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Nasi Goreng with Black Rice & Chickpeas

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Nasi Goreng with Black Rice & ChickpeasAn interesting twist to the classic stir-fried rice dish that makes it heartier and healthier! The result is a fragrant Nasi Goreng that will remind you of the shacks by the emerald-blue beaches of Indonesia, even as it stands desi-fied. Deceptively easy and quick meal-fix that also serves as comfort food! I love rice. It’s just – the white, limp grains of polished rice don’t do much for me…

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Pumpkin Spice Barnyard Millet Cake with Cashew Butter Icing, Healthy Cake, Millet Cake


Comforting, hearty flavor of pumpkin and spices, glazed with a rich cashew butter ganache and topped with strawberries macerated in coconut sugar. Goodness of millets in a cake that is refined sugar-free, refined flour-free, and easy to bake too! If you know me you know that I seldom cheat on chocolate, especially when it’s about cakes and icecreams. However, I’ve resolved to use more alternate and wholesome grains, bake more often and experiment with other…

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Kissir and Tsemik, Buckwheat Pancakes with Yogurt Chutney, Turtuk Tales, Ladakh Diaries

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Kissir and Tsemik, Savory Buckwheat pancakes with a spicy yogurt chutney, a delicacy from Turtuk They say the strongest bonds and memories are created over food – whether with a person, place or just good times. Meet Kissir (savoury buckwheat pancakes) & Tsemik (cucumber yogurt chutney) – the main characters that stole a piece of my heart forever to remain in Turtuk. Buckwheat, with its ample protein & dietary fiber content, is a sacred crop…

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Spinach Mushroom Walnut Soup

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The ultimate comfort food, apt for the evening you want something light yet tasty. Works wonders as an appetizer too, thanks to its creamy, smooth texture! Have trouble including more greens in your diet? Try this soup recipe, and trust me – you’ll want to repeat this often. I’ve admitted this several times on this blog – I love soups. They’re often dismissed as trivial and simple, but there’s a lot of effort and understanding…

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Creamy Barley Risotto, Healthy Risotto, Low Carb Risotto

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Rich, wholesome, totally accommodative of your clean-eating spree – barley risotto is a balanced meal idea that’s easy to cook and takes lesser time than your traditional bowl of risotto. What’s more, the taste and texture of cooked barley is so staggeringly similar to Arborio rice you will hardly notice the difference. Managed to pique your interest, haven’t I! I love Italian specialties – they’re what comes to my mind when it comes to simple…

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Matar Aur Tofu ki Sookhi Sabji (Scrambled Green Peas and Tofu)

Nutrition, Recipes

Mashed peas scrambled with shredded tofu using desi spice mixture. Clean-eating food option that does not compromise on taste or nutrition, and is ready in minutes! Give this recipe a try – not only does it pair great with rotis, rice or omelette, it can also be used as a sandwich stuffing or eaten on its own. Yum either way! Past few months have been a flurry of activity for me – waged a war…

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Khaman Dhokla, Instant Besan Dhokla, Healthy Dhokla

Nutrition, Recipes

Soft, juicy, spongy – this khaman dhokla can be made with easily available ingredients with a recipe that’s a breeze to follow.. Eat this for breakfast, lunch or a light dinner – comfort food that packs in a healthy punch too! I come from a family that loves its Dhoklas, although we’re not even remotely connected to where these originated from, ie Gujarat. While Sooji Dhokla was our preferred variant for several years, she found…

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Pad Thai Noodles & Fried Tofu in Peanut Sauce

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Classic stir-fried rice noodles – reminiscent of the street-side Pad Thai counters in Bangkok – dunked in creamy, sweet and spicy peanut sauce. Deceptively easy and quick to prepare, (as long as you get the cook on the noodles right :P), top marks in the nutrition department if you take care to balance the macros and micros in the dish. I love noodles. Pad Thai noodles are my new-found obsession, as contrary to their wheat-noodle…

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Thai Peanut Sauce, Easy Satay Sauce

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Rich, decadent, smooth texture and perfect mingling of sweet and spicy undertones can never go amiss – This peanut sauce is everything that is expected of it, and more! All you need is a few minutes to make it from scratch, so it can be made in a jiffy for a lazy dinner, or when friends show up unexpectedly. If you know me, I’m all about dips and condiments and sauces. Because the choice of sauce…

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Aloo Dum, Aloor Dom, Potatoes cooked in rich gravy

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Baby potatoes in a sumptuous, rich gravy. A kitchen come alive with the fragrant spices. A comfort food, coveted and often resorted to. A great choice when friends visit. A favorite I urge mother to repeat every time she visits. A recipe jotted down with her aid, save few minor tweaks to reach a healthier version. Intrigued? Potatoes – the most preferred comfort food yet the most villainized for their starch content and ‘carbs’. “Don’t…