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

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

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

Raw turmeric with peas or capsicum

Posted by in Side Dish, Tomatoes, Vegan, Vegetables

The sons are quite fond of ginger tea.  This has led to a perpetual shortage of ginger root in our home.  Apparently they pound all the root they can find in the fridge into pulp for their endless cups of tea.  Son 1 : I want ginger tea Maid : No ginger Son 2 : Bringing out this and saying : What?  Why are you trying to hide ginger from us? Maid : This is haldi (turmeric) not ginger. Both exchanging glances : Haldi is a root?? Me smiling as…read more

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

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

Sago pearls (Sabudana) khichdi

Posted by in Breakfast, Dinner, Healthy Living, One Pot Meal, Paleo, Vegan

I am currently having a love-hate relationship with my diet.  I love the health benefits I am getting and I hate the diet because there are so little options.  Today I did not want to look at cheese or chicken.  So monotonous. I was out of buckwheat flour. I had a packet of sago in the cupboard.  Danced a happy jig and then went online to check if it was paleo. What is sago or tapioca? Tapioca or sago is known as cassava, cassada, cassaba, sabudana is the starch of…read more

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Sago pearls (Sabudana) khichdi

Posted by in Breakfast, Dinner, Healthy Living, One Pot Meal, Paleo, Vegan

I am currently having a love-hate relationship with my diet.  I love the health benefits I am getting and I hate the diet because there are so little options.  Today I did not want to look at cheese or chicken.  So monotonous. I was out of buckwheat flour. I had a packet of sago in the cupboard.  Danced a happy jig and then went online to check if it was paleo. What is sago or tapioca? Tapioca or sago is known as cassava, cassada, cassaba, sabudana is the starch of…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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