Christmas may not necessarily be associated with gift exchange, but it inevitably offers everyone an exquisite present: an excuse to eat a lot of good food. Kitchens resonate with clinging spoons and pots, while we click our tongues in anticipation of the yummy Christmas dishes. As a gift for foodies we grouped a few food blogs and websites. We also wanted to establish the immense and diverse female contribution to food blogging in India. From grandmas who do traditional cuisine to young creatives who experiment with food, these women proved to us that there are multiple definitions of cooking as well as cooks.
Archana’s Kitchen : From software engineer to yoga teacher and mother, to one of the most popular food bloggers in India. Archana has travelled a diverse path. Her culinary career has contributed to stemming the negative impact that an urban lifestyle has had on our physical and metal health. On her website, she brings together vegetarian recipes from around the world, paying attention to the seasonality of products and the combination of nutrients, with particular attention to proteins. She divides her recipes into categories that include festivals, school lunch box menus, and desserts.
Subbu’s kitchen: Subbu’s speciality are south Indian recipes that have beeen carefully passed down generations. On her website she keeps alive the spirit of traditional food, as learnt from her mum. Subbu started her blog to inspire people to cook by showing them that cooking is easy and enjoyable. From her kitchen in Chennai she teaches readers how to mix ingredients, discloses handy tips and explains how simple ingredients can be used to create a heavenly taste.
Manjula’s kitchen Where Manjula’s north Indian vegetarian and vegan cuisine is concerned, the Jain motto of “live and let live” is the rule. Spices are parsimoniously used to endorse original tastes of vegetables, pulses and grains as opposed to covering them up in flavours. Surfing her website is a journey toward discovering that rich taste is about finding the perfect balance between many simple ingredients. The simplicity of the recipes and video tutorials make cooking easy for everyone.
Baker in disguise Sarvani discovered the beauty of baking only recently, and followed her revelation with devoted love. The precise science of measuring ingredients and temperatures melts with the homely smells and tastes of baked delicatessen. Sarvani’s passion is keeping things simple. This is the key to enjoying her baking, from preparation to savouring; so, on her website you can either find her own creations or recipies simplified from those found elsewhere.
Sailus’s Food Sailu’s blog is one of the most popular food blogs India and if you take a look you’ll find out why. The pictures on her website offer your sight what a website cannot offer your taste buds (check the section ‘Indian food photos‘). Visit her blog you set sail on an ocean of recipes from all over India, particularly Andhra.
Show me the curry How-to-cook advise is very helpful, but how-not-to-cook warnings are equally enlightening. Hetal and Anuja have been cooking for their children for years now and know that mistakes are more common than perfection. Thanks to their experience, they can share hints and suggestions in making south Indian cuisine easier to do. You can share your (un) successful culinary ventures with them and enjoy their advice through videos and pod casts.
My diversity kitchen This is not just Aparna’s blog, but also a piece of her life story. She discovered a passion for photography by taking pictures of her food preparations and it is easy to see how it gradually developed on her website. The focus of the blog is on vegetarian Palakkad cuisine, based on rice, vegetables, pulses and coconuts but one can find a broad diversity of products there. Besides meal recipes, it is possible to learn ‘make at home’ essentials like vanilla extract or spiced hot chocolate mix.
Edible Garden Nags has lived in Kerala, Hyderabad, Sydney; she has managed a full time jobs, a part-time job, kids, and a husband. Because obviously it wasn’t enough, she decided to start a food blog as well. Needless to say, it was a great success. She mixes her Kerala and Tamil background in her recipes, but keeps being inspired by recipes she finds here and there. Her never ending experiments taught her that one of the most important rules of cooking is to never lose the personal touch that makes every recipe unique.
Nisha Madhulika Ingredients for Nisha’s recipes are very easily available. It is a culinary channel to travel around different Indian regions, and the journey is further facilitated by video tutorials. The unique feature of the website is that is entirely available in Hindi.