New developments

A lot has been happening lately…. DH was suddenly diagnosed with heart ailment and our lives as we knew it changed drastically I mean apart from the fact that we had to travel to and fro from one country to another for getting crucial medical help ( since rt now we live in a country which is not as competent in medicine as India!!!!) our lifestyle especially our food habit had to go a radical change.
 Our target is to reduce weight, a considerable amount around 25-30 kg each in a years time. Researched on this and concluded that a carb free / low carb diet is the quickest way to loose those kegs effectively. Carbohydrate is an essential component of all our foods be it fruits, veggies, cereals or pulses but we bongs are rice and roti (the Indian bread) eaters, in fact that is an understatement…all our foods are cooked so that it tastes best with rice and roti…to completely circumvent the main component of our meal is definitely a tall order for us…Anyways the happy fact is we have managed to be without the two “oh so important” part of bong cuisine for almost four weeks now and both of us have managed to shed some serious weight!!!!! Boy are we happy 🙂
Here I am eager to document all these wonderful low carb recipes that happened In my kitchen through my experimental self….so here goes the first recipe….
Oats Halloumi Cheese tikka


  • Quaker instant oats. 1/2 cup
  • Halloumi cheese grated 1/4th cup
  • One small onion chopped
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • Coriander powder 1/2 tsp
  • Parsley/cilantro few sprigs
  • 1 tbsp oil to shallow fry
Halloumi cheese is a traditional cheese from Cyprus, the island in the Mediterranean Sea.It’s  interesting how I bumped into halloumi. Its a delicious cheese for many in this part of the world…I was actually looking for paneer ie the cottage cheese ever since I came to this country and tried various kinds of edible cheese most of which were not edible to us, and finally found the Halloumi cheese which came closest to our paneer but found it extremely salty!!!! I have even used this cheese for making a hearty good old mutter paneer and it came out real nice…
In order to reduce the saltiness keeping it soaked in hot water really works ….
However in this recipe I used the cheese as it comes.
  • Microwave the instant oats in a bowl with just enough water so that when it gets cooked its consistency is really tight like that of kneaded dough. Cook for 1 min.
  • Mix all the other ingredients to it.
  • Roll into medium sized balls and flatten them between the palms to make tikis.
  • Heat oil in a flat skillet( tawa) and shallow fry the tikis.
These make great snacks with evening tea. I actually used them to make  oats Halloumi  tiki chAna chaat for lunch!!

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