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Here’s another recipe conceptualized as a result of my incessant yen “Why Indian Food doesn’t have salads?” To remind you of my classic itch that became a yen in my life….. I am born in India, presuming with a spicy DNA, further conditioned to cook and relish Indian food. In the course of my travel life my love for food enlarged to many more cuisine cultures. On top I picked up this healthy cooking germ through my 30kgs weight loss journey in the last decade. Long story, cut to current life – My core craves Indian food flavors but desires them in a healthy format. That is the yen! So to feed my yen I often create recipes adapting from some of my favorite Indian recipes into a healthy avatar. The unique thing about these recipes is that I try inheriting the benefits of the Indian spices and herbs, substitute…

Ok hand on my heart. I have a sweet tooth! But the problem of my life is not that ; ) It is that if I have a single sweet tooth, my husband has at least 5..… and the problem gets bigger when we make a baby together who probably has a whole denture full of sweet tooth. Well by now we have acknowledged that we have this sweet problem in the family. So instead of blaming dental genetics let’s do something about it. How about having sweets but in a healthy version? No compromise made on the taste and easy to make for mommy! Sounds fair & workable. So let’s make some Smart Sweets! Thinking what’s that? Smart Sweets = (Healthy ingredients + alternate sugars) * Measured portions  Here is my smart sweet recipe called the “Hi-5 Ladoo” This is made of 5 super nutritious ingredients, shaped into round balls or…

Have you ever heard of an authentic Indian salad recipe? No really right? Have you wondered why? Indian cuisine has a heightened heritage of over 8000 years and an unparalleled diversity. It has an assorted food ethos that springs such distinct sub-cuisines. Any kind of foodie is likely to find something of their liking. But if there is one thing it doesn’t offer in abundance, it would be salads. We might create some salads with references of Indian spices, but there is no true authentic Indian born salad recipe. Hence, I am often trying to explore this not so rewarded expanse of Indian food culture. Nevertheless, I have observed these days there are references of Indian cuisine in popular salad recipes like curried cauliflower, puffed rice (bhelpuri) mixes, tomato base lentils, or green chutney dressing. It’s exciting to see that the salad scene today is high on Indian cooking spirits.…

Yeah… we are in the Quinoa decade! Well through the last decade, we all saw the emergence of the “healthy food choices” generation. From being a new trend, healthy choices became the norm of the food scene. It’s become a way of life. Well still not for all, but for enough people to create a boom of health food blogs, healthy cafes, and healthy options even in the not so health places to eat : ) Today, even when people are eating out they want to put something healthy in their body. Well it’s also the best time to do it, because you have so many options where even your cheat eats are made into a healthy version. One food that emerged as a great healthy substitute is Quinoa. These days whenever I am eating in a healthy restaurant there is always some quinoa salad recipes to choose from. Quinoa…

Are you thinking “here comes another overnight oatmeal in a jar”? Yeah, just like you, I too feel swarmed by the storm of oatmeal recipes on Instagram, Pinterest and health blogs out there. Dairy free, quick to cook, organic, yogurt based and a zillion others. These days every 5th occurrence of internet information seems to revolve around some kind of health food. If you are a health junky I suppose by now you must have tried and got bored of all those overnight oatmeal in a jar. So really, I don’t blame you. Well let me promise that you surely haven’t explored this oatmeal recipe. Its diverse, a swirl of Arab flavors in an Indian jar! A blend of spices & nuts from Arabic and Indian culture socializing overnight in a jar and creating a great friendship of flavors for your breakfast. You think I am faffing? Ok let’s check…

If you are an Indian food lover, then Lassi needs no introduction. You may have spotted Lassi on the menu of almost every Indian restaurant world over. This authentic Indian yogurt tumbler, with its sweet and refreshing taste, plays the perfect partner with savory Indian food. Also Lassi’s fruity version, Mango Lassi is quite popular on the smoothie circuit these days. By the way, this may be a lesser realized fact that much before the smoothie revolution began, Lassi has been swirling in the Indian kitchens as a good old summer staple. Being an Indian food lover, true to my origin, I lust over a glass of Lassi just anytime. By the way, as Lassi is a well-known drink, I have come several fusion attempts of Lassi like Strawberry Lassi, Pistachio Lassi, Guava Lassi and even a Chocolate Lassi (yes I was aghast) Well, everyone is entitled to have their…

I conceived a potato and beetroot salad from my trip to Croatia! Game of Thrones, Islands, Zinfandel, National Parks….. were the internet researched impressions I had on my mind when I planned my trip to Croatia in the summer of July’16. I also browsed about Croatian food and all I got was pictures of Octopus….. being a vegetarian my gourmet dreams broke : ( Many Croatian food plates later I must say “never trust internet entirely, experience your own”. Croatian cuisine is primarily around seafood but you will never fall short of tasting Croatian flavors on a veggie plate. I enjoyed my culinary experience in Croatia so much that it even inspired me to invent a potato and beetroot salad recipe. The simplicity of Croatian cooking appealed to my culinary senses the most. Croatians mostly treat any piece of food meat, fish or veggies with just 3 ingredients – Olive…

Chaach or chas is a yogurt-based traditional drink from India. It is similar to the more popular cousin Lassi but much thinner in consistency, made by diluting it with cold water. In English chaach is often referred as buttermilk. Chaach has cultural associations, with its consumption originating from the extremely hot desert areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan. This summer drink is prepared and stored in earthen pots that keeps it cool and adds that distinct flavour. More importantly Chaach has several health benefits like providing hydration and digestion, owing to its ingredients. The yogurt, water and salt helps beat the heat in Indian summer and keeps the body hydrated. More so, cumin spice aids digestion largely. By this value, Chaach can even be a great morning drink to cleanse your body hardware and give you a hydrating kick to conquer the day. One of my mornings while starting my day…