Chandri Bhat ~ Culinary Connoisseur, Consultant & Cookbook Author

November 5, 2016
Chandri Bhat

The lanes of her life seem to have gently meandered towards culinary excellence. Almost as if she was destined to find her life’s calling and joy in food! This 60-year old food connoisseur, researcher and cookery expert needs no introduction… […]

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Potol Posto ~ Bengali Pointed Gourd Sabzi with Rita Barua

October 15, 2016

Known as potol in Bengali and parwal in Hindi, pointed gourd is delicious when it is tender. Cooked in a gravy of coconut and poppy seeds in this recipe, it is a family favourite at Rita Barua’s home, this is […]

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Beyond Class & Caste ~ Bengali Granny Rita Barua

October 5, 2016

I went expecting some delicious Bengali vegetarian recipes and an interesting conversation. But when I left, I carried back an experience that was so poignant and unexpected—of seeing a family where caste and class distinction have been erased, paving the […]

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Spiritual Departure with Sallekhana ॐ Mainadevi Pincha

September 13, 2016
Santhara Sallekhana

My Badi Ma – my father’s elder brother’s wife – passed away in Santhara at the age of 87. There is no greater way to depart from this world. As Jains, we are taught to celebrate the arrival of death […]

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Rajasthani Pitla ~ Quick Besan Curry with Chandra Kataria

August 15, 2016
Rajasthani Pitla

A quick side-dish made with besan (gram flour), Rajasthani Pitla is a popular recipe from the desert state of Rajasthan and the ultimate comfort food. This recipe was shared by Chandra Kataria, a beautiful Rajasthani and an impeccable hostess living […]

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From Personal to Universal, Emotional to Spiritual

August 7, 2016
Jaina Guru Praveen Rishi Chennai

When a friend sent me a photo of Gurudev, I felt choked with emotion. The subject of the email “His Holiness with his ‘samsaari’ mother and sister” stirred something deep within me.   Looking at Gurudev, it is hard to […]

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Family First ~ Rajasthani Couple Chandra and Mahavir Kataria

August 5, 2016
Chandra Mahavir

Ever since I have known them, the Kataria family has been an exemplary model of togetherness. Despite having moved into independent homes, they are still bound by a common thread of love and affection. Indeed a rarity in today’s day […]

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A Student for Life ~ Sita Kolluru’s Avid Interests

June 5, 2016
Sita Kolluru

“I don’t have any tall claims. I know a little bit of cooking, a little bit of computerization and a little bit of documentation,” says Sita Kolluru. It is her age which makes these words extraordinary. At 78, Mrs. Sita […]

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Tomato Pachchadi ~ Kerala Delicacy with Geeta Nair

May 25, 2016
Tomato Pachchadi Geeta Nair

A wholesome gravy with tomatoes, the special ingredient in tomato pachchadi is the crushed mustard seeds that lend a unique flavour. Much loved in Geeta Nair’s home as in most Kerala homes, this is simple and easy to make.   […]

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Raw Mango Pachchadi ~ Kerala Chutney with Geeta Nair

May 15, 2016
Raw Mango Pachchadi Geeta Nair

A delicious dip with raw mangoes, fresh yoghurt and coconut paste, this is unusual and unique to Kerala cuisine. Taught by Geeta Nair, raw mango pachchadi has a combination of ingredients which makes it cooling in summers.   Ingredients: 1 […]

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Zest for Life ~ Finding Joy with Geeta Nair

May 5, 2016
Geeta Nair

There are endless recipes and endless experiments. Open the refrigerator and allow your imagination a free hand—this is what Geeta Nair, a 60 year-old Keralite from Chennai, believes in. “I love all things and dislike nothing,” she says with a […]

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Vegan Tofu Pudding ~ Soy Paneer Kheer with Pramoda Chitrabhanu

March 15, 2016
Tofu Pudding

This is a delicious and sattvik kheer with soy milk from Pramodaji Chitrabhanu’s cookbook, Rainbow Food for the Vegan Palate. A believer in a plant-based diet as a compassionate way of life, she constantly innovates to create recipes that are […]

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The Vegan Way ~ Spiritual Calling of Pramoda Chitrabhanu

March 1, 2016
Pramoda Chitrabhanu

Just listening to Pramodaben seems like a spiritual experience. She has found her life’s calling in promoting veganism as a non-violent way of life. The softly spoken words she utters have the power to transform hearts.   Her recent cookbook, […]

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Easy Composting with Khamba ~ No Odour, No Mess

February 23, 2016
Composting Khamba

Organic and eco-friendly may be the buzzwords today, but the key role in organic farming and eco-friendly environment, is played by none other than the humble compost!   Now if you think composting is messy and smelly, I have news […]

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Betel Leaf Pulav ~ Maharashtrian Flavours with Nalini Deshpande

February 15, 2016
Vidyachya Paanache Masale Bhaat

“Betel leaf is so tasty, so I thought why not add it to pulav! Cooking is a creative process. I love thinking and innovating on my feet. You will love the flavours,” Nalini Deshpande describes her love for cooking and […]

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A Song of Flavours ~ Maharashtrian Nalini Deshpande

February 5, 2016
Nalini Deshpande

I first heard her singing at her daughter’s mehendi ceremony. Her voice had that perfect harmony of melody and mood. The listeners had no choice but to shout ‘once more’, again and again. Later, I was surprised to find out […]

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Pachrangi Sabzi ~ From the Bhandari Kitchen

January 15, 2016
Pachrangi Sabzi

“Maan-manuhaar (meaning hospitality) is very important. We love it when all our near and dear ones come over for a meal. We have large family and friend circles. Festivals are an occasion to celebrate together,” says Lalitha Bhandari.   Pachrangi […]

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Pachrangi Achaar ~ Instant Rajasthani Vegetable Pickle

January 10, 2016
Pachrangi Achaar

“I think cooking is an art. But it is also an intuition. If you are truly interested, you can experiment effortlessly. Food definitely binds a family together,” says Mahaveerchand Bhandari with his wife Lalitha Bhandari as they share family recipes […]

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Building Block of Joint Family ~ Lalitha & Mahaveerchand Bhandari

January 5, 2016
Lalitha & Mahaveerchand Bhandari

What does it take to keep a joint family together? Is it easy to create a sense of space as well as togetherness? How does one foster interdependence as well as dependability among the family members? Is it about sacrifice? […]

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Mix & Match Intuitively ~ Sanjay Jain from Hyderabad

December 5, 2015
Sanjay Jain

His aunt and cookbook author Indu Bokaria says, “Whatever he does, he does it perfectly. He makes the best of sesame laddu and cabbage samosas. He is one of the most creative as well as caring persons I have ever […]

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