Ganesh Chaturthi Recipes | PHC Lifestyle Clinic #BeYourOwnDoc Be Your Own Doc with Naturopathy and Yoga Dr Achyuthan Eswar

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! It’s Modaka time! 😀 We’ve been busy all morning making lots of sundal and modakas, or kozhukattais – sweet & savoury, flat and round, and everything in between. If we were allowed to eat these delicacies before the pooja, I doubt Lord Ganesha would have any left! 🙂 Ganesh Chaturthi: the story everyone knows! After […]

Modak / Rice Dumpling

Modak! Ganesha’s favorite food! Modak, momo or dumplings, here’s how to prepare these amazingly juicy, delectable, bite-sized mouthfuls of utter joy! Modak is an Indian dumpling of coconut and lentil, folded in a rice jacket. Modaka in Karnataka and kozhukattai in Tamil Nadu, these dumplings are specially prepared all over India during Ganesh Chaturthi. People […]

Joladha Karjikai / Baked Sorghum Dumpling / Jowar Gujiya

Karjikai or Gujiya is a super traditional, deep fried, half moon temptation, made with maida today. Here’s a baked, zero oil, sorghum millet version that is irresistible in its own right! This crescent shaped pastry has a sweet filling made out of lentils, nuts and jaggery, and every region in India has its own version. […]

Kadlebele Usali / Chana Sundal / Split Bengal Gram Curry

Sundal! Usli! Yum! Be it Ganesh Chaturthi or Navratri, our grandmother would prepare a different variety of sundal every day of the festivals. Why Sundal? This is the time of year when many different varieties of legumes are harvested, to be made into pulses and stored for the rest of the year. While they are available […]

Moong Dal Kheer / Pasi Parappu Payasam / Hesarubele Payasa / Sweet Lentil Pudding

Moong dal kheer. As it fills your mouth, it oozes out a melty goodness with a just the right hint of chewiness to make you crave some more. The coolest part? This isn’t merely a Naturopathic dish. This is traditionally a feast-only dish that grandmothers have competed with each other for, for centuries. You wouldn’t […]

Seventy years of Independent India. Seventy years of saying Happy Independence Day! Most of us alive today do not remember a time when we weren’t independent. All we know is India, the way she is today. However, in these seventy years, we have managed to enslave ourselves with diseases that were unheard of when our […]

Raw Cauliflower Rice

Raw Cauliflower Rice! Did you know you can eat Cauliflower without cooking? Raw gobi is super crunchy and tastes super fresh. When I first heard that we can eat cauliflower without cooking, I made raw cauliflower rice right away. It was so easy that I had to put it up right away! Cauliflower’s Superpowers Cauliflower is a […]

Potato Brinjal Curry / Aloo Baigan Masala

“Aloo Baigan masala without oil? Ha, impossible! It won’t taste good” challenged my constantly skeptical colleague. Well then, challenge accepted. Here is how you can make aloo baigan masala (a potato brinjal curry) without a single drop of oil, and consequently watch plates get licked clean. As a child, while I loved aloo, I intensely disliked […]

Raw Vegan Mango Parfait

Summer is here and it’s time to indulge in Mango Parfait! Gorge on this delicious, frozen raw vegan dessert to beat the heat! Are you that person who can’t help but take a second helping of dessert? Well, this dish is your dream come true and more! Parfait is a frozen dessert made from a […]

Cream Of Pumpkin Soup

Imagine some delicious, creamy and warm pumpkin soup at the end of a long day.  Soups are perhaps the best way of consuming a lot of vegetables and the yummiest way too. Children and adults alike take to well-made soups easily.  If you are anything like me,  you’ll know that there’s nothing like too much soup. […]

Happy Healthy Vishu and Puthandu | PHC Lifestyle Clinic #BeYourOwnDoc DietFruitfully Naturopathy and Yoga Whole Food Plant Based Recipes

Happy, Healthy Vishu & Puthandu! 🙂 Today is the beginning of the new year for Tamilians and Keralites. Just a couple of weeks apart from Ugadi, the Kannada new year, there is a very special significance behind why today is celebrated as the first day of the new year, rather than January. Every tradition in India […]

Nimbu Paani / Panaka / Lemon juice

Panaka is a refreshing, cool, thirst quenching lemon juice which flows freely during the festival of Ramanavami. This cool, thirst quenching drink is made with mainly fresh juicy lemons and jaggery. Someone taking a sip of Panaka for the first time will find flavours bursting in their mouth! It’s not just a regular lemon juice they […]

Chole Masala / Chickpeas Curry

Chole Masala, tangy, juicy, yummy! Perfect blend of spices, hot and sweet, chole masala is the perfect side dish for a North Indian style jowar roti! This recipe is a super yum chole masala without oil, ghee, butter or red chili. While the first three are processed or animal foods and cause diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, […]

New Age Festival Greetings! That’s exactly what today is – Yugadi, the Deccan festival that signifies the beginning (Adi) of the new age (Yuga). There is a very special significance behind why today is celebrated as the first day of the new year, rather than January. Every tradition in India has a deep, rich meaning […]

Tendli Sukka / Thodekai Palya / Ivy Gourd Curry

Tendli Sukka is a lip smacking Konkani ivy gourd delicacy. Topped with fresh coconut & cashews, this masala filled dish is an unforgettable experience! This authentic recipe uses either chickpeas or black channa and soaked cashews as well, along with ivy gourd. Tendli Sukka is a must have in any coastal Karnataka feast! Gourds are rich […]

Raw Stuffed Bhindi or Lady's finger or Okra

Bhindi tastes amazing raw! Have you ever tried it? Participants in our Healing With Food workshop can’t believe the bhindi we serve is raw. It’s so yummy! What most people don’t like about Ladies finger or Okra is the slime that oozes out from it. Although it is amazingly medicinal, most people fry vendakkai in […]

Amte Kai Huli / Ambarella or Hog Plum Sour Curry

Amte kai huli! I’m sure you have tasted tomato saaru, even majjige huli. Have you tasted ambarella sour curry? It looks like a raw mango and tastes amazing! Known by many names like Amte kai in Kannada, Ambade in Tulu, Ambado in Konkani, Ambarella or Hog Plum in English, this fruit is very popular in Asian, […]

Ambade or Amte Kai Chutney / Ambarella or Hog Plum Dip

Amte kai chutney! Have you tasted ambarella? It looks like a small raw mango, and tastes amazing! The perfect sourness for a lip smacking chutney. Known by many names like Amte kai in Kannada, Ambade in Tulu, Ambado in Konkani, Ambarella or Hog Plum in English, this fruit is very popular in Asian, American and […]

Amberalla or Hog Plum Coconut Dip / Ambade or Amte Kai Chutney

Amte kai coconut chutney! Have you tasted ambarella? It looks like a small raw mango, and tastes amazing! The perfect sourness for a lip smacking chutney. Known by many names like Amte kai in Kannada, Ambade in Tulu, Ambado in Konkani, Ambarella or Hog Plum in English, this fruit is very popular in Asian, American […]

Kerala Vegetable Stew

Vegetable stew with coconut milk, a Christmas speciality from the villages of Kerala. Get ready to indulge in Nutty Goodness! My friend, Merlin Shaiju shared this recipe of simple stew with lots of vegetables. A few handpicked spices bring out the characteristic aroma and flavour of this vegetable stew. Coconut milk is always used after cooking the […]