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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 eating😝. 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!