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Anuradha Sawhney

Author, Activist, Masterchef

Anuradha is the author of the book: The Vegan Kitchen: Bollywood Style and was the ex-chief functionary for PETA(India) for years. She runs an exquisite Vegan Bakery - Back To Basics in Pune, India which delivers delicious vegan desserts across the city.

Q. If I want to eat oil free food but miss oily foods, how can I overcome my craving? What substitutes can I add to my meals to make them a little oily?

3 April, 2017

Nuts contain beneficial oils. So if you are craving oily food, then have a handful of almonds or cashews. Roast them in an air fryer without any added oils or even in an oven till they are crispy, then store them in an air tight bottle. Cook dishes uses ground peanuts or even grated coconut. Both of these contain oil and when you cook a dish with them, you will get the feeling that you have cooked using oil. Remember to roast the peanuts before grinding them so as to get the maximum benefit of the oils. So you can make sabudana khichdi without a drop of oil and yet the minute you add the powdered peanuts, it will seem as if you have cooked it in oil. Cut potatoes into wedges, rub some oil in your hand, then toss the wedges with your hands so the oil gets rubbed on them. Add some salt and air fry these. Voila! You will get the feeling you are eating fried wedges when actually they are air fried!