In late May, my friend Paula visited me in Mumbai! It was a magical experience for both of us because before I left Manila, she said she would visit me in my new city. A year later, she was assigned to a workshop in Ahmedabad, which is a one hour plane ride from Mumbai. Since both of us are always on perpetual diets, I decided to make some high protein low carb food.

Unfortunately, with all the sightseeing we planned, I was only able to cook her one special homemade meal with my Southeast Asian influence. Nevertheless, it’s so much more inspiring to cook for two!


2 chicken breast fillets
5 cloves of garlic minced
¼ red onion diced
1 cup basmati rice
1 cup water
olive oil
Salt and pepper

Boil 1 cup of water and add 1 cup of basmati rice. Put the stove temperature on low and boil the rice for 20 minutes or until the rice has absorbed the water and is tender.

Rub salt and pepper on the chicken breast and leave for 15 minutes. Pour a teaspoon or two of olive oil and sauté the garlic and onions until light brown. Add the chicken in the pan and cook for around 20 minutes. Taste the chicken to make sure that it’s cooked all the way through!

To blanche the mushrooms and spinach, boil some water. Pour in the mushrooms for five minutes and the spinach for one.

Plate the chicken, rice, and veggies. Welcome to Mumbai, Paula!

Healthy Eat facts:

Chicken breast – besides being a good source of protein, chicken has cancer protective nutrients
Basmati rice – full of fiber and nutrients

Garlic and onions – can lower cholesterol

Spinach – rich in vitamin K


Mushrooms – contributes to improving one’s immune system