I am Ujwala Chintala, full-time software engineer, budding blogger, photographer, wife and mother of 2. I designed and developed my blog entirely on my own, including the logos.
I originate from Warangal, a beautiful city of Andhra Pradesh (now called Telangana) in South India, home to historic places such as Thousand Pillar Temple, Kakatiya Kala Toranam, and Ramappa Temple. Of course, South Indian food is also a cultural treasure. Though it’s known throughout the world as a spicy, rice-based cuisine, South Indian food can be tailored to anyone’s taste buds and dietary preferences.
My childhood’s most beautiful memories of playing with my sisters and friends while my mom or grandma cooked, but I was never interested in watching them cook. I started cooking after I got married. Now I’m a cooking nut! I enjoy cooking for myself, family, and friends, and decided to start a recipe blog to document and share the recipes based on authentic South Indian cuisine. Bring ancient asian all-natural cooking techniques to world. Some of my recipes are totally original, while others are variations of existing recipes modified with all-natural ingredients. A variety of ingredients, spices are picked up while traveling around the world.
Having lived through gestational diabetes, I am touched by stories of people suffering from illnesses raised out of standard Western diet. Over time, I started revamping my Indian recipes with whole grains, fresh greens, healthy oils, nuts, and seeds, with minimal white flour and zero white sugar. You won’t need to open a box, break out the can opener, or defrost anything to follow my recipes. Though I haven’t documented my recipes as diabetic-friendly, I have had success with friends, family, and myself in managing different types of diabetes with my healthy Indian infused recipes. I also stay mindful of calories and nutrients to take worry out of the equation.
-To motivate and educate my followers about a healthy, clean-eating lifestyle.
-To encourage visits to local markets for a fresh, seasonal way of eating.
-To document a variety of vegetables as part of Indian cooking.
-To make Indian(esp South Indian) cooking methods widely available to diversified groups.
-Of course, to teach you how to cook mouth-watering food!
I knew only those vegetables, spices and ingredients which I grew up eating. After traveling thru the world, tasting ethnic food, my passion grew towards making Indian recipes with a variety of ingredients used in other cuisines. Some of my recipes are quiet new, some are modified recipes of existing recipes.
Indian cooking is not necessarily spicy. It can be made per to every one’s taste buds. Growing up eating Indian food, my taste buds crave for Indian taste a lot. I look for Indian taste in every dish. Eventually I started cooking with a variety of ingredients which are traditionally not part of.
Few facts which makes my blog special…
I am born and brought up in South India, so most of my recipes are South Indian inspired.
All recipes on my blog are cooked for family, myself and friends. Not cooked just for pictures.
My blog is for individuals looking for healthy, creative and unique recipes with great taste yet healthy.
I am mindful of ingredients, calories, nutrition and number dishes to wash that the recipe calls for. So you don’t have to worry about these. Just sit back, relax and follow me.
All my recipes have home-made, minimally processed ingredients. That means no store-bought masala’s, no-canned ingredients, no-frozen ingredients, no-broth, no-white sugar, replace flour with whole grain…
Often I change recipes with my own ingredients to make them healthy and unique.
You will find many vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian and diabetic friendly recipes.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or feedback. Enjoy my recipes and have fun!