Healthy Way of Life ~ Ayurvedic Expert Dr. Kalmadi

December 5, 2014
Mr & Mrs Kalmadi

What happens when a practitioner of Western medicine gets magnetically drawn towards the mystic and mystifying world of Ayurveda and Yoga? In Dr. Prakash Kalmadi’s case, it leads to the evolution of KARE Foundation, a centre for holistic health that […]

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Gurudev Praveen Rishi ~ Preface of Arham Pregnancy

November 16, 2014
Praveen Rishi

An introduction to Gurudev – Upadhyaya Praveen Rishi – what inspired him to evolve a programme for couples who aspire for joyous parenting. Written by Pratibha Jain, this forms the PREFACE of Arham Pregnancy, a book for young couples who […]

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Pav Bhaji Fruit Pulav with Gautam Seth

November 15, 2014
Fruit Pulav

Pav Bhaji Fruit Pulav is Gautam Seth’s title for this family favourite recipe. A chance experiment along with a road side vendor in Bhuleshwar who specializes in making pav bhaji lead to this delicious fruit pulav. The pav bhaji masala […]

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Hospitality with Gautam Seth ~ The Jaipur Influence

November 5, 2014
Pratibha Jain with Gautamsa

Rajasthani Hospitality at its best! I have yet to meet anyone to match his ardent and unrelenting passion for food! For the three decades that I have known him, he has been whipping up delicacies and ensuring that perfect taste […]

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Flavoured Buttermilk with Natarajan ~ Excellent Diuretic

October 25, 2014
Plantain Buttermilk

Another creative recipe from the kitchen of the Natarajans. This unusual buttermilk made healthier with the addition of banana stem juice; acts as an excellent diuretic!   Ingredients: Banana stem – 6-7 inch piece, chopped Thick yogurt – ½ litre, […]

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One-step Pulav with Broad beans ~ Natarajan from Chennai

October 15, 2014
Avarakkai saadam

A simple one-step pulav from the kitchen of K. Natarajan, a silver from Chennai. This is a good example of the OPOS (One pot one shot) style of cooking. Natarajan says you can replace broad beans with any vegetable – […]

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Vegetarian Restaurant in Chennai ~ Tuscana Kryptos

October 9, 2014
Crispy chilli tofu

  This year a very dear friend turned vegetarian. A favourite restaurant in the city turned vegetarian. It was a delight to dine at Kryptos Vegetarian at Wallace Garden. From starters and a fabulous spread at the Salad bar to […]

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OPOS ~ One Pot One Shot ~ With K. Natarajan

October 5, 2014
K Natarajan

Until his mother passed away, he was the typical Indian man with no role in the kitchen. And then, a chance trial at making of buttermilk brought K Natarajan into the taboo space, and then there has been no looking […]

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उपाध्याय श्री प्रवीण ऋषि – गुरुदेव के साथ अक्षर यात्रा

September 17, 2014
Praveen Rishi

प्रवीण ऋषि – उपाध्याय प्रवर हिमालय की चोटी पर उनकी नज़र स्थिर थी। जाना था वहीं, उन बर्फीली वादियों में जहाँ सदियों से कई साधकों ने सत्य की अनुभूति पाई थी। विदा के शब्द कहे जा चुके थे, रास्ता तय […]

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Plantain Peel Curry ~ Bangladeshi recipe with Gauri Karmakar

September 15, 2014
Vegetarian Recipes

This recipe of plantain peel curry is from the villages of Bangladesh, says Smt. Gauri Karmakar, a great granny from Kolkata. Known as Kanchkolar Khoshar Ghonto in that region, it is a phrase that took me a little time to […]

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Enjoying Responsibility ~ Bangladeshi Granny Gauri Karmakar

September 15, 2014
Great Granny

Practical and diligent, and having a deep understanding of life, is how her grandchildren describe her. She is able to see life from their perspective which makes them reach out to her. Gauri Karmakar (75), a Bangladeshi great-granny residing in […]

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Kodubale with Sridharan ~ Fried snack from Karnataka

September 15, 2014
Kodubale ~ fried snack from Karnataka

There is something magical about featuring the first of any series – be it small or large! This is the first recipe to be featured in my new column ‘His Ladle Love’ at Harmony Magazine. So from now on, for […]

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Sweet Panchdhari and Spicy Besan ki Pakodi ~ Anandkawar Chowdhari

September 15, 2014
Panchdhari, Besan ki Pakodi

Panchdhari A halwa made with flour, gramflour, semolina and khoya; this is a much-loved traditional dish in the Chowdhari family. Smt. Anandkawarji says that it is prepared along with pakodis every year on the death anniversaries of her father-in-law and […]

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Aalyachi Wadi ~ Ginger Burfi with Sushila Gajanan Kulkarni

September 9, 2014
Aalyachi Wadi ~ Ginger Burfi with Sushila Gajanan Kulkarni

Aalyachi Wadi or Ginger Burfi is a simple and sumptuous sweet dish popularly prepared in winter months using ginger, known as Aalye in Marathi. A piece of this ginger burfi consumed before breakfast is much recommended since it aids digestion […]

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Slow Cooking ~ Mysore Iyengar Grandfather Sridharan

September 5, 2014
Kodubale vegetarian snack

Watching Mr. Sridharan lovingly drop every batch of kodubale into the hot oil, allowing them to turn golden brown was an unforgettable experience. He watched over each batch like a protective parent, as the kodubale sizzled, tossed, somersaulted and finally […]

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Peaceful Co-existence ~ Rajasthani Great Granny Anandkawar Chowdhari

September 4, 2014

Peaceful co-existence is the essence of life, says this Rajasthani great-granny from Chennai. Baiji is a darling, her granddaughter says. She is an absolute darling, her grand-daughter-in-law says. She has taken care of me during my sickness even more than […]

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Culturama Magazine ~ A Fine Balance

August 28, 2014

Culturama, the magazine for expatriates in Chennai, features an article by Pratibha Jain in the July 2014, Volume 5, Issue 5 titled ‘A Fine Balance’ with an Ayurvedic recipe from her cookbook ‘Sukham Ayu’. HERE IS A TRANSCRIPT OF THE […]

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Leftover Rice Recipe ~ Rice Paratha ~ Chawal ki Roti

July 25, 2014
Cooking with Leftovers - Rice Paratha

Leftover Rice transformed into Rice Paratha! This is the first suggestion that will be given by all my aunts, grandmothers, mother and mom-in-law whenever there is leftover rice! I guess it’s a very Rajasthani thing to do. Popularly known as […]

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Serene Courage ~ Maharshtrian Great Granny Sushila Kulkarni

July 15, 2014
Serene Courage ~ Maharshtrian Great Granny Sushila Kulkarni

Serene Courage is how I remember this great granny from Nashik. At 85, her skin is as radiant as that of a young girl. Her serene gaze misses nothing and her warm demeanour draws people to her instantly. It is […]

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अशरण भावना ~ Unprotectedness ~ 2nd Reflection for Peace & Joy

July 7, 2014
Inner Protection, inner peace

We must come to terms with our unprotectedness, known as Asharana Bhavana. As a habit, we keep looking for external protection, for someone to be our saviour. We feel secure when we believe that someone is taking care of us. […]

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