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About Keli Paan

Why & What’s Keli Paan… ??!??

My sole intention for creating this food blog is to popularise and share some tasty dishes I have enjoyed. ​

Oh, by the way.. my name is not Keli. I have loads of people referring to me as Keli/Keli Paan; it’s just the name of my blog & my name is Anitha. :)

Now before you wonder what’s Keli Paan.. ??? what kind of name is that for a food/cookery blog.. …??? Keli Paan is a Banana Leaf in Konkani (Is a dialect spoken by a community of people in India) .. An array of yummy food arranged on a green banana leaf is a feast for the eyes, don’t you agree??.. Just Imagine what bliss it would bring to your tummy.. :) :) :)  Being a Konkana (One who belongs to the Konkani community).. I so wanted a Konkani touch to my blog……


My Recipe’s:

My love for food dates back to my childhood. So this love is not newborn, the baking bit is a new-found passion. Many are my own creations. Some are old traditional recipe’s.

The best way to get started is by checking out the Recipe Index, in there you will find the complete list of all recipes posted in the blog. They are all categorised for easy browsing. Else, type in the ingredient or the name of the dish which you are looking for using the search box in the right navigation pane.

Note: I should warn you that, food is a very personal & sensitive issue for many, some use more spice, some don’t, some like it sweet, some like it hot, some like it cold…. (No, I’m not singing the nursery rhyme – Hot cross buns). All the recipes with their ingredients & serving suggestions here in my blog are just guidelines & mostly the way I like to eat it; You can manipulate & substitute any of the ingredients based on your taste & choice.

Also, if any recipe you try out, does not look like the pictures I have posted here (There could be possibilities of this happening), don’t be alarmed, the quality & the variety of the ingredients also matter a lot, so that would probably be the reason for the difference.

My food photography:

I get a lot of people asking me who does the photography, all photographs posted on my blog Keli Paan are clicked by me. I had never ever dreamt until I started blogging that I would love food photography so much. Because every time I’m in a restaurant I’m all over the food when it arrives, who has time to click pictures.. :)

I’m still taking baby steps at food photography though. I believe that “A good meal begins with an appetite! – Anonymous ” & for a good appetite the food should look tempting & magnetic..I spend a lot of time reading about food photography, fussing, hunting, obsessing, buying all the tableware & other props, because 

I have a Cannon Rebel XSI with a 18-55 lens which I mainly use for my food photography. Some concepts are from my husband as well. If you see a male hand garnishing the food or adding an ingredient, it would be my husband helping me out as I still have not started using the tripod we own, since he helps me when he is around. :)

How you can be a part of Keli Paan:

Please do try the recipe’s out,  enjoy them as much as my family and I do. I would love to read your comments once you try any of the recipe’s out. Do take a minute & add your comments,  it always brightens up my day & urges me to blog more often.  And I hope you would come back here for more recipe’s.

Also, please do send in your recipe’s, I’ll try them out and publish it in my blog with due credit to you. And, if it’s a recipe inspired/adapted from another food blogger, I will surely give you & your blog its due credit & I expect the same from my fellow bloggers.

Some of the recipe’s featured here in the blog are :

Messy Black forest fruits fresh cream cake....

Messy Black forest fruits fresh cream cake….

Roasted Zucchini/Courgette Soup...

Roasted Zucchini/Courgette Soup…

Sweet & Sour Pork...

Sweet & Sour Pork…

Muhallabia.. a Lebanese sweet dish

Muhallabia.. a Lebanese sweet dish

Homemade Olive Lemon Salad dressing...

Homemade Olive Lemon Salad dressing…

Paneer/Cottage Cheese Tava Masala...

Paneer/Cottage Cheese Tava Masala…

Paneer Enchiladas/Cottage cheese Enchiladas infused with Indian flavours...

Paneer Enchiladas/Cottage cheese Enchiladas infused with Indian flavours…

Red pesto Egg Bomb Burgers...

Red pesto Egg Bomb Burgers…

Vendekka Moor Kolumbu

Vendekka Moor Kolumbu

 Broccoli & Bacon Salad..

Broccoli & Bacon Salad..

Batani Ambat

Batani Ambat

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Vanilla flavoured frosting

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Vanilla flavoured frosting

Olive & Basil bread

Olive & Basil bread

Mix-veg skewers with a Yogurt dip

Mix-veg skewers with a Yogurt dip

SSS (Simple Salad Sticks)

SSS (Simple Salad Sticks)

Cherry n Olive Bruschetta

Cherry n Olive Bruschetta

Plum Cake

Plum Cake

Microwave Peas Pilaf with Spring Onion Raita

Microwave Peas Pilaf with Spring Onion Raita

Dark Chocolate Brownie

Dark Chocolate Brownie

Indian Kidney Bean curry/Rajma

Indian Kidney Bean curry/Rajma


Hot Honey Chicken Wings

Hot Honey Chicken Wings

Creamy Egg Pasta

Creamy Egg Pasta

Lime n Lemon Cheesecake Pots

Lime n Lemon Cheesecake Pots

Tomato Rice

Tomato Rice

Lemony Prawns with Parsley

Lemony Prawns with Parsley

Mushroom Wrap

Mushroom Wrap

Cabbage Ambade/ Cabbage Onion Fritters

Cabbage Ambade/ Cabbage Onion Fritters

Thai Sweet Chilli Vegetable Noodles

Thai Sweet Chilli Vegetable Noodles

 Sour Creamed Pasta with Broccoli and Red Pepper

Sour Creamed Pasta with Broccoli and Red Pepper

31 responses

  1. gud stuf!

    March 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

  2. Thanks for your comment :) Hope to see you try some of the recipe’s :) Happy Cooking..!!

    March 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm

  3. Sandesh Pai

    No doubt…All the recipes are mouth watering. Can you let me know some easy stuff to cook with less complications.

    June 5, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    • What kind of recipes are you looking for? Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian? Starters/currys?

      June 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  4. Very very interesting site. Im particularly impressed with your pictures.
    As a novice food blogger, I just discovered the need for awesome photography. You are doing great work with your camera. Would love to read your insights for phenomenal shots.
    My site:

    June 23, 2013 at 11:52 am

    • Hi Namrata.. thanks for taking time & leaving your comments. :) Thanks for your kind words.

      Food photography is indeed challenging.. but the best part about it is you can have the setup as you wish. There are no moving objects/people involved. If you check out my initial photos you would know how it I have slowly developed my skills in photography over a period of time. I check Pinterest & the internet for food photo’s.. read some do’s & don’t… N try my ideas with these tips… I would keep clicking & clicking till I found the best shot.. Yes, it involves loads of patience… Don’t worry.. you will get there.. with some practice.. I still have loads to learn..

      Happy cooking & happy clicking.. Hope to see you around more often..!


      June 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm

  5. I love your pictures. Great camera.

    July 9, 2013 at 4:05 am

    • Thanks .. :)

      July 9, 2013 at 9:28 am

  6. You look like an amazing cook and just as amazing food photographer Anitha. I’m impressed, and a little jealous! You have a wonderful blog. Celeste :)

    July 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    • Hey Celeste.. thanks so much for your compliments.. :)

      Oh anyone can cook… really.. just that you need passion for it.. :)


      July 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm

  7. Calling you Keli Paan … i’m wondering if someone just called me Teaspoon …Uff . This page is absolutely awesome :)

    October 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    • :) I know right..!! It was hilarious… :) but then Indian/Asian names are very different indeed.. can’t blame them.. Also most bloggers have their name in the name of their blogs..

      October 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      • Very true…happens to us with foreign names. I refrain from using their name at all while commenting :)

        October 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      • Yupp.. agree :)

        October 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm

  8. Amritha

    Hey Anitha,
    I just wanted to congratulate on your 200th recipe. I love all your recipes and love love love your food pictures!!!!!
    You click some amazing pictures. I am so happy you have found your niche and don’t forget your biomed senior when you become extra famous ;)
    Good luck with everything :)

    November 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    • Thanks Amritha.. It’s all the love & appreciation from all of you that has helped me reach this milestone.. :) feels amazing to know that you love my recipe’s & their pictures.. :) hope to see your comments on the blog when you try some of them.. ;)


      November 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  9. Hey I have nominated you for the Liebster Award please see Happy Blogging

    December 6, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    • Hey thanks for this honour.. !! I’m thrilled.. I know you nominated me a while back.. Sorry could not reply earlier.. :)

      December 12, 2013 at 12:38 am

  10. You’re photo’s are beautiful!

    March 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    • Thanks Merrissa.. Your far too kind.. :)

      March 7, 2014 at 3:13 pm

  11. You take such beautiful photos of the food you make! Your husband and friends are very lucky (and likely fat!) from all this awesome food.

    March 10, 2014 at 4:32 am

    • Thanks Jeff.. Your far too kind.. (Lol my husband exercises :) )

      March 10, 2014 at 4:34 am

  12. Hi Anitha, I felt the need to shower you with some warmth so I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award!! Participation is optional however if you may choose to accept the award please click on link


    March 23, 2014 at 11:02 am

  13. My Kitchen Moments

    Hi Anitha, just came across your blog and found some very good recipes and lovely photographs. Being a novice food blogger and photographer, your blog is really inspiring :)

    May 2, 2014 at 4:54 am

    • Thanks for your kind words.. I’m a novice food blogger n photographer myself.. :) glad that I have inspired you in some way.. !

      May 7, 2014 at 3:35 pm

  14. Hi Anitha, your blog looks great. I just came across your blog while visiting a blog you follow. Your food photography is really amazing. I look forward to follow your blog and try your recipes!

    May 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by & looking around my blog Nancy.. :) hope you enjoy spending your time browsing my recipes.. :)

      May 7, 2014 at 3:33 pm

  15. Your photography and set-ups are beautiful!! What a fun and creative way to incorporate your background into your name, your recipes are so diverse and interesting, love it and looking forward to trying them out!

    June 6, 2014 at 1:17 am

    • Thanks so much..! :)

      June 7, 2014 at 3:57 am

  16. Your pictures are gorgeous!..awesome blog.

    July 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    • Thank you so much.. Glad you loved my space.. 😃

      July 22, 2014 at 6:32 pm

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