Heart healthy recipe Posts

Quick and easy garam masala

Garam masala, unlike sambar powder, is something I use extensively in a lot of non-vegetarian dishes – tandoori chicken, kheema (mince), chicken curries, lamb curries, etc. You can also use it with vegetarian dishes like channa masala, biryani, etc. I grew up with the...

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Crispy brown rice crackers

Ah…to make crackers that are crisp, that need so few ingredients, is nutritious and tasty…that’s what these rice crackers are. It’s pretty difficult to find cracker recipes without the need for gluten free flour. I’ve tried the chickpea one and I’m not a huge fan. So...

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5 ingredient pumpkin pudding

Pumpkin soup, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin curry, pumpkin pie…there’s a lot you can make out of pumpkin. This was a vegetable I really didn’t like (or eat) in India. That was, until I tasted roasted pumpkin for the first time! After that, this was a veggie I’ve learned to...

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5 essentials in a South Indian pantry

What do I have in my pantry? This is a question I get asked regularly. Most Indian pantries have a range of similar spices, although a few bits and pieces would be different. I am from South India, so I would have a few different spices compared to a North Indian....

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Turmeric chicken mince

I haven’t cooked chicken mince until recently. It’s not something that we cook in India. So my first attempt at chicken mince was the well-known spicy Thai basil chicken (Pad Krapow Gai). That was a failure! It looked so easy on the recipe! I tried it again…it was a...

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10 minute loaded pasta or pizza sauce

Who doesn’t love pasta…what I love most about it, is that it is so quick and easy to make. I find that store bought pasta and pizza sauces are ‘okay’ – however, they lack two things that I look for in any food – flavour and nutrition. Sure, they have a few veggies...

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Chutney puddi (powder)

Gun powder or chutney puddi (or powder) is a South Indian condiment served with idlis, dosas or mixed in with plain rice. You add some ghee with it. There are more than a 100 varieties of chutney puddi in Bangalore. I’m sure there are much more around other parts of...

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Easy oven tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken at the local ‘dhabas’ (roadhouses) was a treat! I would go on road trips with my friends and we would always stop at a dhaba. These are small restaurants (usually North Indian cuisine) with jute beds for lounging on, or cabanas where groups of people...

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Apple and cranberry salad

I’m not a big fan of salads, so I like to make them chunky and mix all kinds of veggies, herbs, protein and fun stuff in it. This one came together today as a side to the chicken mince cutlets I made. The apple in the salad gave it a bit of sweetness and the...

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Aunty Prema’s sambar powder

Aunty Prema is my mum’s friend – she isn’t my mum’s sister though - we call everyone aunty in India! Everyone is like family. Every time we visited her, she would cook us some amazing food. I distinctly remember her bisi-bele-bath. This is a lentil, veggie and rice...

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Simple dhal (lentils)

This dhal reminds me of holidaying at my aunt’s home in the hills in a place called Ooty. This was the place where the British went to when it got too hot in India. She would make this style of dhal and serve it with rice. She would bring out the steaming hot rice and...

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Apple cinnamon oat bars with allspice

I started making these oat bars last winter. I liked to wake up to a warm breakky already made for me (sometime J makes me something if he wakes up first). Maybe it was time to find something that was ready for all of us when we woke up? That’s where these bars come...

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Sumac hummus

There are days I don’t feel like cooking. Or I fancy a change, or the kids want finger foods…these are the days of an impromptu picnic on the grass, or sitting around the coffee table and eating. It doesn’t have to be skimp-on-the-veggies-day though. So I thought I...

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Healthy gluten free and dairy free hot cross cupcakes

Hot cross buns – mmm…I love the cinamony taste with the chewiness of the raisins in them. In India we only got them during Easter. In Australia, to my delight, we got them all year round! Who would’ve thought! When I turned towards healthy gluten, we got the spelt...

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Almond garlic green beans

Garlic is one of my all-time favourite flavours. I think it tastes awesome in almost any dish (which is why I add fresh garlic in almost every dish!) If I'm ever stuck for inspiration, I first reach for the garlic. Garlic is an amazing medicinal food. There are so...

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Superfood chocolate bark

When I was little, I loved Cadbury's fruit and nut chocolate. The crunchy nuts, the chewy raisins...I don't eat Cadbury's anymore, but I wanted to recreate that memory and taste. The superfood chocolate bark was born. Toasted almonds and cranberries or rainsins in...

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One pot lamb curry

I get biodynamic lamb from Moorelands lamb (http://www.moorlandslamb.com.au/) – straight from the farmer! It’s inexpensive and there is no in between commission cut for anyone. Both parties benefit. If you ever think that you can’t afford organic, you can! There are...

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Homemade chocolate easter eggs

Easter is around the corner and I can smell a chocolate fest! My girls used Easter as an excuse to get me to make some chocolate. I’ve made eggs before, but never with the white and yellow middle – so I thought, ‘why not’? Thankfully, it turned out well on the first...

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