Desi Paleo

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

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

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.  

Elephant Yam or Suran curry

Posted by in Dinner, Indian, Tomatoes, Vegan, Vegetables, Yam

This vegetable is also known as jimikand.  It is quite a formidable looking tuber, with a thick skin which looks somewhat like a elephant’s hide.  For a long time I did not cook it just because it looked too tough.  But cooked curry made with elephant yam is so tasty, that I finally succumbed.  The first time I made this curry was after I watched a neighbour peel and boil jimikand.  She belonged to Rajasthan where this is a staple food.  I tasted her preparation, yummy.  Now I cook it…read more

King Fish (Surmai) hot and sour curry

Posted by in Dinner, Fish, Healthy Living, Indian, Paleo

I find making fish fuss-free.  It is fast, easy and quick.  Unlike chicken and mutton one does not have to spend an hour or so cooking the meat.  My kids don’t like river fish, they hate bony fishes.  Anything that takes time and effort to eat does not hold their interest.  King Fish or Surmai has hardly any bones. This hot and sour curry is something I learnt from a neighbour who hails from the coast.  I love it. Method Step 1 Lightly roast cumin seeds and coriander seeds and…read more

Guava and date curry-

Posted by in Dinner, Fruit, Healthy Living, Indian, Lunch, Paleo, Side Dish

My parents home had a guava tree in the back yard.  I remember a lot of innovative ways guavas were consumed.  We had guava jelly, guava salad, guava with curd.  I also remember chewing the leaves and then sticking out a guava sap whitened tongue at my brothers.  I thought I would get punished, but what I did not anticipate was that my mother would get shocked at the white tongue coated with guava sap and rush me to the doctor.  Yes, guava brings back childhood memories. The farmers market…read more

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Raw Banana Kofta Curry

Posted by in Banana, Dinner, Healthy Living, Indian, Lunch, Paleo

I love banana, in any shape and form.  I can feast on banana chips.  It is the best invention known to man.  Most days when I am too rushed to think of cooking anything for breakfast, I grab a couple of bananas and a spoonful of peanut butter.  It is my breakfast-on-the-go recipe.  Today the farmer’s market near my house had lots of raw banana.  I decided to make this kofta curry for lunch.   Procedure 1. Boil the bananas.  When placing the bananas in the cooker to boil, add…read more

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Gluten Free Paleo Rice

Posted by in Dinner, Healthy Living, Indian, Lunch, Paleo

We are on a fast here in India.  The ancients, in their wisdom decreed that the devout would go for a bi-annual cleansing in this country, so we have the Navratri fasts where people eschew grains.  The spin off is that we have many mock-grains which serve us during those days.  For a person on a paleo diet like me, this opportunity is heaven sent to stock up on these grains. One of these mock grains is Sama Rice or Foxtail Millet.  All varieties of millet are gluten-free and high…read more

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Gluten Free Paleo Rice

Posted by in Dinner, Healthy Living, Indian, Lunch, Paleo

We are on a fast here in India.  The ancients, in their wisdom decreed that the devout would go for a bi-annual cleansing in this country, so we have the Navratri fasts where people eschew grains.  The spin off is that we have many mock-grains which serve us during those days.  For a person on a paleo diet like me, this opportunity is heaven sent to stock up on these grains. One of these mock grains is Sama Rice or LittleMillet.  All varieties of millet are gluten-free and high in…read more

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An update and a snack made out of Colcasia leaves

Posted by in Healthy Living, Indian, Snacks, Vegan

I switched to a Palio diet on 4th of last month.  Today is exactly one month and four days since that switch.  Am I glad I did this!  The improvement in my health is stupendous to say the least.  I sleep well, have no acid reflux (a problem I have had for the last twenty years), my hair is softer and bouncier.  I am on the wrong side of fifty, and if I can experience these improvements, people younger than me can be transformed in 30 days! Here is me…read more

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