Real Food

I believe the heart of the family beats in the kitchen. Food fuels our body and nourishes our soul.

I share here real food made using whole ingredients with big flavour, fresh herbs and health-boosting spices, all influenced by my roots in India and my travels. That’s what you will find here. But I’m also not one to spend hours in the kitchen, as you can tell from my healthy shortcuts and tips in every post. My kitchen is a little complicated — we have a number of food sensitivities in the family — so I tend to make food that is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and tomato-free. Often but not always.

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Oven-Braised, Incredibly Juicy Roasted Turkey Breast

Disclaimer: I am writing this post as part of Canadian Turkey's #TryTurkeyToday campaign. The narrative and recipe as always is mine. Celebrations are more important now than they have ever been! So many of us are marking milestones with fewer people around the dinner table. This dish — roasted turkey breast, made incredibly juicy when simmered in coconut milk and whole spices - is perfect for small gatherings and to bring us joy, even in these difficult times. Festive Cooking in times of COVID Festivals are hard right now. Diwali for starters is looking very different. Normally our family fall...
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Cool Weather Comfort with Masala Chai

In India, Masala Chai is everywhere! Literally everywhere. From the tiny tea shop on the corner to the fancy restaurants in five-star hotels, everyone has Masala Chai on the menu. This warm spicy drink is my go-to comfort beverage (after turmeric milk) and the aroma of spices will uplift your senses too. Culture in a Cup And yet, for something as common as Masala Chai, this drink has a unique flavour - EVERY SINGLE TIME. No one cup ever tastes the same as the next one. Whether it is served at street-side carts or in your friend's living room, every...
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From Branch to Bowl: What you need to know about Apples

Apples are a nutritious, delicious and CRUNCHY fruit. Join me as I take you behind-the-scenes to the apple orchards of Ontario. Here I share with you tips for shopping and cooking with apples, simple steps to make apple sauce and an apple hack that you wouldn't believe. All that you need to know about this everyday, ordinary, FABULOUS fruit, right here! DISCLAIMER: Recently I partnered with Ontario Apple Growers to participate in their Pen Pal programme. These are my honest findings. Childhood in India I grew up in India. As a child, after school, I would often accompany my mom...
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Meal Prep with Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade Tomato Sauce as a meal hack? When I first made it, it almost seemed too easy. "It's just tomato sauce," I thought! Stay with me for a moment here. Simmered with spices like fennel, turmeric and garlic, this sauce is full of flavour and is so good for our health. Prep it on Sundays and I promise, it will rescue weeknight dinner, many times over. I have been making my own tomato sauce for a long time. It started one summer when I bought a bucket of fresh tomatoes, and since then I have never looked back. Of course...
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Squash and Lentil Curry Recipe

For as long as I can remember, Kaddu ki Sabzi {traditional Indian squash curry} has been a staple in our home. This recipe is my version of squash and lentil curry. It is big on flavour, uses pantry staple lentils and makes a delicious and wholesome one-pot meal. Traditionally, Kaddu ki Sabzi is a sweet, sour and totally addictive dry Indian curry made with yellow squash, mustard seeds, onions, sour mango powder (amchoor) and a few other spices. This sabzi {curry} makes a humble meal in villages and cities around northern India. You'll often find it served it with poori...
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What’s the Deal with Seeds?

They say that good things come in small packages. And no ingredient is smaller than the topic of this post - seeds! But don't let their size fool you. These tiny seeds are full of energy and have incredible health benefits. And you don't have to eat a large quantity to take advantage of those benefits. A teaspoon goes a long way...just ask the birds! The Many Health Benefits of Seeds For those of us with nut allergies, navigating packaged food can be difficult because almost everything on the grocery shelf may have come in contact with an allergen. Worse,...
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Super Simple Tahini Dressing

I love quick recipes that use healthy ingredients and work for family dinners in a variety of ways. This simple tahini dressing is just that - easy to make, simple to customize and oh so delicious on just about everything. What is Tahini? Tahini is a paste made with sesame seeds, ground and then stored in its own oil. It's a delicious and great way to incorporate sesame seeds into one's diet. I was introduced to this versatile paste during my years living in Dubai. In Middle Eastern food, tahini is added to various dips like hummus, baba ghanoush and...
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What’s the Deal with Barley?

In India Barley is a widely popular whole grain under its Hindi name Jau but I wasn't familiar with it till years after I moved to the other side of the world to Canada. And even then I wondered, "What's the Deal with Barley?" What is Barley? Well, it's a grass that grows and looks much like wheat. The plants produce a super nutritious whole grain that is full of fibre and protein called barley. This is one of the top five grains in the world and has been around as long as humans have. It's called an ancient grain...
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Seriously Delish Quinoa Salad

Quinoa often has a "health food vibe" that puts many meat and potatoes kind of people off. This recipe though that I call my seriously delish quinoa salad is not only well, delicious, it also elevates this often underappreciated food to one that kids and adults will love. Quinoa is a pantry staple in my home but that wasn't always the case. There was a time when I wasn't sure if my kids would take to it. Heck, who am I kidding? I wasn't sure my hubby and I would like it. Boy, was I wrong. Especially in this variation...
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What’s the Deal with Quinoa

Raise your hand if Quinoa was not in your vocabulary, let alone in your pantry till a few years back. Raise your hand if this still feels like a mystery ingredient, even after you have eaten it multiple times in restaurants. Somehow, it tastes better or more exotic in a restaurant setting. Many of us did not grow up eating quinoa. It is an acquired taste, with some of us still struggling to acquire it, lol! The Benefits of Quinoa Quinoa was typically grown in the Andes region of South America, though now it is cultivated in many parts of...
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Barley Pulao

Barley is an awkward food, right? I never know how to "sell" it to my kids. But once I started cooking with it there has been no turning back. If this whole grain is as new to you as it was for me then start with this pot barley recipe. Barley pilaf (or as I call it barley pulao) is cooked simply and then tossed with spices and veggies. Yum! What does barley taste like? Slightly chewy and grainy. Like a more robust rice which makes sense because rice is a processed version of brown rice. You can find out...
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Simple Tuna Salad

Canned tuna has been a pantry staple for as long as I can remember but in the beginning, it took me a while to get used to this humble ingredient. What did help was how my kids took to it, and this simple tuna salad became one of their favourite lunches. Canned fish comes in many forms. There's tuna, salmon, sardines, even oysters and octopus, all packaged together in an easy to open, long-life container. What’s not to love, right? A few reasons for starters. For one I was unfamiliar with most canned fish. I didn't really know what to...
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