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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Chapili Kabab (with ground lamb)

Here is a dish which can be a your main protein dish or as a side dish, as you wish. Chapili Kabab is very popular in the northern states and is made with mutton, beef or in some cases even ground chicken.
It's a basic recipe with all spices mixed in and made a patties. You can even use it as your burger patty, with your keto bread and pair it with green chutney and enjoy.
It's a protein dish so, I won't give you the nutritional facts. 
Lamb is a perfect protein filler for your keto or LcHF diet, a spicy dish at that!
All the ingredients what I have used to suit my taste, just adjust everything to your taste.
Add a dollop of sour cream on the side or spiced hung yogurt with grilled veggies for a complete meal.

Ingredients -

1 lb ground lamb
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 eggs beaten
1 medium onion chopped small
1 medium tomato chopped small
3-4 green chillies chopped (optional, to taste)
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cracked coriander seeds
1 tsp chili powder (to taste)
1/2 tsp tumeric
1 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste
Mint leaves chopped
Coriander leaves chopped
Coconut oil or ghee to shallow fry

Method -

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Shape as small cutlets or flat rounds and shallow fry in coconut oil or ghee.
Serve hot with chutney as an appetizer or as a side dish to your meal.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Cod and zoodles with Pesto

Pesto is an easy accompaniment, to have in the fridge, to be a life savoir when you have no options to think or less energy to make anything grand. For me it's the easiest thing to just grab and make, and not to think twice.
Pesto mainly is made of 5 ingredients, basil, garlic, pine nuts, cheese and olive oil. You can add more or different ingredients and make Walnut pesto, tomato pesto, pistachio pesto, spinach pesto, and so on....
I like regular plain pesto and when I cannot make it on my own, the Costco brand, is my go to. Whenever I can find tomato pesto, I have to always keep that too. By the way, the Costco tomato pesto has almonds, so totally low carb friendly, keto friendly. Pesto itself is low carb or keto friendly of mademof right ingredients.
So here is a dish I make atleast once a week. Zoodles I make more than once, and fish I make 2-3 times a week, but a dish like this, I make once or when I think I don't have much time. 
After I started my diet or low carb eating, I always keep individually frozen measured fish fillets at home. I am lucky that my grocery store does that for me, but surely you can do that yourself and save yourself time on weekdays. There won't be a meal prep and you can cook fresh food whenever you want to. A tip to heathy eatingšŸ˜. I sometimes portion out even cut up chicken breast or even ground chicken and freeze so that, I just grab a bag and cook when needed.
Zucchini, also known as courgette is one of the best veggie you can have with the lowest calories and carbs possible. It tastes good, stuffed, baked, as fries, as zoodles and whatever you make with it! It's full of healthy nutrients, has good amount of Potassium and a tiny amount of protein. 

Zoodles - I have a spiralizer to make zoodles, you can also use mandolin or even regular peeler to make strips if not noodle shaped. 
I like to cook my zucchini till it dries out otherwise I feel it's mushy and watery.

Ingredients -

Cod 4oz fillet 
Zucchini 1-2, made into zoodles
1 tbsp basil pesto
1 tbsp tomato pesto (optional, if not using this then you can increase the amount of basil pesto)
Pinch of salt
Red chili flakes (optional)
Chopped garlic (optional)
Chopped 1 tbsp onion (optional)
2 tbsp butter
Fresh basil or a pinch of dried basil

Method of preparation - 

Heat 1 tbsp butter and cook the fish, lightly salted on both sides. Once done cooking, smear pesto on both sides and let it cool for 30secs on each side. Remove from heat and save.
Heat pan with 1 tbsp butter and add chopped garlic (and onion).
Add the zoodles and a pinch of salt and let it cool down a little.
Add the basil pesto and tomato pesto and mix well.
Add red pepper flakes and fresh or dry basil (or even Italian seasoning).
Let the zoodles cook down so that there is no water left. Zoodles will still be intact and have slight crunch.
Remove into a dish, top with more fresh basil and your cooked fish.
Enjoy as full meal on busy week days.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Spicy Coconut powder / Kobari podi / Kobari Karam (Low Carb, Keto friendly)

Hello all,
Been a long time I posted here. I was checking when I posted last and it was back in 2013. Wow! 5 years have gone by so fast. Anyways, a lot a happened in these 5 years majorly this year. I have changed my "way of eating" to low carb and keto. I mainly follow keto with intermittent fasting most of the days of the week. I have seen a lot of change in myself, but that would be a story for some other day! 
Since I am Indian and cannot stay away from Indian foods, what better than making it Indian keto! Yes I eat Indian most of the days and like to experiment with other cuisines as well.
So here we go! Starting my "back to blogging" with an easy low carb, keto friendly recipe called Coconut powder or kobari podi, without the addition of any dal, lentils or pappulu. But this is the way I always make it, my mom made it and this is the way I like it! So this recipe is not new to me but the realization that it's keto friendly has dawned on after I started the diet!

Coconut oil or dried coconut in some quantities can and should be added to our daily diet. Coconut has many nutritional benefits like Manganese, dietary fiber, copper( for production of blood cells, and selenium in major quantities.
Below are the nuritional facts for dried coconut. It has 6.3g Net carbs for 10g but remember we don't eat the whole 10g or and it has other ingredients added, which makes the Net carbs even lower. Remember when on a diet or trying to eat healthy, it's about what you eat and how much you eat.

So back to the recipe.

Ingredients -

1 1/2 cup dry dessicated coconut (unsweetened)
6-8 garlic pods (the more you add, the more garlicky it's going to be)
1 tbsp jeera or cumin seeds
20-25 dry red chili (the more you add, the more spicy it is, I like it spicy! If you want to tone it down or kick it up a notch, add how much you want)
Salt to taste

Method of preparation -

Dry roast jeera and red chili till they are aromatic.
Once it is cool, grind garlic, jeera and red chili. Then add the dry coconut and grind till everything is well ground and incorporated. 
Enjoy with any food with a dollop of ghee. It can also be enjoyed with hot rice. It also can be topped on any stir fries to give a spicy coconutty flavor. 
So this recipe is an all-rounder, keto or low carb or regular food, enjoy as you wish!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Quinoa and Rice in a quick Chinese fried rice / Quinoa with lots of Veggies

Again the days have come and gone, more like months have come and gone...and the year is quickly passing by. Though we are still not totally out of the clutches of winter in some parts, in other parts spring has already been showing its beauty. I continue to clicks lots of pictures of flowers as I so fascinated by all the different types of flowers nature has in store! I hope everyone out there is getting to enjoy a bit of the new spring and taking full advantage of it by planting new plants. I haven't started to plant here as yet but I sure to plan on getting on that job soon. Other than that life has been normal as always. Kids and their activities takes up most of the time and I find so less time to myself. The very less time I get, I just feel like relaxing...that's the reason I started spending so less time on the blog. I keep telling myself that I should do more...but...that just keeps hanging. :)
Well no worries, that's how life is I guess and I should just keep going on with it!

The reason I make this dish very so often is to finish any leftover rice. But then there are times when I make it to have as a side dish. Though noodles are kids favorite, I think my favorite has always been the fried rice. While trying to make it healthier whenever I feel like eating it, I started making it with quinoa. But then there come days when there is some left over rice and some left over quinoa. That's when I decide to combine both of them to make  this fried rice. 
Since rice and quinoa blend together very nicely, you cannot really tell which is which. :) That helps with kids!
This dish can be made completely with quinoa or completely with rice. I just like to add lots of vegetables and egg to make it more nutritious. You can add some cooked chicken or shrimp to make it more exotic too :).  Or omit the egg to make a wholesome vegetarian dish. Add some lima beans and sprouts to make even more delicious. Well these are just a few ways in which you can adapt this dish. Its more like a pantry dish where you can put what ever is there in your pantry to make it your type of dish.


1 cup quinoa (cooked and cooled)
1/2 cup rice (leftover rice or cooked and cooled)

3 garlic cloves, chopped small
2 green chilies, chopped small
1/4 cup chopped carrots
1/4 cup peas
1/4 cup chopped beans
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper (you can use a mix of colored pepper if you wish)
1/2 cup of broccoli florets
1/2 onion, chopped
2 eggs, scrambled with pinch of salt and pepper

pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tbsp oil (can be substituted with sesame oil)
salt to taste
1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
Chopped scallions for garnish


Heat the oil in a wok or pan to medium hight heat.
Add the chopped garlic and green chili and sautƩ for 10 seconds. Add the onions and saute for another 10-20 seconds.
Add the carrots, peas, bell pepper and beans and cook for a minute or two with a sprinkle of salt.
Add the broccoli florets, with a pinch of salt and saute for another 15 seconds.
Add the cooled rice and quinoa, along with the scrambled egg. Saute on high heat to mix well. Add the soy sauce and mix well again.
Garnish with chopped scallions or green onions.
Serve hot. Enjoy!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Avacado Coconut chutney

I just can't believe how fast the days go by when you don't notice...that's what I think! And so slow goes a 'day' when you keep thinking when will the day end!
Well that's how slow a day goes when you are home caring for a sick child at home. My little one was sick..not really really sick...he has been coughing his lungs off for the past 2 he was home coughing, and not eating much. You try your best to get food and fluids into him...but you know how they win over us!
Well he is much better today, so I sent him to school. His main concern (for being a kindergartner) is that he has to 'write'. Yes he has no problem to go to school but all his problem starts when he has to 'write'. Well I did prepare him a little bit, I hope it helps and he will write better today and enjoy his school day with much less coughing!

I am sure everyone make salsa and guacamole at home. Here I just added some Indian ingredients and made it into a chutney which can be eaten with a regular Indian breakfast like idlis and dosas. Actually I have tried it with rice and a bit of ghee and it tastes just as good.
So you all know how good avocado is for you right. That added with some coconut makes it not only healthy but also flavorful too. 


1 Avocado
1/2 cup grated coconut (fresh or frozen)
2-3 garlic cloves
3-4 green chilies (or less)
1/2 tbsp to 1 tbsp lemon juice
salt to taste

For tempering:

1/4 tsp urad dal / minapa pappu
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp jeera or cumin seeds
1 dry red chili
few curry leaves
1 tbsp coconut oil (you can use extra virgin olive oil or any other oil you prefer)


Grind the first 6 ingredients into a smooth or a not so smooth (if you like it chunky) textured paste.

Heat the oil in a small pan. Add the mustard seeds, cumin and urad dal. Let this start to splutter before adding red chili and curry leaves. This is splutter almost immediately (after adding the curry leaves), remove and add to the chutney.

Serve as a dip or with idlis, Dosas or rice. Tastes good either way with all the healthy and yummy ingredients in one dish! Or if you like slather some on some toasted bread and savor it! :)


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Garlic Mini twisted rolls with Pillsbury Biscuit dough - Semi HomeMade!

 Though I love to bake and eat sweets, I am not completely and sweet person. If I get a chance, I would probably go for spicy dishes first, then to the sweet. But I am won't omit sugar completely! :)

I love sugar, tho I can't eat it now a tempts me so! I try to keep myself away from it basically for health reasons. Especially this season, when we look for comfort food and when we are surrounded by chocolates. I do love me some sugar! But ya, for us who are trying to go healthy and all....I keep it to the minimum. This has been a trial using Pillsbury Biscuit dough, but I would surely try to go for whole wheat if possible. To eliminate the use of any extra butter, I used coconut oil. Now a days this ingredients has been given rave reviews as one of the healthiest ingredient around. I am going to try to incorporate it into regular dishes too, other than only baking, which I have been doing till now!

So with Valentine's day around the corner, and with so many 'sweets' around, I thought how about going for something spicy instead. Something easy, garlicky and spicy too. These Mini Garlic Twisted rolls are made of Pillsbury biscuit dough which comes in a cardboard can. Isn't that easy. All you need is this dough, chopped garlic, chopped coriander and few other stuff which may already be in your pantry. I like to have this as a side dish with a salad or soup. It takes under 20 minutes from start to finish. Just a simple way to whats already available and making use of it!

Time: Less than 20 minutes 
Makes 10 rolls


2 rolls of Pillsbury biscuits dough

10 cloves of garlic, chopped tiny
small bunch of coriander leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red chili flakes (optional) (can use chopped green chili instead)
dry Italian seasoning (optional)
1/2 tbsp coconut oil (can use olive oil instead)


Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F.

Lightly grease a baking sheet and keep aside.
Melt the coconut oil and keep aside.

Open a can of Pillsbury biscuits dough.
Lightly flour your surface and attach to dough pieces. Roll them out to make it long or oblong.

Brush on some melted coconut oil. Put some garlic, coriander and red chili flakes on the dough.
Now roll the dough into a log.
Cut in the center of the log to make two sides for twisting.
Twist both the pieces and make a circle out of it.

Brush again lightly coconut oil of the top. Sprinkle garlic powder and Italian seasoning on the top.
Lay them on the baking sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes.

Serve them hot just plain or with some chutney!
Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!!!

The first one is plain for my little kiddo, second and third are experiments - with 3 rolls and with 1 roll.
I think using one roll makes it too small and using three makes it too big. Two rolls were a perfect size, but surely you can do what you like.

I just went crazy on the pictures - Sorry for that! But this is my first time trying to edit using my Mac and I am kinda lost. I am still learning and I hope to learn soon! It really get frustrating when you try to switch from one operating system to the other.

Coming to my Handiwork -  I made these cute Valentine's Day bookmarks for my kid's classes.
They are made using Paint chips on one side and scarpbook paper on the other. Small hearts punched out on the side and tied up with a ribbon. Arn't they cute!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Gongura Mutton / Sorrel leaves with Lamb or Goat

This post has been sitting in my drafts for a long time...well to say actually lots of recipes are sitting in my drafts for a long time and the corresponding pictures in my pictures folder - resting! They both are not able to get together at all! I am sure the drafts are longing for the pictures and the pictures are longing for their drafts. Hopefully I will be able to bring both of them together soon! :)

Can't believe its 1st of Feb already and maybe that's the reason for all the lovey dovey mushiness going on! Its in the atmosphere, the commercially made atmosphere that is!!!
Well I don't mind it though! Atleast people get one day or one month, which ever the case maybe to declare their undying love or care for their better half or their future better half! I think its a good idea - we may not have time in our every day life and so Valentine's day reminds us to tell that some special person that 'We love them and we care for them'. I hope everyone will 'make use' of this day to it extreme! :) We shall talk about that later!

Gongura being a very popular for us Andhaites and I am sure many of you have heard about the numerous preparations with it. Here is one more popular dish called Gongura mutton. This can be made with lamb or goat, which ever you like or which ever is available at the time! A big bunch of sorrel leaves and some simple spices make this dish very delicious and yummy!
Though it takes a little long time to cook, the meat cooks, becomes tender and delectable! All the spices marinate with the meat and make a good gravy which can be eaten with rice or with rotis.


1 lb mutton (bite sized pieces)
1 big bunch of gongura leaves (about 1/2 lb of leaves only)

2 tbsp oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
2 tbsp gasalu kobari paste, poppy seeds (gus gus) and coconut paste ( 1 1/2 tbsp coconut powder and 1/2 tbsp gus gus , made into paste with some water) (This is optional)
2-3 tsp of chilli powder (you may add more if you want it more spicy....I used plenty more)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
chopped coriander leaves
salt to taste


Chop the gongura leaves, add them to a empty pot, add about 1/4 cup of water, cover it and put it on medium heat. When they are half way cooked through, add some salt and chilli powder. Let it cook fully through, which means, it becomes completely soft and mushy. Use the back of the spoon or spatula to mash it up even more. If you like it totally smooth, just process it using a hand blender or food processor. When cooked it will be about 1 cup of cooked gongura leaves.

In another pot, add the oil and saute the onions until they are translucent.
Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for another minute.
Add the chopped mutton and some salt. Let this cook for about 6-7 minutes. Add the tomato and keep cooking for another 5 minutes.
Now add the gasalu kobari paste, turmeric, chilli powder and keep cooking for another 15-20 minutes, until its cooked through. If they isn't enough water in the mutton, add some.
When the mutton is cooked through, add the mushy gongura leaves, some extra water, garam masala and coriander leaves. Let this cook for another 10 minutes, until the curry thickens to required consistency.
Serve it along side hot steamy rice or some hot rotis.
If you like the sour taste of gongura leaves and like a spicy gravy, I am sure you will like this.