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

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

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


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


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


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


Chicken Kali Mirch

Posted by in Chicken, Dinner

The Indian Cashew and Pepper Chicken   The DIL is back home for a few days.  Gosh, she has lost a tremendous amount of weight and looks like a young girl!  You go, Girl!  I tell you young women these days know how to take care of their bodies while they go and kick serious ass in the work space.  I truly admire them. I wanted to cook something good and special for her that also fit into my Paleo diet.  I first thought I’d do a Salsa chicken.  I…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


Kosha Mangsho, Mutton curry

Posted by in Dinner, Mutton

This is an awesome mutton dish made in the Bengali way, ideal for a Sunday brunch with poori.  My mother in law used to cook this dish and it is a tradition I have carried on in my home.  It is time consuming but the result is lip-smacking. INGREDIENTS Mutton 1 kg Dahi  5 tbsp Lime juice 1 tbsp Onion 2 large, thinly sliced Garlic paste 1.5 tbsp Ginger paste 1.5 tbsp Tomato 1 large pureed Chilli paste 1 tbsp Haldi 1.5 tsp Garam masala 1/2 tsp Sugar a pinch…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