Hi, I am Aparna and am based in Hyderabad. My husband and I have lived in different parts of India and therefore on this blog you will find a variety of Indian recipes.

I remember, many years back, my Mom tried very hard to make me fall in love with cooking, however it was not destined to happen then. I started cooking only after my marriage. Initially I cooked so that we could eat food. However, soon I started tweaking my food to suit the family palate. With my son also coming into picture, I find the process of cooking self enriching as this is one important way I express love for my family and friends. And that is enough reason for me to learn and cook better with each passing day. I have tried all the dishes mentioned on the blog and the pictures posted here come straight from my kitchen.

On the blog, I offer recipes that I have learnt from my family and friends. Since I am still learning, I have just about started to play with ingredients and find different ways to use them.  I hope you enjoy visiting my blog as much as I enjoy writing and sharing my learning and discoveries here.


26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kishore Ramnani
    Nov 28, 2009 @ 09:26:32

    Dear Aparna,

    This is the best blog on real authentic Indian way of cooking – some of them are really people have forgotten in the this fast pace of life……….like besan ke gatte …………..is great dish to eat with Puri, Bati and Rice………..keep up the good work and add one more dish ………….Dal Bati churma.




    • Aparna
      Nov 28, 2009 @ 13:26:10

      Thanks Kishore! I will make Dal Bati Churma…for sure, when you guys come down to visit us…….hopefully soon.


  2. Rinku
    Dec 03, 2009 @ 20:35:01

    Hi Aparna,

    Got this link from my Mom ( Kiran datta, 1st floor). I loved the way u have put across things in such a simple manner supported by pics … They make life so much easier for ppl like me who hate cooking and dread entering the kitchen….
    My mom has been raving @ ur cupcake ever since she chanced upon it at ur place….and now that she knows both of u have something in common….. she’s goin to bother u v often 🙂

    Heres wishing you luck and looking forward to more yummy, mouthwatering pics n recipes from u until I land in hyd ofcourse :):):):


    • Aparna
      Dec 05, 2009 @ 06:52:38

      Hi Rinku, Thanks for the lovely comments. They are so inspiring. I am sure you must be as good a cook as your Mom. I am going to learn some recipes from her too and put them up here…
      I love to have Kiranji over and your Dad too….See you soon in Hyderabad.


  3. Sanjeev Manchanda
    Dec 07, 2009 @ 17:52:49

    I can easily vouch that the dishes taste as great as these look in the pictures! Thanks to Aparna for giving us the privilege of tasting some of these delicious dishes.. It’s your humility claiming to be a novice chef. The Jalebi and Rabri we had at your place 8 years ago was proof enough of your culinary skills :-).

    take care,


    • Aparna
      Dec 08, 2009 @ 08:43:14

      Thanks Sanjeev!


  4. Kishore Ramnani
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 01:16:07

    Dear Aparna,

    Greetings and it was pleasure to get a surprise cake for Saveer and Sohani – fifth birthday.

    Parle -G is unique receipe and it was great to eat.

    Thank you very much for a great gift for kids.


    Kishore and Bittu


  5. shabana khan
    Mar 23, 2010 @ 12:51:14

    hi aparna….great to see the effort u have put in. i loved all the recipes esp the suji idli one…i have ben looking for this one for long. thanks.i m sure goin to try this one.keep doin the good work.


    • Aparna
      Mar 23, 2010 @ 21:11:26

      Thanks Shabana. Try and let me know how it came out.


      • Rituparna De
        Apr 27, 2012 @ 10:47:05

        Permission to use your photo

        Dear Aparna

        We are an organisation publishing travel guides, presently we are working on a project of Jammu and Kashmir, for which we are looking for some good photos of Kashmiri methi chaman. With reference to your page we wish to use this photo for our project. Kindly give us the permission to use it. We will publish your name in our editorial page.

        Waiting for a positive response

        Rituparna De

      • Aparna
        Apr 27, 2012 @ 15:46:06

        Hi Ritu, thanks for writing in. You can use the picture. I would love to receive a copy or link to the same.

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    May 11, 2010 @ 17:35:10

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  7. Shalu
    Jul 10, 2010 @ 01:01:35

    Hi Aparna,

    It is very rare that I browse through a cooking blog and feel like trying out each and every dish. I got that feeling here.

    Really lovely blog with great recipes! Please continue



    • Aparna
      Jul 10, 2010 @ 01:32:31

      Thanks Shalu. Thats such a lovely compliment. I have been very busy of late and have not been able to upload anything new, but a compliment like yours, inspires me to learn and try new things and put them here.


  8. Sangeeta
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 13:18:42

    Dear Aparna,

    Your effort is truly admiring. I made this parle g cake for my kids and they just loved it. Thank you so much for giving so simple recipes. May I request you to post some easy sandwich recipes pls and also pls tell me whether we have to grease the cake tin with some refined oil so that the cake comes out easily once baked.




    • Aparna
      Jan 08, 2011 @ 12:17:58

      Hi Sangeeta, I am so sorry for replying late..Glad that you liked the Parle G cake. Yes You could grease the cake tin with a thin film of oil/ghee and then sprinkle some flour on it- does help the cake to come out easily- thanks for pointing that one out. I will sure post some sandwich recipes soon.


  9. kavita
    Oct 03, 2011 @ 02:27:38

    Hi, I like all the recipes you gave on this blog. I live on a gluten free diet and thought it would be good to have some info on whetheer the recipe is gluten free. I bought vrat ka chawal (samo seeds) and wondering if its gluten free!


  10. K Dash
    Dec 15, 2011 @ 08:18:16

    Hi Aparna,
    Don’t know if you remember Pallavi and Kunal from JK Colony. I just happened to come across your website. How is Gullu? Take care and great job with this website. K


    • Aparna
      Dec 16, 2011 @ 00:49:41

      Hey Kunal! So good to see you here! have come across friends on orkut…fb….but not here.Glad you like the blog.
      Gullu is doing fine! Hope you are doing well too !


  11. K Dash
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 03:53:51

    Likewise. I am doing well, thanks. It’s been ages!
    You are a parent now. How is everything? Are you working professionally or the permanent overworked underpaid homemaker? I mentioned to Pallavi that i got in touch with you. She is married and has two beautiful kids. Anvi is 5 years old and Ankit is 2 years. She has kept in touch with very few friends, not sure anyone from JK.
    How are your parents? What’s Gullu up to? You know I only remember his nickname. Is he married with a family? Have a good New Year and keep in touch.
    Best Wishes – K.
    (Not sure if I should be using this “blog” for communication since it is a dedicated site but I don’t cook so there – we discussed the “joy of cooking” or lack-there-of in my case.)


    • Aparna
      Dec 23, 2011 @ 21:30:08

      🙂 Nice to hear about Pallavi! Gullu has a very cute little girl.
      I work for Google and love it! Let me know your email id and I will drop in an email.

      Happy New Year! Have an awesome one!


  12. adam
    Jan 05, 2012 @ 06:32:40

    Aparna Great site.. well done.
    Im a aussie chef working in Malaysia, with a passion for Indian food.
    Happy New year to all your family and all the best 2012


    • Aparna
      Jan 05, 2012 @ 06:43:24

      Glad you like it Adam!


  13. Sowmya
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 13:53:24

    Hey Aparna.Its really nice to see this blog.varities of recipes.very nice.keep uploading more n more.thanx a lot fr these delicious recipes.

    Arnav is also cute and must be a lucky chap who got a mom like u.

    All the best!!!!!!keep posted.


  14. Anjali Draksharam
    May 16, 2014 @ 02:49:17

    Hi Aparna, just accidentally bumped into your web page, was looking for Makhane ki kheer, a dish my mom used to make. She is no more so had to look for the recipe. I haven’t read all your recipes but looks like you enjoy cooking and feeding, something I like to do. I go the temple every week and take Prasad with me, so if you have any more recipes which I can make and take it to the temple, it would be nice. I am trying to continue the tradition of my mom. Thanks Anjali


    • Aparna
      May 19, 2014 @ 08:08:31

      Hi Anjali, thanks for visiting the blog and writing in. I do enjoy cooking and eating and feeding….however of late it has been so hectic at work that I feel like I am losing my rhythm.

      I will definitely send in the recipes or post them here. I will ask my Mom and Mom in law- they are experts in this space and you will hear from me soon 🙂


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