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March 8, 2012 by Leanne Vogel March 29, 2017For more on the flavors of India series, check out: Dhal Aloo Kofta, Payasam Pudding, Gluten-free naan and Malai Kofta. Pure, natural, flavorful, colorful, exciting and rich are just some of the words that come to mind when I think about my food experience in India. All of the ingredients were straight from the source, you could taste the purity. Flavor combinations I had never dreamed of, danced on my tongue and brought an instant smile to my face. Chutneys, banana leaves, and curries livened up the color of every dish. The variety was vast. I had no issue staying intrigued and curious at all times. Dairy was unpasteurized and in it’s most purest form, making it easy to digest and added incredible richness to everything. Butter and ghee were consumed in excess and enjoyed thoroughly. As the days of my visit continued, I developed a new-found respect for my body and a fresh perspective on the principles of nourishment. I only ate when I was hungry, sat in silence while I enjoyed my meals, chose foods with intuition over logic, and in turn, came home with a healthier relationship with food. Oh yes, and a strong urge to eat Indian inspired meals at least twice a day. Thankfully, I foresaw missing the curries, puddings, and samosas, so on the last day of my trip, Jody; a fellow yogi and dear friend, and I signed up for a 2 hour cooking class with a local kitchen. Seriously, it was the best idea ever. Although I annoyed the teacher to no end when I chose to sub out milk for water, butter for cashew paste, and wheat flour for chickpea flour, I learned how to make authentic Indian food, Healthful Pursuit style – limited dairy, gluten-free, healthy, and delicious. What more could a girl ask for? Over the next 6 weeks, we’ll be exploring the techniques, spices and recipes I was introduced to on what was easily my favorite day in India. And heck, who knows… if you all like Indian food as much as I have come to love it, then maybe we’ll just continue with weekly Indian recipes? Okay… First up, aloo palak. It’s easy, quick, delicious, vegan, and will pretty much rock your world. No lie.
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.