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[16 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe | Desi Health Bites – Soya Nugget Pops

Ehh..not this oil…wait a minutemom said and moved away hurriedly only to be back with another bottle of oil in her hand.

She lovingly tilted the bottle and poured a thin stream of that dark coloured oil on my steaming hot savory Baafla baatis (steamed savory buns).

Baafla Baatis must be eaten only with ‘Kachchi Ghani til ka Tel’ (cold pressed sesame oil)” she told as a matter-of-fact and sat down on the chair next to me.

Back then, I never questioned her food choices….not that I knew much about it either 🙂

Lunchbox bites, lunchbox medley, Veggies/curries »

[17 Feb 2015 | 5 Comments | ]
Recipe | Foxnuts in Spinach Gravy aka Palak Makhane ki Subji – Moms will always be moms

Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story. Because hers is where yours begin.”~M. Albom

I preparedPanjiritoday with fresh gond & MakhaneM’ got it for me from Jaisalmer” told mom during our telephonic conversation the other day.

Awee…I already miss your gond ke ladoo and Palak Makhane ki subji , big timeOkay, mom, I have got to go now” I said and disconnected the line, stuffing my washing machine with soiled clothes.

Lunchbox bites, rice recipes, Veggies/curries »

[14 Jan 2015 | 4 Comments | ]
Recipes | Mixed vegetable curry in freshly ground spices aka ‘Gobbi Kootu’ with coconut rice –  Tradition is to feed the fire

Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” ~ G. Mahler

Not so long ago, Sankranti to me was all about flying kites and gorging on some delectable winter specialties.

Yes, I could not think beyond my crunchy revadis, gajak, til ladoos, Gajar halwa and sinful Panjiri when the festival of Lohri or Makar sankranti approached in mid January.

It was only after my marriage and settling down in South India I came to know that Sankranti is more than our kite flying frenzy and throwing puffed rice in bonfire.

bread and buns, Lunchbox bites, lunchbox medley, pulses and beans »

[22 Nov 2014 | 2 Comments | ]
Recipe | Steamed Savory Cornflour Buns or Makki ke Dhokle – Picking a few beads of memories from childhood days..

Life is a rough biography. Memories smooth out the edges.’ Dante G.

Time can forget some memories, but there are some memories which can make us forget time and those memories make life sweeter.
Growing up in 1960s and 1970s meant that we remained uninfluenced by technology and many other complex electronic gadgets. In simple words, our life was practically devoid of many material things such as Barbie dolls, Lego sets, Television, computers and cell phones. Which indirectly helped us enjoy nature and human relationships to its fullest form.

Baking bites, cookies »

[1 Nov 2014 | 2 Comments | ]
Recipes | Baked savory flatbread Crackers aka Indian Namkeenpare – Reflecting and celebrating festive season

Last few days went prepping and celebrating one of our biggest festivals, Diwali. I had a wonderful time with family and friends, whipping desserts, cooking grand feast and chatting all day long.

Diwali preparations started a week before at my home, shopping for new clothes, buying crackers, cleaning the house and finally sitting down to making sweets and savories.

When I think of Diwali, my mind wanders back to happy festive days spent at my granny’s home. Her house would start getting filled with the heady aromas of ghee fried besan and ajwain namkeenpare, well in advance before actual Diwali day.

Lunchbox bites, Veggies/curries »

[27 Oct 2014 | 4 Comments | ]
Recipe | Healthy Agathi leaves with Lentil – The city I proudly call home

Adapting to new situations is absolutely essential to any kind of success or happiness in life. I was not born and raised in Chennai but have been living here for close to eighteen years.

New language, hot climate, different food habits and strict rituals at in-laws’ home in Chennai intimidated this simple girl from Rajasthan at first. Change is always unpleasant to some degree.

But over a period of time this city has grown on me.

I fell in love with my new city as I learned to speak the local language and started to follow the rituals at home.

Appetizers & starters, kids lunchbox, Lunchbox bites »

[12 Jul 2014 | 6 Comments | ]
Recipes | Healthy Indian snack called  Muthiya and an exciting food blogger meet

I have attended many blogger conferences over the last few years but have never been so excited for a meet, ever. Yes, I am referring to IFBM here, our very first Food blogger meet at Bangalore next month.
It is really hard to hold back the excitement of meeting many of my virtual food blogger friends whose blogs I have been reading and admiring time and again. Oh..well, I am making and packing the special South Indian lentil-spice mix in the picture above for some of my blogger friends who have asked for it.

Did I tell you that many of us will be sharing same apartments for close to three days….start music…it is party time 🙂

Breakfast bites, Product styling, sandwiches, Spreads & Preserves, Veggies/curries »

[23 Apr 2014 | 3 Comments | ]
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.

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

[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.

Festive bites, festive medley, fudge, nutri bombs »

[29 Oct 2013 | 15 Comments | ]
Recipes | Sugar Free Date Rolls and Millet Churma Ladoos – The Power of Food to Bring Back Good Memories

Various legends associated to the origin of a festival in India leads to different rituals people follow to celebrate it which keeps the ‘amusement quotient’ quite high.
I received a call from the office of a very popular regional magazine  Dinakaran, sometime back. The editor informed  me that they are planning to feature 7-8 celebrities from various fields in Chennai with a traditional sweet recipe from their respective states in their special Diwali issue. And I am one among them.

What“!? I almost screamed…err..huh…did I hear it right?

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