SNAKE GOURD (PADWAL) SOUP | KETO | VEGAN | GF | DF | SF | DIABETIC FRIENDLY

Snake Gourd belongs to the Cucumber and Squash family and goes by several names in India such as Chichinda in Hindi, Padwal in Marathi, Potlakaya in Telugu, Chichinga in Bengali, Pudalankaai in Tamil and Padavalanga in Malayalam.

Being a ‘high on water content’ vegetable, Snake Gourd supplies plenty of nutrition and curative properties, while providing a cooling effect on the body. It is a heart healthy food with noteworthy antioxidant qualities too.

This soup is gluten free, vegan (therefore dairy free and safe for lactose intolerants), keto and paleo diet safe, diabetic friendly, anti-inflammatory and great for people looking to eat a filling weight-loss meal. This recipe is a great way to include this vegetable into your child’s or families meals if nobody is too keen on eating a sabzi (vegetable dish) made from this otherwise bland vegetable.

INGREDIENTS
1 Tbsp Butter/Oil
2 Whole Peppercorns
2 Cloves
1/4 Inch Cinnamon Stick
5 Peeled & Chopped Garlic
1/4 Inch Chopped Ginger
1/2 Sliced Onion
1 Chopped Snake Gourd (Padwal/ Chichinda)
1 Chopped Tomato
1/2 Cup Coriander Leaves
1/2 Cup Water
Salt to Taste

METHOD

  • In a wide pan, melt a little Butter. Replace with oil if Vegan/Lactose Intolerant.
  • Add Whole Peppercorns, Cloves and Cinnamon Stick and sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add the chopped Ginger & Garlic and let it brown a little.
  • Next goes in all the chopped vegetables – Onion, Tomato, Snake Gourd and Coriander Leaves.
  • Mix well and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add a little water and salt. Cover and cook for a few more minutes until the veggies are thoroughly cooked.
  • Let this cool for sometime.
  • Transfer only the veggies and not the excess water to a mixer-grinder and pulse until you get a smooth puree like consistency,
  • Transfer to a bowl. Use the leftover water to clean the jar and add that water to your bowl too. Add more water depending on the consistency you prefer.
  • Mix well and enjoy a hearty warm soup.
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PAN FRIED MASALA PUMPKIN WITH DIP – KETO | GLUTEN FREE | VEGAN | DIABETIC FRIENDLY

Pumpkins are a fibre rich and highly nutrient dense food. They are plump, quite filling yet low in calories. Being rich in vitamins and minerals, you must include this in your diet. You can make a dry sabji to eat with roti, add this to Sambhar, make a hearty soup or bake/roast or pan fry them like I did with this recipe.

There are many varieties of Pumpkin. I’ve used the Red Pumpkin which is known as Lal Bhopla or Kaddu in Hindi. They are hard when raw with an even tougher exterior, but on being cooked, they turn very fleshy yet hold on to its shape.

Pumpkin fry can be enjoyed by Diabetics and those looking to lose those extra kilos as this recipe helps in weight-loss too. This recipe is Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free (so safe for Lactose Intolerants), Anti-Inflammatory, Paleo and Keto friendly too! Enjoy it as a snack or as an appetizer or combine this with a healthy salad to make this a wholesome meal.

INGREDIENTS
200 Grams Red Pumpkin
1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 Tbsp Turmeric Powder
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Ghee/Oil
1 Tbsp Coriander/Mint Leaves
Salt to taste

METHOD

  • Clean and peel the hard exterior of your Pumpkin. I’ve used Red Pumpkin. The photos are at the end of this post.
  • Chop into long and 1 inch thick dices.
  • In a bowl, add the diced Pumpkin.
  • To this add Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Lemon Juice and Salt.
  • Feel free to adjust the spices depending on your taste and liking.
  • Give this a very good mix, ensuring each piece is well coated with the spices.
  • Heat a pan, I used a cast iron Tawa flat pan since they are naturally non-stick.
  • Grease the pan with some Ghee or Oil.
  • Now place the spiced pumpkin pieces keeping a little gap in between each piece. Start from the center and out.
  • Let this cook on a medium flame. You can drizzle some oil or ghee if it looks too dry.
  • Flip and cook and repeat the previous step until they look toasty and have cooked completely.
  • You can insert a knife to check if they have cooked.
  • You can also bake these if you don’t want to cook on a burner stove top.
  • Transfer onto a serving plate. Garnish with some chopped Coriander or Mint Leaves.
  • Serve with some dip or Green Chutney.
  • You can make the dip at home with some garlic salt, cheese, dairy cream, water and italian herbs. Mix and Microwave for 30 seconds. Instant Cheesy dip is ready!
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COCONUT FUDGE / NARIYAL BARFI & LADOO – KETO | PALEO | DIABETIC FRIENDLY

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Desserts on a diet? Why not? We all crave them especially when we start to follow a healthy lifestyle, right? I’ve been there too, but ever since I’m on a restrictive diet, I find myself eating more desseets than I did earlier. Luckily they are all free from refined sugar and unhealthy carbs. But here in India its easy to find healthy alternatives to cake and pastries but when it comes to Indian Sweets, not many places offer refined sugar free Indian Mithai (desserts). And during festivals, you just cannot say no to sweets. So I wanted to share a quick, easy, healthy and super divine tasting Nariyal ki Burfi / Ladoo recipe which you can enjoy guilt-free on any day. Whether the diet is for a Diabetic, Keto, Paleo or general well-being, you must try these Coconut treats. Also they are Gluten Free. For Dairy Free, Lactose Intolerant and Vegan, avoid Ghee and use Coconut milk instead of Cream. These coconut squares can also be made into cute ladoos. The preparation remains the same, with just a little change towards the end. So let’s make Coconut Fudge & Coconut Ladoos!

INGREDIENTS
100 grams fresh or dry grated coconut
1 Tbsp Ghee (Optional)
1 Tsp Cardamom Powder
3-4 Tbsp Thick Coconut Milk or Milk Cream
1 Pinch Salt
Erythritol as per taste
Chopped/Slivered Almonds (Optional)

METHOD

  • In a pan, heat some ghee. If you are Vegan you can skip this. I like the flavour of Ghee in sweets and choose to add it.
  • Add grated coconut. You can use dry or fresh. I’ve used fresh here.
  • Roast on medium heat until most of the grated coconut turns brown. Scrape off what sticks to the bottom.
  • Now add Coconut Milk or Fresh Dairy Cream. I used a mix of both. skip Dairy Cream for Vegan & DF diet.
  • Mix everything very well and let this cook for a couple of minutes more.
  • Now add in your favourite sweetener. I’ve used Erythritol. You can use Stevia or a mix of both. Or you can use Jaggery. And of course Sugar if you are not following a healthy diet.
  • You’ll notice that the the coconut shreds will not longer stick to the bottom of the pan and will start looking a little glossy too.
  • Add in the powdered Cardamom and cook for a few more minutes until most of the moisture has been absorbed.
  • You can also add your favourite nuts like Almonds chopped or slivered. I haven’t added them.
  • Now if you are making barfi, just transfer this into a flat dish. Even out and smoothen the top and let it set in the freezer for 10 mins. Take it out, cut into squares and enjoy.
  • If you are making ladoos, you might need to roast this even more until there is no moisture left when you press down the mixture. Let it cool down a little, then grease your palm and roll this into tiny balls.
  • You can roll the Ladoos in some dessicated coconut too.
  • If it’s too hard when taken out of the fridge, microwave for 10-20 seconds and enjoy juicy burfi/ladoo guilt free.
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Right after taking out of the freezer. Well set.
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After microwaving for 20 seconds. Moist and glossy.
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OVERNIGHT CHIA COCONUT PUDDING – KETO | PALEO | DIABETIC FRIENDLY

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MULBERRY SUMMER DRINK – KETO | PALEO | DIABETIC FRIENDLY

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When ripe, Mulberries taste a mix of tart and sweet like most other berries but with a little wild flavour. They are super delicate and leave a purplish colour that can easily stain your fingers or clothes on contact. So I always prefer to give them a quick wash with filtered or drinkable water before juicing and use the dark coloured washed water for my plants. Click below to read more…

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NO BAKE BROWNIE ICE-CREAM SANDWICH [ V | GF | DF | RSF ]

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I wanted to make vegan, gluten free No Bake Brownies along with some Vegan Ice-Cream. I looked for recipes online but I couldn’t find anything easy to make with just a few readily available ingredients, equipments and without much hassle. So finally I figured out a recipe that’s of course ‘easy’ but also lip-smacking good!The brownie needs no baking or cooking, which is great! You can literally make this sitting on your sofa if you are not too concerned about the mess you’ll end up in! You get the point. The ice-cream is nothing fancy because it uses just 2 ingredients. So how easy can this get, right? Of course the texture won’t be the same as store bought ice-cream but imagine it to be a bit more like a creamy ice-candy. Don’t care because this tasted so good! I ended up eating a bowl of this thick ice-cream batter or whatever that’s called! It took me to heaven just to bring me back to eat some more! So shall we get started?

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