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How to Food Blog? ~ Live and Let Live philosophy & Methi-Nariyal Pulao (Fenugreek-Coconut Pilaf)

The holiday season is here in US!

Food blogging community is abuzz with calls for donations and charity drives, to show that we are not some greedy gluttons always in search of next best exotic ingredient, and we have a compassionate heart. Good things we are doing. Also without some family ‘discussions’, where is the joy in holidays? In last few weeks, we’ve seen amateur gourmets to who spits wine, issuing ultimatums to the community. One blogger writes stop being mediocre, stop writing about what you had for lunch and urges us to strive for the foodie exhibitionist avatar, him in a nutshell. And one wants to name and shame the bloggers who don’t provide - ha… the terminal crime, RSS feeds. Imagine the audacity of some food bloggers, who wish for people to spend some time visiting their page and recipes they laid out neatly, instead of being treated like ‘grab and gulp’ fast food road stops. Imagine, for all their hard work, some food bloggers want people visit their actual web page, instead of being one more bland white page in a RSS feed hell.

Just few lunches with corporate promoted celebrity chefs and few sponsored dinner reservations at 300 dollars a meal - French Laundry, is all one needs these days to act like all-knowing, bloggity wisdom dispensers. Like utterly corrupted evangelical leaders that issue bully ultimatums of one has to follow only their religion to enter the heaven, these food bloggers who tasted the fame, suddenly forgot their beginner days of blogging and thunder on us, to write like them and do what they do, to enter the golden greedy gates of mainstream fame. What if the ‘mediocre’ home cooks start writing what’s on their minds about such things? These sermon serving, self-proclaimed soul savers, will they be ready to hear how shallow they sound in their daily posts.

What happened to “live and let live” philosophy?

They may join forces with few food magazine columnists in demeaning the home cooks who blog about cheese sandwiches - the everyday food. But they keep forgetting that home cooking and bloggers who write about lunch meal recipes have been the building bones of food blogging community. Home cooks in general are compassionate, understanding and gentle. Rarely narcissistic and flashy. Not only towards the ingredients and the recipes they blog, but also in their writing style and in interaction with readers. This approach is considered boring and mediocre by advice dispensers. Really? If we want to read glorified, glibbery accounts of restaurant food or doltish gibberish of kitchen mishaps, or how micro plane zester or some latest kitchen gizmo saved their cooking - we already have puffed up Frank Bruni and his kind’s writings in newspapers and food magazines, all available free at the local libraries. These ‘wannabe’ food bloggers may think they are being original, but who are they kidding?

I blame the current tide in food blogging world on holiday pressures. I do hope that this drive to conform foodbloggers to their thinking passes once the holiday season is over. There are many ways and many reasons to blog. Live and Let Live. With that said, here is today’s recipe - what I had for lunch, very much homemade, not RSS fed - coconut and fenugreek pulao.

Aromatic basmati rice, sweet homemade coconut milk and potent fresh fenugreek leaves - cooked together is a recipe that I have learnt from my mother and very much illustrates the ingenuity and wisdom of home cook. Nutritious, wholesome and a one-pot meal, give it a try.


Homemade Coconut Milk, Basmati Rice, Fresh Fenugreek Leaves

Recipe:

2 cups basmati rice
2 cups fresh methi (fresh fenugreek) leaves
6 chillies - sliced thin lengthwise
1 cup fresh peas
1 cup finely sliced onion - lengthwise
½ cup homemade coconut milk or ¼ cup of store-bought type
½ cup roasted cashews (optional)
1 teaspoon each - ghee or peanut oil and salt or to taste
¼ teaspoon each - black peppercorns, cloves and fresh ginger pieces
coarsely grind using a spice mill or in a mortar with pestle

Wash and soak basmati rice in 3 cups of water for about 15 - 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a thick-bottomed wide pot, heat ghee or oil on high heat. Add and fry the onions first and then the peppercorn-clove-ginger paste and chillies. Add the fresh peas and fresh methi leaves. Stir-fry until the leaves wilt.

Add the basmati rice and along with the water it soaked in. Stir in coconut milk and salt. Mix thoroughly. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, covered for about 15 to 20 minutes. By the end of 20 minutes, the water will be absorbed and rice will be cooked to perfection. At this time, add and gently mix roasted cashews. Close the lid and let the rice sit for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Serve hot. Sprinkle in some lime/lemon juice just before serving.

Coconut milk and fresh peas balance methi ruchi (flavor). Basmati and roasted cashews addition makes it even more pleasant. Good meal when combined with a kurma/kofta curry or just plain yogurt/raita.


Methi-Nariyal Pulao with Yogurt ~ Our lunch today

Added on Dec 7:
Thanks for all your responses. It has been a lively discussion. Glad to see this topic has given all of us a chance to express our ideas about food blogging and how to do it. I had to scrub four comments because of the rude and soliciting nature of the content.
Also, thanks very much for trying out the recipe and letting me know. I greatly appreciate it!
- Indira

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Biyyamu (Rice), Amma & Authentic Andhra, Basmati Rice, Coconut (Fresh), Menthi Kura(Fenugreek) (Wednesday December 6, 2006 at 7:46 pm- permalink)

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37 comments for How to Food Blog? ~ Live and Let Live philosophy & Methi-Nariyal Pulao (Fenugreek-Coconut Pilaf) »

  1. Awesome recipe Indira!!!!! And a wonderfull write up on food blogging :)

    Comment by Rooma — December 6, 2006 @ 8:14 pm

  2. Methi pulav looks really good. I always like pulao with lots of coconut in it.
    Today, I tried your cherry tomato pulao. Chaala baagaa vachindee…. Just loved it.

    Madhavi.

    Comment by Madhavi — December 6, 2006 @ 8:16 pm

  3. My husband loves basmati rice and this recipe looks delicious.

    Comment by krista — December 6, 2006 @ 8:49 pm

  4. Hi Indira
    I like your triple LLL philosphy! Nice Recipe for methi pulao. Congrats on NPR. I think I have mentioned this but I am addicted to your mango jam recipe. Thats my homemade gift for the holidays to friends and family this season!

    Thank you for sharing!

    Indira replies:
    Hi Archana, many thanks for the wishes. Glad to hear that you tried and liked the jam recipe. I think it would make a wonderful sweet gift for the holidays.
    Happy holidays and season greetings to you, adorable twins and family!

    Comment by archana — December 6, 2006 @ 9:00 pm

  5. Wow.. Looks like lot is going on in the food blog world that I am not aware of . Ignorance is bliss is it not ??
    I just love the limited food blogging community I am exposed to - Just love them to death. Whoever satisfies my craving for wonderful food with a foto ?

    Whoever does take me back to my home, my amma’s kitchen every once a while with a recipe.

    Long live our food blogosphere and please all remain just the way you are now !!

    thanks for reinstating that Indira.

    Revathi

    Comment by Revathi — December 6, 2006 @ 9:26 pm

  6. well,

    What more can I say.That’s a great write up indira.

    Comment by sowjanya — December 6, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

  7. Indira,
    That’s a very unique recipe there. So, a great lunch you had, huh? Looking forward to hearing about more such lunches from you. ;-)

    Comment by Vaishali — December 7, 2006 @ 1:31 am

  8. Like Revathi mentioned, I too am ignorant about what is going on with the foodblog community. Good write up ! Pulao looks delicious !

    Comment by Krithika — December 7, 2006 @ 5:32 am

  9. Very well said Indira, and I do agree completely with your “live and let live” attitude. Why does everyone need to be the same? Surely every blog is interesting to some people, and that’s all that matters.

    Comment by Kalyn — December 7, 2006 @ 5:37 am

  10. I don’t care what anyone says…I absolutely want to know what you had for lunch!! Gourmet-schourmey is a pain-in-the-you-know-what.

    Err…I do use the RSS feeders…but only to know who has updated and click away to the original page every time! It used to be disappointing to click and find your favorite blogger hadn’t posted anything since you visited last…

    Comment by Anita — December 7, 2006 @ 5:58 am

  11. Hi Indira,

    Congratulations on being featured on NPR :) I am very happy for you.
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe :) I saw it late last night and just finished making it for today’s lunch. It smells so divine I can hardly wait for Noon to dig in :)

    Cheers!!

    Sangeeta

    Comment by Sangeeta — December 7, 2006 @ 6:25 am

  12. Great post Indira….you’d think we didn’t have to compete in a virtual world at least…I blog mainly for my own interest, am not here to “score points” with my readers..If my readers like my blog,stay and read and leave a comment if you wish, if not, oh well. No love lost.

    Great recipe Indira, and I too, would LOVE to know what you had for breakfast,lunch, snack AND dinner.

    Cheers,Trupti

    Comment by Trupti — December 7, 2006 @ 6:49 am

  13. This looks and sound delicious - will most definitely have to try. Question, if you were trying to prepare this for someone with high cholesterol - what would be your recommended substitution?

    Indira replies:
    Hi Radish, thanks. I would eliminate either cashews or coconut milk and would bring sweetness to the dish with carrots or beetroots. Also I’d serve plain basmati rice or simply do portion control - depending on the high cholesterol level. Hope this hleps.

    Comment by radish — December 7, 2006 @ 6:58 am

  14. Dear Indira

    I looked high and low for an email adddress so that I could mail you my views instead of posting a huge comment. I could not find one, so unfortunately here’s a long comment instead. You raise quite a few very passionate points in your post but quite frankly I don’t really see the point. If you would like to promote a live and let philosophy then the post comes across as a tirade against folks who do not necessarily share your point of view and defeats the whole philosophy.

    The food blog world, for the lack of a less pompous word is defined by the word food. How each of us interprets it, is upto us. I love trying out new restaurants and to that end dcfoodies helps me make up my mind on a Friday evening. I also love cooking and your site among others comes in handy on those occassions. And there are times when I like to indulge in what is commonly known as food porn…wishful, fancy stuff of the chubbyhubby variety. Now are any of them better than the rest? I don’t think so. They all have their place under the sun. But, that said some of them are certainly more popular than others. And there are very good reasons for that, uniqueness being the primary one. Your blog is popular because you provide clear, succint recipes with gorgeous pictures. We also get to learn about a different cuisine. I hate to say this, but the poor grammar on most Indian blogs renders them not only unreadable but pathetically boring. Why would I want to read about yet another aloo sabji someone cooked for their husband when there are websites like Sanjeev Kapoor’s and Tarla Dalal’s where I can be assured that the recipe is atleast tested?

    Then you mention RSS feeds, you actually have one and I subscribe to it. If there is a new post I do link through to your webpage to see the pictures. Without a feed reader would I bother checking everyday…nah, may be not. The militant tone of this blogger on the other hand is quite irritating….its almost like he is outing a closeted person. I do agree that corporate funded lunches when made into blog posts can be very annoying. But the self correcting nature of the blogosphere has ensured that a fair amount of thought has been given to this aspect of food blogging to. Case in point being Megnut’s post about La Cense beef. As long as bloggers mention the fact that the lunch/meal or ingredient was not purchased by them but sponsored etc., credibility should not be an issue. We read blogs because we assume that since bloggers are not really being paid at a per-word rate their ethical standards are much higher than your average newspaper food critic. The prickly issue about ethics aside, reading about a dinner at French Laundry or the experience of El Bulli might make engrossing reading for some.

    Coming to Adam’s post about the food blogging. As much as I love reading his posts on Amateur Gourmet, would I want to try the stuff he cooks? May be not, but would I want to try out the restauarants he talks about? Certainly. His blog fits into a nifty niche somewhere in between the food blog and personal blog sections. He is creative and keeps his posts interesting and innovative. And in his blogging advice that is exactly what he wanted to convey. I am sure there are enough food bloggers who mail him with queries like “How do I get a readership like yours?” bookended by lavish praise for the site itself and this was meant for them. And yes, he does he give out an email id for contacting him and no, I don’t know him personally.

    So the point I guess I am trying to make is that there is enough space and readership to go around for every kind of food blog. Some food bloggers are chefs who run their own restuarants and it is quite possible they have higher /different standards than the average home cook. The proffesional critics have a different metric by which to measure and so does the average foodie.To each our own without malice towards anyone in particular. Seriously, what happened to the live and let live policy? Peace.

    PS: Feel free to remove this if you feel its too long. Alternately you could email me too and we could discuss this offline.

    Comment by anyesha — December 7, 2006 @ 7:23 am

  15. Took the words right out of my mouth, Indira. If you don’t want to read about cheese sandwiches, then please do not visit the site. Who’s forcing you to? And, dammit, sometimes its fun reading about cheese sandwiches or scrambled eggs or just dal rice.
    Theres more to food blogging than just the recipe! Is that not as obvious to others as it is to me?

    As for the RSS feed, since I visit all the blogs of my interest through a feed aggregator, I am not gonna say much about that. But, if a blog I really like doesn’t provide a feed, I make it a point to visit that blog specifically. Just like I would specifically visit a friend who doesn’t like to provide a phone number or an email address.

    Comment by Vee — December 7, 2006 @ 7:32 am

  16. Hi Indira,
    Indeed a great post about food blogging, like many other readres here, I also was much aware of this kinds things going on around in the blogging world. Well , I think there is much more one can say, but would like to say that I am totally agree with your each line of this post.
    this is the right time to remind “live and let live” slogan to some people around sreading wrong word about food bloggers like us .
    Methi pulao is great too. :)
    Thank
    -Pooja

    Comment by Pooja — December 7, 2006 @ 7:49 am

  17. I hate to say this, but the poor grammar on most Indian blogs renders them not only unreadable but pathetically boring. Why would I want to read about yet another aloo sabji someone cooked for their husband when there are websites like Sanjeev Kapoor’s and Tarla Dalal’s where I can be assured that the recipe is atleast tested?

    Dear anyesha,
    Not many of our moms and grandmothers who taught us cooking and passed on the wonderful traditions of cooking bothered much about the Queen’s grammar! If ‘My bad!’ is used by millions of Americans whose first language is English, then hundreds of Indian cooks whose first language is not English should be pardoned for their ‘boring’ and ‘pathetic’ language my dear!

    Oh yeah! Sanjeev Kapoor and Tarla Dalal ‘test’ their foods, but Indian food bloggers don’t. What a discovery! Hahaha. What is testing per say, giving it to mice and cats? That was hilarious!

    I blog not to sell books or become famous instantly! I blog not to show my ‘pathetic’ command in English language. I blog in English since it is a common language used by many Indians. I blog because I share a similar passion for cooking. I don’t care about the high-funda ‘la fe selima’ recipe but normal ordinary recipes cooked at homes everywhere and those wonderful traditional knowledge which otherwise would be lost. Oh, Yes! I want to read how to make ‘aloo baaji’ a hundred times if it is written not in a snobbish manner and if it is not to show off a new kitchen gadget or a new kitchen!

    The thing you don’t understand is blogging is not about proper edited content or some RSS feeds and how many million hits it has, but it is all about someone’s passion and individuality. It is like visiting a friend’s home and her kitchen. I wouldn’t care if there is a bad towel on the sink! And I really don’t want ‘friends’ who is going to judge me for a little dust at the corner of my pantry!
    Sorry for being so cynical, but couldn’t help it!

    Yours,
    A relatively unknown blogger with only a couple of readers

    Comment by InjiPennu — December 7, 2006 @ 9:15 am

  18. I just wanted to say that I discovered the world of food blogging through your website (got a hit in google) about a month and half ago and since then have been hooked on to reading the blogs. Many of the blogs may have similar recipes but I love reading how they make it, the pictures that go along with it, the blogger’s creativity in presenting it and the stories that go along with each recipe and the comments on that recipe :-)
    Its like InjiPennu says — its like visiting a friend in her kitchen. I guess I feel like I know all of my favorite bloggers so well that I feel like they are my friends even though they dont know me as I often read but dont often take the time to comment.
    Its great to read all the neat ideas — comes as a godsend to answer the question — what do I cook today ?
    I love all of you guys — keep up the good work

    – Gayathri

    Comment by Gayathri — December 7, 2006 @ 10:16 am

  19. Anyesha, are you disagreeing with Indira or agreeing with her? “Live and let live” is exactly what she’s saying — her “tirade,” as you put it, is precisely *against* people who won’t live and let live. You’re not making much sense — I think Indira is preaching tolerance, but she is being intolerant OF INTOLERANCE, which, after all, we ALL have to be at some point. Should one tolerate intolerance?!? Most people would say no! This is why people take stands against hate crimes, discrimination, sexism. These are extreme examples, I know, but I’m making a point: Indira is taking a stand *against* intolerance. So before posting such a lengthy comment, you might want to read more carefully.

    As to your comment on the “poor grammar on most Indian blogs” — I taught college writing classes for years, so let me tell you this: there is no correlation between poor grammar and ethnic origin. Lots of white, American-born kids have appalling grammar. Ditto ditto lots of blogs by white, American-born people. If you prefer blogs with good grammar, that’s your prerogative (although I’m with Gayathri on that — and who decides what “proper English” is, anyway?!? Is Indian English a less legitimate language? I think many professional linguists would question that assertion. What would contemporary literature be without Indian, African, Caribbean, and Southeast Asian versions of English? I say, more power to our multiple, multiply imperfect Englishes). You can stick to your Queen’s English blogs if you wish, Anyesha, but don’t kid yourself: there are plenty of badly written, boring blogs by non-Indians out there.

    Comment by Preeta — December 7, 2006 @ 10:37 am

  20. Sorry, I meant “I’m with InjiPennu” and not “I’m with Gayathri” above — not that I have anything against Gayathri’s comments :-) but it was specifically InjiPennu’s comments re: Indian bloggers’ command of English that I wanted to support.

    Comment by Preeta — December 7, 2006 @ 10:42 am

  21. Three cheers to Injipeenu regarding Anyesha’s comments. Reading Anyesha’s comments confused me a little, so I did a little bit of searching and found her blog…hmmmmm..the very first thing I see is this: Copied from her website Verbatim:

    “I have to make a quick interesting dish for a potluck…nothing exotic( the target audience in this case would consider ginger an exotic ingredient)…preferably appetizerish requiring minimum effort and having maximum impact..Any ideas? And yes I don’t want to spend a lot and I don’t care very much for the arteries of the said audience.”

    posted by Anyesha @ 3:34 PM
    http://cookerific.blogspot.com/2005_05_01_cookerific_archive.html

    “Live and Let Live”, Ms Anyesha?
    The above statement written by you sums your passion for cooking and everything else.

    I am sorry, I have no tolerance for
    hypocrites.

    Trupti

    Comment by Trupti — December 7, 2006 @ 10:53 am

  22. Hi Indira,

    Its been a long time since I left a comment.I tried ur methi nariyal pulao for lunch today.It was very tasty.I added some frozen carrots along with peas.And before serving I sprinkled some fried onions on top and I accompanied it with ur potato kurma. It tasted heavenly!Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    Comment by Anusha — December 7, 2006 @ 11:07 am

  23. To Anyesha:
    I have to say I am very grateful to the food-blogging world (by that I do *not* mean restaurant-reviewing kind), rather than that of commercial ones that belong to tarla dalal and S. Kapoor’s. Most of the food blogger’s food are healthy and well-tested (contrary to the commercial ones!), and it is a wonderful way of preserving traditional recipes and embracing that of different cultures. I really do not think much about ‘haute cuisine’ because if I depended on that on daily basis, I would be bankrupt, underfed and obese. Yes, I do depend on blogs like Indira’s, Sandeepa’s and InjiPennu’s (to name a very few) to learn even basic cooking because coming from Indian at young age to study in US did not give me the opportunity to learn all the traditional tips and tricks. Sanjeev Kapoor and tarla dalal really did not help (except to cook some exotic stuff), nor did the restaurant reviewer’s ‘food-blog’. Everybody is entitled to express what they feel in their own blog.

    Comment by Mystic — December 7, 2006 @ 11:18 am

  24. I have been visiting some of the food blogs in the past few months whenever I need some recipes. While I have been appreciative all the while how so many women use their time and energy in a positive way, I have to admit that I feel let down after reading this thread. When Anyesha expressed her views, people reacted instead of responding. Some of you even went to the extent of visiting her blog and misquoting her!!! So, who here is practising “Live and let live!!!”. I guess groupism is creeping into these food blogs too ?!?!?
    And I have to say that all websites (may it be personal food blogs like this, or the professional ones) have its pros and cons. I have had similar results (positive and negative) with both.

    Comment by Krithika — December 7, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

  25. I like the philosophy of ‘live and let live’ too!! Hey!! There is plenty of space for everybody to squeeze in:) Keep an open heart and mind is the key.Food blogging is not a competition but sharing what you know!

    Dish looks wonderful.Everyday food rocks:)

    Comment by Asha — December 7, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

  26. Despite the criticism, I found this post entertaining and well written. Sorry if I come across as an “all-knowing, bloggity wisdom dispenser.” I was just trying to help those who write me e-mails asking for advice. Forgive me! I’m no evangelical!

    Comment by Adam — December 7, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

  27. after the reading of the comments to this post, i realise that i am to be better careful about grammar, capitalamisation and the remaining. thanks!

    Comment by faustianbargain — December 8, 2006 @ 7:14 pm

  28. Hi Indira ~ Thank you for adding thoughtful words on the State of Food Blogging … I also just laughed when your very first comment praised the FOOD first! (As it should be, yes?) It’s startling to me that we can be publicly and even privately critical of others’ styles and yes, even technical capabilities and ?huh? grammar? You say Live and Let Live. Hear, hear. I add, Kindness and Generosity in all things (and hope in turn others will apply kindness and generosity when I myself am less kind and less generous).

    Comment by Alanna — December 9, 2006 @ 9:38 am

  29. I want to take this opportunity to say that I thought that I was really into my food making nutrusous somewhat organic food for my family trying 1 to 2 new dishes a week and hoping my 2 year old and 1 year old will eat them and then I found food blogs. Never read a blog before finding a food blog and now I am humbled by the joy and love for food that is out there and the ability to write about it. I started a blog thinking that I would do food blogging but I just don’t seem to be able to convey my love for food like true food bloggers and I love you for it you are inspiring. I blog on my blog from time to time but it is about life and kids and friends and sometimes food. Thank you for enriching my life.

    Comment by Shayne — December 12, 2006 @ 6:35 am

  30. Hi Indira !

    I tried methi pulao last nite. Used storebought coconut milk. Nice recipe and pepper+cloves+ginger made a good combo , overall SUPER TASTY !!!

    Indira replies:
    Glad to hear that Priya. Thanks for letting me know.

    Comment by Priya S&S — December 15, 2006 @ 8:49 am

  31. I disagree with the poster who commented on boring Indian food blogs. Sure, there are some less exciting ones out there (they can’t all be Mahanandi after all!). But frankly, I find even the “boring ones” about the aloo sabzi and hisband/kids a nice antidote to my rather rushed life. I enjoy the snapshot into people’s normal lives and like knowing what they throw together quickly. I don’t even own a Tarla Dalal cookbook as she seems too much like a one-woman industry to me. I like the opposite side of things - the family viewpoint.

    Now, some of these blogs have recipes of iffy quality. Over time I have sussed out which are consistently reliable (again, thanks, Mahanandi!), but frankly I don’t read them just as an on-line cookbook. I just like surfing them and seeing themes.

    Over time, some may drop off my favorites list due to lack of activity or lack of interest, but in general I like the picture the wide variety of blogs portrays of a community.

    Comment by Diane — December 18, 2006 @ 4:10 am

  32. Dear Indira !
    Ur website was awesome.I tried many of ur recipes and everything came out very tasty.To mention a few…Methi pulao ,Red Bell pepper chutney ,palak paneer etc…Thank u very much for sharing the recipes.

    Comment by Bharathy — December 20, 2006 @ 3:10 pm

  33. Long-time reader, first-time commenter.

    I absolutely LOVED this recipe. I tried it last night, but since I’m missing some ingredients, I used a chiffonade of thai basil instead of fenugreek, seasoned simply with sea salt, black pepper and ground cardamon, and tossed in roasted, unsalted cashews while fluffing. What a wonderfully fragrant meal! I’ll definitely be trying it your way once I get my hands on some fresh fenugreek.

    Comment by Avatar — December 21, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

  34. Wow! I have missed a LOT, haven’t I?

    I blog for my pleasure. Plain and Simple. And if those nasty commentors find my blog boring, heck, who cares?

    Indira, you, as a single person, have done sooo much for the palate of many food lovers and have sparked that fire in many young minds that cooking is the new ‘It’ thing and given hope that they too can cook. I’ve told this before and I’m telling it now. You made me fall in love with cooking, all over again! Thank you! Three cheers to you and all the food bloggers out there who blog abt their lunches.

    May this this new year bring you tons of joy! :)

    Comment by Kay — January 5, 2007 @ 4:47 am

  35. Hey Indira,
    Tried ur recipe for methi-nariyal pulao and it was awesome. I added a cup of mixed veggies and a tomato too. Loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Comment by Sangeetha — January 7, 2007 @ 3:09 pm

  36. Hello Indira

    I hail from Madurai and currently live in Saint Louis. As a bachelor I visit your site a lot and your website has intrigued me and has made me a enter an ad-campaign for your site among my American buddies at work.

    What you are doing is sheer cooking art ” Home Style” and highly commend you for that. To me cooking is also a form of Yoga , for it also takes you to samadhi :-) ) which happens in the form of a ‘peaceful sleep’ after a hearty meal ..Keep up the great work and God Bless you and your family !

    Comment by Dan Nallasivan — February 19, 2007 @ 11:09 am

  37. Seeing these comments, I really felt the need for people understanding the philosophy behind “Live & Let live”. Language, food, religion and so on should only help make a persons like happier. But people are indeed narrow minded and dont think broadly.

    Comment by Satya — December 18, 2007 @ 3:43 pm

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