All about me

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!

I would love to hear from you, so do leave comments and also press “like” if you find a post useful/fun/informative/entertaining…it is a great way for me to feel connected to you. Join me on Facebook or on Twitter and we can even chat!


3 thoughts on “All about me

  1. Writes with Heart

    Minimalist Indian,
    Thank you for hitting the nail on the head. You are so right, the life is too short to spend hours on end in the kitchen with incredibly long recipes or to do things in your life only because others expect you to do or to pretend to be someone you are not or to make things complicated for yourself or others just because of the prevailing opinion that complicated equals sophisticated. Looking forward to reading ALL your pages and trying out your recipes but not tonight. Time for bed :).

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