We cook to eat, and sometime to bring back memories of all those delicious meals from back home.

We cook to explore new cuisines.

We also cook because we discovered that it is so much fun to hang out in the kitchen with friends.

We cook because it is the perfect reason to open a bottle of wine.

We cook and he cleans.

We now cook for a little fella who is was crazy about tasting all sorts of things! He’s now a toddler and his favorite food is kethchup.

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  1. I’m bookmarked your blog coz I love those beautiful flowers, plants, herbs and ingredients you posted.

    You can visit my blog when you have the time and leave me comments.

  2. I love your recipes and will be trying all of them even with my hectic schedule.
    I will on pass some of my favourites.
    Keep in touch


  3. hey Gini,
    I am a big fan of your blog.

    I am also an amatuer cook and watercolour artist.
    I was wondering if it’s okay by you if I took one of your yummy recipes (i’m thinking the methi pomfret, maybe), tried it at home, made a watercolour sketch of it, and posted it on my blog (

    Of course, I’d give you all due credit, and link you all the way.

    Could you let me know if that’s alright by you? Please mail me at


  4. Hey…hey…hey….

    Real cool stuff….I guess the best part is that I’ve started feeling hungry already
    (approximately 14 minutes after dinner)

    That was say the least.

    However I’d differ on the potato thoran part…the quintessential favourite is the potato mezhukupurati….different strokes for different folks I guess

    Of course, everyone has got their favorite. Welcome to Salt and Pepper:)

  5. wow! i am so not a blog person… guess i am still ancient in this blog world..somehow stumbled on ur blog and saw the palak paneer recipie.. sounds mouth watering :). i know what i am cooking for dinner tonite 🙂
    i love cooking myself and the recipies on ur blog look really interesting. nice pics. very colorful and well lit.

    a toast to bon appetite :)!

  6. Hi Gini –

    Just wanted to bring one typo in your introduction –
    You said : We to cook to explore new cuisines.

    Maybe you can take off the ‘to’ before cook?


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  8. Hi Gini,
    Came to your blog when I was browsing a couple of blogs…
    Well done esp with pixs.
    Kottayam Fish Curry looks real nice..esp like the way it is back home.
    Njoiii it…
    Bon Appetite,

    Thanks, Tina. Appreciate your nice words.

  9. Hi Gini,
    Amazing pictures, one would fall in love with the dishes looking at the pictures. I am going to try one of the dishes now. Especially the Mango Ginger Smoothie, since it is the mango season now. I came across a site, It would be interesting for you to write one of your recipes in that site, with your wonderful pictures.

    Thanks, Vidya for all the nice words. I hope you get to try some. And thanks for the suggestion.

  10. Hi

    There is going to be a Blogcamp in India on 16th of June. Around 250 bloggers will be taking part in the event.

    This is what they say on their blog: “The way unconferences work is that, you don’t have an agenda, rather we will put up a white board, where participants will themselves add the topics they are interested to speak upon. Depending upon the number of speakers we will go for multiple threads. There will be some intense discussions, we will have a lot of fun and yes there will be blogging, video blogging, photo blogging, podcasting … everything under the blogger sun.”

    The registrations have started. We are planning to have 250 participants from all over the country. There are some people taking part virtually, using youtube, slideshare, skype etc. if you are interested please add your name to the wiki.

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  12. Your blog is a work of art! Gorgeous pictures and I love how your write. Thanks for letting us share. I am better at gardening, but need some help and inspiration with cooking. I can’t wait to try your recipes!

  13. can I make a request.

    Can you guys make kappa (yucca root). And a dry chicken/beef fry for a side.

    Looking forward

  14. Hi!!! though i have been cooking for a long time..its only now that i have started to pen down my ur is really nice…

    P.S: have blogrolled u…

  15. Wow, I randomly came across your site today, and I just love the recipes that you’ve posted! The one with gulukand sounds especially mouthwatering. 🙂 The pictures are amazing, too! Being an amateur cook myself, I’m definitely going to try at least one of your recipes.

    P.S. I lived in Singapore for 10 years, and I totally agree – the Asian food there is just divine. 🙂

  16. Hi there!

    Great Blog! I work for a free recipe sharing website called MyDish and am looking to build links to the site. I’d love to get a link in your blogroll / links section, or talk about any advertising opportunities you might have. Check out the site and let me know what you think!

    Hope to hear from you soon!


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  18. Dear Gini,

    I’d love to get in contact with you. I’m a grad student at Quinnipiac and am working on a story about food blogs. I heard you were in CT—is that true? Would you be willing to trade emails or talk with me about your work? My deadline is approaching fast, so if you have time to respond to me soon that would be much appreciated.

    Thanks so much for any assistance, Gina V.

  19. Dear Gini:

    I recently came across your blog and love the recipes you’ve posted! I work at Ethnic Kitchens Inc. and Haldiram’s USA Inc., a wholesaler and distributor of various Indian food products. We do, however try to cater to the general public as well, especially with our Haldiram’s products, through our websites. I would love to send you some free samples for you to use in your future recipes. Hope to hear from you soon!

    Kind regards,

    Stephanie Nguyen
    Ethnic Kitchens

  20. hi Gini, Ijust happened to cross ur site through a search, i liked ur blog very much and the recipes are coool. great work especially with the pics. thats a great inspiration for people who try cooking very rarely. i would like to know one thing from u that are there any substitute names for broccolie????? i m very eager to know about it…….. and can i join ur community??????? i just love to cook for my family. thank u 🙂

  21. I found your blog while jumping from blog to blog just searching for I am not sure what….but its beautiful…and yummy. I’d like to add you to my blog roll…
    I love to cook and keep meaning to post more about my cooking and recipes but usually I forget to take pictures and its no fun looking at recipes without pics! You’ve inspired me to get more organised about it!


  22. Hi there,

    I am writing on behalf of Stephen Dubner (co-author of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics). We are looking for a high-res image of snake gourd and I notice that you have some wonderful images here on your blog. Might you have some high-res versions that you would be willing to share with us?

    All best and happy holidays,

  23. Hi there, I am casting a new food show for a major network and I stumbled across your site. We are looking for a host, someone who is passionate about food, loves to dine out, and someone who has the inside track on great places to eat for cheap! I thought you could make a great candidate. If you are interested please email me a picture and bio.
    Thank you,
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  24. Hey, your cabbage thoran recipe is AWESOME! Thanks so much. So many failed attempts, so much wasted cabbage 🙂 Even my hubba (a Keralite cabbage-hater) now enjoys the dish. I haven’t checked out your other stuff yet (stinkin’ responsibilities get in the way) but I’m gonna put you on my mommy blog’s follow list, is that okay? Thanks!! 😀

  25. Hello,

    We have read your blog and we think one of the events we are organizing could be of your interest as well as the interest of your followers. “Discover the Spanish Taste” is a fantastic opportunity to get to know better how Spanish products are getting introduced in the Indian market and get some knowledge about Spanish wines and gastronomy,

    We would like to invite you to the press conference and workshops organized by Federation of Spanish Food Industries in order to promote Spanish food and beverage in India. On 30th November at 10.30h at Shangri-la Hotel.The Spanish Ambassador Mr. Ion de la Riva will launch the workshops and make a brief presentation followed by the workshops.

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  26. Hello dear salt & pepper,
    Your blog is really nice. What attracted me is the pix. Really gorgeous. Interested in writing recipes for our magazine? Would like to contact you. Please give me your id.

  27. Gini,

    I loved your blog. I stumbled onto it while searching for a red meen curry recipe. I’ve just begun cooking and your blog is just wonderful. Your malayali recipes remind me of home especially the sprinkling of anecdotes in between. The way you post recipes makes them looks so easy. You’re amazing.

    I’m definitely coming back here again.

    Thank you for making my day!

  28. This design is spectacular! You most certainly know how to
    keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos,
    I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost.
    ..HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really enjoyed what you had to say,
    and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  29. Hi,

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