Hi, I’m Vidhya! Welcome to my blog.
If you ask my friends and family to describe me, the word ‘foodie’ is sure to come up. I love food! Coming from an Indian household, I grew up eating and watching my mum cook Indian food. For me, it’s the ultimate comfort food, as it always gives me a taste of home.
As a teenager, I started developing an interest in cooking and that’s when I embarked on a life-long mentorship program with my mum. She’s taught me everything I know; the names of different spices, how to cook with them, how to layer flavor into the dishes that we cook, and most importantly, that food tastes best when shared with family.
Today, I’m married and in my thirties, running my own home kitchen, with my mum’s teachings as my guide.
While people often enjoy eating Indian food, many think that cooking it at home is difficult. The myriad of spices used in Indian cooking and the various steps involved make Indian cooking seem rather intimidating, but once you master the basics, you’ll find yourself whipping up delicious Indian dishes with ease.
The great thing about Indian cooking is it’s inherently vegetarian-friendly. If you’re looking to incorporate more plant-based dishes in your diet, mastering a few Indian staples such as Sambar (South Indian lentil stew), Gobi Manchurian (deep-fried cauliflower florets coated in a spicy, tangy sauce), and Tomato Onion Curry can add variety and lots of flavor to your new diet.
While Indian take-out often brings to mind images of naan smothered in ghee, Indian home cooking is usually pretty healthy. It often involves adding flavor to food through the use of spices, herbs, and various aromatics, as opposed to other ingredients such as sugar and oil.
Having had the privilege of watching my mum in action for many years, I’ve seen firsthand how she cooks flavorful, lean dishes for our family to ensure our health and well-being. There is an old Tamil saying that goes, “Unave Marunthu” which means let food be your medicine. In other words, our health begins with the food we eat. This is something I learned from my mum and it influences the way I cook to this day.
So, I started Hungry Home Cook to teach other home cooks how to make easy, healthy, and stress-free Indian food at home. With a handful of spices and a few easy recipes, you can create magic in your kitchen!
With lots of love,