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[26 Jul 2015 | One Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling |Brown rice and lentil pilaf or Rajasthani channa dal pulao – Work is fun when your comfort levels are high

It all started with scribbling recipes and struggling to click good food photos for Lite Bite, seven years back. And now I feel really lucky enough to stumble on a way of life that I not only like, but love to live.

There are three completed food photo-shoot assignments which are pending to be written about on Lite Bite. But I could not resist to pen down the experience and all the fun that went into yesterdays’ shoot for ‘The Park Hyatt’ with Kunal Daswani.

Festive bites, festive medley, halwa »

[4 Jun 2013 | 6 Comments | ]
Dessert | Wedding Delicacies from Rajasthan – A Celebration of Love and Many Emotions

An Indian wedding is a perfect blend of traditions, grandeur, delectable cuisine and sacredness of celebrations. The unbound enthusiasm and the flow of emotions of all the family members have to be seen to be believed.

My children have attended many Tam Brahm marriages of their paternal relatives in Chennai but have never seen any Rajasthani marriage from my side. They were too small to remember anything about my brothers’ marriage in 2004, son was hardly four years and daughter was just a few months old.

During my recent  visit to Udaipur in May 2013, I got a chance to take them to a typical Marwari marriage.  And they were really amused to notice the stark differences between the rituals and proceedings of marriages of two states of India. My daughter quipped that she wants to get married in Rajasthan so that the groom comes riding a horse 🙂

Lunchbox bites, lunchbox medley, Veggies/curries »

[30 May 2013 | 13 Comments | ]
Recipes | Traditional Rajasthani Cooking with Fenugreek Seeds or Methidana – And I am Spoilt for Choice

A trip to hometown is more than just yearly rituals to me. It’s the time to connect with family & friends, explore some new and some old places that remain unchanged. Vacation is ‘my time’ when I do things at my own pace, follow my passion, and get in some real life. It is the time when blog posts can wait and there is no pressure to sign in to check mails and social media interactions. I completely enjoy every moment of the laid back life and mom’s yummy food.

Networking takes a back seat and I live in the real world. The day begins with an early morning walk alongside lake Fateh Sagar, reading regional New paper ‘Rajasthan Patrika’ and gorging home cooked simple yet authentic Rajasthani breakfast.

healthy snacks, kids lunchbox, Lunchbox bites, lunchbox medley, pulses and beans »

[14 May 2013 | 17 Comments | ]
Recipes | Two Authentic Healthy Treats from Rajasthan – Time to Slow Down and Enjoy Life

There are a few moments in life when you are truly & completely happy. My yearly visit to hometown in Udaipur, Rajasthan is one such occasion when I wish I could stop the time and live in those moments forever. Though many old familiar houses have given way to high rise apartments now and there are very few familiar faces to greet, but every visit is worth preserving the childhood experiences and keeping them afresh…..from authentic Daal Baatis to exotic Gatte ki subji filled with nuts and dried fruits…they leave no stone unturned to pamper me with their love and let me indulge in my favorite food.

kids lunchbox, Lunchbox bites, lunchbox medley »

[10 Jan 2013 | 13 Comments | ]
Recipes | Three Cornmeal Delicacies from Rajasthan – Perfect Comfort Food for Winter

How true is the saying, “Something that is yours forever is never precious”. I was reading a post on Lonely planet stating ‘ Udaipur tops the list of World’s ‘best’ cities and was amused with the report!
And to think of it, I never realized the worth of  living in Udaipur and spending some of the precious moments of my life there. The magnificent gardens, grand Havelis & palaces, historical monuments, rustic old city streets, colorful hand painted homes, tie & dye fabrics….I neglected the overwhelming beauty of Udaipur till I …

Baking bites, cakes, food styling »

[24 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Banana-Orange Oats Cake – It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop..

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

I am not a prolific user of various social media platforms but I do appreciate the power it holds to connect with people and to grow your business.

There are times when family commitments and your work fill a large part of your life and the best you can do is to unplug from social media on a regular basis.

These small breaks help me focus on the work in hand and also give ample time to relax.

Festive bites, food styling, Headline, nutri bombs »

[18 Sep 2016 | No Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Two Healthy Energy Ladoos  and a trail of memories..

“What keeps me motivated is not the food itself but all the bonds and memories the food represents.” ~ M.Chiarello

Running around with cousins from one terrace to another, attending family weddings and eating simple home cooked food on wood fire…childhood was so much fun at granny’s home.

Summer vacations were always welcomed, when extended families and cousins would all come over to our large joint family house for holidays in Bhilwara, Rajasthan.

food styling, Headline, Lunchbox bites, rice recipes, Veggies/curries »

[1 Sep 2016 | One Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Home Cooked Vegetarian Thali – When long forgotten memories came flooding back..

I was immersed in a flurry of vivid memory the moment I stepped inside that large kitchen area at a photo shoot recently. The heady smell of sweets wafting out of the kitchen instantly transported me back into time, to the family weddings conducted at my granny’s place.

Long forgotten memories of my childhood came flooding back as I watched traditional Halwais work in the giant assembly line at Bombay Sweets in Thanjavur during a food photo-shoot last week.

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.

Breakfast bites, food styling, porridge »

[11 May 2016 | No Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Healthy Oats & Millet Porridge – Expect nothing and you’re apt to be surprised..

Sometimes what you’re looking for comes when you’re not looking at all.”

With couple of television commercials, Ad shoots and the ongoing project at home, things have been a bit frenzied last few weeks.

So hectic, that at times I started to feel the pinch of physical exhaustion and insomnia on the sets. But in all, I have had some great time meeting people, cooking and styling food products for new brands and companies.

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