Bringing Imagination to your Cooking…!!!

This is me…


I’m a very bubbly person, who loves food, music & life…!!! Until recently I worked as an IT professional and like most IT professionals, juggling between work & home left me with no time to start a blog, though I always wanted to. (The time I was not at work or home was spent travelling to get to work & back.. the traffic in Bangalore is pathetic 😦 & then the few  hours left were to get a goods nights rest).  I know that there are some brilliant bloggers who are very regular & committed even though they have another full time job.. I salute them..!

Well, my journey into the culinary world did not start as an adult.. it was way back in the adolescent stage. Being Mangalorean played a huge role. Mangalore, Karnataka, India is a place where foodies’ thrive… and I would like to say that its a place where some of the most amazing gastronomic dishes have been invented. That’s my opinion though… 🙂 You may beg to differ. I’m a sucker for good food was in my blood, be it from any part of the world. The little that I have got to travel around the world also helped me get introduced to & taste different cuisines. 

Food blogging comes as a surprise to all my school friends.. they never ever thought food was an area which I would be interested as I was very tomboyish. My friends from engineering know about my adventures in cooking.. To save all of us from the same boring food on the menu, I taught the cook of our hostel mess a few recipe’s during my engineering days, imagine how crazy that is!! For those who do’t know what a mess is… its a dining area at a university hostel or sometimes it could even be commercial mess where they serve a decent meal for your money’s worth.  After university, my cooking adventures were at their best when we had house parties, specially the potluck parties.. as I got to experiment & I had loads of mouths to feed that experimented food to! (Wicked huh… 😉 )

I grew up in a joint family. We lived in our ancestral house. The red oxide flooring, cousins to keep company, lots of place to run around. Playful pet dogs (I’m a dog lover), backyard with many coconut other fruit bearing trees, not to forget 2 massive mango trees.. was like living in a mini paradise. As a kid I was always found out dirtying my hands in the mud, or busy following my grandmother everywhere. She would take me along with her to the fish market, to the grocers.  I watched her sit & clean the fish, cook yummy food the traditional Indian way, using firewood to cook food in mud pots. Sigh.. I miss those days..! I must say, food does taste so much better cooked in earthen pots, specially the fish curry.

Both my grandmothers are brilliant cooks (One is no longer with us though 😦 ). I always enjoyed everything that they made and so did all our relatives. My grandmothers have inspired me to cook. One was a Vegetarian’s delight and the other was a Non-Vegetarians delight, what more can a carnivore like me ask for… :D.

Being a GSB (Goud Saraswat Brahmin) I loved all the festivals we used to celebrate and the yummy Vegetarian food that was a part of it. If any of you do visit Mangalore during the Car Festival (Kodial Teru in Konkani – Yearly temple festival which lasts for 5 days​), do not miss the lovely food that is served in our Venkatramana Devasthana (Temple).Yes, I can go on about food.. 😀

I love my moms cooking 🙂 There would be a few who say that their mum does not know to cook !! I miss my mums food dearly, as I’m currently thousands of miles away from home.. in Glasgow, with my husband.  I’m not a big fan of the weather here.. It drizzles most of the time and keeps me indoors. So that made me devote my free time to do some soul searching & my love for cooking blossomed into Keli Paan.

Mangalorean food, Konkani style of Cooking & Tamilian food have influenced my cooking style a lot. I know that there are some very different recipe’s in my blog..  don’t worry… I would not post them if they were not worth posting.. 🙂 Many of them just spring up to me when I see ingredients in my fridge or at the market.

Cooking is like therapy to me. The best part of cooking is that once you know your ingredients it helps you create your own dishes. Believe me sometimes you just stumble on a tasty new dish. This encourages me to experiment further…!!

I welcome you to my kitchen,  let’s learn & explore the culinary art together and have fun.. 😀

Do drop me a message or email on how you liked the recipes you tried. If you altered the recipe to suit your needs & you want to let me know how you tweaked it, please do.

Dec 13, 2012

Yay.. its been a month since I started my food blog!!!! Thanks to my family and friends for all the support and encouragement. :)!!! and my dear husband Keshav who has all the patience in the world to keep his hands off the food while I finish my photography. Jokes apart , Keshav has been a great support and he has encouraged me a lot.

Also, I would like to thank another close friend, Praveen Rajaretnam for all the encouragement and help in pushing me to start blogging and get going. Thanks Praveen, for all the encouragement and support, if it wasn’t for you I would not have started blogging.

I would also like to thank Amol Kamat my best friend and a brilliant photographer by profession for all the support he has extended from India. You can check his work out at – http://www.amolkamat.com

March 5th, 2013
I just posted my 100th recipe today & I can’t really tell you the high I experienced doing so.. I’m feel so elated. Thanks to each & every one of you who has been visiting/ following my blog.

I also got a new lens – 50mm static. 🙂 which I use often now. 🙂

I have a long way to go.. these small milestones do call for a small quick note for sure.. 🙂  I read something today which I want to share with all of you.. “If you do not like where you are.. then change it.. You are not a tree.. ”  I’m glad I did take a step into blogging. Cheers, till the next milestone.. !

55 responses

  1. Karen rego

    Congratulations and All the Best Chinks – I know this page would help me a lot !!!! :))))))

    November 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    • Thanks Karen.. 🙂

      November 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

  2. Siddhesh Daptardar

    Yooo, this is an awesome website!!!! I love to cook! I tried few of ur dishes, Amazing recipes!!! Hope you will add some more recipes….

    November 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    • Thanks Siddi… 🙂

      November 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

  3. Hi Anitha, you have a lovely blog. I love manglorean veg recipes. I too love experimenting with food. Good going.

    November 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  4. Aswini

    Keep rocking Anitha. Defintely cooking is the only hobby which makes us happy by experimenting and also others happy by enjoying the recipes. So keep rocking dear.

    November 15, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    • Thanks Aswini.. 🙂

      November 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  5. Hey Chinks just loved your website! Really good start ! My stomach’s growling now looking at all the pics !! Keep posting more recipes.Wish you all the best 🙂

    November 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

    • Thanks dollar.. do try some of the dishes… and let me know your comments.. 🙂

      November 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

  6. alisha

    congratulations anitha,,,, superb website and work…. alll the best dear,, :)))

    November 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm

  7. nce website and interesting recipes

    November 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

  8. Thanks Neha.. !

    November 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

  9. Mahima

    anitha, amazing photography skills n recipes are easy to follow. i haven’t tried any of the recipe as yet…….but i have bookmarked couple of them to try. good work with your blog. keep posting. all the best

    January 15, 2013 at 12:48 am

    • Thanks so much Mahima, do try the recipe’s and let me know how you and your family liked it.. 🙂

      January 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm

  10. Afreen Ashfak

    Wow Anitha….such a treat to watch you explore your passion! I am so proud of u! Good luck for a very bright future!

    February 5, 2013 at 8:32 am

    • Thanks Afreen.. 🙂

      February 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

  11. Do you have a chana masala recipe? That was my favorite dish in India and I need to try to make it at home. You have beautiful photos.

    February 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    • Yes, Jeff. I’ll post the recipe soon! 🙂 thanks for the compliments! 🙂

      February 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

  12. Hey 🙂 Glad that you spoke about homes during those good old days. Red oxide floorings, Mango trees and hay are my childhood memories too! 🙂 Well, I was just pondering over what Keli Paan really means. My self being from the Mangalore-Udupi region, I was trying to decode the meaning behind. 😉 You have a beautiful food site adorned with lovely shots.

    March 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

    • Thanks so much Pratibha. Glad you liked my blog. 🙂

      Kelipaan means a banana leaf in Konkani.. Guess you missed checking out the “About Kelipaan ” page, I have mentioned it there.

      Happy cooking.. Cheers!
      Anitha

      March 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

  13. Oh. That explains 🙂 Good one.

    March 10, 2013 at 10:10 am

  14. Mouna devaiah

    Your chicken stew recipe is a great hit with my family – thanks and keep posting!

    June 11, 2013 at 4:47 am

    • Hey Mouna! its always good to hear that you & your family loved the recipe! 🙂 thanks for your comment…

      June 11, 2013 at 8:01 am

  15. Mahesh Bhat

    Hey you are a great inspiration for weekend Cooking for me.. Cause u make it look possible to cook all these stuff……… Thanks a Ton

    June 12, 2013 at 4:50 pm

  16. Hello Anitha…I like your blog and enjoy visiting here. So as a token of my expression of the same I have nominated you for “The versatile Blogger Award”. Please accept it here. http://femmehavenn.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    June 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm

  17. Hello Anitha… I like your blog and enjoy visiting here. So as a token of my expression of the same I have nominated you for “The versatile Blogger Award”. Please accept it here. http://femmehavenn.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    June 18, 2013 at 2:42 pm

  18. 100 posts in such a short period of time! That’s cool.

    Loved going through this section, so many beautiful memories!

    June 20, 2013 at 4:32 am

    • Hi Indu.. Thanks for dropping by & leaving your comment! 🙂 Love your blog too.. Looking forward to reading new posts from you.. 🙂

      June 20, 2013 at 11:09 am

  19. Hi Anitha, I tried “hinga udaa.” came out great. I am reproducing a part of your introduction on memories of mangalore for the benefit of our FB fans on Panambur beach. Thanks.

    June 29, 2013 at 2:48 am

    • Hi Isaac.. Sure no problems.. 🙂 thanks for letting me know! It would be great if you could add a ping back to my blog too.. 😃

      June 29, 2013 at 3:49 am

    • I just saw that you have added a link to my blog already .. thanks a bunch .. 😁

      June 29, 2013 at 3:54 am

  20. Hi, Anitha. Thanks for dropping by and following the blog. You have a great start to your blog and I look forward to reading more of your recipes.

    July 16, 2013 at 11:05 am

    • Thanks Richard.. 🙂 Love your pictures & your recipes as well.. ! Look forward to more yummy recipes in your blog.. 🙂

      July 16, 2013 at 11:07 am

  21. Dear sweet Anitha,
    You had been a great inspiration to me regarding the food photography and presentation. Also your wonderful recipes are so inviting. I have nominated you for the Shine On Award for the shining work of yours :)).
    Please collect your award here :http://simplyvegetarian777.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/shine-on-award/
    Hugs
    Sonal

    July 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    • Oh my god.. That’s so sweet of you Sonal.. I’m flattered.. I’m delighted to know that I inspire you in some way.. Thanks a million for this .. 🙂

      Cheers!
      Anitha

      July 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      • 😀

        July 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  22. Wow, I love your recipes and your photos! I’m so happy to have discovered your blog. 🙂

    August 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    • Thanks for the compliments..

      I hope you enjoy & like the recipes when you try them… 🙂

      Look forward to seeing you around.. Happy cooking..

      August 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm

  23. Joseph Michael

    Love this blog!!

    September 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    • Thanks 🙂

      September 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm

  24. Thanks for sharing the recipes making techniques recently i tried doing spicy upma

    September 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    • Your welcome.. How did it turn out!?

      September 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm

  25. Hello Anitha! As you know I’m a big fan of your blog! I’ve nominated your blog for the The Versatile Blog Award! Please do check it out at http://sugarfreesweetheart.com/2013/10/17/more-gratitude/. 🙂 Happy Blogging!

    October 17, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    • Thanks Priya! 🙂 I’m honoured.. 🙂

      October 18, 2013 at 9:45 am

  26. Hi Anitha,
    I have nominated you for the Liebster award. please see http://chefdivya.wordpress.com/awards/ if you choose to accept this award.
    Happy Blogging. 🙂

    November 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    • Thanks Divya.. 🙂 I’m honoured.. I’ll check out the details.. 🙂

      November 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

  27. what a lovely blog with beautiful pictures and nice recipes! I started following you now, wish I had found your blog earlier. Looking forward to seeing your posts!

    March 11, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    • Thanks Apsara.. 🙂

      March 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm

  28. Honestly your blog just excites me, its so well-done just perfect I could spend hours browsing, so impressed and inspired 🙂

    June 6, 2014 at 1:18 am

    • Aww.. That’s really sweet of you..! Thanks much… Happy to know I inspired you.. N you enjoyed browsing through my recipes..! 😊

      June 7, 2014 at 3:55 am

  29. Akil Hegde

    I appreciate your efforts in spreading the wellness that we mangloreans enjoy. The recipes are authentic and I applaud to this great intiative of yours. Awesome blog. All The Best ☺

    April 8, 2015 at 11:15 pm

  30. Akil Hegde

    I appreciate your efforts in spreading the wellness that we mangloreans enjoy. The recipes are authentic and your blog is awesome. All the best ☺

    April 8, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    • Thanks Akil.. 😊 good to see a fellow Mangalorean using the blog!

      April 9, 2015 at 6:25 am

  31. shreya p

    ammi varen recipe share karet ve hantu?

    July 2, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    • Hey Shreya.. you can send me the recipe.. I’ll try it out & post it when I find time.. & credit i to you of course 🙂

      July 14, 2015 at 11:31 am

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