Saag aloo paneer

Saag-aloo-paneer (kale-potato-paneer curry)

I love saag aloo; that well known spinach (or kale) and potato curry.  I also love saag paneer; substituting the potatoes for indian cheese.  For a hearty, full meal, I thought why not combine them?  The result, saag-aloo-paneer is delicious and of course, very nutritious, especially made with kale.  If you blend the sauce well,[…]

Pulses – the best kept protein secret

Here are 10 things you may not know about pulses. Pulses (or legumes): fuel your body with protein are cheap are good for the environment – protein from crops to stomach are low-fat, full of fibre, vitamins and minerals (including iron) count as 1 of your 5 a day are versatile and delicious go down[…]

Hidden kale risotto

Hidden kale risotto

I created this while trying to find a great way of disguising kale for the children to eat. It worked perfectly!  It was gone in minutes; they got a great dose of calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals as well as a tasty dinner. This hidden kale risotto makes a bright green meal with no ‘bits’[…]

Tamarind egg curry

Eating vegetarian and reducing tomatoes is sometimes tricky so I love this recipe for a tamarind egg curry.  Ayurveda recommends small doses of tomatoes only as they slow digestion and cause aama.  Lots of curries contain tomatoes so it is always great to find recipes which aren’t tomato based.  If you have high pitta, omit[…]

Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po Tofu

Ma Po tofu.  I should probably put that in quotation marks ‘Ma Po’ tofu as it has been properly butchered since I first started making it (thank you Ai-Leng), to make it more Ayurvedic.  It realistically no longer resembles Ma Po tofu at all but it remains utterly delicious and, as usual with my recipes,[…]

Lunch box

Packed lunches: Can they be healthy, easy, cheap, environmentally and child-friendly?

I think they can.  It’s a fine balance but it is possible. I often get asked about healthy packed lunches.  I try to tiptoe a wiggly line between health, ease, environmental-impact and child-acceptability!  I don’t get it perfectly right and I’m no Delia Smith, but for what it’s worth, here are some simple ideas for[…]

Coconut dal

Another variation on a theme… this coconut dal is great for all doshas, is nutritious and most-importantly, delicious. Mung beans are the easiest pulse to digest (and least wind-forming) and is good for all doshas. If serving with naan, a great spelt naan bread recipe can be found here. Print Coconut dal Author: Kate Recipe type: Main Cuisine: Indian[…]

Winter vegetable and barley soup

Brimming with vegetable and barley goodness, this barley soup is great for you but also leaves you feeling totally satisfied.  It is very substantial, almost more of a stew than a soup. Print Winter vegetable and barley soup Author: Kate Recipe type: Main Cuisine: English Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  50 mins Total time:  1 hour Serves: Serves[…]

Beetroot Curry

Beetroot is in season July through to January so it’s a great vegetable to eat throughout the winter. This sweet-sour Ayurvedic beetroot curry is a delicious way to eat it. If serving with naan, a great spelt naan bread recipe can be found here. Print Beetroot Curry Author: Kate Recipe type: Main Cuisine: Indian Prep time:  10 mins Cook[…]

Lemon dal soup

The added sour element from the lime or lemon adds a great twist to this tasty, healthy vegetarian dal soup. It is a very thick, substantial soup which can be eaten as such or had with rice, preferably brown to ensure a full protein meal.  Reduce the garlic if you have high pitta (heat). If serving[…]