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Mango Dosa (Gluten Free Mango Pancakes)

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It’s mango season,and I just had to try something different.I tweaked this traditional Manglorean(a small seaside town in South India that my side of the family is originally from) Sweet Dosa recipe and added mangoes instead of cucumbers.As a kid,I grew up watching my mom and gran starting the next day’s breakfast preparations a day

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Green Apple Panna (An Indian style Summer Drink)

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Beat the heat with this variation of the popular ‘Aam Panna’- The Apple Panna!! Traditionally in North India, ‘Panna’ is made from green mangoes (unripe) and had as a drink during the sweltering summers. The unripe mangoes are tart which adds a different flavour to this drink. Added to that the different spices makes it

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Zucchini Majjige huli/ Moru curry/ Morkulambu/Majjige Pulusu (Buttermilk/Yogurt Curry)

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Zucchini is a member of the gourd family and is a low calorie, high fiber, antioxidants, B vitamins and minerals like zinc and magnesium. Majjige huli is a popular curry in Karnataka. It’s called “Morkulambu” in Tamil Nadu, “Majjiga Pulusu” in Andra Pradesh and “Moru Curry” in Kerala-just goes to show the similarities in cooking

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Cauliflower Sabzi (Cauliflower and tomato sabzi-No Onion)

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Cauliflowers are a good source of vitamins like vitamin C and K , thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, folate, and beta-carotenes, minerals, proteins, antioxidants, phytochemicals and fibre. The sulphur content of cauliflower has been found to benefit heart health and fight cancers. Ingredients for Cauliflower sabzi: Cauliflower: 1 medium , cut into bite size

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Mangalore Basale Curry (Malabar Spinach and Whole Moong in coconut gravy)

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Basale soppu or Malabar /Ceylon Spinach is also called as mayalu in Marathi and poi in Gujrathi . It’s very common to see houses in Mangalore growing it and Basale ghassi or Basale koddel is a specialty of the region. Malabar spinach is rich in vitamins A, C, iron and calcium, and is also good

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Broccoli Paratha

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Broccoli belongs to the same cruciferous family like cabbage,kale, cauliflower,collards and Brussels sprouts. It is a low calorie vegetable and is loaded with fibre, vitamins A, C folic acid and is also known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. It must be noted that eating raw broccoli has actually more benefits than eating these in the cooked

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Tomatillo Chutney (Similar to green tomato chutney)

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Tomatillos are a green Mexican fruit with a lantern-type shell surrounding it. They are commonly used in Mexican cuisine as ‘Salsa Verde’. They are a good source of vitamin C, B-carotenes niacin, vitamin K and manganese, iron, phosphorous as well as copper. I’ve used tomatillo instead of red/green tomatoes in a chutney recipe that I learnt from my

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Okra Fried Rice (Ladiesfinger/bhindi Fried Rice )

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Want to try a different kind of fried rice?? Try out Okra Fried Rice!! We first had Okra Fried Rice at a Caribbean inspired party and it was just awesome!Never knew that okra /bhindi could blend so well with rice. The whole dish has a subtle okra flavor and goes well with the jerk chicken

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Mushroom Masala

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Most Indians who eat mushrooms are only familiar with the button mushroom, but there are lots of different edible mushrooms. Button mushroom is an excellent low-calorie food, especially for those looking to lose weight and also diabetics. It is rich in protein, enzymes, B vitamins (especially niacin), and vitamin D2. For more information on mushrooms,

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Bhindi Peanut Masala (Okra in peanut gravy)

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This is a gravy style bhindi masala with peanuts. The peanuts add a lovely flavour to the gravy. Ingredients for Bhindi in Peanut Masala: Serves 4-6 Bhindi/ Okra: 250gms (wash well and dry completely) Roasted peanuts (skinned): a big handful Tomatoes: 2 diced Green chilies: 1-2 nos. (depending on your spice tolerance) Garlic: 4-5 cloves

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Sattu ka Parantha

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Sattu is a popular food in UP and Bihar and is made from roasted chickpeas which is ground to a flour. But there are many versions- some also have millets like jowar or barley(jau) and peanuts all ground together. The sattu I bought from the Indian store has chickpeas and barley. Sattu is traditionally had

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Long Beans Masala (Alasande, karamani, barbati, chawli masala )

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Long Beans (alsande in Kannada, chawli in marathi , chawli or barbati in hindi,  karamani in tamil) are rich in fibre, protein also contain some amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium, which are  essential for body metabolism. The addition of curd increases the calcium and protein content of the dish and also gives a

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Punjabi Stuffed Kerela recipe (Baked stuffed Bitter Gourd recipe)

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Bitter Gourd/Karela (hagalkai in Kannada, pavvakai in tamil) has long being used in India not just as a food but also to control blood sugar among diabetics. This is because bitter gourd contains a chemical that acts much like insulin to lower blood sugar. Though there are no significant studies to support this, Diabetics in

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Gujarati Handvo recipe( Mixed lentil savory cake with vegetables)

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Handvo is a traditional Gujarati savory cake. It is made with a combinations of lentils, rice and buttermilk and vegetable. It can be steamed or baked. It’s makes a great snack or even breakfast option. Ingredients for Handvo: Serves 6-8  Raw Rice: 1 cup Urad dal: 1/4 cup Tur dal: 1/4 cup Channa dal: 1/4 cup Lauki/bottle gourd: 1

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Ghiya (Lauki) Channa Dal recipe (Bottle Gourd/Doodhi and split Bengal Gram sabzi)

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Bottle gourd is a vegetable high in water content and is a good source of vitamin C, K, fibre and calcium. This recipe is great for those who are in a hurry as it has both vegetable and a protein together in one dish. Ingredients for Lauki Channa dal: Serve 4-6  Bottle gourd/Lauki: 1 medium (peeled

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Drumstick Sambar (Moringa Seed pods in spicy lentil curry)

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Almost all Indians are familiar with the ‘Drumstick Tree’ (Moringa Tree) and it’s leaves and seed pods (called Drumsticks) are used from ancient times not just as food but as cure or prevention of many diseases in Ayurveda. The small rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition: protein, iron, calcium, vitamins, A,C , potassium,

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Zoodles in a Quick Chicken Pho (Zucchini noodles in a Vietnamese soup)

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Wondering what ‘ZOODLES’ are?? Zoodles= Zucchini noodles, or in other words noodles made by spiralizing zucchini (using a vegetable spiralizer). The resulting zoodles is a great low-carb substitute for any recipe that calls for noodles, pasta/spaghetti (or even rice)! You can even make zucchini sheets and use them instead of lasagna sheets. If you don’t

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Appam ( Fermented Rice Pancakes)

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Ingredients for Appam (without yeast): Raw Rice : 2 cups Coconut: 1 cup grated Salt to taste Baking Soda: 1/2 tsp(traditionally made using toddy or yeast) Water as needed for grinding Oil for greasing pan Method: Wash and soak the rice for 5-6 hours (you can soak it in the morning, then grind it in

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Turmeric Milk (Turmeric Latte/How to make Golden Milk)

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  Turmeric is a plant that has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years. In India, turmeric is used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies. In Ayurveda and the Unani systems, turmeric has a long history of medicinal use for purifying the blood

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Adrak Chai (Brewed Ginger Tea Latte)

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Ginger has many medicinal properties and has long been used in Ayurveda and other traditional medicinal systems for improving digestion, reducing intestinal gas and alleviate nausea and vomiting (including morning sickness) and reducing the pain during menstrual cramps. Ginger is also used in Ayurveda to reduce phlegm and coughs, colds and breathing difficulties. Research has also

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Spaghetti Squash (and a Low-carb dish)

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So what’s so great about me putting up a photo of a plate of spaghetti?? Look more closely-that’s not your regular spaghetti-it’s a SQUASH!!!!! A couple of weeks back when I was chatting with my brother, he had mentioned that he had recently tried spaghetti squash and that got me intrigued and I quickly put

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Green Apple and Mint Chutney

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I had picked up 3 Granny Smith apples in the hope of turning it into a chutney that a friend had made.Well,the recipe involved some cooking and since I was feeling too lazy for that, thought I’d make it like raw mango chutney.So,I peeked into the fridge and got out all the stuff that goes

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How to motivate yourself to Exercise?

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Top 5 ways to beat workout shyness  Are you one of those who keep putting off exercising to ‘tomorrow’? Do you start your New Year’s resolutions with ‘Start exercising daily’ but never seem to be able to ‘start’ or if you do start never are able to do it for more than a couple of

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Collard Upkari (a Mangalorean style stir-fry)

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“Upkari”(or stir-fry) is a very simple vegetarian dish which is a regular in most Mangalorean households. You can make ‘upkari’ with any vegetable (cabbage,beans,radish, string beans,etc) or with any green leafy vegetable. ‘Upkari’s’ are traditionally made by adding the chopped vegetable/leaves to the tempering along with one or two slit green chillies and cooked till

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Crispy and Spicy Kale Chips

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Kale is packed with vitamins A, C , E,K, calcium , fibre and protein. The protein in kale contains all the 9 essential amino acids and hence is comparable to the protein found in meat or poultry. Other than making sabzi’s, smoothies and salads with kale, here is a quick and simple snack recipe with kale.

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Alasande Kalu (Lobia) Gasi (Black Eyed Beans in a thick coconut gravy)

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This is a Mangalorean recipe and is served with rice. It can be made with Indian yam /potato or even with Mangalore sautekai (mangalore cucumber). Ingredients for Alasande kalu gasi : Black Eyed Beans (Alasande kalu) – 1/2 cup (Soak overnight) Tomato – 1 large (chopped) Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup fresh/desicated Red chilli powder:

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Easy Microwave Doodh Peda (Condensed Milk Peda)

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This is a quick peda recipe and takes just 3-5 minutes. A tasty recipe for when you are in a hurry and still want to make a dessert or mithai. I make this for Diwali. Sweets are fine if you don’t eat it on a daily basis and also know when to stop. Festivals, birthdays

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Palak Chutney(Spicy spinach chutney)

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If ‘Green smoothies’ (with raw palak)or ‘Spinach juice’ isn’t your cup of tea, then you can try out this spicy palak chutney which is a great way of adding green leafy vegetables to your diet. Spinach is loaded with nutrients like protein, fibre, vitamins ( A, C, E, K , as well as vitamins B2, B6

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Sabut Masoor ki dal (Whole Pink Lentil Soup)

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In a move to popularize the use and intake, 2016 was declared by the United Nations as the ‘Year of the Pulses’. The aim of this was “to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition”. Dals, pulses/legumes are a staple in the

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Lima Beans curry (Double beans masala)

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Lima Beans/ double beans (or butter beans) are rich in folate, thiamin as well as vitamin B6. It is also a good source of fibre, iron, manganese, potassium and magnesium. This is a recipe using the same recipe that you would normally use for making chole (chickpeas in a tomato gravy) or rajma. You could

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Green Beans and Moong Dal sabzi

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This is a simple and quick dish. Upkari is a traditional Mangalorean stir-fry wherein chopped vegetables are added to the seasoning and cooked and freshly grated coconut added at the end. Adding some moong dal to  this recipe is a great way to increase the protein content of a dish. Moong dal cooks very quickly

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Moong Dal Payasa (Moong ki kheer- Split Mung pudding in coconut milk)

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Another favorite from the family Mangalorean recipe box-the moong dal payasa is made for special occasions and festival feasts. Since I’ve been on a mission to try out (and publish on this blog) traditional Mangalorean recipes, this was undoubtedly the first thing that came to my mind as the sweet dish for this years Ganesh

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Pineapple Rasam (Pineapple Mulligatawny Soup)

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Pineapple is rich in fibre ,vitamin C and manganese.  Bromelain is an enzyme that is found in pineapple that can be helpful in healing tissues, reducing inflammation, and treating cancer because it helps restore the immune system.  There are so many versions of the famous “Mulligatawny Soup” (the literal Tamil translation being just “pepper water”

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Beetroot Mocktail/ juice

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This is a great drink for athletes ,sports persons and for those who exercise regularly as beetroot is loaded with nitrates . Nitrates when consumed are converted to nitric oxide which helps in opening the blood vessels and allows more blood and thereby oxygen to be delivered to the muscles. Beetroot juice which is naturally

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Hearty Vegetable Soup

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This is a hearty soup filled with lots of vegetables. The flavour and protein content of the soup is enhanced by the addition of moong/mung dal Moong dal: 1/2 cup (wash in water, drain) Celery- 1 cup chopped Cauliflower- 1 cup (broken into bite sized) Green beans- 1 cup (chop into about 1″) Cabbage-2 cups

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How To Stay Fit While on Vacation/Work Travel

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‘The World is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page’ To travel is to live-so whether you travel for work or for a vacation, enjoy every minute of it. Everyone deserves to take a break and come back refreshed. But weight watchers rarely are able to enjoy a vacation for the fear

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Foods that can stain your teeth

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So you’ve tried every teeth whitening product and still don’t have those pearly white teeth? Don’t blame the product-it may be time to watch what you are eating! Yes, that’s right; your diet can both help and wreak havoc on your teeth. Here’s a list of foods (and drinks) that you should try and avoid

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Pomegranate, Carrot and Dill raita

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Dill known as ‘sabsige soppu’ in Kannada and ‘soa saag’ in Hindi, is a delicacy especially in Karnataka. It’s added to ‘dal’, upma, rice rotti’s and adds a distinct flavor. Pomegranates on the other hand are a good source of antioxidants, vitmain C, vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, manganese, potassium , phosphorus and fiber.  The raita

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Healthy snack ideas for kids

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Kids are picky eaters and not eating enough at meal times is a common complaint. That’s why snacks play an important role in providing the extra nutrition that they tend to miss out. Most parents tend to focus more on providing a nutritious meal and overlook the importance of giving healthy snacks. Chips, cookies, cheese

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Chicken and Vegtable Biryani ( a one pot meal)

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In my quest to cook ‘healthy food’ comes this version of Chicken biryani which is also loaded with vegetables! Biryani is something every Indian is familiar with and is usually something made on festivals,special occasions or when you have guests/friends over. Whether it’s a ‘Vegetable Biryani’,Chicken Biryani or Mutton Biryani, most families have their own

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Strawberry Raita

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A delicious fruit raita that your kids will love eating with roti’s or with pulav’s or biryanis. Ingredients for  Strawberry raita: Strawberries: 1 cup chopped (mash a few) Yogurt:  2 cups Water: 1/2 cup Chaat masala: 1/2 tsp Roasted cumin powder: 1/2 tsp Red chili powder: a pinch (optional) Pine nuts: 2 tbsp (or melon

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Fish Molee with vegetables (Kerala Style Fish Curry)

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A traditional Kerala Fish curry with a nutritional twist- vegetables! This twist is the result of my lack of time (or some may say laziness) in making a separate vegetable dish to go along with this. But I must say it tasted great and got everyone eating the extra vegetables! It’s winter, so I added

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8 Commonly Heard Myths about Exercising

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There are a number of myths associated with exercising. Here are some of the commonly heard myths still doing the rounds in India: Myth 1: I don’t want to start exercising as I’ve heard that I will put on more weight when I quit!! This is obviously someone who is looking for reasons not to

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Palak Paneer- Creamy, low- calorie version (Cottage cheese in Spinach gravy)

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Here’s a low-fat version of Creamy Palak Paneer: Ingredients for Palak Paneer (low calorie version): Palak: 4 big cups or 250 gms Tomatoes: 2 big Garlic: 4nos. Ginger: 1″piece Green chilies: 2-3 (or according to taste) Paneer: 250gms (cut into cubes) Skim milk: 1 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour: 1 tbsp Cumin seeds: 1tsp Hing(asafoetida):

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Neer Dosa (Lacy Rice Crepes- A Mangalorean delicacy)

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Neer Dosa (neer=water and dosa=crepe) is a no-ferment dosa which is a specialty of Manglorean cuisine. The name “Neer Dosa”is derived from the fact that the batter is almost of the consistency of water which is unlike other dosa batters. The resulting thin lace-like dosas (nick-named “lace dosas” by an aunt of mine) is eaten

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Idli Upma with vegetables (Leftover Idli Recipes)

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Left -over idlis?  Tired of eating idlis the next day? Try out something different-Idli Upma and make it healthier by adding some mixed veggies. This recipe was suggested by my college friend, the ever gorgeous Vidya Suresh. Thank you Vidya!! Love you for all the encouragement-that’s what friends are for. Love you 🙂 Ingredients for

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Spicy Curry Leaf Chicken (Kerala Style)

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This is a dry chicken dish which requires LOTS of CURRY LEAVES!! You can even make it with drumettes / chicken wings. Ingredients:  Chicken- 500 gms (cut into small pieces) Red chilli powder- 3-4tsp Coriander powder-4 tsp Turmeric-1/2 tsp Salt-to taste Boil the chicken in the above ingredients adding a little water. Let the water

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Mango Peda

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Well, we bought some yummy mangoes and I just couldn’t resist making a sweet(yes,even a dietitian has her moments of weakness,but the important thing to keep in mind is “MODERATION”!!). And these are not fried and have protein and calcium. A peda is traditionally made by reducing milk in an open pan and then adding the

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Khaman Dhokla (Steamed Chickpea flour snacks)

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Another steamed dish that can be had for breakfast or as a snack-tastes great with some spicy chutney. Ingredients for Khaman Dhokla: Besan (Gramflour/chickpea flour): 2 cups Yogurt: 1 cup Water: 1 cup Turmeric: 1/2 tsp Ginger+green chili paste: 1/2-1 tsp (as per your heat tolerance) Lemon juice: 1 tbsp Fruit salt(eno)/ Soda bicarbonate: 1tsp

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5 Reasons Why Summer is the Best Time to Lose Weight!

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With the summer sun beating down there isn’t much to look forward to other than a summer vacation somewhere cooler. For those who will be stuck in the heat, and have been planning to lose weight since the New Year, here are five reasons why summer is the best time to put your weight loss

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Egg and Vegetable Muffins/ Frittatas

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A protein-packed breakfast (can also be packed for lunch or eaten as a snack) with egg and mixed vegetable. You can make a big batch and freeze them. In the morning just defrost them in the microwave and eat. I added some spices like cumin powder, turmeric and a pinch of red chili powder. You

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Sweet and Spicy Chilli Paneer

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This is an ‘quickie’ dish.Takes just about 10-15 minutes. Ingredients for Sweet and Spicy Chilli Paneer: Paneer/ Tofu-200gms (cut into 1″ cubes) Garlic- 6-7 flakes (chopped fine) Green chilies-2 nos.(chopped fine) Tomato sauce- 3 tbsp Chilly sauce-1-2 tsp Soy sauce- 2 tsp Coriander/Cilantro -2 tbsp(chopped fine) Oil-1 tsp Salt: to taste Pepper: 1/4th tsp Sugar:1/4th

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Stuffed Green Bell Pepper/ Capsicum with Chilli Paneer/ tofu (Microwave recipe)

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I had first seen the recipe of Stuffed Green Bell Pepper (or “Capsicum” and “Shimla Mirchi”as it is popularly known as in India) when I was a kid and was skimming through one of my mother’s magazines (I think it was either “Femina” or “Savvy”) and came across this awesome looking photo of a stuffed

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How to lose 1 pound (half a kg) of body weight every week by eating a Healthy Indian Diet

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Are you planning on turning a new leaf this New Year? Are you looking forward to discovering the new Healthy You?Why wait for the New Year to plan your journey for a healthier lifestyle? If you’ve tried it every year and given up at the end of January-then trust me, there’s NOTHING wrong with you!

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Quinoa Upma with vegetables (Spicy Quinoa with vegetables-Indian Style)

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I had heard so much about “Quinoa” (pronounced keen-wah) a high protein ‘pseudo cereal’ (foods that are cooked and eaten like grains and have a similar nutrient profile). Quinoa is actually a seed and is rich in complete protein, fibre, the B vitamins and healthy monounsaturated fats. It is believed that substituting quinoa for grains

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Which is the BEST day to check your Weight???

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How Weekends may be the Key Factor in making you Lose or Gain weight Do you get depressed at seeing your weight fluctuate every day? Don’t panic-it’s just a pretty normal phenomenon. Researchers have now found out that the body goes through a weight cycle. This weight loss cycle or weekly weight rhythms is somewhat similar

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Drumstick Leaves Upkari (Moringa leaves stir-fry Mangalorean Style)

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Did you know that the leaves of the drumstick tree are edible and are loaded with nutrients? Drumstick leaves are a common green leafy vegetable in most Indian homes especially down South.  It is known as Murungai in Tamil, Nuggekai soppu in Kannada, Muringa in Malayalam. Long known for it’s medicinal and nutritional properties in

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Mangalorean Egg Curry (Eggs in spicy Coconut gravy)

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The Mangalorean Egg Curry is one of the dishes that usually features on my menu whenever I invite eggetarians (ovo-vegetarians) for dinner! It’s quick, simple (since I use coconut milk from a can) and a ‘sure to be a hit’ dish !! I always poach the eggs in the gravy-since I feel that it adds

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New BMI Guidelines for Indians/South Asians/Asians

The Body Mass Index(BMI) is a measure of weight divided by height. BMI= weight (kg) / [height (m)]2 For years there was a debate with regards to whether the World Health Organisation (WHO) approved BMI parameters which stated a BMI of 30 and above as obese, were correct for Asian populations. Indians as a race,

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Kale Mallung / mallum with radish (Sri Lankan style stir fry)

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Kale Mallung or mallum is actually made with just… kale 😉 I had one radish left-over after making the radish sambar and didn’t know what to do with it so I finely chopped it and added it to the mallung. It added a nice crunch to the mallung, but can be omitted as it’s not

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Mullangi Sambar (Radish and lentil curry)

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A good way to increase your vegetable intake (or if you are in a hurry and don’t have time to dish out a vegetable sabzi along with the protein) is to be creative and : try and add it into dishes that you would normally make without vegetables-for example, instead of plain khichdi, upma, biryani,noodles,

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Spicy Peanut-Garlic Chutney Powder

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This is one of my husband’s favourite chutney’s and he just cannot stop sprinkling it over everything and anything! I had never tasted it (forget even making it) before I got married and had only heard about it from him(my MIL apparently would always have a batch of it in the house). My family used

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Baked Sweet Potato Snack

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If you like fries and sweet potatoes-here’s a healthy snack that look like fries but are actually baked. Kids will love the sweet taste of the sweet potatoes while adults can sprinkle it with a little chili powder for that extra kick! Ingredients for Baked Sweet Potato Snack: Sweet Potatoes-2 big* (washed,scraped and cut into

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Pumpkin and bhindi/ladiesfinger sambar (Palakkad style)

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We had this awesome sambar at a friends place during the Diwali weekend. It was made by my friend’s mother and she had used pumpkin and ladiesfinger/okra for the sambar. The family has it’s roots in Palakkad,a town on the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Being Palakkad Iyers their cuisine is a unique blend

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Mangalore Cucumber and Moong Sprouts Gassi (curry)-Mangalorean Style

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Another favorite Mangalorean dish-the sprouted moong/mung and Mangalore cucumber ghassi. Gassi is the Mangalorean term for ‘curry’ or gravy. The Mangalore cucumber is also called the ‘Malabar Cucumber’ is a commonly seen vegetable in South India. Ingredients for Mangalore Cucumber and Moong Sprouts Gassi :  Mangalore Cucumber: 1 medium size Moong Sprouts:200gms Tomato: 1 big

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Kothu Phulka (HEALTHY version of Kothu Parotta)

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Traditionally in Tamil Nadu, ‘Kothu Paratha’ is made from ‘parotta’ or the South Indian ‘paratha’ which is a layered paratha made with loads of oil and maida. I did try it out once with frozen Kerala Parotta’s (available in all Indian stores) and I admit that it is sinfully delicious! The tasty Kothu Parotta never

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Dry Bhindi Sabzi (Spiced Okra recipe-Indian Style)

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Do your kids turn their nose up at the mention of ladiesfinger/Okra/bhindi? Try out this tasty and easy recipe of dry bhindi sabji (Dry okra recipe) and watch them gobble it all up. This recipe is something I learnt from my friend Rohini’s mom, Meghana Ghatpande. Meghana aunty-thanks a ton for making this one of

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Dal Makhani (low-cal version)

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Nothing beats eating dal makhani (with the oodles of butter and cream) with hot rice or chapathis or even naan. We always ate it in restaurants as I had no clue how to make it.I had to try out an alternative way which didn’t have so much butter or cream so that we could enjoy

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Ragi Manni/ pudding (Nachni/finger millet porridge) Mangalorean Style

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Ragi (English-Finger millet,Chinese-䅟子,Arabic- Tailabon, German-Fingerhirse, French-coracan) is a popular millet in Southern India and is made into different dishes like porridges, puddings, pancakes,cookies, etc. Nutritionally,it is rich in the amino acid methionine and is among the few grains which contains a considerable amount of calcium. Ragi is also given to babies as one of first cereals

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Healthy Heart Diet for Indians

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The World Heart Day is on the 29th of September. A Heart Healthy Diet is not designed only for those who have problems related to the heart (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack, etc), but also for those who would like to reduce the risk of heart diseases in the future. Following a Heart

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Tandoori Fish

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There are just a couple of seafood dishes that my husband is okay with,one of them being “Tandoori fish”. He’s a little particular that the dish doesn’t “smell fishy” (?) so I need to buy fish which aren’t too oily(that also unfortunately means less omega-3 in it) and also choose methods that doesn’t make the

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Mooli Ki Sabzi (Dry Radish curry with leaves)

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The recipe and photographs for this simple yet tasty ‘Mooli ki Sabzi’ (Red Radish Curry) are again courtesy Taranjeet Kaur!! Thanks TJ-and thanks Prateek for tasting and giving a ‘thumbs-up’ for this recipe. Coming from a person who normally isn’t too fond of radish speaks volumes about this dish and Taranjeet’s culinary skills 🙂 Mooli

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Tofu Bhurji (Scrambled tofu)

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Soya or Soy is originally from East Asia, but has recently gained popularity all over the world ever since it’s health benefits were discovered. Recently though, it has been getting some negative reports,but I personally feel that soy in moderation is fine. The protein in soy is complete(equal to meat) and hence is better than

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Gestational Diabetes?? A few lifestyle changes can help you control it!

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Women who have Gestational Diabetes (diabetes that occurs during their pregnancy) have been known to be at risk for diabetes later in their life. Now a new study done at 22 Kaiser Permanente mediclinics on gestational diabetics post pregnancy suggests that with proper lifestyle changes and a good weight management program they may just be

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Pongal/Khichdi (Indian Lentil and Rice Risotto)

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Pongal is both a festival as well as a dish. In Tamil Nadu (a state in South India)it is the “harvest festival” and the dish is made on this day(I suspect, that is why they both share the same name)! There are actually two versions to this dish-the sweet one(sakkarai pongal) and the spicy one(khara

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Microwave Cauliflower Sabzi (No Oil)

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 The Microwave version of the Gobi/Cauliflower sabzi was inspired by my mother-in-law who uses the microwave daily for her cooking (and not just for reheating stuff). I’ve tried making it with absolutely no oil, but you could add a teaspoon if you want. The resulting “No-oil, Microwave Gobi/Cauliflower ka sabzi” is not only easy to

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Moong Dosa or Pesarattu(Savoury Mung Crepes) with Green Peas chutney

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A ‘green’ breakfast! This dish is packed with protein and makes a healthy start to your day. This is an easy version of the pesarattu(as there is no fermenting required).My mom learnt to make this moong dosa from one of our neighbours and as a kid I was not too fond of this ‘green’ dosa,but

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Baingan Bharta/ Brinjal Bharta (Roasted Eggplant Curry)

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For the Baingan bharta, the brinjal is usually first roasted whole over a fire (since we have an electric cooktop here, I had to bake it) . Once roasted,the brinjal pulp is then cooked with chopped onions,tomatoes and garnished with chopped cilantro. The Brinjal bharta goes well with ‘phulkas/roti’ or with steamed rice and dal.Here

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Indians and the Risks of Consuming a High Sugar Diet

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A spoonful of sugar……..makes the calories sit on your waist!! Are you noticing that you are slowly gaining weight even though you aren’t eating junk food? Sugar might be the culprit.Have you ever given a thought to how much sugar you consume in a day? Studies have found that most Indians are genetically more prone

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Fish Cutlets/Fish Patties(Indian Style)

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Here’s one more reason to increase your “oily” fish intake-the omega-3-fatty acids found in fish have shown to halt and slow down the age-related macular degeneration (AMD), in lay-man’s terms: AMD basically is a medical condition which is mostly seen in older adults and results in the loss of vision in the center of the

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Healthy Eating During Ramadan/ Ramzan

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The Muslim Holy month of Ramadan (or ‘Ramzan’ in India) is the important month of the Islamic calendar, when Muslims fast during daylight hours. Those who are physically able to, are required to fast each day of the entire month, from sunrise to sunset. Here are some tips for eating healthy during Ramzan: During Suhur/Suhoor

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Whole wheat dosa with fresh fruit (Whole wheat crepes)

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Healthy eating is all about eating in moderation, and what is life without a touch of sweetness? Treat your kids to the occasional desserts, but make it a tad healthier by using fresh and less processed foods. Learn how you can add more fibre to your dosa by using whole wheat flour (regular chapathi/roti atta).

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Turnip leaves Mallung/Mallum (Sri Lankan simple stir-fry with greens)

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I love trying out different cuisines and have been lucky to have wonderful neighbours from whom I have learnt different cooking styles. My love for Sri Lankan cuisine started back in the US when we lived in Minnesota for a brief period. There was one Sri Lankan restaurant in the neighbourhood and we loved the

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Chicken Saagwala /Palak (Spinach) Chicken

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Palak chicken or Chicken saagwala is a not just a great tasting dish but the addition of greens(spinach) increases the nutrient content of the dish. Palak is loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals and is also: low in calories good source of iron, but to be absorbed by the body you need to team it

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Paneer Butter Masala (Low-fat version)

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Love the taste of Butter masala, but dread the loads of butter that goes into it? Fikar not-here is a low-butter version which cuts down the calories of this dish drastically without altering the taste too much (yes-it doesn’t taste like the restaurant version, simply because it’s not dripping with butter). The trick here is

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Kadhi(Yogurt curry)

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Kadhi is one of our favourite dishes, and something which reminds my hubby of his mother’s cooking(which is a HUGE compliment)! It’s a quick dish and I usually make it on days when I have to cook in a rush. It’s a combination of curd(yogurt) and chikpea/gram flour,which means nutritionally it’s loaded with calcium(yogurt) and

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Banana Dosa (Sweet Banana Dosa)

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This is a favorite breakfast/snack item at home. I first made sweet banana dosa/crepes when I had a few over ripe bananas and wanted to try something other than the banana raita. This is similar to the popular Mangalorean recipe of “Southekai dosa” or ‘Sweet Cucumber dosa’. Years ago I had experimented replacing the cucumber

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Kala Channa Rasam ( Brown Chickpea rasam)

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Kala channa/ kadale rasam doesn’t actually have any kala channa but is made from the water left over from boiling the kala channa/ brown kadle. When using the channa for a dry sabzi like Manoli kadle or usali, instead of throwing the water, you can make another dish out of it. Moreover, making dal/sambar as the

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Kadale Manoli (Tendli/Kovakkai with brown channa)

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Another favorite Mangalorean recipe is the Manoli Kadle-made with Ivy Gourd(tondekai) called ‘Manoli’ in Tulu (one of the languages spoken in Mangalore) ‘tondli‘ in Marathi, ‘tendli‘ in Konkani ‘tindora‘ in Hindi and ‘kovakkai’ in Tamil. ‘Kadle’ is the brown channa/kala channa (brown garbanzo beans) that is traditionally used but you could substitute it with kabuli

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5 reasons to consult an Indian Dietitian Online

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Still not sure if you should sign up? Here are 5 reasons why you should consult an Indian Dietitian Online: You can consult the best Indian dietitian no matter which part of India (or the world) you are located, There is no time (or money) wasted in travelling, You get personalized attention and also a

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Hariyali Chicken Tangdi/ Kebab

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If you love chicken kebabs, then this is one finger-licking recipe! I love the taste of coriander leaves with ginger+garlic and green chilies and combined with chicken it just tastes yummy. As a dietitian I love this as this makes a healthy recipe considering: there is very little oil the addition of greens (coriander and

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Indian Dietitian Online:Sweta Uchil-Purohit

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Indian Dietitian Online: Sweta Uchil-Purohit Personally I feel that the internet is one of the greatest inventions. It has so many uses and has most of us hooked onto it for various reasons like keeping in touch with friends and family(thank you Facebook and emails), learning about something (thank you Google), and even getting personalized

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Overnight Oats Mango Smoothie /Breakfast Oats Mango Smoothie

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Oats is loaded with soluble fiber and is great for: reducing ‘bad’ cholesterol, controlling blood sugar level, relieving constipation Overnight oats is the new way to make oats without cooking. You simply soak the oats in your choice of liquid (water, milk, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk) overnight in the fridge. The oats tend

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Mixed dal dosa/ Adai (Mixed lentils and rice crêpe)

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Mixed dal Dosa/ Adai Protein is in vogue-and why not. It high protein foods keep you feeling full for a longer period of time and also don’t raise your blood sugars like carbohydrates do. I believe in moderation and thus try to include more protein in my diet and reduce the amount of carbs without

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Methi Pulao (Methi Rice) Fenugreek leaves pilaf

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Methi Rice/ Methi Pulao Both methi seeds(fenugreek seeds) and methi leaves(fenugreek leaves) have been long used in Indian families as not just a culinary  ingredient, but also for it’s medicinal properties. The seeds are great for : diabetics as it can control the blood sugar levels (soak a tablespoon of methi seeds overnight and have

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Besan Dosa/ Besan Chila (How to make chickpea flour crepes/pancakes)

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Besan Dosa/ Besan Chila (Chickpea Flour Crepes) When I was growing up in Bombay,Besan dosa was a very popular dish in most Udupi restaurants and was even sometimes called “Vegetarian Omelet”. Besan dosa was also sold as a filling inside sandwiches which were named “Veggie omelet sandwich”! Funnily enough,I hated them at that time and

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Watermelon Salsa (Chatpata Watermelon Chaat)

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Summer time is watermelon time- a perfect fruit to include in your diet on a hot summers day. There are so many ways to eat it and one of my favorite is to make a quick and yummy salad-the watermelon salsa! Watermelons are loaded with the carotenoid lycopene and contains mostly water which is a

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Cabbage and Soya chunks sabzi (How to make Cabbage and soya nuggets sabzi)

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Cabbage is rich in vitamins C,K B1, B5 , B6 as well as manganese, iron ,phosphorus, calcium and fiber. Research has shown that the antioxidants present in cabbage could reduce the prevent certain types of cancer and also help in lowering cholesterol levels. For those who don’t have time making two separate dishes-one for protein

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The Daily (Nutrition) Dozen!

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Ok-so no lectures on nutrition and the benefits of eating clean and getting plenty of physical activity and sleep in this article. We are going to cut to the chase and make a list of foods that you must INCLUDE in your day to day diet. Make this your DAILY (NUTRITION) DOZEN check-list: Fruit- Aim

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Savory French Toast Indian Style (Spicy Masala Egg Toast)

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Savory French Toast Indian Style (Spicy Masala Egg Toast) For those don’t like to eat a sweet breakfast, here is a savoury version of the French Toast-totally Indian Style! The Masala Egg Toast. Savoury French Toast (Indian Style Masala Egg Toast): Ingredients: (Serves 4) Whole Wheat Bread-8 nos. Egg-4 nos Onion- 1 medium (finely chopped)

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