Welcome to Collaborative Curry! This blog is co-authored by Namitha and Sunitha. We are friends from college and got together here to write about Indian food especially from our hometown Kerala. On the phone over a general conversation we started talking about how we miss Kottayam, Kerala where we both are from. The discussion spanned school, college, favorite hang outs, bakeries, restaurants and many like this when we finally fell upon recipes. We figured that some of the dishes we make, even though we call it by the same name, was cooked differently. Our interest was piqued and we exchanged a few recipes. Our doubts were confirmed. Though the differences were subtle we knew the taste will be altered. This talk over the phone after some consideration culminated into a collaborated blog. Now, this blog features cuisine from around the world with Kerala Cuisine at its heart.
Residing: in Colorado, U.S.A
I live with my husband and children. Our home is in a great neighborhood and I feel quite blessed. I have a daughter and a very naughty 3-year-old son, growing up quickly. Traveling, photography, reading and cooking are some of my hobbies, when I am not running behind my 3-year-old that is. I enjoy cooking food-from-scratch for my family and sitting down to it together. I am almost as passionate about cooking for my family as I am about my family itself.
Blogging and cooking is symbiotic. One draws inspiration from the other. If one day blogging inspires me to cook, then on another cooking inspires me to blog.
Traditionally, girls from Kerala are encouraged to learn cooking early. For me, it was after marriage that I honed my skills. My husband played a huge part in my learning process. As a new wife, and quite green in the kitchen there were days when I was the butt of our guests (good friends) jokes. They would come by for dinner and then in good humor tease me “Oh, we are the official guinea pigs for today's experiments.” I remember waiting with bated breath and anticipation of their response. Their scream, choke from my food all played out in my mind. Thankfully, none of that happened and each passing day the cooking got better. Conclusively, those were the days and people who helped me grown in confidence and presently bold enough to chronicle my experiments.
Now I am a seasoned home cook. I religiously follow recipes and try them before I concoct my own. Most of the Kerala recipes I share here are from my parents or other family members which I now painstakingly gathered over phone calls or while I visit them. My grandmother who is very active even at the ripe age of 83 is inspiration personified. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to traditional authentic Kerala recipes. These recipes are my treasure troves and I am glad to share them with you. I have expanded my cooking palette to include recipes from around the world. I am taking small steps in this direction but I am definitely on my way and with so much of baking for my children, and their sleep over parties I am no novice anymore. Hope you will have an enjoyable time visiting our blog.
Residing: Ohio, U.S.A
My husband and I live in the U.S currently. I am a home maker who broke free to become a blogger. I started writing a personal blog and then moved on to food blogging. I believe my passion for cooking was ignited by my Dad, an adventurous foodie and cook.
My experience with cooking started early. I was my father's side kick in the kitchen, even when I was just knee high. I cannot boast about being taught too well because we were more about eyeballing the quantity. But those times firmly implanted a love for cooking and food.
As for writing a cooking blog, it is just an ideal medium to share my passion and connect with like minded people. The blog has helped me be more aware of how I cook. As much as I am sharing recipes on this blog it has also helped me shape up into a better cook.
My husband is a great support both in eating everything I make and patiently putting up with a joke or two I throw into my writing at his cost.