I am Chitra sendhil/Chitra Ganapathy(As per Google;)), the one and only writer and photographer of this webpage :) I am a pure vegetarian. I was born in Tirunelveli,brought up in Salem and currently living in Bangalore.My Husband Sendhil is a software architect and our only daughter Raksha is studying in 4th grade. Basically I love my mom's Nellai style/Tirunelveli recipes and my MIL's tanjore/kumbakonam recipes.Both are completely different in method and taste.Before marriage, I have never entered into the kitchen.My sweet mom never told us (myself & my younger sister,Radha) to help. So I just enjoyed spending time in my education, work, friends etc :).After marriage, my ever caring and lovable MIL took care of the food.But I had always stood behind her & kept watching the way she cooks and make a note of the recipes in my diary. The best thing with my MIL is she never wastes food. She can make yummy dishes even with leftovers. My mom makes varieties of dishes with well balanced taste. We have never complained her food for less salt, more spice. I am trying to follow my Mom & MIL and be a good cook at home. Actually I started full time cooking after my daughter was born. First I attempted very simple n basic recipes asking my mom, MIL & friends. Slowly I learnt them and started blogging the same to keep them as a record for my future reference and to help beginners in cooking :)
As Sendhil is a foodie, I started trying my hands at dishes from Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, North Indian, International recipes and experiment them in my kitchen apart from my usual South Indian cooking. He enjoy all my preparations and gives me genuine feedback which helped me improve my cooking skills a lot. He is the one and only critic for my food :) Once I got the hang of cooking, I started exploring the world of baking too.I am attempting eggless, easy cakes & cookies. U can find the list of all my recipes in recipe index.
I started my blog in 2009 but then I improved it into a website in 2013 and changed my site's name as Chitra's food book. Previously I had named my blog as "Ratatouille-Anyone can cook".Actually my blog title was very attractive & liked by many of my blogger friends and when I changed it to Chitra's food book , everybody asked me about this name change. Its just my desire and selfishness to have a website in my own name, nothing else ;).Even then I dint want to lose "Ratatouille" name in my site as it was suggested by my husband.So I have given it as a tag line in my header. I strongly believe in these words "Anyone can cook" :).And now by seeing my blog title Chitra's Food Book, my readers are asking me whether I have released any cookbooks and where to buy them ;) Sorry, I have not published any cookbooks so far.
After changing my blog to a website in 2013, I took blogging seriously & started posting recipes for daily cooking with step by step pictures and Iam updating old recipes as well. Earlier I used to take pictures using Canon powershot A2100 IS point n shoot camera. On feb 14th 2013, my hubby dear bought Nikon D5100 camera for me as valentine's day gift ;) I use picasa and photoshop for editing my pictures..I use photoscape for tiling step wise pictures and Windows movie maker for editing my video recipes.
Actually I started this blog as a hobby and for my daughter's future reference ;) But through blogging , I got so many encouraging and caring friends. I am really happy for that.When I started getting appreciation mails and comments from readers about my recipes, I started flying out of joy and it encouraged me to keep posting more n more recipes. I am getting featured as one of the Top Indian Food Bloggers since 2013 which boost me a lot.Your comments and the feed back is the only thing that keeps me going and makes my day brighter. So If you try any recipe from my blog and if you feel it is worthy for appreciation, do leave a word under the recipe in comments section or please spend some time to mail me which makes my day great:) Your suggestions for improvements in the recipe and the way I blog it are also welcome:) It helps me a lot to improve my cooking skills. A big thanks to all the readers and friends for your continuous support and encouragement :)
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