Welcome to The Steaming Pot – a collection of easy vegetarian recipes and tips for the newbie to Indian cooking.

I never entered the kitchen while I grew up with family in north India, content to eat the lip-smacking stuff mom made. When I began working, a couple of friends and I shared an apartment. We distributed kitchen responsibilities. I couldn’t cook to save my life so the task of washing the utensils fell to my share.

However innovatively I would scrub and polish, I soon saw that there was no long-term creative satisfaction to be had in dishwashing. The chopping and churning, boiling and frying going on alongside began to draw me in.

The three of us were from different corners of the country – one from Punjab, the other from Andhra, I from Bihar. My early cooking had influences of all. During vacations at home I would now stand and watch, ask questions, as my mom prepared meals. It has been a couple of years since then and cooking has become one of my favorite pastimes. Exchanging tips with friends, reading recipe books, online video tutorials, and experience have helped.

On most days my meals are simple, vegetarian, and quick. That’s what I talk about in this space.

I hope that my writings on The Steaming Pot are a useful introduction to Indian cooking. Browse through the recipe gallery, try out the recipes and tips, and don’t forget to tell me how they worked for you. I’d love to hear your comments.

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11 Responses to “About”

  1. anna March 21, 2013 at 7:05 AM #

    dear S,

    i found your blog only an hour ago, it’s total amazing!! i was once in india, since that time i have very deep interest in indian culinary. thanks a lot for this blog, i’ll start to read it from the first letter [and cook what i can ^_^].

    anna (from hungary)

    • S March 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM #

      Hi anna, Enjoy reading and trying out the recipes. I think they should be easy to follow for someone new to Indian cooking. All the best :-)

      • anna March 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM #

        thanks! cooking is OK, i cook always, i’m afraid i’ll have huge problems with the ingredients.

  2. Tisha December 20, 2013 at 2:30 PM #

    hi S! I am so glad I found your blog. I am totally new to Indian cuisine and I definitely need to learn (“need” is right word, foreigner married to a south Indian here). The ingredients confuses and overwhelms me.I love your site.I will be a frequent visitor then.

    • S December 20, 2013 at 2:41 PM #

      Hi Tisha! Happy to be of help :-) Hope you enjoy the recipes here.

  3. Sarah September 1, 2014 at 7:57 AM #

    I love the concept of your blog! I really do like Indian food and appreciate having a resource like this for inspiration so thank you! :)

    • S September 1, 2014 at 9:16 AM #

      Hi Sarah. Thank you :-)

  4. Ketaki December 3, 2014 at 11:13 AM #

    I love your blog. Very creative and innovative recipes. I love cooking . I am trying to incorporate more veggies in our diet. My kids and hubby love their meat . I need to try your recipes to attract them to veg food .

    I can’t wait to start of my day with your recipes .

    Thanks a lot !!

    • S December 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM #

      Hi Ketaki, Great to hear that. Good luck with getting your family to vote for veg eating too :-)

  5. Meg March 20, 2015 at 11:50 PM #

    I love the recipes you create and share with us. So easy, healthy and delicious. The best thing about your blog is your writing. Not like a blogger but like a good-humored friend. Thank you!

    • S March 25, 2015 at 10:06 AM #

      Happy to hear your feedback :-) Thanks Meg.

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