Desi Paleo

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

Hummus

Posted by in Grain free, Healthy Living, Side Dish, Vegan

First of all, hummus is not Paleo.  This dip is made of chickpeas, which, if you are going paleo for medical reasons, you should avoid.  I make hummus once in a while, mostly as a cheat day fare.  I love chick peas but they have lectins which can irritate a sensitive digestive system.   Now, with the mercury soaring, a cool and slightly lemony dip to eat with salad is such a treat.   My hummus is kind of desi, I use a lot of chilli and garlic. That is…read more

Loquat Chutney

Posted by in Grain free, Healthy Living, Indian, Paleo

In April and May there are many fruit sellers with rehdis (push carts) that go from house to house puiled with this bright orange somewhat astringent fruit. They look lovely. Summer is the time when we crave tangy stuff, so I normally buy them and make a chutney out of them. The chutney is delicious, sweet and sour and goes well with a regular dal-chawal combo. I have even used the chutney to cook chicken but that recipe I’ll put up later.  

Real vs Fake Food

Posted by in Autoimmune disease, Gluten free, Grain free, Healthy Living, Paleo

We’re going through a bit of a domestic crisis at home. My live in help is on leave. Earlier when this happened, food was ordered in or brought home from restaurants as a norm. Cooking meals at home was a big NO NO. But then I was low on energy earlier. And I had not developed a taste for real food. I did not even know the concept of real food. Let me explain this. Real means something genuine and authentic. We call it asli or khalis in Hindi/Urdu. It…read more

Paleo Date and Carrot Cake

Posted by in Arrowroot, Cakes, Gluten free, Grain free, Healthy Living

Like I said in my previous post, I cleared my carrot patch to make way for pumpkin and brinjal plants.  I got about 5 kg fresh carrots. My daughter-in-law lives in Dubai.  She keeps me well stocked in Mejdool dates. And I had just made my own cake mix. This cake mix is not made with nut meal or with coconut. I was getting bored of those flours but I am unwilling to go off my paleo diet.  So naturally I had to bake carrot and date bread.   I…read more

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Paleo Flour

Posted by in Bread, Cakes, Coconut, Egg, Gluten free, Grain free, Healthy Living, Paleo

Ever since I switched to a paleo diet, I’ve been experimenting a lot with various substitutes for getting right kind of cake and bread mix.  I find nut flour too rich and often it takes away from the taste of a cake or bread.  Coconut meal settles at the bottom and makes a bread too clumpy.  Rice flour either makes the baked product gritty or it goes the other way and makes it glutinous.   Yes, trial and error is what makes paleo cooking succeed.  And also pretty nifty ways…read more

Sweet Potato Bread

Posted by in Bread, Breakfast, Gluten free, Grain free, Healthy Living, Paleo, Sweet Potato

I’ve become a huge fan of sweet potatoes.  There was a time when all I knew was that we could roast them, squeeze a lemon on them, spice them up and have them as a snack. They are so versatile and forgive all kinds of tweaks you can give to them. This bread is made with sweet potato and arrowroot.  It is delicious.  The recipe is really simple and is adapted from the one I found on www.iquitsugar.com    

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Some basic questions on Paleo

Posted by in Autoimmune disease, Gluten free, Grain free, Grains, Healthy Living, Low Carb, Paleo

I’m a vegetarian, still feeding my baby (1) What are the changes I need to make on a daily basis? – Like what should I keep in mind? (2) As a working mother, how much effort does it take to stick to this – in terms of cooking it ? (3) How long does it take for me to see results? – What I really want to achieve in 2015 : Lose 5 kgs, have a toned body and feel energetic and active.. First of all I’ll make this clear….read more

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Zucchini Bread Paleo

Posted by in Arrowroot, Bread, Breakfast, Gluten free, Grain free, Healthy Living, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegetables

I had two zucchini sitting in the fridge, which really had to be used. The problem with being alone at home is that one ends up eating left overs. The boys have gone away for four days and I had no intention of inflicting myself with zucchini day in and day out. Bread is a wonderful option isn’t it. Ever since I taught myself to bake grain free, I am a happy baker. There is nothing like bread to spread butter on and have with a hot cup of coffee….read more