Hindustani Vocalist & Saraswat Brahmin ~ Great Granny Meera Savoor

February 5, 2014
Meera Savoor

A Hindustani vocalist who starts training at a young age carries her riyaaz with her for life. “One was struck by the pristine purity of the swaras and the phenomenal range of her clear ringing voice with which she traversed […]

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Lila Pulav ~ Gujarati Recipe with Great Granny Hasumati Shah

January 15, 2014
Lila Pulav - Family recipe shared by Great Granny Hasumati Shah

The Jains are known for their food restrictions. On certain days of the month, many observe abstinence of even vegetables and greens. This is known as ‘sukha khana’ as as opposed to ‘lila khana’ which means a meal consisting of […]

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Large-hearted Understanding of Life ~ Gujarati Great Granny Hasumati Shah

January 5, 2014
Hasumati Shah - Great Granny Interview

Every incident down memory lane with this great-grandma was about co-existence and togetherness. At 88, more than anything else, she misses the sisters-in-law (jethani) with whom she lived after her marriage. She does not think that in adjusting with each […]

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Paal Kozhukattai ~ Sweet Recipe with Tamilian Great Granny Saradha

December 15, 2013
Paal Kozhukattai ~ Sweet Recipe with Tamilian Great Granny Saradha

  When I asked the family about Saradhaji’s specialty dishes, they reeled off a list of traditional TAMILIAN recipes in one breath. As her daughter says, “Most of her culinary skills were downloaded from my paternal grandma. They were a […]

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Gujarati Meal ~ Traditional Recipes with Reiki Healer Kirtida Shah

December 12, 2013
Traditional Gujarati Meal

  I have known her as a Reiki Healer and Ashtamangal Meditator until now. I enjoy speaking with her about topics such as aura, healing and positive vibes. What makes the conversation interesting is her curiosity and open-mindedness. She is […]

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Loving Domestic Animals for Decades ~ Tamilian Great Granny Saradha Rajamani

December 5, 2013
Saradha Rajamani - Grandmother from Salem

  The two topics that received her undivided attention and enthusiasm were grandchildren and traditional recipes. Mrs. Saradha Rajamani, a 75-year-old Tamilian lady from Salem is a mother of 3, grandmother of 4, and great-grandmother of 2. By her own […]

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Maange Curry from Coorg ~ Wild Mango Curry with Great Granny Deachi Appaji

November 15, 2013
Maange Curry

In the hills of Coorg, a delicious curry is made with wild mangoes. Unlike the hybrid commercial cultivars, these are generally smaller in size, have fibrous pulp and pack a punch in terms of flavour. Some of the smallest varieties […]

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Dedication in every Activity ~ Great Granny from Coorg Deachi Appaji

November 5, 2013
Deachi Appachi Grandmother from Coorg

  Cleanliness and beauty are visible in every corner of Mrs. Deachi Appaji’s house, situated amidst the lush greenery of Kodugu district in Coorg. At 86, she is a mother of 3, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 4. She […]

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Bellam Pongal ~ Traditional Festival Offering with Anjamma

October 15, 2013
Bellam Pongal Festival recipe

BELLAM PONGAL is a sweet dish made with rice as an offering to Goddess Parvathi. The magic ingredient is the jaggery which lends the rich brown colour. The best is the red variety of jaggery, also known as paagu bellam, […]

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Steeped in Devotion ~ Great Granny Anjamma from Nellore

October 5, 2013
Anjamma Granny Interview

  Meeting great-grandmother Smt. Anjamma(73) along with her son Sri Chinni Venkata Subbarao (57) was like seeing two kinds of devotion – his devotion as a son and hers as a devotee for her Lord. In an unhurried manner, he […]

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Sojjiappam Recipe with Doraiammal ~ Semolina Coconut Filling

September 15, 2013
sojjiappam recipe

A traditional sweet dish, Sojjiappam is one of the most favourite preparation in Mrs. Doraiammal Neelakantan’s family. An interesting variation of the famous Poli, this Sojjiappam recipe is easy to prepare and keeps for a few days.   Ingredients: For […]

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Broad-mindedness Prevails ~ Tamilian Great Granny Doraiammal

September 5, 2013
Doraimmal Grandmother speaks

A grandmother of six and great-grandmother of seven, Mrs. Doraiammal Neelakantan is much loved by friends and family for her warmth and hospitality. As Mrs Chithra Viswanathan, who gave us her introduction, astutely remarked, “Discipline with affection is her success […]

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The Greyest…Ghanshyam

August 28, 2013
Krishna Painting by Elise

  Give me that greyest of gifts, You ask me! I quest between, Black and white, I battle with them, My hands reach out, To grasp the grey, It escapes, it eludes, Then slowly descends, To envelope me, Now neither […]

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Aam ka Kalakand ~ Mango & Milk Rajasthani Mithai with Jaikuwar Lodha

August 15, 2013
Mango Kalakand, a tasty Mithai taught by Smt Jaikuwar Lodha, a Great Granny from Ahmednagar

  A favourite in Jaikuwar Bai’s family, this delicious mithai is best prepared with the Alphonso or Pyari varieties of mango. The pulp from these mangoes does not contain any threads and can be used in this recipe without straining. […]

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Bestower of Good Luck ~ Rajasthani Great Granny Jaikuwar Lodha

August 5, 2013
Jaikuwar Bai Lodha - Great Granny from Ahmednagar

Two days with an 89-year old great grandmother without hearing a word of complaint about aches or pains, or any sound of disapproval about the activities of youngsters, truly piqued my curiosity. Smt Jaikuwar Bai, wife of late Shri Motilalji […]

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Minappa Rotti ~ Traditional Andhra Recipe with Vedula Satyavati

July 15, 2013
Minapa Rotti

Rotis are normally made from dough, but the Andhra Minappa Rotti is a pancake prepared from a batter. Also known as dibba rotti which means a fat bread, this dish is cooked on a low flame in a special brass […]

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Lootera – Movie on Despair and Love

July 6, 2013
Lootera sonakshi ranbir

  Why I liked Lootera movie: Because he took his chance for repentance. I have always thought that one of the wonderful things about life is that it holds a mirror to our actions and intentions, and often allows us […]

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Razor Sharp Mind at Ninety-three ~ Great Granny Vedula Satyavati from Andhra

July 5, 2013
Vedula Satyavati, a Great Granny from Hyderabad of sharp memory and unconditional warmth

  At 93, with her razor sharp mind , there is not much that misses her eye, and her words flow effortlessly and eloquently. She enjoys a good conversation and passionately talks about traditional recipes. She can even instruct her […]

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Pedatha’s Recipes ~ Traditional Andhra Meal for Pranav’s Birthday

June 17, 2013
Traditional Andhra Meal

Ever since Cooking at Home with Pedatha happened, my gift to Pranav, my younger brother, on his birthday is an Andhra meal from this cookbook. This was how we celebrated his special day yesterday as well. His love for the […]

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Mustard Seed Rice ~ Festival Preparation with Telugu Granny Shanta Kumari

June 15, 2013
Mustard Rice

Mustard SEED Rice known as Kadugu Chithra Annam in Telugu, is a traditional rice dish with a rich texture. Combines the sweetness of coconut, bitterness of mustard and tanginess of lemon. This recipe has been shared by Shanta Kumari, a […]

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