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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ALMOND FLOUR SAVOURY PORRIDGE| BADAM UPMA – KETO | PALEO | DIABETIC FRIENDLY | GLUTEN FREE

I always try to share easy recipes and this one is no different. Almond Upma is Keto, Paleo and Diabetic Friendly. It is also Gluten Free and Anti-Inflammatory. If you replace the Ghee with Oil, it’s also Vegan and Dairy Free making it ideal for even those who are Lactose Intolerant. Being low on carbs, those on a calorie-deficit diet and trying to lose those extra kilos, you must include this into your daily diet. Almonds make for an antioxidant rich flour, which when included in regular diet can help reduce the risk of serious health conditions like cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

I’m drifting from the recipe a little here, because I’ve come across questions on Instagram on how making recipes with Almond Flour is expensive. Ok, so first of all, when it comes to health and when you want to heal your body, you need to invest into it a little. You either spend now or spend later on medicine/hospital bills. Secondly, it is not expensive. You easily get Almonds in India between Rs. 700-1200 per kg. This lasts easily for more than month if you are planning to eat one meal everyday made from Almond Flour. Divide that by a month and well, it’s hardly between Rs. 23-40 per meal that Almonds contribute. Now think about all those junk packaged food you eat or how much you spend at a restaurant. I’m sure that those reading my blog, spend on food that’s not healthy, correct? Now compare this with Almond Flour. Does that sound expensive anymore? Thirdly, you don’t have to use this flour, if you are not suffering from an ailment you want to reverse from. In my home, it’s just me who eats this. I cook separately for the fam.

If you are just starting your new diet with this flour, of course it may take some time for you to adjust to this and completely replace your regular flours, but once you make it everyday, you’ll start loving it. I’ve tried a lot of recipes with Almond Flour, and I post only those that I enjoy eating on a regular basis. So here’s the recipe for Upma or Savoury Porridge made from Almond Flour.

INGREDIENTS
4-5 Tbsp Almond Flour
1 Tbsp Ghee/Oil (For DF & Vegan Diets)
1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
1 Green Chilli
1 Pinch Asafoetida
4-5 Curry Leaves
1/4 Tsp Grated Ginger (Optional)
1/2 Chopped Onion
1/2 Chopped Tomato
1 Tbsp Coriander Leaves
1/4-1/2 Cup Hot Water
Salt to taste

METHOD

  • In a wide pan, heat some Ghee. The flavour comes really good with Ghee, but if you are Vegan or Lactose Intolerant, you can use oil.
  • Crackle some Mustard Seeds.
  • Break some Curry Leaves and add this along with Asafoetida and saute for 2-3 seconds.
  • Now add the Green Chilli, chopped finely. If you are using Grated Ginger, add it now. I don’t normally add Ginger, so you can skip this.
  • Now add in the Almond Flour. You can use store-bought, but make sure it’s made with just Almonds and no add-ons. I use Leanbeings Almond Flour. Or you can make it at home – Homemade Almond Flour.
  • Make sure, the flame is on medium heat. Keep roasting the flour well, until it changes colour and darkens.
  • Once it is well roasted, add in the Chopped Onion, Tomato and Coriander Leaves.
  • Mix well and saute for a minute.
  • Also add some Salt.
  • Now carefully pour little hot water at a time, maybe 1/4 cup at first and add on need basis. Since you are pouring hot water, it can all splutter. So be careful not to burn your hand.
  • Keep continuously stirring to avoid stickling at the bottom of the pan. You’ll notice that the flour will have absorbed most of the water and the ghee will start to separate from the mixture.
  • Switch off the flame, plate it and enjoy a wholesome Almond Upma.
  • I eat this at least 3-4 times a week for dinner. This is so quick to make and a small bowl is quite filling.
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Before the hot water goes in. it kinda looks like this.
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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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STREET STYLE ANDA BHURJI | INDIAN STYLE SCRAMBLED EGGS – KETO | PALEO | DIABETIC FRIENDLY | GLUTEN FREE

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This super delicious Egg Bhurji is so easy to make and requires very basic ingredients. Ideally served with Dinner Rolls, making it the famous Bhurji Pav from Mumbai, this also tastes great with Roti or Bread. And if you are on a restrictive diet, you can have this with easy Coconut Buns (that I make at home) or simply eat as it is. A great breakfast idea, I make this at least twice a week. This also tastes exactly like the Mumbai street style Anda Bhurji, but since it’s made fresh at home with healthy ingredients and less oil, you can enjoy this recipe every now and then.

Before I forget to mention, this desi egg scrambled delicacy is Keto and Paleo Diet friendly. Ideal for Diabetic and Weight-Loss watchers, it also makes a great inclusion in Anti-Inflammatory and Gluten Free diet plans. Just replace the bread with Coconut buns and enjoy a hot plate of Egg Bhurjee!

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