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[22 Aug 2015 | One Comment | ]
Recipes & Food Styling | Paneer Kathi roll and paneer pumpkin curry –  A goal without a plan is just a wish

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.

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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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[30 May 2015 | 3 Comments | ]
Recipes | Two Indian Curries with Mango – Colours of my childhood

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.

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[20 Mar 2015 | One Comment | ]
Recipe | Desi Health Bites – Tofu Pasanda aka Tofu in White Gravy

Creamy, mildly spicy and an exotic recipe, Paneer Pasanda is a very elaborate Indian dish served in many hi end restaurants in India. Cottage cheese are sliced into thin triangles which are stuffed with a paste of nuts, coated with chickpea flour marinate, deep fried and then dunked into rich creamy gravy to make a delicious Paneer Pasanda.

The preferred gravy for Paneer Pasanda is deep red in colour, which comes from ground tomatoes, deep fried onions and turmeric powder.

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[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.

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[7 Feb 2015 | 5 Comments | ]
Recipes | Arachuvitta Sambhar and Vatha Kulambu – Indian spices and aromatic cooking

But your looks, accent, mannerism…I can’t believe you are not a South Indian….you don’t look like a Rajasthani  to me from any angle” her gaze narrowed on my face.

When in Rome, do as the Romans do” I replied with a cheery grin pulling out my glasses from the box and getting ready for the interview to follow.

She nodded with a naughty smile and started the audio recorder.

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[29 Jan 2015 | 10 Comments | ]
Recipe | Baby Potatoes in Spices & Yogurt aka Dum Aloo – Dreams don’t work unless you do

Dreams don’t work unless you do.”~ Maxwell

A crazy week of food photo-shoot at Isha yoga center, and I am back home…finally.

With no running around carrying heavy loads of props and no more shots to plan for the days, it feels good to relax & enjoy a bowl of home-cooked ‘Poha’ and ginger tea on my swing.

Hmm… it has been 4 years since I started my first food styling shoot for Brown Tree.

I now have successfully completed more than 15 projects for well know companies and brands of India.

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[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.

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[3 Dec 2014 | 5 Comments | ]
Recipes | Easy and healthy Indian curries and flatbreads – My warming winter comfort foods

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ~ Edith Sitwell.

Winter season is a celebration of food. Lower temperature and abundance of fresh produce make winter the most favored season for food lovers.

Hmm….well, the temperature in the city where I currently reside, hardly dips below 20° c.  Do you think this could be a reason for me not to indulge in some of my favorite winter comfort foods? Not in the least.

Come winter season and I start craving for certain recipes which are cooked with love and passed from generation to generation. Yes, there is something special about winters that make you long for home cooked food.

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[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.

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