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Prathima Rao
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Born and brought up in South India amongst hard core food enthusiasts. Cooking and food has always been a part of Prathima’s growing years with every family gathering accompanied by a scrumptious and elaborate meal. Now, traditional vegetarian food of her community has paved way to contemporary and quicker dishes.

Bottle Gourd and Tomato Soup

Bottle Gourd and Tomato Soup

Bottle gourd cooks up pretty easily so if you don't have a pressure cooker, sautéing in a saucepan should do the trick.…

Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao

Cooking the rice in coconut milk gives this South Indian pilaf its intensely addictive flavor and aroma.…

Spicy Coriander Chutney

Spicy Coriander Chutney

This spicy and tangy chutney is great over rice or crispy pakoras, or mix some into vegetable stir fry for some added heat.…

Paal Payasam

Paal Payasam

This rich rice pudding, traditional to South India, can be served warm or chilled.…

Semiya Payasam

Semiya Payasam

This flavorful vermicelli pudding is equally good served either hot or cold.…

Spiced Almond Muffins

Spiced Almond Muffins

A bevy of aromatic spices flavor these fluffy muffins that can be filled with any dried fruit or nut of your choice.…

Besan Laddoos, Sweet Dumplings

Besan Laddoos, Sweet Dumplings

These sweet dumplings made from gram flour, ghee and sugar are popular during festivals like Deepawali and Krishna Janmashtami and are often served with vanilla custard.…

Crispy Sesame Fried Tofu

Crispy Sesame Fried Tofu

This appetizer is quick and healthy, but without compromising on taste.…

Maavina Hannina Rasayna

Maavina Hannina Rasayna

This sweet delicacy from southwest Indian is made from coconut milk and jaggery and is a lighter version compared to other ghee-sugar sweets.…

Ruby Red Watermelon Curry

Ruby Red Watermelon Curry

A slight twist to a classic curry, that is bright and attractive at first glance, sweet to taste from the fruit with warm undertones from the whole spices.…

Mango and Oat Pudding

Mango and Oat Pudding

Pulpy and juicy mangoes paired with oats for a healthy and tasty dessert.…

Char Grilled Veg Salad

Char Grilled Veg Salad

This is just perfect for a cold winter day or even for your summer barbeques with friends.…

Carrot Jam

Carrot Jam

No fancy ingredients or complicated procedures needed. Just a handful of few ingredients and a bit of love go in to making this a hit with your loved ones.…

Crunchy Veg Salad

Crunchy Veg Salad

With its riot of colors, it looks truly inviting and has just the right amount of sweetness to it.…

Mexican Salsa

Mexican Salsa

Salsa refers to any sauce, particularly spicy and tomato based ones, typical of Mexican and Central American cuisine.…

Apple Stir Fry

Apple Stir Fry

This is one dish not to be missed out on. Super easy to remember and you need not go hunting for the recipe each time you make it.…

Simple Garlic Bread

Simple Garlic Bread

Simplicity rules! This incredibly simple garlic bread can be served with soups, au gratin, pasta or just enjoyed instantly.…

Gajar Methi – Carrots Sauteed with Fresh Fenugreek Leaves

Gajar Methi – Carrots Sauteed with Fresh Fenugreek Leaves

Carrots and fenugreek make an extremely healthy & delightfully light and tasty combo in this dry sauteed vegetable dish.…

Refreshing Pomegranate Cooler Recipe

Refreshing Pomegranate Cooler Recipe

Raise a toast with this cooler made from pomegranate, the Swiss army knife of fruits. …

Paneer Kadai Recipe

Paneer Kadai Recipe

Paneer kadai has soft chunks of paneer immersed in a spicy tomato-onion based masala.…

Apple and Oat Muffins

Apple and Oat Muffins

It is always hard to resist freshly baked warm and soft muffins. Here they are packed with wheat flour, oats, apples and a hint of spice.…

Cauliflower 95 Stir Fry

Cauliflower 95 Stir Fry

A stir fried cauliflower loaded with the intoxicating flavor of fresh curry leaves. …

Cinnamon Crispies for Christmas

Cinnamon Crispies for Christmas

Cinnamon Crispies are baked treats with a cinnamon and sugar filling. And with a blend of regular and brown sugar, they're a real treat.…

Nutella Pudding – Simple and Classy

Nutella Pudding – Simple and Classy

The colder it gets, the more important it is to have a chocolate-y pudding ready in a jiffy.…

A Light Carrot and Coconut Soup

A Light Carrot and Coconut Soup

A sip of this warming soup transports one to the sunny beaches lined with coconut trees standing tall and gives a calming effect to the mind and body.…

Punjabi Cooking – Aloo Gobi

Punjabi Cooking – Aloo Gobi

Prathima Rao serves potatoes and cauliflower cooked the Punjabi way. …

Mint and Lemon Cooler

Mint and Lemon Cooler

A refreshing drink with a blend of fresh mint leaves with tangy lime.…