About

“In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot and a mom.”

–  Barbara Costikyan

Hello Visitor,
Thanks so much for stopping by. My name is Roopa Hariprasad. I am originally from Bangalore, settled in the US for quite a few years now. Though the kitchen is the place where my heart is, I enjoy gardening, learning music, embroidery and knitting in my spare time. My Husband Hari, is also a great cook and is not only my source of inspiration, but also my worst critic and best friend.
I started writing this blog to share some of the recipes from my Mother and Grandmother’s kitchen back in India. I have grown up around some of the best cooks who would not follow written recipes and most measurements were eyeballed. I do most things that way, which makes it a little difficult for me to write exact measurements sometimes. There are other recipes that I have learnt after marriage from my In laws, friends, online and from books. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you and hear your experiences after trying out my posted food formulas.

My cooking philosophy is exactly what I have on my main page-

Aaahaara shuddhau sattwashuddhih | Sattava suddhau dhruvaa smritih 

Which means- Purity of food leads to purity of the mind. This is a saying from the Chandogya upanishad.

I also believe that it’s the simplest foods that give the most comfort. I grew up in a home where not only onion and garlic, but even tomatoes, carrots, radishes and many other vegetables were not eaten as per the sattvic principles. As a result, as much as I have tried, I could never acquire a taste for garlic, which is why I choose not to cook with it. The same applies to my Husband, who is not much of an experimenter when it comes to food.

Last year, Hari and I went to Culinary School and learnt the basics of Baking and Pastry arts. It’s something I really feel proud of. I would like to share my baking experiences also here on my blog.

When I started blogging in 2007, I was inexperienced and only knew the food I grew up eating. There have been spells when I did not know what to write. The true challenge has been to try to feel inspired. Traveling has made me realize that there are at least 10 different ways the same vegetable can be cooked. That was my inspiration. I would like to include more recipes from different parts of India. Recipes that I have learnt from Chefs at Hotels we stayed at or from people who are from that part of India and cookbooks that seem authentic. I will try to keep the recipes as authentic as possible. If someone from that part of India, does not recognize it, please do let me know. I would love to learn how to make it better.

I am not a great photographer so if someone feels the need to use my pictures, please go ahead. My recipes, on the other hand are tried and tested, please do not use them elsewhere without giving credit, if not to me, the people who taught them to me:)

I do read all your comments and try to respond as quickly as possible. If there is any recipe you think I might know and would like me to post it, please drop me a line. If I do know or can get it for you, I will.

– Roopa

17 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Roopa,
    Came to your blog since you had visited mine and had a nice comment. The set dose looks mouth watering, I sure will try your recipe. Keep blogging.

  2. hi,
    just now i visited ur blog…niivu kannada douru antha nodii khushii aaytu..naanu sandige huli recipe huduktaa idde..got it from ur blog..thank u..
    and by the way..nimma congress kadlekaayibeeja recipe try maadtini..ishtu sulabha antha gothirlilla..i too am missing it here a lot:(
    regards.

  3. Hi Roopa,

    Nimma website tumba chennagide.. Just now visited ur site.. 🙂

    Nanage traditional brahmin aduge andare tumba ishta.. Dayavittu innu hechchu hechchu recipes galannu post madi like sakkare holige, kayi holige, 7-cup burfis,laddoos,tovve varieties, raithas, different varieties of huli, and different varieties of saru like katt saru, godd saru, thili saru, menasina saru etc..

    1. Hello Nagashree,
      I am really sorry about the late reply. I don’t know how I missed your comment.
      Sure I’ll put up all the recipes you have asked, and more. Please do keep visiting.

      Regards,
      Roopa

  4. HI Roopa,

    Saw your Mallige hoo pictures – wow ! they look really good. l live in the NE too and found mine in some farmers market and one variety in Home Depot. Not only i get worried about them having to stay indoors during winter but also during summer i get these nasty bugs called Fungus gnats in them so i have been using some insecticides to keep them healthy. I am proably the only one who gets to wear mallige to work and hoselty i dont care cause i just love the smell and am so happy that i am able to grow it in my balcony in a place like NJ. 🙂 i must say that i am impressed wiht your blog. i stumbled upon it while searching for a receipe. I am glad i did!

    MS

    1. Thanks Mala,
      I had the plants for 6 years and I loved them. Unfortunately we had to move to an Apartment where there is no outdoor space and I gave all of them away to a friend.
      I had the same problem with gnats and also mealybugs. I got a small bottle of neem oil from Bangalore and sprayed on the plants. That works wonderfully.
      Thanks for liking my blog!

      -Roopa

  5. Hello Roopa,
    Came across your blog and appreciate your effort in documenting all the given recipes. Hope you still visit and check this blog or update the same?
    I also read that you do knitting /stitching/ crochet.. can you please write about them too? My grand mothers used to do it but the knowledge hasn’t been passed down the generation.
    Do reply.
    Regards,
    Usha
    Bangalore

    1. Hello Usha,
      Thank you. I try to make time to write posts, but nowadays I have a writer’s block, that makes posting a little difficult.
      I do crochet and knit but I am completely self taught. I started from books that we get here in the US. If anyone is interested, I would be more than happy to teach what I know. I learnt Embroidery from a Cousin of mine, who teaches Fashion design. If I do get time, I would love to write about Indian Embroidery.

      Warmest,
      Roopa

  6. hi, thanks for all your efforts , every dish i have made from your blog has turned out to be a hit, i check your blog everyday for new recipes and get disappointed when i do not see any , please keep posting recipes.please reply.
    warm regards,
    Rajini

    1. Sorry for the late reply, Rajini. And Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. I will put up more recipes, definitely. I think I have had a bit of writer’s block recently, I need to get back to blogging.

      Regards,
      Roopa

  7. Thanks for the reply Roopa.. Do keep the good work on.. If time permits, do share your knowledge on Indian embroidery/crochet. Your efforts on writing the blogs are much appreciated.
    Will sincerely follow your posts.

    Best wishes,

    Usha

  8. hi , thanks for your reply . tried sajjapa following your recipe it came out hard . any suggestions ? planning to try it again . could you please give me the recipes for karidha kadubu ,steamed kadubu, and mango rice with mustard and methi seeds . thank you in advance .

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