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[5 Oct 2010 | 25 Comments | ]
A Cake That Was Not…Eggless Ragi or Finger Millet Bake

The cake that was not…Yes, I didn’t get any appropriate title for this beautiful cake which happened accidentally! The Ragi Pancakes which I made this weekend and posted before this cake came into existence, left me with surplus batter sitting in my fridge. Not knowing what to do with the batter I just added a few spoons of chocolate syrup, a handful of nuts and baked it. Voila’ this pretty came into life!

Sometimes accidents do bring sweet results, and this Ragi Cake is one such 🙂

Breakfast bites, pancakes »

[5 Oct 2010 | 10 Comments | ]
Ragi or Finger Millet Pancakes for a Healthy Breakfast

Pancake is a weekend breakfast at my home. And I often get worked up thinking new ideas and innovative ways to bring different flavors and taste to pancakes. This time I tried adding Ragi, Finger Millet to my Pancake batter just to add extra bit of nutrition to the breakfast. And I was surprised when my 6 years old daughter enjoyed and finished it without any complain 🙂

Festive bites, Foods that heal, halwa »

[27 Aug 2010 | 17 Comments | ]
Wonder Grain Ragi or Finger Millet and a Dessert – Ragi Puttu

These tiny deep red pearls called Ragi or finger millet are bundle of nutrients. A whole grain which I came to know about much later in life. Until then the cobs or the fingers of ragi used to decorate my vase of dry flower arrangement for long 🙂

It was only when I came to the South of India I became aware of these goldmine of nutrients. From then on it has occupied a much coveted place on my dinning table. I love the earthy and rustic aroma of this mighty grain.

chutney/relish, food styling, Low-fat Pickles, Lunchbox bites »

[2 Nov 2017 | No Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Mixed Vegetable Pickle

Priceless childhood memories, some great friends, good food and endless time spent on Fatehsagar… these are the memories which make life sweeter.

Come winter and makki and bajre ki roti become staple food for us. Mom will make a huge batch of fresh vegetable pickle using mustard oil. We used to run out of house the day she would heat oil to makes this pickle. The strong pungent smell of mustard oil was hard on our nose.

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

[8 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Healthy Broccoli and Amaranth leaves Flat-breads – Things that keep me busy, happy and sane..

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

Rewind a few years back to when I used to get panic attacks whenever a couple of projects land in a span of few days. I would become anxious and stressed out as the deadlines draw near. It was a real tough time to find a point of balance between my career and personal life, more so when you are passionately inclined towards both.

However, with over seven years of work experience in the industry, I now feel more at ease with myself.

Breakfast bites, pancakes, product/book review »

[24 Jun 2017 | No Comment | ]
Recipe & Product Review | Two healthy wholegrain Crepes

My weekend starts with asking the same question to my family over and again “what do you want for breakfast?”

Anything other than Idly, dosas, parathas, upma and sandwiches” the instant reply I get to hear from my children and hubby.

food styling, Lunchbox bites, Veggies/curries »

[3 Mar 2017 | One Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Shahi Mushroom Curry – To jump off the cliff and learn how to make wings on the way down..

The lessons you learn the hard way are always the ones that stick…

All along, and ever since I was first exposed to commercial food styling shoots, it really hit me to think that how smooth my transition would have been had there been someone to guide me through the nitty gritty of food styling.

Back then, I was fairly new to the commercial world of food styling and had no mentor whom I could observe or assist. I had to jump off the cliff and learn how to make wings on the way down 🙂

Breakfast bites, breakfast medley, food styling, rice recipes »

[20 Oct 2016 | One Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Instant Vegetable Idlis – And story on a plate..

When you believe in someone you profoundly increase their ability to have faith in themselves and achieve. ~ Jason Versey

Sanjeeta, are you free today..we want to discuss with you about an innovative product launching video. More later, when we meet in person, bye” said Arabbhi and disconnected the phone.

I have been very fortunate to have worked with some of the very talented and creative persons in the industry and Avinash Hariharan  &  Arabbhi of Happy Unicorn production house is one such couple.

I was excited and a little anxious at the same time to meet them and to know about the new venture. When someone believes in you, it gives you a sense of accountability to prove them right.

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.

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