Cucumber Coriander Mint Juice

24 May

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This green juice is loaded with the goodness of fresh herbs: coriander (cilantro) and mint. Light, water-rich cucumber makes it a perfect solvent for the dense herb extract. A squeeze of lime enhances the color and flavor of the drink, besides upping the vitamin quotient. Ideal for the summer, easy on the waist – as well as on the  the wallet.

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How to Make Flaxseed Powder

18 May

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Flaxseed is one of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, a high-fiber low-GI wonder that’s great for health. The benefits of flaxseed become a lot more accessible when consumed as flaxseed powder.

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Ridge Gourd Onion Chutney

12 May

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Ridge gourd onion chutney spiced with pepper and tamarind. Add a spark to a simple Indian meal with this chutney on the side.

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Sookhi Moong Dal: Dry Yellow Moong Lentils

8 May

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Dal is usually cooked in soupy form, but yellow moong dal – the skinned and split form of moong beans – lends itself to very interesting dry recipes. Sookhi moong dal is one such.

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Aloo Mooli Kadhi, and a Surefire Way to Prevent Yogurt from Curdling

2 May

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This aloo mooli kadhi (potato radish sticks in gram flour curry) recipe, adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s, is a simpler alternative to pakora kadhi, besides being an interesting way of adding radish (mooli) to the diet. The Indian white radish has a taste so powerfully pungent that one can’t have much of it raw. I’m a fan of mooli paratha, but other ways of cooking mooli don’t excite me. But aloo mooli kadhi had me sold from the word go. The potatoes balance the sharpness of mooli, and the yogurt and gram flour cloak it all in a rich, delicious sauce.

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Red Capsicum Curry for Rushed Days

28 Apr

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This red capsicum curry (red bell pepper curry) is among the quickest dishes you can make on rushed days. It doesn’t take long to cook and more importantly, doesn’t demand meticulous slicing: cut the vegetables into large irregular chunks and you’re good to go.

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Fresh Fruit Rabri (No Refined Sugar)

20 Apr

Fresh Fruit Rabri

A healthy fresh fruit preparation that you can serve as a snack or an after-meal dessert.

Traditional rabri can be pretty heavy with its high content of sugar and condensed milk. Its usual pairing with malpua and jalebi (while delicious!) doesn’t help either if you’re watching your weight. Enter my recipe of fresh fruit rabri – the best sort of dessert to satiate your sweet tooth even on a healthy diet. No refined sugar, no tinned condensed milk –this rabri is sweetened only with natural nutrient-rich dates and apricots. No canned fruit either – only wholesome seasonal stuff. 

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