Original Rugelach Cookies, Colorado Flowers & Randi’s Nostalgia

October 8, 2009
Randi's butterfly

Randi Levin’s emails always arrive with a photograph of whatever has caught her attention last – a butterfly, spring greenery, autumn leaves – allowing us a peek into the high mountains of Colarado where she lives.   Like Jigyasa and […]

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Traditional Kerala Meal from Ammini’s cookbook Grains, Greens & Grated Coconut

July 29, 2009
Traditional Kerala Meal

Reading Ammini’s “Grains, Greens and Grated Coconuts” has been so inspiring that on an impulse, I decided to cook an entire KERALA meal from her book. It was not easy deciding the menu, for I am not yet very familiar […]

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Ellukari Kerala Recipe with Cookbook Author Ammini ~ A Tribute to Amma

June 11, 2009
Ellukari Kerala Recipe

When passion and diligence combine, perfection becomes a natural boon…it is then that great works are created. “Grains, Greens and Grated coconuts” by our good friend Ammini Ramachandran, is one such boon to the world of cookbooks.   It is […]

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Pizza Toast Recipe ~ Tribute to Grace by Son Mark Antrobus aka Govind

April 4, 2009
Mother Son Tribute with Pizza Toast

This post is a tribute from a devoted son for his mother. The tribute recipe is Pizza Toast, a delicious vegetarian recipe perfected by Mark Antrobus for his mother, the wise beautiful Grace.   Jigyasa and myself were first introduced […]

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Summer Tomato Soup & Hot Apples Recipe ~ Anne-Katrin & Mom’s Magic

February 19, 2009
Anne-Katrin Mom Daughter

This post features family recipes – Hot Apples Recipe & Summer Tomato Soup – shared by German cookbook author Anne-Katrin. The recipes are her childhood favourites and loved by her children as well.   During our trip to Beijing in […]

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Naani’s Chana Masala Recipe ~ Tribute by Radhika Mohan

February 19, 2009
Chana Masala

Radhika Mohan, our friend and freelance writer from Chennai, pays a tribute to her mother with her specialty dish – Punjabi Chana Masala, a side-dish with chick peas. She sent this recipe to Jigyasa and myself when we had hosted […]

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Blueberry Muffins, Mountain Sunshine & Randi’s Great Grandmother

October 8, 2008
Randi's grandma

Randi Levin’s recipe for blueberry muffins arrived along with a beautiful photograph of the greenery around her in the Colorado mountains signalling the weather change to a spring mood!   Randi writes, “Dear Jigyasa & Pratibha, Thank goodness for Grandmothers! […]

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Lapsi ~ Auspicious Rajasthani Recipe with Unforgettable Nirmala Sipani

August 13, 2008
Nirmala Sipani

  This post is in poignant memory of beautiful Nimmi whose loss is a deep void in our hearts that is going to be so hard to fill. Here is a touching poem by her young niece, Meetha Jamad: MISS […]

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Stuffed Brinjal Recipe ~ Meera Rao’s tribute to her Mother-in-law

July 13, 2008
Stuffed Brinjals

In 1997, when I moved to Eldams road, Chennai, the first neighbour I met, introduced herself to me as a writer. That immediately drew my attention. In the months to come, I began to share in Meera’s excitement and avidly […]

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Aate ka Seera ~ Manasvi learns a Halwa Recipe from her Nani

June 22, 2008
Aate ka Seera Rajasthani Mithai

The world of blogs is amazing…sharing information, humour, writings, news…and fundraising as well. Jai and Bee of Jugalbandi have chosen the colour Yellow as their fundraiser for Blogger Briana Brownlow. Their site mentions that “Yellow is the happiest colour in […]

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Gujarati Pickles with Shanta Ben & The Young Indian Vegetarians of UK

May 20, 2008
Gujarati Pickles

To begin with, a mention of the people in this post: – Shanta Ben, an 85-year-old lady who lives with her family in UK – Her son Mr. Nitin Mehta and his wife Pratibha Ben – Their daughters Janaki & […]

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Marwari with a taste for hot Andhra curries ~ Says Marwar Magazine

May 11, 2008
Marwari Andhra Magazine

“A Marwari with a taste for hot Andhra curries. A research scholar with a penchant for writing recipes. A translator of heavy religious and spiritual works who is equally at ease with children’s books. Pratibha Jain’s platter of life is […]

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Tarla Dalal shares her mother’s Malai Pedas Recipe

May 2, 2008
Tarla Dalal - Pratibha Jain

  During a conversation with Tarla Dalal, whom I admire like millions do, I mentioned the idea of tribute recipes. She was delighted with the idea and sent the following recipe as a tribute to her mother, who she says […]

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Friendship on Great Wall with Randi Lewin ~ Mother to Great Grandmother

May 1, 2008
Pratibha Jain - Randi Lewin

As we celebrate our friendship with Cookbook author Randi Lewin and speak about tribute recipes, she turns nostalgic with memories of her elders. This post is our tribute to Randi and Randi’s tribute to her culinary legacy.   So what […]

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Jihva for Love – My letters to Tarla Dalal

May 1, 2008
Pratibha, Tarlaji & Jigyasa

Tarlaji in the centre at the Felicitation of “Cooking at Home with Pedatha   In March 1991, I wrote a letter to Smt. Tarla Dalal. By then, I was convinced that if angels have to be granted existence, she was […]

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London Book Fair ~ Demo of Indian Tempering with Carrot Lentil Salad

April 28, 2008
Presentation on Indian cooking at London Book Fair - Pratibha, Dr Kalmadi, Jigyasa

Jigyasa and myself were at the London Book Fair, held at Earl’s Court from April 14-16 this year. It was spectacular, well organized and a treat to the eyes as you see rows and rows of books from across the […]

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Guru Shishya ~ At Olympia Theatre, London 2008

April 20, 2008
Pratibha & Jigyasa speak at the Olympia Theatre, London

Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara. Indian tradition says that Guru is respected and loved as God, as one who creates, one who sustains, and one who dissolves.   These are the words with which we began our presentation […]

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