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Healthy Quinoa Mung Dal Khichdi, Quinoa Lentil Kedgeree, Healthy Khichadi

Nutrition, Recipes

What is warm, comforting, most natural choice when you’re in need of some TLC and the Indian version of what Chicken Soup is to the West? You’ve guessed it – it’s our very own khichdi, khichadi or khichri. Serve it when you’re ill, or just wish to eat something light yet nutritionally balanced and filling – a bowlful of khichdi is always a wise resort. I’m under the weather a bit (the usual common cold…

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Vegetable Lentil Stew in Coconut Milk

Nutrition, Recipes

A bowl of wholesome lentil goodness with the earthy aroma of  mushrooms, pumpkins, broccoli and other veggies. Have it for lunch or dinner – filling and healthy meal option. “Why do we eat what we eat?”, is the thought that crosses my mind frequently. Why makes us decide it’s gonna be spicy peri-peri chicken nuggets or just a plateful (or bowlful) of comfort food? I believe it’s your mood and your mind that governs the food…

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Influencers – Anjali Dange

Fitness, Influencers, Nutrition

This interview has been long pending and delayed, for Anjali and Doctor Kavita is what marked the beginning of this blog, and before I met them all I had was active, vivid interest in fitness and nutrition, a domain name and no other plans. It was up to these two exceptional women to encourage me to dive head-first into the world of fitness and healthy food blogging. Their faith in my abilities is overwhelming, and…

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Influencers – Dr Madhuri Palli

Fitness, Influencers

When I first requested her for an interview, Dr Madhuri replied with, “Sure, but I’m not doing anything all that great!”, while I’m convinced she is! Serene, modest and calm, Dr Madhuri has a friendly personality that can easily belie the steely resolve that lay underneath, for she’s a true go-getter once she’s made up her mind. She runs, cycles, lifts weights, treks, swims, enrols into Zumba classes even – all with a full-time career…

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Influencers – Mahua Deb

Fitness, Influencers

Ever-bubbly, cheerful, ready to help, Mahua is a rare personality – the kind you will want to have more of around you. I first met Mahua during one of our Healthy Eating Awareness events at Kausalya, and she was very kind to hold my hand through my healthy cooking demonstration. We realised we were doing our Diploma in Nutrition & Health Education together too, and that was another torturous journey we undertook together. Her passion…

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Influencers – Vishwa Bharath Reddy

Fitness, Influencers

“I can’t work out because I have this knee problem/ weak shoulders/ wrist pain/ random health condition” “The gym is crowded in evenings when I’m free” “It’s all fine for you – you don’t have kids or a full-time job” I keep reiterating – most ‘reasons’ that keep you from working out regularly and take care of your health are actually glorified excuses. Fitness enthusiasts have heard them all, and guess what, some of them…

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Chickpea Quinoa Feta Vegetable Salad with Lemony Tahini Dressing

Nutrition, Recipes

The goodness of chickpeas, quinoa, loaded with spinach and veggies, feta – all enveloped in a creamy lemony tahini dressing. Easy to assemble with the simplest, no-fuss ingredients, a salad that isn’t at all boring but a balanced meal in itself! Until two years ago, my idea of salad was greens and carrots thrown together on a plate. Perhaps I need not explain that salads represented penance to me, with veggies topped with a store-bought…

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Influencers – Dr Kavita

Fitness, Influencers

I met Dr. Kavita, or ‘Doctor’ as we fondly address her, through my previous venture Rangkosh owing to her passion for handloom weaves, but it was merely a social acquaintance. However, an FB post narrating her foray into fitness and running is what got us to meet up finally. Once we met, our common interest in healthy eating and fitness as a way of life created a special bond, one that I have come to…

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Spinach Whole-Wheat Pasta in Avocado Mushroom Sauce

Nutrition, Recipes

Creamy richness of avocados in spinach whole-wheat fusilli – a delicious, guilt-free comfort food option that is a balanced meal in itself too – you can’t ask for more! I love pasta. I seriously do! However, the free calorie overload that comes along with pasta made from refined flour, especially while you are watching your weight or worse, trying to fight those love handles, makes it an unfriendly food option. Not to mention the oodles…

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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,…