Desi Paleo

Egg Nog and a Merry Christmas

Posted by in Egg, Milk

Christmas means nutmeg.  When I was a child I lived in the north east where Bara Din or Christmas was celebrated with enthusiasm.  Christmas for me brings aromas of pine, ginger and nutmeg spiced with the smell of rum.  The army, being secular in its ethos organized a huge dinner on Christmas night which was called … Barra Din Ki Barra Khana. Not very original, but we did not mind it.  It was feast time so we partied!  It was in Shillong that I first tasted the non-alcoholic egg nog….read more

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Stuffed Buns

Posted by in Bread, Breakfast, Snacks, Vegetables

When I was girl, my mother used to make bread rolls. They had left over vegetables spiced up and stuffed into bread that was deep fried. We saw a lot of that on the table in summers when we kids turned our noses up on the watery gooey vegetables and preferred eating our roti and rice with pickles and a fried egg. Well, the summer vegetables are still watery and bland. But both my sons won’t touch anything deep fried by me. Oh they will have fried momos and aloo…read more

Shahi Tukda for Diabetics

Posted by in Bread, Healthy Living, Pudding, Sweet

“I’m creating a dish using Fortune Vivo Diabetes-Care Oil for the #MakeIndiaDiabetesFree activity at BlogAdda.” When Blogadda sent me a 5 ltr can of Fortune Vivo Diabetes-Free oil for a review I experienced the same feeling one gets when faced with a multiple choice question where all the options given could be the right one. I must admit that I was a bit dubious about the oil, because it does not look like normal refined cooking oil. It is deep yellow in colour and it does not stick to the…read more

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Sweet and Sour Winter Pickle Cauliflower+Carrot+Turnip+Dates

Posted by in Pickle

My kitchen garden has given me a generous crop of cauliflowers and carrots.  So I bought a few turnips, opened the box of dates kept in the fridge and made a sweet and sour pickle of them.  Ah bliss!  It is a common pickle made by Punjabi households.  I am sure everyone has a recipe of it.  My mother always added dates.  She loved dates and would sneak them into some recipes with surprisingly pleasant results.  This is one such recipe.

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Boost the immune system

Posted by in Autoimmune disease, Healthy Living, Honey, Immunity Boost, Indian

This tonic is easy to make and is really effective.  It involves no cooking and I’ve seen benefits in using it for just one week.   All we need is a glass jar (I used an empty jam jar, cleaned and sun-dried) honey, pepper and garlic. Garlic : Everyone knows that garlic is really good for health.  Sadly though, cooking it destroys most of the benefits.  A study conducted by Washington State University showed that garlic is 100 times more effective than antibiotics in combating disease causing bacteria.  Its anti…read more

Shrimp salad

Posted by in Healthy Living, Low Carb, Salad, Seafood

Delhi is a landlocked area, so for us, the denizens of this area sea food acquires dizzy heights of gourmet food right to the level of caviar.  Have you ever had caviar?  I find it horrible but then people tell me its acquired taste and it’s for the nobility, not for middle class peasants like me. Anyway I digress. Delhi can also be hot and humid during the monsoons.  Sweat and general lassitude make the kitchen feel like the inside of my oven set on slow grill.  Most of the…read more

Gluten free onion biscuits

Posted by in Biscuits, Gluten free, Grain free, Healthy Living, Paleo, Vegan

The whole problem with a gluten free diet is that one misses crunchy snacks. Nah, that is not it. One misses crunchy anything on a gluten free diet. I really miss toasted crunchy bread crusts, namkeen mixes and rusk. It was the “missing crunch” that led me to making these absolutely paleo and really spicy onion biscuits. Right now I am in heaven, sipping my cup of tea, munching on spicy onion and coriander biscuits and watching the rain. Bliss The trick is to find a good replacement for flour…read more

Beating fatigue when on a healthy diet

Posted by in Healthy Living

You are what you eat, the old adage says. And right now I am tired. This is something I’ve heard from so many people who switch to healthy eating. I think the underlying cause for this weariness is that we’re so used to eating foods that give instant energy that we mismanage our foods once we start shunning them. A bowl of pasta can give a lot of energy, but once that burns off it leaves a whole lot of health problems. I thought I’d aced it, gone off gluten…read more

Corn on the cob coconut curry

Posted by in Healthy Living, Indian, Lunch, Vegan

Corn is not paleo and it certainly is not gluten free. So if you have celiac allergy, avoid it. That being said, there are times I crave to have food that is in season. With the rains making their appearance, the farmer’s market I get my vegetables and fruit from is laden with corn, fresh and tender. So I succumbed to temptation and bought it. This is a very simple recipe that does away with the normal staples like onions, ginger and garlic. I like the way it gives the…read more

One Pot Meal : A Spicy Brinjal Rice dish : Vangi Bhaat

Posted by in One Pot Meal, Vegan, Vegetables

Aubergine or eggplant is known as baingan in Hindi. Apparently a king, bored with the vegetable called it be-gun or without any properties of its own. I disagree, I find it a very versatile vegetable. My kitchen garden has gifted me with a huge crop of the eggplant. It is a very popular dish and there are many variations. This is the recipe my mother used and it turns out very tasty. First of all one has to make the vangi bhaat masala   Of course you can buy this…read more