[23 Apr 2014 | No Comment | ]
Food Styling | Sweet and Sour Fenugreek Relish – My breakfast recipes on the go

When you take the step towards your dreams, you will be met with fears because you have never traveled this way before. As you go, you will discover that you had nothing to fear.” ~ Gardner
And before I could think of anything, I was already prop shopping for this premium Australian brand – Longleaf Tea Vodka with Kunal Daswani, a very experienced and eminent Photographer in Chennai.

Every time a photo-shoot assignment lands on my lap I am like a happy kid, running around, shopping, planning and stacking props enthusiastically for the shoot.

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[8 Apr 2014 | 7 Comments | ]
Recipes | Yogurt and a few Indian Curries – Time Management in my kitchen

Not so long ago, mornings at home used to be quiet and slow. There was ample time to go for a brisk walk, get fresh vegetables en route, sit back, read newspaper and relax with a cup of tea.

And yes, there was absolutely no temptation to check the social media status, answer emails or to update the blog either.

Five years of online journey and suddenly life has become so fast-paced. I find myself  chasing ‘time’ with thousand dreams each day. Times when I feel how much media causes to miss out on simple pleasures of life.

Whoever said that,, “Media has a trade-off between its usefulness and its ability to waste your time.”

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[8 Apr 2014 | One Comment | ]
Recipes | Yogurt and three Indian Curries – Time Management in my kitchen – II

Here are a few easy yogurt based recipes from my treasure of ‘time-management in kitchen’. These recipes make sure that my cooking time is saved without compromising on the nutrient quotient of the food I prepare for my family.

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[1 Apr 2014 | 8 Comments | ]
Recipes |Four Easy & Healthy Indian Curries with Amaranth leaves, Lentils and Bean Sprouts

While the lentils cooked, I started chopping the red Amaranth on my cutting board watching the two tiny squirrels play catch-me-if-you-can on the mango tree outside.

As I stood there silent, my mind began to wander and I started reminiscing about my childhood days…yet again.

When in school, I and my brother disliked leafy foods in any form. So much so that our school lunchboxes never saw any vegetables other than potatoes and Okra for as long as I remember.

Who on Earth loves eating this laal chawli bhaji (red Amaranth) mom. It looks so yuck?” I would make faces in vain after seeing the slimy mass on my plate, hoping that she would stop making the same…someday.

A long angry look from mom and we would continue to shovel that slimy Chawli bhaji without uttering another word.

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[25 Mar 2014 | 8 Comments | ]
Recipes |Indian Spiced Wheat-Germ Muffins and Finger Millet Cookies – Food brings people together

We spent some quality time talking, reflecting and sharing some of our personal and professional matters with each other. We did more of window shopping than the actual prop shopping as she had restriction to carry the luggage in flight.   

We never stopped talking and sharing food tips all along our way to market much to the chagrin of some shop keepers who were expecting us to do more of shopping than talking :)

I add a handful of black sesame seeds to whatever I cook or bake at home, be it a Sambhar, Rasam, rice, or any Indian subji which takes care of the calcium intake of my family” A tip from her which is religiously followed by me hence-forth.

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[15 Mar 2014 | 7 Comments | ]
Recipes | Healthy Sweet Empanadas or Gujiyas and A refreshing Drink, Thandai – Celebration of colours and nostalgia

Holi – the festival of colours, marks the beginning of spring season and is celebrated for two days. The first day eve begins with a bonfire or Holika dhahan which depicts the victory of good over evil. The next day is the time for playing with colours, greeting friends and sharing sweets with them.” Nostalgia started engulfing me as I narrated them my experiences.
And cooking traditional food during these celebrations could be a great way to stay connected to our roots.  I wanted to make a sweet Empanada called Gujiyas/Ghughra/Karanji/Karachika in India for them to compensate for the fun and frolic that we miss here.

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[3 Mar 2014 | 10 Comments | ]
Recipes | Fresh Garbanzo Beans or Lilva Curry with Sweetcorn Flatbread- Hold on to our past through food

A mother’s love, it knows no end. It begins with a dream, with a silent wish, and it never ever ends.” ~ Kelly.

As they say that “A mother is a mother from the moment her baby is first placed in her arms until eternity. It didn’t matter if her child were three, thirteen, or thirty.”  After being a mother myself, I feel blessed that I can still just be a daughter that gets pampered and showered with love by her mom year after year.
It is strange how we hold on to our past through food, friends and family we leave behind. I was so happy to see someone visiting me from my homeland, Udaipur.

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