All posts tagged: Healthy

Worth Switching to Fortune Rice Bran Oil: Subz Kheema with Paneer & Soya

        An eternal debate for me has been making a conscious and healthy choice with regards to the Cooking Oil I use in my kitchen.For many of us seem baffled with the various alternatives available on the supermarket shelves and in stores. I for one have  been using Sunflower Oil for some time now and have been on the look out for a lighter and a healthier alternative. Having moved to Mumbai just about a year ago, I’d been following many debates on the best medium of Cooking Oil.All though  one may argue and have multiple views on this topic.I’m very conscious of the Oil used for regular cooking in my kitchen as using good Cooking Oil is of prime importance for my family’s well being.That said and coupled with some extensive research made me realise that it was perhaps time to explore using Rice Bran. And just as well,this 5 kg pack of Rice Bran Oil arrived from Fortune Foods last week.     Rice Bran Oil is extracted from the rice …

Pan Seared Wasabi Fish with Pea Puree

Here is another quick dinner idea for you. We all look for easy to put together meals where you would rather spend more time with your family than in the kitchen. I have been cooking fish a lot more these days. This easy recipe for a pan seared fish is great dinner option when time is short and yet one would like to put a nutritious and healthy meal together. I’ve used a fillet of John Dory that I found locally here in Mumbai. However you may substitute it with any other firm white fish if you like. This pairs really well with the pureed peas and the mint Labaneh. I’ve tried to recreate a fusion of Asian flavors with a mild middle eastern twist and it was well appreciated by everyone. The refreshing Mint Labaneh balances off the creamy texture of the Pea Puree really well. I’d like to call this my weeknight wonder as it gets done under Thirty  minutes and tastes great too. For The Fish: Ingredients: 4 Fish Fillets ( John Dory,Cod or Basa) …

Beetroot Hummus

Hummus, the  delightful and quintessential middle eastern dip that works magical as a healthy and delicious snack. A combination of crushed chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste) some lemon juice,garlic and olive oil all blended together to luscious creamy texture. And Voila a delicious dip to serve with grilled meats,crisp pita or even some chopped vegetables. How about jazzing up your favorite Hummus recipe with the goodness of beetroot? I’ve used some beetroot puree into a batch that I made up earlier this week.The beetroot adds a wonderful vibrant hue to the hummus, lends a delicate flavour too and looks absolutely stunning. The best part about this recipe is that it comes together in less than 10 minutes. I have used boiled beetroots that have been pureed but you may like to roast the beets to elevate the flavours, if you like. What You Will Need: Chickpeas (tinned) Tahini Garlic Olive Oil Lemon Juice Salt Yogurt Beetroot Puree Sumac How To Use The Beets: You may use fresh beets that have been boiled, skin removed and pureed. …

Warm Beetroot & Feta Salad on Parmesan Crisps

  Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It’s a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends… Darell Hammond     It’s been over five months having  moved to Mumbai. Time sure flies! Also we are facing the onslaught of a very hot Indian summer,something one had all forgotten about. Well yes we’ve lived in the Middle east for over 15 years,but some how never bore the brunt of it. I guess the luxury  of being in  air-conditioned comforts all the time made a huge difference. I find myself being outdoors a lot more here in Mumbai with either making quick runs to the fabulous fruit and vegetable markets in the neighbourhood, or a stroll on the beach or just walking from point to point.

Quinoa Poha-A twist on Traditions

  Lets face it we all get stuck for healthy breakfast ideas at some point or the other. Now, while I enjoy a light one most often, consisting of fruits, Oats and perhaps an occasional smoothie, I must admit I do like to indulge in a traditional breakfast a couple of times a week. I’ve recreated a twist in the traditional poha breakfast by using some wonderful Quinoa instead. Poha is a wholesome breakfast made in most homes in India.It’s quite easy to make up and most often has a mix of spices like cumin, turmeric and mustard seeds used for flavoring. Along with chopped onions,peas and of course chopped coriander for the garnish. So what is Poha? Poha is  Flattened rice (also called beaten rice) is a unhusked rice which is flattened into flat light dry flakes. These flakes of rice swell when added to liquid, whether hot or cold, as they absorb water, milk or any other liquids. The thicknesses of these flakes vary between almost translucent thin to nearly four times thicker than a normal rice …