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 started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. the blog is maintained by myself and my husband amit. initially i was a hobby blogger. but in the beginning of 2012, i started to blog professionally and became a full time blogger.
as i have done my graduation in home science, i got professionally trained in cooking as well as baking & confectionery. i was trained both in indian as well as international cuisines. whatever i know about cooking, baking and confectionery is thanks to my training in food science, food technology, nutrition & dietetics as well as the cooking classes i would have every week. cooking is one art that is deeply instilled in me.
about the blog: this blog is a vegetarian blog with vegetarian recipes. mostly indian but some world cuisine as well. there are some baking recipes as well. most of the recipes are in step by step pictorial format. they are easy to understand and relate too. a few recipes have short videos also along with the step wise pics.
all the recipes are tried and tested in our kitchen. the recipes shared on the blog are taken from our families. some are traditional indian recipes. some recipes are adapted from my home science notes & various cook books. some recipes are the ones which i have created and developed.
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 avoid using 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 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.
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.
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