Delicious diet

My Favourite 7 Bean Salad

I love eating this salad in the monsoon. It substantial but vegetarian, cooling and warming, complex and simple. Ready to eat in half an hour and still delicious a day later.




1 cup of mixed beans- red kidney beans (rajmha), pink kidney beans, chick peas, (kabuli channa ), dried green peas, green gram , black eyed peas or soya beans. Soak in 4 cups of boiling water for an hour.

2 sprigs of thyme

1 cup of pearl barley cooked for 30 minutes.( or 1 cup cooked finger millet)

½ cup grape tomatoes, cut in halves

Two handfuls of spinach, roughly chopped and wilted over low flame for 3 minutes, till cooked.

½ cup coriander leaves, roughly chopped

½ red onion finely chopped

1 cup finely shredded cabbage.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons lime juice

Salt and Pepper

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1. Pressure cook  the soaked and drained beans in 500 ml water with a few sprigs of fresh or dried thyme for 25 minutes. Turn off heat and let the pressure come down normally. Open cooker and remove thyme sprigs. Drain and reserve any cooking liquid.

2. Mix with the cooked and fluffy pearl barley.

3. Add the tomatoes, spinach, cabbage, coriander and onion and mix well.

4. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

5. Make a dressing of two tablespoons olive oil and two tablespoons lime juice. Mix with a little of the reserved cooking  liquid.Pour over salad and serve warm or cold.

Pearl Barley and Banana Brekker- Breakfast Day 2

I am already feeling a little invigorated after some weeks of healthy stodge or very little anyhow. Lots of vegetables and  plenty of water.The best thing is I am not hungry or deprived.

The  following is going to be a good start to DAY 2 of the Delicious Diet:


25 gms pearl barley

1 banana

1- 2 dried figs

Cook the barley in 1 glass of water for 8 minutes till almost dry. Slice the banana into a bowl and top with the cooked pearl barley . Sprinkle the chopped figs on top.

This is sweet enough without sugar due to the figs and the pearl barley takes some dedicated chewing ( I love the texture of PB)  so you feel you've had a big breakfast after this.



Cottage cheese and ham salad -Lunch Day 1


Cottage cheese and Ham salad
The main thing about dieting for people who like to cook and people who like food is that the diet should be fun to prepare and the dishes should taste different....every single meal , every single day.

Here is a quick lunch I made this afternoon.

Ingredients for 1 person

2 heaped tablespoons home made fresh cottage cheese

1 slice of ham

200 gms lettuce leaves, iceberg and rocket

6 basil leaves

1 tsp of lime infused olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Take 1/2 litre of skimmed milk and bring to the boil. Add 1/2 cup yogurt at boiling point and stir. Two minutes later add the juice of half a lemon. As soon as the milk splits give it a stir or two and remove from the fire. Strain and let stand for a few minutes while preparing the rest of the salad. 

Wash and tear the lettuce leaves into bite sized pieces. Tear the ham into bits and add to the salad. Tear the basil leaves and mix into the rest. Now add the cottage cheese, salt pepper and oil and mix well.

Eat with a slice of wholemeal bread.