Healing Turmeric Soup

Healing Turmeric Soup

My eyes are watering while I write this..Not because of some emotion, though rage is definitely flowing through me because of this stupid weather bug that’s got us all over the sink,blowing with all our mights trying to clear our airways and somehow earning back our fundamentalest of the most fundamental right to breathe!That’s why we made a giant pot of Healing Turmeric Soup. Yes..All of us are sick…under the weather..One by one like dominos we caught the bug..Just when the person before is getting better the one after starts to feel the symptoms..We did the whole hoopla of going to the doctors(yes plural for the 3 of us)..getting paracetamols and the other paraphernalia but those things take time to kick …

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Healthy Whole Wheat Tea Cake

Healthy Whole Wheat Cake

I was looking for a basic 100% Whole Wheat and a 100% Jaggery Cake, a quintessential all rounder  healthy Healthy Whole Wheat Cake, which tastes great,which doesn’t feel heavy or lumpy and also which doesn’t have the characteristic raw whole wheat taste.I definately didn’t want a cake which I am forced to eat in the name of health.I would rather just eat a cucumber for that.I basically wanted a Utopian 100% whole wheat and 100% Jaggery Cake. Most whole wheat cakes I have had are weirdly sunken in the middle or are way too dry.If they are good they usually contain corn flour ,which I have nothing against,in fact this cake was supposed to contain it but I couldn’t find the …

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Healthy Oats and Raisin Cookies

Healthy Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies

This post is about my favourite mom cookies-Healthy Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies. Once you become a mom, cookies become essential to life…or at-least you now have a reason for baking so many of them.:D..As much work motherhood is ,it’s also a nice smoke screen for gorging on desserts and those extra love handles…As a rule of thumb..you can blame pregnancy for everything.(ah such perks!)   I stumbled upon this Healthy Oatmeal and Raisin Cookies  recipe when I was looking for ways to make some healthy cookies for the baby because I am extremely uncomfortable giving him Marie biscuits of the world.I like to know exactly what is going in that little cudly bear’s tummy.Healthy Instant Oats cookies with raisins was just the …

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Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pots

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pots

What we all need is a constant supply of these super decadent Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pots.Really!! There is a dearth of laughter in our lives..Most entertainment today hovers around suffering, almost all critically acclaimed movies are based on tragedies, most bestselling books are about death, newspapers are about little else than Rapes..Even children rhymes are about how 5 little ducks went out one day and only 4 little ducks came back or how Humpty Dumpty falls.The classic nursery rhyme -Ringa Ringa Roses is about the symptoms of a plague which killed thousands,if popular folklore is to be believed.So yes we might have spent our childhood going in circles singing about a plague which almost killed a whole generation of people …

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Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Strawberry Compote

Vanilla Panna Cotta is a dessert you want to make for your boy friend or girl friend when you don’t even know the K of Cooking!(there ain’t no K in cooking you dumb!)but really…All you need to do is boil some cream..That’s the extent of cooking involved in this recipe.So if you can figure out how to get that stove on and empty out a carton of cream in the pan then you can make this recipe. This is not to say it’s not sophisticated.It is an extremely dreamy dessert ,served in highly priced Michelin star restaurants around the world but it is very simple to make luscious dessert that requires very little time and even lesser skill to make..it’s …

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Twice Baked Chettinad Chicken Potatoes

Twice Baked Chettinad Chicken Potatoes with Cheese.

Before I became a mother I was extremely judgemental, forever judging parents of small children for not putting in enough effort to dress up…judging their kids for their runny noses,loud shrieks and haldi stains. But after having a baby my world has truly changed.I have started to understand the back stories now,the poor hassled mothers who have no time to get frivolous things like a haircut or a manicure when she knows that she shan’t dare keep her hair open lest the little ninja will immediately launch an assault.And the countless diaper changes and washing goop off the baby’s face leave only for enough time to brush their teeth and wash hands…Forget manicure..Paucity of time not money drives every decision…every …

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5 Healthy Cookie Recipes

Rounding up of 5 Healthy Cookies your family will love! These are made with the goodness of whole grains and unrefined sugars such as jaggery and dates.   1. Healthy Buckwheat Cookies   The first healthy cookies recipe I want to share is-Chocolate buckwheat cookies. I have made this recipe only about 20 times in just the past 1 month..for friends,family and as return gifts for my baby’s first birthday. The buckwheat flour gives these cookies a nutty taste but if you can’t find buckwheat flour(also called as Kuttu Ka Aata in India) feel free to replace with normal Wheat flour used to make rotis instead.   Stay in touch with me on Instagram and Facebook 2. Double Chocolate Chip Ragi …

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Kolrabhi and Apple Salad

Kolrabhi and Apple Salad with yogurt fennel dressing

This Amazing Kolrabhi and Apple Salad showcases the under achievers of the vegetable and herb world.If you aren’t already a fan let me introduce you to this vegetable called Kolrabhi. Chances are if your mom didn’t cook with it you probably don’t either,atleast I didn’t till I read somewhere that it’s the vegetable of the year 2018!I was intrigued…cause first it’s so easily available in india that it didn’t seem like a vegetable worthy enough for that kind of stature and second cause it looked so..lets say plain Jane sorts. The more I read about it the more it the more I was sold on it especially cause I am not a big fan of cruciferous vegetables.I find broccoli a chore …

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Basic Chinese Brown Sauce

Basic Chinese stir fry Sauce

Today’s recipe is Basic Chinese stir fry Sauce. So apparently Kylie Jenner gave birth to a baby..I chanced upon an article on her baby shower today which goes on to avert that if I didn’t know about her pregnancy then I probably live under a rock.I am online most of the day and am very regular on social media but somehow this news escaped me and made me an almost neanderthal as per the writer. A neanderthal who has always been fascinated by Chinese cuisine.I don’t mean the Indian Chinese,which by the way derserves a place in one of the best cuisines ever but here I mean the actual Real Chinese Food.Though the fact is that I have always struggled with …

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Microwave Vs Oven for an Indian Kitchen

This is a very common conundrum…To buy a microwave or an Oven…It is a big investment especially if you consider the limited space we have in our kitchens.I am writing this cause I get a lot of queries on whether they should invest in an oven or a microwave. I am especially writing this cause my mother was standing exactly at this point wondering what to buy -a microwave or an oven and she ended up buying a microwave cause it was so hip! So I want to do my bit in educating as many as I can so that they don’t end up wasting money and kitchen real estate in this worthless piece of machinery. Let’s start with what …

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Vegetarian Mexican Tortilla Soup

Mexican Tortilla Soup with easily available Indian ingredients

I feel great exhilaration in naturalizing recipes from different countries.It invigorates me, especially when I use what’s locally available here in India.This Vegetarian Mexican Tortilla Soup is one such recipe that I have adapted to make it easy to cook in an Indian kitchen. Indian food resembles the Mexican cuisine pretty closely in its use of tomatoes,cilantro,onions,cumin,cilantro.The base onion tomato sauces from these cuisines have a lot of overlapping ingredients and resemble each other in both appearance and taste. In fact Indian flat breads are made with Wheat and a very similar flatbread is made with cornmeal in Mexico and very famously called the Tortillas.Both the cuisines are very bold on flavours and heat. Definitely not a food for the …

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Roast Pumpkin Quinoa Salad

Roast Pumpkin Quinoa Salad

Those of you follow me on Instagram know that I have taken up a #30daysofsalad challenge.I find that easier to do this than cut out bad food from my diet-aka sugar, carbs etc.It’s especially difficult when I am testing cookie recipes and running behind a suddenly mobile baby.Oh those days, when he used to be exactly where I left him 5 minutes back!Neverthless today I am here with a super Easy, Vegan salad- Roast Pumpkin Quinoa Salad This salad is Salad#5 of the challenge.It’s very minimalistic in it’s ingredients but the multiple textures make this Roast Pumpkin Quinoa Salad a tantalising affair. What is Quinoa / Kinwa Quinoa is an ancient South American grain which has recently gained popularity in the health food …

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Thai Green Curry

Absolutely smashing Green Thai CurryAbsolutely smashing Green Thai Curry

Today’s dish is all the way from South East Asia- Thai Green Curry. There are so many places to see,so many things to learn, so many cuisines to try.So many new dishes to make. Everyday there is something new to do.Everyday I have a ginormous list of things I want to try and I love it.Thai food and cuisine has been on top of that list for like forever, then one of my friends introduced me to a beautiful cookbook-Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen.This book has made Thai food easy and doable in a normal Indian kitchen for me. This absolutely smashing Thai Green Curry is adapted from her book.Its a Childs play to put …

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Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

There is a funny back story to these Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups… I and my husband once had a tiff at an airport.I wanted to stop and buy some Reese Peanut Butter Cups but he didn’t want to stop cause we were very late and at an unfamiliar airport.But I was in a pig-headed mode and adamant cause you don’t get these in India,I couldn’t care less about the fact that we already had tonnes of chocolate in our bags or the fact that we could potentially miss our flight home or at the least might have to run lugging up the baby and allot the gate.I forget which airport this was but it was one with those with …

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Healthy Buckwheat Cookies

Healthy and Refined flour free Chocolate Chip Buckwheat Cookies

Nowadays I am all about them cookies! And if they are healthy then sign me up for a trial please!!Today I have for you Chocolate Chip Buckwheat cookies. These cookies along with my Healthy Double Chocolate Chip Ragi Cookies and Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies are my goto recipes for healthy everyday cookies. So what is Buckwheat?What is buckwheat flour made of? Does it sound fancy and super healthy to you?Like this amazing cure all flour that’s been touted by all those sophisticated gourmands and health gurus?That’s suddenly become so popular that you go in search for it in speciality stores and buy it only to google it and see that’s its Kuttu ka aata that your mom and grandparents have been eating all their lives?You …

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Product Review:Kalchi

Product Review:Kalchi

Its been a long long time since I wrote a product review but this brand deserves it.I spotted this brand on a fellow blogger’s page on Instagram and I was intrigued by the products.This brand is doing authentic Indian food in a bottle which is completely natural and has no preservatives. If you follow me on Instagram then you already know how big a fan I am of their products. They have Indian spreads which go wonderfully with your rotis, bread,parathas and Pav and my all time favourite with dosas for morning breakfast.The first spread we tried was the Chettinad chicken lapped generously on our dosas with the ever awesome peanut chutney and we couldn’t stop licking our fingers. It …

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Homemade Sugarless Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

Is peanut butter an acquired taste?I remember trying it as a child and not liking it at all.Maybe it was too new a texture and taste back then but now I am obsessed with it.I love my homemade sugarless peanut butter with apples and bananas, adding it to my oat bowl and baking with it. Have you tried homemade peanut butter with chocolate?Though I am a recent fan of strawberries dipped in chocolate but there is no comparison(in my book) with the awesome combination that is peanut butter and chocolate. I feel miffed at myself for missing out on this amazing creation for 25 years of my life though if I hadn’t ,I cant imagine the number of jars of …

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Green Thai Curry Paste

Green Thai Curry Paste recipe with substitutes in case you don't get fresh Thai ingredients

There is something about Green Thai curry which just warmes up your soul.The steam wafting from a warm bowl of some Thai curry with well cooked soft white rice is just what I need at the end of long day to make me feel special.The magic that hugs the house when you make one can’t be explained in words.But making the Thai curry from homemade Green Thai Curry Paste is beyond explainable in mere words! Thai ingredients are seldom available locally but when they are, I end up acting like a child in a candy shop.Though thats probably me all the time when grocery shopping.Rarely do I get as much pleasure from anything else than shopping for food.I think all the …

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