About Us

about us:

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.

about the blog: this blog is a vegetarian blog with vegetarian and vegan recipes. mostly indian but some world cuisine as well. there are some baking recipes as well.

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.

comment policy: you can share your experience related to a recipe or give your suggestions or feedback. we reply to most of the comments or queries we get on the blog. if you leave a spam, rude or offensive comment, they are automatically deleted. the comment system has been enabled this way.

food bloggers, please don’t add events and promotional links in your comments.

advertising & revenueour blog is monetized for ads. so your views and the clicks helps us earn some money, which eventually help us in running this blog in terms of server costs (which is very expensive) and the cost of other programs/software. the blog receives 2,006,469 pageviews  and 821,048 unique visitors per month (as on Sep 2013). to keep such a high load of traffic going, we pay for expensive servers and programs. other reason being we have a lot of pics hosted on the servers and they take up considerable bandwith. also not to forget all the hard work that goes in selection of ingredients, recipe testing, developing, photographing and writing the content.

promotions: please do not send us any promotional or marketing emails for your product. we don’t do any product promotion or advertising.

copyright: all the content and images on our blog are copyright protected. please do not hotlink to the images or content. also please do not  republish our content or use our pics. in case you want to use our images, then write to us at the email address mentioned below.

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You can contact us by writing to us at vegrecipesofindiaATgmailDOTcom. 

{ 813 Responses }

  1. neha says

    Hello Dasanna and Amit,

    This comes from a new bride who moved to a new country and who has absolutely no knowledge of cooking… Thank you very much!

    I cant believe I can make parantha’s, paneer and bake my own bread at home(considering i’m just a two month old cook :P)… I feel so comfortable entertaining guests and trying out new dishes… Thank you for instilling this confidence in me

    Your blog is like my mum teaching me to cook

    Lots of love from Germany

  2. Jai Trapti says

    Loved your site and hard work put in .. Congrats .. We (Me and my wife) are vegetarian too and loved your site, presentation and simplicity of content.

    Would love to see mobile app for the same, as most of the time we use mobile.

  3. Mala says

    Dear Dassana and Amit,
    congratulations on your wonderful website.Such hard work and dedication should bear positive fruits.Best wishes to you both.This is my go to website for all my cooking; Especially when i have guests!Living in a small Canadian town,everything has to be cooked at home and mostly from scratch,I am truly grateful for your clear step by step pictorial tutorial and directions.
    Thanks and regards

  4. gauri says

    Dear Dassana,
    first we want to thank you for such a wonderful site.
    We can understand,You have taken lots of efforts for it.
    The steps with pictures are the best.

    I never thought cooking can be so easy.


  5. kartika says

    hello dassana amit your website is amazing but since I m a beginner I wanted to from where should I start cooking I have tried dal but my problem is that of how much salt should I put .because this is only problem I m facing can u help me out wid this.thanks

    • says

      welcome kartika. usually for 1 cup of dal, i add roughly close to 1.5 tsp of rock salt. what you can do is first add half tsp of salt. when the dish is made then check the taste of dal and keep on adding little more salt, stirring well and then tasting. this way slowly increase the salt proportion till you like the taste. slowly you will get the knack.

  6. shiny paul says

    hi Dassana
    Thank you for creating this blog.. It is simply amazing. Tried most of your Chinese recipes and all of them were super delicious..
    Veg recipies of India simply rocks. Keep on posting more recipies.. going to try chaats n sweets.
    Stay blessed.

  7. Pratiksheet says


    I have seen your posts. They are amzing. I wanted to know if can I use them to repost by crediting you? :)


  8. Nikhita says

    This is my new favorite cooking website – I’ve made a few of your dishes already and have gained confidence as a cook. I am excited to try many more. Thank you!

  9. Lavanya says

    Hi Dassana,

    You are really awesome, I am from Bangalore and working IT .I am a non vegetarian,I love cooking but due to lack of much knowledge on veg items .I used fail while trying Veg items.But Your blog Is like light in the darkness, Blog helped me a lot in preparing veg food.

    All the items tried here have come out very tasty…..my hubby is very happy :)

    Thank you thank you so much ………..

    Lavanya K

  10. Mina Patel says

    what can I say? Perfact darshana. very very impress with thw way you have all your recipe.
    never seen like this. God bless you for your hardwork.

  11. Prathima says

    Your website is really good. The best part about it is pictures. Each and every step is added with a picture. I am picture person so this idea is really brilliant. Not only just giving a try of the recipe we also know how the outcome of the dish should be. Thanks for all your time and effort.

  12. Tricia says

    I have been exploring cooking Indian dishes in my kitchen since last year. I just discovered your website and love it. So many dishes I would like to make and try, I don’t know where to start! Thank you for this wonderful resource.

  13. ABI says

    Also do some articles on indian pickels \ fermentation methods , the kind of things put on sun over rooftops in gujarat.

  14. von Braun says


    i discovered your blog today only and allready tried two recipes, thank you very much!
    do you have tips how to reduce time spent in kitchen? Like recipes that could be made in advance and stored to be eaten later on?
    I don’t know, like pickles, frozen meals (if the tase remains still good, dried meals (i liked the idea of yur sundreid potatoes for example!) etc…Are there indian breads that can be stored?
    Thank you very much

    • says

      thanks von. as per the indian ayurvedic tradition, food has to be freshly prepared and consumed. but nowadays due to many things, cooking at home from scratch is becoming impossible. there are some indian dishes that can be made in advance and then cooked later. eg rotis or parathas (whole wheat flat breads) can be faintly cooked (not browned) on a griddle till the dough just about cooks and then frozen. when you want to make rotis or parathas, thaw them and roast with oil or ghee till golden. you can also make stuffed parathas this way. also potato tikki or patties can be shaped and then frozen. veggies and dals change a lot in their taste & flavor if refrigerated. its always best to consume then fresh. some snacks like khakra, mathri, sev and sweets like whole wheat flour ladoos, sesame laddos and besan ladoos stay for a long period of time. in fact most indian fried snacks which we call as farsan stay good for a number of months.

      • divya says

        Hi amit n dassana

        Congratulations on your fantastic blog. This blog is just such a pleasure to look up. To be honest, this is the first place i look up for any recipe.

        Living in One of the smaller towns in canada, i need to be my own chef, server, n guEst! My husband loves flavourful n nutritious food n being ardent vegetarians, this is a perfect place. Thanks n keep the great work going.

        Ps i want a good palak kofta recipe… any chances of doing one?

        Cheers n love,


      • von Braun says

        Good morning,

        Thank you very much for your reply.
        You are absolutely right about the advantages and better taste of fresh cooked meals.
        I’m allways searching for healthy solutions for spending less time in the kitchen…
        God willing i will try your suggestions, thanks again.
        I hope i can find these recipes in your blog.

  15. Zulekha Begum says


    I am regularly following this this. Keep up the good work.

    Can you please tell me the authentic Gatte ki Sabzi recipe. Every website has different style.

  16. Abhay says

    Wow so much of dedication and hard work . Your recipes make so many people s tongue to drool. I am dumbstruck with your dedication — hats of to you both Dassana and Amit

  17. Ujwala says

    Hi Dassana and Amit,
    Superb site…i just love to cook looking at this site.
    The pictures are wonderful which just encourage me to cook .
    I dnt have a lot ok cooking habbit at home, after marriage,my mother inlaw takes care of the kitchen mostly.
    But whenshe is away ….i take charge …and my only hope is “Veg Recipes of India”
    I can find any recipe on this site…all are unique, tasty and wonderful.
    They way you show and write each and every stpe make me feel”is that it ?thats so simple” :)
    You are doing a great deed and make feel like a wonderfull chef already …
    tahnks a lot :) and keep going ………..

  18. Vrushali says

    Hello Dassana and Amit!

    Hope you doing wonderful. I must say all the recipes looks easy and tasty. I have tried few recipes from you website and they were amazing. I am 21 weeks pregnant and everyday I feel like eating something different. Thanks to both of you everyday i try new recipe from your website. My husband and friends are really impressed with my cooking now dayys ;-)

    Keep it coming the good recipes.

    God bless you both

  19. Vasu says

    Hi Dassana and Amit,

    What an awesome couple you guys are! Thank you so much for this mouth watering blog. I have become your die hard fan. I try your recipe almost everyday. I don’t consider myself a great cook, but thanks to you, now I am.
    I have a question. In some of your recipes you have mentioned condensed milk as an ingredient. What can I replace it with? May be sweetened coconut milk? I am a vegan, hence this question. Thanks again!


    • says

      welcome vasu. thanks for sharing your kind words and positive feedback. you can try coconut cream. but it might work in desserts but not in baked goods. basically it depends upon recipe to recipe.

  20. Vaibhav says

    Hello Dassana and Amit, I want to say that as an avid cooking fan, I find your website to be the best and finest ones for Indian-Veg recipes. I specially admire the way you guys introduce the dish, followed by detailed pictures (the pics can alone make or break appetite and give strong will to cook the dish) and step by step procedure. I have so far made Biryani and Paneer65 (I think that was the name) from your blog and whoever tastes these or even sees picture of what I was able to make (through whatsapp etc) is mightily impressed. Cheers to your good work. I wish the best for you guys – Vaibhav

  21. njoy says

    Hi Dassana ,
    Thanks for all the efforts you have put to explain each recipes step by step along with the photos. Its really helpful. I have a query on heavy cream. I am unable to get heavy cream in near by stores .. so we make heavy cream at home for whipping in cakes?

  22. VIRGINIA says

    Hallo Dassana, came across your recipes by chance, and so enjoyed putting your ideas into practice, I would appreciate if I could subscribe to your site, via e-mail, and for you to kindly send over some of your recipes. I am diabetic, ALSO if you could include some recipes for those of us who can enjoy your recipes. Many thanks, and continue with the great work. Kind regards, Virginia

  23. KP says

    Hello Dassana and Amit, Yours is one of the two blogs i have bookmarked and always come back to whenever i feel like cooking something.. I’ve tried cooking a lot of your recipes and my wife feels very happy whenever i cook some thing new ! I particularly liked the chhole recipe, tawa pulao and also loved the paani puri recipe !! Keep up the good work…
    And Amit great job with organising the blog and the pics – they are really very nice.
    My sincere thanks to both of you for helping me become a better cook!!

    KP, Bangalore

  24. Kanchan says

    Hi Guys,
    I am so happy to have found your page.
    I work in Jakarta, Indonesia and find it really difficult to conjure up recipes very now and then. Your recipes are super easy to follow and require basic ingredients, its a blessing; especially for me, living in a foreign countries where not all Indian spices are available easily.
    My sister lives in U.S and we regularly follow your page and exchange our experiences.
    Great work you guys keep going!! All the best!
    Also if you guys could post recipes of molten lava cake, red velvet cake, rainbow cake (eggless of course) it would be of a great help!

    Thank you.

    • says

      welcome Kanchan. glad to know that recipes are helping you in cooking. good to know both of you are regular checking the blog. i have noted down the recipes request and will try to post them soon. happy cooking.

  25. Mrs.Pooja says

    Dear Dassana and Amit why don’t you both blog like this for Non-veg recipes also.
    Your veg recipes blog had helped me a lot and improves my cooking ability as well specially in veg. I would like you to start with non-veg recipes also with step by step images as shown in the veg section.
    I think it will help more to be expert with non-veg recipes also.


  26. Clare says

    Hi Dasanna and Amit,
    I am really glad to have discovered your website. Being English and not familiar with making Indian food from scratch, I find the step by step pictures really useful. What a lot of work you must put in! My partner, who is Bengali, loved my (your!) Chana Dal, so thank you very much :) I’m looking forward to making many more of your recipes, especially as I am trying to eat more of a vegetarian diet.
    I also like reading all the comments here, there’s a lot of love on this site!
    All the best to you both,

  27. susmy nair says

    Hi dassana,

    When it comes to leaving a comment im very lazy! however took the effort coz i really love this site especially the pictures which guides me correctly, not to mis out on small details like medium flame or low flame! u turned me in to an “experimental chef” at home whose maximum dishes turns out to be a success!! All thanks to You & ‘vegrecipesofindia” site..

    Big ThankYou! Keep up the good work :)


  28. Anil K says

    After i moved to onsite location, i have google’d for food recepies more than i google’d tech stuffs. Finally i found this and had to visit and visit and revist….continuing…I have tried some recepies and they were amazing.

    Thanks for this awesome and creative website. Dassana really makes awesome and delicious food and Amit you really make this website worth visiting.

  29. says

    i really like your recipe’s especially the panner butter masala one.just loved it.i also made these.turned out good but were a little hard.Also i am 15 years old and i also want to blog.so it would be kind of you to help out on how to go about these thing.thanks. :)

  30. mahi says

    your site is just awesome.. glad to find … will follow it from nw on.
    what i like … is your photographical tutorial. that what i was looking for and i found you…
    you are really hardworking.. GOD BLESS U WITH PEACE AND HAPPINESS..


  31. RupaMahesh says

    Hii amit and dassana … all the recepies are awsome… can you order for an android app which makes easier to navigate through the website. I learn most of snacks from your blogs…. thanks a lot

  32. says

    Hi Dassana,
    I have been looking at your blog and trying out recipes for quite a while now, but the last couple of weeks, its been a real life-saver. I have had to cook without onion-garlic which I am not really used to, and been referring to your blog as soon as I wake up each morning and breakfast to dinner happens from here.
    Thanks a ton for all the effort your have taken. Your recipes work so well. Made the poha dosa yesterday which was really spongy and delicious. Looking forward to trying many more.
    Thank you once again

  33. rajeshwarishalabh says

    Hi Dasaana Amit.. I just love love this blog. And the recipes actually inspire me to cook as well as click. Now I dont need to search for various sites. Your blog is a one-stop solution for any recipe I want. Thanks guys.. keep up the good work.. and keep guiding novices like us. :-) Much love!

  34. sowmini gopinathan says

    few months back only i discovered your blog. seeing those recieps, i feel like cooking. now i’m passionate about trying new recieps. i’m a pg student and am staying at hostel. whenever i come home i try one of the recieps and everyone enjoys it. being a south indian we have never relly tried north indian dishes at home.and now i have started exploring them.home-made vegetarian foods are always healthy and more tasty:)
    both of you are doing a good job!! thank you so much for this blog:)

  35. shwetha says

    Also one suggestion there ! In evenings i often end up wondering what i could cook out of the ingredients left at home(i’m new to cooking and am a working woman). it would help us great deal if we are able to pick recipes out after choosing the ingredients available (say, onions, tomatoes, potato and we get a result of recipes that includes these ingredients)…i understand this would require a lot of tweaking at a software engineering level … but just a suggestion if u could include..

    • says

      shwetha, your suggestion is good. but you are right it needs a lot of tweaking which is beyond our technical expertise. we are compiling pages of veggie recipes like gobi recipes or methi recipes. so that you can find all recipes with one veggie in one place.

  36. shwetha says

    Hi guys!

    I came across your website when i looked for a paneer recipe. Your blog is inspirational in a lot of perspective.. Be it at a cooking perspective or photographic or software engineering or at a writing perspective and most importantly even at entrepreneural perspective.
    This blog and its idea and the whole world around it seems just so complete!

  37. Rajesh Joshi says

    Hello Amit & Dassana, congrats! you both have done a wonderful job. Loved the photos,they are really mouthwatering. I am especially commenting on photos as I am also an Advertising photographer. I have done lots of packaging jobs. My warm regards to both of you and looking forward to many more mouthwatering recipes and photos.
    Rajesh, Thane, Mumbai.

  38. Sherin Hojoh says

    Hello Dassana ,i accidentally came across your site while browsing for some recipes.From then on iam a regular visitor .Your recipes are simply superb .photography is excellent too .please keep sharing and keep up the good work ..

  39. says

    Hi Dassana/ Hi Amit,

    Your site is really nice ! I am a Gujarati and getting married to a Kannadiga. So I was trying to learn all Karnataka recipes and I came across your site !
    The cuisine classification, the small small important instructions are superb !
    Thanks for sharing your knowledge !


  40. NIKHIL says

    Thanks a ton guys i started baking recently, i always wanted to bake but thought it was tough. I do not like smell of eggs and when i was searching for egg less recipes online i found u guys. and trust me i have been baking for last 3 days and really enjoying it . its my girlfriend birthday on 11feb and i am going to bake for her … thanks a lot guys

  41. ina says

    hi dassana,
    i recently got married and after a lot of quarrels about not knowing how to cook, i found your recipes and have started cooking at least one meal a day… yours is by far the best and most realiable… you dont take prior knowledge for granted and so it means a lot to people like me who have just started cooking.. now i visit almost everyday and my marriage is being saved:)

    • says

      ina, good you shared your experience. now onward i will be more careful while writing a recipe and will add more basic details on how to cook a recipe. please feel free to ask any query about any recipe posted. thanks for your positive words and i was touched reading your mail. my prayers are with you and i wish you all the best for your future.

    • Dr. Natasha S says

      Hi dassana! Love, love, love your blog.. :*
      Your recipes are so wholesome and turn out so delicious.. I’ve tried quite a few and my admiration just keeps increasing by leaps and bounds.
      The efforts you put in to simplify the recipes for amateur cooks like myself are truly worthy of applause. I love the write up too.. adds a warm, homely touch and your pictures are so beautiful and inviting.. I can almost taste the love that has gone into preparing the dish. Hats off to you and your hubby for creating this wonderful blog.
      Most importantly, thanks heaps for your detailed instructions and for painstakingly answering all queries.. You are a culinary rockstar ;)

  42. mannu says

    hiii… i’m a software tester and technical document writer .. u know everyone has says that i dont know cooking even i aslo think so. But one day randomly i visit ur website and find it more interesting and then i started to cooking ….n the best thing is that now my mom says “acha lag rha hai itni young age me tuje cooking karte hue dekh kar”…thanks guys ..thanks a lot! :)

    • says

      hi mannu. its nice to read your comment. nothing better than getting appreciated from one’s mother in the cooking department. cooking will definitely help you in the longer run. wishing you all the best.

  43. Rayeesa Abdul says

    I had tried 1 of ur street food recipe masala puri( made with grean peas pulses) and my family loved it. As i thought wil visit ur site again to try dat same recipe but… Cant find in ur site anymre. I searcd a lot! So i wud appreciate if ur cud find 4 me or post it. Thanks and wil b waiting for ur feedbck soon!
    Thnks once again!

  44. vs says

    Thanks so much for putting together this wonderful website. It has made learning to cook away from home very fun and tasty. And you have absolutely every Indian dish I could ever hope to make. Nothing can beat mother’s recipes, but my new “mother” has many awesome recipes too :) Thanks again!

  45. Sharmi says

    Great work guys !! Until I ran into your blog, I was not much of cook and mostly ate takeout. Your blog helped develop my interest in cooking. I am now a regular visitor to your blog.

    Your recipes are detailed and guide me step by step. I print your recipe and use it when i am cooking. I really appreciate you taking the time to personally respond to everyone.

    A feature request I have is to have the ability to receive notifications when dassana replies to my comments.

    • says

      thanks sharmi for sharing this positive feedback. glad to know that recipes are helping you. this feature was there before but you will receive an email notification for every comment posted on that post. since many people didn’t like it so we removed this feature. we usually reply to comments in 24-48 hours, unless very busy.

      • Sharmi says

        Can you make the feature optional? Maybe a checkbox that asks for whether you want to receive email notifications ? If they check the checkbox, they can receive notifications.

        But even without that, I am a regular visitor, so i get to view your replies.

  46. Spice Chicken says

    Hello beauties, I am a longtime reader commenting for the first time after reading about the individuals behind this blog. Thank you for delicious and healthy recipes. Namaste.

  47. Stephan says

    Thanks so much sharing your experinence. I have fallen in love with the Indian cuisine during my 6 month stay in India many years ago and still addicted to the Indian kitchen. It’s so inspiring what you show here, incl. the perfect photos and description how to prepare. Thanks so much and keep on going.

  48. Radha says

    Dassana…Your name is as incredible as yourself…Im from Mumbai and i look for different recipes all the time.I just happened to stumble on your blog..Amazing recipes that have been explained beautifully…i felt really happy..I have tried a few recipes and they have turned out well..Also i really appreciate the pains that you take by replying to each and every comment..god bless and keep posting wonderful recipes.May god bless you.Thanks

    • says

      welcome radha. thanks for this sweet and encouraging feedback and also for your blessings. since readers take time and effort to write comment and share their experience, so i respond to their sweet gesture by replying to their comments and also answering their queries… so that readers can make the recipe better.

  49. William says

    Thank you very much for the great recipes! Your site is very comprehensive and has great, easy to follow recipes. My wife, 4 children and I are going vegetarian and your site has provided us with a wealth of recipes to make vegetarian fun, flavorful, and very filling. I am so happy that here in southeast Texas we have a local Indian grocer where we can find all the ingredients we need. I look forward to trying all your recipes!

    • says

      welcome william. thanks for sharing this sweet feedback. good to know that you are becoming vegetarian and the website is helping you in cooking. feel free to ask any queries on recipes.

  50. Dr Snehal Sharma says

    hello dassana
    i m happy happy to say ur blog is a wonderful guide.
    Step by step everything is explained tht no one can miss anything
    I have tried many recipes n all have come out good
    thank u soo much

  51. Pedro Enrique says

    Just like to say ” Love the recipes” And have commented before.. I,ve looked and looked for a recipe that uses a lot of tomatoes but cannot seem to find .. Can you help with any suggestions please. Thank you Pedro

  52. says

    Hi Dassana,
    I come from Durban South Africa, from a 1.2million Indian population that came here over 150 years ago. I have cooked since I was 8, professionally since 1994, and as a chef for the past year.
    Recently back in South Africa after a 1 year Journey through India, I have had the most amazing Food Adventure.
    My biggest challenge has been to recreate some of the amazing meals I experienced, in homes, villages, restaurants, cities – amongst the rich and the poor.
    it’s been a challenge.
    But I must give Gratitude to you.
    Your efforts in this blog are phenomenal.
    You truly do honor India and all our ancestors.
    Your spice combinations and flavours are as authentic as anything I’ve found.
    This site is my first stop when I’m looking for a recipe.

    • says

      namaste philen
      although you stay abroad but looks like you an ancient soul from india.
      your comments touched us and thanks for writing such a beautiful and loving feedback.

  53. Dr Vanditha Pai says

    Hi dassana,
    I really think ur blog is absolutely fantastic.I have tried a lot of recipes from ur website. I started with veg dum biryani which came out to be very yummy n turned out to be my family s favourite. I must say the pics of recipes u post are really tempting and inspire me to cook it asap. Thank u.

  54. prabhjot singh says

    Dear sir/madam
    you guys are doing a great job. thanks for sharing your countless experience and recipes with us.
    I just want to know the difference between dry, instant and other kind of yeast.

    • says

      dry yeast also called as dry active yeast needs to be activated in a warm water + sugar solution.
      instant yeast as the name implies is instant and need not be activated in warm water + sugar solution. they are added directly to the rest of the ingredients.
      fresh yeast need to be activated in a warm water + sugar solution.

  55. Dr. Usha Kamat Sharma says

    I am so enchanted with this blogsite.
    I am a 69 year old semi-retired Clinical Research professional who loves to cook and try new recipes.
    I too am a Mangalorean, who in my time succeeded in convincing our families to allow me to get married to a Punjabi (unheard of in those days!!! lol, :-))
    I love the recipes because I miss Mangalorean cuisine, and was never really taught Punjabi cuisine. I had to pick up everything on my own. Hubby was always cooperative, and uncomplaining which very perversely made me determined to master Punjabi cooking for him :-) I had always wanted the recipe for Punjabi “poodas”, and thank you very much for this.
    Please keep up this good work, and know that you are truly appreciated and have a loyal following.
    Dr. Usha Kamat Sharma

    • says

      thanks dr usha ji for this kind and sweet comment. i can understand how in those days you must have convinced your family. it must have not been easy.
      i am glad to know that you found out the punjabi pooda recipe. thats a favorite in our house, especially in the monsoons. like you too now i have mastered punjabi cooking, but i always prefer to go back to my south indian, mangalorean and goan food. so i make them often and the punjabi food takes a backseat :-)

  56. Gauri says

    hi dassana, thanks for this informative site and mouth watering recipes.
    can I know cream that you use for icing of cake is from which brand? I mean which is best brand available to get best results?

    • says

      welcome gauri. i only use amul cream and not used any other brand. so can not say which is best cream. the result is not like icing made with whipping cream. but not bad too. i am satisfied with the results of amul cream.

  57. says

    This is Shilpa Chaudhary from Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi’s Ofc. (Minister to Women and Child Development)

    I would like to speak to you regarding a partnership between You and People For Animals.

    People For Animals organizes events and recently we are planning for a big event related to 300-500 different types of Rice and Rajma’s.

    Please give me a call back or give me your no so that we can talk in detail.


    Shilpa Chaudhary

  58. Laurie Mrvos says

    I feel that I have hit the motherlode of recipes. My husband and I are vegetarian, and wanted to add Indian cuisine to our arsenal of recipes. I admit to being intimidated, but have been looking for sources to enable us to get started. This is a beautiful and very educational site, and I feel I could get lost jumping from one recipe to the next. Thanks for putting such care into your work. I know I will be spending a lot of time here.

    • says

      welcome laurie. nice to know that you want to include indian cuisine in your diet. indian cuisine has lot to offer in terms of vegetarian food. do try some recipes and feel free to ask any query. thanks for your sweet feedback.

  59. zelma says

    Thank you for your recipes, your page is brilliant. It would be nice if you could add some tips how to veganize non vegan recipes, of course where the veganization is possible :)

  60. piyush omar says

    Hi to both of you, Amit and Dassana. A very good initiative by you Amit that you encouraged her to write a blog on food and that to Indian Cuisine (Vegetarian). I am so much happy to find this blog, as for a quite long time I have been looking for a website where I can find step by step and the uses of it and their purpose. I think it wouldn’t have been possible without Dassana’s knowledge into food science.
    Good Work

    • says

      thanks piyush. reading your comment made us feel that we are rewarded more than the effort we have put in this website. positive feedback, appreciation and love from readers is driving this website. thanks to all of you.

  61. Medha says

    Hi, love your blog. It would be great if you can add “pin” button to all the recipe pages, as otherwise I have to every time go on pinterest page and manually add a pin for your recipe. I know you have a pinterest page too, but the blog makes it much easier to read, search, and pin your recipes.

    It’s encouraging to know that Amit left an IT career to join the blog full time! I happen to be an IT professional too, and have been mulling over changing my career to something in food or farming. :)

    • says

      thanks medha for your kind words. pin it button is there in all images except the first image. if you don’t find then let us know and we will have a look at the issue. food is a big industry and there are many opportunities there. many IT people have left their jobs and are doing blogging full time on various topics of their interest and expertise. what is important is to blog about stuff which you are passionate about and have a very good knowledge. because to blog you have to read, experiment and learn a lot.. so its important one loves the topic about which we blog.

      • Medha says

        Thanks for a reply Dassana. Regarding the pin button, now I noticed it _under_ the first image (e.g., ragi dosa recipe page), but I don’t notice it on any other images on the same page. I use Linux or Android platforms and Firefox or Chrome browsers.

        • says

          welcome medha. on our laptops and android devices, we can see. but cannot test on linux as we don’t use it. it must be the plugin’s compatibility with the operating system.

  62. Sakshi says

    I read ur About Us column. Impressed! i’ll surely hit the ads so that the Blog continues forever and ever! its jus amazing! Kudos to both of you..!!

  63. Keerthana Ramesh says

    I am a terrible cook. But everytime I have tried to recreate a dish from this blog, it ends up tasting like something out of 7 star kitchen. Thank you so much!

  64. Narender Gaur says

    Hi Dassana & Amit,

    Very clean and nice website. I would request you to kindly publish the ingredients at the top of recipe instead at the bottom as this will help us following the recipe correctly.



  65. Kari says

    Hi Dassana,

    I was wondering if you ever though about putting your whole site into a book! I would pay fifty bucks at least to have a resource like this…I prefer paper copy to have in my kitchen but I know the ebooks are so popular these days and can allow unlimited pages. I guess I could print it out. I am an american wife to an indian husband and I need a lot of help with ensuring I get meals on the table that is healthy for my family. Your recipes hit home every time and remind me of menu items that my own mother in law does. Please let me know if anything like this is in your near future!

    Many blessings,

    • says

      thanks kari for your positive feedback. i do agree what you say about publishing the book. the issue is that in hard copy step by step photos can not come with great detail and clarity… as step by step images have to be squeezed. ebook is a good option and we might go for it, provided if we get a good techie/company for doing it…. what ever we do, we try to give our best.. no point charging people money for a mediocre work. so we have postponed the book idea for some time now.

  66. Sharmilee says

    Your blog is awesome. I love how you have descriptions for each recipe and explain why we do what we do. The pictures are also excellent.
    I was never interested in cooking, but your beautiful blog made cooking a pleasure for me now. I now print out your recipe and cook a different dish every time.
    Thanks so much.

  67. Ashwini says

    Hi lovely couple,
    Your blog makes people craving for food :) The best part is that its like an encyclopedia .. you type any vegetarian dish and boom your blog pops up. I appreciate all your efforts that has gone into making this lovely place for food loving people :)
    For people who are away from India and missing the authentic foods your recipies truly manages to bridge the gap.
    Keep up the good work as there is lot of us out here looking forward for more from you :)


  68. jasneet says

    Hi Dassana ,

    I follow your website very closely and i absolutely love your recipes.
    If you could however, specify the exact amount of salt you put in your recipes , i guess i would not mess up an otherwise balanced dish .

    • says

      thanks jasneet for sharing positive feedback. its very difficult as people have different taste for salt. there are different types of salt. i use rock salt which is less salty than table salt or iodized salt. thats why i don’t mention it. because salt preference varies from person to person.

  69. Sirisha Ganugapati says

    Your recipes and tips are very good..and helpful indeed.I loved the bharwan bhindi & shahi rabdi.

  70. Avantika says


    I am an Indian girl pursuing my PhD in Germany, which is why I have to cook for myself. I never cooked before I came here, and don’t really like the whole concept of spending hours cooking, but I am a big foodie. I started looking up recipes when I got homesick and I have loved all the recipes of yours that I tried! They are simple to understand and make, and that is good for someone like me, and it is so obvious that you have put so much love into them. Thank you for teaching me how to cook. My mother and boyfriend are really happy :D

    • says

      welcome avantika. glad to read your positive feedback. if the blog is helping you in cooking then it is doing justice to its purpose and name. happy cooking. feel free to ask any query.

  71. Shubhada P says

    Happy New Year, Dassana & Amit! May this year bring you health, happiness & prosperity.
    Please keep up your good work in the new year. I am sure your recipes help a lot of young people survive & then excel in the cooking area. I have a marriage age daughter & I will surely direct her to your website when she needs to start cooking on a daily basis.

  72. Swati says

    Hi Dassana,
    Advance wishes for New year..
    I really really like the receipes prepared by u. Each tym I prepare a receipes I open the veg receipes of india webpage on my mobile phone.
    These are just yummm…
    Do u have any book published by u. I would like to buy if there is any.
    Keep up the good and yummy work on.. :)

  73. Ancy says

    Hi Dassana,

    Really want to thank u for this amazing website wit ur super amazing recipes!! Have tried many of ur yummy recipes and they r a hit at home among family and friends!! Of course the credit all goes to both of you guys. Thanks a lot once again and keep up the good work! Just a request if you could post some soup recipes.

  74. Asmita Bhagwat says

    I want cookies receipe for diabetic mother-in-law.
    It should contain soya floor, wheat floor, makai floor and honey.
    It should be eggless too.
    Will u give me proportion of cookies useful for diabetic persons, which is healthy and cholesterol free.

    • says

      it would be difficult to give the exact proportions as baking is all about trying and testing recipes. i have had a couple of cookie disasters with some experimentations. a suggestion would be to avoid honey. as honey gets toxic when heated. many baking recipes contain honey. but according to ayurveda, honey should not be heated. would suggest to use a fruit base like apple sauce or pumpkin puree instead of honey. you can search on google and you will get some diabetic friendly cookie recipes. adapt the basic recipes as per your requirements and experiment. once you get the knack then cookie making will not be difficult.

    • Karen Loro says

      I am reading about the diabetic cookie request .. Try cooking with xylitol ; tastes like sugar , but very low carbs. ( cookbook is available on Amazon written by an RD). I also substitute plain nonfat yoghurt for 1/2 the fat in all cookie recipes and they turn out great .. can also substitute rolled oats for 1/2 the flour in all cookie recipes.
      I love this blog !!! We eat aryuvedic much of the time .. the healthiest food on the planet . thank You for your lovely site……

  75. Lezley says

    hey u guys ! Amit and dassana , i urgently need your help on this …..i am looking to get Black cumin seeds and i always end up with kalonji at the store all the suppliers i have ended up with , are taking me for a ride i need to know where i can avail Black cumin seed ..if u guys can help me the dealer or genuine known location where i can get the real deal i.e organic black cumin seeds i will be ever so greatful to u guys i am from Bombay ……………….need your advice asap.. my num to call emailed to u on your email address

    • says

      Lezley, kalonji is generally referred to as black cumin. i think you are looking for shah “jeera” (in hindi) or imperial cumin (in english). shah jeera you can find easily in any good shop or in super store. organic is little tricky to get but try fabindia or try organic section of any good super store like hypercity, big bazaar or try online websites of “24 natural mantra” or “down to earth” or fabindia. i hope it helps.

  76. says

    Hi Dassana,
    Browsed through many of your recipes and they look very yummy. Special Thanks for sharing. I have just started blogging few months back so still learning.Do visit my blog and let me know how I am doing.
    Keep up your good work and keep in touch.

  77. Sukanya says

    Hi Dasanna and Amit
    I am a student and have just started to cook. I have always loved home cooked food and I hate eating junk or outside in restaurants. In foreign, people mostly eat outside unlike Indians. I have to manage both my studies and avoid eating out. This site has helped me a lot. Your recipes are almost the same as my mom’s and for this reason I love your blog so much. I miss home food and now I am excited to cook all the home cooked indian dishes.
    You guys are amazing. I love the enthu of this blog. Keep it up!!

    • says

      thanks a lot sukanya. i very well know how it is when living outside and when one has to manage one’s cooking, studying and living alone. i can relate. do try the recipes. most of them are homely. some are restaurant kinds also, but you can always enjoy home cooked restaurant food :-)

    • Masoom Raza Rupani says

      I had always hated non veg food. Even the eggs. Being a muslim there was non veg at least once in a while and I would be really unhappy.
      I used to cook myself once in a while but there always was mix ups.

      Now I hope, I would transform into a good chef(though only for myself for now).

      Though I am yet to navigate your full website but it seems it lacks north east, oriya, Bihar, Lukhnow and Mughlai tags.

      Would love to see some updates on this.

      All my good wishes to you for your wonderful work.

      Masoom Raza

  78. Smitha says

    Hello chef,
    Its a fantastic blog on cooking must say. Plz add the link for Karnataka recipes on the side bar( under Indian cuisine). It would be then much easier for people who love Karnataka food.

    Thank you.

  79. Vignesh Karthikeyan says

    Beautiful work Dassana and Amit.. I am very new to the blog and i have been following it on a daily basis for the last one week. Very interesting. This site will be the second thing i open when i come to office every morning with the first one being my mails. Keep posting. Inspire others to cook. And you guys are doing a fabulous job.. Thanks :)

    • navjot says

      Awesome Dassana…. i am far away from my family in opposite time zone and i was finding cooking so difficult and calling home every time was not a option but thanks to your website cooking is fun and easy too….again thanks alot. May be uploading videos will be also be a good option for all of your fans :-)

      • says

        welcome navjot. glad to know that blog is helping you in cooking. thanks for sharing this positive feedback and for your suggestion. may be in future i will upload some videos…. as right now, no time to make recipe videos. happy cooking.

  80. Subhajit says

    Hi dassana, i am following ur blog for nearly about one month now…. u ppl r doing a gr8 job……. thanks for making cooking so easy…..

  81. Ansuya says

    I love your website so much and I have tried most of your recipes which come out well and tasty. Keep it up.
    I would like to suggest to include recipes which will stay for more no of days say for 4-5 days, especially when we go in the train and to pilgrimage when some elderly family members refuse to eat in restaurants and eat mainly fruits.

    Thanks once again for this wonderful website.


    • says

      thanks ansuya for the feedback. in an indian climate, its difficult for food to stay for that long without a refrigerator. but there are foods which stay for a week to month. but most of them are sweets or snacks like ladoos or fried snacks. already i have added quite a number of snacks and sweets that stay long without a fridge. but food like lentils or veggies do not stay long.

  82. Sari says

    Dear Dassana,

    Hope you are doing well. I really appreciate your hardwork and dedication . Your pictures are excellent . Recipes are clearly explained through steps. Really love it. Now I am a regular viewer of your blog.

    I love cooking. I am a working female from Qatar. I am a hobby baker and cake decorator too. We are non vegies .Epecially my hubby and son never encourage any veg dish ( especially south indian recipes )..But now story changed :) . Since I started cooking with your punjabi veg recipes , I have completely changed their food habit .Now , i take non veg only once in a week :) . Main change was in pulses intake. We were not eating any pulses before. Now rajma, black eye beas, dal and all are a regular dish in our home.

    I have a small suggestion dear. In the step by step picture notes , If you can add quantity of ingredients too , it will be really appreciable. So , unless someone need to print out the recipe , no need to scroll down to see the original recipe. Its a humble request from a lazy female :)

    NB: Please add me to your weekly mailing list

    All the best …

    • says

      welcome sari. big thanks for this positive feedback. the suggestion and feedback matters. we don’t give ingredient quantity in step by step photos because if there are lot of spices then the list will become confusing.

  83. Sneha Sudeep says

    Dear Dassana and Amit,
    Kudos for putting up such a fantastic blog!
    Dassana, your recipes are not just mouthwatering, but a sheer reflection of how heart put into simple food can make all the difference.
    The clarity you give on each step of cooking, the precision of ingredient quantities mentioned for each recipe also shows your honesty. Your work here shows how spiritual you are. Its so obvious and encouraging. People like you cannot go too wrong :)

    Amit, hats off to support Dassana in her endeavours. With a backbone and support like yours, you as a couple will go a long way. Numerous blessings on their way for the kind and good work you both are doing, teaching people how to spread smiles through cooking…. Not just cooking… Cooking with simplicity and all heart :) :) :)

    God bless and All the very best!

    • says

      sneha, a big thanks to you from both of us. your positive feedback was really motivating and touching for us. i must also say that you are a natural writer. looks like ma saraswati blessings is with you.

      • Sneha Sudeep says

        Thank you both for the wonderful compliment. I, just like you, put my heart n soul in everything I do or say. When the intent is pure n divine, people will see divinity in your work.
        The lord has been just too kind to me for allowing my thoughts to reach wonderful people like you.

        Thanks again n keep up the brilliant work. There’s something personal I’d like to share with you, So please expect a mail from me soon :-)

        • says

          so true sneha. your words ring a bell in my heart. do share and you can write to us. since i get a lot of emails daily, i may take some time to respond. but i will respond. thanks once again sneha.

  84. Mansi Gupta says

    Hello Dassana and Amit,

    Loads of lovely and yummy recipes i must say, really happy to find this blog, even my brother has started going through it due to pictures (he lives alone in Baroda).
    Could you suggest some veg BBQ recipes other than paneer tikka, I have an electronic BBQ and its just lying idle.

    • says

      thanks mansi. already there are quite a number of grilled starters posted on the blog. you can easily make them on the bbq. we will add some more. but we will have to use oven as the method of grilling, since we do not have a electric bbq. but you can make the same in your electric bbq.

        • Mansi Gupta says

          Would also recommend a search bar dedicated to this blog through which we can search the desired recipes, sometimes I don’t know where to find a particular recipe.
          for eg. If I am looking for mushroom recipes, then I will have to go to curies, veggies, snacks individually to check all the tabs for recipe, but search bar will definitely ease everything. :)

            • Mansi Gupta says

              Thanks Dassana, I found that, but it takes to google search, which sometimes is not at all related to this blog.
              Also, I am unable to find the Canon recipe, few people were complimenting it. :) wanted to check it out.

  85. Shushruta says

    hello dassana and amit,
    I love your recipe blog. I do browse through lots of recipe blogs but I keep coming back to yours as I find this very homely reason being simplicity and pictures. whenever someone visits me I try out new recipe from your website and that has given me lots of compliments. The credit is all yours.
    About the picture – they really add to the experience and cannon t3i is best. Thanks a lot for sharing all the recipes.

    • says

      thanks a lot shushruta. you have got a nice name :-) the credit is yours as you do all the cooking. with the pics and step by step, we illustrate the recipe. but finally the credit goes to the person who is making the recipe :-) agree so much on canon.

  86. J K Tank says

    શ્રી દશાનાજી,

    આપના તેમજ આપના પતિદેવના નામ પરથી આપ ગુજરાતી હોય એમ લાગતા ગુજરાતી લખી રહ્યો છું. આપનો આ બ્લોગ ખરેખર એક વ્યંજનની વેબસાઇ્ટ કરતાં પણ અલગ તરી આવે છે, લોકો તેનો લાભ તેમજ સ્વાદ માણતાં રહે અને આપ આવી જ રીતે પીરસતા રહો એવી અદ્મય ભૂખ સાથ જય શ્રી કૃષ્ણ!

  87. anuja says

    hi dassana i just loved this site….i love and enjoy cooking…today i tried the besibele bath and the banana choc mousse…it wos awesome….i have become a big fan of this site…i am gonna try lots of recipes from here…
    thank u so much for designing sucha site for house wives like me..
    all the best…

  88. says

    Hi Dassana, I wanted to tell you how much I love this site. Having gone back to my vegetarian roots this past year I needed some great Indian vegetarian recipes and this site is a fantastic source. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

  89. Shilpa says

    Hi Dassana (beautiful name!)
    Thanks for your recepies. I tried your kaju katli, paneer makhani and naan recepies and they turned out to be perfect! Good job in being detail oriented and particularly sharing knitty gritty dos and donts for each preperation. Thats what speaks about your passion and knowledge for cooking.

    I suggest to include some recepies for babies and toddlers (5 months till 3yrs; i know you have some for kids) that will be quite nice. I just believe you can do it!!

    • says

      thanks shilpa for the kind comment and feedback on the recipes. some readers have requested for toddler recipes. i will be adding a few. i have some in the drafts and i will publish them soon.

  90. Cynthia says

    Hi Dassana :)
    I have visited a lot of blogs and food websites , but none of them has been as good as yours’ . Thank you so much doing such a great job .You have no idea how horrible i am at cooking :D But now i finally can learn to cook simple dishes :)
    Keep up the good work .
    Cheers !

    • says

      thanks cynthia for this sweet feedback. if you keep on trying your hands in cooking… then you will become excellent in cooking. keep on trying and learning. we all learn at some stage in life.

  91. amrithapani says

    Hi Dasanna,

    I love your site and all my friends are you blog addict now. I have a small suggestion. Could you please categorize your recipes according to vegetables also? I never used to know how to cook lauki but I learnt this from your blog. So it would be nice to have a section for each vegetable and its recipes.
    Keep up the good work and thank you.


    • says

      thanks a lot amritha. earlier a few years back, everything was categorized as per the different veggies, fruits etc. later we deleted all of them as it had become too confusing. we are looking into some softwares that can automatically tag or categorize the recipe.

  92. Rahul says

    Hello Dassana, Amit:
    Thank you for all the efforts you have put into this blog, I am a Bachelor and you guys have really helped me out in starting from scratch and learning how to cook.
    Your recipes are great and simple at the same time also well explained, Keep up the good work.

    I have a request, if you guys could come up with a post regarding Grocery Shopping for a month, i.e just a list of all the things that you could buy from a Grocer for a month, as I am a novice at this and I try to shop for all the things but most of the time I see a new ingredient in the recipes and have to go out and buy that before I could make that dish.

    Hence it is my humble request if you guys could help me and other such novice’s out there, as I do not have that much knowledge about every single masala/condiments/spices/beans etc

    All in all you guys are doing and extraordinary job, good luck for your future endeavors.


    • says

      welcome rahul and thanks. we have got a few request from readers on the list of spices, pulses, monthly groceries etc. we are thinking of doing this and will update in the future.

  93. Aruna says

    Hi Dassana,

    I also love to cook and think that cooking is an art and science. You need to cook from your heart and the food simply tastes very good. That’s why the prasadam offered in say Udupi temple or the langar in Amritsar and in other similar places tastes absolutely divine.
    Your site has lovely recipes and clear precise steps. Fantastic work!!
    I am from Andhra, however traveled across India. Every region has a special recipes suited to that climate typically. My husband and I both love having good food at home. I have always been a vegetarian and I really think that it helps in balancing one’s energy.
    Sorry I can keep going on….

    However I really think your site is fantastic and the recipes are great too.

    Thanks for all the effort and good work!
    God Bless!


    • says

      hi aruna, so much agree with what you say about the temple food. i have had the fortune of getting temple prasad in many temples across india. i so very well can relate to what you say. vegetarian food does help a lot. thanks for positive comment. means a lot to us.

  94. Aneeshya Monteiro says

    Hey guys,

    First of all, I am a huge huge fan of this site, I love all your recipes. Kudos to you guys. The main attraction of this website is , Its hassle free , I want to know whether you have an app for the same site in android?. Please do let me know.

  95. says

    Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained.
    – Maurice de VlaminckHi Mam ,

    I am Gayathiri Madheswaran Working here in UAE as Engineer.My Parents are in Tamilnadu.Your website teached me many Recipies so i am Surviving :) . Lot of applauses from my Colleagues. Thank a lot . I wish you all success

  96. SuriS says

    Dear Dassana,
    Kudos to you for putting together this wonderful blog and such appetizing pictures. I’m not much of a cook, but post marriage I’m trying my hand at some of it. Your recipes have been very helpful and I look forward to cooking more with them. You should think about starting a cooking class/workshop, if you haven’t already. I’ll be in line to sign up. :) Thanks again. Happy Cooking!
    Best, SS


    Lovely recipes. Keep up the good work.
    The logical extension of the blog is to have an outlet, i.e. a restaurant, where we can pay to sample your mouthwatering food. Think about it!

    • says

      welcome amitava. thanks for the appreciation and the lovely idea. but website recipes, suit us more and we are able to reach more people home than via a restaurant. we want people to enjoy cooking good food at home.

  98. says

    I recently got retired from Haryana Government from the post of Chief Secretary to the Government of Haryana.

    I intend to set up a Food Processing Unit at Ambala Cantt (Haryana). I am keen to have
    a personal meeting with you to discuss certain important matters.

    If convenient please give me your mobile no.

    With warm regards,

    Ashok Jain

    • says

      ashok ji, glad to know about you. we have no experience in setting up food processing unit. so i am afraid, we won’t be able to help you. although we have received such request before also. we wish you all the best in your venture.

  99. Dhiren says

    Hiya! Greetings from Canada,

    I really wanted to thank you guys for making this amazing site!

    It is very refreshing to see a recipe blog that provides step-by-step instructions with pictures, unlike other sites that I have used in the past. I also enjoy the background information that you include with your recipes. Furthermore, I love the overall format of each post (info, steps with images, ingredient list and a mini version). Lastly, I have a suggestion: please have a “Donate” button or a mini form. This way people can contribute to the site even if they don’t necessarily click on the ads or have an ad-blocker on.

    Site bookmarked.


    • says

      thanks dhiren for this lovely feedback. we appreciate your consideration to help the website.
      honestly speaking, we believe that law of karma balances everything. we believe in sharing our best and the good results follow through. also, in internet world, things are free. although it is not fair with website owners… but thats how internet works. we also surf so many websites on different issues but click only on those ads when we like the advertisement and it should be that way only. otherwise, if someone is clicking on advertisement, just to give the website owner some business, then he is not fair to the person who is paying for the advertisement. so feel free to surf website without the obligation to click on any ad. because internet is working like this only. and in the end, only fair money is good money.

      about the donation, right now the website is self-sufficient financially. so we don’t want donations from readers.. as their love and encouragement is motivating us. in fact, we have got this request from few more readers. we are still thinking of adding links of few websites which are into NGO or social issues. so that instead of donating money to us, readers can donate to these organisation directly.

      lastly, if you still ask what can be done in return, then you can share the website link with your friends or just send good wishes.
      thanks again for writing such a considerate comment.

  100. Ishwinder Sethi says

    Dear Dassana ‘n Amit,

    For this huge hard work and making life of people simple. I will love to buy a cook book, please publish one. And if its already published please share details. I am single man, I love cooking ‘n then eating after seeing and trying recipies given here. Thanks again ‘n keep it up.


    • says

      Welcome Ishwinder. Your comment is motivating. God willing one day we will publish the recipe book. Many readers are asking for it. Hope for the best. Till then you can find the recipes on the blog.

  101. Surpreet says

    Thanks for putting up such an amazing and helpful recipe blog. I am getting married within a month and I am cent percent sure, your blog is gonna save me life post wedding!

  102. Violetsid says

    Hello Dassana, Amit:

    I am unable to post a Q/comment for a recipe I need to make today [yes, “need” :)]. It is the Begun Bhaja Recipe, there is no option to leave a comment. I hope you get this in time, although I think I know the answer, want to know if you tried with brad crumbs? Thanks,
    Viloet S.

  103. Debarati says

    I really like the way your blog is presented, especially with the pictures and the plating is beautiful. A neat and attractive plating is must and you guys are bang on. Your recipes are really well explained.
    I would like to make a suggestion , is it possible for you guys to develop an app with your recipes? I find cooking/ recipe apps very useful, and I am sure many will agree.
    Keep blogging :)

    • says

      thanks debarati for your positive feedback. honestly speaking we have been wanting to make an app from the last 6 months. but the app softwares are very expensive and also we are not getting time to develop an app. somehow something or the other comes in the way. but we do have plans to make one. i even studied so many softwares, but not yet got the time to sit and develop an app.

  104. Shubhi says

    Love your blog guys! I have tried many recipes from your blog and totally fell head over heels over the outcome….All the best guys!!

  105. champa says

    Hi Dassana,

    Requesting you to provide some nutritious and yummy food recipes for my 2 yr baby who is very picky eater.
    Also if there was a way to search recipes within this website it would be very helpful.


    • says

      the recipes can be searched from the google search tab right on the top right hand side. its visible on the computer, tablet and mobile. can you see it? you can type the word and get the recipes which have been posted on the blog. will try to add toddler recipes.

  106. Jiji says

    Hi … I wanted to thank you for all the efforts you put into the blog.. I am raised in the US, my parents are from Kerala and got married to Punjabi… The recipe you put up on Kadhi was spot on.. I have never eaten this dish growing but read that it was popular dish in North India…. My husband and his family loved the dish and I am on to exploring other recipes… Also love the step by step pictures, which allows me to ensure that I am doing it right.. Its real thrill to wake up during the weekend and surprise my hubby and my family with a recipe I discovered on your blog..
    Cooking is a way to someone’s heart… And you guys have shown me to do this easy without failing at it.. Thank you

    • says

      its feels good to read your comment. i agree that cooking is way to someone’s heart. glad that your family appreciated the kadhi recipe. i know how it is when you are raised up with different cooking background and get married into another one. the change is too much at times and one slowly need to get adjusted. thanks again and do try the other punjabi recipes as well.

  107. Rajashri Ghosh says

    Hi dassana. How are you?? Did you guys have fun on navratri??
    I know I’m writing to you after a long time but the good news is my birthday party was a huge hit, khaman dhokla, babycorn jalfrezy, Punjabi kadhi, fruit custard, butter paneer all were super duper hit. :-)
    Thanks a lot dassana for the easy beautiful recipes, without your help I would not gain so much praises. Thanks, thanks a lot. :-) :-)

  108. Amrita says

    hi..i wanted to say thanks for all the recipes on this blog…i lost my mom a month back..she was an amazing cook.. n now i try to cook like her..i refer to your blog very often for new techniques and recipes..i am sure my mom must be so proud of me..
    thanks a ton…keep up the good work..

    • says

      welcome amrita. your mom will not only be proud but also happy for you. its dream of every mother to train her daughter in cooking and house hold work. moreover her blessings will always be with you. please feel free to ask any query about cooking.

  109. Jim says

    Hello! Greetings from Seattle, USA.
    Found and cooked your recipe for cabbage upkari today. I had not known this dish; so charming that it was a favorite school tiffin.
    It was delicious; thank you for sharing. I look forward to exploring more of your site. Best wishes and cheers!

  110. U.P says

    I have tried a number of your recipes (chole/daal/paneer tikka/besan ladoo) and am very impressed. You make me want to cook again! Your instructions are so clear to understand and the pictures are beautiful. I am planning on making the Veg Biryani for Diwali and am really looking forward to it. Thank you for this website and for sharing your recipes. You are awesome!

  111. Sandhya Dwivedi says

    Hello Dassana,
    I found your site while looking for recipes.Its amazing and fulfilling all my requirements of variety of recipes. I am also a vegetarian so your site and recipe is really helpful.I am really glad that you thought of putting your recipes online.i am going to try each of your recipe starting with hummus…..yummy:P.Thank you so much:)

  112. Anuja says

    Hello there!

    I am a newbie into cooking but simply in love with your blog. The way you write .. it makes everything so simple. I have tried your Palak Biryani and it was a great hit! Not to forget the simple Vanilla ice cream recipe. Least to say, your blog inspires me to cook every time I visit it!

    Thank you so much!
    Stay Blessed! :)

    Much Love,

  113. says

    Hi Amit,

    I was just surfing your blog for the first time to find out how you are popular than us :)
    You are certainly doing pretty good. Awesome and mouth watering pictures. Good job.

    Found one small bug and wanted to share with you. The world Cuisine link on main menu does not work. It is missing the blog’s domain name. You may want to fix it.
    It points to:

    • says

      welcome anil. thanks for your positive feedback and pointing out the error. i have corrected it. i wish you, all the best for your blog which is very well designed and maintained.

  114. James Pereira says

    Hi Amit,
    Was going through you blog. Can you let me know where I can get melon seeds in Bangalore, as I intend to make the Navratan korma using your recipe.
    Appreciate your site and also the way it is presented.


  115. Poonam Kaur says

    Hi Dassana and Amit,

    I was searching some quick recipes for my puppy, and came across this website accidentally.
    Trust me I had no interest to read anything, however, Dassana’s attractive and creative photography pulled my interest and I read a lot of recipes and about you. You both are an inspiration. Your sure going in my “favs” :) Thanks for making this website.

    Poonam Kaur

  116. Aarthi says

    Hi there
    I visit ur site v regularly cos here the recipes are simple but the best part I like is the step by step pictures. Very useful.
    Can u pls add a list of school lunch box recipes? I have two kids, so everyday I have to think of something that’s healthy, not too hard to make, not too liquidy, and most important of all, which they ll like to eat. I browsed through the net but wasn’t satisfied by what I got. I hope u add many such recipes.
    Another suggestion I ll like to make is if I want to leave a comment, I have to scroll down to the bottom of the page, and sometimes the page is too long. So maybe u may want to shift the comment box right in the beginning of the comments section instead of at the end.
    I would like to express here that it’s really nice of u to read and comment on your readers comments. I haven’t seen this in any other blog. Makes us feel special that u actually care for us and can take out the time to write back despite your busy schedule.
    Much love

    • says

      thanks a lot aarthi. i already have a section on tiffin recipes. i just need to place the link on the pages. i have to include many recipes in this link and will add in a few days. here is the link – http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/recipes/tiffin-recipes/. i suggest to have a combo of main food nutrients for tiffins which means include carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals. so best to have combination of rotis/bhakris or food made with rice (eg poha, idli, dosa) along with protein packed food (eg sprouts, dry legumes sabzi, ie rajma, urad dak, chana dal sabzi, paneer etc) and some fruits or raw salad vegetables like beets, carrots.

      thanks for the suggestion on the comment box. i will see if its applicable in the layout.

  117. poonam says

    hello dassana and amit
    I love your website. you guys encourage me to keep trying new recipes. I think I love both of you. I get so much positive energy from you two. stay blessed. trying your dal fry today.

  118. Vandana says

    Hello Dassana & Amit,

    Thank u so much for all the recipes u have put together in this blog. It simple to understand. I belong to Kerala, but grew up in Delhi. My mom is not really into cooking. Hence i never have a good idea about south Indian cooking. My husband on the other hand grew up in Mumbai yet loves South Indian food.

    I had a terrible time balancing the sambar masala and the tamarind etc (lol). I was literally petrified to even enter the kitchen. Also, I dont like to flip thru the cook books. Thats when my friends suggested me to go thru blogs, and here i am.

    So, once again, thank u both of you. Thanks a lot Dassana for all those delicious recipes.

  119. Shefali Dastane says

    Hi Dassana and Amit,

    The blog that you have put together is simply awesome! From accessibility point of view, its very user friendly and recipes are simply mind blowing( and mouth watering ;) ).
    I am from a Hindu South Indian family where its taken for granted that cooking comes naturally to a girl. However, as I stayed in a hostel for 6 years for my graduation and post graduation, I ended up in a difficult spot when I got married 3 months back. I was clueless about cooking. But, Google lived up to its legacy and I came across this blog! I have tried couple of recipes and I am gradually believing that I am not that bad a loser in cooking as I perceived myself to be :).
    However, I do have a request to make. As I have just started cooking, quite often I do not have the ingredients for cooking. Also, I do not have the correct utensils at times. Could you please write up about the common ingredients( spices, veggies, etc) and commonly used utensils that needs to be at ones home. I am very excited about cooking now, but being a new bee, I need to update my toolbox accordingly :). Looking forward to your reply.

    Best Regards

    • says

      thanks shefali for this positive and encouraging feedback. while running this blog we realized that many girls nowadays learn cooking after marriage. might be because there is so much pressure of studies and career building in current time. many readers have requested about a post on common ingredients used in kitchen. but i am not getting the time… as it will take a lot of time to prepare such a post. will keep this request in mind. happy cooking.

  120. Yvonne says

    I am Dutch vegetarian loving Indian food and I love your blog! The recipes are tasty but also very clearly presented. You guys are obviously very devoted. Keep up the good work and thank you!

  121. Harsha Ch says

    Dear Dassana and Amit

    I have visited your blog several times but never actually read about you guys. I am totally impressed by the amount of dedication and hard-work you guys have put into this blog; and not to forget it completely shows off :)

    Please keep posting some salads, soups recipes too. My husband loves fresh and healthy food items.

    Good luck to you guys.


  122. Theck says

    Guys: Your website is my never-fail resource for veg recipes, and every single one of them has turned out beautifully, which makes me keep coming back!

    Dassana, thanks for all the effort you have put into blogging these detailed recipes, and keep up the great work. The pictures are lovely to.

    I’d like to suggest a couple of things: if you have a weekly newsletter featuring new recipes, I’d love to get it. And second, have you considered creating an app?

    • says

      thanks theck for this positive feedback. i have added your email to the weekly recipes newsletter. we thought of making the app but could not get the best solution. although we have web app mode for iphone.

      • Theck says

        Sadly I am one of those non-Apple users (although I like to eat them!). I see Tarla Dalal site has an app for food, but it’s not that great. Well, on the web it is! I will make the effort to visit your web page because I really enjoy trying out these recipes!

  123. Ramesh Vasudevan says

    Dear Amit & Dasanna,

    This is such a great work you guys are doing & no words are enough for that. Amazing site & mouthwatering recipes. Special mention for the photographs.

    Keep going guys. God bless you :)

    Gonna try some of the recipes tomorrow. Thank you guys.

  124. Vinay Desai says

    Hi Amit and dassana,I’m really glad that I got this blog I bookmarked it now to learn new recipe for my weekend. I was searching for best n simple mushroom recipe which I found here.. I tried those recipe and at home everybody liked it.. Thank you so much for making this blog.. I’ll be trying other recipe for next weekend.. Thnx n regard Vinay D.

  125. Subha says

    Dear Dassana,
    The recipe of Malai kofta was mouthwatering and so were the pictures. If you have time join the facebook group ” Epicurean delights” You will meet some amazing people all over the world who make delicious food. I have posted a link to your blog there, simple cause i love your page. Keep going !

    Much love from US

  126. Gauri says


    Such a wonderful site, I can’t wait to try out all the recipes! I am newly married and I was looking for a unique khichdi recipe as my husband doesn’t like khichdi but I love it, and I’m glad I found your palak khichdi recipe. It’s great that your blog features soo many vegetarian recipes from different parts of India. It will come in handy for me especially bc I am Marathi & he is Gujarati and I will be learning to cook both types of food :)

  127. anju says

    Amit plz tell me which is rice is perboiled rice. I found so many recipe blogs for Idli and Dosa, on every blog including your blog used perboiled rice. I usually use kesar kali, chand tara, double horse rice. In these varieties is there any perboiled rice. plz tell me.

    • says

      parboiled rice is rice which have been half cooked in their husks and then pounded. they are called as ukda chawal in hindi. basically adding them to idlis make them soft. for dosa, you can use regular rice. parboiled rice, gives a softness to dosa. i suppose the names that you have mentioned are brands and not the names of the rice. atleast double horse is a brand. double horse has parboiled rice as one of their rice varieties. so you can check.

  128. Rajashri Ghosh says

    Hi dassana and hi amit. I’m Rajashri. I was just randomly looking for recipes and found your food blog. And I just love your blog. It’s awesome. I will definitely try your recipes but I have a question regarding dhokla. I am thinking to make the khaman dhokla and the question is, can I make the dhokla a day before and eat them the next day and if I can then how should I store them??

    • says

      thanks rajashri. you can make the dhokla a day before. once you steam and temper it, then store in an airtight dabba or box. then keep in the fridge. when you want to serve, just sprinkle some drops of water on the dhokla and microwave for some seconds, just to warm the dhokla. don’t make hot. otherwise the texture would become dense and loose their softness.

      • Rajashri Ghosh says

        Thank you so much dassana. :-)
        Now I have another question, can I make paneer from 2 days old chhana kept in the refrigerator as the milk was split while boiling??

        • says

          to make paneer, the chenna or the curdled milk has to be hot. i don’t think you can make a block of paneer. but you can use the same chenna to make dishes where crumbled paneer is added.

          • Rajashri Ghosh says

            Okay. Thanks once again. :-)
            I will definitely try to make the paneer from freshly curdled milk and tell you the result. :-)

              • Rajashri Ghosh says

                I made the paneer from fresh curdled milk and it was awesome and I also made chilly paneer and it was a hit too. :-) :-)

                  • Rajashri Ghosh says

                    I couldn’t find the reply option in your fruit custard recipe that’s why I am replying here. Thank you dassana, thanks a lot. My birthday is still a month away but I want to try the recipes in the meantime so that I wouldn’t make a mistake that day. I have another question, can I use regular sugar?? And thank you so much for the advanced birthday wish. :-) I may use some other recipes of your that day and I may need your help with them too. :-)

                    • says

                      welcome rajashri. we have closed comments from some posts as again we will be travelling. yes you can use regular sugar. sure, but just give me a few days to reply as i will be travelling due to family issues.

  129. Kapil says

    I was glad to hear that you too have discovered how food is not just merely a physical thing. That – the emotions and vibrations of a person cooking the meal are poured into the dish. I personally don’t eat food prepared at public places – and this has been for so many years now – that I can’t remember when was the last time I ate a meal at a public place – maybe in 2000. I often get this weird question – “why don’t you eat at restaurants”. Well! i am in the business of shutting down these restaurants one step at a time!!! Haha! I atleast now have a great reference (to this site) to back-up my no-eat-outside stand. It is something very much in the Hindu scriptures. That made me come to this “About” page to find out more. Please also do consider avoiding onions and garlic. You will be able to discover on your own that food can still be delicious without them and it enhances sattvic state. Looking forward to your reply. Thanks!!

    • says

      thanks kapil. i agree with you that hygienically and energy wise food prepared at home is better. no onion no garlic food is good for spirituality and satvik qualities. but not every one is satvic in nature and some people are rajsic and tamasik too. for people who want to have onion and garlic, i share such recipes. only during fasting and religious days, we don’t have onions and garlic. another important thing i would say is that one should have mastery over one’s thoughts and emotions. e.g. if we have no choice and we have to eat food in restaurants then the vibration of food should not be able to spoil our energy and we are able to transform that energy. it could be done via mantra chanting, meditation, prayer before starting eating or eating the food reverentially.

      • Kapil says

        Thank you for taking the time to write me a reply. I agree – NONG diet (NONG – No Onion No Garlic) is suitable for people who would want to ground deeper into spirituality.

        While it would be ideal to have mastery over one’s thoughts and emotions – but our Hindu scriptures tell us that even great Yogis like Shiva, Narada, Ekalshrungi, Brahma have been unable to control their minds when a tempting opportunity arose. Thus, i wouldn’t consider myself greater than them and run the risk. I would try my best to stay within the commands of religious code as I can possibly can. If I do not have a choice, I usually have milk or fruits (satvic items) – after all it would be just for a day or two – and I will still survive. Personally, I believe the chemicals of the food does not change even how reventially one thinks about them. Meat, onion or garlic will remain and retain their intrinsic qualities no matter how much one considers them as prasadam. Choosing to eat at restaurants or a diet inconsistent of one’s religious codes while explaining that one will stay pure serves a subtle excuse of the mind to still want to relish that food!! That means the desire is still there and may manifest again and again when the opportunity comes along.

        • says

          thanks kapil for this intelligent reply. you are very logical and devoted to your sadhana.
          i agree with many of your comments.
          i just want to say one point. it is also important to work on other subtle bodies apart from physical body. no onion no garlic diet is good but it is more important to do meditation or mantra or worshipping any diety. because when we die then our physical body is lost but the astral body and karmas remains and continue to next life. so it is important to be more satvic in desire or thoughts. physical conditions are not always in our hand but how we respond to situations is in our hand. anyway, mind and body are not two but one. if we change the mind then body will also change and vice versa.

  130. Apurva Gupta says


    I don’t know how to say this but i just simply love your site!!!
    The photography the recipes the presentation the whole look of the website
    is mesmerizing. I just got married moved to USA hardly know how to cook,
    i am an engineer working with a huge company here hardly have time to cook
    but when i go through your website i want to cook and also eat at home.
    i mostly see my recipes from your website and they remind me of my mom
    which is the best thing anyone could do to anyone.
    i also use to blog but due to marriage and work i stopped but you guys are such big
    source of inspiration who make me want to cook and to start blogging again.
    i want to thank you guys to get such a fantastic recipes to us and to make the website
    so soothing and relaxing to read. Oh i would just not stop writing… its so good! :)

    • says

      thanks apurva for this motivating as well as sweet feedback. i suggest you start blogging again because you writing has a flow or may i loved reading your comment. thanks again. always good to know that blog is making people life easier.

  131. Neha says

    Hi Dassana,

    Would like to thank you and Amit for running this blog. You recipes are a savior for me as i have recently started cooking (Got married a couple years back and i enjoy making occasional meals for my husband) Not only are your recipes simple to make but the output is amazing :)
    Thanks for doing such a great job!

  132. Kevin says

    Hi.I’ve seen many paneer recipes on many sites but yours seems to be the easiest. Can I use milk made from milk powder or uht? The only thing that worried me is vinegar aftertaste as you don’t rinse the cheese to get rid of it.Mostly because I’ll make paneer barfi with it.Can I use white cane vinegar? Is a teaspoon enough and will there be the aftertaste in the barfi?Someone in the comments said that yogurt can replace vinegar. This is a great idea.Please tell how much should I use and if I can put the cheese in a fine sieve or a clean kitchen towel instead of cheese cloth.Can I keep it frozen for six months or a year? Thanks

    • says

      hi kevin, i am not sure how the paneer made from the milk powder milk will turn out. vinegar has an after taste. if you rinse, then there there is less after taste. with yogurt there is no after taste. you may need about 2 to 3 tbsp of yogurt for 1 litre of whole milk. you can place the cottage cheese in a fine sieve. avoid freezing for such a long time as that of six months. milk items are perishable and its always better to consume them as soon as possible.

  133. Marta says

    I recently found your blog and I have to thank you for all the beautiful and inspirational recipes. Not only they are tasty, easy to follow and very well captured in the pictures, but also I find them a great help with anyone trying to follow the best recipes to balance their doshas. It’s perfectly organized and I love to come here and search for new recipes to try.
    Cooking is a passion for me, and now I have even more reasons to try new and healthy recipes. Thank you and keep up with the excellent work! Congratulations! :)

  134. says

    Hi Dassana and Amit. I absolutely adore your blog. It’s so clear and easy to follow. I love the step by step pictures and the recipe table at the end of each post. You inspire the cook inside this sixteen year old.
    Thank you so much for each and every recipe- keep going, you’re doing great!


  135. Lipika says

    Hi Dassana- Amit,

    I came across your website while randomly looking for a sev-puri recipe on google. The layout and presentation of the website (photographs, writing style, easy-to-follow summary of instructions) immediately caught my attention. The dish turned out exactly as I had wanted it, and I got hooked.
    A couple more recipes (your daals especially!) and this became my to-go place for any new recipe I wanted to try..
    As a grad student, I didn’t cook much at home, but these days I actually look forward to trying another one of your simple, homely, recipes every evening..
    Please continue to keep up the great work – for me it’s a way of being home away from home..

  136. Shubhada Pradhan says

    Hello Amit, Dassana,

    I thought I posted a comment earlier this evening, but since I cannot see it, I am writing to you again. I wanted to thank both of you for creating this blog and sharing your recipes. I like the way you present the recipes. They are also very easy to follow. My husband loves the dals, and ever since I tried some of your dal recipes, he loves the dals that I make. He also liked some other vegetable dishes that I made per your recipes.


    • says

      hi shubhada, i can see your comment and replied to it too. just refresh this page on your browser and you will see your comments. thanks again and happy cooking.

  137. Shubhada pradhan says

    Hello Amit, Dassana,

    Everyone likes my dal preparations. My husband loves dals and used to prefer dals bought from out, now says that I should cook dals at home, since they come out well. My secret? Your blog. Your recipes are really good, easy to understand. Not only dals, I also prepare other recipes, and everyone loves them. Thanks for sharing the recipes!


  138. ashish garg says

    Dear Dassana, Amit

    Thanks for the wonderful work you are doing. A compulsive cook, I have been using several websites to perfect my recipes which I normally cook for my family and friends. But once I stumbled open your blog, I have been coming back to it regularly. Amazingly written and simply depicted, it makes cooking even the most complex recipes very easy. Thanks to both of you, we are eating happier and more diverse, healthy vegetarian meals.

    Rgds – Ashish

  139. Shazia says

    Hello Dassana,
    How are you?
    Shazia here.. :) :)
    I am currently living in Delhi with hubby, Khurram..
    Basically I am from Lucknow, brought up in Rae Bareli (U.P)
    I am a housewife & love being so.. :) :)

    I have been following your most lovely & most loved by me, website & recipes for quite sometime..
    Sorry for not writing or commenting earlier on your lovely, simple & so delicious recipes..
    I sneaked in often, stole your recipes, tried them, always had success in trying but never thanked you..
    So thankless & mean of me naa!
    I always thought that I will write to you araam se, itminaan se, in detail..
    because I think you are doing the most wonderful job of sharing your lovely recipes with all of us..
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart..
    I have so much to write to you, for you & about you, but don’t know exactly what to write & where to begin..

    So let me start this way,
    I truly love you & respect you & your work a lot..
    Apart from your beautiful recipes & Oh! so beautiful pictures,
    What I can see is a beautiful person with very beautiful & pure soul..

    It is said that God is in the details…
    Same applies for the details, hard work, passion, precision, enthusiasm & your pure love for food..
    I can see all your virtues through your food & pictures..
    The unique bright light in your pictures which always shines like the bright gleaming Sunlight, I feel that, thats You, Your Heart & Soul & your passion for food shining through.. :) :)
    everything on your website is so pleasant, so beautiful, full of positive energy & happiness..
    No one can be sad after seeing your website.. :) :)

    All of this sums up in one very apt Quotation ~ “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
    + I feel even more sincerer & purer Love you have is that of your Husband Amit.. :)
    I thank him from the core of my heart for encouraging you to do this, if it was not for him, we would have to do Dassana (“search for insight”) of good food & a lovely person like you.. ;D ;D

    Some of your recipes I tried are Kaddu ki Sabzi, Sooji ka Halwa, Veg Pizza, Matar Pulao & yesterday I tried Tomato Omelette and many more recipes, sorry I can’t remember all of them right now (so mean of me naa! :P) & all of recipes turned out delicious as I always wanted it to be..

    Now I very proudly boast about all the dishes I prepare in front of my Mother~in~Law.. :D :D
    Even proudly send her the pictures on WhatsApp.. :D
    I am sure now she won’t be able to think that I don’t know anything about cooking & keep her Son starved.. :D ;D
    But I must say that my Mother~in~Law is an exceptionally brilliant cook, whatever she cooks is delicious & very flavorful..
    I can never match her cooking skills..

    I am just a beginner in cooking, taking small small steps & I am very proud of my Teacher, my lovely Dassana Ma’am.. :) :)

    Whenever I have to look for a recipe, I just search it in Veg recipes of India & I always find it, it’s like Google for Food.. :) :)
    I am a non vegetarian & when I have to look for a recipe, I feel lost, don’t know where to look for..
    But it doesn’t matter, mostly I cook vegetarian & I know my quick fix is there at “Veg recipes of India” :) :)

    I know I have lots to write & express, just can’t organize my thoughts comprehensively right now, I know I have missed many things which I thought I would write, when I write to you..
    Will write to you soon..
    keep the great work going!
    My best wishes are always with you..
    God Bless all of us!
    Love & Light,
    s h a z i a

    P.S. ~ Its my humble request from you Dassana, I would love to see pictures of You & Amit together enjoying the food prepared by you. It would be a treat for me & all your readers. I will be very Happy.. :D :D

  140. priyanka kakkar says

    Hi dassana ,Amit

    You guys make a great team, I am a regular reader of the blog and I make sure to visit your blog at least once a day. I love the way the recipes are kept neat and simple.

    I was also putting thoughts into starting a food blog of my own. Few do’s /dont’s from both of you would be appreciated.

    Thanks ..

  141. Pallavi says

    I just want to thank you for the amazing blog you have put together. All my life I have had food cooked by my mom and never had to do any cooking. She passed away few months back and since then I have been trying to find my way in the cooking world to cook for my family. I stumbled upon your blog and choose to follow because of the simple steps and pictorial format which helped me to compare at each stage how i am doing. Now everyone is just a fan of my cooking, thanks to your wonderful recipes – starting from simple home dishes to restaurant style dishes. I cant do without going through your blog in my day. Please keep up the good work!!

  142. Sandip Barua says

    I found yours recipe is easy to cook and enjoyable to cook as a amateur cookist like me :). I want to know how can I comment on particular recipe ? Thanks.

    • says

      thanks sandip. comments were closed on most of the recipes for few days. now we have opened them again. so you can leave your feedback. we appreciate and love reading feedback from readers. we like to respond to every comment and because of tight work schedule and a technical update, we had to close the comments for few days.

  143. says

    Dear Dassana,

    I am a newbie in the field trying to make a mark. Your website has been so inspiring. I admire your hard work and dedication. The pictures are eye catching and your honesty shines through your writing.
    I wondered if you might have any suggestions on increasing web traffic? At times I wonder whether all my hard work will ever get its due…

    thanks and regards
    Anupama (http://easybitesonline.com)

    • says

      thanks anupama. there are many things one has to do to get traffic.
      nowadays making website is easy but getting traffic is difficult.
      one has to give very good content, make the site very fast loading, show more content above the fold (e.g. in ur case u can reduce the header image size), good blog design, sharing the posts in social networking sites, linking your blog with your google plus page and doing SEO on posts and so on. for food blog, good photohraphs are also important plus one has to write about the food/recipe one is posting.
      i suggest you to check these 2 blogs are SEO and traffic generation tips. as its a vast topic.
      shoutmeloud.com and quicksprout.com

      most important thing is to blog on topic/recipe in which you are expert. make a niche than on spreading content in different niches.
      all the best to you

      • says

        Thank you so much. I really appreciate you getting back to me. For some reason I was expecting a mail with the response and therefore I did not come back to check. It is a lovely surprise actually. I felt I should understand and appreciate that you are busy! Managing my ‘new-born’ blog keeps me occupied all day; I can only imagine how many dedicated hours you must have put in.
        I will surely bear in mind your suggestions.
        Many Thanks again.
        With best wishes to you both,

        • says

          welcome anupama. yes i totally agree with you that maintaining a blog is very time consuming. specially true for food blogs where we have to click many photos and post them as well. i usually reply the comments in website only and very rarely use the email medium to reply to comments. all the best to your blogging passion.

          • says

            Thank you Dassana. I am trying to think and work around your suggestions:) I can see its going to be a steep climb!
            I have to say one more thing. I know many many many of your viewers must have said this. However, I have got to say that there is an honesty in your pictures which I do not see in any professionally photographed/styled sites:)

  144. says

    Your blog is amazing. I prepared a couple of recipes from your blog and it turned out really well. thanks for sharing them… love you guys!

  145. Angelo says

    Hi Dassana
    I love ur blog it’s really awesome and it helped me a lot as I m a student with love for cooking but never got to cook properly as macho ruled household that boys shouldn’t cook, but u really helped me a lot… I m really thankful that I bumped unto ur blog. It’s suppeerrbbb
    love ya
    Byeeee take care

  146. Saleena says

    Dear Dassana


    Id like to mention firstly of how much i DISLIKE heading to the kitchen and preparing a single dish, until its one of those blue moon days where i enter the kitchen and stay there for hours cooking not one but several dishes at a go.

    I was looking for an aloo mushroom desi recipe online when i came across your website. Reading the numerous reviews for the Mushroom kadhai, without having a look at the ingredients, i told myself that the following day i would try the recipe. Its usual for me to see a recipe and then never make it but thankfully the scenario was different this time as i had promised my family that i would surely make them something.

    To my amazement i actually had every single ingredient required for the mushroom kadhai recipe and voila I ACTUALLY MADE THE DISH!

    I cannot express how YUM the dish turned out. It turned out a slight tangy but that was cos of tomatoes im sure. Id love to send on the pic to you. It was a fantastic recipe. A big thanks to you. Within just 30 mins of preparing the dish, the bowl was wiped out

    You have inspired me to go back to the kitchen and surprise my family with some amazing dishes through your website. MANY THANKS!!!

    I shall try your other recipes and surely keep you updated on how they turned out.

    • says

      hi saleena. cooking can be creative as well as fun. good to know mushroom kadai was YUM. you can also add a bit of cream and that will balance the tanginess of the tomatoes. do try some of the tried and tested popular recipes from the blog. they won’t fail. do update me and give your valuable feedback.

  147. SALEENA says

    Dear Dassana


    I had written a long comment yesterday but it doesnt seem to show up on the page anywhere.

    Anyhow, I had googled aloo mushroom desi recipes and came across your mushroom kadhai recipe. I managed to prepare it with all the ingredients and turned out fantastic. Everyone at my end absolutely loved the dish.

    Thank you for a lovely recipe!


    • says

      welcome saleena and big thanks for this positive feedback. we didn’t received any comment yesterday. i also checked the spam folder if in case it has gone there by mistake. but its not there in spam folder. anyways happy cooking.

      • SASHI says

        Just went through your autobiography. No wonder, the radiance on your faces indicate your spiritual background as well. I was into meditation and am spiritually devout as well while I worked on Servers as well and am into IT, However, my imminent interest is PIZZA making. (Groan)..I don’t seem to get the timing right in the Convection Microwave. Or perhaps, it’s the mode I need to select. Any clues guys? Your time will be appreciated.



        • says

          thanks sashi. we have a recipe on the blog for making pizza. here’s the link – http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/veg-pizza-recipe-vegetable-pizza/.

          i had made this pizza in an ifb convection microwave oven. choose the convection mode of the oven. then preheat the oven at 200 degrees C. meaning let the oven run at this temperature for at least 10 mins. then stop the oven and place the assembled pizza on a tray or pan. again choose the convection mode and set the time. since everything is ready, you just to need to melt the cheese. so about 7 to 8 mins would be fine.

  148. Pascale Kull says

    Hello Dassana and Amit!

    I just found your blog a few days ago and since then I cook only indian food! We both LOVE it and as vegetarians it is simply perfect to not have to think about exchanging non vegi ingredients…
    Thank you so much for sharing with us!
    And luckily you are not a professional food stylist – after styling the food you can’t eat it anymore (hairspray, gloss, sticks….)! I prefer to see the things like they are :-) !
    Keep on blogging, it’s a wonderful idea!!!
    Take care,
    Pascale & Michael

    • says

      thanks a lot pascale and michael. i have read some bits on professional food styling and i just can’t do what they do like sprays, gloss etc. i prefer food to be styled with natural stuff. indian food is great and one can never get bored of it. there is so much variety. i agree blogging is a good idea.

  149. says

    Hi Dassana,

    I am sitting at my dinner table in front of a bowl of your Dal Fry. Your Dal Fry recipe was the first Indian recipe I ever tried :) I fell in love with Indian food in 2010 on a visit to Canada where I had Butter (Makhani) Chicken. I am Latina and my culture’s food is very flavorful so Indian food became my new favorite food. When I got back to the states I looked for the closest Indian restaurant I could find and had my husband take me there :). Unfortunately (or so I thought) they closed down and no more Tikka Massala or Dal Fry :( near my house. I mustered up the courage to try it in my kitchen so I searched Dal Fry on google and so glad to have found your site! I’ve made your Dal Fry 3 times and my family absolutely loves it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • says

      welcome dorcas. indian cuisine is very rich and i am sure you will love it. i loved reading your comment and it made me feel good that the blog will be helping you in cooking delicious indian recipes.

      • SASHI says

        Hello Dassana/Amit,

        Don’t know if I gave it an amiss, but didn’t find any recipes on PIZZAS. I wish to cook it in a Convection model IFB MICROWAVE. Am a very strict vegetarian which implies that I do not consume garlic, onions either. Can you please help? I’ld appreciate it guys.



        • SASHI says

          And ofcourse to make your task easier, i got the PIZZA BASE, Sauce, Mozirella Cheeze, Capsicum ready.

  150. Lotus says

    Hi Dassana,

    I’m Vietnamese and I’m really interested with Indian food and tea, I have just found out ur blog today and searching for some tea recipes, it’s really nice and useful for me as I planning to open a tea house here in VN and searching for as much as possible receipes then trial making and tase before deceide the menu…ur blog neally useful, i love it… And I would like to ask for advise about tea and cake/ biscuist…served with, how to make it…and how to get some special ingrdient which I can’t find in VN…so many things to prepare for tea house plan, can i email to you and get your advise? :)

    Thanks a lot.

  151. Vibha says

    I just love ur website.tried orange cake today n it came out so perfect .im so very happy.
    Thank u so much dassana. Going to try whole wheat bread recipe tomorrow( I’m keeping my
    Fingers cross).im unable to comment on the recipes don’t know y. Nyways thnx again.

    • Imrana says

      Dear Dassana,

      Thank you so much for sharing the recipes! I love your website and the pictures are enticing enough to make me want to try.

      Have a fantastic day!

    • Vibha says

      Hi dasaana,
      I want to make mango iced tea but I don’t know the diff between black tea n normal tea bags. What if I make it with normal tea bags. What changes needs to b done.( I want to make it for my in laws , as I don’t drink tea at all I don’t know much abt it’s flavour )
      I have 28 ltr otg, my q is if I keep 2 loaf pans at a time ( for bread)then baking time will increase or do I need to chg temp also??
      I’m enjoying cooking everyday something different following ur recipe.

      • says

        hi vibha, the normal tea bags have black tea, unless mentioned green or white tea on the pack. when you buy the tea bags, it will be mentioned darjeeling or assam tea. darjeeling is very light and mild. assam tea is strong. there is a ctc blend also which is strong. whatever tea you use, just follow the same method. if you use darjeeling tea, the taste of the tea will be mild. if assam tea, then the taste of the tea will be felt in the drink. just don’t cook or simmer the tea. the baking time will be same. may be some more minutes. keep the same temperature. don’t increase.

  152. Indika Somaratne says

    Heyyy……Thank you very much for the nice recepies. you two are awsome….This is the best website I have every come across about Indian cooking. I am really inspired from your way of explaining.

  153. Ketkee says

    Hi Dassana,
    ohhh… I literaly I had to scroll deep down to post my comment. ;) I am really amazed be seeing your following list. I thought of reading each comment, bt its just not posiible.

    You have such amazing recipes and the addition of these wonderful photos, takes it all to higher level. I am really inspired to read about you, and hugely respect the dedication you put in each recipe,whether its preparation or the photography. I also like the way you presented this website and maintainance.

    I am fan of FOOD and PHOTOGRAPHY both so this is a delight for me. I tries hand at cooking mostly(some succeeds, some failed) but I am novice at photography. I read some where above that you are also starting a blog upon it so I am exited about it.

    You are doing great. Keep it up!!!!

    Thank you

  154. Swati says

    Hi Dassana,
    I love your blog and already subscribed 1 year back. I have noticed that you made some changes in your website. I could not post comment on the recipe and i dont know why.
    I made Garlic naan yesterday and first time it was not turned out good so i want to ask you why..but i could not post any comment over there..there is no option to post comment. could you please do the needful so that any one can post comment.
    The garlic naan which i made yesterday was very hard..i can say crispy…but i want it to be soft. Could you please tell me what went wrong.
    waiting for your reply…thans in advance

    • says

      thanks swati. we are doing some changes thats why the comments were removed from some posts. the yeast has to proof well. if the yeast does not proof properly then the dough becomes hard and there is no softness in the dough. in bread recipes, the texture becomes hard or dense because most of the time the yeast is not proofed well. so use a good quality yeast. otherwise in a naan recipes, where the dough has leavened well… there is no reason why the naan should come out hard.

          • Swati says

            Thank you for your quick response.
            I love cooking and me n my husband both are foodie. I love your website and have already made lots of dishes, each dish came out awesome.
            I want to request you to share recipe of Bhakarwadi. I am sure you know about it as it is a maharastrian snack.
            I make Bhakarwadi at home by both frying n baking, we loves it, but I want to know your version of Bhakarwadi as you make every dish awesome.
            So waiting for your delicious Bhakarwadi Recipe

            • says

              thansk swati for your motivating comment. till now i have always been getting bhakarwadi from shops. i usually buy the chitale bandhu bhakarwadi. lets see if i can give some time to prepare the recipe and post it.

  155. Novice Cook says

    I just came across your blog quite interesting. I have a problem may be you can assist me. i tried making the chivda but the flakes came out soft and not crispy and crunchy. i sealed them in an airtight container and all. just a few hours after making and they turn out soft. I used the white flakes. why is this? please help me thanks

  156. Bhakti Baandal Chalke says

    Hi Dassana,

    Your website is simply amazing. You are doing a really good job.
    I always search for recipes here when ever I have to make vegetarian food. I have shifted to USA last year for work. Since I don’t have my mom or mother in law around in the kitchen your blog always comes as a life saver to me!!

    I am also fond of cooking and I love trying out different stuff. I have tried a couple of recipes from your blog and the best one was Rawa Idly. My husband just loved it!!!
    I have my eyes on the banana cake now and am sure I am going to try baking that one.

    Please do keep up the good work.

  157. Anna Balchandani says

    Dear Dassana,

    Your website has been a Godsend to my family and me. Quite like yourself, I too have found myself going deeper and deeper into a spiritual journey and in the past months I just can not bring myself to eat or even look at any nonvegetarian food products. I’ve completely changed and restructured my cooking style and food habits. Fnding your site has been such a blessing and I have tried many of your mothwatering recipes and had great success with them. Your step by step instructions and pictures make them so easy to follow and there is so much joy in cooking these recipes. Thank you so much for all the loving care and effort that you put into your site. I think making fresh, home cooked meals for our families, especially children, is such an essential part of motherhood and it ends up nourishing not just their bodies but their whole souls and beings…. and your site helps me to do that :) so a big big big heartfelt thank you once again and keep up all the good work. Lot of love and blessings to you.

    • says

      welcome anna. nice to read your comment and the transformation which is coming in your life. all major religions and spiritual teacher have put emphasis on vegetarian diet for growing in spirituality. body-mind are one and any change in body affects the mind and vice versa. if we grow in meditation, love or any other spiritual practice then it naturally brings a change in our actions, diet and thinking. keep growing and thanks for your blessings.

  158. Miri says

    Hi Dassana,
    thank you so much for your wonderful blog! I spent some time in India and fell deeply in love with Indian food. Although my flatmates teached me some Indian dishes – or at least tried to, I am horrible at cooking! – I missed so many dishes back home…
    Searching for easy-to-follow recipes I finally found your page. I really appreciate the effort you made, the instructions are so clear and so detailed that even I manage to get through the whole thing without ending in a big kitchen desaster. Untill now I tried different kind of dhals, veg curries, salads, chutneys and the microwave khaman dhokla, everything turned out super yummy at first try.
    What I appreciate even more, all your recipes are veg and you offer useful advice how to make dishes vegan. Without any cooking skills it is a rather annoying and difficult thing trying to turn non-veg dishes veg…you saved me :-)
    You are really doing a wonderful thing with this blog, thank you so much!
    Best regards from Germany!

    • says

      welcome miri. its a pleasure to read your feedback. reading such comments, i feel the effort in blogging recipes is worth it and motivates me to blog more. keep visiting.

  159. Priyanka says

    This is really nice!
    The recipes are described very neatly. And the pictures give a perfect idea of every step.
    Thanks for all your hard work and efforts!!

  160. Anuradha says

    Hi Dasanna,

    Okies let me confess something! A few days ago I had an attack of viral. So I wanted to make Rasam, and was searching the net. And voila! I found your website! … there was this easy recipe of Rasam and thought let me try that, for my sore throat! It turned out to be awesome! :) Thanks!
    And so I went through your website and had a look at the ‘Idli’ recipe, and I was like Yum!
    Today I wanted to make some Karela stir-fry! So again I came to your website and browsed! But obvious the pictures taken, the way it was written I was wondering wow! ‘this Guy’ writes well! ( Please forgive me for that, for somehow with the suffix Amit I thought your were a guy!) :) :) so obviously was wondering who is this guy and browsed the net for a pic and there you go… I see a ‘nice lady with a warm smile’!! :D

    Please keep on writing and congrats for this nice site!



    • says

      thanks anuradha. the suffix amit is my surname. no issue with that. a few readers, even address me as amit. they think i am a guy :-) i am glad the recipes worked for you.

  161. Anu says

    Hi Dassana,

    I experiment with vegetarian cooking a lot, and have identified your blog to be very unique. There is a touch of perfection, sincerity and commitment in all your recipes and in whatever you write, and that’s what I like the most.

    May God bless you and have a good life, and keep the positivity with you always..:)

    And, thank you for all the recipes, I’d be keep experimenting :) Next in queue is your Tawa Paneer Masala, for my 10 year old son, who is a huge paneer fan..

    Love and regards.

    • says

      welcome anu and big thanks for your best wishes and feedback. you are very perceptive. i am kind of a perfectionist and sincere in my work. otherwise i don’t enjoy the work. if i am not total in my work then i feel something is incomplete.

  162. shraddha says

    Hi Dassana!

    Your website looks better ,and your recipes work magic.Thank you for sharing bits of love with us.I am in USA ,before i found you i missed home badly ,but you filled in the void with your magic.Thanks again!!

  163. sandhya says

    i simply love all your recipes, in fact started loving to cook once i chanced upon your blog.. simple ingredients, and even simpler cooking process!!! keep up the great work :)

  164. Sreya says

    This is the best blog on Indian food that I have read. The recipes are very easy to follow, and the food always tastes great. Thanks for helping novices like me!
    P.S. I really appreciate the high quality photos as well.

  165. manisha says

    hey dear dassana!! came across your beautiful world of cooking today… amaziiing wrk.. u must make an instagram handle.. i will definitely share this experience with my friends.. keep up!! i shall write nxt time when i bake my second bread..although first one was a flop show.. hahha..
    take cre
    mansiha kharbanda

  166. navneeta dandekar says

    Thank you so much for sequential and simplified ways for cooking the foreign food at home.

  167. says

    Hi Dassana,
    I am a professional who has taken to cooking in a big way for the past 5 years. Cooking for me a stress buster. Slowly it started with learning the basic stuff. But now I have moved to trying difficult recipes and also different types of cuisine. Your blog is one of favorite places to search interesting recipes with simple ingredients. Even my family is amazed to see the kind of recipes i can pull off. Thank you so much for improving my cooking.

    Keep up the good work.

    God Bless

  168. Bableen says

    Dear Dassana,
    I consider myself a newly- turned -cook as it has been only recently that i nurtured the joy of cooking an entire dish on my own. I have been helping my mother with food for quite some time now, but the predicament of taking the charge on my own graduated me to start building recipes. I happened to grasp a look at your blog while searching for a source to rely on!
    and i couldn’t let it go without writing to you. Your work seems an inspiration to many. and most appreciatingly, your recipes are simple yet taste budding and quite easy to connect to!
    I tried kheer yesterday and people liked it!
    Thanks a ton for blogging it out and helping a lot like me!
    would like to add that I too graduated in Home science and later shifted to Mass communication as a career choice.Presently, I am working as a guest lecturer and an aspiring daughter-in-law to be!
    thanx and take care:)

    • says

      thanks for your words bableen. it does take some time to gradually move on to cooking entire recipes on one’s own. its all about learning and once the art of cooking is mastered, then the entire process of cooking not only becomes creative but also easy. in fact you already have the basic tools and experience as you have graduated in home science. i wish you all the best fo your future and happy cooking :-)

  169. shikha agarwal says

    i am so impressed reading receipes they r easy to follow and believe me planning to try all wot ever i have gone through today… thank u, ur contribution has motivated me to try something new…


  170. geetika says

    I am living in Delhi and visited your this today for the first time, and loved the way you have explained the receipes. Will try mango kulfi and post the results.


  171. says

    Hello Dassana, I came across your website when I was hunting for Indian food bloggers. I write fiction and was looking for a back story for a character.
    Essentially I was looking for the Indian presence on the internet and was not too sure about the crowd i would find. However your post on Top 20 Food Blogs by Indian Bloggers really helped.
    I got a couple of great ideas for my character and wow I hit some sites with amazing recipes. So thank you for taking the time and research for writing that blog post.

  172. shweta says

    Hello Dassana,

    I have been looking for a recipe to make bread (slice bread for sandwiches) but we do not use yeast due to allergies.

    Can you please provide a recipe for bread without yeast (and of course without eggs). I found some soda bread/ irish bread recipes, but what I am looking for is sliced sandwich bread.

    I will be really obliged if you can provide one.

    Thanks for the great recipes you post.

    • says

      hi shweta. i have not baked for more than a month now because of the heat. i do plans to bake some cakes and muffins but its so hot now, just don’t feel like baking. i have got requests to add yeast free breads. i will try and see if the recipe works and will surely add.

  173. Anuja says

    Hello Dassana! Could you please share the recipe of Goan Bebinca? I have yet to come across a good recipe.. Thanks!

    • says

      hi anuja, goan bebinca is made with eggs and hence i cannot add the recipe. if i come across an eggless version (which i think is not possible as the recipe uses a lot of eggs) i may add it.

  174. Richa Arora says

    Hi Dassana

    This is richa from Famebox network, we develop Youtube channels for talented people like you. Would love to get in touch with you and discuss the same in much detail.

    Hope to hear from you soon

    Cheers :)

  175. Philip Arambula says


    I was hoping you could help me out and point me in the direction of the person who handles biz dev matters for your company.

    Thanks so much,

    Philip Arambula

  176. shabbir says

    This was my first time on your website. I must say that I was amazed at the amount of recipes I was able to find. many of my friends are turning vegetarians and I am always looking for veg recipes. I think indian veg recipes are the best. your recipes are clear and easy. Thank you for this website.

  177. leeja says

    hello dassana,
    i have been visiting your web page for quite some time and i tried your gajar ka halwa recipe and it was out of the world. my entire family loved it. thanks a lot n yea ur pics r out of the world!

  178. Nithya says

    Hi Dassana,

    I am a south indian living in Bangalore. I had to break my head thinking what side dish to do for chapatis as I was running out of options. I came across your blog and was more than happy to find so many gravies. Now my husband looks forward to dinners every night. My personal favourite is indian street food section as I am very fond of Mumbai chats and miss it a lot here…:( but now I can make it at home. Thanks to you..:)

  179. Nithya says

    Hi Dassana,

    I am a south indian living in Bangalore. I had to break my head everyday as to what side dish/gravy to make for chapathis. I had checked other blogs but was not very happy until I came across your blog. My husband too looks forward to dinners after a hard day’s work as I cook a recipe everyday from your blog. I don’t know how much to thank you. I love your indian street food section personally as I am very fond of Mumbai chats and miss them here..:( but now I can try it at home. Thanks to you…:)

    • says

      nithya, its not just you, even i have to think at times what to cook. btw i also cook from my own blog ;-) basically i started the blog as an online journal, so i can refer the recipes when i want to. and i still do it.

      your comment has made me feel so good. trust me, after a day’s work even we as a family look forward to having dinners together. do try the mumbai chaat recipes.

  180. Vignesh says

    Hey Dassana,

    I’m a 20-something bachelor living away from home. I love cooking and I look up new, interesting recipes to treat myself every weekend. Your blog has been of great help. I’ve been quite regular on here since late 2012 and I’d like to thank you for sharing your recipes.

    Cheers, I’m off to prepare dry aloo gobhi.

  181. ketki says

    Hi Dassana, I previously also commented about your recipes. Now again I am writing by reading about you. The meaning of your name is ‘search for insight’ and also you are a spiritualist. So, why don’t you read “Bhagvat Geeta as it is” by H.D.G. A.C.Bhaktivedant Swami Prabhupada. You can visit the nearest Iskcon centre or temple or download it online from iskcondesiretree/ebooks. I am sure your search for seeking the ultimate ownself will end here. With best regards.

    • says

      thanks ketki for the kind words. i had bought this book from vrindavan iskon temple. i must say that i liked the temple, food and ambiance there. very good for heart oriented or for people on devotional path. i recommend iskon temple to all my friends who are spiritual.

  182. Roma says

    Hello Dassana!
    I am a regular at your blog and love it very much. I have tried quite a few recipes from here as well. I especially like the write up that you do before recipes which generate lot of interest in the upcoming recipe. Great work. Keep up.
    This is embarrassing, but I must ask.
    Apparently you are working full time on this blog. Do you mind telling me how much you earn to take it up as a full time profession? I am unsure of how this works.
    You can reply on email if you don’t want to publish this.
    Thanks a lot.

  183. says

    Hello, Dassana,

    Can you tell us the names of some breadlike recipes that do not use wheat? Are there any others in addition to dosa? I need to eat gluten-free. We have a shop that sells all the alternative flours but only the son speaks English and he doesn’t cook. We LOVE Indian food. You have so many recipes to look through, so far I have only found dosa.

    Thank you!!!

    • says

      hi pam. there are some flat breads that are made regionally with gluten free grains. these are made with finger millet flour (ragi in hindi), sorghum (jowar in hindi) and pearl millet flour (bajra in hindi, buckwheat flour (kuttu ka atta in hindi) and water chestnut flour (singhare ka atta). you can also use gram flour or rice flour to make some flat breads at home. apart from dosa there is also appam (hoppers) and many other variations of dosa. some of these gluten free flat bread recipes i have already posted on the blog.

  184. Radhika says

    Hello Dassana,

    Just came across your blog. Must tell you that its absolutely lovely. :)

    I am a TV producer and working on two shows – sattvik food and ‘cooking with consciousness’. We are currently looking for anchors for both shows.
    Would like to speak to you about the same.

    Please feel free to reach me on radhika.dang@lifemantra.tv.


  185. Rochelle says

    Namaste, i love your website! Last year around holi i made my dream trip to India and when i came back i was looking for recipes online and found your page. Got busy with work so did not have time to really get into it. Did make a few of your recipes, but not regularly. Now, a year later i am engaged. He is indian and a great cook. Starting april i am going to make 4 recipes from your website every weekend. So that i can be great at it by the time we get married. Wish me luck and thank you for sharing your great gift. Lots of love, Rochelle

    • says

      congrats on a new beginning rochelle. all the best. 4 recipes might become too much, so you can just start with 1 or 2 recipes during weekends. you sure will be good in indian cooking. its not difficult, but yes some recipes require plenty of time and patience. love and hugs.

  186. Amritha says

    hi dassana,
    I just love your blog a lot :-) have tried your orange cake, pizzas,spaghetti and currently the upside down apple cake is in the oven :-) Even though i loved to cook i had never tried my hands in baking until i moved out of India and found an oven in the apt(i did have a microwave before but it was only for reheating).I would like to thank you for the detailed recipes and lovely photos to compliment the recipe.They are so good and accurate that you just cant go wrong :-) i found your blog just a month ago and all set to try new recipes from them :-)

  187. Venkat says

    Hi Dassana,

    Glad to run into your website.
    I recently took to making vegetarian dishes; I was looking to expand
    the varieties of recipes I can do with my limited preferences/ liking of Veggies.
    I can definitely use / do the expansive variety of dishes, especially from different region of India.
    My first try will be the Rajasthani Bhindi/Besan Masala.


  188. Jaya says

    Dassana, I love to eat, but never learned to cook. Am married now, living out of India, and ya, I feel the need to cook myself now..

    As you may imagine, I have been through several websites for some easy or simply explained recipes..and I haven’t stuck to one. After experiencing your site, I don’t think I will need to look at another site again! Simple, yummy recipes, so well written. The site is so easy to navigate, save recipes, search, download …kudos to both of you on such a great job! I eat a lot of non veg, but these recipes are so easy and tempting, I don’t feel the need to cook non veg!


  189. Jerome says

    Congratulation Dassana for your excellent website. You share your culinary experience to everyone (to the whole world) !
    The site is very pleasant, pictures (photos shooting) are very successful and dishes seems succulent. You make us travel in India from north to south through your website.

    Do you plan to add in the topic “How to make”, some cooking tips for instance, how to have a perfect rice (volume of water/rice, cooking time, methods, etc.), which oil to use to make fry samose, bathure, poori, etc.

    Thank you once again….

    • says

      thanks jerome. oh yes… i do want to add the “how to prepare” but just not getting enough time to make these posts as they tend to be detailed with a lot of pointers and tips. in fact “how to cook rice” has been in to do list for about 3 months now :-) will sure add some of the “how to prepare” posts soon.

  190. angela eckersley says

    Hi love your site. Your receipes dont give quantity of ingredients. Would love to know how much of each ingredient to use in garlic naan bread.. thank you

  191. Nidhi says

    Hi Dassana … I have been following your blog for a while now and I really love your work. Whenever I have to look for any vegetarian dish, your blog is always the first I browse through. Thankyou so much for all your hardwork and keep up the good work. :)

  192. Jisha says

    Hi Dassana,
    It was such a pleasure reading abt u, indeed rarely we come across people like u.i just love ur way of presenting a recipie n the detailing.good luck!!!
    Rarely people make bread in India, n so was delighted to find a whole wheat bread recipie with u !!!!!! Cd u plz clarify few of my doubts abt it????
    U hav. Mentioned to keep the dough for 3 to 4 hrs for rising,is nt make the bread too sour r yeasty smelling n Indian climate?
    Whenever I tried whole wheat it was too dense even wit the help of gluten powder,finally 2 cup maida vz 1 cup atta was ok wit 1teaspn of Gloriana active dry yeast, still I don’t findmany holes n the bread like the commercial ones,if I add 2 reason it smells too yeasty too…any suggests?
    I use convection microwave, n dat 200degrees for 50 mts s slightly undrcooked -any idea abt the correct oven temperature?

    Thanks n advance!

  193. Gauri says

    Hi Dassana thanks a lot for your reply and thanks a lot for guidance on blog introduction it will be very helpful bye take care. all the best again and thanks again. :)

  194. Saloshini says

    I am looking for Dhokla receipe that uses yogurt or sour milk
    please email me some of these

    Many thanks for all your lovely receipes.
    I am also a vegetarian.
    thanks once again
    South African Indian

  195. Gauri says

    Hi Dassana i am a big foodie so i go through many food blogs but i love your blog. the first recipe i tried from your blog was chocolate banana carrot cake and it was really tasty the recipe was easy :) now i am planning on starting my own blog and as you mentioned in introduction you’ve also made your blog by your own so can you please give me some guidelines regarding to that…. Always keep up with cooking.. all the best… and thanks a lot for your time..:))

    • says

      thanks gauri for the appreciating words. you can check the below link on how to start a food blog.

      if you are not technically inclined person then in blogger.com you can start the food blog very easily.
      it take some time to get used to blogging software and slowly you can learn many things.
      any doubt or if you want to add any feature to your blog then just google and there are plenty of blogs which shares turorials.
      there are many food blogs which are using blogger.com (google free platform for blogging)

      another popular blogging platform is wordpress ( i am using wordpress)… it is paid and also needs some technical expertise. if you like then you can move your blog from blogger to wordpress later on. as a beginner, i suggest sign into blogger.com using gmail account and start the food blog in 5 minutes.
      my best wishes with you.
      happy blogging


  196. Aparna says

    I really like the way you have presented each receipe a person who does not know cooking will also learn from the pictures which are actual ones that’s the beauty of your blog. I have passion for cooking and keep visiting many blogs and receipe sites but yours is the best one i came across which explains in detailed. I would request if you can add mocktail receipes on this blog. Also if you can add few more international dishes vegetarian, thai, lebanese, mexican etc will be great.

    Best wishes

  197. Smitha says

    Hi Dassana
    Love your presentation, the details and the spirit of your blog, think i stumbled on urs looking for Idli recipe and it turned out to be successful. Thanks!
    One question, are you residing in India, if yes what is your source for organic groceries and vegetables. Could you please share. Do you use any online websites to buy grocery. I have found it very hard to get organic vegetables that are fresh.
    Thanks and good luck!

    • says

      thanks smitha. i live in india. i buy organic from a shop close by my home which home delivers the veggies and fruits. online, i purchase organic grocery from farmtofresh.com, naturalmantra.com and i2cook.com. i also buy veggies from greentokri.com. let me know where you live. i can help you. you can reply to this comment in an email.

  198. Jeshma says

    Hi Dassana,

    An amazing site..:)
    Just superb work…..awesomeeeeeeeeeeeee..
    You are truly helping super foodie people like me:)
    Keep up the good work…

  199. Vandhana says

    Hi Dassana,
    Just made your palak paneer and it turned out awesome..have been a fan of your cooking, the food turns out yummy. Was wandering, if you a recipe for paneer makhani. My son loves it eating it when we go out, was wandering if you have one so i can make it at home. Would love to know if you could share because i know it will turn out yum. thanks..:)

  200. alma says

    Dear Dassana, I am new to cooking as I didn’t have the chance to learn to cook as my mother passed away before she could teach me. Could you please give me a simple bhuna chicken curry recipe and a bhuna meat curry recipe. I know your a vegetarian, however you used to eat chicken before. I would really appreciate it if you could help me and would like to tell you I am a muslim. Thanks a million. xx

    • says

      i am sorry to know this alma. i have a few chicken recipes from my home science notes like butter chicken etc. i will have to click and send you the pics. also once i had made chicken mughlai following a recipe from sumeet mixer cookbook. the gravy is almost like bhuna chicken. so i will email you the pics in some days.

    • says

      bhuna meat curry is really delicious. I got a chance on two occasions to taste it. I really miss bhuna meat curry. I stay away of house and nobody knows how to prepare bhuna meat curry here.

  201. maniilal sabrimala says

    i am a professional artist, and the founder and director af an art fraternity named ANOKHII,
    i love cooking too…. regards, manii.

  202. Naomi Shaw says

    Hi there!

    It’s such a pleasure to “meet” you! I was searching around your site, http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/ , and noticed that we cover a lot of the same things in our writing! I was wondering if you are accepting guest posts? If so, I would absolutely love to contribute!

    I’ve been a stay-at-home mother for several years, and in my free time, I do a bit of blogging on the side. But as my children are getting older, I find that I really want to get into writing full-time, and I was hoping you could help me reach that goal! I want more of an online presence and get my name out there.

    If you feel so inclined, please take a moment to read some of my samples at naomijshaw.jux.com. I would also be more than happy to send along a few articles I have published online if you’d like to read more. I enjoy covering DIY and crafts for home, but I also love writing about the realm of business, more specifically retail design.

    Furthermore, should you post the content that I submit, I will gladly share a link to the post on my social media accounts for increased exposure.

    I would love to collaborate with you on a few topic ideas if you are interested in a guest post (I’m not interested in monetary compensation). I am looking forward to hearing from you!

    Naomi Shaw

  203. Reshma says

    Hi Dassana!

    I accidently stumbled upon on your website. Loved your paragraph on caste and religion. Very rarely do I read/meet about people with such idealist thoughts. I am so proud to meet such Indians. I have always met Indians who say they are from Punjab, Maharashtra, Gujarat or Tamil Nadu, etc. Where is the Indian?

  204. Danny says

    Hi Dassana,
    It’s an absolute delight to stumble upon such a rich catalogue of vegetarian Indian recipes! I have been perfecting my Tarka Dal for some time now and have it for lunch every chance I get and can’t wait to try your recipe for parathas tomorrow to have with it. Thanks for sharing and may your gastro-spiritual journey continue unabated for years to come!

  205. Lauryn says

    Hi Dassana!
    Thanks so much for the pita recipe! They turned out delicious, soft(this is very important to my husband, he has eaten too many of the bricks I’ve baked in the past) and tasty and perfect with my hummus! I was also very interested in your spiritual beliefs that you posted in your about you section since I am currently doing a survey on different spiritual beliefs. Would you mind participating in the survey?

    Thanks, Lauryn

  206. Keerthi says

    Hello Dassana,

    I came across your website while I was looking for a recipe on Kaju katli and I must say you have wonderful recipes and makes me want to try each one of them. I am a big fan of Indian food and your website is a keeper on my favourites. Thank you for sharing your kitchen experiences, so we could also learn and motivate ourselves to experiment with different Indian cuisines.

  207. Raj says

    I just came across your website and am truly impressed by it. The blog entries are absolutely great – simple and clear instructions for recipes and the pics really put it all together very well.
    Just wanted to say thank you!
    Best regards.

  208. Rhonda says

    I discovered your blog by accident when I went searching for some dal recipes. I am so happy I’ve found you! Your blog is beautiful and so well done. I love Indian vegetarian cooking; I’ve even roped my meat-loving husband into cooking as well. He tried to make naan for me on the weekend and it didn’t turn out as well as expected. We will try your naan recipe (and others) soon.

    Thank you so much for your time and hard work to create such a wonderful food blog.


  209. SB says

    Thank you for the wonderful Moong Dal Tadka recipe! Even though I am an Indian, born and brought up in India, i left for college to Canada and now live in the US married to an American and for the past 7 years i have (shamefully) mostly cooked American and Mexican food! I do cook the occasional non veg and seafood curry/fry since my husband loves Indian food ( but not all the time), but sadly i just never learned more recipes. Tonight we had the Moong Dal with rice and mustard greens saag. Its one of my most favorite meals my mom would make when i was growing up and so i was so glad i found this recipe! My husband loved it too!

    I was also looking for a recipe with Pinto Beans Do you have any suggestions? I have used it to make Rajma before, but i was wondering if you had any other recipes with this kind of bean. Thank you!! =)

  210. poonam says

    just saw your site while i was searching for a recipe.
    i am really very impressed with step by step process of each recipe and your personal notes about the steps. the pics are really beautiful too. so clear and detailed. feel like making everything at once. (though i am one who enjoys reading recipes, not trying).
    keep the good work.
    thanks for the labour you took on all this.
    i can only say, kamaal hai, maza aa gaya.


  211. S.S.VERMA says

    You have transformed me into a chef!

    Some time ago u published the recipe for Punjabi Wadis…it was monsoon at that time. Now that there is some sun in Mumbai I have the same drying in my balconies.

    Also thanks for the recipe for sirke wale onions……I appreciate your attention to detail.

    Next on my list: Bhagare Baingan for this weekend.

    Thanks again. Pls keep up the good work.And in casde passing thru Mumbai pls give me a call.


    • says

      Thanks S.S.VERMA. Such comments are always motivating and it is nice to know that the blog is helping people in cooking good food at home. keep visiting and try more recipes. happy cooking.

  212. says

    It is so nice to meet you. I, too, am a teacher and have been involved in writing projects and photography over much of my 55 years. But my passion is cooking. I especially like learning all the intricacies of Indian cooking. I have bookmarked your blog and thank you so much for presenting this wonderful information.

    I discovered your blog whilst searching for a recipe that uses button mushrooms and fresh fenugreek and found your methi soup recipe. My version, based on your inspiration, came out great.


    I also enjoyed reading your bio and look forward to sharing your site with the 435 members of my Simply Vegan Facebook group.


  213. Lin says

    loved ur blog n all the recipes looks sooo yummy!
    I got here on my eternal searching for an “ucma” recipe.
    it all started like 7years ago when i found a lil hindi restaurant in my city, i tried it n totally loved it, specially what the chef called upma, but i always tought it was “ucma”. i came back every time i could just to eat that yummyness but the chef got married few time later and quit that job, which made me so sad (and hungry!).
    Its been like a year since im a vegetarian, all my family wanted to be veggies but after a few weeks it was only me and when i tried eating meat again i just couldnt, iugh!
    Im mexican and its really hard to be vegetarian here, people almost took me for an insane girl, they even told me “how could u live like that?!” i think the same of them haha
    Well, so im sure im gonna try the upma as soon as i could get all the ingredients.
    If u even want some info about mexican food u can write me whenever u want.
    Thanx a lot n keep the good work!

    • says

      oh… such a cute story. same thing here with the meat… i know it not easy. do try the upma. i hope you like it. sure, i will keep in you mind if i need any query for mexican recipes. i will mail you if required for the mexican recipes. i had made a vegetarian chili some time back and i do not have any reference point as how it taste authentically….. beccause i have never had it i was like i wish i knew someone mexican at that time.

  214. Mina says

    Hi Dassanna,
    There are many international cuisines in your recipes. Do you get all those things in India? Where do you live?.and also you are very pretty. I love your recipes , I have tried few of them.( indian ones).

    • says

      hi mina, yes living in india, you get these gourmet stuff in major cities and metros like bangalore, mumbai and delhi. if you are asking about the herbs like basil, parsley, celery etc, then i grow these in my balcony garden.

      thanks for the comment and also for trying the recipes.

  215. Mehak says

    Hello Mam
    Mam I need your help. Actually I am planning to attend cookery classes for baking. So I just need your guideline that what are the different items like cakes,tarts and breads etc. which comes under baking process so that I could ask about all items if I go to attend classes, I don’t want to miss any item.So please guide me ASAP.
    Mehak :)

  216. priya says

    Love your recipes and your ideals. Its hard sticking to something when there’s so much peer pressure to do the opposite. Well done! Is there a reason you use the small ‘I’ when you write your entries or is it accidental?

    • says

      thanks priya. the use of small ‘i’ is not accidental and i write it purposely. i read one mystical book where the author have only used the small alphabets and i liked it. i always suggest that one should listen to inner voice or gut feeling.

  217. Blandina says

    Hi! I recently stumbled on your website, and believe me it is such a lovely site with those lovely pixs adding to the glory of the dishes…I first tried a couple of the recipes (no onion, no garlic) for Karva Chauth and my “mil” was totally floored. After that till date I must have tried atleast 9 of your recipes, and must say have got addicted to your site. Being a Goan myself and married to a north Indian, your site is absolutely welcoming…I look forward to trying many more of those yummy dishes…
    Last but not the least many thanks for creating this site and good luck to you…
    Cheers! Blandina

  218. pallavi says

    hi dasanna,
    I am very impress u r recipies.. I have make ur recipies.. so tasty. like restaurant taste.. thanks.. can u post somesweets? I search somany blogs.. bt this blog recipies is very nice. I like resturent style recipies.. so thanks a lot………….

  219. Mr.Raj.H>M> says

    Hi Dassana,
    Accept my warm wishes for diwali,may god protect you and ur family.Also tons of appreciation flows towards you, for making my veg, dum hyderabadi biryani a delightful experience.I followed step wise method described and WOV!!!The texture,the whiff of aromatice spice,the taste,you made our diwali colourful and tastefull..I prepared it for about 20 people, and all were short of words to praise, and all the credit for it goes to you,even my family wants to thank you…….Your blog is visually creative and process amply simplified,which makes it easier to follow.
    Also, i m a veg. too and into spirituality and meditation,and ascribe to your way of thinking,so every time i make a new dish from your collection,my thankful note will be reserved for u, hope u would read it and continue doing the good work, All the best and God bless.

    • says

      hi raj
      much thanks to you for this very positive and motivating comment.
      i feel very good when i read such touching comments and specially when the recipe has contributed in bringing some smiles or made a occasion memorable.

      a meditator has to be creative. because creativity is also the door to divine.
      i wish you all the best in your inner and outer life and happy diwali to you and your family.

      best regards

  220. jyothi anand says

    Well! your site is beyond words. I haven’t found anyone giving such a clear step by step instruction with mouthwatering pics. Gud goin……….

    Jyothi Anand

  221. says

    Hi Dassana!
    One fine day last month I decided to make a healthier cake and that’s how Google brought me to you :) I completely fudged up the wheat-apple cake you have posted :( (not your fault – my oven is new and I was testing it) But I knew I have found a great site which now is part of my favorites task bar!

    I read your thoughts about religion and God and gladly your name is as I would call ‘religion-neutral’ no one can guess what religion you follow :)

    Lastly a question – apart from being a wonderful cook, you communicate extremely well – have you ever thought of participating in televised cooking competitions like master chef India.
    And wishing you, your family and the site members a very prosperous Diwali!
    My best,

    • says

      Hi RG

      Thanks for appreciating. No, I have not participated in any TV show as i don’t cook non-veg food.
      Wishing you and your family a very happy and prosperous diwali.


  222. Rede Batcheller says

    I now know it is possible to get to heaven without having passed away! I was hunting for the fig jam recipe I used last year and apparently didn’t save, and up comes ‘vegrecipesofindia’ and a good fig jam recipe. I’m just about drooling looking at everything else — I’ve done no Indian cooking in years but I think I just got dropped back into it! Many blessings, and thank you for all your work on all this!

  223. Michelle T says

    Where do you find organic milk in this country? I live in Dehradun and have no idea where to even look. I used organic milk in the States but when I moved to India I couldn’t find any. Thanks for your recipes.

  224. swathi says

    hi dassana

    I have been following your blog for quite some time now. I have also tried 2 of your dal recipes, needless to say they were awesome. I am an amateur cook as of now but have developed keen interest in cooking.I love experimenting on new recipes and cuisines.

    I was surprised initially by the unique cooking techniques you have mentioned in some of your recipes, food blogs usually follow simple techniques. But I love your blog, especially the dal recipe collection. Looking forward to trying out new and interesting recipes from your blog. Food bloggers like you make life so much easier for amateur cooks like me.

    Thanks a lot.

    • says

      welcome swathi and thanks for writing such a sweet comment. every one is amateur in the beginning but what matters is the willingness to learn and explore… and the persistence. so i feel u will be a excellent cook soon.

  225. Erin says

    Thank you for this beautiful blog! I’ve been (trying) to cook authentic Indian food in Texas for the better part of ten years, and have had limited success, largely due to vague descriptions in cookbooks without photos. I feel lucky to have stumbled across your blog. Please tell me you’ll be publishing a huge, glossy book soon! I would love to have all these recipes/stories/photos in one, permanent place.

  226. Anand says

    Hello Dassana
    Namasthe.. I stumbled upon this wonderful page in google search while searching for what is Dal which I should use to get best tasting sambar. I want to thank you for this wonderful sight and to your patience and details, I think your skills of Food technology and quality analyst are best used here. Thanks a ton.
    I was trying to see which blog (word press, google or paid website) when I pressed about us and your introduction about you was excellent. A lot of people would be curious to know how could you manage to get so many cultures, that would be great story in making.

    I am born in Strict Vegetarian family and Yes one always feel disconnected with others esp, when I go on camping with others but world over the vegan concept is becoming increasingly popular. I wish you all the best and hope to see a lot more recipes of vegan and vegetarian dishes from you, sorry you just raised the expectation levels ..:-) God Bless you.

    • says

      thanks anand for this appreciating. if we listen to our gut feeling then sooner or later we all will find our creative talent. i enjoy cooking and blogging so most of this blog is created spontaneously. enjoying what u do is the most important factor. this blog is using self hosted wordpress blog with thesis theme. god bless you too and thanks again for all the compliments.

  227. Archana says

    Hi Dassana,
    I stumbled on your website when I was searching for veg recipes when my hubby dear suddenly decided to turn vegetarian. We have been strict non-vegetarians :) all our life and suddenly to cook veggies was a nightmare! My favourite past time has been browsing recipes and trying them out. Guess your website never came into my radar (regretfully) because of our choice. But I’m so glad that I chanced upon your blog. It’s amazing. I tried quite a many of your recipes, but the best compliment I got was for your kadai panner. My daughter, who hardly eats veggies, just loved it! Your step by step description is so good and so easy to follow even for a novice. You make vegetarian dishes look more appetizing than the “others” :)
    Thanks Dassana. By the way, I’m konkani too.
    Look forward to bond with you over recipes :)

    • says

      welcome archana. i can related to your feeling when your daughter complimented you on kadai paneer. at few occasions, i experienced the same emotions when i got good comments from people who are mostly into non-vegetarian food.
      keep visiting and sharing your feedback.

  228. Aroopa says

    Dear Dassana( दस्सना)
    You have à very nice food site especially for vegetarians.
    Is your name is an अपभ्रंश of the Sanskrit दर्शना?
    What is your mother tongue?
    When we write in the English script we never get the right pronunciation.
    Wishing you and ours a very auspicious VIJAYADASHAMI.

    • says

      aroopa. thanks for appreciating the site. my name is not related with ‘darshana’. my mother tonque is konkani. wishing you and your family auspicious VIJAYADASHAMI and navratri.

  229. Prajakta says

    Hi, I am a stout nonvegetarian for a simple reason that it was more easy compared to veg food.
    But i landed to ur site … and was quite happy with your style of cooking . I tried you rajgeera puri and it turned fab. My daughter (10) is a vegetarian and i am sure ur site will really help me.

    Photos are very tempting and really pushes me to try ur dishes. Today i will try your dhokla receipe.
    Bye and take care.

    • says

      thanks a lot prajakta for your genuine feedback. i have also replied to your microwave query. do try some more recipes from the blog for your daughter. even vegetarian food is easy to make.

  230. says

    Hi Dassana. It is really nice to know about you. Being a vegetarian in a household that also eats non-veg food is not easy. I am in the same shoes. You have an amazing range of recipes on your space. Love your food photography as well. I am from Mumbai too and I am trying to inculcate vegan recipes in my diet as I had a gall bladder excision three years ago. It is really a pleasure and a learning experience for me while reading your food space.

  231. usha says

    Hello Dassana, found your blog whilst looking out for indian recipes, and I really, really liked the simple-to-do recipes, and even more so, the pictures. That really helps. This is a brilliant site for indian cooking. Forge on !!

  232. shyamala says

    Love you so much Dassana!!!, for giving us such wonderful & perfect recipes, I am really very grateful to u! may God bless u…….:)

  233. T says

    Hi there, just wanted to stop by and say wow, I love your recipes. When I read about your roots: I said “WOW”, you are so diverse in yourself. I am craving some of your mumbai street food right now such as pav bhaji, veg sandwich etc. Thanks for meticulously putting all this together.

    I also want to take the time to say good job on separating vegeterianism ( i am a vegetarian) vs vegan vs fish-eaters etc

  234. Ansuya says

    This blog is excellent. I tried your fruit bread. It was very good. I am waiting eagerly for the apple pie post. Also the tips given to start a blog has given me an interest to start my blog. The tutorial in the internet for blogging is confusing. Hence can you mail me the step by step tutorial to start a blog and to host it using a free platform like bloggers.com.

  235. says

    Your posts are simply awesome. I was trying to make instant oat idlis and somehow they just did not turn out right. Then I ran into your idli post.

    Wah! Its a great post and then I bookmarked a whole lot of recipes I would like to try. Thank you for the wonderful step by step instructions and the photographs are great too. Wonderful job.

  236. Kiran says

    hi dassana,

    hats off to the efforts that are going into the making of this brilliant website. quality trumps as your stats also says.though you express doubts about your food photography skills, pictures are brilliant! your style of “no caps” is nice. i am trying to copy that style in this comment. :-). moreover it proves a point that having a training helps. method matters, especially in the bread making, kneading etc. will be compelled to regularly add to your page visits.


  237. Sana says

    Hello Dassana,
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the recipes, your thourough and comprehensive writing style. I am a vegetarian too eversince I was like 4 years old, and I can relate to you, because I’ve experienced the same things you had,from relatives, friends and whomever I meet. I love Indian food and looking forward to prepare some of your mouthwatering and awesome dishes to my family !!!!! So glad to have found your site and WISH YOU ALL THE BEST IN LIFE. Finally, thank you SOO MUCH for sharing your recipes with us.

  238. says

    Had seen your space n number of times whenever I hit for some recipe in Google.
    But never checked the about section of your blog. Feel real great that you are a pure vegetarian more apt would be vegan, and was wondering how you could change to a vegan being in a your parent’s family which was a pure non vegetarian. Well glad to be at your space and following you happily in Facebook.. :) Your space is awesome with very good explanation of recipes you try out.. Real good work.. Keep going and rocking! :)

    • says

      thanks sangeetha for the positive comment and appreciating the site. i guess i became vegetarian at an early age, because of my interest in meditation. meditation was probably my interest in past lives too. meditation makes it impossible to eat non-vegetarian food. keep visiting the blog.

  239. says

    Thats the best “About Me” I have read so far. Congrats. Your site and recipes are awesome.

    Just a question, how are you showing so much ads in your webpage? Google adsense will allow only a maximum of 3 ads / page, right? In this page itself I saw 1 ad on header, 2 on right side bar, 1 on bottom and 1 on left sidebar. Can you shed some light on this?

  240. Priti says

    I love your recipes!! Thanks for sharing:)
    Can you post a recipe for cereal chivda or corn flakes chivda. Your recipes are delicious and healthy :)

  241. Dipika says

    I love your blog. I have made a few recipes and now I know that all the recipes I make from here are consistently good. I also read about your interest in spirituality and meditation. I am so happy to read about your kindness to animals too. I also used to be a non-veg but after meditating for a year the desire to eat it left me overnight, much to my own surprise. I started feeling a lot of compassion for animals, fish and insects.

    I still love cooking and eating delicious food and your blog is usually the first I will check out online. Thank you for the delicious recipes which you photograph and write out with so much detail. I am really glad your husband supported you in starting the blog. We would have missed out on so much otherwise :)

    God bless and may you keep growing in all that you wish.

    • says

      thanks dipika for writing such a motivating comment. such comments motivates me to keep on blogging.
      with meditation our energy vibration changes and it becomes difficult to eat non-veg food as we go deep in meditation.
      all religions and spiritual masters have given importance of vegetarian diet for making progress in meditation or spirituality.

  242. says


    I love your recipes and your approach. We are a lot alike – vegetarian, computers, cooking. In my case, add art, jyotish, repairs and writing.

    While camping in France, I came across Walnut bread. It got me interested in bread making. The bread was sold by the weight, and only made in one bakery in this one village. It was a dark bread, with some rye in the dough. And had a bit of structure to it (not soft and spongy) and tasted “real”. Maybe the bread had some walnut flour as well – not sure. Food is treated seriously in France.

    I also got interested in Pizza making after my niece introduced my to Crusties’ pizzas in Sydney, Australia. One had a sauce of chopped mushrooms and garlic, topped by grilled asperagus stalks. All of a sudden, I realised that here was another area worth serious exploration! Then I found out there are many out there in internet land, seriously working in this area. I have just got two cast iron plates and seasoned them (like the dosa plates) to use for this. Luckily this also means I can make dosa on them, which is great when kitchen space is limited.

    It has been a delight to find you, and I have started to email your website to other foodies I know. Keep on with your website, and I hope your ad income increases by leaps and bounds so we can enjoy your company and ideas for a long time to come.

    • says

      thanks nimmi for writing this encouraging comment and as well sharing the website with your friends and also for your best wishes :-)
      keep on visiting the blog and sharing your views about recipes.

  243. pritika says

    hi dassana,
    I have been checking your website from long time but this is the first time I am writing to you. I love the way you explain about your recipes and put pictures of each and every step. This actually helps a lot if I have to try something new. I am not writing about recipes but about the website. I want to create a website and regarding that i need help from you. I would be obliged if you could help me regarding this.

  244. Gilles says

    I’ve been following and exploring your blog for one year now, trying as many recipes as I can, and I wanted to take my hat off to you for this wonderful work! It’s so rare to find such erudition, clears texts, beautiful photos and good mood gathered together…
    Being a Hindi learner, I’m looking for a good indian cookbook in Hindi, equivalent to, say, “Prashad – Cooking with Indian Masters” for instance. Would you know such a book and how to get it ?

    I wish you all the best!

    Gilles, from France.

    • says

      namaste gilles. thanks a lot for your positive feedback. i have seen hindi cookbooks, but only of authors like sanjeev kapoor, neeta mehta and tarla dalal. i haven’t seen any equivalent in hindi of a book like Prashad – Cooking with Indian Masters. there is a local website called as bookganga.com. they sell indian regional languages books like hindi, marathi etc in different categories like food, culture, religion etc. you can browse through this website and search for the same book with the title or author or ISBN number on amazon. you can also browse through flipkart.com. but flipkart delivers in india. but they do have hindi cook books of the same authors mentioned above.

  245. Mohan Menezes says

    I accidentally found this wonderful site, I will make it a favorite from now on! Thanks for the great recipes. As a Canadian I hardly cook but after looking at the simple recipes, I am now motivated to help my wife in the cooking department.

    I complement you and your supportive husband. I like the brightness, the mouth watering pictures, the construction of this website as well as enjoy the easy reading and location of recipes as well. I will be following your success in the days to come.

    God bless and all the best to you!

  246. Smita says

    hi dear, I was searching for lauki soup and saw your site,its very nice of your site . I was also a teacher but at present at home .I like cooking very much and very much found of working on computer.I liked your site very much ,as since from when i am working on making a site.Please do suggest me some sites.

  247. Harpreet Singh says

    Good Day Dassana,
    I came accidentally on your site. I was trying to find instructions on making white butter.
    I have read your blog. It is very well written, very authentic and loved your attention to detail (camera) and your honesty (monetized ads). Many thanks to your husband for encouraging you to pursue and is now maintaining the servers . Well Done!! Ms. Dassana
    Keep Rising and Keep Shining!!
    Good Work!!

  248. Aravind says

    I accidentally landed to you web blog while searching for mushroom biriyani. Soon I realised your blog is much different from others which exist. All the write ups, photographs are excellent. You are a gifted multi talented person. Keep going.

  249. Namrata says

    Hi Dassana,

    Good Morning,

    I want to give you a big hug and say “Thank you”!! Off lately i have to be at work until 9 or 10 in the night due to which my husband has taken over kitchen department. All thanks to your detailed recipes that he has been following and cooking some awesome food every single day. So far he has made – Dum aaloo, Paneer Makhani, Paneer Jalfrazi, aaloo Palak, Thepla, aloo ghobi, Rasam and baigan!! All the dishes have turned out to be absolutely perfect and authentic. Aroma & Flavors are out of the world. I am not exaggerating by any means. All these dishes are way above and beyond comparison with some of the Indian restaurants around our area. Thank you once again for the lovely blog.

  250. AA_Mom says

    Hello Dassana,
    I came across your blog when searching for the bhatura recipe and have subscribed you since then. I should have done it earlier as I had seen your blog being mentioned on the various food blogs that I frequent. You have an incredible collection here and we all should thank your husband as well as he inspired you to start this blog. Thanks for the wonderful recipes.

  251. says


    I like your blog a lot. You share amazing recipes. Please keep it up. Its very inspiring.

    I have started my own blog today and am very new to the world of blogging. On the blog I will be sharing my life as it is. No photoshop, no make up :). I plan to also include a few recipes here and there in my blog. I have posted one salad recipe for Ramazan already. I was wondering if you would like to take a look at it and feature it on your blog. Or even make some suggestions with respect to the design and content of the blog.
    Appreciate your help.


    • dassana says

      will check your blog zeffira and will write to you after seeing your blog in my spare time. thanks for your kind words. blogging is good and creative as well. you will enjoy the whole process of blogging.

  252. Sonali says

    I found your blog thru Pinterest and love it the way you have structured it. Looking fwd to following u and your recipes.

  253. says

    I just stumbled across your lovely blog, via Tastespotting. I particularly love dals so will try some of yours and see how they compare to some of mine ;o). Am also interested to see the type of vegan curries you make. I like your blog layout in as far as Indian food from different regions. Very helpful. Best Torie

  254. says

    hello again.please do you have some indian and spicy recipes of dodka (ridge gourd luffa) or ghosavala (smooth luffa) and Matti gulla or green brinjal.thanks in advance

  255. Janhavi says

    First of all you have very beautiful name just like your beautiful blog
    I’m very impressed with all the recipes. I made kulfi today, it is in freezer now, but I’m sure it will be great. I like the way you wrote. I do eat satvik food almost everyday, no onion/no garlic no chilli. So is my family. Once in a while i use garam masalas to make occasional recipes, but everyday all natural organic ingridents make food heaven. Thanks for all the recipes here, keep writing :-)

    • says

      thanks janhavi. i hope the kulfi has turned out good. i agree on the use of natural and organic ingredients. i make satvik food on some days and on days when we don’t want to eat onion and garlic. but i do add some chilies :-)

  256. Bindu Jolly says

    Hi Dassana,
    I just wanted to say how impressed I am with your website and your repertoire of recipes! I stumbled upon your website last Friday whilst looking for imaginative Indian vegetarian recipes – something different to the norm I usually make. I tried 3 recipes over the weekend-Punjabi chana, kadhai paneer restaurant style and the Goan style chilli mushroom. What can I say? The recipes were amazing – really really good. I am so impressed you really are a culinary genius! Please keep the new recipes coming!
    Thank you!

  257. says

    Hi dassana,

    I really love the way you have made your website and you food recipes look mouth watering Im going try few soon,between please give me few tips to develop my blog too, im so new to it!


  258. Morgan LaRue says

    Aloha Dassana,

    Any interest in compiling your recipes into a cookbook? I would purchase it in a heartbeat! Your recipes are terrific.

    Kind regards,

  259. Nandita says

    Hi Dassana,

    I have spent the past couple of days browsing through your recipes and they all look just amazing! I already tried out your restaurant style dal tadka around 2 months back and have made it some 4-5 times ever since! Then I didnt have the patience to look through your website :)
    I was going crazy the past couple of days trying to decide what I can start out making using your website….I have decided to check on your website depending on the veggies I have at home and try out stuff. Hopefully I will be prompt in posting my comments for all the dishes that I try out!

    Thanks for running such an amazing website…it is awesome work! :)


    • says

      thanks nandita for writing the positive feedback. it not only motivates me but also helps the other readers to try the recipes. do share your honest feedback once you try more recipes.

  260. geetanjali says

    hey hi… i came to know abt this site while searching for paneer recipe. and i fell in love. step by step recipe is very interesting idea and i wish you very best luck. plz continue your food journey.

  261. says

    Hi Dassana,
    simply blown away with your food photography. Would you like to showcase it on our website: http://www.mealnut.com ? We are creating a platform for home-chef to showcase, or sell their delicacies online. Keepup the amazing work :-)

  262. Arpita says

    I cannot wait to make Garam Masala at home.
    I would like to request the recipe of “Masala Puri” which is famous in bangalore.I tried to find the authentic one where it gives how to make chaat masala at home,but cannot find it.my family loves ‘masala puri’ and I look forward for your recipe of the same.
    Warm Regards,

  263. Arpita says

    This is the best veg recipes I have come across.
    I would like to know which garam masala you would use for North Indian curries like Punjabi dum Aloo?I use MTR which gives south Indian flavor.Pls let me know the alternative.
    Also is it ok to substitute Green Cardamom for Black?
    Thanks in Advance.

  264. Sham says

    Hi, Hope u can assist me. I am looking for a vegetable curry recipe made up of broad bean drum sticks papri and whole lots of other indian vegetables. This dish has fried pateria with it. Thanks Sham

  265. Chetan says

    Great Stuff, Awesome Website. Looking forward to being regular on your site and helping my mom n wife at the kitchen with my special dishes :) :)

  266. Punya says

    Hi Dassana, Stumbled upon your website one day searching for a random recipe. And now I am completely hooked on to it. So much so that I have it bookmarked and try and visit it almost every other day. I tried your recipe for Manchurian, though it did not turn out to be perfect, but my family really enjoyed it; I have been asked to make it again! :D I have planned to try all you paneer recipes since I am a big paneer fan. Sharing you website link with my mom too now.Btw, awesome photography :) Keep up the good work. Happy cooking!

    • says

      thanks punya for your feedback and also for making the recipes. do try the paneer recipes as well. they are good recipes. happy cooking to you too.

  267. Hazel says

    Hi Dassana, I had to make jeera rice for a party, & going through your web site, I tried your
    jeera rice, it is so tasty & simple to make. All the guest asked me if I bought the rice. I proudly said it is from a web site. Now I am hooked on to your web site. I am from Goa too.
    Lived in Bombay & now migrated past 17yrs. to Canada. Miss all the authenic good food.
    Keep up the good work. God Bless.

  268. Mark says

    Hi Dassana,
    I just discovered your website and I love cooking Indian Food. It’s brilliant… great recipies, lovely photos, easy to follow… its really a great site, thank you. Now I’m starving just looking at it!

  269. Jo says

    Hi Dassana,
    Just wondering how I unsubscribe to receiving email updates from your blog?
    Thanks, Jo

  270. Narayanan K says

    Dear Mrs.Dasanna,

    I have gone throough your website. It is one of the best website I have ever seen having so many recipes from various cuisines with pictorial guide. I appreciate that you do not want us to upload any new food items instead you will try and post it, which is really a good thought.

    I wonder whether you have added the pongal receipe in your south indian cuisine. If not please add, there will be so many who may like it.

    Keep up the good work!!

  271. louise burt says

    This is a wonderful site! Beautiful photography, clearly laid out and fab looking recipes that I can’t wait to try! Thank you.

  272. says

    Dear Dassana, seriously surfing this blog even for 2-3 mins gives my stomach a hard time!
    I must say, you have a brilliant aesthetic sense!
    This blog is a jaw dropping experience for Indian Cuisine lovers.
    – Fan #1

  273. Sonal says

    This is one of the highest quality food blogs I have come across! I love how you describe the inspiration for the dish before you actually share the recipe. And of course, the food photography and styling is perfection.

  274. Jo says

    Hi Dassana,
    what a fantastic blog you have! I am so pleased to have come across it! I have a couple of question for you out of interest: 1. what is your motivation for being vegan? 2. you use cashew, almond, and soy milk in some of your recipes, which one do you prefer and why? And what do you think about rice milk?

    • says

      thanks jo.
      1: after being a vegetarian, the next best thing that i could do was being a vegan. it will just follow if one is sensitive and meditative.
      2: for making tea, i prefer cashew milk. its easy to make and the tea tastes just like regular indian chai. for milkshakes and making indian sweets, surely almond milk works best. cashew milk tastes good in milkshakes too. soy milk is again for making tea, coffee and adding to cake batters. i usually end up using cashew milk more since it easy to make than making almond milk or soy milk. i have not yet tried rice milk, so cannot comment on it.

  275. Manju says

    hi dassana all ur recipes r very simple and delicious..i would like u to post creamy white sauce pasta in your blog..please..

  276. says

    Very tastefully written and imaginatively photographed.
    Special, more so as it is difficult to find a ‘veg-only” page that too with a wide variety of primarily Indian recipes.
    Congratulations to you!
    Keep it up!


  277. Sonu Joshi says

    Wow, I just found your blog randomly while searching for pizza recipe from scratch and found this quite awesome. Fell in love with your lip smacking dishes.
    Apart from cooking and photography I would like to mention I love “Thesis Framework” too. I’m also using the same in most of my blogs :)

  278. suvarna says

    pl tell me, is this free or i have to pay something? bcoz i have submitted my e-mail id to get free news letters of recipes and they have sent me the e-mail in which they have mentioned thanks for your subscription and click on some link for confirmation. so, is this free or chargable? pl help me then i can continue.

  279. says

    Hi, I am writing to you from THE WEEK magazine, this is for our health magazine Smart Life.
    For the December issue of Smart Life we are looking at soup recipes
    fit for winter from five popular food bloggers based in India. In
    addition to their soup recipes we would also like to know more about
    them. Would therefore love to have you contribute to the story.
    The queries we would require answers to are as follows.
    When and how did you start blogging?
    What do you like to cook the most?
    What’s the most popular dish on your blog, the one that you got
    maximum positive responses for?
    Who is your inspiration?

    Would like to know if you are based out of Mumbai, if so, would you be willing to contribute to the magazine? We would need a photoshoot with you too.

    Sharmista Chaudhury

  280. marnie says

    WOW, what a wonderful collection of recipies, am so excited to find your blog. Congratulations and I wish you much luck and hope you keep posting for a long time. Thank you

  281. Kc2002 says

    Hi Dassana, I found your blog only recently and I love it. I’ts great that you have recipes from both the North and South! I have tried your Bhindi Do Pyaza and Mah Di Dal and both of them were delicious. Your proportions as listed in your recipes are very good and both dishes tasted authentic Punjabi! The photos are also a work of art! Think you and keep the recipes coming!

  282. Tina says

    Hi Dassana

    I don’t do this often but I hat to write to tell you how much I love your blog. Your blog is officially my go to place for any ideas, recipes, or reminders indeed for my every day and party cookings! Having recently got married I began to get irritated with having to run my mum or sister for even the smallest reminder about recipes – then I discovered your site. I religiously use it – it’s even got its own bookmark! Just wanted to say thanks as I honestly use your blog all the time.

    Thank you

    • says

      thanks tina such a beautiful comment. you have really made my day :-) i am so glad that my blog is helping you with your everyday cooking as well as party cookings. to be very honest with you, my blog is an online journal for me too. whenever i have to make something which i have already posted, i come to my own blog and take the recipe ingredients. sounds funny, but this is how it is. i usually forget the recipe i create or develop except the ones i make often. so before i forget a recipe that i have created, i always write the recipe down on my laptop and then post it.

      once again thanks a lot :-)

  283. says

    Nice to meet you Dassana. I recently found your blog and really liked it. I am following your facebook page. When you get time, please visit my space and check it out.
    It was nice meeting you!!

  284. Mansi says

    Hey girl i am so happy and excited to see your blog.It made me feel so relieved as i am newly married and am always in search of good recipes and how to cook.Thank you