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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Cooking – A chore or a Matter Of Pride

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Prasaadam ( Blessed Food ) - A Matter of Pride

'Anna he Poornabrahmma' - a very famous Sanskrit proverb, means the Food is as Important ( Holistic ) as the whole Universe. The one who cooks the food lovingly and feeds it to his / her loved ones with all heart is the God / Goddess. Godly ( blessed by God ) food is called 'Prasaadam' in Sanskrit.
Naturally cooking is a matter of pride and Love.

Being a loving, caring Mother / Father and nurturing the child to an accomplished adulthood is an achievement. This grown up child then becomes the loving , caring parent of his own child, an exact replica of his / her parents. The common link between the generations is the FOOD, cooked and fed with heart full of tender Love. Cooking and feeding our family and friends can never be a chore as it is the matter of Pride for both.   

The food may be as simple as Dal, Rice , Subzi and Roti but as it is cooked with the intention of making our own people happy, satiated it becomes tastiest, yummiest Pakwaan.


Having done with all this lecturebaazi, I have a confession ... I had many confessions through this blog. This one is the Mother of all confessions. But before that I want to tell you an interesting real-life story, Fresh and Steaming Hot ... ready to savor ?

My dear friend #Wonderchef Geeta Sridhar gets up at 4 a.m. in the morning and cooks delicious, 5 course lunch for her family consisting of 2 daughters ( a gold-medalist Engineer- Dekshita and a medical student Sharda ) and husband ( a bank manager Mr. Shridhar ) early in the morning, every day.


I get to taste her culinary skills first hand whenever we have an early morning blogging assignment. MasterChef finalist Geeta ( is a fan of chef Sanjeev kapoor and uses lots of #Wonderchef appliances ) always brings me a tiffin full of steaming hot Dosas, Idlli-podis, crispy crunchy Banana chips etc. and feeds it  lovingly. The very thought that, she had taken so much effort to remember, make, pack and feed me those delicacies cooked lovingly for her family has indebted me to her forever. 

Ok, now back to the confession. That day, I was alone at home so ordered Veg. Pulao from Udipi-Vihar ate it and was getting ready for the Food-Styling and Food-Photography workshop at 'Wok This Way'. Geeta called me and requested whether I can bring Dal-Rice for her?. ( She had gone for a blogger assignment where they served only Non-Veg food ). 

I think, by now , the cat is out of the bag. My big-fat confession is 'I CAN'T COOK'. Still , I promised Geeta that I will bring delicious Dal-Rice to her at 'Wok This Way' where she was to join me with other food-bloggers. Any Guesses, how I fulfilled my promise ? ...


My Savior angel, is my sister Sadhana ( Aamen's Mom, as many of you know her ). Sadhana loves to watch Chef Sanjeev Kapoor's #Wonderchef show and uses many of the #WonderChef Appliances .No sooner did I call her she packed Dal-Rice in cute #Wonderchef Magic Meal box plus spoon, plate, tissues and sent it over through Aamen to my home. Thanks to #Wonderchef Within an hour I reached the designed venue, where Geeta was waiting with other blogger-friend. Before I could serve her a plateful of Dal-Rice, Geeta served the first plate to another blogger, who was also starving. As soon as Geeta ate the first spoonful, she awarded me with her dimpled smile and her eyes twinkled ' YUMMY '. That was the moment, I realized, that Cooking is not just a chore but a matter of pride for most, that's why Mothers cook so lovingly for their family and friends.

#WonderChef King Sanjeev Kapoor with Prince Ranveer Brar

16 comments:

  1. Lovely post and glad to see you writing about Food..:) looking forward to read some more food related posts (if not recipes) soon. :)

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    1. Good Morning UK. Happy Holi. Compliment from a famous food blogger for a Food-post is a Blessing. I will follow your guidelines for recipes.

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    1. Hi Pooja , Happy Holi. The first pic is a Lovely present from Geeta Shridhar.

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  3. Lovely Write up Sujata...i also loved the first pic!! that only made me click it instantly to read it!!

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    1. Thanks Tina for your constant support and appreciation. All credit goes to Geeta Shridhar for the pic.

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  4. This was so lovely Sujata! Geeta is truly amazing. Stay blessed both of you :)

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    1. Happy Holi Kala. Thanks for your hearty wishes.

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  5. Thats an interesting post Sujata.Loved your simple and lucid style of writing. Suman here - hope u remember

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    1. Hi Suman , welcome to 'Spirit Of Mumbai'. Thanks for the compliment.

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    1. Hi D. Nambiar. Happy Holi. Thanks a lot.

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  7. LOVELY POST DEAR.
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    1. Hi Jayshree , Thanks for appreciation.

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  8. Episodes of Master Chef were interesting to see how ordinary people prepared extraordinary food. Yes, it is a matter of pride. For a person watching from the other side, like me, it does appear to be a chore.

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    1. Hi Amsang , Geeta Shridhar was the finalist for Master Chef in 2015. So u might have seen her cooking-expertise first hand. And I am sure when your Aaji , Aai , Tai or wife cooks for you lovingly you felt their affection.

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