Diwali: The Festival of Lights

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is probably the biggest festival that we celebrate in India. The meaning and significance of the festival is best described here.  All over the country, people greet family and friends with sweets, which are traditionally made at home. Lamps are lit in the evenings and every house, big or small, is spruced up for this festival....more

My Top 5 Recipes

Ever since I started my food blog called, "Cooking With Shobana" in March, 2013,  I have been using the Blogger platform. Many discussions take place about the merits and de-merits of this in comparison with others like Wordpress, but I am quite content with Blogger and I would like to explain why....more

Navratri Festival : A Feast of Colors

In India, we are in the midst of the nine day festival we call Navratri. There is so much of vibrancy and joy as we celebrate the Goddess in her many forms.  Navratri has to be one of the most colorful of the many festivals we have. ...more

Using Oats in Indian Cooking

As people in India become more health conscious, there has been a marked increase in our consumption of oats. In earlier years oats was, at best, used to make porridge in more Westernized homes. We didn't much hear of the use of oats in making  our traditional Indian dishes. But all this is changing- for the better....more

Paranthas: A Favourite Indian Food

The Parantha or Paratha (Indian flatbread)  is a common feature in an Indian meal. Although it has its origins in the Punjab and the North of India, it has now become available country-wide. In the North, it is served both as a breakfast item or along with the meal while as in South India it is considered more suitable for lunch or dinner!...more

Journey of a Food Blogger

Since I love cooking and have a passion to try out recipes new to me, I started an album in my Facebook Page which was naturally called,  “I Love Cooking!” Seeing the pictures in this album my friends suggested that I start a blog. I was very hesitant at first. My husband who manages not one but four blogs of his own was highly enthusiastic. He convinced me this would be a good medium to share what I know about something I am passionate about. ...more

Godu (Sweet) Appos for Ganesh Chaturthi

If you wander in the streets of India's cities today, you will find preparations on to celebrate the major Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi starting August 29. You will find thousands of idols of Lord Ganesha out on sale. Many devout Hindus will take  home the God we believe is the remover of obstacles and the provider of wisdom....more

"Surnali" Sweet Pancakes Indian Style

When we visited the United States, we discovered that amongst the most popular breakfast items was the pancake. I particularly loved them served with maple syrup. ...more

Celebrating Independence Day with Food Art

There was wide spread joy in India yesterday as the largest democracy in the world celebrated 67 years of Independence.  August 15 was the 68th Independence Day and as always our Prime Minister spoke from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in Delhi. Built in 1648, this historic monument was at one time the royal residence of the Mughal Emperors of India. The Indian tricolour flew for the first time here in 1947 when India got freedom from the British Raj. ...more

The Red Pumpkin Soup Did The Trick

The experience I share with you today is one I am sure most of you would relate to. Isn't it very satisfying when you cook up a meal with something your husband and children don't like ( read: certain vegetables) and find them actually enjoying the dish once you have served it up?...more