a lazy seaside restaurant where the only sound you could hear was of the waves crashing wildly against the rocks. We also heard later that we were better off at the restaurant than the actual “Nightlife” of Naples. Rumours say the nightlife of Naples is the not so discreet Mafia activities at the harbour!Our host at the airbnb spent …

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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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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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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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Thyme and Lemon Salmon

My mind is a jumbled curry of a million things and I am rambling on and on about nonsense! Even the Harry Belafonte is not able to channel my thoughts into something specific. I have started 5 word documents ,written two lines and then discarded them all because they have nothing to do with the fish I made. I am jumping from one topic to another thinking about what I am going to make next , to our europe trip , to the chocolate in my fridge! So without rambling more I am going to dive into this salmon dish that I ate yesterday. Salmon is not only costly but difficult to procure in india.Even if you find it , you …

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Spinach Avocado Salad with Poached Egg

I am not much of a salad person.I just have never liked them by themselves as much.It feels too extreme to just eat just salad.Even after eating a whole Caesar salad from Big Chill in Delhi I would feel like I was on a diet!It was definitely not diet food, it was at least 800 calories with all that cheese !I prefer sautéed veggies more. I decided to brave it and make an Avocado Spinach salad and cause it seemed too little I added a poached egg! Poached egg has been my nemesis for way too long for comfort. I have heard that any self-respecting cook knows how to poach an egg and I want to be self-respecting too!!! Well ,I watched Jamie …

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Tomato Basil Soup

This is the most nifty magic trick up my sleeve. It’s an all purpose soup cum sauce.I always have some of this frozen in my fridge for an instant sauce. This simple soup has a million uses.You can make it into a Shorba- an indian soup by adding the quintessential tadka of cumin and chillies or make it italian by adding a dollop of pesto or cook your chicken breast in it. You can reduce it on the stove and with a splash of milk or cream and some herbs you can turn it into a pasta sauce!Most indian curries are tomato based so you can make a neat chicken curry or a Shahi Paneer with little milk. You can throw in …

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