I am Moushumi Sen Sarma but call me the minimalist Indian. Through this blog, I hope to convince you that Indian cooking is not the heavy, complicated cuisine that it is made out to be. How do I know? Because I grew up with the other kind – a cuisine that is minimal in its approach, with a focus on highlighting the ingredients rather than smothering them in a plethora of spices. While I am at it, I might entertain you now and then with some nice pictures, a story or two or even a few lines of verse. Choose what you read.
I was born in Kolkata (earlier known as Calcutta) to Bengali parents. But I have been a rolling stone since birth. From Kolkata to
Madras Chennai to Bangalore Bengaluru to Urbana-Champaign to Munich. So far, I have not lived in one place for more than seven years. I have a Ph.D. in Animal Behaviour and spent a few years convincing myself that I would be happy as a scientist. But the truth was more complicated. Since I was a child, I have wanted to be a writer. A writer of stories. This blog is about the story of a cuisine, a culture and a woman who turned her back on academia to follow her passion. Because life is too short.
Join me in this journey, as I teach you how to cook delicious and healthy Indian food without a long list of ingredients or complicated techniques. The day you can cook Indian food without glancing at a recipe, one hand holding the baby or the telephone, just to save time or to impress half a dozen guests, to satisfy your picky eater or the one with a lion’s appetite; I shall consider my mission accomplished!
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