Organic Wheat Kheer ~ Mithai Recipe from Deepak Jatkar

November 20, 2015
Organic wheat kheer

Prepared with organic wheat which Deepak Jatkar grows in his own farm, here is a healthy and delicious Indian mithai. As he said in his interview on organic farming, “Gehun ki kheer or wheat kheer is a sweet dish. We […]

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Organic Farming & Reinvention ~ Deepak Jatkar from Jath

November 5, 2015
Organic farming Interview

There are some who believe in re-inventing themselves whatever the stage of life. Commerce graduate-turned-farmer in his retirement period, Deepak Jatkar (61) is one of them. Attending to the organic farm in his hometown Jath, he has taken his passion […]

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Magnificient Sundae ~ Aesthetic Perfection with Vinod Midha

October 20, 2015
Magnificient sundae

Constant innovation is the mantra of Vinod Midha and his lovely wife Seema; a silver couple in Chennai. This magnificient Sundae, perfected by them over the years, has several interesting variations with an array of fruits, colourful crushes and edible […]

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Everything with a Twist ~ The Food Mantra of Vinod Midha

October 5, 2015
Foodie at heart

‘Everything with a twist’ is the mantra with which Vinod Midha enjoys cooking as well as eating. No dish is ever cooked the same way, even dal and sabzi are cooked with a twist- if not the ingredients, then the […]

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Baked Brinjal ~ Creative Delight with Randhir Kashyap

September 20, 2015
baked brinjal

Meeting Randhir Kashyap, a silver from Gurgaon, was zooming into art and aesthetics which permeates every sphere of his work. When I asked him what makes his work special, he astutely stated, “I think I have a gift for colour. […]

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Samvatsari ~ The Forgiveness Day & Michami Dukkadam

September 18, 2015
Samvatsari Forgiveness Day & Michami Dukkadam

Why is forgiveness such an important ideal and a way of life in Jainism?   Forgiveness is deeply connected with and is considered another name for non-violence, which is one of the cardinal principles of Jainism. Forgiveness begets love and […]

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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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