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I live in Delhi, the pampered capital of India. I have too many interests and not enough time! I love cooking, knitting, embroidery (haven’t done this in the longest time), watching TV, reading, and also my professional work (working and teaching in the design field). I also manage the usual roles (wife, mother, sister, daughter) reasonably well…naturally, I am not on top all the time. I do the best I can…I feel strongly about equal opportunities for all. I think the little choices we make at personal levels are very important, and can make this world a better place. I am passionate about the environment and look carefully at ‘consumption’ and waste issues. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. I practice that.

  1. Hi Anita,
    Nice to meet person with like interest as ours. I love crochet, sewing,embroidery etc.It is a pleasant surprise taht both of us have selected the same wordpress theme.Cheers.
    Hi Lakshmiammal. The Internet and the other phenomenon that it has spawned are a great way to find new friends who share your interests. New age, new ways!

  2. Your blog is truly impressive – the combination of passionate commentary and beloved cooking is beguiling.
    I live in South Africa (a retired actor/writer/theatre director)and have always been fascinated by both the food and the life of your ancient country.
    Thank you.

    Thank you, Tjaart! There is so much in this country and the world to be passionate about; a life-time is not enough! Thanks for reading.

  3. Hi Anita!
    You have a beautiful space…not only your kitchen with its touches of handiwork(btw i like your pottery pieces and i LOVE your windows!), but also the atmosphere you have created in your blog-space. I read all the way through “The Spider and the Fly”…I’ll be certain to watch for false flattery now🙂 although, honestly, I take it whenever I get any! I am also a Lewis Carrol fan…and your blog-name caught my eye…”Twas brillig and the slithy toves/Did gyre and gimble in the wabe/ All mimsy were the borogoves/ And the mome raths outgrabe…”
    I’ll be sure to stop by now and then and see what you’re cooking…I had a great time reading on this visit. Thanks!

    Hey there, Pelicano! Thanks for stopping, and would love to hear from a fellow-Carrol fan now and then. And, yes, taking a little flattery never hurt anyone, it can be quite uplifting (such as right now!)🙂

  4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: According to Penn & Teller on their Showtime TV show “Bullshit”, recycling is just that, at least in the USA. Turns out, recycling is subsidized by the government, and creates low-paying lousy jobs for people who sort through the trash. Whereas in Delhi (where I grew up) it was common to go to the trash guy every few months and drop off your old newspapers, glass bottles, tins et al and get some good coin for it, in the US there really is no economic incentive to recycle. Turns out, it is economically self-sustaining to create landfills, make a lovely park over them, when they fill up, and to boot, extract the methane that’s created by fermentation to drive the whole enterprise. Ah, but it doesn’t feel quite as good as spending your valuable time sorting through your disposables and leaving them on the curbside for pickup.

    In India, as in many other developing economies, many people earn their living thru recycling. Even if I throw all my plastic and glass in the trash, my trash collector guy separates it the moment I hand it to him. There is money to be made. But in a country like US, where new things are cheap (even free sometimes) there is no felt need extend the life of a product. Such economies need to first address their consumption. An American uses as much energy as 10 (or is it more) Indians! Recycling is the last issue – first we need to look at how much we need, and how much of it we can reuse.

    In India, we rarely buy jars for storing/canning – there are always enough from the products we buy. Very recently I found a blogger write about finding and using jars she had bought years ago. She was glad she didn’t rush to the store for new ones! So was I!

    PS: Global per capita energy consumption figures here. Turns out US per capita energy consumption is 26 times that of India!

  5. Hi Anita,
    thanks for stopping by, and am glad i could follow back and discover a kindred spirit; i love to sew, crochet, cook as well, among other things:) we grow vegetables in summer, compost our organic waste, buy local, buy bulk to cut packaging junk, but, it is truly never enough…
    your kitchen photos are nice, sun streaming in, well-organized… mine’s not messy per se, but could use a lot of face-lift🙂

  6. Hello Anita

    Lovely site, really warm and uplifting. I always dream of having more time to cook, I used to have some but for now, I only enjoy the delicous gifts from my favortie resataurants and chefs in the city.

    One question as I see you are a fellow designer. I’m working on a design for a Labneh cheese packaging and my client refers to it as a Greek cheese, while in most of the web is refer to as a Lebanese one. I got a little confused as you refer to it as chakka or like chakka which would be an indi variety if am not wrong…

    Will you clear for me this doubt, thank you very much?

    ALmost forgot to praise yoour beautiful photos, styling and your comittment to RRR, live long Mother Nature.


    What’s in a name? Chakka by another name is Labneh, which might appear in Greek cuisine as well – with another name!

  7. Hi Anita,
    Thank you for the authentic goda masala recipe. I was looking for one. One of our maharastrain friend gave some like two years ago, it looked excatly like yours. Thanks again.

    You are welcome, Ruchii!

  8. Hi Anita,
    You have a very impressive space out here. I read your post card series on Bee’s and it was very interesting.

    Thank you, Srivalli!

  9. Hi Anita,

    Stumbled upon your blog accidentally while googling for Wholewheat bread recipes. Wow! what an attitude gal. Love all your recipes, especially , the bottlegourd yakhni and the bread with the potatoes sneaked in. I also have my own blog I live in US, also a big vegetarian foodie. Will be regularly visiting your blog.

  10. I love your philosophy of reduce, reuse, recycle. I practice this as well, or at least I try to. Love your blog.

  11. Hi anita
    a nice website and wonderfully done. I like your way of presenation. Am living in Botswana with roots in India. I am new to the blog world and am a beginner on sugarcraft, so would like you to just pass by my site and critique me on my site and my works.

  12. Hi Anita – I am a high school classmate of Barbara Lamar, your sister’s mother-in-law. She wrote about the recent wedding and I found her photo in your big, fat Greek wedding album. I am in the midst of renovating an old house and have been without a kitchen for three weeks. Hope to try out some of your creations when it is possible for me to actually cook food again (as opposed to reheating in a microwave). Love to cook and miss it. My (deceased)father,too, loved Lewis Carroll. He would often read passages to us at the dinner table when the meal was over.I remember when he read The walrus and The Carpenter, and the line “it is time to talk of many things, of cabbages and kings, …and now it is time to dine”. I would interrupt my father at that point when the oysters cried, me squealing out “but not on us, but not on us”! I like sewing, embroidery, calligraphy and now am into pottery. But I am also “outdoorsey” – gardening & running (5K).Have taken up Bridge and do volunteer work at church & in the community.I am widow, mother & grandmother.May I comment on a few issues mentioned in your blog. Re canning:I do BUY jars to do canning. They have special two piece lids that serve to create a vacuum and well-threaded caps to insure a good seal to prevent spoilage. Regular jars do not seal as well and invite food poisoning. After several boilings to sterilize the jars & lids, the rubber strip deteriorates. I only replace the small flat lids, not the screw part of the lid and not the jars.And Re recycling: in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where my sister lives, there is a landfill mound of garbage that has been covered with a playground for the past 20 years. Finally, it was considered dormant and safe and was leveled. Now, a low income housing development is being built with plenty of green space. We have several charities that pick up old clothes and household goods and they distribute them to the poor. Recyclable products are used to make marketable things, creating a new business with new job opportunities. Incidentally, our garbage is about 75% leftover construction materials & newspapers, not baby diapers and food.Isn’t it interesting how different cultures operate? And now we have the internet to share our ideas. Maybe someday I’ll get to India. Have read about your country & seen it in films. We elected a new governor last Saturday -Bobby Jindal. He came here as an infant. I expect BIG things from him. He’s 36, very smart, honest and capable of leading us forward from the aftereffects of hurricanr Katrina. God bless you. Fe

    Hi, Fe – it is wonderful to hear from you. You are obviously a very aware inhabitant of this planet (what else can be expected from a friend of Barbara’s!😀 )…the example of the ‘jars’ was more to talk about our tendency to hoard (the consumption issue)…and you do re-use the parts that can be!

    Presently, the exploding Indian middle class, is blindly copying the western lifestyle without necessarily being as aware – again, I am generalizing from neighbours and own family, people who are ‘educated’ yet do not actively think about ‘green’ concerns – most of our recycling efforts are by default. If we can afford to be wasteful, we are. It is rare to see the middle class use cloth diapers these days…so that land fill is piling high. Very quickly too, given our overpopulated cities.

    I, too, am in the middle of a house extension where we are making deliberate choices about what paints to choose, and how to render the wood…hard choices sometimes when the immediate costs are high…if only there was a price tag to the air we breathe and the water we contaminate…

    We read about Bobby Jindal in the papers – any time someone of Indian origin achieves something in the US, it is splashed over all our papers – reflected glory! Sunita Williams too was all over the media. Though I probably wouldn’t have voted for him, I too hope he delivers for you…

    Hope to see more of you, Fe, once you are back in your refurbished kitchen! Thanks for reading.

  13. Hi Anita,
    I thoroughly enjoyed all the brief details that go into each post. esp. the Goda Masala. I am East Indian from Vasai born & brought up there, now live & work in Muscat, and holiday in Pune so Goda Masala brought back fragrant memories each time I visit home, so did the Puri bhaji brief (which we miss out here esp. kardi and amba). Try to recreate all the foodies we love for my kids & folks out here. Do you have a subsrcibe to this post, each time you post a new one for me to catch up on if u have such a service. Tks – a very good site.

    Welcome to The Party, Carol! Thanks for reading. Let me see about the subscription…

  14. hi,very happy to readabout yourself,your blog and the resonse of the people and your response to people.wonderfuul to know many people share the same taste, hobbies and concerns.i am living in bahrain.Till threeyeaars back i was verymuch ahousewife.noww iam trying to be a partime working woman wwith some success.i love painting, music,movies books fashion and other things.glad to know abot this blog good.bhuvana

  15. Hi Anita,

    I love to read about your new discoveries. Every visit to your site and look at the beautiful pictures makes me hungry and wishing for some spicy food.

  16. Anita, I am just possessive never plural. I’ve never met plural so I don’t know what it is. Always possessive.

    Your UOAC pal😉

    Hey pal, how are ya?😆 You mean, OUAC?

  17. hello anitha,

    i frequent ur site daily for the past few weeks.i came to know only recently u know.and i am sure i am already addicted to ur site.i should say ,i am fascinated and i wonder how u find time for so many things i mean cooking,knitting & also professional work.i left my job long ago and now i am a loving mother of 2,and still i do not find much time for my hobbies.

    good work, keep it up


    Welcome to the Party, Srividya! Wait till your kids are older – you’ll then be able to make time for yourself, you must! I am glad you find the time to visit here!

  18. I stumbled across your site looking for a simple potato curry recipe…I am looking forward to discovering more on your site (having read some of the comments preceding this one)…I was once engaged to a gentleman of East Indian descent (he is from Trinidad) and recently borrowed from my local library a book by Madhur Jaffrey…I am fascinated by the Indian diaspora outlined in the opening pages of her book (until I met my ex, I had no idea Indians lived in Trinidad…I thought it consisted, mainly, of African descendants and those of European ancestry…). I am trying to reproduce for myself some of the flavors I have grown to love…but sometimes am frustrated at finding ingredients (I live in Western Pennsylvania, USA) or not having time to perfect things…I have also enjoyed the two books by Maya Kaimal…thank you so much for being gracious enough to share something so wonderful with the rest of us (who appreciate your culture and food).

    Selina, a warm welcome to you here. Madhur Jaffery is an excellent choice – her recipes turn out great every time for me, and she has a wonderful style of writing as well that will inform you on other related stuff.

    Look for Asian markets near where you are; you should be able to find most of the ingredients you need there.

  19. Wow Anita! I live in Mumbai. I was just going through your blog. It’s really something! The photographs and everything! Do you write cook books as well? If you don’t I really think u shud. Your presentation, everything is just fabulous! I read ur posts abt the cream cheese with sundried tomatoes and the Sweet Pulao. I would love if you could give something on cheese cakes. I really want to learn how to make them esp coz u don’t get cream cheese in India. Keep up the gr8 work!

    Thank you, Khushbu! I have a (very learned) friend who tells me that writing the cook book is the easy part – the difficult (and very important) part is to find a publisher to back you and market you! (You have any publisher friends?😀 )

    I have been meaning to make myself a cheese cake all these years now. Hopefully, I will get to it one day. But don’t wait for me – now you know what to do about the cream cheese!

  20. Hi Anita,

    The first time I came across your blog, I flagged it and thought of writing to you but couldn’t. Till I saw it again today. I love the pictures you take and the way you express yourself with regards to food. Maybe one day I’ll send you my secret recipies. He He.


    Sudsurf, I am so happy you found A Mad Tea Party again. And thank you for writing these encouraging words.

    But you can’t dangle ‘secret’ recipes and then laugh it off?!😀 I will be looking out for them…

  21. Hi, I just love your website. For the food ofcourse, but also for the wonderful things you write. Keep posting.

    Thanks for reading and the kind words, Rekha!

  22. You have a wonderful website! I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. And I love the stories along the way. India is a beautiful country! I really can’t wait until I can visit.

    I hope you have a great visit whenever you do come.
    Do let me know if you try out any of the recipes here.

  23. Namaste! I found your site searching for tea. I love all types of Indian tea — Assam, Darjeeling (my favorite), and Nilgiri. Recently I even found some tea that is being sold in New York City as “Kashmiri Green Tea.” I love it!

    Badme me lenge,
    Nick Gray

    Namaste, Nick! A warm welcome to the Tea Party! You will find the traditional Kahva (Kashmiri Green Tea) recipe here!

  24. Hi Anita,

    I came across your site when I did a search on “kachri”- lo and behold I even saw the pictures on your site!!! What a pleasant surprise that was…

    I am originally from Delhi (green park) but now residing in Southern California. I like to think of myself as a foodie and love to embroider, sew, knit, cook (of course) and entertain my friends and family on a regular basis. I also enjoy designing cards, gift cards and jewelry. I work as a web designer and developer.

    After having my son I am finding less time for all my other muses, but feel this penchant to cook dishes I ate in Delhi (as authentic as possible) for him to grow up on and thus was looking for the kachri posts. I am heartened to know that they can be grown out of seeds and specially in the climate I am living in.

    Thanks so much for this lovely website – it has such a homely feel and the pix are soooo appetizing!!! (How do I get to see your kitchen photos???) .

    Please do keep up the good work- I will be visiting you often.

    Take care,

    Thanks for reading, Manisha. Hope to see more of you here.
    I hope you find kachri seeds for your garden!

  25. Hi Anita
    Just visited ur blog a great one and I’ll be a frequent visitor from now on.Reading ur profile,looks like both of us have similar views.Nice to know about you

  26. Hi Anita,
    I chanced upon your website, thru the various blogs I visit and I must say that the entire package is wonderful.

    I love the recipes you have listed here and also the stories that go with it. Awesome! Keep up the good work!

  27. Hi Anita, this is my 1st visit to ur blog and my 1st comment. I came across ur blog while i was searching for a recipe in my friend’s blog. I had read ur blog title “A mad tea party” many times, but i never got a chance to visit ur blog. you have developed ur blog very well. i love ur blog and im adding it to my favourite blogs list. Do visit my blog.

    Thanks for reading Anjali! It is the readers that make this Party!

  28. Tried the recipe for the Cabbage Pakoras🙂 They came out awesome ! I wanted to give my wife a break from the kitchen ….was pretty successfull…hope she doesnt make it a habit😉

    Thank you !

    Good for you! I bet the wife was very happy! I also hope you mean to do this more often!

  29. Hello Anita,

    This is a lovely and enjoyable blog. I wounder, are there any new types of rotis/chapatis in New Dehli? I love these and am looking to try new ones.

    Best wishes.

    Vijay Amin

    • There are paranthas of all hues…but is there anything left… There is a restaurant called Not Just Paranthas…and they stuff everything and anything into them!

  30. Love your pictures and the layout…very artistic and the read…great to cuddle up with (no longer possible in the computer age) on a rainy day like today.



  31. Hi Anita,
    I luv ur Aloo-gobi sabji. I am going to try it soon. I had also made Punjabi Kadi frm ur blog. it was just tangy and awesome…!!!
    Thanks Anita.
    Keep it up.

  32. Hi Anita,I just stumbled upon your blog when I was blog hopping and wanted to compliment you on your site.I am a budding blogger and know that blogging takes quite a lot of time and effort,so I appreciate that you have done such a good job with yours.Do check out mine if you get a few minutes to spare.Bye

    Welcome to the blog world, Usha!

  33. Hi Anita,

    My second book THE ROYAL RAJPUTS is out. I have posted a summary and the cover on the blog….Do let me know what you think about it.



  34. Hi Anita, Re Aloo ki Ras Bhaji (Curried Potatoes). This is a fabulous recipe. Our family loves it here in Queensland, Australia.
    Just a comment about recycling. Travelling by train from Delhi to Agra I saw so much trash along the railway line, indeed throughout my travels in India that I don’t think the recycle message is getting accross somehow.

    the garbage you see strewn around all gets picked up!… But the litter is a problem – waste management is a huge issue allover India.

  35. great blog!every recipe is so detailed. thank you for sharing

  36. Hi,
    ure blog is really informative and makes for pleasant reading! And, me too, like you, beleive in generous proportions of food servings !🙂

    Are u a maharashtrian by any chance coz ure batata vadas are the typical maharashtrian fare that one
    would get in Pune !!

    Keep it coming, girl !


  37. Dear Ms Anita.

    Was looking for dandelion on the net and it somehow brought me to you.
    I too remember seeing a ‘gret’ watermill in tangdar. I must have been a toddler then but the memories are vivid.( Maybe beauty stays in our mind longer!)My parents were posted there then.


  38. Hi Anita,
    Your blog is very interesting, I like your way of presentation.

    I live in New York (working as Yoga teacher) and miss all the great foods of motherland. While living in India, I never got chance to learn the art of cooking. Even thou I had very interesting times in life so far, from living in the monasteries to traveling around the globe.

    However, when I shifted over to New York, it was a bit hard to live without Indian food. Even thou there are lots of Indian restaurants, nevertheless homemade food have its own charm.

    As they say “need is the mother of invention” after reading a couple of books on basics of cooking. I was able to try my hands on your recipes and they came out awesome. Now I can cook pretty much anything from Punjabi to Italian.

    Thank you so much

    Wish you best,

  39. Anita

    Loved the Chole recipe. Thanks a lot.


  40. I was sent a link to your blog and have found that it strikes a chord with me. As someone born in Canada, raised in India (Noida, actually) and now living in Canada again, I have a great appreciation for your multinational outlook on food, as well as your difficulties in finding cheesecake, or obtaining ingredients (like cheeses!) to make things. I’m also quite tickled to find someone else in Delhi with interests so similar to mine (food, naturally, along with design, reading, the environment etc.)

    Hi, NCB! Necessity is at the bottom of a lot of our endeavours! And it is not always easy to tell our needs from our wants!😉
    Maybe we should meet when you visit (I guess you must still have family here)!

  41. Hi Anita,
    What a wonderful blog – its actually much more than that. I have been hearning about your cooking from Tasneem but saw this for the first time today – its great – will keep tracking this now. The site design is lovely too, even the little tiles on top right of each comment is so thoughful
    With best wishes,

    Hi Ratna. So good to see you here! Thanks for your sweet words.
    The site design I cannot take credit for – one of the standard templates from WordPress that fits this blog very well! They have a ton to choose from now!

  42. Hi Anita
    By the strangest coincidence, Hemanshu (EOiD)and I were talking about you yesterday and in another conversation entirely he was telling me of the joys of Kanji. So funny when I (finally) took a look at your blog the first thing I see is Kanji!
    I love your blog. One of the things we were talking about was to try and arrange a dinner for a bunch of Delhi food obsessives/writers. Would you be up for that?
    It would be great to see you again. I see from your profile we have a lot in common – I still haven’t managed to track down a group of knitting buddies in Delhi!


    Count me in!
    Oh, and we must do something about the knitting too! One of my friends here (in this virtual world) has stitch-and-bitch sessions that makes me very green with envy (she knows that and really rubs it in every time they have one of their fab lunches!)

  43. Dear Anita…………..your blog is wonderful…… seem to be a very creative, energetic person………I like your sense of humour also…….But the most wonderful thing is your sweetness which is evident from the name you have given to your site(A Mad Tea Party)……..It takes us back to Alice in Wonderland………..Takes me back to my childhood days………

    Yes… the name says it all!😆

  44. Really now! Where do I rub anything in? Sheesh.

    See, Pamela? There she is!

  45. Dear Anita,

    I am gujju bachelor boy and moved to Scotland last yr. I was cooking (I also love cooking, but like majority of Gujjus I am vegetarian) Chhole y’day at my Scottish colleague;s house and was searching for receipe for him to refer later and Google linked me here :-))) . I think our recipes are almost same ( I have learned cooking on my own, trial and error, not from book, mom or sister) and happy to understand that I am on right track. I will go through your blog in weekend and will leave more comment and will wait for your comments.

    Keep up the good work and have a great smile🙂.

    Hardik Desai

  46. not sure how i came to your blog, but it is very fascinating. i live in mexico and don’t know much about indian cuisine, but willnow learn more through your blog.

  47. hey anita,
    read your blogs and the recipes on cookies and cheese cakes..sounds delicious and will be trying out soon.the best thing about your way of cooking is that you particularly make everything simple yet do not compromise on the quality..had some query would be glad if you could guide since am just amateur but interested in baking.can you tell me where can i find heavy cream for frosting in Delhi or ghaziabad?also the brand available..would be really appreciated as i want to continue my passion the end love ur column and will write you often wen i try out ur recipe. hope u write soon. thanx bye

    Hi Akanksha!
    You can use Amul’s or Mother Dairy’s packaged cream. Or just walk up to your neighbourhood dairy (all DDA neighbourhood markets have at least one!) and ask them for as much fresh cream as you need!

  48. Hi Anita,

    You do everything that’s on my to-do list, from cooking to gardening, to writing and much more.. I found some sort of inspiration here. thanks🙂

    Loved your stories…i like the way you tell them.


  49. hi!! im dana,from S.korea.
    today morning, i saw u on TV program, that was very interesting news for me . last year, i lived in India,pune. nowadays i really miss india foods i dont know how to make . lassi, allu curry masala.. nan..etc.. now !! i’m so happy i knew your blog~ !!
    thank you~~ ^^

    • ABC did air a short profile in its Newshour a few months ago… I haven’t seen it myself yet! Maybe that’s what you got to see where you are!

  50. hey we have common interests….apart from reduce , reuse , recycle………i love knitting, embroideryn all forms of handcrafts……unfortunately lost touch with all that due to some other commitments but this blogging is motivating me to start again with this.
    and here i discovered that Pamella also has the same interests…..i’d love to be a part of those knitting sessions ..if any…he he…


  52. Hi Anita,

    I had visited your blog long ago (prob. then Bhagawan buddha was alive!), but bumped in again today. Very tasty recipes and nice pictures too. I have added your blog to my blog as inspiration. BTW, the shrikhand is (was!) one of my favorite food. I will try that soon.

    Happy cooking🙂.

  53. hey nice to see someone juggling so many things and sounds like you manage them all pretty well.
    I like your recipes and also the presentation. Would like to include a link to your blog from mine.
    Happy cooking lady..!!

  54. Hi Anita,
    I am in total love with your blogs. Personally, I do not like cooking….but your stories and recipes drive me to make something new everytime:)
    Keep writing!

  55. hey! lovely blog! would like to join.

  56. Hey..I saw ur blog featured on NDTV 24/7 – Secret Lives…I like ur blog but I have been too lazy to comment until today…

    Thanks for de-lurking, Shweta!

  57. Hi Anita…I stumbled upon your blog when I was blog hopping and was pleasantly surprised when I realised it was you…First thing I called your mom to tell her how thrilled I was to discover your blog. You have a wonderful way with words…and your pictures are awesome.I am a foodie too but to every one’s dismay these days I spend more time eating than cooking!!! Let me know when you are in Pune next…
    🙂 What a wonderful way to reconnect! Mom called right away!
    I will be sure to call you when I visit!

  58. Totally loved your self description! It is so indicative of how much you love life. God Bless you! I have a few of those traits… wild, dreamer and enjoying every bit of it!

  59. You have a beautiful, authentic blog. I loved reading your intro. Your recipes are inspiring and I hope to try them soon.


  60. Hello Anita
    First off, allow me to congratulate you on a truly well-written and inspiring space. I am new to your blog site and am so glad that I chanced upon it while exploring another foodblog.
    While not a ‘native’ of Delhi,it’s going on almost thirty years since we moved here and there is no place I’d rather be, inspite of the sights and smells of it. We travel quite a lot but towards the tail end of the vacation ( or whatever the reason might be for leaving Delhi) I always return with renewed enthusiasm for the city I call home. You can take a girl out of Delhi but you can’t take Delhi out of a girl !!
    A BIG THANK YOU for the reading pleasure your blogs give me,not to mention the photos and the recipes.Oh, before I forget I am a staunch believer in RRR. In fact, I have in my kitchen spice bottles from 35 yrs ago that my mother gave me from her own collection and these have travelled with us from state to state to and house to house.I love them for the sentiments they evoke and also for their shape. These bottles are not available anymore and the product they once housed has been swamped by a pretender-to-the-throne !
    I smile when I think of what a big deal the west is making of RRR.
    We have been recycling and reusing from the time of the evolution of mankind. Amen.
    keep the blogs rolling, Anita

  61. what fun to meet you the other day at grey garden! lovely blog..and lets meet soon🙂
    🙂 I was drooling on your cakes too!
    It was nice to meet a foodie from the ‘hood!

  62. I like the sound of your profile- I love good food and compassion for others and our planet.
    Kay from australia

  63. i was randomly searching for the tea drinking traditions of Kasmiri’s and landed on your blog. Fascinating and awesome! Thank you for sharing this with us.

  64. Anitha,

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead…May more flavors enrich your life today and for the days to come.Happy New Year from our family to yours.

    Thanks for your wishes, Rameshwari! Wishing you the best in the year to come too!

  65. Hello,

    One of the biggest bonuses of blogging is finding a community of like-minded people with whom I can share my passion for food and from whom I can learn an enormous amount.

    You are one of them. I enjoy going through your posts and look forward to doing so for many more years to come.

    I’m nominating you for the “Versatile Blogger Award”. You can check the rules to accept the award through the link here –


    Thanks for the award Aruna, but I will not be able to tag so many bloggers!

  66. You sound like a decent human bean !😀

    Don’t I, now!😉

  67. Hello Anita, finally added your blog to my reading list. How lovely to know more about you. Keep the interesting posts coming. I will surely be an ardent follower of your blog as I am of your IG feed. Best, Nitya (@greenmirchi)

    It is good to see you here, Nitya!

  68. I have been following your blog. And I love what you write and what you cook. I wish I lived in Delhi so I could take part in one of your workshops! Maybe someday I will travel there! I want to try making some of your real Kashimiri meat balls that aren’t “meat balls”! Here in Japan, it is really hard to find many spices. Like real Indian tej pat or curry leaves. Black cardamoms. Impossible. When I visit family in America, I pick up some spices…..

    And I agree with you about recycling. Americans are so bad at it. They do a good job here in Japan. I never buy jars. I keep old jams jars etc and reuse them!

    Thanks for reading, Pamela. Wow, you live in Japan! I want to learn so much about Japan and its cuisine.

    I’ve read about the extreeme recycling the Japanese do – very impressive it is.

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