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28 February, 2014

paavakkai pitlai- bitter gourd curry in tamarind/lentil gravy

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If there is one vegetable that I have hated to eat in childhood, it is the bitter gourd or pavakkai. But it is supposed to have great nutritional benefits. One has to learn to cook it in the proper way with enough spices to mask the bitterness and make it enjoyable. Here’s a recipe for
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29 January, 2014

Vaazhaipoo adai (Plantain flower pancakes)

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A southern Indian delicacy I have relished in childhood and always crave for. Whenever I find fresh plantain flower in the Indian store, I jump for joy. This is my mom’s recipe for a filling pancake packed with protein from lentils and all the benefits of the plantain flower. The layers of a plantain flower
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27 January, 2014

tomato and bell pepper brown rice

tomato and bell pepper brown rice
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Tomato rice is a popular Indian dish, easy to make and a great lunch box treat. Very few veggies go with the tomato as well as bell pepper does. Here I present a sattvik brown rice version (sans onion and garlic). Brown rice is a staple in my house but guests have often not realized
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23 November, 2013

slow-cooked sprouted bean chili

slow-cooked sprouted bean chili
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Here is a recipe for a simple vegetarian chili using sprouted great northern beans that were slow cooked one day before the chili was made. Sprouting reduces the cooking time and adds nutrients and soluble fiber to the beans. Although I could have used conventional cooking for this, I preferred slow cooking since it makes
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12 November, 2013

brown rice for everyday meals- update

Comments : 8 Posted in : Main course, Tips to make daily food healthy on by : apsara
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There have been 2 concerns about using brown rice on a daily basis. 1) One is that recent studies have shown arsenic content  (in the inorganic form) is inherently high in rice grains and it is found in the outer bran. So maybe we are taking in too much arsenic if we consume whole rice
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31 October, 2013

Herbilicious Pasta

Herbilicious Pasta
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This is a pasta recipe using my favorite herbs- mint and coriander. The homemade pasta sauce is wholesome and delicious. This recipe is suitable for vegans since it tastes good without cheese. The addition of nuts adds a great texture. Ingredients: whole wheat penne/rotini pasta- 1 cup fresh mint leaves-   1 bunch fresh coriander
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20 October, 2013

Brown Rice for Everyday Meals

Brown Rice for Everyday Meals
Comments : 28 Posted in : Main course, Tips to make daily food healthy on by : apsara
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  Switching from white rice to whole rice or brown rice is one of the most fundamental changes that can be made in a diet that is rice-based. Brown rice contains both the bran and germ in addition to the endosperm part of the grain. It is more nutritious than white rice. Since it is
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