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[2 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]
Recipe | Beetroot Millet Rotis & Panchkuti Dal – Of  food, lunchboxes and childhood memories..

Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.” Ina Garten

I don’t remember my lunch time in preschool or nursery days but I do have a vivid memory of it during my elementary school.

Mom was a working woman and as usual morning time used to be very hectic at home. She would cook breakfast & lunch for me and my brother and pack our dabbas before leaving for office at 8am.

kids lunchbox, Lunchbox bites, stuffy delights/Indian flat breads »

[26 Jul 2010 | 33 Comments | ]
Lentil Stuffed Indian Flat Breads – Protein Packed Lunchbox

To make a filling as well as a kids-friendly lunchbox day in and day out, is a challenge for every mom. A dish repeated twice a week becomes a boring stuff and is brought back half eaten as a revenge on moms.

Most of the days the lunchbox menu is decided in the morning itself and the days of the week are remembered according to the lunchbox recipes. Monday is for variety rice, Tuesdays are reserved for wholewheat noodles, Wednesday is dedicated to stuffed chapattis and like wise.This one is a favorite menus for Friday lunchbox.

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[28 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Lunchbox Bites

Search various categories in Lunchbox Bites;

KID’S LUNCHBOX
STUFFY DELIGHTS
RICE RECIPES
VEGGIES & CURRIES

PULSES/BEAN
SPREADS & PRESERVES
SOUPS
LUNCHBOX MEDLEY
Low-fat PICKLES 

Easy execution: Planning for the lunchboxes is more difficult than executing. Many times cooking a dish takes less time than planning for it, may be due to preoccupation in other works or unavailability of certain ingredients.

Creativity and nutrition are the two elements I have stressed upon in most of my recipes. For example the colorful coins are nothing but a simple dosa version which is very common in south India. Similarly Wraps and Rolls is the very old chapatti & …

food styling, Lunchbox bites, lunchbox medley, Veggies/curries »

[17 Nov 2016 | One Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Finger Millet Dumplings with spicy tomato curry – And life is moving at its own pace..

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ~ Confucius

I was like a headless chicken the whole of last month, when no amount of work was ever enough. And the pressure to keep up with the deadlines and managing home at the same time was making me lose sleep.

I finally decided to slow down a bit and also to spend less time on my social media accounts. Not a wise decision for a food blogger, you say..but then there is a feel-good factor which is a reason good enough to continue the same for some more time.

So, life is moving at its own pace for me and I find lot of time to do many other things which were put on hold.

food styling, Lunchbox bites, stuffy delights/Indian flat breads, Veggies/curries »

[13 Aug 2016 | No Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Millet Adai with Vegetable Avial – Choose a job you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ~ Jack Canfield

I’ve been doing commercial food styling projects for over 5 years now, and it’s been an amazing journey so far.

The assignments that come my way are freelance projects, Ad shoots, magazine tie ups and television commercials of various brands and companies. I absolutely love my job, as every new project brings in the opportunity to meet new people and acquire different skill sets.

Appetizers & starters, Lunchbox bites, Salads and dressings, stuffy delights/Indian flat breads, Veggies/curries »

[14 Jul 2016 | 4 Comments | ]
Recipes | Bejar Rotis with spinach papad curry and kachumbar – Appreciating small things in life..

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~ Frederick Keonig

Reminiscing good old days, appreciating small things in life and connecting with beautiful people, keeps me happy…always.

Sunday lunches have been a big affair since childhood. Mom would decide the menu a day before and start prepping for the dishes early in the morning. Though the menu would be a simple Indian meal with a dessert to go with it, but eating together made us try new food without making fuss and helped creating a feeling of belonging.

food styling, Lunchbox bites, Veggies/curries »

[15 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Curried Lentil and vegetables – Keeping life simple with realistic goals

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”~ Jim Rohn

It has been days since my last post on Lite Bite.

After the life-changing career shift through food blogging, time is one luxury I don’t have.

Finding a balance between the demands of family and fulfilling your dreams is tough when you are passionately inclined towards both.

chutney/relish, Lunchbox bites, product/book review, Veggies/curries »

[14 Dec 2015 | One Comment | ]
Recipe |Tamarind based recipes aka Kara Kuzhambu and Puli Kaichal – When technology gets the better of you

Always take a picture for everywhere you go; if you don’t, then all you just lost was the precious memories and moments” ―Inspiracreatiflife.

It wasn’t too long ago that the only time I would pick up my phone was to just receive calls or send messages.

I am not a tech-savvy person, given a choice I would rather grind my spices old-fashioned way using mortal and pestle than switching on my blender.

I do operate my microwave occasionally and slide in a CD to listen to songs sometimes. But then, if I can get my children to do the task for me, all the better 🙂

chutney/relish, food styling, Lunchbox bites, stuffy delights/Indian flat breads »

[18 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Pearl Millet Flat Bread with peanut sesame spread – When teamwork pays

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”~ Phil Jackson

Hi Sanjeeta, there is a shoot on 14th, are you free?”

 “Yes”

 “See you there!”

This is the conversation with Kunal before most of the food photo-shoot assignments we do together.

Baking bites, food styling, granolas »

[3 Nov 2015 | 4 Comments | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Healthy Banana Oat Bars – You have to put yourself out there to get what you want

You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” ~ Campbell.

Mid-term holidays for children had started and we finalized a pretty destination for our vacation. Two photo-shoot calls and I had to re-schedule our trip and change it to a weekend getaway.

The photo-shoot this time was an independent project for Isha Life restaurant in Chennai. I was approached by Meena ji for this project sometime back.

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