Tag Archives: diabetic-friendly

June 10

Millet Mung Pudding + Writing Process Blog Tour

Let’s start with an easy, vegan, gluten-free recipe and then I’ll share my writing process with you. The base of this Millet Mung ‘pudding’ is really simple to make. And, once the base it done you can dress it up in whatever creative ‘dessert-y’ way you like – nuts, chocolate sauce, berries – think of it […]

May 28

Dosakaya Pappu (Yellow Cucumber Dal)

Some dishes like this Yellow Cucumber Dal are both comforting and flavourful. Dosakaya (in Telugu) or Sauthekai (in Kannada) is an interesting vegetable. Its outer skin is almost a work of modern art – or so I think! The inside of this vegetable is crunchy and opaque, when raw, but becomes soft and translucent when cooked, […]

May 21

Tofu Sesame Stir Fry + Exciting Stuff!

If you have crunchy vegetables and tofu at hand, you can whip up this stir fry and team it up with wholewheat (or other wholegrain) noodles for a speedy, steaming, satisfying evening meal. You’ll have vegetables, protein, and carbs, all covered in this one-pot meal and the roasted sesame seeds garnish will provide lovely texture […]

April 18

Veggie Chutney

Quick, easy, and versatile, it’s Udupi style vegetable and coconut chutney! A great side with rice or roti, idli or dosa, use your favourite vegetable in this recipe. I’ve made this chutney with ridge gourd (which by the way is the same vegetable that when dried makes a sponge like thing called luffa or loofah.. […]

March 19

The evolution of Lauki Lentil “Soup”

Do you have a recipe in your arsenal that has slowly evolved every time you’ve made it and become something quite different from the dish that you started out with? This bottle gourd (lauki) and mung bean (lentil) recipe holds the record for the most evolved recipe in my repertoire. The recipe that I have […]

March 07

Beans Palya feat. Carrot

Another easy, tasty side dish, made in the same way as Cabbage Palya, this is beans and carrot palya. There are two secrets to a winning palya made out of beans. First, use good quality haricot beans (also called French beans) instead of the normal lighter green, more woody generic beans. Second, chop the beans […]

February 12

Crunchy Punchy Cabbage Palya

A common Kannadiga side dish, Cabbage Palya is a quick, and easy recipe. In this version, I’ve upped the crunch factor because, let’s face it, crunchy cabbage is way cooler than cooked cabbage! I’ve also slightly increased the oomph quotient by adding a little more mustard seeds and a little less coconut to the ground […]

February 04

Broccoli & Carrot Subzi

Eat by colour and keep it simple: that’s all you need to know to make this easy side dish. This Broccoli & Carrot Subzi focus on the tastes of the two vegetables themselves with only a little help from the spices. I’ve decided to start with the basics this year and understand how flavours build from […]

December 20

Gado Gado

Healthy, delicious, crunchy salad. Sticky, tangy, spicy sauce. Easy recipe! Gado Gado is an Indonesian salad made with steamed and raw veggies, topped with a creamy peanut sauce. . . I made this Gado Gado salad for the Keli Paan Cooking Contest, which is hosted on Facebook by Anitha from Keli Paan. It is a Cook-Click-Win contest where […]

December 03

Recipes from Diabetic-Friendly Food Week

Heartfelt thanks to all who participated in my Diabetic-Friendly Food Week by sending in their tasty diabetic-friendly recipes! You guys are awesome!  . November 22 – 30, 2013  As part of Diabetes Awareness Month it was your turn to share a diabetic-friendly recipe (or more!) with everyone else and spread the joy of healthy, tasty food! . […]

November 26

Flax and Sesame Spice Powder

This super seed, super powder is actually Mom’s invention but she keeps saying you can add anything you like to it, so I’m going to claim it as my own for the blog! 😀 This recipe is based on the idea of a Chutney Pudi/Podi that is generally eaten along with Idlis or Dosas. Once […]

November 22

Cooking for Diabetic Guests

OK, you know the theory behind the diabetic diet and eating healthy. So, what do you do when you have a diabetic guest coming over? Here are some quick and easy tips for Cooking for Diabetic Guests! . What to Cook? Make at least one dish with vegetables. It could be the main dish, a […]

November 20

Diabetic Diet – Demystified

We’re going to demystify the diabetic diet. So, we’ll be looking at eating healthy in general because, guess what, the diabetic diet is suitable for everyone in the family (unless you have other health or dietary problems). Let’s start with a really stupid question, why do we eat? We eat for nourishment and energy. Sometimes […]

November 05

Diabetes: Busting the Myths

. It’s time to look at some of the common misconceptions that people have about diabetes. And then, bust those myths! ____________________________________________________________ Diabetics do not suffer any serious consequences of having high blood sugar levels. . Reality: High blood sugar levels could lead to serious health problems affecting the heart, eyes, kidneys, nerves, and feet. […]

October 24

Mom’s Okra Palya

This Okra Palya is so easy, quick, and tasty, that you’ll want to buy okra every time you see it to whip up this dish! If you like roasted okra you’ll love this dish. But, even if you haven’t developed a taste for okra so far, this recipe may just change your mind! So, give […]

October 07

Veggie Burger Formula !

When you just must have that burger, make a high-protein, vegetarian, burger patty and enjoy it sandwiched in a wholegrain bun! Usually, vegetarian burgers (at least in India) are a diabetic’s nightmare. They tend to be potato based patties served in refined flour buns. Too much simple carbs! So what’s the healthier, tastier alternative? Veggie […]

October 02

Pumpkin Wholewheat Muffins

Pumpkin again! These pumpkin wholewheat muffins are great for making in advance because unlike the Pumpkin Pie in the previous post, these muffins taste pretty great straight out of the refrigerator, even the next day! Pumpkin puree is a great addition to wholewheat muffins, making them lighter, tastier, and more nutritious (Vitamins A and C). And […]

October 01

Pumpkin Pie

When the organic vegetable store we shop at began stocking butternut squash (a.k.a butternut pumpkins), I was drawn to its unusual shape and the possibilities of pumpkin desserts. At home, I was thrilled to find mildly orange inside! After a lot of pie recipe browsing, I decided to make this as-healthy-as-possible pumpkin pie. This pie […]

September 27

Dalia Upma

Quick and easy to make, filling and nutritious to eat, it’s…. Dalia Upma!  “Dalia” refers to broken or cracked grain, and wheat dalia is the most readily available type. “Upma” is a south Indian staple breakfast dish that is often made with semolina (finely ground grain, again usually wheat). Wheat dalia is easy to cook […]

September 18

Brown Rice and Pearl Millet (Bajra) Dippers

Looking for something crunchy, substantial, and better than breadsticks to dip into your hummus, guacamole, or tzatziki? Here’s the answer. Well, one of the answers! Whole grain dippers! Somehow carrots and cucumbers never satisfy me when I’m peckish and looking for things to dip into other things. So I set about making some dippers. The […]

September 05

Mom’s Tofu Paalak

When tofu came along with it’s low-fat, high-protein goodness, Mom replaced the Paneer in her Paalak Paneer recipe with extra firm tofu and the revamped dish continued as a family favourite. The way Mom patiently and uniformly browns the tofu makes her dish to die for! It’s time to share with you Mom’s Tofu Paalak […]

August 30

Chocolate Mini Muffins

Here’s a little treat for those afternoon snack attacks! These mini muffins taste of chocolate but also have a lot of hidden goodness in the form of ragi flour (finger millet flour), whole wheat flour, ground almonds, and ground flax seeds! This recipe is suitable for diabetics, weight watchers, and mini muffin maniacs! As always, […]

August 23

Comfort Food: Pongal

No vegetables in your fridge? Not much time on your hands? No sunshine outside? Just plain ol’ hungry? Make this easy, satisfying, healthy Pongal. Thank you Poppy, over at Poppy’s Patisserie, for your Creamy Potato Alfredo Pasta recipe which made me think of healthy, tasty, comfort food ideas. South Indians and rice are often inseparable, as are south Indians […]

August 23

Try it ! Sonal’s Lentil Pops or Adai Wadas

The first time I tried Sonal’s lentil pops they came out so well that I made them again when we had guests over! This recipe does take a bit of forethought (even more than my Sprouted Moong Pancakes) but it doesn’t take much work at all. These lentil pops are super healthy, tasty, and filling! […]

August 15

Horse gram Salad

What do you need to make a salad that’s filling, tasty, healthy, and non-boring? Here’s what I came up with: Something Protein (grams, beans, tofu, quinoa, sprouts) Something Crunchy (cucumbers, bell peppers, raddish, onions) Something Sweet (cherry tomatoes, carrots, peas, corn) Something “Dress”y (vinaigrette, lemon juice, mustard) And a little bit extra (stir fried vegetables, […]

August 03

5 Steps to Effective Label Reading

What say we all became pros at understanding food labels and picking the products that best fit our requirements? Here is my contribution to empowering the consumer! Before going anywhere near a supermarket though, you need to first understand what your requirements are from the products you wish to buy. While I’ve set out the tips […]

July 31

Sprouted Moong Pancakes (a.k.a. Pesarattu)

An easy, protein breakfast option made with ridiculously few ingredients. All that this moong (mung bean) pancake needs is a bit of forethought – and you can benefit from the nutrients of sprouts, the speedy preparation, and the yum taste, of course! Pesarattu, or moong dal dosa, is a traditional south Indian breakfast dish, often […]

July 24

Coconut Ginger Cookies with Levulose

This is the first time I’ve used levulose so I thought I’d start simple with these Coconut Cookies flavoured with ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom. Levulose is a natural, low GI (19) form of fructose. It is sold in India under the label Diabetics Dezire. It does not have any unpleasant aftertaste. However, since levulose is in fact […]

July 20

10 Tips to Control your “Sugar” Intake

In a previous post, we looked at various types of sweeteners. In this post, I’d like to share what I think is a sustainable strategy for controlling your sugar and sweetener intake. While this strategy is primarily targeted at diabetics, it could serve as a basic guide for anyone interested in taking control of their […]

July 17

Wholewheat Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce

This fresh tomato sauce has both depth of flavour and sweetness, minus sugar or sweetener. It is easy to make and mix in with your choice of whole wheat pasta and vegetables! I love pasta, especially spaghetti with tangy tomato sauce. Eating tomato-y spaghetti at Spaghetti Kitchen in Hong Kong is one of my favourite […]