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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Coconut and Cornmeal Pancakes

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When I was young I heard this often from my mom. Today I find I echo my mother in so many ways, and this is just one of them. “Make time for breakfast!” Early mornings in our home are quite rushed though, and it’s a little […]

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Thandai Recipe – Indian Festive Drink & Ice Cream {Using Almond Milk}

Celebrating Indian festivals in Canada takes some adjustment, especially in the case of food. This Thandai recipe is my take on a traditional Indian classic cold drink made kid-friendly and dairy-free, served during festivals that fall around spring and fall. Like everything else, festivals are also big and colourful in India. With at least 4 […]

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My Food Story & Salmon with Masala Onions

“Is this Canadian food, Mama?” My 6 year old asked just as I was packing her lunch this morning. In the tiffin, I had packed whole wheat pita with homemade hummus, snap peas and cucumber, along with a couple of strawberries on the side. While a normal lunch menu in our house today, this box […]

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Flavourful and Easy Coconut Curry

Curry invariably gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling. And even though there are thousands of variations of this one dish across Asia and Africa, it brings the flavour every time. Korma or vindaloo, Thai or Panang, I have yet to try a curry that I did not like. My favourites though are the recipes […]

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Classic Homemade Hummus With A Twist Of Lime

I have an 80:20 rule. If 80% of what my kids eat can be homemade and healthy, then I go easy the remaining time. Looking at this like the math nerd I am, that’s almost 17 meals and 11 snacks per week that need to be wholesome and nutritious. As a result I am always […]

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Mini Lentil Pancakes With Cauliflower {Dal Fritters}

Lentils are the original superfood. They come naturally packed with fibre and protein, are low in fat and have amazing cholesterol lowering properties. With these nutritional qualities coupled with a low carbon footprint, one would think that lentils would be a part of EVERYbody’s daily diet. But somehow that isn’t case. Instead of the recognition […]

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Indian Spinach and Chicken Curry {Saag Chicken}

I’m a fan of delicious, nourishing and FAST meals so much so that I’ve written about them here and here and here. I admit, that’s what most of us need on those fright nights during the week when we’re juggling and hustling. But once every blue moon, especially on cold evenings when I’m missing my […]

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Flu-Fighting Beet and Ginger Soup

I like being in the kitchen but only as long as I am pulling together something easy and delicious that I KNOW THE KIDS WILL EAT! But that’s not how this day started.  That day I was wondering how to feed my kids something wholesome that would also ward off their scratchy colds (and mine!). […]

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Homemade Hostess Gifts

End of the year means holidays and entertaining, and friends and family. With all this going on festive time can get expensive. Last year I started a new tradition – homemade hostess gifts using candied nuts and flavoured sugar. These were so well received by my friends that I decided to make it an annual tradition.   […]

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3 Easy Tips To Jazz Up Your Holiday Baking

Time-saving holiday baking tips? I’m always up for that especially in this frantic festive time at the end of year. While I like to entertain and cook for my friends and family, I am not one to spend hours in the kitchen. I like shortcuts that will save time AND help me in serving delicious […]

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DIY Flavoured Sugar

Homemade DIY Flavoured Sugar? Sounds difficult, doesn’t it? But these delicious, delicate sugars are easy to make, and they make even simple dishes shine. For the seekers of shortcuts (that’s me) you can make these homemade flavoured sugars weeks, sometimes months ahead of time and enjoy a more relaxed festive season. Step 1: Get your ingredients […]

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Easy and Mellow Mulled Wine Recipe

For those of you who follow my writing (thank you!) you know I love Christmas. From the lights to the shiny ornaments, even the late-night gift-wrapping on Christmas Eve doesn’t thwart me.  What I love most of all, though, is yummy festive food. Like this mulled wine recipe – a warm blend of spices, dry […]

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