I’ve always found myself totally excited when I prepare a simple, organic, tasty wholesome vegetarian meal for the ones I love and that remains as one of the the most satisfying tasks of my daily life! We simply enjoy the laughter with our family and friends at the dining table on a cold winter night just as much as a dinner right in our backyard, on a warm summer day.

Now, “I have no special talents. I am passionately curious”, like Einstein said. In our kitchen, we try cooking south indian, north indian, chinese, thai, italian, mexican and anything else that excites us as long as it is vegetarian. Over the years of cooking various types of food, now we are not afraid to use capellini instead of noodles, lasagna sheets in place of “adai” in payasam, modify the a cabbage subzi made for rotis to a ‘patty’ for a veg burger or use the left over rotis and rice to make a yummy wholesome mexican burrito!

But this blog is not just about me or my cooking. In fact, it is more about Manoj, my husband, a very passionate, self-taught photographer (www.handfulofpictures.com) who loves … loves … food:)  He had been dreaming about having our own food blog for quite a few years and here we are… with our baby steps… through his pictures… finally!

It is equally about our kids, Maanas & Navya who are so passionate about growing vegetables in our small backyard every summer. Year after year they have grown carrots, beans, corn, tomatoes, okra, eggplant, bell pepper, cucumber, zucchini, watermelons and all sorts of herbs and proudly shared them with their little friends. Now they want to lay their hands on cooking with the very same vegetables they grow. They also want to learn to bake all by themselves. So we let the kids decide what entry goes in to the blog; they either make it themselves or we make it together. Simple joys of life… true inspiration to us!




“handfulofrecipes” is our journey together …..

-viji & manoj

What Others Are Saying

  1. Pintoo February 16, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Beautiful blog, beautiful recipes, beautiful kids and beautiful you!

    • Viji May 2, 2014 at 8:19 am

      … and a beautiful comment:) Thank you!

  2. Eve July 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Beautiful blog – the recipes and photographs are wonderful. Found you through your comment on SmittenKitchen for the strawberry cake. I just made it for the first time, but your changes look really interesting!!

    • handfulofrecipes July 7, 2014 at 8:34 am

      What a nice way to start the week! Thank you for this enthusiastic comment. I love baking this cake again and again (a big thanks to SmittenKitchen) and have lots of fun every time… Hope to hear from you again:)

  3. Kathy Burke July 18, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Viji, It’s Kathy ( the flower lady) ! Chris sent me your Facebook page and told me how beautiful your cooking is! I am so happy for you .You are so talented. I hope to catch up with you soon!

    • Viji July 30, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Thank you for all your kind words. I am so happy to know you were here… Talk to you soon!

  4. Lina Chendrimada August 18, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Hi Viji,
    Just met you yesterday and couldn’t wait to see your blog. Love the stories you weave through the beautiful pictures and recipes you have shared. This blog and what it represents is your family’s passion and we can see it come through. Cant wait to try some of these recipes.
    Love the kids pics. Looks like we share some of your passions – cooking (& eating) good food & photography.
    Beautifully put together. Congrats!!

    • handfulofrecipes August 20, 2014 at 11:09 am

      Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our blog and for the kind and encouraging words too. Now I know a lil bit more about you:)

  5. Janet Fairhurst September 3, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Viji, this is such a beautiful blog– wholesome in every way!
    The photos and your children are just beautiful, and I’d like to make that soup tonight!
    Thank you so much for sharing this with me and showing how you’ve used my dish.
    So well done… jan

    • handfulofrecipes September 3, 2014 at 8:32 am

      So thrilled to see you here and thank you so much for all the nice words. For me, the beautiful pieces that so many of you create are such inspiration… the blog does reflect my love for the rustic pottery, I am sure!

  6. Mora Pattik September 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Hi, please let Navya know I just went through your blog and loved seeing her bake all those delicious desserts. She is quite the baker! Yum!!

    • handfulofrecipes September 8, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Thank you so much Mrs.Pattik. She is so thrilled that you wrote this note just for her!

  7. Charanya October 12, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    You have an amazing blog

    • handfulofrecipes October 13, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Thanks Charanya. You too have a beautiful blog; I can see myself visiting yours quite often. I am so happy our paths crossed.

  8. Shibi@FlavzCorner February 3, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Viji,

    Came to know about your blog through your pictures!! What a splendid visual treat you have on your blog along with the wonderful recipes!! Nice to know about you are wonderful family.

  9. suniti June 17, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Wow Viji !!!! So beautifully presented, and so innovative!! Amazing recipes and awesome presentation and photography!! So much talent in your family
    Wish you all the best and success, especially to our oh so young and talented munchkin, your daughter.
    God bless!
    Suniti and Sheereen

    • handfulofrecipes June 18, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks a lot Suniti and Sheereen. So happy to meet you, Suniti – thanks to Jina Your unique taste and strength are absolute inspiration to me. Sheereen, looking forward to meeting you!

  10. CC August 23, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Hello, I just happened upon your site and am very excited to try some of your recipes (especially the stuffed paratha– I’ve always been intimidated to try it but your photo tutorial makes it look possible)! Do you by any chance have an RSS feed? I use an RSS reader to keep up with sites I like and I don’t want to miss any updates! Thank you!

    • handfulofrecipes August 24, 2015 at 8:48 am

      You made us feel very happy with these encouraging words. Thank you very much!

      RSS feed – Please add handfulofrecipes.com/feed to your RSS reader and it should work.

      • CC August 25, 2015 at 5:09 pm

        Perfect, thank you!

  11. gezginsef November 27, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I loved your styling and recipes! Would love to keep in touch perhaps to introduce you a few Turkish recipes that you might like! canan@gezgorkesfet.com

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