namaste, hello & welcome.
i am dassana. my name means “search for insight” ( many readers ask me the meaning of my name and hence i have mentioned it).
i have done my post graduation in education. after working as a high school teacher, i quit my teaching career and joined the corporate industry where i worked as quality analyst & trainer for some years. web development happened when i quit my corporate job and i took a keen interest and learnt a lot about it.
i started this blog in feb 2009. i left my full time corporate job before i got married and a year later, i started to blog, not because i wanted to, but due to a lot of insistence from my husband, amit. he encouraged me so much and this blog was created.
initially i just wanted to document the family recipes, but later the blog paved for me to try various recipes from different regions of india and different countries. i was a hobby blogger from the year 2009 to 2010. then for about 1.5 years due to personal and work commitments, i could not give time to blogging and hardly blogged. beginning of 2012, i started to blog professionally and became a full time blogger.
i am amit – a computer engineer by profession. i have initially worked in telecom companies as a programmer. i was involved in my own work and professional commitments and in my free time worked on the blog. once my professional commitments got completed, i joined the blog full time in 2013.
while dassana works on the recipe development and photography, i work on the technical aspects like web design, development, server maintenance and content promotion of the blog. together we both work on content creation, recipe selection and social interactions like emails, comment threads, social media. its a lot of work and we are always short of time but not of ideas. thats why if you have been a regular visitor, you will always see some changes happening on the blog.
apart from blogging, we both are into meditation and occult teachings, having a strong spiritual background. there are many spiritual masters and books which have inspired us on the path. we get a lot of emails about our religious background. we personally don’t believe in caste, creed or religion. for us humanity is the only religion.
cooking is one art that is deeply instilled in dassana. as she has done her graduation in home science, she got professionally trained in cooking as well as baking & confectionery. she was trained both in indian as well as international cuisines. whatever she know about cooking, baking and confectionery is thanks to her training in food science, food technology, nutrition & dietetics as well as the cooking classes she would have every week.
most of the recipes are in step by step pictorial format. they are easy to understand and relate too. all the recipes are tried and tested in our kitchen. the recipes in this blog are taken from our families. some are traditional indian recipes. some recipes are adapted from dassana’s home science notes & various cook books. some recipes are the ones which dassana has created and developed.
beginning toward the end of 2012 dassana was on a vegan diet. she had to resume a vegetarian diet due to some hereditary health issues. we also have a family which is not vegan and we cook vegetarian food for them. we do make recipes with organic dairy products like organic milk, organic paneer and organic cheese.
about food practices & habits: even before we started to blog, we would buy organic and this habit has stayed even today. all our grocery stuff is organic produce from grains to sugar and flours. we even purchase organic vegetables and fruits. we cannot get all the vegetables & fruits organic in india. but we do buy whatever we can. hence you will see fewer gourmet fruits or imported vegetables recipes on the blog. we buy local vegetables and fruits to ensure that this supports the farmers of our country.
we always prefer home cooked food whether its making a simple pizza or a loaf of bread. we believe in cooking with fresh ingredients which are easily available. we do not use any processed food like ready made purees, spice pastes, ready to eat stuff etc in our cooking. as a result we have sound health in our family. we do not fall ill or spend any money on the doctors. eat healthy and stay healthy is our motto.
about cooking: cooking is an art. there is science too. a perfect cook combines the art of cooking with the science of food and adds his/her love to the food… right from the preparation to the finale. the inner feeling also guides us in the process of cooking. the colors, texture, flavors and aroma also inspire and fuel our creativity when we cook.
the recipes on the blog are good as well as tried and tested and may be sometimes unique as well. if you are looking for something new, than this website is a place you should visit again.
about indian food: indian food is diverse as well as vast. there is so much variety that we bet one cannot find such a massive variety in any country. from simple everyday recipes to complex recipes, from a basic dal to a rich biryani, from a light meal to a full thali meal. there are thousands of varieties of food that one gets in india. not to forget the sweets and desserts too. yet another indian culinary delight is the indian street food.
the recipes are also markedly different pertaining to the different regions. the north indian food is different than the south indian food. then there is the rajasthani, gujarati, maharashtrian, goan food – which forms the western belt and the central belt – the bihari, agarwal, awadhi and lucknowi cuisine which is again very different. in between there are parsi, east indian, sindhi and iranian flavors too. not to forget the north eastern states as well as kashmiri cuisine. so welcome to the land of indian food.
about photography: the styling and photographs are all done by dassana. till the mid of october 2011 we were using nikon camera for taking the food photographs. we use canon eos rebel t3i in october 2011 with EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens & f 50mm f/1.8 canon lens for all our food photographs. dassana is not a professional food stylist and this part does get reflected in her photos. hence some of her food photos are weirdly or “differently” styled than what is generally the norm or what you see in the web or food magazines.
initially when we started the blog, the pictures were taken from a mobile phone. already, we have updated some of the older posts with new pictures and we keep on updating the older mobile photos with the new camera pictures. so the upgradation of pictures on previous posts is an ongoing process on this blog.
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