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Idli Deconstructed – The Good, Bad and Ways to Make Them Healthier

Nutrition, Recipes

The humble, modest, ubiquitous idlis are a favoured breakfast option for their ease of availability (especially if you stay down South of India) and quick preparation. Is idli a healthy breakfast as some claim? What is the right batter ratio? How to enhance its nutritional profile? Originating from South India, Idli is a steamed cake made from a batter of fermented rice and black lentils, usually paired with sambhar (a spicy lentil soup), a chutney,…

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Punjabi Anda Masala/ Egg Curry

Nutrition, Recipes

Eggs in a rich, fragrant onion-tomato gravy, for when you just HAVE to have some Indian food. Makes for a great balanced meal when combined with rice or rotis, requires simplest ingredients and is ready in a jiffy – what’s not to love! Some days you cannot be bothered with salads and smoothies, however much you love them, yet need to keep your meals healthy. Consider it as another healthy meal – and not a…

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Detox Smoothie – Spinach Banana Pineapple Smoothie

Nutrition, Recipes

Spinach, pineapple, bananas blend together to form a delicious base, topped with seasonal fruits, millets muesli and seeds rich in essential fats and micronutrients. Anyone ever tell you a detox smoothie can be utterly delicious too? Summers are here in full blast, and the easiest chores and meal preps in the kitchen seem like a punishment. At least they do where I live at, especially as I live near the sea where humidity is often…

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Healthy Muffins – Chocolate Banana Muffins with Buckwheat Oats Flour Mix

Nutrition, Recipes

Healthiest, most wholesome muffins you could come across, with goodness of Buckwheat, Oats, Whole-wheat flour, flax meal, pumpkin seeds, bananas, coconut oil, palm sugar and the darkest, most decadent cocoa you’ve ever seen! Do I have your unwavering attention yet?  My chocolate obsession has peaked over years – I NEED to have a chocolate bar by my side constantly. But then, Lindt’s 85% & above dark chocolates are relatively expensive and scant, and once you’ve…

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Healthy Mango Panzanella Salad

Nutrition, Recipes

The goodness of ripe mangoes, tomatoes, crisp garlic bread, crunch of pumpkin & melon seeds, with protein coming from wheatgerm and fresh peas, with a fragrant Olive oil – Basil vinaigrette. Sounds yum, right! My first tryst with Mango Panzanella Salad happened during one of our holidaying times at Goa, a vibrant coastal town in India that is now the chosen holiday destination for people from different countries. Over the years, in an effort to…

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Wholesome Egg Muffins

Nutrition, Recipes

What’s not to love about these egg muffins- aside from the protein punch, these can enfold fat, fibre and essential micronutrients from whichever greens you choose to put in! One of my go-to breakfast choices for obvious reasons – you need not break your head over macro-calculations, these are ready in a jiffy, and oh so easy! All these need is eggs, your choice of greens and an oven. Or a microwave oven that has…

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Instant Healthy Sooji Dhokla, Healthy Rawa Dhokla, Suji Dhokla

Nutrition, Recipes

Soft, spongy, instant variant of khaman dhokla made with easily available ingredients.. Makes for a healthy comfort food option too! Dhoklas were always a preferred food option in our home. Mother started making this variant of Dhokla some 10-15 years ago, and Suji/ Sooji (Wheat Semolina) Dhokla has stuck on as a favorite. For good reason too, since it’s ready in a jiffy and the aroma of the batter while being cooked, wafting through the…

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Jamun (Black Plum) Mango Overnight Oats Smoothie Bowl

Nutrition, Recipes

Overnight oats and jamun (Indian Blackcurrant/ Black Plum) base topped with plethora of fruits and seeds. A nutritional powerhouse of a breakfast that pleases the eye too! I keep reiterating how smoothie bowls are versatile as crazy – you can choose from wide-ranging base and toppings, decorate them as much as your ingredients, time and energy allow you to, have them for almost any meal, though I prefer them for breakfast as they can mark…

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Healthy Aloo Bhat/ Spicy Potato Rice

Nutrition, Recipes

A traditional, simple Indian breakfast or meal with rice, potatoes and ghee. Wondering how to add protein content to it and make it a balanced meal? Read on! Aloo Bhat/ Aloo Bhaat/ Spicy Potato Rice is considered the one-dish-cure-all kinda meal in my family. Sundays would begin in a laid-back manner with the vegetables being chopped and rice being prepared over the tunes of Chitrahar on DD channel, followed by the fragrance of spices being…

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All About Bulletproof Coffee

Nutrition, Recipes

Have you had your black coffee buttered and blended ever? Is Bullet-proof Coffee really the energy-igniting elixir they claim it to be? Should it really be a meal replacement? I picked up the Bulletproof coffee from all its rage in 2014-2015. Then it got dropped and people moved on to other things, while I stuck to it. Why? I always liked the idea of black coffee better, rather than the versions where coffee is doused…