Articles in the Lunchbox bites Category
There is nothing that heals the soul quite like, a hearty meal, vacation with family and time spent in the company of good friends.
We had a small get-together at our home some time back for which ‘traditional Indian dishes’ was unanimously picked by all families for dinner menu.
We selected some of the popular dishes from Indian cuisine and wrote down the main ingredients used to make those recipes. Tomato gravy, coconut milk, cashew paste, brown onion, yogurt, tamarind paste, no-onion and no-garlic and so on.
chutney/relish, Low-fat Pickles, Lunchbox bites »
“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!” ~ Gaiman.
I received a huge parcel which carried two beautiful cook books ‘Cafe Spice‘ and ‘Silk Road‘ published by Tuttle publications sometime back.
Among so many other things in life, pre-planning is one another important life-lessons I learnt from my mom.
I still remember how she would murmur her task list and keep moving in and out of kitchen, just before hitting the bed everyday.
She hurriedly kneads the chapatti (flat bread) dough to refrigerate, select the lentil (daal) and vegetables to be cooked, check her stored bottles of homemade tomato puree and ground ginger-garlic paste stacked in fridge, keep the empty vessel (pateela) on dinning table for milkman and quickly choose a saree to be worn the next day to her office.
Back then, this daily ritual of hers sounded absurd to me but I realized soon that pre-planning is an importance tool in managing today’s stressful life.
food styling, Lunchbox bites, Veggies/curries »
Infact, I had no plans or any set goals for my life before jumping onto the bandwagon of food blogging. The only time when I needed to make a so called ‘plan’ was when I had to visit the grocery store, my doctor’s clinic, parents meet at school, activity classes for kids or to deposit cheques in the bank.
Life has suddenly become very fast and busy with a sudden spur of activities over the last few years.
food styling, Lunchbox bites, rice recipes »
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.
“People will walk in and walk out of your life, but the one whose footstep made a long lasting impression is the one you should never allow to walk out.” ~ Michael Bassey
Moving through my own life, I have crossed path with many such persons who have left a lasting impression on me. Some of them are talented writers, passionate bloggers and excellent cooks who constantly inspire & motivate me at every step.
“Secure your dreams for they are the wings of your soul” Bianca Bower.
What do you do when you are caught in the hectic happenings of the week?
The never-ending household grind, grocery shopping, dropping and picking children from school, driving daughter from one corner of the city to other for sports & music classes in evening, dropping son for his evening extra classes, organizing for shoots and then squeezing time in between to manage this blog.
Well, in reality there’s not much I can do about it but to vent my feelings and anger in every other blogpost…or..errr…just hope for one another Sunday to put a break on my fast-paced lifestyle
But then, I am also enjoying the various phases and changes that life brings every single day as time marches on.
appetizers/snacks, healthy snacks, Lunchbox bites, pudding »
I was delighted to find a new organic store opened close to my house loaded with many unusual food products I would love to cook with. I bought a few packets of red Sorghum (jowar) and sweet smelling pure cane sugar or as they call it sucanat (sugar cane natural).
The red Sorghum has harder skin and more nutty taste than the white grain and takes a little longer to cook.
Lunchbox bites, Veggies/curries »
I did my first few years of primary schooling in a small town called Zawar Mines, in Rajasthan.
Dad was a doctor, we lived in an independent spacious bungalow surrounded by huge garden on all the three sides of our house.
Mom converted the front portion into a cozy sit out. Small cement benches placed in the centre of soft and neatly manicured lawn decked with some rare and exotic varieties of flowering plants she collected from our LTC trips every year.
chutney/relish, Lunchbox bites, pancakes, Veggies/curries »
“Wait, don’t keep that box for washing…taste the dish in it and tell me how is it?” asked hubby, who saw me holding and sniffing that small blue box. The tiny box and the food inside looked unfamiliar to me.
“Hmm..it does taste good, but what is it and how did it come in your lunch-bag?” staring at him, I asked.
“My colleague KC brought this Kulambu (curry) for lunch today. I found the recipe quite interesting and asked him to pack a little for me so that you can taste and try it at home.” Hubby smiled and answered, clearing the doubt in my mind.