When I married and came to Bangalore, it was a real ‘Pensioners’ Paradise.’  The climate was as today’s generation would say – ‘Awesome’. It was cool and pleasant throughout the year. My parents cautioned me to keep warm and have given me the loveliest Kashmir shawls, which I treasure to this day.

Since I could not distinguish between rice and dal, cooking was an uphill task. Looking back, I have come a long way now… Cooking for me has metamorphosed from a daily routine of making edible and nutritious food for my family to an exciting journey of creativity by experimenting with different flavors and ingredients.

To me, food is not only for nourishment and sustenance. Its taste and flavors take us back to our good times too. Food is nostalgia and comfort. It brings home our culture. Food is a treat and nourishment for the soul too.

I dedicate this blog to my parents, who instilled in me a strong sense of ethics and discipline, and whose affection, love and support gives me strength in this journey of life.

I feel the need of today’s generation, who come away from their homes and crave for home cooked food. To you too, I dedicate this blog, where I will share the recipes that I have learnt and grown to love over the years.



  1. Dear Padmini Congratulations! Keep posting more traditional recipes – will be looking forward to see more of your creations. Have always heard abt Theeyal – will try same soon. rgds dpa

    Posted by Deepa Dattani | January 10, 2012, 6:16 PM
  2. Thanks for the encouragement,Deepa.Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Posted by Paddy | January 27, 2012, 6:46 AM
  3. Wow ! Just what I need .
    These step by step elabote recipes give me the confidence to try them.
    I look forward to recreating the tastes that I remember from long ago.
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes.


    Posted by Divya | January 31, 2012, 4:45 PM
  4. Amme, your blog looks superb. Your explanation is crisp and clear and the photographs are very inviting.

    It is very evident that a lot of hard work has gone into it. I always thought of you as a great cook and hoped to get your recipes, but this blog offers so much more than that… it is a window to your wisdom from experience… Thank you for this blog! It is one of your most valuable gifts to us… 🙂

    Loads of Love

    Posted by Divya | February 2, 2012, 8:22 AM
  5. Dear Vama,
    It’s been quite some time since I first visited your blog and have visited it many times since. However, I never got round to giving you any feedback on it.
    I was literally blown away by the presentation style and your crip and lucid language! The ‘icing on the cake’ – since it’s all about food here – were the pictures.
    Your reminisces took me back to Kollam and Krishna Nivas.
    To sum it up – a great blog! Have bookmarked it and will visit often. Have asked Devi to start making the dishes one by one starting immediately!
    Will keep commenting as and when things come up.

    Posted by Arun Krishna Pilali | February 3, 2012, 11:56 AM
  6. Dear Arun,
    Aren’t we all nostalgic………..:)
    Thank you, mone!

    Posted by Paddy | February 7, 2012, 3:41 PM
  7. Padmini- exquisitely written- wonderfully simple recipes . Now I know where to look for some great taste at home. Malli

    Posted by Mallika Menon | February 10, 2012, 10:19 PM
  8. Padmini – forgot to add- amma used to always say that whatever you cooked tasted great!!! Now I see why!!!!!malli

    Posted by Mallika Menon | February 10, 2012, 10:28 PM
  9. Hi ammai… Valliamma was raving abt ur blog and now I know y!! Superrb narration and great recipes!! Lakku

    Posted by Lakku | February 11, 2012, 5:07 PM
  10. The prolific writings,the recipes,the narration and pictures are as exquisite as the writer!
    Well done,Padmini,You make us proud! Hope this inspires Hema to try her hand in cooking,albeit this late!!

    Posted by A.K.Sreekumar | February 14, 2012, 7:47 PM
  11. Dear padmini chechi,
    Congrats , great job !!!. The recipes are very simple and the narration makes the blog very interesting .Proud of you padmini chechi.

    Posted by Meghana Rajiv | April 24, 2012, 8:05 PM
    • Dear Meghana,
      Thank you for visiting my blog. I am glad you liked it. Great to share with you the memories and the recipies. Looking forward to hearing from you.
      Padmini Chechi

      Posted by Paddy | April 30, 2012, 10:12 AM
  12. Love your blog–you must be a beautiful homemaker…

    Posted by Rhonda Sittig | May 29, 2012, 6:52 PM
    • Thanks for the beautiful comment. You have a lovely blog, stunning photographs and the writing is straight from the heart. I sure am going to make chocolate chip banana bread . It is such a coincidence that I too went for a movie of my choice for my birthday.

      Posted by Paddy | May 31, 2012, 8:24 AM
  13. I have got 1 suggestion for your site. It looks like at this time there are a few cascading stylesheet problems when launching a selection of webpages inside google chrome as well as opera. It is functioning alright in internet explorer. Perhaps you can double check that.

    Posted by click here | May 31, 2012, 2:07 AM
  14. Just chanced upon your blog……and I love it. Will be popping by often to check out your recipes esp. the filter Kapi…..been living in Chennai for 15 years, almost and don’t yet know how to brew a decent cuppa.

    Posted by JoAnne Saldanha | May 31, 2012, 2:49 PM
  15. Hi Padmini aunty….loved your blog…… its a great archive for traditional Kerala recipes. Its going to save me many phone calls to Amma bugging her to repeat recipes !!

    Posted by Tushima Nair | May 31, 2012, 5:40 PM
  16. Hi Paddy, it is one awesome blog for foodies loving it traditional and cravers for home cooked food (it’s a real agonizing craving). The thing I loved the most about your blog is its language…it in itself is so nourishing.

    And yes one more thing….about “To the innumerable people who ask me,” What do you do the entire day?” – I am genuinely puzzled; I am sure about one thing though – I don’t have a minute to spare.” I am sure about that too 🙂 coz my mum is really one multitasking machine dollying entire family singlehandedly.

    Looking for some great traditional recipes here…Thanks a lot

    Posted by expressionistaura | June 1, 2012, 1:20 PM
    • Thank you so much for the kind words,Expressionistaura. It’s great that you share and appreciate my feelings as a homemaker.My appetite for writing really feeds on comments like yours.Thank you once again.

      Posted by Paddy | June 2, 2012, 8:34 PM
  17. Me too from Kerala..;):) did my education n bnglore , so, need not to say, I can understand what u saying..:):) our food z yummy nd culture..!!!

    Posted by scribbleofhappygoluckygal | June 13, 2012, 7:51 PM
  18. Just going through your wonderful blog, love the recipes!

    Posted by khaula mazhar | June 20, 2012, 10:22 PM
  19. Hi, salam.. seems like..u love cooking very much.
    I like your blog Paddy^^

    Posted by Ade Rahmawati | July 16, 2012, 7:01 AM
  20. Hi paddy i used a food photo from your blog in my blog 🙂 hope you wont get angry and put chillies in my eyes 🙂

    Posted by cimplicityrockss | August 13, 2012, 12:24 PM
  21. My dear sister, it gladdens my heart to see,
    That your blog is interesting , so let it be;
    The copious quantities of delicious mutton curry that you served me,
    Unmindful of the irregular hours I kept with glee;
    The soup which I relish;
    You doled out without so much as a blemish;
    Miss you as much as your dishes,
    Special as you are,you always have my best wishes.
    KGN – always your LiL Brother…..

    Posted by KGN | September 6, 2012, 9:12 PM
  22. Hi there, loved your blog… your recipes are so good 🙂

    Posted by Delicious Pot | November 2, 2012, 11:14 PM
  23. Hey Padmini thanks for stopping by my blog…..u too have a lovely blog here…..keep up

    Posted by namitatickare | November 7, 2012, 8:11 PM
  24. Hi Padmini i am very happy to nominate u for the “very inspiring blogger award” do collect it from me if interested. here’s the link ….http://namitaskitchen.wordpress.com/awards-recieved/…..thank u

    Posted by namitatickare | November 17, 2012, 8:29 PM
  25. Thanks for the nomination.

    Posted by Paddy | December 10, 2012, 8:45 PM
  26. Wow… you explained everything in such a detail, for a amateur cook this is really a great place to lay back…… Am gonna follow for two reasons Madame,one as it mentioned above and second one , the liveliness you have about life!!!!!… Am truly inspired!

    Posted by Asmithaaa | May 22, 2014, 2:25 PM
  27. Thank you 😊 Asmithaaa .

    Posted by Paddy | November 8, 2015, 9:06 AM

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