Delhi is a landlocked area, so for us, the denizens of this area sea food acquires dizzy heights of gourmet food right to the level of caviar. Have you ever had caviar? I find it horrible but then people tell me its acquired taste and it’s for the nobility, not for middle class peasants like me. Anyway I digress. Delhi can also be hot and humid during the monsoons. Sweat and general lassitude make the kitchen feel like the inside of my oven set on slow grill. Most of the…read more
You are what you eat, the old adage says. And right now I am tired. This is something I’ve heard from so many people who switch to healthy eating. I think the underlying cause for this weariness is that we’re so used to eating foods that give instant energy that we mismanage our foods once we start shunning them. A bowl of pasta can give a lot of energy, but once that burns off it leaves a whole lot of health problems. I thought I’d aced it, gone off gluten…read more
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
It really is too hot to cook these days, so my oven is my best friend. Chicken and rice is a classic, and this is a really easy recipe. This chicken goes well with plain boiled rice or with millets cooked in chicken stock. My method is simple, set the timer, put in the chicken and run to the room with the airconditioner on. Come back when the timer sounds, attend to the food and then escape.
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.
Summers has hit North India. It has been kind up until now, with it raining every four days or so. The farmers are having a tough time, but I am not a farmer. For us city folk it is reprieve from the heat, for whatever amount of time there is, until the inevitable and dreaded summer heat and loo. I try to cook with fruits in the summers. There is nothing like the tangy and mildly sweet taste of meats cooked with orange, so refreshing.
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
Maybe you are sick of the same old bread-butter-jam sandwich day after day. Maybe you are tired of cookng yourself an omelette or feeding the family a routine breakfast. Or maybe you want to impress the heck out of some dinner guests with a truly different dessert. May I introduce the panini press to you? Panini loosely means sandwich, something I had sadly waved goodbye once I switched to a paleo diet. Yes I love bread, to me bread butter is comfort food. So when Blogadda sent me the Hamilton…read more
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
Every day, when I get into the kitchen, investigate the fridge and plan a meal, I am like … 2 … 3 … No, I am not being a conspiracy theorist. There is medical knowledge behind all this. Moreover a lot of people have experienced health benefits 4 … I love the way this is turning out. Don’t you?