Khakhra Sandwich ~ Quick Indian Snack

September 11, 2015
Quick Khakhra Snack

All these years – more than two decades – the Anjali chopping board was my kitchen obsession. Whenever I enter the kitchen, it is the first thing I reach out for. And it lasts for years. I think the one […]

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Colour Plays a Pivotal Role in Food Art ~ Randhir Kashyap

September 5, 2015
Randhir Kashyap

Food Art was the main theme of my this interview. Colour plays a pivotal role in his creativity, whether it is at work or wielding the ladle over his stove. As he visualizes the final colour of the dish, he […]

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Shabd Ek Sakha ~ शब्द एक सखा

August 7, 2015
Hindi poem by Pratibha Jain

  पीछे मुड़कर देखो तो ज़ाहिर है कि सबसे गहरा नाता तो ‘शब्द’ के साथ ही जोड़ा है. और कोई साथ रहे न रहे, शब्द तो रहता ही है. चाहने वाले नाराज़ हो सकते हैं, दोस्त वक्त पर गायब हो […]

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The Art of Observation ~ Venkatesh from Malnad

August 5, 2015
Malnad Venkatesh

“Art of observation is the secret; to learn by seeing” is the simple formula of success, says Mr. Venkatesh. Simplicity and hospitality at its best – that is what one experiences on meeting him and his family at their rustic […]

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Bhamashah – Drama on Vanquishing Inner Enemies

July 26, 2015
Arihanta Janism Mahavira

“It is not the Mughals who have defeated you, it is not Akbar who has defeated you, it is not the lack of resources that has brought defeat upon you. O King! If you feel defeated, it is by your […]

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Raw Mango Rice ~ Maanga Saadam with Chandrasekharran

July 25, 2015
Raw Mango Rice ~ Maanga Saadam with Chandrasekharran

Hailing from a family where men enjoy cooking, Mr. Chandrasekharran says, “I enjoy cooking with seasonal vegetables and fruits. If it was winter, I would have shared a recipe using sirukizhangu. Being summer, it can be a mango recipe. Here […]

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Maanga Paruppu ~ Dal with Sour Mangoes ~ Chandrasekharran

July 15, 2015
Maanga Paruppu

A Tamil Brahmin currently residing in Pune, Mr. Chandrasekharran says, “In my native place, we had a huge mango tree growing in our courtyard and made many varieties of pickles. So I can give you whatever recipe you like – […]

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Story Behind Cookbook: Recipes from a Diary

July 13, 2015
Vegetarian cookbook

Story behind cookbook: The Bokaria family thrive on surprising each other at any and every occasion. So much so, that it has become a way of life for them. When Indu was approaching her sixtieth birthday, she was undoubtedly expecting […]

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Seasonal Vegetables & Fruits ~ Cooking with Chandrasekharran

July 5, 2015
G. Chandrasekharran

He describes Sirukizhangu (a seasonal root) as having the fragrance of first rain on dry earth. He laughingly informs me that sambar podi is not traditionally used in preparing sambar, but only in kozhumbu. And he gives simple tips such […]

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Dangar Pachchadi ~ In the Kitchen of Suresh Ramanathan

June 15, 2015
Dangar Pachchadi

Suresh Ramanathan remembers his mother preparing this pachchadi perfectly and frequently as it is a delicious accompaniment to a meal. A wholesome recipe from Thanjavur cuisine, this pachchadi (raita) can be enjoyed with steaming rice, parantha or dosas. In Sureshji’s […]

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Cooking is our Joint Venture ~ Suresh Ramanathan

June 5, 2015

It was wonderful to see a father and his two daughters interact so passionately over recipes and ingredients. Even though the older daughter resides abroad, the food talk with Appa is part of her daily ritual. The younger one boasts […]

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Cow’s Milk & Milky Vegetable Soopa – Culturama Magazine

May 30, 2015
Cows milk health tonic culturama

Cow’s milk was the topic of this article in Culturama, a magazine for expats in Chennai. Their April issue centered around the importance of the cow in Indian culture. In this article, Pratibha Jain shares some Ayurvedic insights about cow’s […]

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Sandesh The Thief of Hearts ~ Culturama Magazine

May 6, 2015

Sandesh was the topic of this article “The Thief of Hearts” in Culturama, a magazine for expats in Chennai. Pratibha Jain talks about her wonderful journey with Indu Bokaria, a Sandesh artist and author of just-launched cookbook “Recipes from a […]

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Whipping Up Festive Meals ~ BG Mathew

May 5, 2015
BG Mathew Taste Maker

Simple and unassuming, this 73 year old retired banker from Kottayam loves cooking! B.G. Mathew especially enjoys whipping up festive meals at Christmas and Onam. He loves to share recipes and enjoys improvising. His simple dictum is: “I cannot eat […]

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Summer Foods & Mango Roll ~ Indian Express

April 23, 2015
Interview by Indian Express

Summer Foods was the theme of this article “Cool Diet for Hot Season” in the Indian Express. Pratibha Jain shares some practical tips to beat the heat along with the recipe of Mango Roll – a beautiful and delicious Sandesh […]

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Sambhariya – A Rich Potato & Onion Sabzi with Suresh Kimtee

April 15, 2015
Sambhariya - Suresh Kimtee

A delicious side-dish and a cherished memory, this recipe of Sambhariya sabzi reminds Sureshji Kimtee of his mother and her penchant for perfection. This is a much-loved recipe and a family favourite for decades. He says the trick is in […]

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Dedicated Memory of a Proud Legacy ~ Suresh Kimtee

April 5, 2015
Dedicated Memory of a Proud Legacy ~ Suresh Kimtee

‘Dedicated memory’ is the phrase that came to mind when I was speaking with Suresh Kimtee – a 63 year-old Marwari residing in Hyderabad. His family name ‘Kimtee’ is bestowed by none other than the hero of Mewar, Maharana Pratap. […]

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Maximizing the Power of Ingredients ~ Kulbhushan Khanna

March 5, 2015
Kulbhushan Khanna - Pathankot

Maximizing the power of ingredients by recognizing the distinct flavour of each one is an art. While cooking, I simply take the ingredients in my masala dabba for granted – cumin, chilli powder, turmeric and asafoetida feature in most of […]

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Sattvik Sensibility & Religious Tradition ~ Narayanan Rao

February 5, 2015
Sattvik Sensibility - Narayanan Rao

Sattvik Sensibility is the phrase to describe the meeting with 60 year-old Narayanan Rao and his family. It was an insight into how India’s spiritual heritage has been nurtured by devotees across eons. As a family, they have dedicated their […]

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Ideal Directions For Prayer

January 23, 2015

In the bounty of Mother Nature, many magical secrets reside which the great seers have attempted to unravel. They have dwelled upon the mysteries of space and time so we can maximize the power of whatever we do. They have […]

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