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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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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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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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Homemade Mayonnaise

Only when you actually start making small things like mayonnaise you actually realise how unhealthy it is.1 tbsp of mayo should be equal to ½ tsp of oil which you usually dont even count.One tsp of oil in the form of mayo plus a deep fried patty,plus the cheese and a buttered bun makes the most rudimentary burger!And that’s a standard burger. Yes my day started with making mayonnaise on my own using the Whole30 Basic Mayonnaise recipe. Even though i hated pouring the oil into the mixer, I still prefer making the mayonnaise on my own without the myride preservatives and stabilisers so I know what exactly I am eating.Atleast I wont act like a pigeon and eat loads of processed …

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Baked Tandoori Chicken with Mushrooms in Spinach Sauce

My story seems to be quite the opposite of most of the whole30 subscribers.I am on my 23 day and my cravings are sky rocketing.First 15 days seemed breezy compared to the days now.I am constanlty craving ice cream when I didn’t even like it before.My mind is concsiosly going berserck thinking about stupid treats like a cracker.Because of all this upheavel in my head I have resorted to making more indian food to shut the mouth of my screeching cravings.And hence was born whole30 complaint chicken Tandoori with Suated mushrooms in Spinach sauce. First thing to do is get yourself a pack of good quality Chicken Tandoori masala. I understand most of you guys won’t find it in other …

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Pork Stir Fry with Sweet Potato Fries

In a nut shell day 12,13,14 was a sad YO YO of dying of craving,lavishing in compliments about my weight loss, neeeding a dessert and Binging on pistachios! Definitely the most difficult Chennai trip ever! Imagine sitting in Sarvana Bhavan (the most amazing South Indian Breakfast heaven!!) and not eating a thing!!!My taste buds cried a meloncholy ballad remembering the taste of a masala dosa.. But sense prevailed after 2 stanzas of the ballad when I realised that the Indian Breakfast of Puri-Bhaji,Parathas and Dosas might be the cat burglar robbing me of the chance of eating nutrient rich food!!! Just compare two boiled eggs to a Masala dosa you would eat outside.. In the past I regularly fell pray …

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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 11-Zuchinni Spaghetti in Chicken Meatballs

Is our tongue foolish? Or do our eyes control the taste? Is re creating dishes which look like the famous versions of themselves satiate us just by looking at it? At the end of the day does our tongue just want textures and colors? Past few days have been full of colorful different food for me…i am making food which I don’t usually eat…i spend anywhere between 15-30 minutes in creating my lunch…And probably 2-3 hours brainstorming on what to cook tomorrow…My current schedule lets me do this..But I wonder if this is not your sole focus how this diet would go… If you are eating outside your house in India you totally can forget about whole30…Do not even try …

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Day 10-Tom Kha Gai with Raw Mango Salad

It’s amazing to see the overwhelming response from the whole30 community on instagram!! It’s even more awesome to listen to your very very vegetarian mom saying your chicken shicken looked great!!: D…One thing which struck me today with our conversation was that this diet has no artificial “Protein Shakes” or “Fibre Tablets” or even a “specially brewed weight control green tea” like most of the diets dietitians are suggesting. There are no gimmicks; you know exactly what you are eating and where it has come from! I am sure a lot of folks have gone from pillar to post searching for the best weight solution ever and been given a bunch of bottles filled with tablets! Or are given some …

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Day 9 with Cashew Lemon Chicken and a bonus Chicken Masala Recipe

  Day 9 was much better than the weekend…i hardly felt I was on some sort of diet…I think it’s the weekends when I have to be extra strong!!! But yesterday was better because of another event!!! I know my friend who introduced me to this is kicking ass in whole30 because he is in US where you have so many readymade substitutes!!   We used to cook together when he was in India in fact we have a post together on foodcow- Chicken Biryani with Balaji Ravishanker.He knows how difficult it is to do this in India and so he wrote a mail to whole30 to tell them about my Indian journey and they want to put one of my posts …

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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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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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