Me and Mitho Limdo

I was born in the eternally beautiful place called Mysuru in the south Indian state of Karnataka and raised in the glorious state of Gujarat, India. My story is by no means a unique story as many of us Indians are born in one region of India and raised in another. But that’s what enabled me to enjoy the true Indian experience; that of embracing the culture of other regions while never letting go of my roots. This experience is reflected in my cooking as well.

“Winning is very tangible; it’s very exciting, it’s very pleasing,  but it’s momentary. If you can do things that last, that each generation can build upon, then that’s when you’re cooking.” This quote by the famous tennis player Billie Jean King is a fitting tribute to my mother and my grandmother Venkamma.  I have heard that whatever my grandmother cooked had an amazing taste to it. Her cooking was a combination of Karnataka and Andhra cuisine. I can tell from the recipes that apart from taste, they were also dictated by principles of science.  My mother continued that tradition and more, by adding traditional Gujarati food in her cooking repertoire. Their recipes are a real family treasure for me.

I love to cook and I take it quite seriously; being equally conscious of taste and ingredients. A lot of recipes you find here will be traditional recipes from Karnataka, Andhra and Gujarat. Some are my mother’s, some are  my own, some are from friends and family exactly as they gave them, and some are adapted from recipes of friends, family, and cookbooks. At the heart of it, cooking is about loving and sharing. This blog is an expression of these sentiments.

I would love to hear from you. Feel free to post your comments on this blog. After all, this web site is a way for me to connect with you.

Namaste and Welcome.

This site is dedicated to my mother Indira.

90 Responses to “Me and Mitho Limdo”

  1. ValCarni Says:

    Thank You , I like Prasad also, and I make a Sheero Vegan Style. I usually always add or serve with fresh green herbs of some kind, like Oregano, Rosemary or other available herb. The Vegan Cats like a Sheero type of meal. I would like to make it as a Live Food , with the Sprouted Grains, and then dehydrated or put in the sun until done. I like the Namaste’ that you added also. :)

  2. Anita Raul Says:

    hi I love this website. But it would make it easier to follow your receipies if you provided a facebook page link that people can like and follow your receipies

  3. commercial real estate houston Says:

    Thanks for finally talking about >Me and Mitho Limdo | મીઠો લિમડો Mitho Limdo <Loved it!

  4. Gira Chaudhari Says:

    Please upload “kodri ni khichdi” recipe

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Hi Manu
    I loved your introduction. I have met your mom few times. I am glad i did. She is a very affectionate lady. No matter how old we are we would love to have our mom. I knew you were an excellent cook when i ate your vongibath. I can’t wait to try all your recipes. I did not know about your website until today. Thanks for sharing
    Bye
    Manjula shankar

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Hi Anupama – This is Madhu & Sreelatha .. we meet once in a while a the Dublin Bagel Store :) Haven’t seen you or Sreenath in a long time and remembered your site.. Thanks to Google, despite my incorrect spelling, it pointed me to your site!

    Lovery site, nice pictures and some great mouth watering recipes! I couldn’t agree more with one of the eariler comments – there is nice warm, lovely touch to you site. Lots of work in putting together such a nice site. Hope all is well with you and everyone at home.. Our regards to Sreenath and Samir and hope to see you all at Bagel one of these days :)

    Bye,
    -Madhu

    • Anupama Says:

      Dear Madhu & Sreelatha, I was so happy to see your comment here. We have been wondering where you guys disappeared. Of course, our visits to bagel street cafe hasn’t been as regular as before.
      Thank you very much for the lovely note. Hope to see you at BSC soon!

      Anupama

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Hi Anupama,

    Your blog is so beautiful and well written. I felt so proud to be a fellow mysoorean. I have been browsing blogs, i liked your recipes I also tried some. I live in Victoria, Canada. My husband & kids love mane adige. so I keep trying all kinds of indian dishes. Will visit your blog regularly.

    Good Luck.
    Anitha

    • Anonymous Says:

      Dear Anitha, Thank you very much. Very nice of you to leave such a nice note for me here. You live in a lovely place. I have been there once and would like to go there again.

      Anupama

  8. Neeli Says:

    I love the name of your blog! I just found it so I have a lot of catch-up reading to do, but looking forward to following along.

    • Anupama Says:

      Thank you very much Neeli. I see that you have a very interesting food blog and having lived in Gujarat for so many years, its name is very familiar to me. Hope to keep in touch.

      Best, Anupama

  9. radha Says:

    Hi Anupama
    Stumbled upon your blog looking for a capsicum curry recipe – found two here – and spent a lot of time browsing each post! I am planning to try out a lot of recipes from the blog.
    PS – No new posts after August. Hope you have not stopped blogging – since I have just discovered the site.

    • Anupama Says:

      Hi Radha,
      Thank you so much. I have not stopped cooking but have certainly not been to regular with updates on this site. Hope to post recipes soon.

      Anupama

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Hi I knew an Anupama Bhat when my family was in Bhavnagar,Gujrat from 1983-1988. Wondering if you are the same person? Did u study in KPES school? IS your father’s name Dr.Rajan?
    Your blog is great.
    Srilakshmi.B

    • Srilakshmi B Says:

      sridevni@gmail.com – Hi pl reply on gmail.com if ur the sme person!

      • Anupama Says:

        Hi Srilakshmi,

        Thanks for reaching out. Sorry, but I am not the person you are looking for. My last name is Krishnamurthy. We moved out of Bhavnagar in 1977 when I was quite young. My father worked for the irrigation department and we lived near the Collector and DSP’s house, very close to the salt reasearch colony.

        Hope you find the person you are looking for.

        Cheers, Anupama

  11. shirin Says:

    i live in gujarat.. i came across ur blog while looking independence day images.. i read some recipes…i hate cooking but after reading a few of my favourite recipes … i think it’s easy.. i loved the way its written..easily understood.. i am a master’s student ..i will try them soon.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Hi Stumbled upon your site accidently. Love the name-Mitho Limdo.A very homely ambience in your recipes and site!!!!!
    Keep up the Sweet work.
    You live in the US I guess.
    Regards,
    Amishi

  13. Palak Says:

    Hi Anu,
    I had stumbled upon your site a year ago (and left a comment) but never tried the recipes. It’s a year later and I’m married now! My husband, who isn’t Indian, does not expect me to cook (bless him!), but we order in a lot more than I like. My excuse is that we both have demanding jobs and are too tired when we get home from work 7/7:30. When I do cook, I rarely make Indian food because it feels more complicated to me. That said,I’m going to make conscious effort to cook more and cook Indian. Can you recommend the recipes on your site that are good for simple/weeknight Indian cooking? (Selfishly, I would love if you could tag a few of your current recipes as “Quick & easy” so that it appears as its own category.) Thanks!!

  14. einsteinwallah Says:

    Is it true that in Gujarati Kadhi leaves of Mitho Limdo are used? Is Mitho Limdo same as Kari Patta?

    Thanks in advance for any reply?

  15. joe Says:

    Anupama:

    I somehow stumbled across your lovely website and realized I would have to return many times. That first glance was the Aloo Masaledar photograph, a dish that had instant appeal for me as what we call comfort food, that which gives us a sense of well-being. Your photographs are a great help for those of us who are not so familiar with the dishes, but love the food. Thank You.

    Joe C.

  16. Aarthi Says:

    I loved the way you introduced yourself Anupama!

  17. Krishna Uppuluri Says:

    Hi Anupama,
    Your passion for great Indian cuisine is obvious from your writings. It is only an hour after lunch time and I am already hungry just looking at the appetizing food photos. I guess all of us at work can take the liberty of calling you the “culinary artist” :)

    Keep up the good work!

    Krish

  18. Reena Says:

    Dear Anupama,

    So wonderful that you have so many Indian recipes under one roof. Often I feel that many of our traditional recipes and cooking science may get lost with the change in life style that is so apparent in the Indian cities today.
    I have been asking my mother since long to compile some traditional recipes from Uttar Pradesh. I am sure your blog will inspire her!

    Best wishes,
    Reena

  19. Susil Ratnayake Says:

    Hi Anupama

    This is an excellent site.very impressed.Thank you.My name is Susil Ratnayake from Sydney Australia.I would love to add a link of yours in my website.Let me know if it is ok..Thanks so much.Keep up the great work.Fantastic work

    Warm regards

    Susil Ratnayake

    • Anupama Krishnamurthy Says:

      Hello Susil,
      Thank you very much! I am elated that you are enjoying the food blog. Please go ahead and add my web site’s link to yours. As you say on your wonderful web site, consider this site as your own. I hope to keep in touch with you through our mutual interest in food.

      I just visited your home “The Lankan” and it’s a treat for the eyes and the soul.

      All the best,
      Anupama

  20. heidileon Says:

    Lovely story and lovely writing Anupama. I’m so glad you contacted me,and I’m looking forward to learn more from Regional Indian Cuisine.

    Namaste

  21. Shantha Says:

    Hi Anupama,

    Good to reconnect with you after so many years. A very nice website you have here – I think I’ll try out some of your recipes.

    I finally remembered the name of the Gujarathi snack we were talking about – Khakhara! This was the one I had mail-ordered from LA upon your recommendation! And I do remember enjoying them.

    You have a nice collection of recipes here which you must have collected over years and also improvised upon. Why don’t you publish them as a book along with these beautiful pictures?

    Best,
    Shantha

  22. palak Says:

    As a 1st gen Guju from New York, I am so thrilled to have found this site! My mom is a fabulous home chef and learned cooking by doing, not by recipes, so she doesn’t have any true recipes–with measurments and steps–to pass on to me. I have a great multi-regional Indian cookbook, but few things taste “like Mom’s”. I haven’t tried your recipes yet, but from reading them, they sound pretty damn close. Thanks for doing this great service esp for us ABDs! (I was never a fan of the term ABCD.)

  23. Sudha Says:

    Anu-

    Your blog is so beautiful and well written. I felt so proud to be a fellow mysoorean. I have been browsing the blog periodically to get ideas. Do you have a nice pulao recipe that can be replicated for 60+ people? By the way, do make a trip to LA so we can catch up.

    Thanks
    Sudha

  24. pelicano Says:

    I truly enjoyed reading that beautifully-written introduction, and look forward to browsing your posts!

  25. vaishali Says:

    Hi Anupama,I tried your capsicum curry a few days back and it was delicious!Thank you for posting it.Being from Gujarat ,i’m always on a lookout for something gujarati and where i read the source of your recipe i thought of buying it but unfortunately its out of stock and unavailable.
    I have a request for you to consider.If you could please make a copy of the book by veena shroff.I will gladly pay for that.and I live in Sunnyvale.
    Awaiting your reply.
    my email add. is : vaishali.cd@gmail.com
    Thank you,
    Vaishali

  26. rekha dave Says:

    Hi, Anupama,
    I was trying to get your phone number from Indira but she says that she does not have it or could not find it so i decided to go to your blog per our conversation on Diwali party at Indira’s house. I need to talk to you so pl. give me call (925)337-6094)
    i enjoyed your blog also .wonderful!
    rekha dave
    rekhahiller@gmail.com

  27. John Wilson Says:

    Anupama:
    Your blog is beautiful. I am a food enthusiast who likes to experience cuisines from different cultures. Kudos to you for putting your passion into practice and for sharing it with other people.

    John Wilson
    Boston, MA

  28. Zia Says:

    Nicely done Anupama! Your eloquent writing style combined with your exotic recipes with scrumptious life like photos have made me a fan! I am going to share this with my Sisters in Chicago and Toronto. Once my mom gets hold of this, she’ll want to know if you do mail order! Ha!

    Please don’t stop!

    Thanks for your contribution.
    zia

  29. shubha shashikanth Says:

    Hi Anupama, Yes I am a mysorean. Thanks for the comments. Would be nice to know more of you.

  30. Ashok Yog Says:

    Hello Anupama,
    Are you the same Anupama whom we met other day at Mr. Sri Nath Rao’s residence? that meeting was through Goel’s who have recently moved on Sunset Creek Ln.
    Hope you received my recent comments.
    Ashok Yog

  31. Ashok Yog Says:

    Very interesting site. I explored the site for finding some recipes suiting to the recommendations for reversing diabetes. I had been vegetarian from north of India {Western UP), as they and hence dishes from south like idly attract me. Sugar, wheat and polished rice is to be totally avoided. Also no fat or dairy items including yoghurt are to be excluded. All condiments including chillis in moderation are welcomed-infact recommended.Nuts not more than an ounce a day are also to be taken for healthful diet.
    Looking forward some recipes having Indian taste and flavour but conforming to latest guidelines on food for reversing diabetes (which also helps in BP and cardio related troubles)-One such comprehensive reference is that of ‘Dr Neal Barnard’s programme for reversing Diabetes’.This book is available in local book stores.

  32. Neha Jhakhariya Says:

    Hi Anupama,
    Your blog is amazing. I enthusiastically look forward to new posts. Your recipes have been a hit among my friends and family.

    Thanks,
    Neha

  33. Elise Says:

    Hi Anupama,
    Found your blog through Kamal grocerly store. My husband and I lived in Mumbai for few years and used to love pav-bhaji. After coming back we missed it a lot. Then I found your recipe here. I made it last weekend and it turned out absolutely delicious. A big Thank you from me and my husband George.

    Elise

  34. Sarita Shah Says:

    Your recipes are really good.Is there anyway that I can join your website and get free recipes

    • Anupama Krishnamurthy Says:

      Hi Sarita,
      Thanks. This web site is public. All recipes you find on this web site/blog are yours for free. Feel free to use all recipes and forward the blog URL to whoever is interested in Indian cooking.

      Anupama

  35. Madhu Says:

    Anupama,

    I tried your vegetable Kichidi and Chori dhal recipes – they were so wholesome and tasty, my family enjoyed them truly! I love your blog – the way you have presented the receipes makes it easy for anyone to follow and try out.
    Keep the recipes coming!!

    Best Regards
    Madhu

  36. Bhanu Says:

    Manu,
    Thanks a million for the blog. Yesterday for a dinner party I made
    Methi Puri
    Pumpkin soup
    Black Eye Beans salad
    Cashew Almond Halwa
    Capsicum Curry
    Creamy Eggplant

    Came out very good. My friends like it very much you should see a increase traffic to your blog. For the first time I had no left overs after a dinner party !!!

    • Anupama Krishnamurthy Says:

      Wow, Nice!
      I am very happy you used my blog and better yet everything came out well. Thanks so much for leaving nice comments. It feels really good.
      By the way, your port sippers are being used regularly. It’s funny whenever a port bottle is opened at home, people in the neighborhood seem to get a whiff of it and we always end up having more company. No problem though, thanks to you I have 8 sippers now.

      Keep them parties going…

      Manu

  37. Kiran Says:

    Oops sorry Anu, the Anonymous reply was actually from me!

  38. Anonymous Says:

    Hi Anu,
    I tried the Panchkuti Daal from your blog a couple days ago and loved the way it turned out. The ground masala paste made the daal such a flavorful accompaniment to the jeera rice as well as paratha that I had cooked up that day! Just love your blog!

  39. Kalyan Banerjee Says:

    Hi Anupama. I stumbled upon your site while looking for resources on ‘how to cook khichdi’ for my post. Have linked to your post.

    Cheers!

  40. Nitya Says:

    Hello Anupama,

    Having tasted quite a bit of your cooking, I know that your blog will be a hit! The pictures are gorgeous! Your descriptions, explanations and detail make it very easy to follow your directions. I will definitely try a few of these recipes. Till then, happy eating!

    Nitya

  41. Deepti Says:

    Manu,

    I just tried the Panchkuti daal and Harish loved it. Also tried the Maddur Vade recipe and it turned out yummy. Will try a few of your desserts when the mood strikes next.

  42. Mona Says:

    Anupama, I loved this quote – “Winning is very tangible; it’s very exciting, it’s very pleasing, but it’s momentary. If you can do things that last, that each generation can build upon, then that’s when you’re cooking.”
    Glad I found your blog! Takecare.

  43. Jayshree Says:

    Hi Anupama,
    I happened to come across ur blog when i was searching for okra pulusu recipe. Your blog looks wonderful and the recipes are great.Was also happy to read that u were raised in Gujarat. My parents home is in Baroda.I have still not come across a nice pulusu recipe and was wondering if u had and wud like to share with me?
    Thanks, Jayshree

  44. Anupama Krishnamurthy Says:

    Hi Praveena,
    Thank you for your beautiful words. It was nice to see you on my blog.

    Love,
    Anupama

  45. praveena chinthaluri Says:

    Hi Anu,
    It is a wonderful blog. Your love of cooking manifests in the beautiful pictures and writing about food preparation. You remind us that everyday cooking can be a treat. See you in class soon.
    Love,
    Praveena

  46. Anupama Krishnamurthy Says:

    Hi Jyoti,
    Thanks! I remember the delicious rasam and bisi-bele bhath we had at your place in the backyard. Good times… I am waiting to get a copy of Shami’s cookbook and try the recipes.

    Manu

  47. Jyothi Says:

    Manu,
    Awesome blog! I loved the pictures too. I have already tried your recipes for kajoo burfi, eggplant, and panchkuti daal (my dad’s favorite). I can’t wait to try all the others.
    Jyothi

  48. Anupama Krishnamurthy Says:

    Hi Kiran,
    Thanks for sharing your experience here. I am really happy that you liked this curry.

    Anupama

  49. Kiran Says:

    Hi Anu,
    Ever since I saw your blog I have wanted to try out the capsicum curry, which I finally did last night for dinner. It was …mmmm….sooooo goooooood. Thank you for the recipe. Love your blog, keep up the good work!!
    Love,
    Kiran.

  50. Anupama Krishnamurthy Says:

    Dear Jayshree,
    Your comment brought smiles to my face. I know what those childhood memories do to you… Mitho limdo name contains the essence of all good things of Gujarat. Thank you for visiting my site and writing. I love to hear from my blog visitors. Happy Diwali and Sal Mubarak!

    Anupama

  51. Jayshree Says:

    I came here while searching for Ghughara…
    First I saw the name, posted by : Anupama Krishnamurthy and got a little surprised.. I thought Ghughara is just Gujarati thing…

    Then when I saw the name : Mitho Limdo, I was like… there is some gujju connection here.. Let me go to About Me section.. !!

    Thank you so much for giving Ghughara Recipe.. and more Thank you for this Mitho Limdo name… !! It reminds about that big ‘Mitha Limda’ tree which is part of childhood memory now..

  52. Nimmi Says:

    Dear Manu,

    I tried the Pesarattu today for breakfast along with the tomato/peanut chutney. Everyone liked it. Especially appa, since it reminded him of his Andra origin :) Thanks to you and your friend for sharing this recipe.

    I am very confident trying out your recipes. You are so thorough in your write up. I just follow every step as listed and they come out exactly as they should, very delicious! Keep them coming..

    Thanks so much for this blog
    Nimmi

  53. Anupama Krishnamurthy Says:

    Dear Sushma,
    Thank you very much. Please feel free to share the blog with anyone who might be interested. I would love that. I know you have some great Andhra recipes up your sleeve. I hope I’ll be able to blog them here some day!

    Anupama

  54. Sushma Says:

    Dear Anupama,
    Congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your blog with us. Your blog looks colorful, refreshing and the food looks delicious. Finally, we have a reliable source for delicious recipes. I can’t wait to make Maddur Vade.
    Can I share your blog with my sisters and cousins?
    Best Wishes,
    Sushma

  55. Anupama Krishnamurthy Says:

    Dear Vrnda,
    I was elated to see your comment on the blog here. So nice of you to visit my web site and give such positive encouragement and praise. Thank you so much.

    Manu
    P.S. I am going to call Ratna aunty one of these days and coax her into giving me some of her recipes. I am looking forward to that.

  56. Sadhvi Vrnda Chaitanya Says:

    My dear Manu

    How nice this site is –it is a feast for the eyes and the soul. I am very proud of you for preserving this wonderful heritage, and for caring enough to do so. The recipes are very well documented and presented, with precise and step by step instructions. The personal note of how you relate to the dishes is very inspiring, and makes the recipe less daunting for the lay cook. I wish you all the best in this most worthy endeavor.

  57. Anupama Krishnamurthy Says:

    Hi Malu,
    Thank you so much. It’s very encouraging for me to read such nice words about my blog from a stalwart as yourself. Please feel free to share the blog with your friends. I would love that.

    Anupama

  58. Malu Says:

    Anupama,
    Great pictures and awesome recipes. I have tried your cooking enough to know how tasty your dishes turn out. Now I don’t have to email you for all the secret ingredients that make them so yummy. I do hope you don’t mind if I share it with some of my friends.
    Good luck with your blog and website.

  59. Hemant Trivedi Says:

    Anupama ,

    I read your feedback on my website.
    I also went through “Mitho Limdo”

    I could see that you have just started the blog.
    I wish you all the best for your efforts.

    Hemant Trivedi

  60. Anupama Says:

    Hi Daksha,
    Thank you so much.
    For Idlli and Dosa, I have been using butterfly brand stone grinder and I am very happy with it. The other popular brand is called Ultra. Here is a website where you can order one.

    http://www.indiaplaza.com/appliances/pd.aspx?sku=348304

    One thing I would say is that buy this grinder only if you know you are going to use this often. It’s kind of big and heavy and clean up etc. does take some time. Of course, idlis and dosas come out really well compared to using American mixers.

    Anupama

  61. Bothofus Says:

    Prema & I are wishing ourselves manu manu happy returns to your tasty blog

  62. Nilima Says:

    Hi Anupama,

    Just loved your blog, all the recipes, your writing style, all the detailed instructions, and ofcourse all the lovely pics.
    All the dishes you have put up are so so soooo mouthwatering and delicious!! If only they can pop out of my screen :))

    Can’t wait to try them out especially the Rasam and eggplant recipes.

    Hats off and keep the great dishes coming….Nilima

  63. Annu Says:

    Dear Anupama,
    Your blog is simply astonishing. You have turned the daily cooking affair into and enchanting experience.
    Pictures are also awesome. I loved your independence day spirit.
    I am going to try your mouthwatering way of making rasam powder and saaru soon.

    Annu

  64. Daksha Says:

    Dear Anupama,
    Your blog looks great!. I love cooking and I am glad Leelaben forwarded the email about your blog. I am always looking for new recipes so thanks for sharing your recipes. Your dosa recipe sounds awesome….I have been shopping around for idli grinder so your recommendation would be helpful. All the best….
    Daksha

  65. Chikki Says:

    Dear Anupama,

    This is exciting. The blog looks awesome. I am happy that I have a new resource for some yummy recipes.

    Chikki.

  66. Varsha Says:

    Hi Anupama,

    This blog looks wonderful! I am so thrilled that you are sharing this treasure with us. I am a big fan!
    Waiting to see more!
    Varsha

  67. Ambica Says:

    Dear Anu,
    This is really exciting!. Babu keeps raving about a dal dish you make. He said you make it with 5 ? different kinds of lentils. I am waiting for you to post that recipe.
    Ambica

  68. Anupama Says:

    Dear Muralidhara Ji,
    Your words of praise will keep me going at my food blog with great zeal. I am happy that you are enjoying the recipes.

    Thanks,
    Anupama

  69. Muralidhara Says:

    Anupama ji

    Your recipes are so good that I started to enjoy good food again. My wife started trying out your recipes and I get to eat them all.
    Living outside India for so long, I was craving for masala dosa. Your masala dosa recipe is sensational.
    Keep up the good work and I get to eat tasty food.

    Muralidhara

  70. Rashmi Says:

    Hey Manu,

    The site looks wonderful!! Glad I can just type in something on the address bar and get a list of your yummy cooking treasures. Will look forward to seeing more!

    -Rashmi
    PS : The pictures look great! Mouth watering….

  71. Anupama Krishnamurthy Says:

    Thanks Suraiya. Yes, I am a new blogger and enjoying it.

  72. Suraiya Says:

    Hi Anupama, are you a new blogger? I like your writing style. I will try your recipes soon. I love south indian food so i will visit your blog regularly.

    Best,
    Suraiya


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