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Home Town: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Living In: Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Member Since: Mar. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Indian, Vegetarian, Dessert, Gourmet
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing
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on a yatch near Atlantis,Dubai
About this Cook
I am from the Southern part of India.I started cooking from my high school.I developed a liking to it when i did my grad .in Home Science.I love to cook for my family and friends .they always seem to like and appreciate it which has made me more confident about my cooking.Over the years i ve improved and made my cooking more healthy by using less oil.i ve been lucky to ve travelled to many lovely countries in south east asia and most of euorope.i ve a varied taste and I love to try new cuisines .
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook Mughlai briyani's,puloa's,baking especially cakes and cookies.I love to make south Indian traditional varieties for our festivals/functions.since I live a place like dubai I ve been lucky to taste food from different countries.out of which my favourite is middle eastern cooking(lebanese/arabic/iranian) and thai for its flavourful and spicy cuisine.
My favorite family cooking traditions
We at home eat very simple,healthy food which includes more of indian green veges.its spicy .i constantly keep making different vegetarian preparations since i get bored cooking the same stuff again and agian.We eat mostly rice and vegtables which i try to cook differently.
My cooking triumphs
It would be baking.since we never had an oven when i was young i always was fasinated by the aroma of fresh baked college we had a cookery lab which had such appliances .we baked cookies and cakes in dad seeing my interest presented my first ever OTG in which i have tried and made some lovely stuff.I ve constantly tried to bake/make cakes/cookies without using eggs since my husband is a vegetarian.he likes anything sweet so i am careful not to use eggs in the food i make for him.Also i can make lovely puloa's using any available vegetable and rice.
My cooking tragedies
It would again be baking.since the time I started baking there have been innumerable tragedies right from over baked,dry cakes to half baked after 10 yrs of trying i can say with pride that i ve somehow managed to perfect baking with minimal tragedies!!!
Recipe Reviews 8 reviews
Strawberry Muffins
very nice and easy to make for an evening snack. just baked these with no great modifications except 1 tspn vanilla and a few drops of strawberry essence. used frozen strawberries which i thawed,squezed to remove excess water and them little with my hands since my kids dont like whole pieces.a very tasty muffin for sure .

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Reviewed On: Apr. 29, 2009
One Bowl Chocolate Cake III
i followed the recipe word by word but the center didnt cook at all.though i baked all the batter in a springform pan. tastes very good with a great chocolatey taste but the center was very gooey ,didnt cook at all even after 45 rose well. the top was i had to cut the cake leaving the center.iam giving this 4 stars since the the kids loved it and the cake didnt get wasted. i will still try this for its chocolatey taste next time and post my views again.

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Reviewed On: Feb. 5, 2009
Chocolate Oil Cake
i made this cake today .i mixed the cocoa powder in water and added.this prevents lumps and the cocoa mixes well into the flour. i halved the amount exactly. soon after baking there was a hard crust on top which made me think i ve choosen the wrong recipe. but by the evening/next day it turned out amazingly moist and soft.nobody believed its without eggs and butter.i didnt have white vinegar so added apple cider vinegar and the rest followed the recipe exactly.definitely a great,easy cake .thanks for sharing the recipe.

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Reviewed On: Apr. 24, 2008

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