Bottled with Love ~ Ideal Homemaker Kameswari Kunapuli

October 5, 2017
Kameswari Kunapuli

Beautiful and gracious. And rivetingly multifaceted, as her friend Sitaji Kolluru, who introduced us, had so aptly described. That’s Kameswari Kunapuli, a classical Carnatic singer and teacher from East Godavari, now residing in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. Sitting in her outer […]

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Milky Drumstick Curry ~ Reddy Soul Sisters, Hyderabad

September 5, 2017
Reddy Sisiters

Our mother’s pakodi kurma is an all-time family favourite to date as is her simple milky drumstick curry,” echo the Reddy sisters. Listening to them talk wistfully about their mother’s cooking, it was obvious that the taste of her food continues to […]

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Micchami Dukkadam ~ Meaning & Implication

August 26, 2017
forgiveness michchhami dukkadam

Wonderful surprise seeing so many of our non-Jain friends celebrating Forgiveness Day by sharing this powerful phrase – “Micchami Dukkadam.” It leads me to wonder how many actually understand the meaning behind this catchphrase. This question is what prompted me […]

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Mango Peel Sabzi ~ From Sunanda Pokharna’s Kitchen

August 15, 2017
Mango Peel Sabzi

A side-dish with peels of ripe mangoes, this mango peel sabzi is an unusual creation from the kitchen of Sunanda & Surendra Singh Pokharna, a Rajasthani couple from Ahmedabad. Sunandaji says that the kesar variety of mangoes is the most […]

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Domestic Jugalbandi ~ Sunanda & Surendra Singh Pokharna

August 5, 2017
Sunandaji & Surendra Singh Pokharna

Last month, I received an SMS from my sister-in-law Indu Chordia: “Come home, I want you to meet a very special couple and yes, be prepared to speak in pure Rajasthani.” I laughed to myself but agreed. Even though I […]

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Healthy Kabuli ~ Layered Rice & Vegetables with Sudha Nahata

July 15, 2017
Vegetarian kabuli pulav recipe

A rich and famous rice dish from Jodhpur, Kabuli is a favourite at celebrations and weddings. It is highly possible that this dish is the vegetarian version of Qabili Pulav, the national dish of Kabul. Though the original recipe requires […]

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Ingredients of Success ~ Graceful Rajasthani Sudha Nahata

July 5, 2017
Talented Rajasthani Sudha Nahata

Whether it is special vegetables like chakki ka saag and pachkuta or rice dishes like kabuli pulao, she grew up seeing her mother and grandmother mix the masalas themselves even though the kitchen was the cook’s domain. Indeed, 71 year-old […]

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Musmusiya for Lactating Mothers ~ Steamed Nuggets with Ajeeta Mehta

June 15, 2017

A traditional Gujarati recipe with cooked rice and multigrain flour, musmusiya are steamed nuggets, a much-loved dish in the Mehta household. It is ideal for the dry days of Ashtami and Chaturdashi when no fresh vegetables or greens are consumed. […]

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Efficient and Exemplary ~ Learning Postnatal Care from Ajeeta Mehta, Chennai

June 5, 2017
Ajeeta Mehta

What struck me when I stood in her kitchen was her sheer efficiency—it was neat and tidy, with well-planned cupboards stocking a wide range of ingredients. She deftly placed the jars of ingredients required for the recipe on a tray […]

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Contentment Preserved ~ Raw Mango Chutney with Renu Bhatia, Haryana

May 5, 2017
Raw Mango Chutney

Come summer and she is off to the vegetable market, looking at the heaps of mangoes and choosing the best ones: for pickles, chutneys, jams and squashes. She started by making it all for herself. As friends and relatives tasted […]

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Sanskrit Film Ishti ~ Meeting the Director G.Prabha

April 20, 2017
Ishti – the Sanskrit film

Sanskrit and film don’t often go together—whereas film is a medium of communication used to reach the masses, the ancient language of Sanskrit is viewed as the preserve of a privileged few. So when Sanskrit professor Dr G Prabha, 60, […]

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Arachhu Vitta Sambar ~ A Safe Method of Tempering with Leela Krishnan

April 15, 2017
Arachhu Vita Sambar

There is easy grace and contentment when she cooks. A certain calm.   She placed the pan on the stove and added the oil. Without waiting for it to heat up, she added the mustard seeds. She immediately covered the […]

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Serving the Divine ~ Tamilian Grandmother Leela Krishnan, Chennai

April 5, 2017
Leela Krishnan

Hailing from Palakkad, Leela Krishnan is a Tamil Iyer who has been living in Chennai for the past three decades. Having heard her grandson Thejas wax eloquent about her cooking, I was led to her cosy residence in Kalakshetra for […]

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Jimikand Matar ki Sabzi ~ From Champa & Brij Bhushan’s Kitchen

March 15, 2017
Jimikand Matar ki Sabzi

A favourite at Champa & Brij Bhushan’s home, this sabzi is made with elephant yam (jimikand) and fresh peas (matar). Brij says one of his cravings is to eat this in India where it is freely available. It has been […]

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Added Spice to Life ~ Champa & Brij Bhushan

March 5, 2017
Champa & Brij Bhushan

They have both been engineering students, they have both been teachers, and they have also worked together in their own company. Their common interests extend further—to travelling, gardening and cooking. When they speak, you hardly notice when one stops and […]

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Kalakand ~ Sweet Milky Flavours with Nirmala Mardia

February 15, 2017

A favourite mithai in North India, kalakand was traditionally prepared by curdling milk and cooking it until it thickened. Nirmalaji adds an interesting and healthier twist by the addition of sandesh. As she says, “You can make it whenever you […]

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Seasoned with Love ~ Life Insights from Rajasthani Granny Nirmala Mardia

February 5, 2017
Nirmala Mardia

“There is no greater joy than cooking with your own hands and serving your loved ones,” says 67 year-old Nirmala Mardia, a Rajasthani Jain from Chennai. She enjoys cooking a wide range of dishes for her friends and relatives. In […]

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Bharwan Besan Ki Mirch ~ Stuffed Chillies with Kamini Agarwal

January 15, 2017
Bharwan besan ki mirch

Kamini Agarwal, a dynamic poetess and grandmother from Mumbai, says: “In Uttar Pradesh, a common meal is steamed rice with dal (arhar ki dal) along with any sabzi.” A favourite in her family is stuffed chillies with dal and rice. […]

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Inspiration & Zeal ~ Varied Interests of Kamini Agarwal

January 5, 2017

She composes poetry on instant demand at weddings and get-togethers; she dances with a grace that defies her age; she sings melodiously (the ghazals she has performed for All India Radio are proof enough); she has performed in front of […]

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Pune ke Baingan ~ A No-Brinjal Recipe of Stuffed Rotis with Tara Dakliya

December 15, 2016
Pune ke Baingan

Enjoy this brinjal shaped delicacy from the kitchen of Tara Dakliya who says, When we cook, the food gets infused with the vibrations of the positive and loving thoughts we have.”   Known as ‘Pune ke baingan’, here is a […]

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