Wrapped Salad

Finely chopped red and yellow capsicum combined with carrots. Dressing is three tablespoons of mayonnaise, one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, salt, ground black pepper, oregano and for a little kick a finely chopped green chilly. Chill it for a couple of minutes for the flavors to fully develop.

Remove the white stem from the leaves of a Chinese cabbage. Blanch them using boiling hot water for about thirty seconds.

Wrap them up and serve a yummy snack.

Shallow Fry Tuna

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Take a Tuna filet and pat it dry. There must be no wetness on it. This is very important. Sprinkle salt and pepper on all sides of the Fish.
Heat oil and place the fish, skin side down. Four minutes later, turn it. Another four minutes and let it stand up like a Minhar from the Asterix comics. That’s for another three or four minutes.

This will drain all the oil and give you one more crispy side.

Rest for five minutes to enjoy a well done but not chewy tuna.

Tuna & Mackerel with Ground up Spices.

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This is a simple recipe for a Tuna Steak, inspired by a Jamie Oliver recipe.

Roughly grind up fennel seeds, pepper and coriander seeds with salt. Massage it into the fishes along with some olive oil.

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Get a girdle pan to high heat. Carefully place the fish on it and let it sizzle and steam away. About 3-4 mins later check if the fish is able to free itself from the pan. If it does not encounter resistance, flip it over. Do not ever use force on the fish.

Total cooking time will be about 4 mins per side and because we want it well done, use a spatula to lightly press it down. When the fish is bouncy on pressing its done. Total time approx 12 mins.

Drizzle a little olive oil and let it rest for at least 5 mins before slicing.

Lovely keto meal which needs nothing more to be perfect. Except some fresh coriander to counter the heat from the pepper.

Okra without Stickiness: Part 2

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Couple of months back I had posted the recipe Okra without Stickiness. But it used whole okra and not many kids like it this way.

So this is technique is when you want to cook it after cutting into smaller pieces. Rub chilly powder, turmeric, salt and 2 tablespoons of sesame oil on 500 gms of Okra. Start cooking on high heat. Then spread them all out so that no piece is on top of another. When it almost cooked, stir it well and add 2 tablespoons of besan flour and garnish with grated coconut.

No Sticky or gooey mess. Just a lovely vegan dish.

Mutton with Pumpkin

I avoid both rice and roti as part of my attempt towards a Keto diet. So cooking a vegetable with a protein is my preferred style.

Add salt, turmeric, red chilly powder and ginger garlic paste and a little water to mutton. Pressure cook on high till one whistle. Then let it simmer on low heat for about 15 mins.

Heat oil. Carefully add the mutton pieces to the hot oil. Be careful and avoid getting any water from the mutton into the oil. It will still sputter and extreme caution is highly recommended. Once the sputtering dies down, add the remaining water from the cooker and also about 100 ml of tomato puree. Check and add salt if needed. Cook on high heat till oil separates.

At this point your basic mutton curry is ready and you can serve it with roti or rice.

But we will add in a chopped pumpkin. Cover and cook for 15 mins or till the pumpkin softened.

Enjoy your keto lunch.

Mackerel Grilled on Capsicum

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A very simple and subtle flavor into the fish.

Cut capsicum into thick rings. Keep half a slice of lemon inside it. There must be no seeds inside the lemon. Make two such beds. Place fish on top. Salt the fish and drizzle some olive oil.

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Grill at 180 C for 25 mins with heat from both sides.

Flip the fish and increase temperature to 250. Move tray to bottom slot. Heat only from the top. This is to dry out moisture from this side of the fish.

The white pith of the lemon will make its juices a little bitter. So if you don’t like this bitterness the skin while prepping the lemons.

Enjoy an extremely healthy boost of Omega 3 fatty acids.