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Salman Khan's mom shares her special recipe

June 03, 2016 12:30 IST

Healthy meals don't need to be boring anymore!

Dr Muffi with Salma Khan

IMAGE: Dr Muffazal Lakdawala with Salma Khan, whose special Quinoa recipe has been featured in the book The Eat-Right Prescription

An expert on weight loss, Mumbai-based Bariatric surgeon Dr Muffazal Lakdawala recently launched the book The Eat-Right Prescription (pictured below).

book excerpt The book educates readers on how they can eat right.

It takes you through what it takes to buying the right ingredients, planning meals and involving the kids in cooking.

No fad diets.

No quick-fixes.

No eliminating traditional foods.

The book combines medical and scientific knowledge with practical wisdom.

Let's say that it is a go-to guide for individuals and families who want to eat right, stay healthy and lead productive, happy lives.

We bring you two excerpts from the book.

Take a look!


Staying healthy is part of your KRA

As much as we would all like to maintain our weight with a new exercise regime or diet, working full-time rarely allows for the time to do that.

It's easy to make excuses and order in fries, but it does not help that your schedule also includes erratic and long days, very little sleep and too much stress. All of this adds up to more pounds and less health.

These are our top tips to help you stay ahead of the game, both at work and with your health:


Quinoa pulao with meat

Quinoa Pulao

IMAGE: Quinoa Pulao (used for representational purposes only). Photograph: Kind Courtesy Emily C/Creative Commons

Super grains and gluten-free foods are excellent for you, of course, but I want to stand up for rice, which is often victimised by popular culture.

I'll say it loud and clear -- rice is not bad for you. Even white rice! Think of the Japanese or the Korean diet, which worships rice, and is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. They even eat rice at breakfast.

What we do wrong in traditional Indian meals is not watch how much rice we eat.

The portion of rice must not be greater than the portion of vegetables, salad or grilled meat or fish. It should be another element of the meal and not its anchor.

So please do eat rice, though I would recommend a good brown or red variety for daily meals over white, so you get enough fibre and roughage.

That said, enjoy traditional delicacies like biryanis and pulaos on festivals, or other special occasions without guilt.

Or use the trick we employ at home, inspired by Salma Khan -- replace rice with quinoa or bulgur wheat and make your favourite biryanis and pulaos more often.

This is a very special recipe from Salma Aunty, the superstar mother of a superstar son, Salman Khan.

Salma Aunty is one of best hostesses I have ever seen -- she always puts out a big, diverse spread and everything on the table -- from quinoa pulao to beetroot salan -- tastes out of the world.

Most of the produce she uses is grown on the family's farm in Panvel, which makes it even better. Salma Aunty really is one of my favourite cooks.

Serves: 6


For yakhni

Whole masala


To make the yakhni

To make the pulao


Excerpted from The Eat-Right Prescription, by Dr Muffazal Lakdawala with the kind permission of Embassy Books.

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