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
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
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
Ever since I switched to a paleo diet, I’ve been experimenting a lot with various substitutes for getting right kind of cake and bread mix. I find nut flour too rich and often it takes away from the taste of a cake or bread. Coconut meal settles at the bottom and makes a bread too clumpy. Rice flour either makes the baked product gritty or it goes the other way and makes it glutinous. Yes, trial and error is what makes paleo cooking succeed. And also pretty nifty ways…read more
I’ve become a huge fan of sweet potatoes. There was a time when all I knew was that we could roast them, squeeze a lemon on them, spice them up and have them as a snack. They are so versatile and forgive all kinds of tweaks you can give to them. This bread is made with sweet potato and arrowroot. It is delicious. The recipe is really simple and is adapted from the one I found on www.iquitsugar.com
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?