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Keto diet is the trending health fad of 2018. Considering the current scenario, Indians are emphasising more on staying fit and healthy rather than mere shedding of pounds.

This low-carb high-fat diet a.k.a LCHF diet works well with the Indian recipes. To make things even tastier and enjoyable, consider purchasing CBD oil to add alongside your recipes as a supplement.
Here’s the list of beneficial Indian recipes for vegetarians, eggeterians and non-vegetarians idea for a ketogenic diet.

Go vegan with these following ketogenic recipes:

7 ketogenic recipes to savour!

  1. Upma

This keto diet recipe is a recreated with cauliflower, instead of semolina.

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Serving: 2

Ingredients:

  • 200 gms cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp. of ghee/ butter
  • 30 gms peanuts
  • 4 gms ginger
  • 50 gms onion
  • 3-4 curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp. mustard seed
  • 1 chopped green chilly
  • Pinch of salt

Method:

  • Ground the cauliflower in a food processor until there is a thick consistency.
  • Heat 2 tbsp. of ghee on a non-stick pan or a kadhai, adding mustard seeds and cumin.
  • Once they are roasted, add onion, curry leaves, ginger paste, chopped chilly and season with salt.
  • Fry the chopped onions until they become slight brownish.
  • Now add in the grounded cauliflower and stir-fry for a few minutes
  • Add a cup of water and cover with a lid for 10 minutes.
  • Check occasionally to avoid sticking of the mixture.
  • Cook till the water dries and garnish with fresh coriander.

Your delicious ketosis diet food is ready!

  1. Paneer Jalfrezi

Jalfrezi basically is an Indian dish, that includes stir fried veggies and spices. This ketosis diet recipe serves approximately 400 calories and a net carb of 3gms.

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serving: 3

Ingredients:

  • 300 gms Paneer
  • 60gms onion
  • 60gms tomato
  • 60gms green pepper bells
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. vinegar
  • 5 gms garlic
  • 5gms ginger
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 chopped green chilli
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander

Method:

  • Cut the Paneer into cubes and keep aside.
  • Heat the oil and butter in a wok.
  • Add cumin and red chilli followed by onion.
  • Add in ginger, garlic and green chilli until they start getting brown.
  • Now put tomato, turmeric powder and, coriander powder. Add a bit of vinegar and sprinkle water to cook the masala.
  • Cook until the oil gets separates from the mixture.
  • Finally, add Paneer and give salt accordingly.
  • Cook for 4 to 5 minutes and serve with fresh coriander.

 

  1. Basil tomato soup

Tomato soup is always comforting and an amazing recipe for ketogenic diet. This creamy delicious soup gives 23gms of fat per cup.

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Serving: 4

Ingredients:

  • 700gms tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 50gms basil leaves
  • 2 tbsps. of chopped onion
  • 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
  • ½ cup of fresh whipping cream
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  • Make tomato puree by boiling and crushing them.
  • Now, take a pan and add butter.
  • Add in chopped onion, garlic and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Once it the mixture start giving a sweet aroma, pour the tomato puree and stir continuously.
  • Add salt and pepper according to taste.
  • Serve hot with chopped basil leaves and cream on the top.

 

  1. Spicy Grilled Eggplant

This is an amazing recipe for keto diet is full of aroma essence and way too delicious.

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serving: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 long eggplants
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. of chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp. chopped mint
  • 2 tbsp. chopped onion
  • 1 tsp. crushed garlic
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 chopped green chillies
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Method:

  • Boil the eggplants and remove stem, but don’t peel off the skin.
  • Cut them into slices or horizontal and sprinkle salt.
  • Now take a pan and add olive oil and onion in it.
  • After that, put chopped garlic and stir-fry until light brown.
  • Now add the spices into each slice of eggplant to grill.
  • Grill them for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Serve with parsley, mint, pepper and lemon juice.

Now presenting the list of non-veggie keto diet recipes one can devour upon:

  1. Cheese egg omelette

Omelette or even anda bhurji is a delicious ketogenic diet recipe for both eggeterians and non-vegetarians. This serves approximately 280 calories with a net fat of 22gms.

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serving: 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • Grated cheese
  • 10 gms chopped onion
  • 1 chopped green chilli
  • 5 gms coriander
  • 2 tbsps. butter
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Method:

  • Break and beat the eggs with salt, chilli, onion and green chilli
  • Add butter to a pan and pour the egg mixture
  • Flip the egg alternately to make omelette
  • Add grated cheese and bake for 30 seconds.
  • Serve with coriander and pepper.

 

  1. Coconut Chilli Fried Chicken

With presence of coconut oil and chicken, this is an outright favourable keto diet recipe.

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serving: 2

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms chicken drumsticks
  • 6 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 300 gms almond flour
  • 2 tbsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 cup of coconut milk(optional)
  • salt and pepper to season

Method:

  • For this ketosis diet recipe, first make the batter by mixing almond flour, coconut milk, water, and salt.
  • Now in a pan heat coconut oil then put in chopped garlic.
  • Pat-dry those chicken drumsticks and dip into the batter.
  • Place them directly into oil and fry deep.
  • Cook for 25 minutes. Serve with pepper.

 

  1. Flavourful Fish Curry

Proteins and fat come hand-in-hand with consumption of fish like tilapia, rohu and salmon. So going with fish in keto diet is a delicious idea.

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serving: 2

Ingredients:

  • 400 gms tilapia
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 2 diced tomatoes
  • 2 chopped carrots(boiled)
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. garlic
  • 1 tbsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 chopped green chilli
  • salt

Method:

  • Add butter followed by boiled carrot and all other ingredients except fish in a pan.
  • Shimmer with lid for 5 minutes.
  • Add chunks of pieces and make sure they are submerged in gravy. Sprinkle salt.
  • Cook for 15 minutes. Serve hot with brown roti.

With keto diet, one can enjoy all the flavours and taste, forgetting about calories. This nutrition management system is truly a boon to stay hale and hearty.

For trying out new ketogenic recipes, make sure to consult with your doctor once.

Siddhartha Mukherjee says trial is first in a series on ‘rethinking human diets for cancer’

Siddhartha Mukherjee, physician, biologist, oncologist and author

 Siddhartha Mukherjee, physician, biologist, oncologist and author best known for his Pulitzer-winning 2010 book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

A groundbreaking clinical trial on whether diet could boost the effectiveness of cancer drugs is set to be launched by one of the world’s leading oncologists.

The work, led by Siddhartha Mukherjee at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, will investigate whether a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet could improve outcomes for patients with lymphoma and endometrial cancer.

The trial, which is initially recruiting 40 patients, is the first in a series of similar interventions being planned at other centres in the US and Europe by members of a new international working group focused on “rethinking human diets for cancer”, said Mukherjee, who is best known for writing the Pulitzer prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.

“Physiologically we’re discovering that not every calorie is equal,” he said. “You could have two different diets, equal in terms of energy, but with two very different effects on the cancer.”

The first cohort, who will begin treatment in October, are lymphoma patients with cancers that have not responded to treatment. They will be followed by endometrial cancer patients, and the team is awaiting approval to treat women with drug-resistant breast cancer.

The patients will be treated with a licensed drug, Aliqopa, that has previously been shown to have limited effects in such patients. However, recent animal studies, including a paper this week in Nature from Mukherjee’s lab, suggest its effectiveness could be significantly boosted when combined with diet changes aimed at lowering insulin levels.

To achieve this, patients will be put on a so-called ketogenic diet (high in fat, low in carbohydrate, normal protein). “If you combine them with a diet which [keeps insulin low], all of a sudden these drugs become effective,” said Mukherjee, referring to the Nature study. “The diet really works like a drug.”

The team arrived at the idea after being involved in trials of drugs that, like Bayer’s Aliqopa, were designed to target one of the most common cancer mutations, called PI3K, that is present in up to 40% of breast cancers.

Despite major pharmaceutical industry investment a decade ago, none of the drugs aimed at PI3K have a major impact on survival rates. “There was an enormous amount of hype around these drugs, huge investments of the order of billions of dollars,” said Mukherjee.

Mukherjee and colleagues noticed that a high proportion of patients on one of the original trials had become diabetic, and after initially dismissing this as a drug side-effect, they began to investigate. They discovered the drug was interfering with one of the body’s main metabolic circuits, causing a spike in insulin production, which had the effect of reactivating the mutated genetic pathway that was helping cancer cells proliferate and spread.

“It may be the central reason we don’t get effectiveness,” said Mukherjee.

The trial will be among the first to investigate whether diet can be used to boost the effectiveness of drugs, but others are expected to follow in the next few years.

“There’s been so much over many, many years in terms of diet and what you should and shouldn’t eat to help in terms of cancer therapy,” said Prof Karen Vousden, Cancer Research UK’s chief scientist, based at the Francis Crick Institute in London and a member of the international working group. “There’s a lot of black magic and old wives’ tales. None of it is really based on any evidence.”

In some cases, Vousden added, what might intuitively seem correct – giving patients on chemotherapy a sugary drink, say – might not be the optimal way to boost calorie intake. “We want to champion the idea that you give dietary advice based on hard evidence,” she said.

Vousden’s work has shown that cancer cells are disproportionately dependent on dietary sources of an amino acid called serine. Healthy cells can produce their own serine, but cancer cells are less capable of doing this, and animal studies have shown that cutting dietary intake of the substance makes cancer more vulnerable to drugs.

Serine is present in most dietary protein, so if clinical evidence supported such an intervention in the future, this might mean patients being placed on an extremely low-protein diet, supplemented with a serine-free protein shake.

Both Vousden and Mukherjee say they would discourage patients from putting themselves on diets after reading about the latest findings. There is no evidence that the ketogenic diet, for instance, would be helpful on its own – in fact, for leukaemia it appeared to accelerate the disease’s progress.

“We are not suggesting that people go out there and self-medicate with these diets,” said Vousden. “We’re looking at it more from the way we’d look at any other drug.”

Prof Greg Hannon, director of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, recently discovered that a compound found in asparagus called asparagine appears to drive the spread of cancer. The study, in mice, showed that animals with breast cancer had a dramatically reduced rate of secondary tumours when asparagine was either blocked using a drug or cut from the diet.

“The holy grail is finding something that cancer cells are uniquely dependent on,” said Hannon. “By depriving them of that resource it makes them more vulnerable to things that we already use to treat patients.”

There is no suggestion that cancers have been caused by a diet in the first place. “We’re looking to attack peculiarities in cancer cells, but an imbalanced diet would not have caused those peculiarities to be there in the first place,” said Hannon.

Ginger Jeffries sat down in studio with Victoria Field, Keto Expert, to talk about how to transition to the Keto diet.

Related: The Keto Diet Explained

Victoria Field is the program director of Epigenix Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was started by the co-founder of Quest Nutrition. The non-profit’s mission is centered on understanding the epigenetic impact of metabolic interventions on human and canine disease and performance.

Victoria has more than 15 years of experience in the fitness and nutrition industry, and has developed ketogenic protocols for both Epigenix and KetoPet while spearheading cancer-focused pilot studies in partnership with oncologists and world-renowned institutions including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Since 2016, she’s helped more than 100 cancer patients and nearly 500 canines with a ketogenic approach to disease management.

Victoria is passionate about educating people about the ketogenic diet, and in an effort to do so she co-founded Metabolic Health Initiative, an organization that hosts a large annual event called Metabolic Health Summit (MHS) in Los Angeles, California. MHS has a mission to revolutionize science and medicine by refocusing attention on the importance of nutrition and metabolism in treating disease, extending life, and improving human performance.

Victoria started her career as an TV news and health anchor and reporter, while running an international online training and nutrition business that benefited fitness beginners to pro-level athletes. Victoria is also a former professional athlete in the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.