Desi Paleo

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

Winter greens and sarson ka saag

Posted by in Dinner, Healthy Living, Lunch, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetables

All good things come to those who wait.  I think this saying must have been coined by a cook.  I keep reminding myself of this when I am cleaning winter greens for sarson ka saag.  It is such a time consuming process.  Literally translated sarson ka saag means mustard greens.  They are beautiful, dark leafy greens which have a slightly peppery flavour to them.  They predominantly flavour the dish, but they are not the only ingredient.  Traditionally bathua or chenopodium, spinach and some fenugreek (methi leaves) are added.  I add…read more

Peanut Kadhi and lunch

Posted by in Healthy Living, Lunch, Paleo, peanut raw

When people meet me now, and its been over three months since I went Paleo, they are curious and get horribly fascinated by what to their minds appears to be a deprivation diet. No it is not. This is lunch, millets, peanut kadhi, cauliflower and salad.  Simple, wholesome and nutritious. Now the kadhi.  I love kadhi for its tangy taste, but since paleo avoids dals, I can’t have chickpea flour.  I have been looking for a substitute for this dish.  It is really simple, and of course I made it…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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Baked Basa with Butter

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

Fish and rice is for me the perfect dinner.  Ever since I switched to Paleo, I have been craving fish and rice.  Today I cooked basa with sama rice.  Simply heavenly. Basa is a delicate fish with subtle flavour.  Over spicing it takes away its taste.  I cooked it with butter, garlic and a dash of lemon.  It went beautifully with my coconut rice.

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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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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

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Chili from scratch

Posted by in Lunch, Mexican, Mutton, One Pot Meal

I’ve always thought that combining beans with mince is sacrilege, blame it on the fact that we like to have our rajmah without any additions. Chili tastes good, but it is mild for our palate. So I decided to cook it at home – kind of spice it up. I soaked some beans overnight and boiled them in a pressure cooker the next morning. And then I nearly gave into the temptation to make rajmah with chawal and green chutney. That is the strong call of Punjabi genes and comfort…read more

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