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12 March 2006

About me

Hello! Welcome to my little nook on the world wide web where I open the doors of my kitchen to you. Sitting on our virtual table, over a cup of tea (or filter coffee) I share with you my food stories, recipes, some my own, some from my family and some from friends.


I started this blog on 12 March, 2006, very hesitantly, as an online diary of the stuff I cook, just so this highly impulsive cook in me can keep a record of what went into a dish she liked, in case I was asked to make it again.


A little background about me
By qualification, I'm a medical doctor and nutritionist (which is why you will find that most of the food I write about, is good for you and me). I've been writing on nutrition, health and food for over 5 years now - for magazines, newspapers and other publications. I've recently started writing for BBC Good Food since its launch in India.


As a child, I wasn't allowed much near the cooking range, except may be as an older kid to make a cup of tea for my grandparents. I started cooking only after my medical college when we were posted for rural internship and we had to cook ourselves if we had to eat something edible. And then one thing led to the other and my passion for cooking took a lead over many other hobbies and interests. A year's stay in US in 2005, exposed me to 24 hour Food TV, global cuisines and of course, the joys of baking.


A little more personal
I'm married to a foodie, who'll happily taste everything I cook (umm...except may be some members of the gourd family) and I'm mom to a three year old son, who turned out to possess gourmet tastes ever since he started eating solids.


This blog was born in Bombay (Mumbai, India), moved to Hyderabad for a while and I currently live in Bangalore. I try and grow some vegetables and herbs in my terrace garden, many of which find a mention in my present posts. 


Over the years, Saffron Trail has got a fair share of press and mentions. Some of them are listed here.


If you want to get in touch with me, check the Contact Me page or send me a line on the email id below. And, thank you for visiting my blog.




[Updated on 13 March, 2012]



27 comments:

Vijai said...

Yoo hoo!
For a moment I thought your saffron blog was leaving behind a trail of politics!
But thank heavens for the fact that in all probability your pursuits will turn out to be much more palatable.
That green chilli slit thing works? This I've got to try. Because if there is one ardent fan of perfectly formed curds/yoghurt (where you can scoop up blocks of it without much effort), it's gotta be me!
Congratulations on the blog, now let's see if you can sustain the interest ;)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on this Yummy blog,will sure be a regular here.And might try some of the simpler recipes.

Stay connectd

Ciao
Manoj

Nishit said...

Hi Nan!!!

This is completely awesome. Glad to see you leaving your trail behind for the rest of us!!!

I recently have turned completely veg and I love it! So I look forward to trying some of your favorites.

Thanks
Nishit

Hashim Salleh said...

This is a great blog! Spice up my tastebuds. I will try out your mouth watering recipes.

Nandita said...

Hey guys thanks for your encouragement, and keep dropping by to check out new healthy vegetarian recipes and try them out in your kitchens!!

Kausha said...

hey Nandita...
I want to thank you so much for ur great recipes... as they have such a blend of diffrent cuisines...
and as a vegetarian indian living in U.K, i am constantly disappointed with food here..
ur recipes make me feel less left out.. :)
P.S: Can you suggest some good resturants in London which do vegetarian...? u mentioned a couple... any more??

Anonymous said...

Thanks for Saffron Trail and the background bio. Can't wait to try these recipes. I saw a post on boxcarkitchen.com for saffron pots de creme and tried them. It's one of the most versatile spices that has totally captured my interest.

Anonymous said...

Hello Nadita.
My name is Deepa and I write to you from Boston. I am a friend of Sumanth and he always has so many delightful things to say about you and about your wonderful passion for the culinary arts. I have just taken a look at your blog. I must say that it is indeed splendid. I am not much of a cook myself and even when I do try it is most often pretty boring food:) I don't eat Indian food much and reading your recipes makes me want to give cooking a shot;) Well, I wish you many more exciting discoveries and joys in sharing your gift. Warm regards. Deepa

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Pearlsofeast said...

Nandita. I also do beileve that cooking is meditation and absolutely share the same thoughts for baking. I find it very relaxing.Nice to know you.

Usha said...

What a yummy place to be in!!
Am going to try out all the easy recipes.
Thanks for making it easy by compiling them here.

Alka said...

Hey Nandita,
Pleased to finally trace a food blogger frm Aamchi Mumbai.
Yes cooking can take u at heights of satisfaction ,particularly if u cook for dear ones,and seeing them licking the plates and fingers after eating what u cooked, is such an ultimate pleasure...unmatched happiness....

Sucharitha and Kaushalya said...

Hi Nandita,
I am Sucharitha from Florida. Love ur site and the recipes and their pics r make me drool. I am a first time blogger and have created a blog just a month ago. Some of the blogs including urs are my inspirations. Thank u so much.

Saffron Spices said...

I find cooking definitely is very therapeutic.

Prianca said...

Hey!

Didn't think my next mommy fren would have such awesome recipes up her sleeve! I don't have much time to cook, thanks to my bratty sonny, but I ADORE surfing for recipes and whenever I do have time, I try making them! I love baking too and absolutely agree with you when you say its therapeutic!
Lots of love to Atri...Catch ya soon...till then, I'll go try some of your yummm recipes!!!

Pria

susvaad said...

Nandita,We have a lot in common from your profile.You like the same kind of movies I like .We are both Tamilians and I love food (both cooking and eating).It feels like you are an old friend.Amazing blog

Char said...

Hi nan!!!

Its so cool to stumble upom your blog...Im so glad to be catching up with people blogging from mumbai...Im a Doctor too!!! what are you doing? as in in medicine what do you do? Im so glad to know food is your passion,, I LOVE FOOD!!!! Ive just started cooking...and just started following blogs, both are exciting me immensely!! i will stay in touch

Can you please tell me , out here every time i ask for baking soda, ppl end up giving me baking powder...so what do i use? cos recipes distinctly ask for both...i end up using eno fruit salt..
take the care..cant believe youve been blogging 4 yrs!!!Im definitely going to try your ginger bread

Sonia Mahajan said...

hi nandita, I like your blog .I want to try your recepies.please guide me...........

Shaji said...

Dear Nandita,
                         Thanks for your coffee recipe. Recently I got transferred to tamilnadu. I liked the filter coffee which is famous in Tamilnadu. I purchased the coffee filter and started making coffee since last week, but the real taste was not coming. After reading your recipe, I tried your method and it was working fine. 

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Ramesh said...

Dear Nandita,


I came across your blog while searching for calories in Chapattis/Rotis, very helpful information indeed and a big thank you. You have a wonderful blog and I will not only try your delicious recipes but will be here regularly.


Thank you and best wishes,
Ramesh

Rama Harinath said...

Hey Nandita, Tried your recipe for making pasta at home - to make some canneloni sheets...they came out PURRRFECT!!! Thanks!! It was a super easy recipe...

loga said...

I found you on Twitter , your blog is very nice but unfortunately i don't know to cook ...but i eat well...

MEENA GURU said...

Dear Nandita,am most happy to visit your blog since I could find the favourite ayurvedic recipes those are loved by my husband.Being a housewife am supposed to make delicious and favourite dishes for my family members.Thanx,you helped me Nandu..Best regds / Meena aunty

Payal A. Sharma said...

Hey nandita... I tried your pull apart pesto bread recipe n it came out Perfecttt... I was so happy... Everyone in my home love pesto but never thought of trying it with something else apart from pasta... My 4 year old son could not stop himself from eating a lot of it :) thank u for the recipes u post here.

syamala said...

Thank you Nandita for sharing Foxtail millet recipe with all.Just now I was searching for thinai recipes and I saw your blog.Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe.

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