Shikanji – Homemade Lemonade

Traditional Indian lemonade, this is a summer favourite … and with current sweltering days and soaring temperatures … a welcome relief ! 1.2 litres of water 6 tbsp sugar Juice of 3 lemons black salt to taste Pepper powder, to taste A pinch of powdered cumin or ginger or chaat masala spice blend Mint or…

Brekkie, in some style !

Veggies are good at breakfast, I read, they are especially good, as they’re nutritious, full of antioxidants, provide very few calories per portion, and are packed with fiber—which is filling because it takes up space in your digestive system. Fiber also slows digestion, which means you’ll have a steadier supply of energy over a longer…

Vasu’s Coconut Chutney

Simple, and whipped up in a flash. In India, and breakfast is all things South Indian, which means dosas, idlis … and today, adais for breakfast. I watched her deftly prepare the accompaniment, and here is the how. 1 cup freshly grated coconut 1 pod garlic bit of fresh ginger, one and a half times…

Rainy Days & Mondays

‘Adda’ – steamed (banana leaf) rice pancakes with coconut and jaggery : in memory of school days, rainy days and Mondays … Coming home from school on a Mumbai rainy day, having sloshed through all the puddles in our Duckback raincoats and gumboots, you entered the house hoping to get the aroma of something delicious…

A Cleansing Crunch of a Salad

Beetroot, Carrot, Sprouted Mung Bean and Mint Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing Some days you just feel your palate need a cleansing crunch and this salad is perfect for it. I just happened to have the ingredients on hand and hoped it would work – and it did. I medium sized beetroot cut in thin…

Jen’s Raw Papaya ‘Subzi’ with Mustard

don’t ask for proportions … the regular, like we do our indian sabjis, but it has to be mustard-y … so the ground mustard paste … be generous ! its quite delicious raw papaya, cut in thin, small slices urud dal (urud dal explained) hing (asephoetida) mustard seeds green chilis, slit (de-seeded if you want…

Pantry Checklists : Veg and Vegan

This one I stumbled upon, from link to link to link,  a useful checklist, if you need one. V e g e t a r i a n  &  V e g a n  P a n t r y  C h e c k l i s t Grains & Seeds Brown Rice High…

Trying out gluten free cereals …

Gluten free small batch toasted organic rice flakes, walnuts, flax seeds and palm sugar shavings. Would you buy ? I don’t eat cereal … but if I did, I would. I certainly would. How does it taste ? Been eating the muesli every day. Enjoying it, especially with virgin coconut oil, no milk. It tastes…

Rocket Pesto a la Syl

Rocket was growing in wild profusion in the garden bed. One of the few things growing in any sort of profusion in our veggie patch at Rema Rainbow Valley, Panchakshipura, Tamil Nadu. So I thought I’d find a good use for it – beyond a salad. I had eaten rocket pesto before but never tried…

Breakfast Muesli : Recipe for Syl

Is the one you are referring to ? ‘… which I had it at your place a 100 years ago …’ Muesli ½ cup sunflower seeds, toasted ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted 1 cup hazelnuts, toasted, chopped 1 cup oats 1 cup wheat flakes 1 cup barley flakes 1 cup raisins ½ cup chopped dried apricots…

Recipes Exchanged, Chez Rosalyn Mary, Coonoor

Jen’s To-die-for Meat Loaf Beef or veal, mince Spicy sausages – one, contents removed from skin Bacon, fried crisp and crumbled Onion, chopped Celery, chopped 1 red pepper, chopped Herbs – rosemary, thyme, parsley Mustard sauce Balsamic vinegar 1 tsp marmalade 1 tsp ketchup 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 egg Cream Breadcrumbs Salt and pepper…

Are all changes good in a food programme ?

There will be changes to your body when you start a food programme – that is the whole point. But are all these changes for the good ? A friend wrote in about her spouse who lost 10 kg on his nutritionally controlled diet but developed painful hemorrhoids, possibly because he did not vary his…

Tips to Improve your Health

This was emailed to one in the gangof480 recently (author unknown, as it was a cut-and-paste mail). Merits reading and sharing. This is an edited version … and thanks to whoever wrote this for the detailed info. Add Sprouts to Your Diet One of the most nutritious powerhouses to add to your diet are sprouts….