Taking your kids along & Oats-Buckwheat Granola Bars !

About 10 days ago I had the community meetup for Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community which is a 23,000 member healthy baking community that I started in November 2014. As with most events, I almost always take my little ones along. My son has been at many events, presentations, client meetings with me. And now so…

Giving it one last shot & Gluten-Free Jowar Coconut Almond Cookies

Sometimes all it takes is perseverance. Nothing else works. As a mother, I persevere each day to find pockets of calmness that I can then share with those around me. As a working woman who needs to work from home, I persevere to keep looking for those who realize that one’s life phase of motherhood…

Vegan Gluten-free Mathri & Happy Harvesting !

Happy Sankranti , Lohri, Pongal ! What’s a harvest festival got to do with us – city folks to the hilt, rushing within the cycle of which new app to order food from or which new website to order clothes from. Don’t get me wrong – these are very important. But so is the ability…

Christmas Baking Story 2 & Wholewheat Jowar Apricot & Almond Cookies

What does a child want ? Nothing in the world will be a perfect answer to that question. You will think it will be the “bigger” things – love, security, appreciation, family, education. You will also think that it could be the “smaller” things – toys, chocolates, candies, shoes, clothes. Well, I am not an expert…

Christmas Baking Stories -1 :Spiced Wholewheat and Jowar Shortbread

#BakeaSunshineCake, by the Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community is yet again making it a December to Remember, for the 2nd year in a row. Christmas is truly here early in many parts of Bangalore and the US 🙂  Here is a little story from one of those parts – a quiet and serene old age home…

Pea-Risotto inspired Barley biscuits and a family’s food aversion !

The Gujrals (my mother’s side) and by extension the Oberoi family  through us, has a unique food issue – there are generations of individuals who do not like green peas. So you can identify a visit by this clan, by simply serving “Samosas” as a tea-party at your home – you will find empty plates…

Is Baking a science or an art?

Most people will tell you that baking is a science mainly because it is driven by proportions, measures, time specifications. But a few will tell you that it is part-science, part-art. Science when it comes to proportions of ingredients, art when it is about what the ingredients should be ! Science when it comes to following a recipe, art when it comes to creating one from scratch. There will always be those moments when the artist within you plays a bigger role or the scientist trumps the artist’s thought process. That is what makes baking fun and fulfilling for me….

How Festivals become alive and Gluten-Free Besan Nan-Khatais

I don’t recall how many festive seasons I have spent away from home (I know it should be easy to say my parents’ home, but the child in me still yearns to call it home). Sometimes I was away because of work or travel associated with that, sometimes because I didn’t get leave and sometimes, in hindsight I can admit that I didn’t think much about festivals being a big deal for me, 10-12 years ago. But those times away taught me a very significant thing – family and festivals are the joys of our heart and soul. So wherever…

Walks in local grocery stores result in Multi-grain Cane Sugar Biscuits/Sables

A post on my FB group on healthy baking – Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community, about forms of sugar and queries related to cane sugar as we find it in India, triggered this post. I remember strolling in the shop for my household grocery shopping. One of the things that I have imbibed from my mother is a keen interest in what the shelves contain, the new additions and variants – what can be tried out in cooking. Of course, as a child and even later when I accompanied her for this, it seemed like a tedious chore. But as I…