About Me

First things first - this baby (blog) was originally named : "Itsnotmadrasi.blogspot.com" , and with social media not accepting the 'not' in the blog, got christened to this present name. 

Madrasi sounds so familiar! Have seen it in use, right from describing your domicile being south of Vindhyas to being abusive to refer to actions your ancestors should shy away from...
So to all my friends and to-be-friends: Madrasi is supposed to refer those from the city of old-name Madras and now called Chennai. And you will be politically wrong (and also geographically), to refer any other southie (as mod mumbaikars refer those south of Worli as well as to those from states of AP, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu) as Madrasi. 

But more importantly, you will still be wrong if you think I am from Madras (oops! chennai).. well, am from Bangalore  and a migrant to to India's commercial capital ! While being an ex- Learning and Development specialist fed my wallet till recently (or so I hope), Bangalore's bylanes (esp Jayanagar and its erstwhile food joints) still evoke warmth and happy memories. 

Further, classical music, hearty food and great conversations fill my heart. As do binge watching movies / TV serials featuring George Clooney, Harvey Specter (please don't just ask me who that is!!) and many other drama / thriller series. 
I am Kalyani. Married to a foodie who can sense the ingredients just smelling it, my kitchen is one place where all elements - panchabhuthams- come together (yes, incl the "H"). Incidentally Panchabhoothams mean "The Five Elements", while the Bhootham (another meaning - ghost)refers to the "H" (my better half-fondly nicknamed "S" throughout this blog) !! The guinea pig list got longer with the two kids who sample (and critique) most of the fare dished out - which is healthy, (mostly) vegan, definitely delicious and healthy - all at the same time. As a family, we try to minimise use of sugars and refined products to a bare bare minimum. So, although you may not find a sugary, syrupy cheesecake or a frosted cupcake here (really?! - yeah :P), the USP of this blog is to make everyday food healthy and  conscientious (and tasty, of course). 

So this blog is to record interesting (which can also mean basic) recipes for all of us to read and share. And just to educate all those on the culinary sensitivities and differences in not just plate (cutlery style oscillating from 'so-thought' melamine to stainless steel pathram , etc) but also in palate.So depending on what ingredients were locally grown to seasonal veggies, the recipes were developed. With distances shrinking and migratory patterns of humans increasing in area to cross-community / religion marriages, recipes have evolved.
To pun on southies, the owner of this blog has the kapi-right... And you guessed it! Coffee is pronounced Kapi in Tamil Nadu and filter coffee preparation and taste, strength and flavour is different from the TN version to kerala's to Kannadigas to andhraites...

And to those who are in the know, my pet peeve is to call "Sambhar saadam" as "Bisi Bele Bhath" (or vice versa too - ouch, that hurts!!)
Cinnamon and Cumin, Rosemary and Rasam, Chole and Chowmein -we truly belong to the global food wagon.

So now, wake up and smell the coffee. The beans will be spilled, right here...
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