Pranic food

While I was setting up produce in the refrigerator after my grocery shopping, I realized there were some vegetables still lying unused. Raw plantains were already getting ripened and bitter gourd had waited there a bit longer than I expected. I not only like bitter gourd, but like to keep the gut clean in a…

Is health important to you?

Recently heard a posdcast which said that procrastination is a habit very difficult to break. While all of us do many things on time, we usually procrastinate things which we think can wait. Next time when you observe an unfinished work ( repeatedly the same one) , just realize that it was not important to…

Plant Powered Tuesdays

Monday or Sunday its  meatless at our home.  Indian menus typically consists of plant based protein other than tofu. Many of my friends think Indian cooking is very yum but can take time. Los Angeles being a home to many immigrants is packed with various ethnic stores.  I get fresh sprouted legumes from east Asian…

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….