Category Archives: Food

Some of us live to eat, but all of us eat to live. You don’t need to eat tasteless food to remain healthy. Let your mind and body enjoy the experience of eating.

Healthiest and tastiest….Plant-to-plate!

The PTP is unbeatable in health and taste….we are lucky to have a kitchen garden in which we grow some vegetables, herbs and fruits…..the Plant-to-Plate method is the best to get the maximum nutrition and taste out of anything edible….freshly plucked, cooked instantly and eaten while it is hot….it does not get better than that….our eggplants are merrily providing us a regular supply of eggplants……….we are enjoying the baingan ka bhartha…..the larger eggplants are roasted, the skin peeled away and the pulp is mashed. In a pan, desi ghee is heated, garlic, green chili, onions, turmeric and tomatoes are added and cooked, the mashed eggplant is added and cooked well. Salt is added and the dish is ready!


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Great, inexpensive, easily available food

There is a lot of debate over ‘negative calories’ and ‘superfood’. While others dissect the pros and cons, let’s take a look at good food that is rich in anti-oxidants, fiber, vitamins, is easily available and doesn’t cost the earth. While some yummy food groups are either too expensive or frozen and shipped halfway across the world to you, these could grow in your own backyard or be available at a reasonable price in your town or city. At present, we have passion-fruit and strawberries growing in our home….As our ancestors told us “Fresh food wins over Fashionable food’. What are the great things you can eat, enjoy, and have health benefits ? Let’s take a look at some of them:

  1. Spinach-the recipe is given on this website.
  2. Apples-they may actually keep the doctor away!!!!
  3. Carrots
  4. Radish
  5. Almonds
  6. Tomatoes
  7. Lime
  8. Oats
  9. Green tea
  10. Broccoli
  11. Ginger
  12. Garlic
  13. Onion
  14. Spices
  15. Kidney beans
  16. Lentils
  17. Grapes
  18. Yoghurt
  19. Milk
  20. Cauliflower  
  21. Dark chocolate……who cares where this is from, it should have >70% cocoa.                                      If you can add grapefruit, berries, asparagus, good for you, but make sure it’s fresh, not frozen and thawed. Enjoy. I have not added the nutritional benefits of each, all have unique benefits, you can get in touch via e-mail for more information.

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Spicing it up-food

I love boiled eggs…..sprayed with freshly ground Himalayan salt and black pepper….with a glass of full fat milk…..and a few tomato and cucumber slices …..yes, bring on the challenges of the day 🙂 


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Cherry tomatoes.. Our home

Cherry tomatoes grow in bushels in our kitchen garden. They are best eaten raw, in their natural form , the whole tomato is packed with flavour. They contain Lycopene and other antioxidants. 

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Eggplant flowers and vegetable-our garden

Our garden has a new set of pretty flowers and vegetables…..the eggplant has flowers and ripe vegetables on the same plant…which ensures a steady supply throughout three months!!! The eggplants from our garden are the most delicious I’ve ever eaten……This vegetable has anti-ageing and health-boosting qualities …..it has minerals and vitamins, calcium and iron….among other wonderful ingredients…..


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Monday special omelette

For that extra burst of energy, flavour and enthusiasm on a Monday morning….here is what we eat…….

Add sliced onions and strips of chicken/ bacon/ any meat and stir-fry in a small amount of ghee….add cheese strips and green chili….remove from the pan. Beat two eggs and cook them….add the mix previously cooked over the eggs…fold when the eggs are cooked…..enjoy!

For the ‘eggetarians’ (those who eat eggs but not meat…remember, you heard of it for the first time here!). add bell peppers in place of the meat…..


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Paneer paranthas

It’s a great feeling to eat a delicious parantha, but what makes it even more tasty is sharing this experience with family at the start of a day. I’ve eaten too many paranthas, like any other true-blooded Indian, but I rate the paneer parantha as the tastiest.

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Take grated cottage cheese (home made is the best kind) add chopped onion, coriander, green chillies, grated ginger, red chili powder, a pinch of dried mango powder and salt to taste. Mix well.

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Take kneaded whole wheat flour, roll out into half the size of a thick roti. Place the mixture of paneer generously in the middle. Close it all round, sealing it with your fingertips.

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Roll it out gently and place on a hot tawa. Flip it over when it shows signs of being cooked.

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Add ghee on it and around it. Flip it over again.

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Remove from heat, enjoy it with yoghurt and home made pickle.

For weight watchers : Don’t add ghee, flip it over, heat on direct flame to cook well. Enjoy!

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Garnish-raw

Add spice to your food…..raw onions, sliced and diced, tomatoes and green chill and freshly roasted and ground cumin are my favorites….add them to pulses and salads……and yogurt! Clove kept in your mouth for a while after eating will take care of any ‘spicy’ odour 🙂


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Red Kidney bean flowers–Indian Himalayas

While trekking to yet another destination in the Indian Himalayas, I came upon a leafy plant with delicate white flowers. It was a whole field of red kidney bean plants. The kidney beans grown in the mountains is one of tastiest and healthiest, The plant later produces pea like pods, laden with stacks of kidney beans, which are dried and opened to get the hardened, dark red beans,IMG_4305 IMG_4306 IMG_4307

It is not difficult to imagine that anything grown in these picturesque surroundings and in the rich soil in these areas would be of the best variety. 

 


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Idiot Proof recipe for any Indian vegetable or curry

Indian food varies from state to state, but the general principles of cooking remain the same. It should be cooked well, be nutritious and tasty. The most common ingredients are shown below. Each is added after the first has been cooked, vegetables or cooked lentils can be added to make a dry dish or a curry. Tastes vary, customs vary, but tomatoes generally taste good with all veggies.

  1. Basic ingredients. Chopped vegetables, ( two dishes are shown below, potatoes with beans and bottle gourd), onions, tomatoes, ginger, garlic. cumin, turmeric, salt, chili powder/ green chilies, salt and vegetable oil/ ghee.

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  1. To a tablespoon of hot ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds. Within 5 seconds, add garlic, after 10 seconds add ginger.

  1. After 20 seconds, add chopped onions, roast well till golden brown (3-5 mins).

  1. Add chopped tomatoes, keep stirring until cooked well. Some people prefer to add green chilies at this stage.

  1. Add the spices and the vegetables. Stir till cooked (5-7 mins). In the case of the chopped bottle gourd, we prefer to the add the spices after the bottle gourd has been added.

  1. You can add green chilies at this stage if you want, and salt according to taste and stir well for 30 seconds,

Other spices like cinnamon, fennel, cardamom etc can be added for specific dishes.

The golden rule is to add the ingredients in the order mentioned above and to cook each separately before adding the next one.


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