Steamed Edamame

For one thing we order starters in a restaurant is to give time for dinner to arrive. One of our favorite starters in a Thai restaurant is edamame. Edamame is a Japanese name for young pods of soybean. They can be simmered, boiled, sauteed, microwaved. My family prefers steamed one and it is very refreshing…

Grape treats

Grape treats were served as starters for dinner at a place I go for mediation. Here food is always  vegetarian. Fruits are rich in antioxidants , natural sugars, phytochemicals and prana- (life force) in it. Yogis eat fresh fruits to avoid fatigue and obtain prana. In meditation, we manage life force.  Always choose fresh fruits for…

Tamatillo Chutney

Tomatillos are Mexican husk green tomatoes. Call it salsa if you eat tortillas and chips or call it chutney if you are eating Indian cuisine. Without chutney, yesterday’s dinner wouldn’t have been a zing one. Tomatillos are sour and you won’t need lime or tamarind juice to make your chutney tangy. Sour and hot chilies…

Avial- Eat as salad or soup

In today’s world of special diets and loads of options on the internet, we almost forget to cook basic traditional foods which are  commonly eaten in some regions. Any vegetarian feast is incomplete with out avial especially in southern Indian state of Kerala where it is commonly cooked.  Avial means cooked in water. Commonly used…

The Calmness Diet

The word “stress” has received more prominence than wellness because most of us feel very pressurized by our lifestyle and situations and have not learnt to make peace with ourselves. Although positive thinking is recommended, we talk more about “stress” than what is better in our lives. “Stress” has taken place of any pain coming…

Why Brown Rice?

That was the question my younger daughter asked me which startled me. Her Chinese and Japanese friends bring brown rice for their lunch in the school. I would say the environment  and the people we live with have a lot of influence in bringing  in thoughts and framing our habits. Everyone consumed brown for its…

8 Things to do to beat your food cravings

Urge to eat can be strong  whether its chocolates , ice-creams  or munching chips and bhujia non-stop  when mind is screaming “Now”! We all have gone through this. If you are going through this rigor and want to help yourself,here are few things you can do: First ask a question:  Is it necessary to eat…

Bulgar Upma

Bulgar is a whole wheat grain with 5% of removal of bran. It is parboiled and dried. In India it is called as Daliya. Daliya is mostly eaten as hot cereal by boiling in milk with added sugar. Upma is a usual breakfast recipe in India cooked with semolina. Cooking upma with bulgar has many…

Dietitian style of grocery shopping

What you stock in your pantry at home, you will eat it whether it is healthy or unhealthy. What matters most is the way you eat everyday rather than how you choose to eat once in a while. To keep yourself on track with any diet plan, grocery shopping is the important part of eating….

Be an explorer!

The food in the picture was my saturday brunch last month in a restaurant over looking the gorgeous Pacific Ocean! Being a vegetarian, finding too many great options is not that easy but believing that we can find something  interesting is the begining of exploration.I have never been dissapointed and at times I end up…

Kesar Paneer Payasam

One of my first murals was on a bare mud pot and Krishna was my first one! As if sleepless nights were not enough with a 5 month old daughter at home, I took 9 months to complete this mural which still adores our house in India. Sculpting was my soul food!    Although I…

Granita-What-a-mint

Granita is a traditional Italian dessert made with fruit slush and sugar syrup.  One of my colleague who brought this into my room just lifted my mood up with watermelon-mint granita. I took a break and enjoyed this with full attention. It  tasted exactly like  Chuski- ka- Gola. It was not a gola but scrapped…