Desi Paleo

Kadhi Pakode

Posted by in Healthy Living, Indian, Lunch, Uncategorized, Vegan

Despite its high protein content, chickpea (aka gram flour) not to be confused with garbanzo flour is often avoided on the paleo diet. Like many other legumes, chickpeas must be cooked in order to be edible. In other words, our hunter gatherer ancestors did not eat chickpeas. The chickpea is, however, considered a vegan staple–and chickpea flour is nutrient-dense and low in carbohydrates compared to wheat, rice, corn, and other grain flours. One of the most widely-utilized crops in middle eastern cooking, chickpeas are the prototype for hummus and falafel….read more


Auto-immune diseases and the Paleo diet

Posted by in Healthy Living, Indian, Paleo

We love our grains, we love our legumes, our dairy and we love our nightshades.  Ma-ke–haath-ka-bana–halwa/kheer is an expression of love the maternal heart has for us all.  We love our paratha, especially the missi roti and the stuffed variety with potato etc.  All of which one can’t have on a Paleo diet. The past six days have been nothing short of revolutionary for me.  I am in my fifties and am an aging hippie.  Yup, done everything I could lay my hands on, found God or what I think was…read more

Fresh tomato vegetable recipe

Posted by in Indian, Side Dish, Tomatoes

It’s tangy, sweet and spicy, the kind that brings your tastebuds alive.  Some of the basic Indian recipes are delicious.  I grow tomato at home, which means that when I harvest them I am often at a loss and I hate letting them go waste.  This recipe requires onion, tomato and jaggery, all three things easy to find in an Indian kitchen. Ingredients: 10 small tomatoes, finely chopped 2 large onions, finely chopped One sprig curry leaves Fresh coriander for garnish. One teaspoon ginger grated 2 to three green chillies….read more


Prawn and vegetable pilaf

Posted by in Dinner, Indian, One Pot Meal

I love seafood.  May be it is because we in Delhi NCR live in a land locked area.  Prawns are delightful and they cook so easy. The son bought us a packet of prawns.  They were huge and looked awesome.  I had already planned to make a beans and mushroom pilaf so I adjusted my recipe to add prawns.  The end result was delicious.  It was easy because prawns require about 15 minutes to half an hour of marination. Ingredients : For Marination: Prawn /Shrimp —  1 packet Ginger Garlic …read more


Sweet and Sour Raw Mango

Posted by in Fruit, Indian, Side Dish

Summers in India means the mango season.  And though I am not a huge fan of ripe mangoes, I find them too sweet.  But I love raw mango, and make chutneys, curries etc with them.    This recipe is a summer favorite. INGREDIENTS 1. Raw mango 250 gms (two large ones) peeled and cut into small pieces 2. Jeera 1 tsp 3. Fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp 4. Fennel seeds 1/ tsp 5. Onion seeds 1/4 tsp 6. Hing 1/4 tsp 7. Cloves 4-5 8. Tejpatta – one large leaf 9. Turmeric…read more


Achari Fish

Posted by in Dinner, Fish, Indian

I am always on a look out for fish recipes that do not call for frying the fish before hand.  I can do without deep fried anything, believe me.  Most river fish recipes call for frying the fish before one can make a gravy. Achari Macchi does not, so I thought it was worth a shot. All that is needed is 500 gms surmaiyi or any other fish without too many bones.  I am not a purist when it comes to fish, mainly because the sons despise bony fish.  Ah they…read more