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[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.

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[22 Dec 2015 | 2 Comments | ]
Recipe | Curried Long beans and potatoes – You can find inspiration just about anywhere

You can find inspiration just about anywhere!

People use horses and bullock carts to travel and transport things, kids still play outdoors, and women light the firewood for every meal they cook.
Paved roads, electricity, cell phones and internet are luxury here, but life is beautiful and blissfully simple. There is a sense of peace here that can’t be replicated in the cities.

Yes, this is the heart & soul of India – a typical Indian village, I visited during my last trip to Udaipur.

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[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 🙂

Breakfast bites, chutney/relish, food styling, Headline, Spreads & Preserves »

[9 Dec 2015 | One Comment | ]
Recipe | Ginger preserve aka Inji Thokku – When nature reminds us that she is supreme

The sky went from dark to almost black, followed by delicate drops of rain. Soon, the rain drops grew bigger & heavier and turned into furious storm.

It rained and rained and rained…till the city of Chennai and its suburbs were submerged under water. The devastation all across the city is far beyond the words to describe.

The evening on 1st of December was when the nightmare started for everyone who were out for work. Torrential rains, power cut and neck deep water in most of the areas made the city traffic cripple and brought the entire city to standstill.

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[15 Oct 2015 | 3 Comments | ]
Recipe | Healthy Cornmeal Squares aka Raab ki Chakki – 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

Sitting around the bonfire, sipping creamy and delicious Makki ki Raab in small sakora or earthenware pot, is one of the sweetest memories from my occasional winter visits to our family home in Bhilwara, Rajasthan.

Granny  would light the ‘chulha’ or hearth made from a mixture of cow dung and clay as early as 4 am in the morning. The indigenous chulha provided much needed warmth during the chilly winter days.

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[15 Oct 2015 | One Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Quick & easy Marinara Sauce – Life isn’t always going to be picture perfect

As far as I remember, Tea was the very first thing I learnt to prepare when I was in my middle school.

I was playing an important role in an English play at school and wanted to practice my lines when everyone at home were asleep.

Mom never introduced us to drinking tea or coffee during our school days, but I knew that a cup of hot tea is my best bet to keep awake for long. So ‘tea’ it was.

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[1 Oct 2015 | One Comment | ]
Recipes | Curried Green Pepper and Brinjal aka Mirchi and Baingan ka Salan

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.

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[8 Aug 2015 | 2 Comments | ]
Recipe & Food Styling |Two Easy Indian Curries – Enjoying the roller coaster that is life..

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

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.

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[11 Jul 2015 | One Comment | ]
Recipe | Pumpkin and Carrot Barley Risotto – You never know how much you can achieve until you try

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.

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[25 Jun 2015 | 2 Comments | ]
Recipe |Sorghum Pilaf aka Jowar Ghoogri – And life goes on

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.

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