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Healthy Banana Raisin Muffins

Healthy Banana Raisin Muffins

How I wish I could twist and turn the words and sound all funny like MrsFunnyBones.She is my all time favourite Indian writer.Her wit and sarcasm has no comparison in my literary world.Though I confess that my literary world isn’t that wide cause though I might have read quite a few books(in my time) they were mostly junk about some stupid Viking or a Rodeo.Maybe then I would have had better luck describing these Healthy Banana Raisin Muffins. How I wish I had held the hand(figuratively off course!) of Salman Rushdie instead of Johanna Lindsay,then I would have sounded way more witty on this blog then my current wordless state. Putting aside my lack of writing skills today I present to …

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Coconut Cake with Banana Curd

Coconut Jaggery Cake with Banana Curd

I have been getting a lot of pats on my back along with some oh my god she is so jobless to and astonished and awestruck comments from people on the monthly cakes I have been making for baby Vansh’s milestones. A fair disclaimer here-These cakes are more for me than him cause he can’t really eat them.(Hence the extra 10 pounds that I have gained over and above my pregnancy weight! )He is more of a smoke screen here..giving me a reason to bake so many cakes cause otherwise it’s just me and my husband and our birthdays come only once a year.:D So coming to what I made this month for Vansh’s 7 month milestone.Firstly,I can’t believe he …

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Versatile Vanilla Cake Three Ways!

Versatile vanilla cake three ways

If you get your basic vanilla cake recipe right then you can make just about a zillion cakes with it.All you need to master is that one recipe. In this post I want to show you how you can tweak one recipe to create multiple cakes. This is my go to recipe for any celebration cakes now.I made two cakes and sandwiched them with an easy peasy fresh strawberry compote(strawberry+sugar+water-boil=Strawberry compote!!!) and decorated with buttercream frosting and voilà a beautiful delicate celebration cake.The buttercream recipe is here Add a fruit to this recipe and make the best tea time accompaniment.I made blueberry baked donuts and a strawberry upside cake using this same recipe.Both disappeared as soon as they came out of the oven. …

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Cottage Cheese and Tomato Salad

Cottage Cheese and Tomato Salad

There is a backstory to this Cottage Cheese and Tomato Salad! During my pregnancy, i was diagnosed with GDM-short for Gestational Diabetes.I want to say that everyday was a struggle with gestational diabetes but it looked 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 or any beverage with sugar or any other additives so my morning glass of milk or the occasional coffee I allow myself is …

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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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Crispy Crumb Baked Chicken

Crispy Crumb Baked Chicken

Do you guys like KFC? I only like the spicy chicken strips.Everything else is too oily or too bland or too battery(too much batter?:D) I do have a beautiful childhood memory of KFC though.I was probably 8 or 9 years old and my dad took us to this new burger place in town and I remember having the best burger on the planet!I still remember that orange color sauce in the burger which definitely beat the shit out of any Nirulas Burger.I am talking about the vegetarian burger guys..so I still don’t understand the hankering for a whole bucket of that oily chicken. I especially don’t understand it when you can have a spicy crumb baked juicy chicken instead.I originally …

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Skinny Mac and Cheese

Butternut Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a comfort food that has transcended not only borders but also oceans! While parathas and capsicum potato curry remain my ultimate comfort food , pasta in a creamy sauce is my elixir when I am looking to curl up in a corner with a book. I love a simple pasta with just butter and some bacon..but if I have a hankering for something cheesy nothing warms my heart more than a mushy warm creamy bowl of mac and cheese. My only complaint with mac and cheese is that it is too heavy and high on calorie for its own good. So, I have come up with a skinny Mac and Cheese recipe, which lets you indulge …

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Roasted Veggies in Italian Herbs

Baked Veggies with italian herbs

I want to start out by thanking Readerspride.com for featuring me on their site. It’s very inspiring when people reach out to you and feature you on their sites! It’s the reverse feedback loop from the food universe patting your back and telling you to keep going.:D After my brunch party on Sunday I had loads of veggies left, which I wanted to use. I contemplating making Pav Bhaji the quintessential Bombay street food but decided to order that instead (Love Swiggy!) and make this nice and healthy veggie bake for myself. All your half zucchinis and handful of mushrooms and tomatoes , that you keep wrapped up waiting for inspiration to strike and ultimately throw them at the end of …

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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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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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How To Make Almond Milk At Home

How to make Almond Milk at Home

I went out to buy some grocerie today..First of all , how is it that I am always out of staples in phases because of which I am forced to go to the supermarket multiple times in a week.Today I had to buy onions and I somehow spent Rs 3400! I am burning a hole in my wallet just buying groceries! While strolling along the aisle I came across a 200 ml packaged almond milk catron.I was so excited seeing it, it was green in color and said “Natural” in big bold black and then I turned it to read the ingredients.Except almonds and salt everything else was at least 8 syllables long and totally unpronounceable! My uncle, who is …

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Cherry & Blueberry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis was never the one indulgence I thought would end up eating before starting my second journey of whole 30.In hidsight, the choice was taken out of my hands the instant I saw these succulent looking cherries in Namdhari & the cherry on top(huh?) were the fresh blueberries I ended up paying double the amount for(hmmpp).. Clafoutis is a french dessert served warm with a dust of powdered sugar.Apparently if you use anything other than Cherries it’s called a Flaugnarde instead.So semantically I have made two desserts but by adding one ingredient! I went with the ever right Julia Child’s Recipe and kicked the ass of Clafotie!Her recipe is the simplest available online.No heavy cream or butter in it.You have to give some and take …

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Bunny Chow-South African Curry

Bunny Chow

Even if this dish was not tasty, I would have still tried it out because of its boss of a name!!!While doing my research on Bunny Chow,I saw a lot of folks given declarations before Starting to talk about the dish and I think its only clear from the name that it could roll the stomach of some folks so let’s address the elephant in the room first This recipe has nothing to do with any kind of hoppers (ahem no bunnies were used to make this duh!) Its not a type of chowmein Its not a south east asian recipe but a fusion indian south african recipe Most simply put this dish is a curry served inside a hollowed out bread. …

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Going Crazy with Smoothie Bowls

My smoothie Bowls

There are days I dream about the fruits which I will put in my smoothie bowl when i get up.My husband doesn’t know but the real reason  I am pushing for a vacation in Thailand is not for the beaches but to eat the fruits!I salivate imagining how a white and pink dragon fruit smoothie bowl with pink guava and coconut chips. I have made these smoothies for breakfast/brunch and sometimes lunch in these past few days and i thought i will share them with you. The thing with a smoothie bowl is that it is a thicker prettier version of a smoothie.All you need to do it gather the ingredients throw them in the juicer and decorate it with …

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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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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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