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Khaman Dhokla, Instant Besan Dhokla, Healthy Dhokla

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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

Nutrition, Recipes

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

Nutrition, Recipes

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…

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Healthy Homemade Wholewheat Pizza, Homemade Pizza Recipe, Atta Pizza Recipe

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A favorite go-to for the most of us, I’m sure. That thin crust -soft in the center and crisp at the edges, that inviting aroma of a good tomato sauce base and choicest toppings, all tied together with oodles of cheese. Oh, if only it could be slightly guilt-free! But it is now, when you make your own wholewheat crust pizza, at home, on the convection mode in microwave even! Sound too good to be…

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Wholewheat Chocolate Ganache Cake, Healthy Cake, Eggless Wholewheat Cake

Nutrition, Recipes

Cake that is fluffy, decadent with dark chocolate doled in to hit the right notes, eggless, refined-sugar-free, glazed with a rich chocolate ganache and coated with roast pistachio and peanut crumble. Tempting, isn’t it – to have your cake and eat it too, all guilt-free! If you know me you know my obsession with chocolate – in fact, the darker it is the better it gets! Dark chocolate is my ultimate weakness and something I…

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Tomato Soup With Basil Oil

Nutrition, Recipes

I love soups and tomato soup for me is a frequent choice. Smooth as satin, rich, savory yet one of the easiest recipes, this tomato soup is a winner – it has served me well when I’m under the weather or when overripe tomatoes have been sitting in the fridge and need to be rescued. So flavorful you won’t feel like stocking up on those ready-to-cook soup-mix packets full of artificial flavorings, preservatives and tons…

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Whole-wheat Oats Herb Crackers, Healthy Crackers, Baked Crackers

Nutrition, Recipes

Hearty, crunchy, full of goodness – whole-wheat crackers are a great idea if you have friends dropping in or have a Netflix series lined up for the evening. Pair them with a Bhut Jolokia Hummus dip or Guacamole. Better yet, dunk them in your evening chai. The lingering aroma of herbs along with the spice-kick from paprika flakes and ginger gives them a unique flair – a far-cry indeed from your boring store-bought refined flour…

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Healthy Buckwheat Protein Pancakes, Kuttu ka Atta, Healthy Pancakes, Gluten-free Pancakes

Nutrition, Recipes

Fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth, delicious – all these qualities make pancakes a hot favorite the world over, but ever heard the word ‘healthy’ associated with them? Pancakes can be healthy too, if you use the right flour and sweetening agents. These buckwheat pancakes with whey powder are protein-dense and packed with fiber, and will keep you happy and full for longer hours. Be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner – pancake away guilt-free. I’m a terrific fan…

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Mavidikaya Pappu, Raw Mango Dal, Mamidikaya Pappu

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Tangy meets earthy, creating a delightful melange of flavors when raw mangoes and tuvar dal are cooked together; the balancing act brought by the popu or tempering done at the end. A classic Andhra dish that has become a favorite of mine now. Drizzle some ghee on top and serve with a bowl of steaming rice or even a bed of Samalu (little millet) like I do. Pair with ‘Enda Avakai’ (mangoes pickled under sun),…