Paleo / Whole 30

These recipes are paleo and whole 30 approved.
They don’t contain any grains, legumes, dairy, preservatives and alcohol.

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad

Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad is my absolute favourite salad to make, especially when I am entertaining.In fact in my mind it’s an amazing appetizer not a mere salad. The dressing is the real bomb though and I think it would jazz up any kind of vegetable.It’s a Sweet,Spicy & tangy dressing- which is just what is needed to make the best salad dressing ever. It’s obviously Thai inspired as the name suggests.Traditionally fish sauce is also added in the dressing for an extra umami but I have skipped it in this dish. You can change the proportions of the ingredients as per your taste and preferences.This recipe will yield an extra spicy Thai Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Salad because …

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Malabar Chicken Peralan | Kerala Style Kozhi Peralan Roast

Malabar Chicken Peralan - Kerala Style Chicken Roast

Malabar Chicken Peralan or Kozhi Peralan as is known regionally is a famous dry Chicken Roast from the state of Kerala. It’s very popular in the Malayali Christian Community but like all traditional recipe everyone has their own versions of it.This  recipe is adapted from the famous book Flavours of the Spice Coast by Mrs K. M Mathew.This book was published almost two decades ago and has since been handed to every new bride in the Malabar community. The first time I made it ,both I and Abhishek were pleasantly surprised with how rounded the flavours were- everything is in a fine balance- the heat from the chillies,the warmth from the spices, the sourness from vinegar.Everything has a role to …

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Easy Beetroot Falafel

Beetroot Falafel - Traditional Middle Eastern Nutrient Rich,high protein patties made with chickpeas and spices

Introducing you today to – Beetroot Falafel that can be fried or baked.These Middle eastern street food is so loved across the world that it’s become a household name now. Easily made and even more easily eaten- Falafels or Felafel can be eaten simply with some yogurt dip or stuffed inside a pita bread with some raw veggies. Falafels are super high on nutrients because the majority of it is only chickpeas(garbanzo beans or chole) and veggies. In fact these beetroot falafels are not only vegan but also paleo and whole 30 approved. Beetroot Falafel can be made paleo and whole 30 approved by swapping flour with tapioca flour or potato starch and baking them instead of frying them. Healthier …

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Authentic Mangalorean Prawn Curry-Yeti Gassi

Mangalorean Prawn Curry

This Mangalorean Prawn Curry is the crown jewel of the Western Indian Coastal cuisine from Mangalore,Karnatake. Before moving to the southern region of India, I really had no idea about the very distinct cuisines of the southern states. Actually,scratch that..not separate southern “states” but “regions”..There are so many cuisines , that I am suddenly grappling with too much information and ideas..For instance-there is the famous Chettinad cuisine, then there is the Tamil Brahmin way of cooking,Malabar Cuisine,Mangalorean Cuisine and I am sure I am missing out on a dozen more here. For me,Mangalorean Prawn Curry was a case of pure sheer infatuation which started when I tasted Fish Gassi at Jai hind lunch house in Mumbai for the first time.To say that we …

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Healthy Chocolate Bliss Balls

Healthy Chocolate Bliss Balls

Yes I named these Chocolate Bliss Balls and it’s okay if you want to call me out on my nonsense. These are ladoos which we Indians have been making for only a dozen centuries.But the undeniable fact is that these have chocolate and I don’t know a lot of healthy chocolate ladoos!These are made without any added sugar(of any kind),any oil or fat and has no grain in it.Like Really! I am obviously very late to the bliss ball party but you don’t have to be! The original recipe is from chocolate covered Kate blog and I can’t tell you how amazing her blog is! It’s full of unbelievable healthy treats which I swear I can’t stop making!  If you …

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Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Italian Chicken Cacciatore

Italian Chicken Cacciatore is a rustic, earthy braise of chicken with vegetables and tomatoes.The chicken is first browned and then slowly braised in a chunky sauce made with tomatoes and vegetables.Chicken Cacciatore translates to “Hunter Style Chicken” in Italian. There are a lot of fables around the stew.It’s believed “Hunter style Chicken” is made right after hunting that bird or rabbit, in the middle of a jungle, with vegetables plucked off the foliage but we don’t live in a jungle and neither do we hunt our own food so this is a compromise at best! Another story is that when the men returned empty handed after a hunt their women folk made chicken cacciatore like we Indians probably make khichadi …

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Tamil Nadu Style Pepper Chicken Curry

Tamil Nadu Style Pepper Chicken Curry

Today I bring to you the Tamil Style Pepper Chicken Curry from the southern East coast of India. Even though I cook a lot of Indian food I don’t post as many recipes on the blog.It’s probably because most times ,I cook by taste.Add spices,some yogurt, some lentils,some onion..taste here..taste there..adjust..change..it’s mostly recipe less. That’s why it’s always difficult to write about indian cuisine but recently I have come across some amazing bloggers and food writers who have inspired me to embrace my everyday Indian cooking and share it with my readers here.I have also started reading a lot more about Indian cooking and truth be told it’s daunting because of its sheer vastness.There are more cuisines in India than languages …

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Summer Melon Salad with Ricotta Cheese

Watermelon and MuskMelon Salad with Ricotta Cheese

Today I am really going to expand your melon horizons by this super amazing Watermelon and MuskMelon Salad. The first time I expanded my melon horizons was in Rome.We had one free evening in Rome and we decided to explore the beach a few kms away from the city cause we are suckers for any waterbody.The beach was blah but we stumbled upon an eatery where they served us melon wrapped in prochitto.It was a simple dish with just two ingredients but it gave me something to ponder about. This dish is simple in its thought but it’s power packed with textures and flavour variations.The minute you have a mouthful of this you will be hit with sweet, tangy,salty and fresh …

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Indian Chicken Keema Curry

Chicken Keema

Introducing my most versatile Chicken recipe today- Chicken Keema Writing about Indian Food is difficult for me because more often than not I am just throwing stuff in my pot, adjusting as I go..I do start out with a rough idea in my mind..decide on the big things first..like will I be using vegetables or meat or chicken but from then on it’s more of an auto pilot. In my opinion, curries and stews are made more as per taste and preference rather than a set in stone recipe.It’s easier to do this while baking which is a precise chemical reaction ,when done right, it will give you precise results.I add, adjust and measure things by hand or by the eye …

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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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Italian Puttanesca Sauce

Spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce with tomato,olives and Capers

I am all over this spicy Italian Puttanesca Sauce!! Just can’t get enough of it. My Indian soul just warms up with every forkful of the spaghetti in this Spicy Deep Red sauce with flecks of capers and olives which give it a unique sourness, the chilli flakes which tickle the pallete  and the fresh herbs which give it a hearty character. But First,Let’s talk about the dragon in the recipe,thorn on your potential side, the one ingredient which might make you pass the recipe.The Anchovies.Yes its a fish.Yes it stinks.Yes its unsightly but this in small quantity gives this sauce a depth it would otherwise lack. If you are vegetarian or Vegan then by all means skip this fish.But if you …

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Chicken and Beans in Green Olive Tapenade

Chicken and Beans in Green Olive Tapenade

You know how everybody keeps preaching that you should eat beans but don’t really tell you how to really cook them..Well I am here to fill that lacuna with Chicken and Beans in Green Olive Tapenade. This recipe has chicken but you can easily replace it with paneer or Soy.On a sidenote-the soy in the market is amazing now.Not like the hard pieces of cardboards that were sold around 10-15 years back but actually soft silky soy so definitely give it a try! Coming back to this Chicken and Beans in Green Olive Tapenade dish..Its a milieu of too many thoughts…I wanted to eat something healthy yet filling..hence the protein-Chicken.I wanted to use up the beans in my fridge and …

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Herb & Paprika Roast Chicken

Herb & Paprika Roast Chicken

Today I bring to you a very often made recipe- Herb & Paprika Roast Chicken. but before that..I want to talk about Christmas..but if you don’t want to read about why I love Christmas go on and scroll down! There is no other season better than the Christmas season!If I had to forsake every other festival but one I would keep Christmas. I adore everything about it from the Christmas tree, to the lights, the ornaments, the gifts in the stockings,christmas carols, red caps and the plum cake!…oh such magic! Whats your favourite part about Christmas?Mine is tie between the carols and the plum cake.I am not kidding but I have been singing Merry Christmas to baby Vansh since he was …

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Sweet Potato Soup with Burnt Butter, Garlic & Sage

Sweet Potato Soup Burnt Butter, Garlic & Sage

I am writing this recipe before I have good pictures in hand cause I swear to you this is the best this that has happened to sweet potato all year! If you can get your hands on the orange kind of sweet potato then I will very highly(maybe a little vehemently) recommend you to make this soup.Its a creamy butter soup which on a rainy cold day will be the perfect companion for you and your kids! I say that because I did share a non salty version of this soup with my 8 month old baby. You can make this soup vegan and whole30 complaint by replacing the milk with coconut milk and omitting the butter.   About the …

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Caprese Chicken

Caprese Chicken

We have started growing our own herbs in the balcony recently and I am so very proud to report that so far we have Basil,Sage,Celery and Thyme! I love having fresh herbs at hand especially basil but I hate throwing it away when it wilts.It barely lasts for 2-3 days.So growing them in my balcony is all the more exciting! Here are some shots of the herbs from our balcony.Look at how the basil is encroaching on the other herbs pots! The seeds have been sourced from amazon and planted on our own in pots. Now for the actual topic of the post.This is actually a salad but I have used the same ingredients along with chicken and cooked it …

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Grilled Eggplant Salad

Grilled Eggplant Salad

If you have been following me on instagram you would know that I have started a new food regime. I am going to take this a week at a time by following the paleo diet during the weekdays and maybe go a little crazy during the weekends. It would be the best if I could do the proper whole30 like last year again but it will be impossible with a baby. I can’t be too rigid with my food choices at the moment because one, I am providing nourishment to another human being and two ,taking care of that human being doesn’t let me have a schedule.Oh and there is a three..On days when he is cranky i can’t even …

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Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Sauce-Versatile Tomato Pasta Sauce

Versatile Roasted Tomato Sauce

I have been meaning to put this recipe of roasted tomato red pepper sauce up for quite sometime , but something or the other happens every single time I start putting the words down so I have decided I am going to keep it short. This sauce is an extremely easy no fuss roasted tomato red pepper sauce, which doesn’t require any fancy ingredients and can be made with local vegetables.I discovered this recipe a few weeks back on novicehousewife.com and have already made it thrice. This is also a vegan,gluten free,whole 30 and paleo compliant recipe.Its a very skinny sauce and the calories of your dish depend on how you use it. I like to make roasted tomato red pepper sauce in …

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Lemon Jalapeño Chicken

Lemon Jalapeño Chicken

My search for quick and easy protein elements to my lunch and dinner led me to this chicken. I need to keep on reinventing chicken with different flavors and textures otherwise I get bored.Due the recent guest in my household aka Gestational Diabetes , I have to make sure I include plenty of protein in my diet so that I maintain my blood sugar between meals. This recipe is especially for people who appreciate subtle flavors. A simple combination of 4 ingredients lends it its beauty. It’s basically chicken breast marinated overnight in generous amounts of Jalapeños, lemon and coriander or parsley and pan fried to a juicy perfection. If you are on your whole30 or paleo this makes a good meal …

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