VeggieChutney April 18

Veggie Chutney

Quick, easy, and versatile, it’s Udupi style vegetable and coconut chutney! A great side with rice or roti, idli or dosa, use your favourite vegetable in this recipe. I’ve made this chutney with ridge gourd (which by the way is the same vegetable that when dried makes a sponge like thing called luffa or loofah.. […]

AppleCinnamonMuffin March 21

Apple Cinnamon Wholewheat Muffins

Do you want your kitchen and house to smell cinnamon-y and inviting? Do you want to feed your inner muffin monster? Do you want to bake your way to a yummy weekend? That’s three solid reasons to make these easy Apple Cinnamon Wholewheat Muffins! I’m partial to muffins (over cakes and cookies) because they are […]

DSC_0013 March 19

The evolution of Lauki Lentil “Soup”

Do you have a recipe in your arsenal that has slowly evolved every time you’ve made it and become something quite different from the dish that you started out with? This bottle gourd (lauki) and mung bean (lentil) recipe holds the record for the most evolved recipe in my repertoire. The recipe that I have […]

BeansPalya March 07

Beans Palya feat. Carrot

Another easy, tasty side dish, made in the same way as Cabbage Palya, this is beans and carrot palya. There are two secrets to a winning palya made out of beans. First, use good quality haricot beans (also called French beans) instead of the normal lighter green, more woody generic beans. Second, chop the beans […]

HardWorkWeb February 25

To Continue or Not to Continue: An Honest Post

Often, I’m caught between blogging only when I think it may be useful to others and blogging to share my thoughts and vent, just for my own selfish reasons. The reason you have not seen any exclusively ‘personal’ posts from me so far is that the usefulness requirement wins every time. The usefulness could be […]

CabbageParatha February 19

Try it ! Shruti’s Cabbage Paratha

It’s been a while since I shared a Try it! post, hasn’t it? I’m going to try to get back into the habit from now on. I picked an easy but tasty one to start with – Cabbage Paratha, one of the many, many recipes from Cooking with SJ. I like the idea of paratha’s […]

CabbagePalya February 12

Crunchy Punchy Cabbage Palya

A common Kannadiga side dish, Cabbage Palya is a quick, and easy recipe. In this version, I’ve upped the crunch factor because, let’s face it, crunchy cabbage is way cooler than cooked cabbage! I’ve also slightly increased the oomph quotient by adding a little more mustard seeds and a little less coconut to the ground […]

BroccoliCarrot February 04

Broccoli & Carrot Subzi

Eat by colour and keep it simple: that’s all you need to know to make this easy side dish. This Broccoli & Carrot Subzi focus on the tastes of the two vegetables themselves with only a little help from the spices. I’ve decided to start with the basics this year and understand how flavours build from […]

DSC_0016 December 20

Gado Gado

Healthy, delicious, crunchy salad. Sticky, tangy, spicy sauce. Easy recipe! Gado Gado is an Indonesian salad made with steamed and raw veggies, topped with a creamy peanut sauce. . . I made this Gado Gado salad for the Keli Paan Cooking Contest, which is hosted on Facebook by Anitha from Keli Paan. It is a Cook-Click-Win contest where […]

ChristmasAwards4Web December 19

Passing on Awards

In this round of passing on the love, I give you 32 nominees. That’s right! 32! So if you’re looking for new foodie blogs to check out, I’m pretty sure you’ll find some worthy candidates right here! . Dragon’s Loyalty Award . Thank you Abby, from Welcome to Abby’s Kitchen for nominating me for this […]

DSC_0011 December 08

Thank you Pavithra + Plans for 2014

Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting Pavithra, (from Eat, Live, Burp) when she came to Bangalore as part of her holiday travels in India. Pavithra is the first blogger I have met in-person, and frankly the 90-odd minutes we spent chatting away at the Food Court in Mantri Mall seemed too short! I’ve been following […]

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Vegan Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Pudding)

My light yet flavourful, Vegan Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot pudding) is making itself comfortable over at Pavithra’s blog, Eat Live Burp. Please hop over to this link on her blog for the illustrated recipe. You need only 5 ingredients for this healthy version!    

DFFWLogoWeb December 03

Recipes from Diabetic-Friendly Food Week

Heartfelt thanks to all who participated in my Diabetic-Friendly Food Week by sending in their tasty diabetic-friendly recipes! You guys are awesome!  . November 22 – 30, 2013  As part of Diabetes Awareness Month it was your turn to share a diabetic-friendly recipe (or more!) with everyone else and spread the joy of healthy, tasty food! . […]

DSC_0049-001 November 27

Mom’s Peppery Stew

Yes, another one of Mom’s! I can’t help it, they’re good and worth sharing! This simple, aromatic, warming, creamy stew is quick, nutritious, and filling. It’s great with brown rice, but can also be had with some wholegrain bread, dosas or appam, or even on it’s own when you’re feeling like having a light meal. Combine […]

DSC_0044 November 26

Flax and Sesame Spice Powder

This super seed, super powder is actually Mom’s invention but she keeps saying you can add anything you like to it, so I’m going to claim it as my own for the blog! :D This recipe is based on the idea of a Chutney Pudi/Podi that is generally eaten along with Idlis or Dosas. Once […]

DSC_0016 November 25

Mom’s Bisi Bele Bhath

Bisi Bele Bhath, which is literally Hot Dal Rice in Kannada, is a complete meal with dal (protein), rice (carbs), vegetables (nutrients), and a fragrant, layered, spice mix that brings it all together for a tasty, filling, nutritious meal. I have to admit, till very recently I used the store-bought spice mix for this dish […]

DiabeticGuestsWeb November 22

Cooking for Diabetic Guests

OK, you know the theory behind the diabetic diet and eating healthy. So, what do you do when you have a diabetic guest coming over? Here are some quick and easy tips for Cooking for Diabetic Guests! . What to Cook? Make at least one dish with vegetables. It could be the main dish, a […]

EatHealthyPotWeb November 20

Diabetic Diet – Demystified

We’re going to demystify the diabetic diet. So, we’ll be looking at eating healthy in general because, guess what, the diabetic diet is suitable for everyone in the family (unless you have other health or dietary problems). Let’s start with a really stupid question, why do we eat? We eat for nourishment and energy. Sometimes […]

WordlDiabDayChallengeWeb November 14

World Diabetes Day Challenge!

. It’s World Diabetes Day! And here’s a challenge for you today! The Challenge Survive 24 hours without eating anything sweet!  For one day, avoid the following sweet things! Sugar, honey, agave, maple syrup, rice syrup, coconut palm sugar etc Dried fruits (dates, figs, raisins, apricots etc) High sugar fruits (banana, mango, grapes etc) Fruit juice, […]

MoveItWeb November 11

Diabetes: Minimise Your Risk!

  Before we look at how to minimise your risk to Type 2 Diabetes, let’s understand what factors are likely to put you at risk in the first place. Risk Factors Family history Lack of exercise Unhealthy Eating Obesity This means that if your parents or grandparents are diabetic (Type 2), then you are risk, […]

MythRealityWeb November 05

Diabetes: Busting the Myths

. It’s time to look at some of the common misconceptions that people have about diabetes. And then, bust those myths! ____________________________________________________________ Diabetics do not suffer any serious consequences of having high blood sugar levels. . Reality: High blood sugar levels could lead to serious health problems affecting the heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and feet. […]

WarningSignsWeb November 03

Diabetes: Warning Signs

Everyone, I need your help with this! It’s time to spread awareness of the four warning signs that could mean that a person has diabetes. And here they are: Easy to remember, right? While both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics may show the above four symptoms, people with Type 2 diabetes could also experience […]

GlucoseToCellWeb November 01

Diabetes: What is it?

To understand what diabetes is, let us take a quick detour… How do the cells in our body get energy? Our body breaks down the carbohydrate component in our food into glucose. This glucose is sent through the blood stream to the various cells in the body to be burned for use as energy. It’s […]

BlueCircle1Web October 31

Diabetes Awareness Month

Dear readers, This November, Sugarfree Sweetheart will be joining in the worldwide efforts to raise awareness about Diabetes. I urge everyone to participate with your questions, comments, shares, and of course, your contributions for Diabetic-Friendly Food Week, scheduled for the fourth week of November! Hey, did you know? The 14th of November is celebrated as […]

CheckpointWeb October 28

Dessert Entry Permits !

Whether you are a diabetic, or watching your weight, or just concerned about the quantities of sugar or processed flour you consume, you can use the Dessert Entry Permit concept to help you decide when to indulge. Desserts: All of them clamour to be let in. All of them will parade past you at different points […]

OkraPalyaPic October 24

Mom’s Okra Palya

This Okra Palya is so easy, quick, and tasty, that you’ll want to buy okra every time you see it to whip up this dish! If you like roasted okra you’ll love this dish. But, even if you haven’t developed a taste for okra so far, this recipe may just change your mind! So, give […]

versatile-blogger-award October 17

More Gratitude

Another set of name banners are here! It’s time to appreciate fellow bloggers and share the love with Award Nominations! WordPress Family Award Thank you Sophia from Silk and Spice and Moreissuesthantimemagazine for nominating me for this award. Having friends who are like family makes blogging an enjoyable experience and encourages me to keep going, […]

VeggieBurgerWeb October 07

Veggie Burger Formula !

When you just must have that burger, make a high-protein, vegetarian, burger patty and enjoy it sandwiched in a wholegrain bun! Usually, vegetarian burgers (at least in India) are a diabetic’s nightmare. They tend to be potato based patties served in refined flour buns. Too much simple carbs! So what’s the healthier, tastier alternative? Veggie […]

PumpkinMuffinPicWeb October 02

Pumpkin Wholewheat Muffins

Pumpkin again! These pumpkin wholewheat muffins are great for making in advance because unlike the Pumpkin Pie in the previous post, these muffins taste pretty great straight out of the refrigerator, even the next day! Pumpkin puree is a great addition to wholewheat muffins, making them lighter, tastier, and more nutritious (Vitamins A and C). And […]

PumpkinPiePicWeb October 01

Pumpkin Pie

When the organic vegetable store we shop at began stocking butternut squash (a.k.a butternut pumpkins), I was drawn to its unusual shape and the possibilities of pumpkin desserts. At home, I was thrilled to find mildly orange inside! After a lot of pie recipe browsing, I decided to make this as-healthy-as-possible pumpkin pie. This pie […]


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