I am Chitra sendhil/Chitra Ganapathy(As per Google;)),writer and the one & only 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. I love cooking varieties of recipes and I prefer to try some unique, interesting recipes apart from my usual South Indian cooking.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.Before marriage I worked as a lecturer in some Engineering colleges and after marriage I had worked as a software trainer for an year. So I just enjoyed spending time in my education,work,friends etc :).After marriage,my ever caring and lovable MIL had never asked me to cook but I always stood behind her & kept watching the way she cooks.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 etc..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 everything and started blogging the same.All the recipes posted here are tried & tasted by me and my family.Apart from my usual South Indian cooking , I love to try varieties of other state & other country recipes too.U can find them in my 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 ;) I have not published any cookbooks so far.If it happens by God's grace, I would be the happiest soul in this earth ;))
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.
I started to blog my recipes for time pass 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..Your comments and the feed back is the only thing that keeps me going and makes my day brighter. So if u try any recipe from my blog and if u 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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