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[18 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Pearl Millet Flat Bread with peanut sesame spread – When teamwork pays

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”~ Phil Jackson

Hi Sanjeeta, there is a shoot on 14th, are you free?”

 “Yes”

 “See you there!”

This is the conversation with Kunal before most of the food photo-shoot assignments we do together.

Baking bites, food styling, granolas »

[3 Nov 2015 | 4 Comments | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Healthy Banana Oat Bars – You have to put yourself out there to get what you want

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

Mid-term holidays for children had started and we finalized a pretty destination for our vacation. Two photo-shoot calls and I had to re-schedule our trip and change it to a weekend getaway.

The photo-shoot this time was an independent project for Isha Life restaurant in Chennai. I was approached by Meena ji for this project sometime back.

appetizers/snacks, Breakfast bites »

[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.

Breakfast bites, food styling, Spreads & Preserves »

[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.

Lunchbox bites, product/book review, Veggies/curries »

[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.

Festive bites, food styling, steamed goodies »

[15 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe & Food Styling | Steamed rice dumplings aka Kozhukattai – Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times

Amma, could you believe that I made close to 140 perfect looking Kozhukattais (steamed rice dumplings) yesterday for the shoot… Iniya  the actress who acted in the commercial, rushed towards me after the shoot and asked if she could take a few of those brown coloured yummy Kozhukattais  home.” I paused for a while sipping the strong & frothy filter coffee and stretched my legs to sit comfortably on the large wooden swing in my mother-in-law’s living room.

Baking bites, cookies, product/book review »

[6 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]
Recipe | Orange Almond Cookies

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 two beautiful cook books, ‘The Café Spice’ and Silk Road Vegetarian’ from Tuttle publishing sometime back .

I was intrigued by the name ‘Silk road vegetarian’. I vaguely remember reading about silk route in my Geography lessons and was eager to find the connection between a ‘road’ and food.

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

[6 Sep 2015 | One Comment | ]
Recipe | Pumpkin Pickle

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.

Baking bites, brownie »

[30 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]
A Brownie that sizzled – There are some surprises, we are better off without them

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Churchill

I don’t really like surprises, not the bad and big ones anyway. Whether in life or in my kitchen at home, I expect things to happen just the way they always have.

Hmm..if only wishes were horses…

The fact of the matter is that nothing is ever certain and life gives you strange surprise when you least expect from it.

Appetizers & starters, healthy snacks, kids lunchbox, Lunchbox bites, Veggies/curries »

[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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