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I am the GradChef, a self-taught chef who loves to cook everyday meals with simple, fresh, and healthy ingredients, and share her experiences. I am an avid food lover on a mission to encourage people to cook at home and make their culinary journey enjoyable.
 
 Although a hardcore foodie, I was not a cooking enthusiast, to begin with. In fact, I hardly ever cooked until I moved to the United States for attending my grad school. Not only did I start cooking my meals, but I also began experimenting with food. Soon enough my friends started praising my culinary skills and in no time my recipes became the potluck favorites. Encouragement from friends and family boosted my confidence prompting me to read up more about Indian and international cuisines. What started as a basic necessity gradually transformed into unbridled passion and here I am!
 
Having started as a grad student, I had less time and limited resources, which often led me to improvise and cook smart with minimum ingredients. Over the years, the minimalist theme stayed with me which is why even today, most of my recipes are quick and frugal. To me, cooking is a beautiful amalgam of science, art, and culture. In my blog I will not just share recipes, I will also try to explore the cultural history or the folklore or the memories associated with those recipes. Most of the recipes that I will share with you would be my versions of carefully curated recipes from different cookbooks, websites, videos, and some handed down by my family, and yet some created by me from scratch. I love Indian food because that is what I have grown up eating but, I like to try international cuisines too. Therefore, expect to find recipes from all over the world.

What you will mostly see here is fresh and flavorful comfort food, from around the world, something that I love to cook and eat in my everyday life. All the recipes have been tried and tested several times before they made their way into the blog. I am skeptical of complicated recipes and over the top exotic ingredients, so you probably would never see me do a 'beluga caviar' or a 'hop asparagus'. Nevertheless, I will share recipes of budget-friendly exotic dishes, but my main goal is to make cooking more accessible and less intimidating. I want you to feel excited about cooking and experience the joy of feeding home-cooked food to your loved ones.

Keep reading my space to know how you can make drool-worthy food every single time without fuss. I strongly encourage you all to post pictures of your food too, I totally love to see them. I hope you have a great time reading and trying my recipes. Let me know your thoughts. Thank you!


P.S. You may also want to check out 'Cook-a-bulary' to get a sense of the jargon associated with cooking. If you are a beginner looking to set up your first kitchen, you may find 'Getting started' quite handy. Know what you need to stock up your kitchen adequately, by referring to 'Pantry Staples'.

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