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.