About me

I hail from a place called Thottam in the erstwhile South Canara district (now Udupi district) of Karnataka. I was born in Parkala, a small village near Manipal but brought up and educated in Bangalore. I have been married for 30 years now, my husband now a retired bank officer. I have two sons – elder one is a dentist and younger one is an engineer. Both of them have been instrumental in setting up this blog, helping me with images, recipe selection and editing.

If you like cooking and reading blogs, you will be aware that there are several wonderful food blogs out there, maintained by professionals as well as by interested but very talented amateurs. Over time I will compile a set of links to them. In spite of such a large number of food bloggers, Indian food is so vast and varied that you will still find variations of recipes that suit your taste and preferences. If I find an interesting variation of my recipe on another blog, I will also link to them.

Overall my intention behind blogging is to maintain a valuable record, to keep myself occupied and to share my experiences (including mistakes !) over the years with people.

- Pratibha Rao

253 thoughts on “About me

  1. Dear Mrs Rao,

    I stumbled on your blog/site and was very pleased with the way the recipes are displayed including pictures. I hope you will add more recipes and also let us know when and at what interval new recipes are added so that I can open the site on that day/month. Please also add easy to make veg/non-veg recipes. Thanks and keep up the good work.


    • Hello John,

      I guess, this is an example of ‘better late than never’ – hope this finds you well.

      You can subscribe to the blog by email or by RSS feed – which will keep you appraised of the latest recipes as and when I upload them.

      I am a vegetarian by habit, and hence only post vegetarian recipes. But there are other talented food bloggers online and I’m sure you’ll find some sumptuous delicious non-vegetarian Indian recipes there.

      Wishing your family and you a Happy Diwali.
      Prathiba Rao

    • Hello am geeta from bendigo Australia.i love Indian cooking. My hubby is from Mysore, cooking is my passion. I love all your recipes. Very detailed. I would love to hear from you.thanks aunty.

  2. Dear Prathiba,
    What an interesting collection of recipes. The capsicum-cashew recipe is going on my to-do list. I look forward to trying out many more of your recipes. Thank you…

  3. Hi Prathiba,
    You have a wonderful blog and while searching for the dosa batter I came accross yours. I will be checking your site often since I am a new cook.

  4. Dear Mrs. Rao,

    while seraching for sankashti chaturti, i came across ur blog, was very glad to read through. request you to post some festival recipes.

  5. Hello Prathiba,

    I too came across your website while searching for Sankasthi dates. I found your web page very interesting. Many times I also thought that, I need to put my recipes and thoughts on blog, but lack of time and still unable to start. I am also from K’taka, Bangalore. Worls is samll, we may even meet some time :)

    Thanks and rgds.

  6. Hi Kamal,

    Thanx 4 ur comments. U can even put up ur recipes when ur free, so that it can b shared by many.

  7. I think you have a great collection. Have tried aloo methi and aloo tikki so far, both tasted yummy. My husband loves home cooked food. I wanna try some more from your list, next probably would be vaangi bhath.
    Best regards,

    • unty this is asia your gymm buddy , will you give some recipes for diet food that includes fruits …i mean i m overweight ! i loved your blogg a lot, proud of u , also it helps me in relieving hunger pangs , u rockkk, would love to help in making this blogg catchy right after exams)))

  8. Hi Mrs. Pratiba

    While searching tiffin receipes for my school going girls, I got ur blog. it really wonderful receipe blog especially the pictures which makes easy first time to cook. Chole masala i have tried and everybody liked it and enjoyed.


  9. Hi Beena,

    Thanx for your comments. Please pass on the link to your friends. Also give a try to other recipes and comment on the blog itself.

  10. Hi Prathibakka,
    Checked out this recipe collection. You have a lot of good konkani recipes that i was waiting to prepare but dint know how to.. Good collection. Keep it going. We are trying the dry fruit cake soon..

  11. Hi Vinaya and Vaini,

    So thanx a lot 4 ur comments. There are other north indian dishes too. Do try at your leisure and lemme know.

  12. hey prathibha akka,


  13. Hi maam,

    I happened to see your blog while searching for sabudana kichadi. And after reading your recipe itself, I am sure, it will taste good and most importantly it will suit my taste senses. Now I will search all your other recipes and find out some true karnataka recipes too.


  14. Hi Prathibaji,
    I am an amerture cook and started cooking recently these food blogs have been a great inspiration to me and have been going thourgh for recipies I came to your blog today while I was searching for some recipe in google.. Yours is a very nice blog and I loved it very much.. your detialed explanation of the process is very good and the images added a real clarity to the recipe and the tips at the end are indeed very usefull. I am feeleing a bit sad and happy, sad because I dint know your site till now and happy because I came to know about it atleast now :). I havent tried any of your recipies yet, but they look very promising like they come from a mother.. will be trying out your recipies very soon. I will end my comment now it became rather big even before I knew.
    Once again thanks for the lovely food blog.


  15. Dear Aunty,

    I am just amazed by the beautiful blog you have, different varieties of recipes, detailed steps, what and what not to do and the age at which you are doing all this…its really wonderful….i am married to a konkani and me not being a konkani your site will be of great help for me to learn more about konkani cuisine

    Hats off


  16. Hi Resh,

    For anything in life i feel age is not the factor . Anyway thanks for the encouraging words. Do pass on the link to your friends. Bye for now.

  17. Hi Reddy,

    i have already written the proceedure and if you follow it accordingly , it will be perfect. Sabudana on cooking will not be sticky. It all depends on the quality of the same.

  18. Namaste Madam,

    Yench ullar? Yaanu Saudi Arabia Riyadhdu ulle.Family udupidu undu aanda mulpa bachelor. Ancha South Canara Style Vegitable pulav seach malpanagu yirena blog thikkundu.

    Keep up the good work madam

  19. Hi Vikram,

    Though i am from Udipi, i was brought up and educated in Bangalore. So i could just get your tulu scrip, but donot know to converse in the language. So i am replying in english. I will put up your request for the recipe shortly.

  20. Hi Prathibha

    This is the first time i am looking at ur site. I actually wanted to search how to perform Sankashti fast which i will be doing it for the first time in my life. Thanks for posting a simple way of doing it. And i really was admiring the receipe u have posted with the pictures, not tried it yet but soon will.

  21. Oh dear, just loking at the pictures makes my mouth water.
    Pratibha ji, where to look for a wife who has a similar pratibha :)
    I tried tomato burfi it was a real treat!
    thanks a lot

  22. Hi Prathibha,
    I am M’lorean, presently at US. While searching in to M’lore delicacies, I came across your blog..Such wonderful blog..You have whole lot of Mlore recipes..thanx for putting it together..I will try one by one..
    Have a wonderful day ahead..

  23. Dear Mrs.Rao,
    I stumbled onto your site while searching for recipes for snacks with a long shelf life. I am from Dharwad, but currently settled in Bhopal and reading all those recipes and coming across words like mavinkai and pathrode was making me feel so nostalgic. You have done such a wonderful job of presenting those authentic grandma recipes in easy to follow steps. Please keep up the good work.May God bless your sons as for helping you in this venture.

  24. Hi Pratiba,

    I have to try your recipes as they are made so simple with the steps very well pictured in seqential order.I was google-ing for simple food menus and accidently came across your blog. Being far off in North America the blog brought into mind nostalgic memories of Mangalorean cooking.


  25. Hi Rupert Saldanha,

    Thanx 4 ur comments. Please pass on the link to ur friends. Also try out some recipes of ur choice.

  26. You have some great recipes here. My mom is a good cook too, but since I stay away I really miss our konkani food. So sometimes I try and cook some of my favorite dishes. Will check out the recipes from here. :)

  27. Dear Pratibha,
    Growing up we knew a Konkani lady who was our family friend and I still feel her cooking is the best I have ever known. I always subconsciously emulate her style and patience everytime I am in the kitchen. I try to look for konkani recipes online but I have never found anything that resembles her style and methods. Until I came upon this page. I am very eager to try all of them out. Atleast the ones which allow me to find the ingredients on east coast USA.
    I was also hoping to start a blog of my own with the recipes that I keep getting creative with..but after having seen such a great job done by you I feel discouraged!!
    Maybe after some years when my kids are grown up and I have more time.
    It was a pleasant surprise to see that your name is same as my maiden name. Pratibha Rao.

  28. Hi

    I came across your website while searching for Banana Halwa and found many interesting recipes like ajwain chutney powder.
    i was wondering which particular mixer do you use for making chutney powder.

    Keep it up!

  29. Hi Prathiba,
    thanks for your quick response!
    at the moment am in USA. i guess once i will come back to india i will buy panasonic.
    today for a long time i am surfing only on your blog :) … i found so different kinds of recipes. Thanks!

  30. Hi Prathiba,

    I like the simplicity and clear instructions in your blog. I am not a good cook but this blog really helped me to make good dishes :).

    I shared this blog with some of my colleagues in the US too. I really wish I find some blog for non-veg receipes too.


  31. Hello Mrs Rao,

    Please head over to gourmetindia.com website , its a great forum with like minded folks who love the Indian cusine.

    You will love the awesome food photo blogs as well !

    Your expertise would be invaluable on the forums.

  32. What an excellent website you have. Brilliant recipes. I can’t wait to try some of your dishes. I too have an Indian food blog and am very interested in traditional authentic ways of cooking and preparing food. My sister in law who has lived and worked in India got me started cooking 20 years ago, and my husband who’s traveled there many times` visiting friends enjoys eating Indian food . I will be exploring your site!

  33. Hi Mrs.Rao..

    I always wondered in my life about one thing “How do I learn to cook the Best of south Indian Dishes?”.. I like the authentic dishes and really didnot have a clue about the quantiy etc. Then I found this amazing blog. Your Blog simply Rocks!!!!!! Thanks for sharing all the tricks of the trade with us.. I’ very very greatful to you.. Thanks a lot..


  34. Pratibha ji,

    I am an avid follower of your blog and feel delighted to see the way details are provided including photographs.
    I live in Hyderabad and cooking is my favourite past time. I will look forward to many more recipes in your blog.



  35. Hello Mrs. Prathiba

    You have a very impressive list of recipes and I admire your efforts in this regard. I request you to post the recipes for chakkali and karchikai. These are North karnataka delicacies and made especially during Deepavali festival.I want these recipes for this diwali.

    thanks & regards

    • Hi D-G-J,

      Thanx a lot for your valuable words of appreciation.Do try the recipes of your choice and lemme know the feed back for the same.

  36. wats up!!!….mhave..u really doin a gr8 job!…keep it up!…i was goin thru all the comments n its really gr8 to see such an amazing response uve received..!…after all ur MY mhave!![;)]:P…hats off to my brothers too!..

    • Hi Shruti,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. I feel i am still laging behind when compared 2 so many others. I should still improve i feel.

  37. Hello prathiba
    You have an amazing Blog with all the recipes presented so well and so easy to follow..Have marked it to my favs and will be visiting often to try them out and pass it to my daughters and friends.Well done! And Thanks..
    I did “SAY IT”:)..and for the first time

  38. Hello Prathiba,
    I am non-indian who love to cook indian food. especially south indian dishes. i used to make only plain dosa but your blog helped me to explore variety of it. you made it so easy to follow the recipe too.
    Good work~~~

    • Hi Nikosi,

      So inquisitive. I am really happy that you love south indian dishes . So do try out the dishes of your choice and give me the feed back.

  39. Hello Mrs Pratibha,

    I stumbled on your blog and went through few of the receipies. I am a working mom of a 2 year old from Mysore, married to a Telugu. All your receipies remind me of my mother’s cooking which I am truely missing over here in H’bad. When ever I cook I will refer to your blog as guide.

    Also please post some recipes for kids, Its has really become a fight to feed my son.

    Thanks for those pictures they are very helpful to amateur cooks like me.


    • HI Tejaswi Urs,

      Thanx a lot for ur expert comments. Please give me a feed back regarding ur preparation of da recipes as well. I will surely put up ur request.

  40. Hi Mrs Rao,

    I loved ur list of recipes.I enjoy cooking and very much interested to try out new recipes.This is one of the best lists i hav come across.I tried out the recipe of jeera rice and that is now my husband’s fav dish,he really loves and enjoys it! hats off to u “MAM”!
    I am yet to try out others.
    I would like to know how to make gravy for the pulav.If u culd plz guide me.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Godha Anand.

      • Hi Mrs Rao,

        Thankx for ur reply.I wil try this and catch u later.
        Have a “Happy Weekend”.

        Thanks & Regards,
        Godha Anand

  41. hi.prathibha…..felt very happy to see ur blog it is simply….excellent….as a teacher…….i appreciate ur work ..which has minute details………..for any lay person also can follow…which is a quality hard to find elsewhere……..ur tempted to see the colourful pictures,……….thank u…i will regularly visit ur blog………..and will link to others also……..

  42. Hello Prathiba,

    Wonderful presentation of the recipes with excellent photoes.Very good work indeed Pratibha.Keep up the good work.

    • Hi Kiranmayi R.Kamath,

      Thanx a lot for your expert coomments and the encouragement given. Please pass on the link among your friends comunity

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  44. Hi Sharmila,

    I have commented on ur blog. Please go thru the same. U may please add a link of this blog in your blog. It is a pleasure.

  45. I found this site, over some post on Faceboo by Vineeta. I am absolutely a fan of The Indian Food Court, and especially “amchigel” cooking :) In fact I just started out with cooking, and now its looking much simpler!!!

    Thanks a lot!!!

    Keep it coming!!!

  46. Thanks Madan, if you think of something that you don’t find in the recipe index, let me know and I will try putting it up.

  47. I want to get some pictures and recipes of Undhu Wallalu. I search Indian food web sites, but I am unable to find it. Can u help me.



  48. Hi pratibha..
    ur blog is wonderfull….i got all my favourite recipes here
    i will try out some of ur recipes ..great job

  49. Hi Pratibha,
    This is Kamini from the Indo-Asian News Service, one of India’s premier independent news agencies. We are doing a special segment of cuisine in our monthly magazine, Pravasi Bharatiya for the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. I came across your blog while searching for some mango recipes. It would be extremely helpful if you could send me some High Resolution Pictures of some sweet and sour mango dishes. I would also like to have your email id for any further reference.

    Many thanks in advance for your time and courtesy.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Kamini Kumari,
    Indo Asian News Service
    D-59, Sector-2, Noida
    M: +91-09716242185

  50. Hello Mrs. Rao,

    Please keep the spirits up! I am from Canada, a young lady who left home (india) very early in life, and was taught no Indian culinary skills… Hoping to be following your recipes and feed my roommate and I some awesome Indian dishes!

    Will leave comments on dishes as an when I try them out.

    Bless you and your supportive family,


  51. Hello Mrs.Rao,
    Came across your blog while searching for some “Konkani” recipes. You have a wonderful site. Living in the U.S, I just cannot call “home” whenever I want to do a typical Konkani dish, and have no idea how to do the “masulu”.
    Thanks to you and your sons(for helping you set up this food blog) the recipes are just a click away!


  52. I just happened to hit this blog while searching for some recipies.. needless to say, i really love the way you present the ingredients and the pictures of the food at different stages of cooking – really helps amateurs like me in cooking :) Please do continue posting yummy recipies.

  53. Wonderful site. I love the pictures specially. They make mouth watering urge and force me to try them. Awesome recipies. Appreciate your efforts. Thank you.

  54. I am a writer for collegescholarships.org (www.collegescholarships.org/blog) and I’m currently compiling a list of the Top 100 Cooking Blogs for Students.
    I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions about you and your blog so I could include more info in my article. Please send me an e-mail along with the title of your blog, thanks!

  55. Harini sent me this link. I have just started cooking and the recipes here look so good, I can’t wait to try them out! I love how you have tips at the end of some of the recipes, it’s like learning from my mother.

  56. Hello mayi! Came here from Harini’s FB link..I likde your blog. Its a great job you are doing! I shall definitely try your recipes. For me amchigele randhayee has hardly progressed beyond dali sheeth and upakari!!

    • Hi Varsha,

      For any professional like you i think those could only be the easy and healthy recipes you can prepare in your busy schedule. Thanx a lot for your comments. Do keep in touch. Take care.

  57. Hello Prathibal avare,

    I was googling for veg kurma receipe and landed on your website and decided to try the same. It was wonderful.With Pics I got the clear cut idea abt qty. Thank you so much. I love cooking and look frwd to making your recepies. It is all abt variation you make in the receipes, as I went thru some of them. I am planning to make Rajma next, will keep you posted abt the outcome.

    Thanks again.
    Cannada based Bangalorien

  58. Hi !

    I like your passion for food and blog writing. I work for a Swedish social media company which has clients in India as well. I am looking for some great food and wine blog writers. Our members attend food and wine tasting events for free and blog about them and their blogs are linked to our european and indian websites. If you would like to know more or be a member and attend an event coming up in New Delhi this November, please reply to me at sarah@spotandtell.se Look forward for your reply.

  59. Hi Pratibha,

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you have put together!!!
    I got married and started cooking only couple of months ago. Even though i call up my mom for recipes i cant reproduce it the way she does as she cannot give recipes in exact measurements. But i should say your blog is so impressive, all the recipes are very descriptive as well has photos as how it would look at that step. You are really inspiring me to cook :)


  60. Hello Aparna,

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  61. Hello Pratibha,

    We have read your blog and we think one of the events we are organizing could be of your interest as well as the interest of your followers. “Discover the Spanish Taste” is a fantastic opportunity to get to know better how Spanish products are getting introduced in the Indian market and get some knowledge about Spanish wines and gastronomy,

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    You can see full details of the event below. We would be very please if you could join us.

    Kindly confirm your interest by replying to this email. The event is Free. Only for Professionals.

    Thanks and Best Regards,

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  62. Pratibha ji,

    I have seen many blogs and website with recipes, but yours is the best among the Indian recipes. I mean the BEST.

    Thank you for working hard and putting so many recipes online.


  63. Hello prathibha,

    Just now stumbled upon ur blog while searching for Beetroot halwa recipe.. It is awesome site.. All vegetarian recipes explained with pictures and steps neatly…

    Great Work especially explanation of panch kajjaya and burfi varieties is really nice…… :-)

    Could you post recipe for Pullangai unde, Baadusha, Badam Puri.. Problem is when i make a burfi either i remove before and get it as halwa or i remove later and get it very hard.. Pls share to get right consistency..


  64. This is one of the very good cooking blogs I’ve come across.
    Thank you very much for maintaining this. You can be happy that your recipes are saving an Indian student in the US from starvation / bland food :)
    I’m from Karnataka and this just reminds be of my mum’s cooking.
    Thanks again!

    • Hi Krishna,

      As you say i think you will circulate the link of this blog among your friends community so that they can also cook something that is needed for them.

  65. hello prathibha,
    was lookinkg out for some recipes cooked during shankasti,and found your blog..was happy to go through your article on shankasti..performing the fast for the first time..would be delighted if you can post some more recipes that can be eaten during shankasti fast..can wheat and rava be consumed?
    keep up the good work..will try out some of your recipes soon..thanks ..

  66. Hi Sangeetha,

    Thanx a lot 4 ur comments. I have already put up Sabudana kichadi, and Moongdal usli which can be consumed for sankashti. You can also consume Wheat and Rava for sankashti for sure.

  67. Dear Ma’m,

    I really wanna appreciate your sincere efforts to post the receipes, it is very helpful and thank you soooo much.


  68. Hi Pratibha,

    I came across your blog accidently. I love the recipes, I know and have tried few of the recipes. I always have problem making kalvanik. After making, Dalitoi, different saru,Ambot, Kodel then what is the question always. Can you give some Kalvanik recipes preferably without using coconut masala.

  69. Hi Pratibha,

    I came across your blog while looking for rajma recipes.
    I love the way you have presented the recipe in a step by step manner with the pictures.

    I am going to try out your recipe tomorrow. Will let you know how it goes.

    Many thanks!

    • Hi,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. Do try out and send me da feed back as promised. Later please pass on the link among your friends community. Take care.

    • Hi Akshara,

      I was not well for a week and so was answering almost all queries. But once i start putting up the recipes , i will not have enough time to answer the queries on time.

    • Hi Gayathri,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. Where do you hail from??????Do u know me? Please reply. Thu bareile paleleri gothashil shi dhistha.

  70. Thanks for sharing mouth-watering recipes. Will try some of your recipe will give u the feedback. I am happy since I could see someone from Udupi side. Since my mother was born and brought up from this place. Please share some of traditional food from South Canara. Thank you once again

    • Hi Jyothsna,
      I have put up many traditional dishes, but it’s a never-ending list. Please do mention a few recipes you’d like to see. If they’re already here, I can send redirecting links, else it will be an idea for a future recipe. Thank you for stopping by and for writing

  71. It’s a very well presented blog…I’m a food-lover and have already planned to try most of your recipes. Thank you for a wonderful collection! I see a picture at the top with white dumpling like things served with chutney and curry…could you please tell me what recipe is that?

    Many thanks,

  72. Hi Mrs.Rao,

    I love your recipes. You are so creative with your dishes. Most of your recipes are unique and till now I never failed trying your dishes.


  73. hello pratiba thank you or this wonderful blog. i love the way you present your ingredients in a thali. with technology today its amazing how much we can learn from being online. google is like my bible and in a way how many times i visit it. so often i forget how to cook something i have not made for long and wgen i google it – i stumble upon amazing blogs. all the best to you.

  74. dear pratibha, you have such a wonderful collection of indian recipes and that too healthy. one of the best food blogs i have seen on the web. i do plan to try out some recipes from your site. all of them look so good to me. still exploring your wonderful food blog.

  75. Pratibha Bhabhi,

    An unknown, paradise of food has been explored in your blog. Hats off bhabhi hats off! My mouth is watering so much that I am unable to control it from dropping down! I have instantly made it a point to visit your house, not only to see my friend KGL, but also to see you and taste the food prepared by you. I have shown it to my wife and she has all appreciation for you. I will ask my daughters in law to visit your blog

    The appreciating matter here is, the way of presentation in a lucid language with photos.

    once again Hats off to you, your sons, and your very much encouraging hubby, my friend K.G.Laxminrayan.

    • Hello Rameshanna,

      Thanx for ur encouraging comments. The blog is growing due to the encouragement of friends like you and also my husband and dear son and daughter – in law and also my fellow bloggers. Once again thanx a lot. Do pass on the link of the blog among your friends community.

  76. Hi Pratibha

    U r from Parkala. Well I happen to know the place coz both my children are studying at Manipal Institute of Technology and we do go there sometimes to visit them. The Udupi dosa is just one of our fav breakfast dish there and we never miss the opportunity to have one.

    I really must congratulate you on maintaining this blog. Your recipes and the pics are are all crystal clear and any person can follow it. To me it is a khazana. Keep up the good work.


    • Hi Tanusri Mukherjee,,

      Good to know you are familiar with my place “Parkala”. I am put up in Manipal. My house is just 1/2 K.M from M.I.T. on the main road just in front of Hotel Bhavani. Dosa is the main menu for Breakfast in any reputed restaurant here. Thanx once again and will upload a couple of oat recipes shortly. Bye for now. With regards and love to you.

  77. Mrs. Pratibha,
    Well to your name you do have a ‘pratibha’ for cooking/blogging. I have come across a variety of blogs on cuisines, but what makes yours different are the pictures at every stage. As it is always said ‘A picture is worth 1000 words’, this leaves absolutely no confusions if you are a beginner.
    As I was casually skimming through different cuisines, the oats rotti caught my eye and it eased my my usual worry of ‘what tomorrow for daughter’s lunchbox’. I am all set to make it tommorrow morning :)
    Warm Regards,

    • Hi Sandhya,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. Do send me da feed back on preparing the same. Also do pass on the link of this blog among your friends community. The blog is also there on the face book!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. Hi Chaitanya,

    Our apologies to you for the poorly structured website. We’re trying to improve the website, and we’re aware that searching for recipes is the most pressing need. In the meanwhile, do let us know what you’re searching for, and we’ll post it for you in this space.


    What you can do is –
    1. Go to the Recipe Index.
    2. Press the keys Ctrl+F or Ctrl+f
    3. Type a keyword in the small box that will pop up top-left or bottom-right and Enter.
    4. The word search will highlight related words.

    This is how I found the recipe you were looking for. Hope you enjoy it more than the search for the recipe !


  79. Dear Mrs. Rao,

    Post delivery i have been trying to lose weight. My dietician has asked me to include lots of fruits, veggies and oats in my diet. Was looking for Oats Upma recipes and stumbled upon your blog. Prepared it exactly you have suggested with very very little oil and VOILA….it was still tasting YUUUMMMMM.

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Would like to have recipe of Oats Dosa and Idli too.

    Take care.



  80. Dear Prathibha ji,
    Thanks a lot for sharing such exotic south kanara konkani dishes. Being in the US and hailing from the Udipi district, I’m so fond of this cuisine. Especially these days my cravings have been making me to cook what I had back home. Surpisingly your site showed up with this recipe of aavale saru that I’m made today. Your website a new one to me, and it has very nice Sometimes I cannot get all recipes

    • Hi Kaveri,

      Thanx a lot for ur fedback. Please do try out the other recipes of ur choice and send me the feed back. Do pass on the link of this blog among your friends community please.

  81. Dear Mrs. Rao,
    I am an American male scientist who has spent parts of several years in Bangalore and developed a love for South Indian food and cooking. Based in College Station, Texas, a university town, fortunately I have at least one good store with Indian supplies and I have a great Indian graduate student in my lab who has helped me a lot.
    Recently I have been getting into making idly. My student gave me an idly steamer for the stovetop and I have successfully made idly using a pre-prepared mix. Now I would like to make my own idly batter. One thing I am not sure about is how one is supposed to grind the grains needed. Do you do this by hand with a mortar and pestle or is there an electric grinder that you can recommend? A picture would be great!

    Thanks in advance for your advice. I love your blog. One of the great beauties of Indian life is COLOR of the cooking and food.

  82. Hello Mr. Young,
    You can use electric grinder- mixer. Soak three cups of rice and one cup of urad daal (BLACK GRAM SPLIT WITHOUT SKIN) overnight . Wash and grind using little water as required for the consistency of idly. Let it ferment for 12-14 hours well covered. After that your batter is ready to go into the idly-steamer.

  83. Thanks for your response. As far as I know, grinders that work on wet samples are not common in the US. All I have is a food processor, plus I have a coffee grinder that I dedicated to grinding spices.
    I have seen pictures of wet grinders on websites here…but they are all >$300!

    I have a mortar and pestle so I guess I could do it by hand.

    • Hello Mr Young….

      If you are still wondering about making your own idli batter….. I do it all the time using my blender (Oster)….. you might have to run the blender for a couple of minutes more than you would if you use an Indian grinder to get a good batter…..

    • Hi Pavani,

      Do try out the recipe and send me the feed back and pass on the link of this blog among your friends community too.

  84. Hello,

    I’m from bangalore and was amused to see ur blog.
    You have a large interest and u cater so well with such patience.
    thanks Pratibha

  85. hi mami,
    finally saw al ur recipies… its time to do pratically… i really mssed ur site these days… just love to try new things and make my parents happy when i prep it for them… thanks mami… will try it and make my husband happy…thanks again

    • Hi Nammu,

      Please do try out some recipes of your choice and send me the feed back so that it will be added advantage to the blog.

  86. Hello Pratibha ji !

    Your recipes are superb, so simple n easy to follow..

    Can you pls advice how many kgs of Basmati Rice would I need to make veg Biryani fr a group of 20 people…biryani being the only food…

    Thank u in advance.

    Navi Mumbai

    • Hi Sangeeta vyas,

      You can use around 6 cups of Basumati rice(any brand) around ( 1 and 1/2 K.G) It should be accompanied with a salad at least i suppose. Am i right my dear?? Just check and leme know if i am right.

      • Pratibhaji thanx a lot for the quick response…
        Oh yes..there wud b other food. Items (starters n juices) as well…actually its a potluck party and for main course – I have been asked to bring Biryani and one of the friends would be getting Raita… And so had a doubt…

        But now its clear…thanks once again..

  87. I tried your bread jamun and it came perfect. my kids love it. i am taking it to a party and I hope everyone likes it too. I like the way your pictures explained the steps. Sometimes it is hard to vsualize it. Thanks for your blog.

  88. Hi Prathibaji
    You have a wonderful blog, I live in Sidney British Columbia Canada. My husband & kids love home cooked food so I keep trying. I m from Mysore, your recipes are too good with pics & your parathas & salads are the best. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

  89. Dear Pratibha,

    Please accept my compliments on your blog. I live in Miami , Florida and found some really useful and simple recipes here .

    I recently launched the beta version of a new website http://www.masalaminds.com to be a helpful resource for individuals like me who’ve moved away from their home or are spending an extended time abroad or for those who’d like to experience how other cultures live: taste their foods, shop for their wares etc.
    During the next few months we will be launching our mobile apps, announcing promotions, contests, etc for members who write useful and informative reviews. It is evident how knowledgeable & passionate you are about food and I would like to personally invite you to review products and services you are familiar with to help our users make better buying decisions.
    While you are there, I would appreciate if you could provide your feedback about the site . You can reach me at nidhi@masalaminds.com.

    Warm Regards,

  90. wow what a blog..tried the capsicum aloo curry yesterday and it was mouth watering…came to check the rest of the blog today and it is a treasure. Thank you for the amazing work…I will have to decide what to try next.

    • Hi Anu,

      Do try out any recipe of your choice and send me the feed back and also suggestions to improve the way of presentation or anything else concerned with it.

  91. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your beautiful site. I have always enjoyed different cuisines with my favorites being those which are highly spiced and plant based. I can not wait to try your recipes. I am going to farmers market in the AM to buy a big basket of okra. I really like it and I see you have several recipes. Thank you again for the site. I hope to hear from you often. Jackie

  92. Hello,

    This is a really different post.

    I have been cooking few years back. I am not a good cook.
    Past 3 years I had a cooking help, as I was working.
    Now as I have come to US, I have to manage everything and soon I have to start working.

    I need some tips from you as how do you plan the cooking.. Also it would be great if you can share some easy but different kind of recipes which are quick but attractive.

    I always get confused when I invite even a single family of 4. I make mistakes and always in hurry to finish cooking before the guests come.
    I want to be social and want to invite people and want to make them happy with my hospitality.

    Please guide me..

    Thank you


  93. Gauri, thanks for the suggestion. For a while, I have been planning posts like these. I am glad some readers might find these informative and useful. I will put these in the next few days. Thanks!

  94. Thank you and God Bless.
    I am miles and miles away from home. I loved looking at the photos and remembered my grandmom and mom, aunties, uncles. I’m happy that I will try someday. If you have video or if you have them in any other website, then I will be happy to view them and keep a copy with me.
    Thank you once again.

    • Hi Kishore,

      i HAVE POSTED “Ragi manni” But Rice Manni will post in a couple of months for sure. The rice laddoo too will post soon. (preferably before xmas)

  95. Hello aunty I would love to hear from you and know about your culture and food.i hail from Australia but born in a small island from Fiji.
    My hubby is Indian from Mysore. I love Indian food.cooking is my passion. All your recipes are very authentic and detailed. It shows you are true lover of Indian cuisine. I love making new friends n talk about life as general. Share life experience.
    Anyways would love to hear from you.

  96. Pratibakka, thanks a lot for this awesome recipe. I prepared this for my son to take it to his bachelor pad :) office quarters shared by two. A fully equipped kitchen is there but they hardly have time to cook. Yes flax seed and curry leaves are good for health but how to get younger people to like it ? I just loved the step by step pictorial and easy language for your recipes. I just prepared alshee dry chutney following your recipe ditto and I was very pleased the chutney turned out very tasty.

    • Hi Anitha Nayak Kamath,

      Thanx a lot for your feed back which i really welcome. Please pass on the link of this blog among your friends community!!!!!!

  97. Hey! I keep coming across this blog everytime I search recipes with seeds! All your recipes look fantastic! Where do you guys get your seeds? Have you checked out http://www.eatseed.com? they have a great variety of organic seeds and at a good price. Check them out!

    Keep up with good work and posting tasty recipes!

    • Hi Cris,

      Thanx a lot for your encouraging comments. I am from India and get all seeds from our super markets there. Thanx once again for dropping in and commenting!!Bye bye

  98. i read u\your rava ladoo recipe . the part about frying sugar so that it crystallises is not clear. would have appreciated a photo of that step. also it would have been more correct to say make the ladoo instead of tie the ladoo

  99. Hi,

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  100. Hi,

    You have a lovely blog, Very nice recipes…I can see that its made with lot of love.

    Thank you for all your effort.


  101. Dear Mrs. Rao,
    I stumbled upon your blog when looking for version of fried/not quite pakhora cauliflower similar to what my sister-in-law has made. Your recipes are the first recipes that are similar to the type of Indian/Maithil/Nepali cooking that my in-laws make. I’m going to use your cauliflower recipe and see what I can manage.
    Thanks for sharing your wealth of food knowledge!

  102. Dear Ms. Pratibha

    I represent Hudson Canola oil, a brand recently launched in India and specifically suited to both Indian cooking and health. We are interested in extending a product sampling invitation to you and would like to request your email ID for the same.



  103. With havin so much written content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright infringement?
    My blog has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my permission. Do you know any techniques to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d
    certainly appreciate it.

    • Hi,

      I have been facing this problem since 2-3 years and my fellow bloggers inform me about it. I have also observed of late as well people not only copy it on their blog but some people have translated it into their local languages and published it in the recipe column too. Any way i can ot help and have to live with it.

  104. Too good a blog, the recipes are very helpful. Since I can that there are a lot of other food bloggers present over here, I want to share a piece of information. Well, I heard from a friend of mine that this multi – cuisine outlet in Koramangala called Yana Sizzlers are offering both non veg and veg combo meals at a slightly lower price. The offer is mainly valid for 6 or more people. The facebook link http://goo.gl/6OkBp might help you to get more details.

  105. Good Information. Thank you for sharing and I want to share information about Tandoori Chef2 which is An authentic North Indian, fine dining restaurant. Tandoori Chef offers Maplewood and the surrounding area a wonderful taste of Indian cuisine.

  106. Dear Pratibha,
    came across ur blog while net-surfing. I went happily crazy with Ur step-to-step pics. What a fantastic job. I need 2 contact U personally if its OK by U, could U E me Ur E ID or phn#.

    • Dear Mrs bhat,

      I am just sending you my email id as per your request. It is prathibalrao@gmail.com. You may just contact me through this itself and if you so need i will mail you my phone number too. Thanx a lot once again for your interest for having dropping by my blog and for commenting too!!!!!Bye for now and tc. Do reply please.

  107. Having read this I thought it was really informative.
    I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this content together.
    I once again find myself spending way too much time both
    reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth

  108. You actually make it seem so easy together with your presentation however I find this matter to be actually something which
    I feel I might never understand. It kind of feels too
    complex and extremely large for me. I am looking ahead in
    your next submit, I will try to get the cling of it!

  109. Wow, amazing blog!! I really like the pictures of all your recipes…I am going to try these. I am pregnant and craving for some good indian food. Thank you! My parents will be visiting here in the US in a month, but till then your blog should save me :)
    BTW, I am from Bangalore too :)

  110. Hello Pratibhaji!

    I’m from California, USA. I make our Indian food everyday and try to find different varieties in food to introduce to my kids. I liked your recipe blog. Very neat and easy to follow recipes with pictures. I liked your presentation as well. Reminds me of home
    Thank you for your time and efforts that you’ve put in this blog and helped a lot of people like us in discovering different ways of cooking.
    Keep up the good work.

    Warm Regards,

  111. Hi Prathibha,

    I am from South Canara and studied in Manipal. Recently, I found some Jambu nerale ( Java apple) in Bangalore after looking out for them for nearly ten years. I wanted to find some recipes to make good use of it and stumbled into your blog. A great blog !


    • Hi Sreelakshmi,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. We have a huge tree and blooms in plenty during its peak season in April-May and really very Delicious and sweet too!!! We sometimes eat it afresh and also prepare juice which simply resembles some what like the sugar -cane juice!!!!!!Sorry for replying late.

    • Hi Rossy,

      Thanx a lot for your encouraging comments and do send me the feed back if you try out any recipes from this blog.

  112. hello mam… am an engineering student and am planning to do a small rss feed application for windows phone.. by surfing i jus came through your blog.. so if u permit me can i make your blog as a windows phone application?

    • Hi, I am not a tech lady and do not much about it. So will i be at any benefit/loss???????Only if free i will approve your request.

  113. full free mam.. its just a mobile application so that people may also follow your blog through mobile phone as an app..benefits may be there as people may download the application and follow ur blog but sure that tthee won’t be any loss

  114. Hi, I was looking for a Poha & Oats upma recipe this morning & stumbled on yours! Thank you for the wonderful recipe
    enjoyed making it & it is delicious. Will go through your blog more leisurely.

  115. HI Rajendran ganapath,

    Thanx a lot for encouraging words. I hope to continue with my work with all your blessings and wishes.

  116. Thanks a million for your blog. Accidently came across looking for spicy Chutneys. I am from Mysore and love the spicy chutneys. None of the restaurants I have visited in San Francisco Bay area – they do not serve hot and spicy chutneys, for me. So I make myself and always look for newer recipes. You have a wonderful collection in here and love them all. If you have Karyapak Chutney – would love try some. My family (mom and aunts) used to make this one. Mostly same spices with lots of Karyapak, Red chillies and Tamarind. I am vegan by choice and try all sorts of Karnataka veggie food.

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