Living in Consciousness ~ Indi(r)a’s Food and Garden Weblog

About Mahanandi

Mahanandi is a beautiful temple town close to Nandyala, India and at the foothills of Nallamala forest range. Surrounded by lush forest, fresh water pools and gentle streams, the centuries old temple Mahanandi has a great influence on me. I grew up in Nandyala, and visited Mahanandi many times with my family and have memorable experiences of a life time. The name Mahanandi always evokes calm, content and happy feelings for me.

We are made of the places where we lived, the food we ate and the people we interacted with. This website, Mahanandi, is a way for me to show my gratitude to all those what I am made of, the places, the food and the people.

This website is also a way to communicate with my sisters through my mother’s recipes. Some are presented intact, some are tweaked and some are entirely new. Mostly home cooked everyday meals, sometimes fancy and always with a consciousness of what is going into the pot and the body- that’s Mahanandi in a nutshell.


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402 comments for About Mahanandi »

  1. You have a very elegant and conscious writing style. Your website layout and colors selections are very appealing. Best Wishes!

    Comment by Vind — June 9, 2005 @ 1:08 pm

  2. Hi Indira,
    Came across your site through a link you posted at the blog mela. Your site rocks. Being a food lover myself, I will end up spending quite a bit of my time on your site.

    Comment by Niket — June 21, 2005 @ 1:48 pm

  3. hi indira, thanks so much for stopping by. yes, it’s interesting all the little “slang” things that we call ourselves, isn’t it? i just saw your “flea market find” — all i can say is *wow*!!!

    Comment by stef — July 3, 2005 @ 9:33 pm

  4. How did I not know of this site before? How wonderful! I’ll be a loyal reader from now on and snag more than a couple of ideas from your recipes.

    Comment by barrett — July 8, 2005 @ 1:46 pm

  5. Hi, I am in El Pinar, in Uruguay, you know it? South America, Rio de la Plata, nearby Buenos Aires… Your website is very interest, very professional and elegant. Congratulations! I found your blogger accidentaly and I want invite you to my website. I love the home food like you, and the nature; I enjoy cooking and eating, and preparing the dishes for my family and friends. Go on, Indira!!

    Comment by Rossana — July 22, 2005 @ 8:48 pm

  6. hi!
    I love your website.being in canada and having an NRI husband who doesnt like any typical indian dishes(exceptfor few like lemon rice and all upmas).now i got an idea how i can make better upmas for him and make him happy.thanks a lot.

    Comment by Nalini — August 12, 2005 @ 10:07 am

  7. I luv the way photographs of the “making of the recipe” are given. It helps in relating to it while trying it out myself at home.

    Comment by Supriya — August 18, 2005 @ 4:59 am

  8. Am interested in offline (non-public) correspondence: would you please email me? Could not find your email address on your website.

    Comment by Juliette Rossant — August 31, 2005 @ 12:12 pm

  9. Hello Indira,

    I wanted to let you know I mentioned your site and included a link to it on my food blog in San Francisco as part of Blog Day 2005. Hope you’re having a great trip!

    Comment by Brett — August 31, 2005 @ 9:43 pm

  10. Indira

    I’m a computer professional,bachelor living in Virginia.
    I was looking for south indian recipes and found your site by chance.

    I enjoy cooking,however, due to the demands of the job and other personal stuff, i hardly
    find time to cook.

    therefore i am always looking for recipes that are easy and quick to cook and yet tasty and wholesome.

    Among all the sites i visited so far, i found ur site to be the BEST.

    Continue writing and keep the andhra cuisine alive.


    Comment by sanjay — September 18, 2005 @ 11:07 am

  11. hi,

    came to your site through foodblog list. Although I have not seen much of your site, I have bookmarked it for reference.

    BTW, I did visit Nandyal and Mahanandi about a decade ago. I am basically from Vizag. My grandfather worked there in the Agri dept for 13 years and we grew up listening to my grandmom tales about Nandyal and Mahanandi.

    Comment by imp — October 1, 2005 @ 4:55 am

  12. I never liked any other site as much as I liked
    this. Excellent…You showed how simple cooking could be with out loosing taste, with pictures.
    I simply adore it and I am going to tell my friends circle who are mostly from rayalaseema area from A.P

    Comment by Excellent — October 19, 2005 @ 7:55 am

  13. hi indira ji.
    ur site is very interesting.
    iam a computer professional from hyderabad and my parents live in vijayawada.
    u may know wht will be the health of ours without mothers cook.
    we used to cook half-boiled or tasteless… so on.
    accidentally i came to ur i got married also.iam trying all ur recipes in my in-laws.they are simply superpb.
    and ur recipes with relating photographs are very very interesting.
    i appriciate u.congrats and thank u very much.well done.

    Comment by SabithaPrashanth — October 22, 2005 @ 4:19 am

  14. Hi,

    I have to agree to what the others have said so far.Good work …Will be visiting you more….


    Comment by Rekha — November 9, 2005 @ 2:13 pm

  15. This is one of THE best sites for vegetarian dishes. I love the way you have presented all these dishes. I like the tag too.. intuitive and consiousness way of cooking.. wow.. thats what is on my mind too

    Comment by prabhakar — November 10, 2005 @ 11:28 pm

  16. Hi, “16-annala accha telugu” site with excellent content - a food lovers paradise. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Vamsi — November 13, 2005 @ 12:15 am

  17. Indira,
    I did come across your site a few months back but couldnt find the time to leave behind a comment (you could read that as lazy) ;) Yours is a great site and you seem to be going about this with great meticulousness. Congrats and good wishes to keep going:)

    PS: Could you let me in on a secret? Whaz the cam you use to take your pics? ;) I use my camera mobile to take the pics and I know it is pretty sick. I want to improve the quality of pics on the site. Yours are gorgeous!

    Indira says,
    Hello Thamaraiselvan, Thanks for your kind words about my blog.
    I use Nikon Coolpix 5400. True to Nikon brand, very easy to use and takes good pictures.

    Comment by G Thamaraiselvan — November 20, 2005 @ 3:17 am

  18. Your website is absolutely beautiful - and I love your recipes and narrative.

    Comment by Joseph — November 21, 2005 @ 4:31 am

  19. Indiraji,

    For the past few weeks I have been visiting this blog and referred it to all my relatives online.

    Followed some of your recipes (Chitranam, pally chutney, upma), all of them were hit.

    Just one word about your site - “Padipoyanu”

    Great job, Best wishes.

    Comment by Raghu — November 27, 2005 @ 11:27 pm

  20. Hi, Indira,

    I LOVE your pictures! They make my mouth water. I come here almost every day to salivate at the photos.
    I’m looking for a recipe for Christmas plum cake like they make back home in India (not the block of stone that they call fruitcake here in the US).
    Could you please help me? I thought you’re the right person to ask.
    Thank you so much.

    Indira says…
    Hello Jyothi, thanks for your kind words about my blog.
    I never made a plum cake before, but I know what you are talking about and completely agree with you about it. Our Indian bakery Christmas plum cakes tastes somuch better. I remember the taste, maybe this Christmas, I will experiment and post about it. Thanks for the idea and hope you will come back to check my experiment.

    Comment by jyothi — November 29, 2005 @ 5:56 pm

  21. Amazing website for students like me who have to cook….
    Thank You for your splendid contribution

    Comment by Sridhar Telidevara — December 4, 2005 @ 2:29 pm

  22. hello indira,
    urs site is quite intresting it got all good food recipes .Moreover Mahanandi is spl place to me too

    Comment by krishna — December 12, 2005 @ 4:43 am

  23. hi indira..i tried all ur cauliflower and potato recipies..the pics in ur site really force me to try those would be great if u can post more of potato nd cauliflower dishes.

    Great work indira!!keep posting:)

    Thanks Shoma!

    Comment by shoma — December 14, 2005 @ 12:52 am

  24. Hi Indira,
    I like your site and the incredibly beautiful photos made me check out all the recipes.Great job :) I wanted to share a recipe with you-I’m sure you’ll like it.
    I call it the Cashew-almond chikki.Take a heavy bottomed pan and add a teaspoon of butter.Pour in 1 cup of sugar ,keep stirring it until it melts.It turns into a delicious golden brown liquid.There must not be any lumps ,At this stage you quickly add the powdered almond-cashew mixture(1 cup).Mix it real quickly and pour it on a greased plate.(Please note that this recipe does not need water and the nuts need not be pre-roasted).Now let it cool for a while and then the entire mixture just glides off easily.Break it into pieces and …..well it gets consumed in no time. :)

    Indira says…
    Thanks for sharing your cashew-almond chikki recipe, Madhavi.

    Comment by Madhavi — December 14, 2005 @ 6:46 am

  25. Indira,
    Few months back I was searching for Andhra recepies and I visited your site. I was very impressed with the way you are presenting the recipies. I was very happy to see the Telugu words for Ingredients and Recipes. Whenever I visit your site, it reminds me of my native place.
    Great work!! :)

    Comment by bhargavi — December 21, 2005 @ 6:47 am

  26. Indira,
    You have an excellent taste in cooking as well as writing. I have never came across an Indian cooking website that’s on par with yours. congrats and keep building the website. Looks like you are a vegetarian ? Any non veg items in the future ??

    Comment by Sat — December 22, 2005 @ 6:51 pm

  27. Hi Indira,

    U deserve a great appreciation to have put up this great site in so much detail. I have not come across one site till now like this. The visuals and description are good. A great thing to boast more about Andhra cusine.

    Keep it going!!

    Comment by Vijaya Kumar Divi — December 23, 2005 @ 10:23 am

  28. Wow. What a website. And I just paid for

    I seriously recommend that you add a ‘Donate via Paypal’ button on this site. I would be the first person to use it and I guarantee seeing the quality of your site’s contents that I wont be the last.

    Keep up the great work!

    Comment by Nicole Chirimar — December 24, 2005 @ 5:45 pm

  29. Every thing is really very good all the best

    Comment by Padmakumar — December 24, 2005 @ 10:04 pm

  30. Hi Indira,

    Wish you a great year ahead. May all your dreams come true. Though I dont know you in person I read this blog everyday so you are like a friend guiding me in my cooking :-) Just wanted to say thanks for sharing all those wonderful recipes. Looking forward to more of them. Once again wishing you and your family a great 2006.

    Indira says…
    Keral Girl, thank you for your wishes, that’s very nice of you. I felt happy reading your comment.
    Wishing you the same for a great and prosperous 2006.

    Comment by Kerala Girl — December 29, 2005 @ 4:40 pm

  31. Just excellent site for indian dishes.

    Comment by krish — January 2, 2006 @ 1:24 am

  32. Hello indira,
    love ur site so much,big fan of urs.We are telugu people and right now settled in nj and we have a big collection of swathi telugu magazines.I just want to ask you if u have any idea where we can donate this books or give them for rental ,because we love those books so much and don’t want them to go waste.So please mail me with ur suggestion,which will be kindly appreciated.Thanking you in advance.

    Indira says…
    Thanks Nishita.
    About Swathi magazines, I can suggest ‘ Another Subcontinent’. (Checkout my blog’s side bar for the link) It’s good site with lot of Indian people sharing not only culinary but all kinds of interests. There are also forums. Post about your magazines, see what happens. or you can try ebay. Hope this helps.

    Comment by nishita — January 4, 2006 @ 10:37 am

  33. This camera is really good for collectors, have passed it on to friends. Even my husband is selling his NIKON N80 ( 35mm SLR body, Nokkor 28-100mm f/3.5-5.6g AF zoom lens) like new . Will be listing in a day or 2 . Hw got a Nikon N70 ( digital ) and a Nikkor fish eye lens 4 months back .So he is planning to sell the the other one. U know he doesnt even allow me to touch his new camera. SO iam asking him to buy me a small camera 3 mp ones.
    Let me know what price is went for, anyways ill keep a track of it :)

    Indira says..
    Yes, Konica 35 is more of a collectors item. Thanks Priya, for telling your freinds about our ebay auction.
    Vijay bought me a Nikon D70s for my b’day. I got so interested in photography and he is more than happy to indulge me. D70 is a good camera. Congratulations Priya, on your purchase! You too, can easily take super quality pictures with it. Unlike film, the digital makes the photography a cakewalk. Do let me know about your ebay auction. Thanks for your interest!

    Comment by priya,ar — January 4, 2006 @ 11:44 am

  34. wow, dont u think the D70 is gr8. I just love it.Do u have the fisheye lens , its absolutely a great invention. It can take pics upto 180degrees. It will be very useful for u. And it can take extreme closeup.

    Comment by priya,ar — January 5, 2006 @ 10:08 am

  35. Hi Indira,

    First of all, congratulations for being this website as the nominee for the best food blog recipes. It deserves it.

    And, about me, I was just looking for a recipe in the google and I could find this site. And by looking at ur site itself, I got an impression that ur recipes are going to be wonderful and tasty. So, today, I tried ur recipe of ‘Okra sambhar’ and it came out to be very tasty. My husband n my self liked it a lot. Thanks Indira.
    And, I am going to look at ur site now regularly and would definitely prefer to try different recipes.
    And the writing style is mind-blowing. Keep the good work, Indira. Your work is really appreciated. Good luck and have fun.

    Best wishes,

    Comment by Rajeshwari — January 6, 2006 @ 10:42 pm

  36. Hi Indra !!!

    I am Priya from Minnesota.I was googling for a nice Indian Recipe site…Recently came across u’r site.I have gotten so much hooked up to it.The pictures with most of u’r recipes gives an idea about all u’r recipes.I tried a few of u’r recipes and they did turn out great.Thanks for these wunnerful recipes.

    Indira says…
    Thanks Priya for your input and I’m glad that you had good time cooking up recipes from my blog.

    Comment by Priya — January 9, 2006 @ 10:48 am

  37. hey indira , congrats for ur camera aution , i think 102 $ is a superb deal !

    Indira says…
    Not bad at all, Priya.:) We are happy with the price.

    Comment by priya,ar — January 9, 2006 @ 12:13 pm

  38. hye indira , this is the link for ebay aution - N80

    Comment by priya,ar — January 11, 2006 @ 6:12 pm

  39. oops sorry instead of sending ebay link by mistake i sent the other one.

    Comment by priya,ar — January 11, 2006 @ 6:25 pm

  40. Hi Indira,

    I came across ur website when I was searching for some recipe on google and your beautiful pictures hooked me! I am a regular visitor now, and being a kannadathi I appreciate anything south indian as there seems to be so few on the web. Good luck and keep up the good work. God Bless!

    Comment by anu — January 12, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

  41. This website is the best recipie site i have seen so far. Love it.

    Comment by sarada — January 23, 2006 @ 5:40 pm

  42. Hi Indira,

    I am from North of India and my husband is from Andhra , initally whatever South Indian dishes I cooked they came out as a disaster…So, eventually he ended up cooking them … one day my husband showed me your website , and believe me now i am an expert in cooking South Indian Dishes in our family and which makes my husband and my in laws really really very Happy…Your site is SUPERB !!!! like a step by step guide with all the pictures makes it so simple…

    I would also like to put your website link on my website, if its okay with you…

    Thanxs so much …!!!
    Best Regards

    Comment by Sushma — January 26, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

  43. Hi Indira,
    Its been a week since i have been browsing your site and trying your recipes and you have no idea how happy i am to have at last found a website for authentic andhra recipes. I would really appreciate if you could post andhra style garlic rasam.
    Pria (BOSTON).

    Comment by Pria — January 26, 2006 @ 3:54 pm

  44. I came across your web site when I was searching for some Ragi, Sajja and jonna receipies. This site is simply great. I felt like I am with my Mom again. Can you explain how to make Jonna roti’s also.

    Comment by Sree — January 31, 2006 @ 6:00 pm

  45. Hi,

    I have been looking for a website that has vegetarian recipies other than the typical Southern Indian food and I think I found it. I love all the recipies on your blog.


    Comment by Priya — February 3, 2006 @ 9:51 am

  46. hi
    this is one of the best cookery websites i have ever visited.i appreciate ur work.
    i wish u all the best.


    Comment by shalini — February 4, 2006 @ 9:00 pm

  47. Hi,

    I came across your site while searching for oven fried indian recipies. Your site is really good, i found a lot of nice recipies like avocado chappati, cooking sprounts, cakes etc which i can start trying for my kinds.

    Thanks for the nice site.


    Comment by krishsudha — February 6, 2006 @ 7:27 pm

  48. You have turned off comments ot the post and as I have just moved I dont have normal email access and cant find a direct emial address on you site so have had to resort to leaving a comment here - congrats on an excellent photo and winning dmblgit.

    Your post indicates that you have a problem with the photo being posted on slashfood. Most entrants relish winning and receiving increased traffic that such a post on slashfood will bring; the post is fully linked to your blog and I believe adheres fully to general copyright issues. If you have a problem however I can have the post removed.

    Indira replies,
    I’ve my own reasons for not pasting my email address here on this site and closing the comments on that particular post.
    Anyway, thanks for responding to my concerns and I’ve just sent a reply to the email i.d of this comment.

    Comment by Andrew — February 7, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

  49. Your site is really good for newly married like me who are just learning to cook. U have really given minute details of all receipes. thanks a lot…

    Comment by shilpa — February 8, 2006 @ 6:33 am

  50. hi,

    Along with your excellent delicacies, You guys doing great selling of NIKON D70s.
    Sure mouth watering pics, all i have to do is to just start cooking one by one.
    i am from qatar, is it possible for me to post few of my recipe over your blog. Cause i dont want create a blog for recipe, as i have different plans for my blog. But i wanna share some of my middle east delicacies..
    can we strike a deal!!

    Indira replies…
    Hello Aparna, thanks for your nice words about my blog and also thanks for the offer but sorry, I don’t do that sort of thing here at my blog. You may already know this, there are some other food sites like ‘Bawarchi’, where you can post recipes of all types without any reservations.

    Comment by Aparna — February 8, 2006 @ 9:22 am

  51. Hi…
    I love this blog, so much that its in my favorites list on my computer. I am curious to know about Mahanandi you have any pictures? it would be great if you shared them. Keep up the great blog,

    Indira replies…
    Hello Trupti, you can see photos of Mahanandi temple, at our other blog ‘’. I’m also planning to post some pictures of Mahanandi temple here on this page, soon.:) Thanks for your compliments and interest, I really appreciate it.

    Comment by Trupti — February 8, 2006 @ 11:45 am

  52. Hai madam,

    I found your website to be very very intereting and encouraging.It is a boon that there r people like you who can help those in the US to cook with vegetables available here.Thanks a lot …I would like to know the recipe for peas pulav.Can u send it to me??Kepp up your good work…Thanks ..


    Comment by Diya — February 8, 2006 @ 2:25 pm

  53. hey indira,
    your site is simply superb. i actually saw in print and pictures something i wanted to do myself for a long long time….
    i love cooking myself and its great to know another person who shares similar passion.
    great going…

    Comment by padmaja — February 10, 2006 @ 11:19 am

  54. It is so good to see your website. It includes the pictures and ways to cook. It is so good to the beginner to learn how to cook the Indian food, such as me. I will try to cook it as soon as possible. Thank you! With all best wishes!

    Comment by Ching — February 13, 2006 @ 12:04 am

  55. hey indira,
    Iam very happy to visit your have a very wonderful writing style, gorgeous photography & tempting recipes..& i like the fact that you post your native recipes & pics.

    Me a keralite from LA…me & ma hubby love vegetarian fam & frnds love my nonveg cooking but your site is doing wonders with the vegetarian side of ma cooking..thanx to u.
    Your passion with food & cooking & the attention to trivial detail that u give really fasinates me!!
    I get very nostalgic when I see those pics.
    Ma next try is the eggplant-ginger curry which looks yummy!
    Gud luck & keep up the gud blog!God Bless!!

    P.s. in response to comment #20 ..i make christmas cake every year..and its ma mom’s recipe(shes very popular for her cakes)its really rich & yummy`….evenif i bake every year am not an expert as ma mom to bake without going thr’ her recipe atleast twice:-)if you wud like i can send ma recipe to u.

    Comment by jeenu — February 14, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

  56. I just discovered your site, I will come back and spend more time on it. Thanks for the
    journey and the brilliant discoveries.

    Comment by jacqueline k. — February 15, 2006 @ 8:06 pm

  57. Hi,
    The Indian recipes provided at your site are awesome.
    With the festival of colors Holi knocking at the door, we are trying to help people in wishing their near and dear ones with our colorful e-cards at our site I feel our site can add color to your site as well.
    Kindly have a look at our site and let us know your decision.

    Best Wishes!!
    Eve Butler

    Comment by Eve Butler — February 16, 2006 @ 7:27 am

  58. Hi,

    I like to take time to appreciate you for making this site for all of us who doesn’t know we can make lots of verities with vergetables.


    Comment by Vijaya Bobbala — February 16, 2006 @ 1:37 pm

  59. Indira,

    Your site and recipes make my mouth water! You make me drift back to my travelling days in India.

    Without a doubt, 10/10 from me.


    Comment by Neil — February 19, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

  60. This is a wonderful website. I recently heard about millet and ragi flour food. I was looking for recipes with ragi flour, especially how to make puttu with it.
    I was not sure whether ragi was a grain or not. You have done wonders and I am going to try your lovely recipes. Please please would you let us have more recipes with millet and ragi flour. I tried the millet flour for chapathi but it breaks and is rather difficult.
    Thank you so much

    Comment by Anjali — February 20, 2006 @ 10:26 am

  61. hi indira,
    we liev in s small town too.and i refer to your blog almost daily.I was recently lookign at subscribing to an online dvd rental program.I am assumign since the idnianstore is 60 mins drive for you,you too maybe following you ahve a recommendations??

    Comment by Amisup — February 20, 2006 @ 11:15 am

  62. hey indira!

    great blog, recipes and pics! i’m a regular reader of your blog, one of the first thing i do every morning is check your blog for new recipes!

    do you have any authentic andhra dry potato curry/fry recipe? hubby’s been craving for it and i do not know the name of this dish :(

    i’ve prepared some of your brinjal and doodhi recipes and they’ve always turned out great!
    keep up the good work,

    Comment by shanta — February 20, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

  63. Hi, I came across your site a few months ago…I forgot how. But anyway, I really like the kind of food you make. I love cooking and only recently started cooking after my marriage(a year ago)….your site has been a source of great vegetable recipes that me and husband both enjoy a lot….thank you.

    Comment by Nabeela — February 22, 2006 @ 7:52 pm

  64. God Bless You.

    Comment by vishnu — February 24, 2006 @ 9:35 am

  65. Hai indira,
    Just now we saw ur website and I really appreciate everything in it. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by srivani — February 25, 2006 @ 11:00 pm

  66. Hi Indira,
    I am from your Neighbouring District Cuddapah, My native place is Proddatur but I am living in Jamaica right now. I was googling for Allam Pachadi and got a link to your site. I really liked the textures used in this site. Its simply superb. I will be more than glad if you can post the Ginger Pickle recepie.


    Comment by Naresh — February 26, 2006 @ 10:56 pm

  67. hi Indira garu,

    i am basically from hyderabad but now am staying at Leicester, UK with my husband. Yesterday when i was searching for usirikaya pachadi recipe i came across your site and it is marvellous.Especially the photographs of the ingredients b’fore making the recipe gives a perfect picture on how to make the recipe and the photograph of the recipe after it is finished makes mouth watering. i am very much impressed by your blog that i have book marked it in my laptop. I even tried the dondakaya curry yesterday and it turned out really well and even my husband liked the curry very much.

    I thank you very much for the wonderful site. i want to know who takes the photographs of ur recipes and please conver my regards to them and i even want to see ur photograph i want to see the person who cooks such a tasty food. In future if you come to UK please visit us.

    Once again thanx for such a beautiful site and looking forward for more recipes.


    Comment by Jayasree Yadla — March 3, 2006 @ 6:02 am

  68. Indira garu,

    Mee site chusaanu ee roju …Ulli chutney kosam google chestunte, mee blog chusaanu ..first maamoolu gaa recipe chadivaanu, tharuvatha curiousity tho meeku andaroo pampina comments chadivaanu.. chaalaa baagaa anipinchindi..aa tharuvaatha mee recipes annee mallee chadivaanu, meeku andaroo icchina compliments quite apt anipinchindi n…mee writing lo oka personal touch ..India lo vunnappudu eppudoo ‘maa telugu vaaru’ anukoledu, but vadhili vacchaaka telustondi ..specially mee writing chusaaka telugu vaarani entho abhimaanangaa anipinchindi …keep cooking, keep writing, keep telling us about the ingredients of life !!!

    mee chakkani abhimaani,

    Comment by Anonymous — March 4, 2006 @ 8:37 pm

  69. Hi Indira,
    I’ve added your blog to my blog link.Can you please let me know if it’s ok with you.


    Indira replies…
    Thanks Annita for the link.

    Comment by Annita — March 7, 2006 @ 10:27 am

  70. Hi Indira, Looks like ur website has completed one year. CONGRATULATIONS and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Love ur explanation of recipes and ingredients, love ur passion for cooking, love ur photographs and love love love anything and everything in the website. Keep up the good work. And i can thank u enough, i have definetely learned a lot of things from u.

    Indira replies:
    Thank you Priya! I truly appreciate your encouraging words!
    Mahanandi is 12 days short to be of one year old, but March is the anniversary month.:)

    Comment by priya,ar — March 14, 2006 @ 10:04 am

  71. Hello, Indira,

    I stopped by this site and just had to write this note. Its a very impressive ,personal-feel site. I felt I had come back to India! Great recipes and excellent website look. Classy!


    Comment by Roopa Banerjee — March 21, 2006 @ 9:11 am

  72. Hey,

    My mom is also from Nandyal …we as kids had great time in Nandyal n Mahanandi.


    Comment by Archana — March 21, 2006 @ 9:36 am

  73. I made the peanut chutney and it came out delicious. I look forward to trying more of your recipes. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and art. Bless. Neek

    Comment by neek — March 22, 2006 @ 9:44 am

  74. Hello! This site is a gold mine… I came across this marvel when I was looking for info on jaggery — and I discovered your wonderful recipes, comments, pictures… I am working here propagating Ayurveda and the traditions of India here in Canada… and I need all the help I can get int he form of information… I will be happy to hear from you — We really need ayurvedic recipes…
    Thanks — Hoping to hear from you soon…

    Comment by Louise Saith — March 22, 2006 @ 12:42 pm

  75. Indira, I am so happy to have found your site tonight! I was looking for something new to do with Ragi and am going to try you Ragi Mudda this weekend. You have a wonderful flair for writing and the photos are also very well done. You should be published and doing the talk-show circuit.

    Comment by Janet — March 25, 2006 @ 1:14 am

  76. This is genius! While snacking on leftover restaurant papadum and searching how to make it at home, I came across your site. What a wonderful find. The photos alongside recipes and instruction … all the other commenters are spot on with their thanks & praise. I echo the sentiments.

    Comment by Darla — March 25, 2006 @ 1:47 pm

  77. In looking through the recipes I noticed that frequently you use the term “fistful of rice” but I’m not sure how much that is, would you measure it out a fistful for me? I love your recipes and told my ex about the site and he already knew of it.

    Indira replies:
    Hi Janet, thanks for your earlier comment on ragi. Did you prepare it? How did it go? It’s bit an acquired taste, isn’t it?
    I usually use the term ‘fistful’ for toor dal measurement, because that’s how I measure. I did measure it in ‘cup’ terms. 4 fistfuls of my hand = 3/4 cup.
    For ragi recipe, just 2 tablespoons of raw rice is enough. Hope this helps.
    Thanks somuch for your nice words about my blog and for your comments, I really appreciate it.

    Comment by Janet — March 28, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

  78. hello indira, thank you for your wonderful site! I’ve been lookign around for Indian food blogs in the hopes of embarking on my own education into Indian cooking … here in the Philippines. I hope you dont mind that I put you among my links. cheers!

    Comment by aloi — March 30, 2006 @ 2:55 am

  79. hello indira,

    i came across your site from india

    i really like this site…im gonna try ur recipes fr sure from now on….

    finding south indian recipes in this site is awesome.. Good work.Keep it up!

    great mouthwatering pictures too!!!

    keep up the good work!!

    i advice you to introduce paypal or something to donate for this site.. it pays your hardwork.


    Comment by vkm — March 30, 2006 @ 8:07 pm

  80. Hi indira:

    Lovely website!! I really admire your efforts!! I am happy that you have posted baking recipes w/o eggs. Looking fwd to many many recipes. I am def going to try your recipes!!

    Good going Indira!!

    Comment by Seetha — April 3, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

  81. hi, i really like your website a lot. i started making lunch everday from the recipes that you have. they are really good.
    i usually have a lot of peas at home. can you tell me anything that you make?

    Comment by Anonymous — April 5, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

  82. Excellent website. Recipes are very good, as well the pictures. Have you ever tried “Gobi 65 / Gobi Fry”? I know for this recipe, the Gobi florets has to be marinated, and then fried in oil. Whatever, I tried several probabilties. Its crisp, but not a high end quality. Do post this recipe if you have tried. Thanks in advance!!!

    Comment by ln — April 6, 2006 @ 2:00 pm

  83. Hi Indira,

    Wonderful recipes. I live away from my family (Mum N Dad), so I use your website almost everyday to cook myself a meal.

    Your cooking reminds me of my Mom.

    Thanks a bunch for your excellent effort. If not for you I’d still be eating at Subway, Pizza Hut or some other fast food.


    Comment by SOUMYA — April 9, 2006 @ 1:02 pm

  84. Hi Indira,

    I simply love your website, all your recipes are great and whenever i try them out I get the authentic andhra taste. I am basically from tamilnadu and I love trying out your recipes since my husband loves andhra food. The photos on your website are also of good quality.

    I appreciate the excellent effort of you and your husband for making such a marvellous site.


    Comment by priyaks — April 12, 2006 @ 4:45 pm

  85. Hi - I love reading your blog. Your recipes are great and easy to follow. I can see you write with a lot of passion and your photos of food makes my mouth water. Thanks for introducing me to such wonderful dishes!

    Comment by MBR — April 13, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

  86. Hi,I want to thank you very much , your wirting is great your cooking is great and I wish if you can contact me on my e-mail.
    I do TV cooking show and like to share with you some recipes.
    Thanks again and again.

    Comment by Manal — April 15, 2006 @ 2:20 pm

  87. Wow! What a gorgeous site!I happened upon it completely by chance, and, sheesh, what a find!
    I travelled to India 12 years ago when I was about 20 and your site really brought the memories flooding back. Wonderful photos, anecdotes, recipes, and, one really is reminded of the modern Indian community living in a diaspora of sorts. Anyhow, great job on the website. Thanks for all your effort!

    Comment by Deborah — April 18, 2006 @ 10:44 am

  88. Hi Indira,

    I came across this site a couple of weeks back. I am an Andhrite staying in Atlanta. I am a newbie at cooking. Your site had me excited as I can find so many recipes of our traditional dishes. I love trying out new recipes too, so your site helps me find both. I am almost addicted to your site now and am suggesting it to my other newbie cook friends. Oh! yes adding photos in your recipes makes your site colorful and tempts us visitors to try them out :) and keep it up and best of luck!

    Comment by Sreekanti — April 18, 2006 @ 5:51 pm

  89. Indira,

    Thanks for all the amazing recipes. It’s the best resource for Indian recipes and your photos and descriptions are top notch.

    Where are you living now?

    Comment by Margaret — April 19, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

  90. Indira, I have been dreaming of eating gutthi vankaya for days now, and I live in faraway Manila. No hope of getting any Adhra food here. Anyway, cant tell you how delighted I am to have found your site. I am making it on saturday, will tell you how goes. You are doing a fantastic job. Thank you. Bless you!!!!

    Comment by Sandhya — April 20, 2006 @ 7:29 am

  91. HI Indira, Just few back i happened to see ur site, and i can confidently say that urs is the best one i ever came across. I got married recently and still struggling through recipes…! Will u posting some nonveg dishes also? If so please do it soon. Iam eagerly waiting for ur reply

    Comment by Bhanu — April 21, 2006 @ 11:38 am

  92. Hello Indira,
    I was searching for vegetarian recipes and when I came accross your blog I couldn’t resist but go through each and every recipes that you have beautifully posted with pictures..We’re non vegetarians and I would love to learn more new dishes and this blog will be my favourite of all other websites that I’ve gone through so far..really..great work and keep posting delicious recipes so that we can learn different kinds of dishes..!!

    Comment by Ranrags:) — April 24, 2006 @ 1:14 am

  93. Hi Indira !
    I am so much inspired by your site to start one of my own.I have tried a lot of u’r recipes and they have come out good.
    Actually I am trying for food recipes that are usually given to a woman after delivery. In south they call it “pathiya sappadu”.Do u have any recipes? Please do post them on u’r site.
    Best wishes !

    Comment by Sree — April 24, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

  94. Hi Indira,

    Luv the way the photographs are used to illustrate the recipe. I started out with making ghee today and ur site has me hooked.


    Comment by Anonymous — April 27, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

  95. Namaste,

    I just happened upon your website. I am so excited to have found it. The layout and photography are beautiful, and the recipes look to be well explained with delicious outcomes! I am always trawling the internet for Indian recipes; I will be coming here from now on. Although I am not Indian, I have a great affinity for Indian culture (as you can see on my website) and I’m a vegetarian. I look forward to learning more about Indian cuisine here.


    Comment by Jo — April 27, 2006 @ 7:01 pm

  96. Hi indira,
    It is amazing to find somebody with exceptional
    narrative style of all the andhra recipes.which makes you distinct. I fell in love with your web site, not because i have the same exact sweet memories of Nandyal and Mahanandi and koneru in that temple, but i found somebody who enjoys cooking just as much as i enjoy, The only thing I don’t have is the skill of narration,It really sets you apart,and you are my hero now, I can relate to you so much with same kind of passion. May be better.Some of your recipes are same as mine. I will keep coming back to your site for more ideas and recipes.

    Comment by Nandini — April 27, 2006 @ 9:03 pm

  97. hi indria,

    i am bascially from chennai after marriage i joined by husband, we live in PA..its been one year now away from home and mom’s food..I was searching for indian recipes and when I came accross your blog I couldn’t resist but go through each and every recipes that you have beautifully posted with pictures…i am not a very good cook..i tired ur recipes and my husband liked it very much..keep the good work going !!!!!

    Comment by Rekha — April 28, 2006 @ 12:33 pm

  98. hi indira,
    I just could not find your email .
    The link to my post is

    Indira replies,
    Hi Bilbo, I’ve posted your entry in my JIF-Mango roundup, check it out and thanks for participating in this event.

    Comment by bilbo — May 2, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

  99. Hi Indira,

    I have been visiting your blog for the past month and I have become an ardent fan of your blog.
    Kudos to your excellent writing and organizing skills.

    I have a mango recipe in mind that I make quite often. Do you think it is too late to post that recipe for the Jihva event?

    Please let me know.
    Thanks in advance,

    Indira replies:
    Thanks Manasa for your nice words about my blog.
    Not at all, first post your mango recipe in a blog and send me the url and photo (if any) via email. I’ll add it to the round up. Thanks for your interest and looking forward to receiving an entry from you.

    Comment by Manasa — May 8, 2006 @ 4:27 pm

  100. Thanks Indira for your reply.
    I do not have any blog site yet…(even though I got inspired to start one after seeing yours). Will it be alright if I send the recipe by mail and the pictures as attachments?

    Please let me know.

    Indira replies:
    No problem, Send me then, I’ll see what I can do. I’ve never received an email entry with full recipe and photo before, yours will be the first one.:) Please include your post title and your name along with the recipe. Thanks.

    Comment by Manasa — May 9, 2006 @ 1:08 am

  101. I am a university undergraduate from Singapore. We dont really eat authetic indian food. But, your websites’ information, pictures and comments, have made me try out some tasty authentic indian food. Very professional layout. Please provide more family recipies. Thanks alot for this great blog.

    Comment by Vani — May 9, 2006 @ 6:21 am

  102. hi indira,
    I was going through the sites for seeing some southindian receipes and i had a chance to view ur site..from that has been a routine for me to check ur site everyday for the new update..its been wonderful to see ur site..with such lovely pictures..and belive me u have inspired me so much that i start my blog this sunday..if u have time kindly look into my blog and give me ur comments..Also i would like to have my blog linked to ur site..can u pls guide me in this regard..expecting an reply..bye thank u..

    Comment by sudhavinodh — May 9, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

  103. Hi Indira,

    Great to see a “tastefully” presented andhra recipe site. Something unique as far as I know.

    Thank you for your efforts, and best wishes,

    Comment by Nandini — May 21, 2006 @ 8:45 am

  104. Hi! I chanced upon your blog and I’m going to bookmark your page right after this. I’m in awe for your kindness in sharing your priceless recipes for free with the whole world on the world wide web. It’s really nice of you! If you ever write a cookbook, let us know! Id definitely buy it!! Thanx again!!!!

    Comment by Michelle — May 23, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

  105. HI
    Have been looking at your site for the last few days. The recipes are superb, easily the best if looking for authentic andhra food! Also excellently prsented and it is a delight to surf this site!
    Thanks Kiran

    Comment by kiran — May 28, 2006 @ 4:11 pm

  106. Indira,

    I love authentic andhra food.I liked how you wrote it in recipes with pictures. I am forwarding this link to all my friends.


    Comment by Anonymous — May 30, 2006 @ 8:07 pm

  107. Indira garu,

    Whenever I used to search for a recipe, your site used to be in the top few links. I used to go through all the links and select one, but more often than not, I used to select your website. One day I browsed through your website and now I come here directly for all the recipes.

    Inspired by you, I started creating a photo album with all the recipes to share with friends and family.

    But they don’t look as appealing as your photos. Can you give us some tips about the photography :) One problem is, we always cook and take pictures in the night. So we don’t get chance to take pictures with natural light.


    Indira replies:
    Hello Venkat:
    Thanks for making my website a regular for your recipe search and thanks for your nice words about my blog. I greatly appreciate it.
    I’ve checked the webpage you linked. Your idea of sharing your meals with family is really good and you have arranged the photos nicely.
    I take my food photos only during day light. I wanted to show them as authentic and natural as possible so I usually avoid shooting at ngiht time. For the colors to come out natural at night time, I guess you have to use some extra flashes. That’s all I know, hope this helps.

    Comment by Venkat — June 9, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

  108. Hi Indira,
    Your site is absolutely fabulous. I would have surfed atleast hundreds of food sites for recipies till today…so far yours is THE BEST. The way you present a recipe with photos is really amazing. I did try couple of recipes and they turned out to be yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipies. I Wish you a bright future.


    Comment by Radhika — June 13, 2006 @ 2:13 pm

  109. Dear Indira, I searched for flour board and dropped in here. What a wonderful site, the layout and the contents and everything is so soothing to the eye and the pictures are mouthwatering. I live in Sweden and do some Indian cooking sometimes and I shall give your url to those who ask me for Indian recipes. By the way Benda kayaa is called bandakka in Sri Lanka? Thanks a lot for sharing the recipes. Meraya

    Comment by Meraya Nyberg — June 18, 2006 @ 2:33 am

  110. Hello Indira Jee!
    I was checking my cpanel of my website. It seemed that there were links from your page to my website. So, I decided to visit it. I am glad I visited your web ‘real estate’. Charming, well put, and impressive. I have added it to my favorites. One day I will spend some more time. I am also grateful that you have included my website under ‘Food Blogs India’ in the right margin.
    Yogi gupta

    Indira replies:
    Thanks Yogiji! I hope to see your valuable input on my blogged recipes and thanks for adding ‘Mahanandi’ to your favorites. I greatly appreciate it.

    Comment by Yogi Gupta — June 23, 2006 @ 1:28 am

  111. Hello Indira,

    I was searching for gongura leaves picture and luckily I came across ur site , Ur site is just great, very well planned,structured and presented ,Ur recipe for gongura papu come out very tasty.My hubby dislikes greens but he just enjoyed the tasty papu..After that I become a regular visitor to ur site. U are realy a wonderful person toshare ur knowledge to all of us .Its realy helping us out .I am very happy that I can cook vairety tasty dishes to my little son and my hubby too.Thanks a lot Indira .

    Comment by Bhagya — July 11, 2006 @ 12:28 am

  112. very very very good website with so many Telugu
    tamil vantakalu. I am very much flab·ber·gasted
    with the core ingrediants accompanied with good pictures. Oh my goodness gourmets delight
    Keep It up My best wishes. All the hard work
    really needs appreciation
    Perugu Balasubramanyam
    Perugu Umabalasubramanyam

    Comment by Perugu Balasubramanyam — July 11, 2006 @ 1:15 am

  113. Just wanted to say thanks for all the work you put into your website. I’ve made lots of your recipes - last night’s dinner included egg pakoras and tindora in sesame sauce - and all have been delicious and easy to follow. Keep up the fantastic work and thanks for being so generous with your time and talents.

    Comment by Laura — July 21, 2006 @ 11:08 am

  114. Hi ,
    This web site is superb. Photographs of the recipes encourages me to try out the recipes .Thanks a lot for making such a wonderful web site.I am non vegetarian, I never liked vegetable recipes but now I prefer to make recipes given on your web site.
    You are great !!!!!

    Thanks and regards,
    Mirza Zainab

    Comment by mirza — July 29, 2006 @ 6:37 am

  115. Hi

    This is one of the best recipe websites I have ever come accross. I like your organization of information…based on different raw materials used ;) . Thats really cool …i’ll probably look at my fridge see whats remaining and refer to your website to start my new cool recipies…perhaps refer to it everyday…

    Comment by Sneha — July 30, 2006 @ 2:51 am

  116. dear Madam,
    Though Perugu Umabalasubramanyam mother of
    three is good cook lacks imagination/knack of expressing the receipe.So all u r receipe forwarded to sons residing At accra Ghana and Darjeeling/siliguri for suggesting to their source of cooking thank u

    Comment by Perugu Balasubramanyam — July 30, 2006 @ 11:11 pm

  117. Dear Madam,One receipe called besan pure prepared with besan senagapindi
    liked by children for reasons known to thme in telengana area kindly suggest best preparation method??
    thank u
    Yours truly
    Perugu UmaBalasubramanyam

    Comment by Perugu Balasubramanyam — July 30, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

  118. Your site is true reflection of its title “Cooking with Consciousness”. Please keep up the good work !!!

    Comment by Kiran — August 1, 2006 @ 9:00 pm

  119. Indira gaaru, chaala, chaala thanks. Mee site naa favorite. As a work-from-home dad, the cooking responsibility is mine. I have to feed two boys (oldest 4 and the youngest 22 months) along with my dear wifey. We are typical vegetarian gults from Vijayawada/Guntur (Narasaraopet to be precise). Anyhow, I am the Indian food expert while my wife is every other food expert. You can say we have a gourmet kitchen in our house. I frist came across your site because my wife wanted me to make the red bell pepper chutney you mentioned. It was awesome to say the least. Then I kept checking your site everyday to see what else is new. In between I also happened to visit the Mahanandi/Nandyal pages and posted a childhood memory there too.

    My point is that what you are doing is awesome. Do let me know how I can post some typical andhra recipes myself. I am an avid gardner and I grow almost all of the vegies at home. It is a thrill to have the boys pick the vegies they want to eat and then get the recipe from your site and watch all their faces (all three of them) glow from full tummies.

    Thanks a bunch. Keep up the good work. Can’t live without checking your site atleast once a day. Great style of writing and presentation.


    Comment by Srinivas — August 3, 2006 @ 3:05 pm

  120. Hi Indira,

    I am feeling so happy right now looking at your site. Its such a delight. Its so well done and the pictures just pop out and make you feel like the dishes are right in front of you. My husband just walked in and I told him that your site beats Martha Stewart’s. Please don’t stop doing what you do best.

    Best Regards

    Comment by Anitha — August 4, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

  121. Hi Indira,
    I am feeling so fortunate to foud your website.Few days back i was looking for the receipe for Bobbattlu.Suddently i saw your website and i book marked it.Thank yo so much.I’ll look forward to see your updates.

    Comment by jayanthi — August 9, 2006 @ 12:59 pm

  122. Hello Indira Garu,
    Excellent and unique collection. I love cooking and entertaining, especially after I quit my job to take care of my son. I have been trying your recipes from last 2 months, today it was avacado parathas. Came out very tasty. I felt very guilty that even though I have been using your recipes, I did not have time to thank you. Thank you soo much for sharing your ideas in a really critive and helpful manner. Looking forward for more tasty treats..MadhuriShankar

    Comment by madhoo — August 10, 2006 @ 6:38 pm

  123. Hi,

    Mahanandi is a very special site. Its design and colour combination itself is a flavour not to talk of the receipies posted. Description are excellent. I shall try few of your receipies and post my comment



    Comment by Ravindra S Andagar — August 11, 2006 @ 6:58 am

  124. Hi Indira,
    Its really awesome to have a site for my hometown Nandyal, that too so cool and beautiful. I really appreciate your keen interest in developing this site. If you need any help please let me know to make this site more beautiful.

    Comment by Ramesh — August 12, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

  125. hello ..

    I love your web site a lot..I saw this site last week while browsing for raagi java…it has great easy recipes for lazy cooks like me..i am going to try all ur recipes..and ur pictures of recipes inspire me to cook ….
    and by the way my husbands name is also vijay..kind of makes me feel good when ever i see his name in the web site…
    Thanks a lot for sharing ur recipes.

    Comment by anu — August 15, 2006 @ 5:00 pm

  126. Hi,
    what a great ’sight’ your website is!!! I was just browisng the net on how to make idlies when I came across your site. I loved the way you illustrated your recipes which great quality pixs. The masala idlis made my mouth water so much.
    The second time I came across your site was when I was desperately trying to find out the hindi term for adzuki beans. Needless to say, I not only found the hindi term but also delicious recipes. I have now added your website to my favourite.

    Thanks for the wonderful work..


    Comment by reena — August 18, 2006 @ 7:31 am

  127. Hi Indira,

    You have a very good website!! I love all your recipes. Your pictures are great. I have shared your site information with everyone i know. You are doing a wonderful job of posting all the old recipes as well, so that we dont forget the good old ‘mothers & grandmothers’ recipes.

    Thanks you giving us a wonderful website


    Comment by Sireesha — August 21, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

  128. Hi Indira,
    Your website and recipes are truly amazing and educating. For a beginner like me who has no clue of the names in telugu it really helps. My husband tried out the palak paneer yesterday and it was mind blowing. Thanks for the recipes and hope you continue doing it. Thanks again.


    Comment by Smitha — August 22, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

  129. Hi,
    Nice website! Good receipes. I live in Kentucky but actually I am from Kurnool, So now you know why I like your recipes! Keep up good work!!


    Comment by Ajju Shaik — August 24, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

  130. Hi Indira,

    I love your website.
    Whenever i read the articles,i just stop and start remembering the memories i had in my childhood with my family.More than the dishes i like the way you describe it .It is like you stop for 1 minute and remember oh yes my granny used to do that,my mum used to do that and so on..For each dish you try to bring out the memories with it makes it more intresting.

    Comming to US ,and working here has made me forget those little things that we used to do.
    It is like you have moved suddenly from a peddle boat to a motor boat.

    My suggestion please continue to share your moments along with the dishes.


    Comment by deepika — August 25, 2006 @ 2:05 pm

  131. Hi Indira,
    Your website is just amazing. What i really liked was that u have covered recipes using vegetables like ridge gourd that most recipe sites dont talk of.
    It was a pleasure to go through a site that has more than just pindi channa and matar paneer recipes!!!
    3 things that i specifically appreciate is your personal writings with each recipe, your way of detailing a recipe and the appropriate picture alongside.
    Keep up the great work.

    Comment by Pooja — August 29, 2006 @ 3:19 am

  132. do you have dvd with indiann cookerie and if yes how can i get them thank you i am french in rouen

    Comment by lemant claude — September 4, 2006 @ 6:38 am

  133. Hi :
    Just dropped by your site !! Man, I should say one of the best !.
    Wondering to myself as to how come I didnt know of this before.I like to cook something new always and find myself running out of ideas. Very bad at creating but extremly good at copying ;) !So I usually refer to web for ideas. Trust me , your website has really inspired me !! Specially your thumbnails were very useful in getting the exact recipe we want.
    Please continue your good work !!Good luck for some more creative ideas to come, so copiers like me can thrive !!

    Comment by Jaya — September 6, 2006 @ 12:32 am

  134. Hi Indira,
    I came across the website when i was searching for a recipe. I feel in love with your site. I forwarded your site to my wife and she loved it as well. She made the Spinach - Garlic Dal using the recipe from you site, it came out wonderful. Thanks for all the hardwork and dedication.

    Your recipes truly reflect Cooking with consciousness.


    Comment by Jai Perumal — September 6, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

  135. Hi Indira,you take so beautyful and attractive Pictures, i wonder what camera you use and how you do flawlessly.Please let me know thanks.

    Comment by Shriyadita — September 6, 2006 @ 6:08 pm

  136. You have one of the best websites I’ve ever come across in cooking. I created a blog too and uploaded a couple of recipes but never had so much patience to take pictures and keep them updating forever. Kudos to you and your hardwork. Please continue your great work. Love it!!!!!

    Comment by Anitha — September 9, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

  137. Hey! this is ana mazing blog! makes me drool :P lol. But the only thing am not happy about is, the index. takes a long time to load. Do reduce the no. of posts. and please please get more spicy oatmeal recipes!


    Comment by Sindhu — September 10, 2006 @ 7:00 pm

  138. Thank you so much Indira for such a well documented and neatly presented recipes web site - some of the recipes are exactly the way my Mom cooked and I grew up relishing.

    G o o d j o b - K e e p i t u p!!!

    Comment by Prem — September 13, 2006 @ 10:22 pm

  139. Hi Indira,
    This is an amazing website complete with beautiful pictures. Have you thought of publishing this into a book??

    Comment by Myra — September 17, 2006 @ 4:42 pm

  140. Hai Indira

    I am chandru from south India. It is interesting to read your pages and the excellant response. I am basically a agriculture family doing traditional agricultre. Now, we are on the job of planting organic drums stick (murukakkai in tamil) Valayapatti murungai is very famous in India because of its taste. The medicinal value of the drums stick is high in Iron. In India we take in our food weekly atleast four days particularly to ladies. Pragnent womens use to take it daily. I can give you the south indian tasty murunkai, if you want.

    With regards


    Comment by chandru — September 18, 2006 @ 9:07 am

  141. hai i forget to give my mail id
    please note

    Comment by chandru — September 18, 2006 @ 9:10 am

  142. Hi Indira,

    I couldn’t find your email id on this website. Can you please revert to me? Are you from Andhra? I work for The Hindu, Hyderabad, and am writing an article on food blogs. Will be nice to talk to you about it.

    Comment by Sangeetha — September 20, 2006 @ 6:35 am

  143. Hi Indira,

    This website is absolutely great. I found it while browsing for recipes with Oats, we are all getting to be health conscious these days. I love this website and your writing style and also the pictures. I haven’t seen another website of this style.

    I have tried few recipes and they turned out just as you had said, very tasty!! Your recipes are all simple, authentic and tasty, that is what I liked the best and can get them done very quickly.

    My daughter and my husband are loving them. Also, I have passed your website to my relatives/friends, looks like some of them are now liking Vegetarian more than Nonveg… :-) .

    And, recently my husband, Srinivas Eriki (EG), told me that you are Vijay and Indira we knew from Houston… :-) ..

    Hope you continue this good work for a long time.


    Comment by Sujatha — September 20, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

  144. Hi Indira garu
    thanks for such a nice site,it inspires people to cook,photographs are awesome that moment i see any photograph ,i feel like cooking it immediately.

    Comment by Prasanna — September 21, 2006 @ 9:01 pm

  145. Hi Indira,

    I wanted the recepie for Ragi Sangati and searched Google and found your web site and felt so happy. Your web site is very attractive with pictures and recepies. Best of all, I followed your recepie and the results were excellent. We enjoyed Snagati for Dasara lunch! Congratulations for bringing our Rayalaseema flavour for our lives here at USA. Please post how to make Pacchi Majjiga. Keep up the great work.

    Comment by Avanija — September 23, 2006 @ 3:29 pm

  146. Hi Indira
    Yours is hands down the best Indian food site i have ever seen. Not only your recipes themselves, but also the way they are presented is just perfect!!!! I agree with Prasanna above, the pictures just make me get up and cook! I had a roommate called Harith who used to make really good andhra food, and he introduced me to the spicy Andhra style, of which you speak so much. Now I have your website to replace Harith’s cooking ;) . Looking forward to trying a lot more of your recipes. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Chinmay Pangarkar — September 24, 2006 @ 4:37 pm

  147. Hi Indira,

    This is Excellent Site i have everseen on vegetarian food. You are doing an excellent job and i love to visit your site very often and the photos you present are wonderful!!!
    I live in sydney now.. but i was born and brought up in chittoor(near Tirupati)… from andhra. I visited mahanandi once and i can never forget that place in my life. I still feel that beautiful feeling of peace and happiness whenever i think of that place. I always relate this place to “kaanipaakam Varasiddi Vinaayaka” temple in chittoor.

    BTW.. I have been looking for drumstick pickle for a long time but never found one on the internet. Just wondering whether you can give me one.

    keep up the good work Indira!!

    Comment by Shanthi — September 26, 2006 @ 5:01 am

  148. Hi Indira,

    Very nice work…. I have bookmarked this website…. This is going to be a good reference for cooking experiments…

    Comment by Gurunath — September 27, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

  149. I just discovered your website and got inspired to go out and get curry leaves and come home and make a bunch of Indian food, which I did. Your contribution was the coriander chutney. But I have loads of other things to try. You do a great job!
    Best dishes in your new home. I’ve not been there but have several friends who have moved there and love it!

    Comment by Peggy — October 1, 2006 @ 1:59 pm

  150. Hi Indira,
    I searched for beerakaya recipes and found your site. Your recipes look tasty and I can’t wait to try them out. My family is from Andhra, and even though my mum is a great cook, somehow, growing up in America, I haven’t learned from the master chef. Your site inspires me to spend more time in the kitchen with my mum and on my own trying out these wonderful south indian dishes. Thanks! I look foward to seeing your updates and best wishes in Seattle. –p

    Comment by priya — October 1, 2006 @ 3:26 pm

  151. Hi, I am writing from Calif. wow! you really care about food and vegetables and plants. it’s really wonderful. thank you for the lovely recipes. you seem like a unique person.

    Comment by Gungun — October 2, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

  152. Hi Indira garu

    I dont remember exactly how i found ur site,but since then i have never ever gone to any other site for recipes…god ur site is addictive….first of all i want to thank u with all my heart for the lovely recipes and ofcourse the thoughtful tips and advice…
    since i just got married and cooking is new to me ,i used to call my mom everyday and ask her abt recipes…i know …phone bill sure made a statement of it own…..
    but after i visited ur site….i never called home for recipes….mom was so shocked when she heard that i do it myself now…..
    When i heard my husband appreciate my food for the first time….i knew i had to thank u first..

    Comment by lalitha — October 6, 2006 @ 12:17 pm

  153. I really enjoy your blog and i’m happy to see you back!

    Comment by karen — October 8, 2006 @ 11:30 am

  154. Hi, Indira. Most of the comments here represent for what I felt on coming across your website and trying your recipes. Whatever I tried, man! did I try or what! they came out excellently well. you are doing a WOW job :) keep it up.

    Comment by Archana — October 13, 2006 @ 10:12 am

  155. very very usefull site thanks for the hardwork,
    add more and more indian recipes

    Comment by SATHYANARAYANAN — October 14, 2006 @ 10:25 am

  156. Hi Indira
    I happened to stumble onto ur website and found it very refreshing and interesting. Great site!! Absolutely one of the best. Living in Toronto, I find ur site with the lovely pics and great Andhra recipes, thrilling. I’m basically from Vizag.
    Thank you and Happy Deepavali!

    Comment by Radhika Mantha — October 17, 2006 @ 9:35 am

  157. Hello Indira garu,

    I got married recently and moved to U.S.Since I just passed out from college, back at home, I had to learn cooking after coming to U.S with phone in one hand, speaking to my mom in India and cooking on other side..You know, what I’m talking abt.he hee.I have found your site while searching for recipes on google.I found your site very interesting and tried your recipe and amazingly, though it was my first time, it turned good..

    Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Prathyusha — October 17, 2006 @ 11:45 am

  158. Hi Indira, I discovered ur site today while googling for a gravy curry recipe for my upcoming Diwali party potluck. I was impressed with ur writing style and was curious about the name of ur site,, since my hubby is from Nandyala and he has great memories of Nandyala n Mahanandi. I’m very excited to find a homely Andhra vegetarian site at last, we r vegans too. Read about ur ‘Maabadi’ and i’m very proud of u couple… Way to go u both.. i’ll be a regular visitor to this site, i’m sure.
    I wonder how i didn’t come across this site before..

    Comment by vipra — October 17, 2006 @ 11:57 pm

  159. Hi Indira,

    Have a couple of doubts.

    You have mentioned tomato beet pulav photo for some side dish & moong dal rice, but, could not find those recipes anywhere in yr blog. Can you post them pls??

    Also, what is pulagam, the one you have cited in gutti vankaya kura gravy.


    Comment by Rama — November 3, 2006 @ 4:41 pm

  160. You have a wonderful website with very tempting recipes and if I start writing about the photographs, I don’t think I can ever stop.

    You site is wonderful and is a delight to browse. Great Job!!!

    Comment by Ram — November 6, 2006 @ 3:22 pm

  161. Hello Indira, I’m Dee fr. Malaysia.Came across yr. blog sometime ago and have been visiting it regularly. I enjoy trying out yr. recipes and looking at yr.lovely photos.But most importantly I got to know about the Mahanandi temples.I was so fasinated by it and during my research got to know about Srisailam and Ahobalam.That’s where my hubby and I are going for our pilgrimage in a few days time. Our route is going to be Hyderabad-Kurnool-Tirumala-Chennai.Is there anything special other than the temples that we might be missing?. A Big Thank You for what yr. doing. God bless you.

    Comment by Dee — November 10, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

  162. Hello Indira,

    A friend introduced me to your site a week ago and I am truly amazed at the variety and innovation I see in your recipes. Although I surf the web a lot, recipes I like to read from a book. I am a little old fashioned in that respect. Have you considered writing a book? I helped a local non-profit agency in Austin produce their cookbook of Asian recipes last year. The book is called Recipes Without Borders and is available through I will be glad to share details of the publisher if you are interested.
    All the best,

    Comment by Sita Lakshminarayan — November 13, 2006 @ 5:40 pm

  163. hi indira,
    thanks a lot for your beautiful rose you presented to me as a millioth visitor of your site. My name is swapna and i live in london. i have been going through your website from past few months. i liked it a lot and treat it as a dictionary of recipes. thanks for your great effort and sharing your recipes with people round the globe.. i have tried some of your recipes and they have come out well. keep it up..have a nice time.
    best regards,

    Comment by swapna — November 21, 2006 @ 8:28 am

  164. Hello Indra garu,
    I started visiting your site regularly these days as I am a food lover and forced bachelor at the moment.
    I always feel lazy to cook for myself alone but going through your recipes makes my mouth water and motivates me into the kitchen to try some things.
    Excellent writing, presentation, photography, arrangement and everything is superb in this site.Keep up the good work.They are not just recipes they have some cute short stories or writings besides them which make me feel you want to be a close friend or associate to the guests whoever visits this site.Thanks for your good work.Keep it up.


    Comment by Murali — November 21, 2006 @ 8:49 am

  165. Hi Indira,

    Your website calls for passion, dedication and truly luv for food. I like your recipes, besides its appealing the way you describe with visuals - “you just want to try”. I wish you the very best for keeping this blog/web page strong or even if you have thoughts of publishing a book.


    Comment by Nirmala — November 28, 2006 @ 10:49 am

  166. Hi Indira,

    The Best Blog Site I have ever come across… u’ve brought the best of all the cultures that u’ve come across… Indian n American.. not only it makes me feel more passionate abt the food I love to cook n eat, but it makes me feel happy that there is u who has presented it all in such a balanced and beautiful fashion to people around the world… Thank u and Thank u so much.

    Comment by Tarang — December 6, 2006 @ 6:56 am

  167. Hai
    I am from Nandyal, i was born and brought up in nandyal, i like nandyal and Mahanandhi also

    Comment by Harini — December 7, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

  168. Wow! The photographs are excellent! Mouth watering dishes. I stumbled across your website when I was checking out someithing on
    Lovely! Thanks for sharing.


    Comment by Arun — December 7, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

  169. hi,

    i am frm kothagudem,u r site is very interesting, just now i am searching for the food sites and i found this mahanandi site, its looking very good how to cook with excellent photo gallery..

    Comment by Eshwara Chary.K — December 13, 2006 @ 8:27 pm

  170. Hi Indira!
    Absolutely wonderful site!!! I am from Hyd with a mix of cooking habits from karnataka and maharastra…. the recepies and the artistic display remind me of my amma (I lost her this year). Thank you for this website…

    Comment by Deepa — December 16, 2006 @ 6:58 pm

  171. Qs on Arati Ava pettina kura.

    Hi Indira, Noticed the comment form for this recipe was closed but I still hope you entertain my quer:
    1) Would it be OK to substitute the mustard seeds+rice with a mustard paste (e.g. Dijon)?
    2) Have you tried to boil the aratikaayalu whole and then cutting them? Perhaps it would be easier to peel.

    Thank you,

    Comment by Nandini — December 22, 2006 @ 2:21 pm

  172. Great site! I’ve been getting pomegranate juice from the local supermarket for a while, so the pomegranate sherbet looks like an easy must-do for me.

    I was wondering if we could have reciprocal links between our sites.

    Thanks much

    Comment by Aniket — January 2, 2007 @ 7:10 pm

  173. Wow. Thank you so much for putting this site together. As others have written, you should write a cookbook! Your photos and writing are beautiful, and your recipes– I do declare that after I followed all your advice for cooking bendakaya, my boyfriend started taking PHOTOS of my okra curry, gobbled it all down while asking “where did you learn to cook this?” and then insisted on doing the dishes– a true sign of food-inspired intoxication. I love cooking, and your site makes me a better cook. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Comment by Diana — January 3, 2007 @ 7:39 am

  174. Have comments been dis-enabled for the recipes? I wanted to post a Q about the millet recipe…

    I love millet, but is “foxtail millet” just the regular old millet you get in the bulk bins, or is it something special?

    Indira replies:
    They will be automatically opened once the week is over. This may sound silly but I’m doing it to reduce the comment and question onslaught. They are eating too much time from my day and I hate not to respond to comments.
    Yes, it is the same. Foxtail millet is the millet avialable at bulk bins. I’ve purchased it at Whole Foods. We use different types of millets in our cooking like ragi (finger millet) sajja (pearl millet) etc, and to be clear, I’ve to specify what type of millet I’ve used here. So the name foxtail millet in millet post.

    Comment by Diane — January 4, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

  175. I really liked your site. Your presentation is just superb. You definitely have flair for writing.
    Keep it up!

    Comment by chetana — January 5, 2007 @ 5:14 am

  176. Thanks for the reply, Indira!

    And it is totally your perogative not to deal with comments - your time is valuable. I just get so excited about your recipes and want to thank you for them and ask questions!

    Comment by Diane — January 5, 2007 @ 11:31 pm

  177. Hi Indira,

    I have seen this website almost an year ago, since then, I comeback here very often. Being from the same part of the country(Andhra), I really liked the way things were present.

    I never paid attention to the fact that we live int he same city (Seattle ?).

    Comment by Ram — January 6, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

  178. Hi Indira,

    I have gone through your site quite a number of times for a variety of recipes. I appreciate the effort you are putting in to maintain the website and also spread the tasty Andhra recipes.
    I have one question, I wanted to post some recipes too, is that welcome on your website? If yes, how do I go about it?

    Please reply.


    Comment by Amulya — January 10, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

  179. Hi Indira,
    This is the best website I’ve come across. I’m from Bangalore, settled in US. Being a kannadiga, I loved your Ragi Mudda recipe. I was so inspired by reading your blog. It rocks, as many of your readers have told you before. The content is precise, your choice of the combinations of vegetables is superb. You’ve changed the way I think abt Brussel Sprouts, Green Garbanzo beans…
    Applaud you for the time and effort you’ve put into the photographs and the content.
    It’s simply the best.

    Comment by Shilpa — January 10, 2007 @ 5:21 pm

  180. HI !Iam from Nandyal town and felt very happy to see a website with its name.I have been following ur recipes and each and everything turned out well .Ur website is very impressive.
    keep going
    Good Luck

    Comment by Ankitha — January 15, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

  181. Hi

    I saw the chestnut roast. I am Tamilnadu,India.
    I don’t know how to call this chestnut in Tamil.
    Though I can understand the shop wallas don’t. I need Tamil name for chestnut. Kindly help me.

    K. Bhavani

    Comment by Bhavani,k — January 19, 2007 @ 9:35 pm

  182. I have just discovered this site and I love it! I spent several months in Rajasthan and once or twice, as a treat, we ate a savoury dish made with some sort of dehydrated …seed pods, leaves??? I brought some back to Canada but no one knows what they are - is there a way to email you a photo? Perhaps you might have an idea.
    Thanks for the site and wonderful recipes.

    Comment by Leanne — January 22, 2007 @ 10:20 am

  183. This is a brilliant site by that I mean the recipes work wonderfully and they taste delicious. Now I can teach my daughter how to make the dishes of my childhood.

    Thank you!

    Comment by Navin — January 30, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

  184. You are amazing ! Thank you for taking the time to post all these wonderful recipes with such nice pictures.

    I love to cook. However, lately because of work and raising kids I have tend to just cook something real easy. Your recipes inspire me to spend some time making them.

    Comment by Sara — February 1, 2007 @ 3:46 pm

  185. Hi Indira,
    Hi. I am currently writing a master’s degree dissertation about the importance of food to memory and identity.
    I have chosen to focus on the Indian/Bengali/Bangladeshi community in London, and am wondering if you know anyone (family, friend, fellow blogger, or one of your readers) who lives in London who would be interested in speaking to or e-mailing me about this topic?
    For those that you ask or those reading: I would be interested in any information/personal stories about the role that food plays in your life. The information you give to me could be anything to do with food– that a certain recipe brings back a memory of childhood, or that you are a mum and feel it important to feed your family traditional food (or maybe you have decided to get rid of traditional cooking from your home all together), or maybe you have an opinion about the difference between the food served in curry houses and “authentic” cuisine.
    I would be incredibly thankful for any stories that you have to share. Thank you so much for your time in reading this.

    Comment by Stephanie — February 4, 2007 @ 7:14 am

  186. Hi Indira,

    Like many others I googled into your website while looking for a easy receipe to create something with Palak when my family was away in
    India and tried the palak paneer receipe. Great work and excellent photos and layout. Please keep up the good work and I will keep coming here for more.


    Comment by Ashok Nambiar — February 4, 2007 @ 12:22 pm

  187. Hey Indira ……your site is simply superb ,i tried few recipes they were very tasty …thanks for sharing your recipes ,appreciated!!
    Keep it up

    Comment by Lahari — February 6, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

  188. Hi Indira,

    My sister introduced me to this great food website. I love cooking and always look for different ways to cook a vegetable. The best thing about this website is that most of the recipes listed here are for everyday cooking. They are simple in preparation and amazing in taste. And I should say your writing style is elegant and the pictures you post are mouth-watering. I have been trying out the recipes on this website for a couple of weeks and wanted to post a comment. Thanks for those tasty recipes. Keep the good work going!

    Comment by Mydhili — February 12, 2007 @ 5:15 pm

  189. Hi Indira,

    You have a great website. I love your recipes and pictures. Thanks for all your good work.

    Comment by David — February 12, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

  190. Hi Indira garu,

    Very nice to know that while living in the US you have still not forgotten the roots of Andhra cooking. I am from Tirupati and my husband from Hyderabad. We are presently living in Doha-Qatar (Asian Games 2006). Very interesting website, I will definitely try out your recipes, keep up the good work. Pls let me have your email id for future contacts. Thanks Esther

    Comment by Esther Aruna — February 13, 2007 @ 7:40 am

  191. Dear Indiraji,

    I found out your blog thro’ a link and i could not stop myself from reaching out to congratulate you. You have done a great thing for NRIs allover. the contents reflect true feelings and a down to earth approach to the most important activity of a housewife.It is so good to learn authentic,simple and regional recipes with no extra hangups. Though i belong to B’lore originally ,now living in The Kingdom of Bahrain, I’ve lived my married life in Hyderabad for almost ten years and relished Andra food.So your blog is really close to my heart. All the best for your future ventures.

    Comment by Roopa — February 14, 2007 @ 10:42 pm

  192. Indra,
    I think it’s a good idea to mention typically how many people can be served with the quantities of ingredients mentioned in the recipe. Can you please make this addition to all your future posts? Thanks.

    Comment by Ramya — February 21, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

  193. Indira – simple, delicious, mouthwatering recipes!! Pictures are soooo tempting. I want to try ‘em all.

    I love your choice of words (“juicy tomatoes”). The site is quite inspirational!

    Comment by Anandhi — February 22, 2007 @ 9:05 am

  194. Chanced on food blogs while recipe searching
    and am totally hooked, being more of a reader and less of a cook in search of new ways of making the same things. Love your simple and elegant language and recipes and hope to come by whenever possible. Thank You for this wonderful place to come to. It is inspiring!

    Comment by lalitha — February 23, 2007 @ 6:46 pm

  195. I wonder why it took me this long to discover you on the web!
    Could you please demonstrate how Fennel Bulbs can be used in Indian cooking in one of your future recipes?

    Comment by Raghu — February 24, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

  196. indira, just wanted to say thanks for the amazing recipies, clear instructions and beautiful photos.

    i have recently moved to hyderabad from the uk and your food blog has been a lifesaver when it comes to knowing what’s what in the market, not to mention what to do with it! :)

    thanks to you, i am now slowly but surely learning how to cook indian -and- enjoying every minute of it.

    Comment by anja — February 28, 2007 @ 5:19 am

  197. Dear Indira

    This is an excellent site for people who are interested in cooking, by reading responses to the mails and the contents in the site, i feel u r missing Nandyala & Mahanandi very much.

    I hope by continuously reading mails from the browsers u may enjoy sweet memories of Nandyala.

    All the recipes are good & keep doing good work.
    But one sugestion keep ur photograph in the site.



    Comment by madhavi — March 1, 2007 @ 2:47 am

  198. Dear Indira,

    You have done such a wonderful job and hopefully you will continue. Your passion in cooking is very obvious and it is also very inspiring. Every now and then I would lose interest because of work or babies at home but when I visit your site I am reminded of how relaxing and invigorating cooking can be.
    I have an idea for you - if there is interest you can put together a photo book (at Kodak or shutterfly or some site like that) for interested readers (of course, for a certain fee)of their favorite recipes with your great pictures to create an exclusive cookbook. I really do appreciate this free resource available for all but I think the photo cookbook would be a great gift for someone special with their favorite recipes (if you have the time and interest to work on this). Actually I want to do a similar photo book with my mom’s recipes.
    Anyway, thanks again. Best Regards,

    Comment by Sharada Balakrishnan — March 5, 2007 @ 9:47 am

  199. Dear Indira,
    How can I join Dininghall? please help me.
    I was told to contact you regarding this. As I am a very new blogger just trying to learn things.


    Indira replies:
    Hi Sharmi, thanks for your interest in Dining Hall. Please follow the instructions in Dining Hall welcome message, ie - mail me your name and your blog name to join. You can find my email address in introduction. Thanks.

    Comment by sharmi — March 7, 2007 @ 10:34 am

  200. A professional psychologist turned Chef/Restauateur in the deep south og the UK, I have just now entered the food blogosphere and am quite blown away. What I speak about in my blog, the public absence of Indian women, particularly South Indian, who are the creative cooks in India, is dynamically present in the blogospghere.That South Indian women, known in Karnataka as fairly ” saadhu” timid, are emerging with a strong voice. I am delighted and am glad to be part of this movement. My website/blog is I have linked quite a few sites, including yours and would appreciate a reciprocal gesture.
    Fantastic community.

    Comment by shuba rao — March 8, 2007 @ 2:57 am

  201. Indira,

    Is there a way I can get a RSS/atom feed for your website. I could not find one.


    Comment by Chaithra — March 14, 2007 @ 12:20 pm

  202. Wow - I just had to let you know how much I enjoy this site. I’m an American gal recently married to an Indian guy and just love learning about the ingredients of Indian cuisine and creative recipes to try. Your photography is so amazing too. Thank you for sharing your talent and maintaining such an informative and inviting site for us all! :)

    Comment by Stephanie — March 28, 2007 @ 5:43 pm

  203. Hi Indira,
    Your website is extremely interesting and a great place to visit especially when I have run out of ideas in the kitchen. Keep blogging and I’ll keep cooking!!!

    Comment by Sandhya — March 29, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

  204. Excellent Website! Looks gr8 with Pics ! Very useful for Bachelors like me.

    Take Care !

    Comment by Shiva — April 3, 2007 @ 4:08 am

  205. Reached your blog in search oh Moong Dal Payasam. Your site is very impressive and the layout, pics, writings are just too good…. would be happy if you could provide rss feed for this blog.

    Cheers!!! Keep posting ….

    you have reminded my mom’s food now :(

    Comment by Bala — April 4, 2007 @ 4:20 am

  206. Hi
    I am Varsha. I like your site very much. It’s wonderful. Website is very attractive with nice colour and pictures. I have added your site in my favorite list. Now I am going to prepare mysore pak.

    Thank you for sharing nice recipes with all of us.

    Comment by varsha — April 6, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

  207. HI Indiraji,
    ur website is super.The way u projected things really appreciable. Keep it up.


    Comment by suresh — April 20, 2007 @ 5:14 pm

  208. Hi Indira,

    I enjoy reading your Blog and also try out some of the recipes you post. The JFI on Greens was a excellent idea! I was just amazed to see the innovative ideas of each contributor.

    Yesterday i prepared Hariyali Dal - a confluence of Spinach,Methi,& Coriander Leaves. I was wondering if i can send in my recipe to share with other readers, even though i do not have a food blog.

    Please do let me know, i would love to contribute atleast 1 recipe on your site.

    Comment by Radhika — May 1, 2007 @ 3:42 pm

  209. Wonderful site. Well-organized. easy to navigate. easy on the eyes with the photos.

    Would you by any chance know of the recipe for making jackfruit curry? If you do would you post it?

    thank you

    Comment by Aniruddha Joshi — May 9, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

  210. I just came across your website today and its terrific! My wife and I are just starting to cook Indian style dishes, and your recipes sound and look delicious! Thanks for the great photos and the wealth of information. I’m sure we will be visiting this site a lot! Keep up the good work.

    Comment by Gerald Knauss — May 13, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

  211. Dear Indira,

    My day starts with first checking my email and then your blog - Perked up by your gracious and close-to-heart thoughts/words - I am filled with nostalgia and memories of our motherland - and my day is already made!

    Whenever I feel like I miss India/ my mother or ofcourse the tasty, wonderful & varied cuisine -all I have to do is land in your blogspot -And I’m already smiling with my heart filled with warmth!


    Comment by Priya — May 15, 2007 @ 8:30 am

  212. Hi Indira,

    I love your site and was wondering if you’d like to exchange links.


    Comment by The Culinary Chase — May 16, 2007 @ 3:24 am

  213. Hi Indira,
    I came across your website very recently while searching for some andhra recipes. My husband and I are absolutely wow-ed by the quality of the website - the pictures especially make it look amazing. I am sending your website to everyone I know. Great job!

    Comment by Salila — May 25, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

  214. Hi,
    I am very pleased to see your website. Especially I like the pictures of the ingredients and then how the meal looks when it is cooks. Very creative! Everything looks delicious.


    Comment by Peppa Jaa — June 4, 2007 @ 10:22 am

  215. Hi Indira,

    I am a PhD student here in the US originally from Visakhapatnam.

    I have been a regular visitor for the past year or so and have used a lot of your recipes but have been extremely lazy to post comments. There have been numerous occasions when people have praised me for some of the great food I make at parties here but all the credit should actually go to you :)

    For me your blog somehow brings back some very sweet memories from India and the pictures make me feel like I am back home :) Thanks for the great work and keep posting… you have one guaranteed visitor for life

    Comment by Aditya — June 5, 2007 @ 9:15 pm

  216. Hi Indira,
    First of all i would like to tell that your site is amazing.After seeing those catchy photos one really feels like cooking the dish at very moment:).

    BTW I have a 8 months old son.I have started giving him some solid food.But, I feel giving the same food like kheer, khichadi everyday will be boring for both of us.Can you post some kids special on your website?

    Comment by Varsha — June 8, 2007 @ 4:30 am

  217. Dear Indira,
    Would you bend your culinary talents towards pleasing my son’s palette?

    I am looking for menu plants for his lunch box.

    Thanks so much!

    Comment by KP — June 22, 2007 @ 7:05 am

  218. Yo mam, my Hats off to you! I cant believe that you do all this crazy cooking in U.S.A.

    Though I love cooking I dont think I have any patience to blog all the details.

    Happy cooking.

    Vivaha bojanambu, vinthina vantakambu, viyalla vari vindu, Oh Oh Oh I cant believe this!

    Comment by shyam — June 23, 2007 @ 3:12 am

  219. hi
    Like someone commented ‘padipoyanu’ i felt the same. My mouth was watering as i was browsing the site. I am from hyd and i sent the site add to my sis, bro and friends and they are all screaming in joy. I have been thru numerous sites and i found urs really the best or should i say it as the tastiest!!!!!!!!
    Real good work.
    All the best

    Comment by sukanya — June 30, 2007 @ 3:41 am

  220. We have a new temple that just opened close to my home here in North Illinois. We are trying to start up the kitchen and looking for a wet grinder that can cater for a large groups - something restuarant uses for making Thosai & idly flour. Where can I purchase this item? Pls help me with information on any distributor of such equipment here in US. Thanks.

    Comment by Gopalakrishnan — July 2, 2007 @ 10:45 am

  221. Indira garu,

    This site is amazing…if not for foodbloggers like you,I dont know how I could have survived with my cooking in the US.Thank you so much!!

    Comment by Silpa Suryadevara — July 12, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

  222. hey indira….

    i have lots to write admiring ur blog….so overwhelming in every way…just going through ur blog gives me utmost pleasure and i never miss home…i’ve tried many of ur recipes and my husband loves them…as an ardent fan of ur blog..not jus ur blog…ur elegant and enticing food description,appealing pictures,all i can say is simply spectacular….great going indira!!!

    Comment by kanthi — July 18, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

  223. Hello Indira,

    The flavors of your cooking are circling in many kitchens. Clear and specific instructions and fantastic photos.
    Many thanks and good luck.

    Comment by Padmaja Challakere — August 1, 2007 @ 11:02 am

  224. Hi

    I love your site,recipes & photographs are just awesome. Seeing the pics i feel like cooking :)

    Thank you and great work!

    Just a problem i face..if i am in one of the recipe pages and then i click on any of the links under “Recent posts” i get a message “Sorry, no posts matched your enquiry. Maybe I can help? Return to homepage and leave a comment.”

    Also is your site browser dependent? I cannot submit this comment in firefox browser.

    Comment by Geetha — August 11, 2007 @ 6:32 pm

  225. hai Indira,

    its great , ur recipe so simple and easy,
    ur recipes help me a lot. I am in TAIWAN and I am trying to give different taste to people here.

    Comment by ramesh — August 13, 2007 @ 1:05 am

  226. Hey Indira,
    I wanted to firstly congratulate you on the great success of Mahanandi. Being an Indian I am very proud of Mahanandi. Proud I say because of the way the authentic recipes are presented. I respect your love and passion for Indian cusine. Your recipes, write-up, colofur pictures really inspire me to present my family recipes. Someday I will for sure do it!
    With great Regards & Love,

    Dear Nina: Thanks very much for your kind words about Mahanandi!
    I’ll be eagerly waiting to learn from your family treasures and please remember that you already have a loyal fan (me).
    Best wishes,

    Comment by Nina — August 14, 2007 @ 10:43 am

  227. Congratulations being among top 10 indian blogs. Ragi sanghati recipe amazing, chala bagundhi.
    Madam chain restuarants petti telugu ammayi satha chathandi.

    All the best!

    Comment by Sreekanth Narravula — August 21, 2007 @ 1:35 am

  228. Indira - I love your website. I have tried quite a few recipes from here and love all of them. Through your website, I found IndusLadies which is another treasure trove just like yours. Looking forward to reading more and trying out new recipes as well!

    All the very best!

    Comment by Shobana — August 22, 2007 @ 10:05 am

  229. Congratulations - great website! I was looking for a wet-dry grinder and read your review on the Sumeet. I think I will order one from
    Do you have a “karam” (Andhra masala) recipe that you can share with me?
    Thanks a lot,

    Comment by Margaret — August 23, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

  230. I so enjoy this website. I took the link from Spice Island Vegan website and am so glad I did. I just ordered the Sumeeta Mixer which your site introduced me to.

    I have a orientation to Mithai is from Shaheen restaurants in Jackson Heights, New York. They had such an array and at that time only $6.00 a pound. I have moved back to the west coast and there is nothing like that here. The ladoos at Shaheen were very different from any recipe…it looked like little gold pearls…translucent almost, all gathered into a ball. Any idea of what recipe/method could reproduce them? Thanks, Anne

    Comment by Anne — September 3, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

  231. hi, I enjoyed your recipes and reference to various usages and styles of food and cooking.

    You might like to know more from where I come from, Malaysia. Our diverse food from the Chinese Nyonyas or Mamak Nasi Kandar or Eurasians are real authentic.


    Comment by Nyonyapearl — September 6, 2007 @ 6:27 am

  232. Hi Indira,
    Excellent recipres and elgant presentation. Thanks to you, I learnt many recipes from your blog me being a food freak and cooking hobbyist.
    Best Wishes to you. Keep writing!!!

    Comment by Vasu — September 17, 2007 @ 9:40 pm

  233. hi iam sneha u r ricepes very taste and nice
    i really like urs recipes if u possible pls send more recipes in telugu language i know english little bit thats why pls send more recipes hindi or telugu if u possible easy recipes ok

    Comment by sneha — September 18, 2007 @ 5:03 am

  234. Hi Indira,

    Must say your web-site is a stress-buster (at least for me) and a life saver when I am looking for delicious, easy to cook & foolproof recipes (esp. when I’ve guests I want to impress :) ). I am a regular visitor to your web-site & had commented on some recipes to which you had also kindly responded. Then I got busy with my new law practice & a new baby. Though I kept visiting & trying your recipes I could never get down to writing to you about how fabulous they all turned out. Thank you for sharing & the wonderful tips. Right now I’m taking a 5 minute break from a difficult client & am de-stressing by browsing your site. THANKS again.

    Comment by Meera — September 20, 2007 @ 11:57 am

  235. Hi Indira,

    It was a great pleasure to come across your blog. I must say it has given me great inspiration to have my own. I also love to cook and try new variations of recipes in my family that have been followed through generations. I am from Lucknow and Jaipur, so my recipes and cooking style would be very different from yours. But I will learn much from your blog about (is it?) Andhra cuisine…

    Currently, I am finishing up my PhD, so am very hard pressed for time. I think I will be visting your blog very often to make something interesting. I saw your massor sprout stew…so I am going to sprout some masoor dal today and make a salad of that tomorrow…will let you know how it turned out….
    Thanks and happy blogging…

    Comment by Neha — September 22, 2007 @ 10:38 am

  236. Hi Indira,

    It’s really great work. I liked your compositions. Very well written. I would like to try your receipies. Great job. If you don’t mind could you ask vijay to share the camera details in your next post. I am very keen on your pics. Keep up the good work. I would recommend you to post in telugu as well. With tips and tricks in daily life.


    Comment by sri — September 23, 2007 @ 1:28 pm

  237. Wow…I started at this site looking for a recipe for amaranth leaves, and I find so much more! My only knowledge of Indian cuisine is the repetitive fare found at restaurants in the US, so seeing this site blows my mind, especially since it focuses on just one region in such a large and varied country. There are so many new things for me to try here. I’ve been receiving all kinds of vegetables from a local farm, so this will be a great way for me to use them. Thank you for this beautiful and well-done site.

    Comment by Lillian — September 23, 2007 @ 6:22 pm

  238. Hai Indira,

    Surprisingly my name is also indira and also we too belong to Rayalaseema i.e, kurnool. I have seen Nandyala. It’s a good historical place. Coming to your site, it’s really helpful for the newly married. I visit regularly your site. your recipes are really tasty and good. Thank you Indira.

    Comment by Indira — September 28, 2007 @ 2:24 am

  239. Hello Indira,

    As I mentioned while commenting on another page within your web-sie, your work is truly wonderful, amazing, a great help for kitchen lovers. There’re not enough words to appreciate your work. I accidentally came acroos your web-site two months back only during my regular serach for receipe and ingredients. Gradually , I ended up getting all my answers on your web-site only. It took me two months to relaize that this web-site is realy amazing and I need to leave my comments in appreciation. There’s no other web-site which gives me so many other ideas most importantly without leaving any kind of doubts or confusions about ingredients. The way you story tell any receipe (giving away hints to other receipes), along with pictures of whatever you’re trying to say in there is simply amazing and shows your hard work, commitment, sincerity and honesty. Hats off to you!! I have now started adding word “mahanandi” whenever looking for any receipe or ingredient. Thanks for putting up this web-site. Keep it up!

    Comment by Monika Gupta — September 29, 2007 @ 11:52 am

  240. Hi Indira,

    Welcome to Seattle.
    I have been observing your forum for a long time.. and finally now I decided to leave you a note.I m doing my Internal Medicine Residency in NJ, but my parents are in Seattle. Everytime I read your blog.. It just makes me happy . I still remember for 2006 Ganesh Chaturthi, I was in seattle, looked into your receipes and cooked everything. Your blog is just awesome.. pictures are amazingg.. food tastes grreeaatt. Being a physician, I dont have enough time for cooking, but i make sure once in a while that i check your site.
    Thank You.

    Comment by Deepthi — October 3, 2007 @ 6:46 am

  241. Hi Indira,

    I like your website. I have been cooking recipes from your site since an year and my husband like the items and also gave me an award(”great improvment”. After a long time , I visited our local farmer’s market today. I was so happy to see so many green leafy vegetables. So, I bought couple of them to try. I don’t even know the names of the vegetables. But, still I like to try them. I did check your site specially dedicated to green leafy vegetables. But, I am not satisfied as all the greens used are common type that are found in the Indian grocery store. I was wondering, if possible can you post few recipes on other vegetables(like I Brocolli Rabe, Mustard green, Kale, Watercress, Radish greens, Beet greens and soon on found in farmers market). I am not sure how these leaves look, but I just know the names. I request you to please post Indian recipes with these leaves and even any other recipes. Thank You!. Great Site. Way to Go!

    Comment by Prerna — October 6, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

  242. Indira,
    Great effort and very useful for newly weds like me :) especially when “What to cook?” can be a difficult question to answer :)
    Awesome site!

    Comment by Mahaniya — October 9, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

  243. Hello Indira,

    I would like to know where you take all these beautiful pictures of ingredients and final dishes. The lighting and the crisp clear white background makes all your pictures look like ones from a professional cook book!!

    Love your website.


    Comment by Pallavi — October 11, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

  244. Hi Indira,
    I loved your blog. Your work is simply fantastic. Your huband has done a great job too. I have a request. I am putting together a website for my Masters project(nutrition science). The title of the project is “developing and evaluating a nutrition education website targetted to south asians to educate them and increase awareness about diabetes, heart diasease and hypertension in this population” I would like to use a few images for putting togther a desi palte - which is demonstrating how to use portions. I have shortlisted 4 images am not sure which ones I will use. I wanted to seek your perission and find out if there are any other formatlities that need to be completed. The site is still being designed, I will contact you and send you the link once it is done. Please let me know,
    looking forward to hearing from you. I am bit pressed on time I have to release the website in the next couple days so I would sincerely appreciate it if you could please reply.
    thanks a lot,

    Comment by Vijaya — October 17, 2007 @ 1:53 am

  245. hi

    reading the content in the site,it gives me immense pleasure to introduce my self from the same place nandyala. I love the way the recipes are explained…..


    Comment by raj metla — October 20, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

  246. Your Recipies are just Yummm for a 12 year old like me. My mom too liked it.I just browsed google when I found your Website!

    Congragulations!! Keep adding recipies!!

    Comment by Carol Rebekah C — November 5, 2007 @ 8:03 am

  247. Wow! I am very impressed and so happy to have found this opportunity. I will get busy straight away as I have a lot to learn….and the first thing I will do is to find and prepare a good pakora to honor my Indian and Bangladeshi friends for the Diwali festival..


    Comment by Dusan Djordjevic — November 8, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

  248. Every time I have some vegetables and dont know what to cook- I turn to you ! Both you and your husband seem like a super creative couple - God bless you both.
    My mouth literally waters looking at the pictures and makes me miss my mom. Thank you for sharing your recipes and thank you for making my palette a little more interesting :)

    Comment by vidhya — November 13, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

  249. Hi indira!

    You rock! I love ur site - i am not that fond of cooking..but both me and my husband try out ur recipies every weekend! You make cooking look simple and delightful!

    Comment by anuradha — November 15, 2007 @ 3:43 am

  250. Great site and great work. I cook with a similar though process to your. cooking is a whole form of meditation, my mind and soul goes into it and also very consious about what goes into the pot and belly. It would be very interesting cross paths with you someday


    Comment by Archana — December 2, 2007 @ 8:20 am

  251. Hi Indira, your website is a stress reliever for me! I love the way you write, and of course your recipes too. I am from the west coast of India, but Rayalseema was my adopted land as I grew up there, and acqired a love of Andhra food and the people.

    Used to picnic in Mahanandi too, what sweet memories! Looking forward to many more years of visits to your site!

    Comment by padmini — December 4, 2007 @ 11:21 am

  252. very proud to be Indian and to see that the traditions of the subcontinent are being not only preserved but also modified as per requirements. you are doing a great service for the future generations.

    Comment by ushma williams — December 5, 2007 @ 10:36 am

  253. hey..
    This is an amazing site for southindian recipies and best part of this site is introducing the history of each and every item..
    Looking for more intresting healthy recipies and wish your site be the top of all indian cooking sites.

    Comment by shyamala — December 5, 2007 @ 11:32 pm

  254. hi indira..i have become a die-hard fan of your website…excellent receipes…and narration of the preparation is also too good..

    Comment by lavanya — December 6, 2007 @ 8:59 am

  255. Hi Indira and Vijay,
    I just love ur have presented it soo well and whatever i see here…i feel like cooking it…n also eating it!!!!Truly amazing.cheers to u both.

    Comment by Pavani — December 12, 2007 @ 10:31 am

  256. Dear Indira,

    You are a genius! I happened to stumble upon your lovely site a few weeks ago, and now I’m addicted! :) You have a wonderful knack of bringing out the beauty of your ingredients and food, through your words and pictures. Whenever I run out of ideas to cook, I just turn to you and I’m inspired. I’ve tried several of your recipes and one of my favourites is your tomato pickle. Yum, yum! Thank you so much.

    Comment by Bhavana — December 12, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

  257. Wow! I accidentally stumbled across this site looking for a recipe but you are now in my favorites! You are extraordinarily eloquent and clever. I’m in luv with this site! good show!!

    Comment by venus — December 13, 2007 @ 11:04 am

  258. Dear Indira, Just stumbled across your website. All the adjectives have already been used for your website. The only thing that is missing is your photo. Every cookbook has a photo of the author. Anyway your blog is not anonymous. It would be lovely to connect the person
    with such talents with a face. Any reason why you have not put up your photo ?

    Comment by usha — December 19, 2007 @ 6:22 am

  259. By happy accident I have just found your beautiful informative website. I was an exchange student in Pune from the US in the ’70s and now my teenage daughter, who I took to visit a few years ago, is as fond of India and Indian cooking as I. We are planning our Christmas Dinner and your site will help with that meal and many others!

    Comment by casey — December 23, 2007 @ 9:22 am

  260. Hi Indira, your website is amazing especially the pictures mind blowing and the way you taking every pics are superb! One of my friends showed me your website. I think she became a great fan of your site. I like the way you explain each and every recipe and is a great inspiration to me.

    Comment by shriya — December 24, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

  261. hi indira.
    ur site is so interesting, iam in australia now i always use ur site for my cooking.
    thanks for collecting such a huge and interesting information

    Comment by shiva — December 26, 2007 @ 5:33 am

  262. I am a Honduran lady, that is very interested in all types of foods. I am trying to move to a healthy vegetarian diet with lots of flavor and interest for me and my family. Your recipes are just what I was looking for. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of these recipes with me. I just run out of interesting things to make, you’ve opened up so many colorful and delightful cooking possibilities for me.

    Thank you,

    Comment by Yolanda — December 30, 2007 @ 8:29 pm

  263. Hi Indira,

    For the last eight months, I have become a diehard fan of your site. Food and cooking is something I enjoy deeply - though I don’t do much of it. I am from Hubli in north karnataka and find many similarities in the food choices you have put on your website.

    Go girl go, you are doing a great job. Are you in India visiting now as there has been no post for the last fortnight. May you come back with more dishes for us to try. Happy New year

    Comment by Veena — December 31, 2007 @ 3:22 am

  264. Hi Indira,

    I was looking for the english names for Chironji/Charuli. It is a nut from almondette Tree and also called as calumpong-nut/hamilton mombin. Thought let me share this with you.

    Comment by Veena — January 3, 2008 @ 10:16 pm

  265. Hi Indira!
    Ur food site is awesome!!I accidently landed in ur site & wow…wat a treat it is…wenver im in no mood to cook or running short of ideas,my first thoughts is Mahanadi & once in i churn up some great cooking frm ur kitchen to mine..thnks to u & keep the fab work going..btw im in Torrance,CA..Wishing u & ur fly a fantabolous new year:)

    Comment by Vidya — January 4, 2008 @ 11:41 am

  266. Beautiful site, photo’s and recipes, its marked as one of my favourites and I check evry few days to see what new delight you have cooked. Well done and wish you more success in the future. x x x

    Comment by Sara — January 5, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  267. hi Indira,

    Beautiful site.

    thanks to google ALERTS.

    Well done ane WISH U more sucess in the future !!!!!!!

    Comment by ashalata — January 7, 2008 @ 9:51 am

  268. Mahanandi is a good and beautiful place to visit. We visited with our school students about 70 members on 7-12-2007.


    Comment by satyanarayana Kanchuparthy — January 14, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

  269. Indira, The recipe for bassaru is not mine. I came across it on the web. I forgot to mention that in my last post. I apologize to the author for copying it and sending it to you. Since it was already written and on the web I forwarded that to you.

    Usha, as a frequent plagiarism victim, I have strict policy against republishing other people’s work without their permission, Your comment may considered copyright violation, so I had to remove it.

    Comment by usha — January 15, 2008 @ 12:58 pm

  270. Hello

    I am crazy about your recipes and I tried few recipes.

    Comment by Annapurna — January 16, 2008 @ 7:23 am

  271. I live in Hyderabad and stumbled across your blog while searching for salad recipes.

    All I can say is WOW!

    You have a very original writing style and photography.

    I also found what I was looking for (Vijaya Hiremath’s book on salads). Thanks.

    Ye desamegina, endu kalidina, pogadara nee thalli bhumi bharathini.

    All the best and keep it up.

    Comment by Vikram — January 16, 2008 @ 9:34 am

  272. I came across your site while searching for ridge gourd . Your site is really good, i found a lot of recipies esp vegetarian recipes

    Thanks for this wonderful site.

    Comment by Nimi Thilak — January 17, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

  273. hi indira
    i just love u

    Comment by neeraja — January 23, 2008 @ 5:41 am

  274. hi,
    I came across your website online. Wow, wonderful work u have done. Good healthy recipes with pictures. hmm… very delicious. keep up the good work.

    Comment by Sindhu — January 23, 2008 @ 10:40 am

  275. I am making an effort to learn Indian cuisine (which I have always loved) and your site is a great, perfect, learning ground for me.

    Comment by ari — January 23, 2008 @ 5:18 pm

  276. I will be very honest here and it is upto the admin to post it or not. I am sitting here in a corner (OK on a step-stool) of my London apartment’s living room with my mom and srimathi on a sofa and my almost 3yr daughter in the middle…. (with some mana telugu TV program playing in the background from the idiot box on the other corner)

    with my laptop (sitting fittingly on my lap) I filled the gap in some atta/kodalu/kuturu chit-chat with ‘I will go back once I have enough money to start a business!’ ‘which business?’ adigindi amma. ‘ummm say pan dabba’ cheppadu koduku…. pan dabba kayithey neeney ista; ippudey vellochu andi amma…. enti antha easy anukuntunnava annadu koduku… and quotes some random amount which the ladies disagree with… so I go to my friend (adenandi google) and type aksharala ‘india pan dabba cost’ and as I curiously scan thru the results stumbled upon a page link from this site (6th from top) and here I am typing merrily without caring for any web-etiquette or whatever….

    so any guesses which page I landed in? hint: dabba……………………………………………………………..

    yes that wonderfully arranged (eventhough I was surprised to see curry leaf {I know atleast half a dozen names for this — ready? karivepaku, kalyamaku, kareypaku, karveypaku, currey leaf (no I’m not cheating ‘cos I didn’t say telugu names, just names!} and inka emi ledu :) OK I lose)…. dabba… adenandi popu dabba
    I liked the web page layout, the color theme/scheme, the fonts and as everyone else liked the general content of the site

    needless to say I bookmarked the page and will promise to return here…. no not from a vetikey engine… but thru the direct link

    Comment by Sree — January 25, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

  277. Hi Indira ji,

    I’m from Pakistan but I live in Canada. I would like to say that your recepies are realy good. I never cooked any thing when I was in Pakistan since its not a guy’s stuff over there. I’m not married yet and cooking was a kind of tough job for me. Since I have seen your website by chance I have prepared many dishes. Your recepies are realy great. My most most favourite is pomegranate yougurt. My god! Woof, its so so so good, i m eating it every single day 3-4 times. I’m in love with pomegranate yougurt. You are realy wonderfull and your recipes as well. Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderfull website with amazing recepies and great writing.
    How can i see your picture? Please put that on the website too.
    Best regards!

    Comment by Waseem Raza Syed — January 26, 2008 @ 4:04 pm

  278. I just wanted to drop you a quick line to voice my appreciation for the work you put into this site. After three months spent in India five years ago, I have become a lifelong fanatic of Indian food and how to cook it to perfection myself. Your recipes are great and the photos scrumptious!

    Comment by iride — February 1, 2008 @ 12:12 am

  279. I just kinda found your site surfing to find something to do with methi leaves. I love the pappu kura my mother made and did not know about Amaranth leaves. thanks for the info. but i have a question about availability, did you get the leaves in an Indian store? i live in Chicago and have never seen anything like it….

    Comment by Meena — February 5, 2008 @ 2:45 pm

  280. Hi Indira: I am also writing a quick note to support and appreciate your blog. I religiously visit each week, even though I rarely comment. I love your unique recipes, elegant writing style, and artistic pictures. It’s also a great idea to have guest writers periodically. I had a thought after reading about the Oriya chari phuti masala. It seems like Bengali paanch-phora minus one (i.e. paanch becomes chari). Ingredient wise it’s paanch phora minus the kalonji. I would have loved to read the actual recipe, but I guess it’s on the magazine. I hope you can post another recipe soon that uses this masala and tells more about Oriya cooking. Thanks, Sudha

    Comment by SS — February 9, 2008 @ 3:42 am

  281. excellent..nice work..i am a student staying in newjersey…ur site is more helpful for me.thank you

    Comment by shaik — February 12, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  282. Hi Indira,

    My name is Vijaya. I live in Tampa with my husband and daughter.
    I am a frequent visitor of your website. I love your recipes and their mouth-watering pictures. Since I knew about your site, I have stopped even thinking about what to cook. I just check what vegetables I have in the refrigerator, search for recipes of that vegetable on your list and select one of them. I just follow it A to Z and it turns out wonderful!
    My husband was never fond of my experimental recipes from the internet before, but now he loves whatever I cook, thanks to you!

    You are doing a wonderful job. Keep it going always! Thanks to your husband Vijay for the colorful, attractive pictures.

    Comment by Vijaya — February 15, 2008 @ 12:48 pm

  283. We just “googled” ,looking for Indian food sites and found yours. What an enriching treat it is to read your teachings. We are very interesting in learning more and look forward to returning often. Thank you very much.

    Comment by White On Rice Couple — February 15, 2008 @ 11:28 pm

  284. Hello Indira, I just stumbled across your website and going by what others have said,browsing around, your beautiful layout and especially your clever and interesting way with words looks like I have found me a gold mine.

    My husband is from Andhra and I am constantly trying to find/understand telegu names and recipes. I am not from India myself but had the privilage of living there for a while and learning all the ‘kayas’ from my maid only to forget most and learn bengali ones while in Calcutta only to forget those to learn hindi names while in Bombay and they stuck.
    We now live in Canada.
    It truely is a blessing to find this site where not only is everything explained clearly but done in a consciouss manner. I now look foreward to tickling my husbands taste buds and bringing glee to his mind.
    Thank you.

    Comment by Omaymah — February 26, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

  285. Hi Indira,
    I’m dazzled by your website, your engaging commentary, and south indian recipes with photos. I’m just starting to cook on my own, after moving away from home (and mom’s cooking), and your site is so inspiring.

    thanks so much!

    Comment by meg — March 1, 2008 @ 3:55 pm

  286. Hi Indira,

    It’s a fantastic website! I like the way you write and the pictures looking good. Certainly getting the motivation to try out the recipes.

    Keep up the good work.


    Comment by Balaji Alapilla — March 16, 2008 @ 3:56 am

  287. Just chanced across your site. Having just come back from India and always been a huge fan of Indian food, culture and customs, I absolutely love it. I’m sure I will be spending a lot of time perusing and trying out some of the recipes. Thanks for all your hard work, it is appreciated.
    Regards Lawrence

    Comment by Lawrence Cohen — March 18, 2008 @ 9:11 am

  288. Dear Indira,

    Thank you for such a wonderful site. Earlier this month I had sent two mails to your gmail ID, telling how much you have inspired me to start my very own blog. I don’t know whether you received it or not. I’m happy to inform you that I have started my blog. Thanks a bunch once again.

    Carry on the excellent work.

    Comment by Madhuram — March 18, 2008 @ 11:34 am

  289. Dear Indira:

    I recently came across your blog and love the recipes you’ve posted! I work at Ethnic Kitchens Inc. and Haldiram’s USA Inc., a wholesaler and distributor of various Indian food products. We do, however try to cater to the general public as well, especially with our Haldiram’s products, through our websites. I would love to send you some free samples for you to use in your future recipes. Hope to hear from you soon!

    Kind regards,

    Stephanie Nguyen
    Ethnic Kitchens

    Comment by Stephanie — March 18, 2008 @ 6:35 pm

  290. Hi Indira,
    Had an opportunity to view a blog which has a deatailed and innovative version of cooking. To add to it u have an array of awesome pics! inspiring! Tried many of ur recipes, just reduced the chillis though.
    Have added u to my blog.
    Thank you.

    Comment by mamta — March 18, 2008 @ 11:33 pm

  291. Dear Indira,

    Thanks for the reply and words of encouragement. It really means so much to me.

    Comment by Madhuram — March 19, 2008 @ 8:44 am

  292. Hi Indira,

    I have been visiting your blog for about 2 months now and find the content very informative. The pictures that go with each post are also very professional.

    Needless to say, your site keeps all food bloggers inspired.


    Comment by Roma — March 25, 2008 @ 7:36 am

  293. Hi Indira & Mahanandi,

    Happy 3rd anniversary! I’m out of words to truly convey my joy and wishes. Continue doing the good work as always! May God be with you in all your endeavors.

    Comment by Madhuram — March 25, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

  294. Dear Indira,

    Happy 3rd Anniversary!

    Undoubtedly your site is one of the best. Your blog (and anita’s mad tea party blog) saved me from kitchen disasters post marriage:)

    Thank you for providing such an awesome site.

    Best wishes to you & Vijay.

    Comment by zinnia — March 27, 2008 @ 3:16 am

  295. Hello!
    I just wanted to say “thanks” for all your great recipes!!! I am American, and I just got married to a Hyderabadi man. My new husband loves the food I cook from your site:-) Maybe with practice I will be able to cook South Indian food almost as well as my new mother-in-law!!

    Keep up the good work!!!

    Comment by Rachael Ankala — March 28, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

  296. Ur site rocks..we almost learns all the things we cook from your site.

    Comment by VarunKumar — March 29, 2008 @ 12:04 am

  297. Good to see this site, which gives clear information

    Comment by Suresh K Sirigiri — April 2, 2008 @ 2:57 am

  298. Hai Indira,

    I am also from nandyal. it is good to come across some one from my place. i am very partial towards rayalaseema folks and if some one from nandyal i literally freak out. my parents are in balaji complex. congrats for this wonderful site

    Comment by Vasavi — April 6, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

  299. Please give me the recipe of authentic Chana Masala Powder that can be made at home. I am looking for the masala to make chana with bhaturas. Thanx.

    Comment by Sushil Kansal — April 13, 2008 @ 5:34 am

  300. Hi Indira,
    Just few days back I did google search for some food item and by all luck visited your website.
    There, I was happy to know about many south indian foods. Although, I knew about almost all south indian foods(as I am a south indian), but lacked the knowledge of preparation. Thanks, your site really helped me in that sense.
    Very important is that, your way of explaning the preparation procedure of food is really great and the pictures provided are very helpful.
    Eventhough,I have visited some of such websites, I felt your’s is the best.
    I am very much happy for you.
    Keep going on and on…

    Comment by sangeetha — April 16, 2008 @ 1:05 am

  301. Dear Indira,

    I have been feasting my eyes with your photographs and writing and indulging my taste buds with your recipes. I especially enjoyed your description of ragi flour and it was led to lovely trips down memory lane with my Telugu husband and his sister.

    My husband and I, at the behest of my brother, have been trying to incorporate barley into our diet so that we can reduce our rice consumption. Since barley is rich in protein and fiber, we have been mixing half brown basmati rice and half barley mixture for our meals. We even made barley dosas using a pinch of methi, 1 cup of barley, 1 cup of urad daal and 1 cup of basmati rice. Though the pindi didn’t rise as does the traditional dosa pindi, when thinned out, it did indeed produce a dosa.

    I was wondering if you would like to experiment with barley to incorporate it into our Indian fare. I would love to hear your thoughts and perhaps your next food dream will incorporate barley!

    Best wishes and many thanks for sharing your culinary gifts with the world,


    Comment by Shivani Grover Thammineni — April 26, 2008 @ 8:46 am

  302. Hi Indira,

    What a wonderful website you have! I am so hooked up! My husband is glad, coz he gets to eat variety food everyday! :) Well, I am a foodie too, and consider cooking a divine activity. I am crazy about veg food and simply enjoy cooking. 2 yrs old in US and mother to 9 month old Anirudh, everything is pretty much new to me.
    Formerly is devout career woman, now waiting for USCIS to bless me! I hope to create my own blog, albeit with little or no knowledge as to how! Although, I do have some thoughts about the content, hailing from a Kannada Madhva Brahmin family, I want to highlight satvik cooking, with the “homa” “havvissu” concepts.
    I need your guidance, in what ever way that can be. How much time do you spend on a daily basis to keep the site up to date? How was your initial set up experience?
    Please share and help!

    Deepti Gad

    Comment by Deepti — April 28, 2008 @ 10:29 am

  303. Hi Nice to see a site about our place..Can I know which school you are refering..where it is located….Great Job Indira

    Comment by hema — May 5, 2008 @ 12:20 am

  304. Hi Indira,

    To begin with, LOVED ur site. Its a boon. Its God-sent! New marriage, zero cooking skills and being dumped in an alien land to live just by yourself, your site came like the guiding light…now i know what to do with those zillion pulses and grains and vegetables which until now i only knew how to eat…
    Waiting to make my next trip to the grocery to lay my hands on ridge gourd to make that sumptuous ridge gourd, pepper and tamarind chutney…the picture is sooooo beautiful…You are one hell of a talented person…your writing, your photography…and your COOKING…you rock!!!

    Comment by Neha — May 9, 2008 @ 2:48 pm

  305. Wonderful website . The style of English , ease of access of different recipes, your photographs , simply the best .

    Comment by Vivekraj — May 11, 2008 @ 8:36 am

  306. such a well organised site. clear and well thought through. have you done it all yourself?? congratulations.

    Comment by kams — May 16, 2008 @ 7:32 am

  307. Hi there,
    I am quite a compulsive surfer. I must confess I haven’t come across such an obviously genuine effort. So many of them are blatant cut and paste jobs
    HATS OFF TO YOUR EFFORT. THANK YOU. Seeing the sincere efforts has brought back the life into my flagging interests in cooking.

    Comment by Chitra — May 19, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

  308. Hi Indira,

    Such a wonderful site. It really helped when I am in difficulty. All I can say is this site gives me peace, thanks a million.


    Comment by Srilatha Nandyala — May 22, 2008 @ 10:22 am

  309. Really a hard work done by you Indiraji. I have just started blogging and my blog is on pickles only.

    Comment by Alpa — May 27, 2008 @ 12:39 am

  310. Hi Indira,

    Are you from Oregon. I live in Hillsboro, OR. Very close to Intel Jones Farm. My husband also likes the way of your writing and photography.

    Wonderful website with bundle of traditional recipes and style of writing is awesome.

    Comment by Raj — May 28, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

  311. Hi Indira,

    I am fascinated by the way you are maintaining the website which shows your dedication towards the Indian Cultural values and your passion to share the same with many other Indians and others. Great job. Keep it up!!!

    Comment by Lkshmi — May 29, 2008 @ 5:08 am

  312. Ms. Indira: I really love your site. I love to learn about the culture, lives, and food of all countries. One of my favorite countries to learn more about is India. Your site is amazing, and I hope that your family is very proud. The pictures are very detailed and really help you assure that you are following the recipe correctly. I will be using your site very much. I have already used the recipe for bean curd skins!! I have one request. Do you have a good recipe for baingan burtha (I think I spelled it right). I used to eat this alot at a great Indian Restaurant where I used to live. The eggplant was pureed and mixed with yogurt and spices. I cannot find the recipe equal to this dish. Can you help???? Thank you for this website. Charity Sheppard

    Comment by Charity Sheppard — June 4, 2008 @ 11:37 am

  313. Hello Indira,

    You are doing an incredible job on this webpage. I have been a regular reader but dared to correspond only now. I love almost all your recipes. I am originally from Andhra, Krishna district and hence can experience the tastes you enlist here better and appreciate them. Your website is a blessing for newly weds like me who have never been full time cooks along with careering their entire life. Its awesome!

    Thanks again!

    Comment by Maya — June 5, 2008 @ 11:13 am

  314. Hi Indira,
    I am a great fan of yours. Just by accident when I was searching in google, I came across your link and it has opened a new world for me - a new way of seeing ingredients in my kitchen. Whenever I feel that I need to do a new receipe, I visit this website of yours. As a kannadiga married to a hardcore Andhraite from Guntur, I was initially perplexed as to how to satiate his hunger? Your website has helped me to gain a strong hold over my husband’s taste buds!!! How he enjoys different tastes and recIpes. It’s a wonderful experience for me. Thank You for helping a newly married girl like me (who didn’t even enter the kitchen before marriage).

    Comment by Pathalapalli Suman — June 11, 2008 @ 1:19 am

  315. Dear Indira,
    I am a quite foodie. Especially andra style. I love your site and visit it very often. You are doing an incredilbe job. The way you present the recipe, I found it very interesting. A small introduction about the ingredients, followed by pictures by step by step, found it amazing. continue the same, all the best wishes and thanks a lot for such a gift.


    Comment by Indu — June 13, 2008 @ 10:53 pm

  316. Hi Indira,

    I am a huge fan of your site, the style of writing, and the presentation. Great job.

    Comment by keerthana — June 17, 2008 @ 4:46 am

  317. Hi
    This site is a great forum of health-conscious people. Hence this question to somebody who can help me with my query. I am looking to find the indian name( Hindi/Tamil??) name of the grain named: “Teff”. Though its popular in Ethiopian dish “Injera”, I read that its used in Indian dishes too. Since I read that it is a good wheat-substitute and for diabetics, I want to find out if its Bajra or Millet or something thats familiar and want to start using it actively. Thanks in advance!

    Comment by Vidhya — July 7, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

  318. Hi, Like your site. We have an online events portal where one can not only post events but upload photos and videos of say, food festivals which are big in India.

    Along the same lines, one can upload photos videos and photos of dishes/recipes or interactive discussions on food matters.

    You can try by registering (free) and uploading a video of a dish or a recipe (with perhaps voice over). Can we discuss a possible bartering arrangement where we link your site and ours and vice versa.

    You can google for to find more information about us.

    PS: I am a Silicon Valley returned entrepreneur based in Hyderabad.

    Comment by Hari Venkata — July 9, 2008 @ 7:55 pm

  319. Hi, Really great site. I have recommended the site to so many of my friends. My husband is thrilled too as well as my kids as I make more varieties of items nowadays - thanks to your site. Awesome photos.

    Comment by Vidya — July 9, 2008 @ 10:45 pm

  320. Hi Indira, I am charitha from hyderabadI came across ur site by accident and found it very interesting and loved ur photos and ur way of presentation.By the way I was born in Kurnool Town and my grandpa worked as a tahsildar in the rayalseema area and settled in kurnool My eldest bro was born in Nandyal.I have been trying to look for recipies on ur site but the links are not opening.could u please check the hyperlinks to see if they are working .Hope they work soon.

    Comment by Charitha — July 16, 2008 @ 6:04 am

  321. Dear Indira, this morning I wanted to prepare your beera kaya chutney and found that a lot of the pages are not being displayed. Hope you are aware of it.

    Comment by Madhuram — July 16, 2008 @ 9:15 am

  322. Dear Indira,
    Was having problem with your site but I see you are back and in Houston now, Wow ! Quite a change from Seattle. So glad to have you back. Mahanandi is almost like my friendly neighbor’s home, after breakfast I visit you and check out all the latest posts. I have tried many of your recipes and always talk about you to all my friends. Wonderful Job Indira ! You bring pleasure to many a fans of your blog. God bless you my dear !

    Comment by Shula — September 19, 2008 @ 9:33 am

  323. Thank you for the work you put into this website. I found it by accident about 6 months ago and since I started trying your recipes and recipes from your links I’ve learned to cook in a healthier manner and have lost 38 lbs. Now I crave fresh veggies and spices! I appreciate the thought and artistry that goes into your website.

    Comment by Lisa — September 20, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

  324. Hi Indira,
    I am a Seattleite and was happy you were here, but from one post I came to know you have moved to Houston!! Are you still in the process of moving, settling down? as there is no new post for a long time now! I have been a regular visitor and have tried some recipes with success…I hope you are back on the active schedule here as I am eager to get yet more new recipes….Thanks for the good work…

    Comment by Ojasvi — September 30, 2008 @ 2:31 am

  325. Dear Indira, I sent an email to the gmail account listed above, but in case you don’t check it frequently wanted to also post a comment. I wanted to thank you for your wonderful blog. My family is Telegu and settled in Tamil Nadu, and my husband’s family is Punjabi. We’re both vegetarian so we end up cooking a combination of South/North and American vegetarian food. You’ve inspired me with a lot of great ideas. You also inspired me to start blogging about cooking. I just recently started so there are not many posts, but I would love if you checked it out I would also love if you would consider linking to my blog. I hope you don’t mind but I linked to your blog.



    Comment by Nithya — October 12, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

  326. Hi
    I keep getting this error message. Are you aware of it? Is there any other path to get to the recipes? Thanks.

    “The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because it uses an invalid or unsupported form of compression.”

    Comment by Raji Murty — October 19, 2008 @ 8:44 am

  327. Hi

    This is to request you to find the time to take a look at my food blog I have been writing it since 2005.

    Every few months I have had posts of mine copied wholesale by one paper or another. The latest, and for the third time in a row, is The Times of India group. They published a piece today which was a straight lift from something I had written in May 2006.The proof is there on the blog in the form of photographs. Please follow the links as well so you will know some of the history of their ongoing plagiarism.
    My blog is not high prose…nor is it fantastically creative. Nevertheless we all own our words and photographs, published, as they are, not for money but, for the sheer joy of writing about what interests us.
    I would be very grateful if you could log onto the site and support me by leaving a comment. It will be immensely helpful for a prospective battle against this very arrogant Goliath.

    Kind regards

    Comment by Jyotsna — November 1, 2008 @ 11:10 pm

  328. Hi indira ,
    Iam vijaya from virginia. I am so happy by seeing ur website. I have not even gone through ur whole blog but after seeing ur introduction i was so crazy to leave comment.
    B’coz iam also from nandyal , so directly i came to the comment box and introducing myself to u. Really iam feeling very proud that a person from my hometown stealing every one’s heart with her delicious receipes. ok indira after going through receipes i will be back. I wish u all the success. bye

    Comment by vijaya — November 26, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

  329. Big collection of recipes…thanks

    Comment by novanicol — November 27, 2008 @ 4:40 pm

  330. I am looking for your sona masuri rice distributor in California USA. I would like to purchase big quantities.

    Comment by Tri Pham — December 5, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  331. Hi Indira,

    I tried your way of mysore pak. It’s really nice. Maa vaariki chaala chaala nacchindi. Thank u so much.

    Comment by sudha — December 11, 2008 @ 9:01 am

  332. Dear Indira,

    namasthe, and noothana samvathsara shubhakankshalu.

    thanks for your service.
    we are all grateful for your extraordinary efforts and service.

    i wanted to know how to make pootha rekulu.

    i didnot find this from your site, and i didnot find anywhere and i don’t know how to make it.

    i am from adoni, kurnool district.

    i am happy that you are making our place proud.

    please tell me or update how to make pootha rekulu in your site.

    hope you will help me.



    Comment by SAVITHA JAYADEV — January 1, 2009 @ 1:24 am

  333. Dear Indira,

    namasthe, and noothana samvathsara shubhakankshalu.

    thanks for your service.
    we are all grateful for your extraordinary efforts and service.

    i wanted to know how to make pootha rekulu.

    i didnot find this from your site, and i didnot find anywhere and i don’t know how to make it.

    i am from adoni, kurnool district.

    i am happy that you are making our place proud.

    please tell me or update how to make pootha rekulu in your site.

    hope you will help me.



    Comment by SAVITHA JAYADEV — January 1, 2009 @ 1:25 am

  334. hi Indira..

    WiSh U a Very Happy New Year to u n ur Family….

    urs sudhabalaji

    Comment by sudha — January 7, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

  335. hello Indira…

    Happy SANKRANTHI to u n ur Family…

    Comment by sudha — January 12, 2009 @ 9:31 am

  336. Dear Indira,
    Came accross your recipe for Sweet Pongal, hope to try it out tomorrow for Sankranti. You have a very nice site my compliments.

    Comment by Nita — January 13, 2009 @ 12:19 am

  337. Hi Indira,
    What a great site !!
    Excellent and nostalgic recipes.
    Do you have a recipe of pesara punukulu? if so can you post. I vaguely remember seeing that on your site, long back but I cant find now.
    Thanks again

    Comment by Goutam — January 22, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

  338. Fantastic…I found you again, thanks to a google search for butter fruit, which in turn led to your web page. I thought I had lost you forever, when I could not find you at site! Something happened, I guess. We moved to Redmond a couple of months ago and I remembered you then :-) . Even yesterday my hubby was asking if I had any luck finding your site! Now I can tell him! By the way, did I mention that I am a big FAN of your recipes. They have become big hits :-) )). Thank you for making lives for “lazy chefs” like me, easy!

    Comment by Priyadarshini K — January 22, 2009 @ 10:02 pm

  339. “HAPPY REPUBLIC DAY” Indira garu….


    Comment by sudha — January 26, 2009 @ 8:35 am

  340. గుత్తి వంకాయ కూరలోకి కోరు ఏం పెట్టాలా అన్న ప్రశ్నతో మొదలైన నా ప్రయాణం, మీ పోస్టు దగ్గర ముగిసింది. మహానంది అన్న సైటు పేరు మరీ నచ్చింది. వంద వందనాలు - నావి, మా శ్రీమతివీ.

    Comment by wb — January 26, 2009 @ 6:39 pm

  341. Wondeful and worthy site. Great work. There are so many tasty ” rayalaseema ruchulu” in this site. Nice. Keep it up.

    Comment by tavva obul reddy — February 2, 2009 @ 10:29 am

  342. Hello Indira also from AP(Anantapur)..i have some recipes easy n simple…if u wish i will share my recipes with u…i dont know where to post ur recipes…could u plz tell me where to post..

    Thank u

    Comment by sudha — February 5, 2009 @ 9:02 am

  343. Dear Indira, I’ve sent a mail. Please check it.

    Comment by Madhuram — February 8, 2009 @ 9:19 am

  344. your site is awesome Indiragaru. keep up your good work.

    Comment by — February 8, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

  345. Hi Indira,

    Mine is the 345th comment on your page. My GOD that is a lot of comments. My comments are no different from the rest. You have a wonderful site. sometimes I feel that I should have had a blog, instead of a website, as people can actually interact on a blog.
    I will keep visiting and commenting on your recipes. Being a food lover myself I like blogs with good recipes, written by good people.

    All the best to u.

    Comment by manila — February 22, 2009 @ 9:44 am

  346. Hi
    Awesome blog. Am a quite a frequent visitor but this is the first time this year. I found your blog again on Google search engine. Fantastic as usual… I simply love your blog. You are very creative. Am a food lover and I myself do a lot of cooking. Food blogs are many but a few are good. Definitely ur blog rocks!!!


    Comment by Manju — February 22, 2009 @ 10:30 am

  347. Indira,
    Thank you for sharing, enticing, and opening (gently)a passage into the ways of the (eastern)world. I’m a life long New Englander yet, I can’t imagine now not having encountered some things Indian, braved the dishes and listened a bit about the importance of food in our world community; in a community called home.
    Be well and continue this important mission.

    Comment by Pat Taylor — March 13, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

  348. Dear Indira, hope you are doing well. No updates from you for quite sometime.

    I wanted to tell you that my blog turned one yesterday and I really thank you for the encouragement, suggestions and above all for the intial lift you gave me talking about my blog in yours. I will always be grateful for that. Thanks.

    Comment by Madhuram — March 16, 2009 @ 8:35 am

  349. It is devotion place. Gomatha living the place.

    Comment by ravi — March 19, 2009 @ 5:50 am

  350. Indira garu

    Excellent blog with good recipes. great work.


    Comment by Madhavi Srinivasan — March 23, 2009 @ 5:20 am

  351. Indira,

    I came across your site by chance when I was googling some Indian recipes, and fell in love with it…I cannot stop reading, whether or not I end up trying all the recipes:) The Ayurvedic notes are very helpful. Illustrations and writing are excellent!

    Best wishes and hope you keep this going!


    Comment by Krishna — April 21, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

  352. Dear Indira

    Just wanted to say what a thoughtful and beautiful celebration of Indian food you have created with your site!

    I was brought up on Bengali food but have found it difficult to make time to recreate those recipes in adulthood. Your site reminds me of the richness of Indian food and makes me feel I’ve been really missing something!

    Thank you for being inspiring and for sharing your love of this amazing food tradition with us.


    Comment by Fauzia — May 7, 2009 @ 10:57 am

  353. Dear Ms. Indira,
    I had a late dinner, and as I feared I got heart burn and could not sleep, and I switched on the computer, browsed web for a while and then suddenly I do not know why I was recollecting the taste of hotel idli chutney ( Kamat hotel in Hyderabad) and started searching for coconut chutney recipes on google, and I stumbled upon your fabulous website. I must admit, it really made me home sick, but then again, with all those recipes, it really made me feel at home too. I was active on your website alone for the past 2hrs. your website really captured my heart, especially your cooking style and all those innovative ideas wow really wow. I’m going to bed with one and only regret in my heart that why did’nt I search for coconut chutney recipe sooner. . Oh I can not even remember when my heart burn stopped…. :) . Have a nice day

    Comment by Raja Rajeswari — May 21, 2009 @ 6:11 am

  354. Hi Indira,

    Inspired by your website, I have started a site of my own.
    It is still in the initial phases and I am planning to hold an online recipie contest from the veggies grown out of your own garden.
    I am contacting you in the same regard. If you could help me publicise this event to you fellow bloggers, it would be greatly appreciated.


    Comment by Sharada — August 10, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

  355. Hi Indira Garu
    ela Vunnaru
    I am Jyothi from Giddalur beside Nandyala.
    I heard abt ur blog and i found ur blog when i am searching for mirchi masala curry.I am very much impressed with ur blog. Congratulations.

    Comment by jyothib — August 18, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

  356. Hi Indira garu,
    Kakaragaya curry ela cheyala ani vethukuthunte mee website kanipinchindhi..mee recipe chusthe acham mana intlo chesukunattle anipinchindhi..n cheppatam marchipoyanu, nenu new zealand lo vuntanandi..mee website sisters ke kadhu brothers ki kuda use time ee curry cheyalanna, defintely mee web page ee chusthanu..

    Comment by phani — September 16, 2009 @ 4:07 am

  357. Indira,

    This is a wonderful website….Thank you for sharing love, food, and consciousness.=) God Bless!

    Comment by Sheetal — October 12, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

  358. Dear Indira,

    The layout of your website describes the true color and behavior of the town Mahanandi. I am also moved by the way you show your gratitude and respect to your motherland.

    Comment by champa — November 2, 2009 @ 1:27 am

  359. I am proud of you. Your website is a historical place. it is a god’s gift for India.

    Comment by veeru naidu vegi — December 27, 2009 @ 9:31 am

  360. Hi Indira,
    Nice website with good description and great pictures.

    Comment by sri — March 12, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

  361. Hi Indira..

    I feel lucky to discover your website..makes my belief that indian food is the most healthy even stronger…keep up the great wishes

    Comment by Saloni — May 10, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

  362. Congratulations on 5 years of inspiring stangers, the comments given by your readers even in 2005 hold true to me today. Hope you & your family realise what a gem your are;)

    Comment by Resh;) — June 10, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

  363. Hi Indira garu

    I’m a newly married woman, working as software professional in MNC.

    By chance i was trying to find the recipe for capsicum curry and luckily i saw “Mahanandi”. By seeing the name itself i felt very happy because am also from Adoni, Kurnool(dist) and very much familiar to nandyal.

    I enjoy cooking though am very much new to cooking,however, due to the demands of the job and other personal stuff i am always looking for recipes that are easy and quick to cook and yet tasty and wholesome.

    I tried capsicum curry, it was awesome. Your site is the BEST.

    Continue writing and keep our rayalseema pride great :)


    Comment by Ranjani — July 21, 2010 @ 1:13 am

  364. Hi: I have been cooking for 30 something years and am always looking for new things to cook (obviously!!) I just decided to become vegetarian and was looking for a recipe for chori beans. I loved your suggestions - I can incorporate them with the stuff I already cook. I will certainly be a regular to your site. I love the suggestions. Thanks.

    Comment by paulette — September 4, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

  365. You deserve to be on FoodNetwork or something like that. Fantastic presentation of Indian (Andhra) cuisine. I awlays felt Indian cuisine lacked the presentation excepting when people like you show it to the rest of us that we can make it delightful if you try.

    Thank you!

    Comment by Kumar Mangala — September 10, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

  366. Hi Indra, you have done a great job. I am really inspired going through your website. A lot of new things to learn and it is very very useful for me. Thank you very much. Keep up your good work.

    Comment by Manimekalai — September 24, 2010 @ 1:16 am

  367. I learn many food items from your site .It is really useful to all .The pictures are really helpful.Thank you so much.

    Comment by shabi — October 5, 2010 @ 1:57 am

  368. I would like to visit Mahanandi within two days. If u are well known of it, please tell me is is there any speciality of that temple. If u read this message, would you please reply by 11th of october. I’m a second year medical student.

    Comment by LAVAKUMAR — October 7, 2010 @ 1:23 am

  369. Hello Indira,

    Your website is a treasure chest! This is excellent work, in terms of writing, photography, cooking. Hard to say which one of these you excel in!

    Please keep writing.

    Comment by manjusha — October 8, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

  370. I am really glad I came across your website and its been in my favorites list ever since. I love to cook and try out new recipes and your website has been a vast database of recipes.

    Keep blogging and continue to inspire readers like me!!

    Comment by Nithiya — October 14, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

  371. I am a devoted visitor of your site since four years, but was so lazy to compliment you. You really deserve all those in the above 370 comments you recieved. I just dont visit your site to check for those wonderful recipes but also to rejunivate myself with the new ideas and of course for the lovely pics of your food and your garden. Keep going with the same enthusiasm.

    Comment by komali raj — December 17, 2010 @ 12:56 am

  372. It’s been a real pleasure going through your website which I chanced upon looking for a dish with red peppers. Of all the indian food websites that I have visited over the years -yours is THE BEST. Your style is modest, elegant instead of the flamboyant styles of others. And your work is thorough and well researched. Keep up the good work .

    Comment by ras — March 1, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

  373. hi
    my daughter from usa suggested ur website.
    it is excelent and useful
    thank u

    Comment by jayadevi — March 2, 2011 @ 11:42 am

  374. This site is just so wonderful. Thanks.

    Comment by Tomas — April 5, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

  375. Your website is a blessing for us who are not familiar with Indian cuisine and want to learn. With such a wide range of Indian styles I’ll be living in the kitchen for the next few years until I learn just some of your recipes :) . Today I’m looking for a recipe for yellow moong dal just for a easy starter. Thanks again for your wonderful blog. Wishing you many blessings good health and happiness.

    Comment by Geri — April 15, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

  376. You are simply the best and we know for sure that this is the place for the best recipes guarenteed

    Comment by Prasanna — April 16, 2011 @ 11:04 am

  377. What a lovely website and beautiful photographs. Came across it when looking up ‘yuba’ recipes. I’m a vegan chef and author (’Benessere well-being: vegan & sugar-free eating for a healthy life-style’) and found your website thorough and with a wealth of recipes. Can’t wait to try some of your wonderful postings, thank you! Laurinda Erasmus

    Comment by Laurinda Erasmus — May 16, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

  378. Impressive achievement, obviously a labour of love. The attention to detail, the care taken in presentation and the chaste turn of language make this one of the best Indian food websites I have seen. Not to mention the amazing range of recipes and the organised way of guiding the reader through them. I think I may become a better cook just by imbibing these qualities from your blog.
    Thanks again for your sharing these with the world. Nikhil.

    Comment by Nikhil Galgali — August 1, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

  379. My research team was looking for festival food ideas for this coming Vinayagar chaturthi, and everybody was astounded over the beautiful photo blog that you have. What a treat to watch… Indira and Vijay you people rock. My blessings to you and the best wishes. Most importantly…. keep blogging. If i can be of any help… you can write in.

    Comment by Astrologer — August 5, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  380. Hi,

    My husband is telugu and I am forever checking out andhra recipes and I came across your blog, tried you pesarettu recipe; it came out really well. Thanks. Great job! Chitra

    Comment by Chitralekha — September 12, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

  381. Dear Indira,

    i love the way you express yourself .. your story about your grandmother was motivation enough to make an effort to try to make a few of the dishes you write about … down the street my friend runs an Indian store that carries a few uniquely Indian veggies .. ta ta Śubhakāmanā’ēṁ शुभकामनाएं best wishes

    Comment by Carla Fierro — September 24, 2011 @ 4:09 am

  382. Hello Indira Garu,
    I am from Nandyal near RamaKrishna High School. The name of Borugula tiffin is Uggani(you called by mistake as Buggani) and i am very much please about your publishings.

    Comment by KK — September 26, 2011 @ 10:28 am

  383. Makes me nostalgic. Used to head for nandyal every summer for holidays with parents n sisters. Get off the train, get into the cycle rickshaw or tonga and head for grandma’s house on byrmal street and pester our cousins to take us to Mahanandi immediately

    Comment by Vijaya Simha — September 27, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

  384. Hay! I could not believe my eyes when I saw ur blog. Not only r the recipes great, the images are equally wonderful.. great effort!
    I’m from east India and having lived most of my life in Mumbai and now Bangalore I know there is more to south Indian cuisine than Iddly dosa.
    I chanced upon your website looking for ridge gourd recipe and I’m sure I’ll keep coming back for more..

    Comment by Neelam — October 20, 2011 @ 6:58 am

  385. A beautiful site. Your photos make me fall in love with the food. Your writing makes me smile. Thank you for your lovely blog and sharing your recipes. I anticipate trying them soon!

    Comment by naturallyjen — January 18, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

  386. Hi Indira,

    Your cooking and the photos can inspire anyone to cook. You make Indian cooking look so deliciously simple!
    You are blessed!

    Comment by Komal — May 1, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

  387. Hi Ma’am,

    Thanks for your wonderful blog, I must confess, I am not much of a cooker, but after coming across your blog, i surprised my wife by making chutney (came out good). God Bless…!!

    Comment by saravana — May 10, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

  388. Hi Indira, your penchant for cooking, meticulous writing and elegant photographs - all make a wonderful treat for mind, eyes and yes, taste buds :-) Am a Telugu living in Delhi. Whenever I feel am getting out of touch with my roots, sense that I am forgetting the authentic way of cooking Andhra food lost in the milieu of the North, I visit your website and there comes an immediate sense of belongingness, something I can connect and relate to owe a zillion thanks for this yeomen service..It’s not just a way to connect and educate your sisters, but millions like me..

    Comment by Bhanu — May 23, 2012 @ 2:43 am

  389. Dear Indira,
    The way you present, the way you write..everything is out of the world and exquisite. I forgot telling you about the recipes!! They are mind boggling.
    I peek into my refrigerator to take stock of the veggies I have and land at your website to decide how I take it forward. You paint the food with your creativity. I’ve got a couple of my friends too hooked to your site. Thanks so much!!

    Comment by Shailaja — June 12, 2012 @ 1:39 am

  390. We’re a bunch of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable information to paintings on. You’ve done a formidable activity and our whole group will be thankful to you.

    Comment by food lists — July 30, 2012 @ 6:40 am

  391. Love ur site and ur style of presentation..

    Comment by Archana — August 31, 2012 @ 11:45 am

  392. I love your website Indira. Your recipes are wonderful!
    Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by — September 8, 2012 @ 8:20 am

  393. Just back from a month visiting Karnataka and looking for recipes of the fab home cooked South Indian food I thoroughly enjoyed - so thanks, I’m finding everything I need here! Just wish I could recreate the warm, pick jack fruit and nip out for a sweet lime too!

    Comment by Sarah Bass — March 6, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

  394. I don’t know if angels cook but now I am sure they do!
    I am french, parisian, lived in south india for years where I developped a taste for south indian cooking but beeing a student then ( dance ) I could only give a taste to my dishes by dropping a few tears in them. I started cooking much later after coming back to Paris . I am interested in nutrition,(raw food, sprouting etc)which you seem also to privilege I love your blog which is quite innovative with very unusual recipes.
    I have been going through them since morning and it is very inspiring.
    THANKS A LOT for your generosity.

    Comment by Florence Vasanta — March 5, 2015 @ 10:35 am

  395. My research team was looking for festival food ideas for this coming Vinayagar chaturthi, and everybody was astounded over the beautiful photo blog that you have. What a treat to watch… Indira and Vijay you people rock. My blessings to you and the best wishes. Most importantly…. keep blogging. If i can be of any help… you can write in.

    Comment by get your love back by vashikaran — March 19, 2015 @ 5:48 am

  396. Dear Indira,

    I am a North Indian, brought up in Hyderabad for the first five years of life. So what? Well I was lucky enough to be pampered and looked after by our Andhra landlord Ms. Rao. Needless to say my taste buds were influenced by the traditional cuisine of Andhra.

    Later growing up we shifted to Bombay, then Delhi: But I never was able to find the same taste again. I went to Bangalore when I started working, but was shocked to learn that each South India state has its own unique taste.

    Even occasional visits to Hyderabad, or Andhra based restaurants elsewhere were not able to satisfy my taste.

    My friend, Jyothsna Yallapali was kind enough to share the link to your blog, last week. Ever since we have tried 10 different recipes from your blog, and each one magically takes me to the lap of Ms.rao and being fed by her as a child.

    My wife is kind enough to accompany me in these adventures, and claims that each recipient is the best version she ever had.

    You have done yeoman service by putting this blog

    Thank you so much

    Comment by Udai & Rishu — May 6, 2015 @ 10:26 pm

  397. visited your website, very much impressed. kudos

    Comment by Kalidasan — November 27, 2015 @ 2:39 am

  398. Good post. This is a very clear, informative and helpful post……….

    Comment by TANGEDCO Recruitment 2016 AE Technical Field Assistant Typist — December 15, 2015 @ 2:02 am

  399. Thanks for sharing ……. I am looking for this post from very long time……..

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  400. Hi Indira,
    Loved your website . I am a food blogger too and would love to read your blog.

    Comment by — November 13, 2016 @ 3:48 pm

  401. hi im jeny like my page

    Comment by Bangalore Escorts — December 12, 2016 @ 6:19 am

  402. Great work! very impressive writing .

    Comment by Rama — June 18, 2017 @ 12:47 pm

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