About




I am Namita. 
I live in the foothills of Kumaon, Uttarakhand. I am an educationist by profession. I have done advanced studies in Yoga and Alternative Therapies. I love cooking simple healthy meals for my family. I am an avid bird watcher and animal lover. I love gardening and find working with nature very healing and therapeutic. I believe that reverence for nature leads to a peaceful, balanced and fulfilling existence. My dream is to have a small place in the Himalayas where we can have an orchard and grow our own vegetables and   plant a million trees before I die.

Food or anna as called in Sanskrit is the basis of life - prana. Food carries life force and sustains it in the body. Eating is our first interaction with the environment. A simple vegetarian diet encourages the development of higher qualities of peace, love and awareness. Ayurveda says that a right diet is the foundation of all healing therapies. Food is the first and most important form of medicine.  Ayurveda recommends simple food because a simple nourishing diet nourishes the body, creates balance and eliminates diseases.

I am a self taught passionate baker. I love cooking  with seasonal and local ingredients. 
Over the years, I have  got a good collection of simple recipes, regional and traditional recipes and also recipes from my family and friends. My idea of starting this blog is to compile these recipes, thus preserve them and share them with you.  I shall also be posting traditional Kumaoni recipes that have hitherto not been very popular. With this blog, I open the doors of my kitchen to you!

Join me in my culinary adventures, my experiments in kitchen, my love for healthy eating, passion for traditional food and local cuisines, belief in traditional food theories and practices that have stood the test of time and are in tune with nature, penchant for using whole grains in my food and bakes, my craze for making jams from the seasonal fruits and customary use of herbs in our food, along with the detailed description and pictures of the common herbs!

Also, join me in my nature walks, bird watching, treks and my love for nature expressed through my photographs……
I shall look forward to your responses and suggestions which will help me to learn and grow.
Happy Cooking………

47 comments:

  1. Came to your site in search of ragi bread. So happy to see your space.Will be a frequesnt visitor here.
    Keep the good work going, Cheers.
    Rajani.

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  2. Got u through recipesus...you have a lovely blog space.happy to follow you :)

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  3. Awesome recipes..esp breads.Thank you.

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  4. awesome recipes.Thank you.

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  5. I was searching for cherry cakes for my son and finally ended up on your site...don't feel like leaving ur site. I am definitely going to try ur cake recipes especially the wheat ones. It’s a unique site. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing with us!!!!
    Priya

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  6. Hii Namita
    I am priya and want to write to you personally. I tried the carror cake yesterday.can u please give me ur email id. Thanks

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  7. Thank you Namita.I would love to cook Kumaoni dishes.

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  8. Thank you Namita.I would love to cook Kumaoni dishes.

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  9. Your site has pretty neat recipes.

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  10. Came to ur blog through oatmeal bread.. u have a lovely collection of breads, cakes.. nice following u...

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  11. Hello I'm Deepika,
    My search for dates rolls landed me on your page and I got to explore more in cooking . I simply loved your recipe especially breads and eggless cakes as we are pure veggie . cakes baked using wheat flour for a real surprise. I also love to try new things in my kitchen and try to offer my family healthy home made food.
    I have fallen in love with your recipe :). Will be a regular visitor now . keep up and thanks for sharing the recipe .

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    1. Hello Deepika, Thank you for visiting my blog and I am happy that you liked my recipes. Yes Deepika whole wheat(atta) cakes taste great. Once you are addicted to them, you'll never like cakes made with all purpose flour. I suggest you try whole wheat finger millet chocolate cake, whole wheat dates cake and whole wheat chocolate cake. You'll love them.

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  12. Hi Namita, Very glad to land in this page. Was searching for some dates and fig related recipes and I was here.. Such an awesome space I must say, I'm very happy to follow you!.. :)

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  13. Awesome pineapple upside down cake....thanks a ton

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  14. Hi Namita - what a lovely blog. Your passion for cooking and your serenity with what you do comes through. I look forward to reading more of it.

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  15. I saw your post on Artisan Bread Bakers and navigated to your lovely site!

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  16. Hi Namita. I chanced on your site when I goggled a recipe for malta jam, which I am making today. I am in Shyamkhet and my brother in law has an abundance of grapefruits and pomellos. Good to be connected with you. I like your site.

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  17. Hello Anita,
    Thank you for visiting my site. Shyamkhet is a beautiful place. I am sure you must be having a nice time there in the midst of nature and also making jams and marmalade from home grown fruits.

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  18. Hi Namita, I landed here via your Semolina bread(thru wildyeast). Your baked goods kept me hooked here as I myself am a self taught passionate baker and the description of your dream having your own orchard & growing own vegetables made me write this comment. Me & hubs also keep talking about that kind of life, no harm in dreaming & dreams do come true sometime :) . Nice to connect with you.

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  19. Not sure how I stumbled onto your site, but I did, and I fell in love with your approach to food and cooking. Made myself a batch of strawberry jam yesterday, and it tastes delicious. Thank you.
    And I will be back for more!

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  20. Hello!

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  21. Hi My love for baking brings me here .Nice to meet me.Will keep visiting to learn new recipes. Keep doing the great work.Thank U so much

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  22. Hi Namita! I have been following your posts for a long time but today I checked out your about me page.. Oh my God you are somewhere near me. I live in Almora..infact I moved here some six months back from Mexico... I spend half my time in kitchen baking, cooking or blogging. Would love to knw where u are from. Have a lot to learn from you.

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  23. Hi Namita, you have an amazing blog. Just tried your garlic pav recipe and tweaked it a bit.. Must say I have never made such soft and tasty bread. Thank you and will attempt to make the other beautiful breads too.
    Keep up the fabulous work. Cheers

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    1. Thank You Rashmi, I am so happy that you liked my blog and tried my recipes. It means a lot to me.

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  24. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful recipes, what a beautiful blog and what lovely pictures!

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  25. Just love your recipes. I am passionate baker but I don't write. :)
    I had question over butterfly flappers, is it soft or crispy or bready texture inside?
    Sorry to ask you at wrong place.

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    1. Hi Devendra, Thank You very much for visiting my site. I am happy that you liked my recipes. Guyanese butterflaps is a lovely recipe. The flaps are soft and bready inside and slightly crisp outside. Please try them out....I am sure that you'll love them. I will wait for your feedback.

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  26. Hi Namita, I'm Desy from Indonesia. I am trying to be a vegan and I am searching for root beet bread recipe and ended up here, at your lovely blog. You can't imagine how excited I am when I found most of your recipes are vegan! I love your blog, those great healthy recipes and beautiful landscape pictures have captured my heart and I will be in the list of your regular visitors. Can't wait to go home and go strike to my kitchen to try those recipes. Thank you so much for sharing with us. God bless you always.

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    1. Hello Desy, your lovely feedback made my day. Thank You !

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  27. Hello! your recipes are no doubt good and easy to follow.Apart from that, you are so spiritually evolved and have such a flair with words.I can feel the nature sitting here in Mumbai..
    Wishing to meet you in near future!!

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    1. Hello Darshana, It was a pleasure to read your comment. Living close to nature makes one sensitive and humane and spiritual I guess. Yes, surely we must meet. :)

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  28. Just stumbled upon your blog space by chance and I m so glad I did..
    Lovely, beautifully presented recipes. I m not much into cooking but its inspiring me to try.. haha :) So, thank you for that.
    Just curious (being a pahadi myself), whereabouts in Kumaon? The landscape pics are breathtaking...
    Keep posting! Keep inspiring!

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    1. Hello! Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I am in the foothills, near Nainital. Your words of appreciation mean a lot to me :)

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  29. Hello Namita,

    I am an absolute admirer of your blog, your food philosophy and your honest baking using fresh and seasonal produce and incorporating them so well in the bakes you create. Being an avid and amateur birder I absolutely love your pictures and secretly feel jealous of you to be living in such utopian surroundings. Last year we took a trip to Almora-Binsur and fell in love with the Kumaon perhaps that is why I can relate to your blog so well..

    Keep blogging and enticing us with beautiful visuals of your creations and highlands....

    Sending you much love...

    Sheetal

    And by the way am baking your Garlic Pull apart bread today...

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    1. Hi Sheetal, friends like you make my day and inspire me. Yes, I guess it is love for nature and birds and simple food that connects us. I am happy that you liked my recipes and am really looking forward to your feedback on garlic bread. Keep in touch, Love and best wishes!

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  30. Hello Namita,

    The pull apart bread was an absolute hit, turned out really well and vanished within no time...have to bake another loaf tomorrow...for a person like me who bakes well but is always a bit apprehensive when it comes to breads, this loaf came out absolutely perfect especially the crust. It was delish..

    Thank you so much for the recipe...

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    1. Hello Sheetal,
      It is great to know that your bread turned out great. Hope you try out some more bread recipes and enjoy them. Love and best wishes!

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  31. Your blog has so many wonderful healthy baking recipes. Just what I was looking for. I am truly amazed seeing the variety of healthy baking recipes you have shared. You are doing a great service to us by making us adopt to healthy eating and also not compromising on the taste we have developed eating processed food. A perfect solution for the modern generation. Thank you a ton for this blog. I am going to try all the recipes that fancies me and will definitely post my feedback.
    Please keep up the good work

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    1. Hello Priya,
      Thank you for the words of appreciation. Friends like you really motivate me to try out new things and post in my space. Priya, thanks for visiting my blog. I would really love to get your feedback on the recipes that you plan to try.

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  32. Hi Namita. Have seen lot of your posts before too, but somehow had never visited your entire blog. It's a khazana. Oh my... So many wonderful recipes you have in your kitty. Salutations. Have become a huge fan of yours. I am just a budding breadbaker and blogger. Would want to try atleast half of what you have. Thank you very much for sharing such vast knowledge. All the best to you in all your future ventures too. Loved your writing style, your pictures and everything else.

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    1. Hello Pradeepa,
      Thank you for making my day! I visited your blog and loved it.This is a journey where there is so much to learn and experiment, grow and evolve. I am happy that you like my posts. This is a great motivation fo me.

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  33. dear namita

    i am one of the few men who visit your nice site/ blog, because i too have a keen intetest in gardening.

    must say, the content and the writing style both are wonderful.

    i wish you and all your readers all the ver best.


    pradeep
    8090732844, [email protected]

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