Thank you my Viewers, followers and Co-Bloggers for taking time to run through Traditionally Modern Food (TMF)

I am Vidya Srinivasan.  I am from Chennai, now living in USA. I have always loved to cook, and enjoyed cooking even as a child. I stil remember my first attempt at cooking something. When I was 13 years old, mom was out one day, and I was at home with my kid sister. She said she was hungry, and I prepared “upma” for her. After tasting it she just refused to eat as it was not like my Amma’s (Mom) preparation. After tasting it myself, I realized I forgot to add salt 😉 Till date, whenever I prepare anything I double check for salt, remembering my Amma’s comment that day “Amma illa na upma ku uppu illaya nu” ( If mom is not present, will the upma not have salt!)

I started this blog to primarily keep a record of sorts for all the recipes that I try. Instead of writing everything that I learnt in a notebook, publishing it on the internet would help not only me, but a lot of people who are looking for new and interesting recipes. I have learnt a lot about cooking and various cuisines from fellow bloggers, and this is also one way of giving back to the world of food blogging, which is a treasure trove of information for cooks at all stages.

Being big time foodies, Hubby and I love to try different  Vegetarian cuisines. One fine day after eating my food he casually mentioned that I should start blogging, and that inspired me. Be it searching a name for my blog, designing the pages, suggesting which recipe to post – my hubby does help me a lot. His support is another strength that helps me blog.

“Where are my recipes from?” I have learnt many of these recipes from my family members. In fact, I still have my first recipe book, which was hand-written by my mom. I took it with me when we went overseas, and Whenever I refer to that book, I feel like my mom is standing next to me and guiding me. In addition to that, the blog includes my improvisations on their recipes, and also recipes from my friends. I have also tried to twist and tweak the recipes that I have bookmarked from magazines and read in other blogs.

I am passionate about baking, and oven is my best friend in the kitchen. Less oil and tasty dishes, oven is such a boon. I have tried baking bonda, pakoda, seedai and thattai, which are traditional South Indian snacks. I also use the microwave oven to try out some easy and innovative recipes, like Microwave cream biscuit cake and 1-minute instant cookies. I believe healthy food leads to healthy living, so I try recipes like sugarless Tomato jam, cake (Replacing sugar with honey and dates), cracked wheat and oats recipes etc.

The recipes I have shared have undergone various trial and error sessions in my kitchen. I post my recipes only if they are approved by my food critic – My Hubby :). I encourage you to modify or adjust the ingredients according to your taste when you try these recipes, and please do not forget to post your feedback.

Reach me @ traditionallymoderncook@gmail.com.

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227 thoughts on “About

  1. Vlad Zaycev April 25, 2015 at 12:42 PM Reply

    Hey! You have very interesting blog and I like it very much! A lot of colorful photos and very clever articles! I’m glad to meet you in my blog too! If you like fashion or music, come! Good luck! And I hope to see you in my blog. -Vlad

  2. swapnakarthik April 24, 2015 at 11:10 PM Reply

    Hi ,
    I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Award…Pls do accept and collect it here..http://swapnaskitchen.com/2015/04/25/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  3. My Uni Kitchen April 7, 2015 at 12:21 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya, I just nominated you for the one lovely blog award. Pop over to my site (https://myunikitchen.wordpress.com/) to get the details.

    • Traditionally Modern Food April 7, 2015 at 5:07 PM Reply

      Thanks for the Award:-)

      • My Uni Kitchen April 7, 2015 at 5:09 PM

        you’re welcome! x

      • My Uni Kitchen April 23, 2015 at 8:28 PM

        Hello Nicole. Im sure you’ve received rewards before, but I would just like to remind you that if you choose to accept the award I nominated you for please follow the rules of the award and 1) thank your nominator, 2) write 7 things about yourself and 3) nominate 15 other blogs you follow or enjoy. Just thought I’d let you know as it has been some time since you were nominated and have yet to do these things. Thanx. x

      • Traditionally Modern Food April 24, 2015 at 3:32 PM

        Thanks for the reminder.. Will try to do it during free time:-)

  4. Varsha March 27, 2015 at 4:12 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya ji, I just love your blog,you have a treasure trove of recipes.
    I have started blogging very recently..well am a baby blogger.Do drop in by my blog and
    share your thoughts and tips for me.

  5. ohiocook March 24, 2015 at 5:01 PM Reply

    Thank you for dropping by my blog.

  6. Vasantha Vivek March 20, 2015 at 7:35 AM Reply

    Love is always a Challenge … a real challenge …. I Call you for ” Love in Ten Sentences ”

    With LOVE,

  7. The Champa Tree March 17, 2015 at 6:26 AM Reply

    Hi, I love your recipes and try to follow them too. Guess what! I nominated you for Daydreamer Award last week. But, but forgot to inform 😉
    Never mind, take a look at the post anyway and it would be nice if you could participate.. 😛

  8. DIY Simple Beauty Secrets March 14, 2015 at 12:42 PM Reply

    Thanks for following..!! you have lovely blog..enjoyed reading traditionallymodernfood..!!

  9. mamalisa4 March 10, 2015 at 6:39 AM Reply

    Your blog sounds DELICIOUS, I mean interesting!! I am a lover of all food and am always looking for new ideas in the kitchen!! Can’t wait to explore!! Nom Nom Nom!!

  10. My Uni Kitchen March 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM Reply

    Thanks for visitng my blog. Hope you liked it. Loving yours as well! x

  11. Malathi March 5, 2015 at 4:12 AM Reply

    Hi vidhya.. am frequent visitor of your blog added in my list. Good job. I would be happy for your visit in my space at ur leisure time.

  12. swatipareek February 26, 2015 at 7:04 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya

    I have nominated you for Very Inspiring Blogger Award, please accept and collect it here https://cookingwidjoy.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    Thanks xx

  13. Framed Recipes February 25, 2015 at 5:16 PM Reply

    Very impressive blog, Vidya. You have so many recipes stashed here.. :). Happy to have found your blog.

  14. Aanchal February 25, 2015 at 5:50 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya

    Thank you so much for the follow on my blog as it led me to your tasteful world. I am sure to be back here to try more and more recipies whenever i am in mood to cook 🙂


  15. Naveen Suresh February 25, 2015 at 5:14 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya,

    I had gone through your Blog and impressed with most of the recipes.
    I will definitely try couple of dishes in one or two days.
    Looking forward to see more recipes.

    Thank you,

    Naveen Suresh

  16. Umm ahmed February 24, 2015 at 3:30 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya
    Thanks for visiting and appreciating my recipe http://mommaderecipes.blogspot.com Mom made Recipes.

    You have a wonderful blog here with variety of recipes. Keep Cooking and Inspiring others. Good Job

  17. shobana vijay February 21, 2015 at 10:50 PM Reply

    Nice to know about you in detail Vidhya
    Great go girl .

  18. Sale Zucchero e Cannella... February 18, 2015 at 3:56 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya, thank you for visiting my blog, so I discovered yours…it’s a very interesting blog!!! New receipts from all over the world fascinate me so much!

  19. skd February 11, 2015 at 6:34 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya! I have nominated you for One lovely blogger award. Please collect it at http://aromasandflavours.com/2015/02/10/strawberry-and-banana-bread-a-lovely-blogger-award/

  20. dragonflyhome January 9, 2015 at 6:33 AM Reply

    Thank you for following my blog. I have just checked out your blog, and I look forward to trying some of your recipes! They look delicious!

  21. Hasina January 8, 2015 at 11:35 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya Srinivasan,

    Love your site! Your page and you are one of the inspirations for me to start recording my recipes. Thought I will thank you. Please keep the great work and food coming!

  22. leggypeggy December 28, 2014 at 2:23 PM Reply

    Thanks so much for the follow on my travel blog. I love cooking too and will thoroughly enjoy following your blog.

  23. Emily paul December 7, 2014 at 8:33 PM Reply

    Hi vidhya,
    I am so impressed at your efforts. All your traditional recipes have a modern touch as like your blog title… would love to read more of your posts… 🙂

  24. Vasantha Vivek November 26, 2014 at 8:02 AM Reply

    Hai Vidhya,

    I would like to add you as a Guest writer for my article “This MOM’s Life”. If you are willing, you can contact me at my mail id:

    Thanks in advance.

    With Regards,

  25. HotDish November 12, 2014 at 2:20 PM Reply

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your blog looks great!

  26. Vasantha Vivek October 14, 2014 at 1:38 AM Reply


    You are tagged in my post http://vivekvasantha.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/tag-time-pregnancy-tag/. Share your sweet memories, if you wish.


  27. Sandra October 2, 2014 at 4:43 PM Reply

    I really enjoy you blog and your recipes! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  28. Stephanae V. McCoy October 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM Reply

    Hello Vidya, Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I’m not really a foodie but mostly everyone else around me is and it’s helpful to me to follow these type blogs to get inspired for when I have the occasional get-together. Nice blog.

  29. Karen October 2, 2014 at 7:20 AM Reply

    Hi Vidhya, thanks for the follow. I love sampling food from different cultures and wish I could sample your diverse spread. You have a beautiful site, and your recipes make me want to try Indian food. The only Indian food I’ve ever had is roti with curry chicken. I don’t think I’ve come across this variety, but then again I don’t really eat in many restaurants in my country as I would like. I’ll be following if only to see more of your divierse dishes..

  30. Binjal October 1, 2014 at 10:10 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya, Awsome blog dear 🙂 nice to connect with you ❤

  31. Asmithaaa September 30, 2014 at 7:40 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya, (My Kitchen Reference !!!!!!!!)

    I have nominated you for liebster award to express my sheer liking towards your word play!!!!!!!!


  32. Shilpi September 24, 2014 at 7:12 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya, came across to your blog through ED. Lovely pics and very nice recipes. Will try some for sure.

  33. Ranjani September 17, 2014 at 1:13 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya…

    So interesting to read about u 🙂 After reading ur first exp in cooking i just ran back to my memories 🙂 i gone through ur recipes its unique seriously… i love your baking recipes particularly …. its very new to me that u tried most of the traditional recipes like seedai, thattai etc in baking.. i must try and write to u once i get time..

    Visit my space as well if you get time 🙂

  34. My Kitchen Moments September 11, 2014 at 3:12 AM Reply

    Hi, Congratulations… I have nominated you for the Dragons Loyalty Award. Please collect it at – https://mykitchenmoments.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/many-more-awards-and-a-note-of-thanks-to-all/

  35. rachwalker September 4, 2014 at 10:23 AM Reply

    My grandmother was Czech, but she was born in Chennai, because her father had moved there to be a button designer. Honestly! It’s the most beautiful city, with DELICIOUS food. What a joy to browse your blog and find so many recipes of dishes I enjoyed so much when I was there.

    • Traditionally Modern Food September 4, 2014 at 10:53 AM Reply

      Thanks for visiting my space:-) glad to know your grandmother stated in chennai and you like Indian food

  36. Francesca Trucco August 29, 2014 at 5:02 AM Reply

    My congratulation for your blog, so well done and inspiring . Despite mine has a completly different focus ( http://makeupocchiverdi.wordpress.com/ ) do to the fact is dedicated to beauty & make up , I discovered some interesting thing on yours . I will try also to duplicate some receipts whichI discovered here today , really inspiring me

  37. radhikasethi August 25, 2014 at 5:38 PM Reply

    Dear Vidya,
    I have nominated you for the beautiful blogger and versatile blogger award. if interested, please check it out on my blog.
    Have a nice week. Cheers,Radhika

  38. Ahila August 24, 2014 at 11:10 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya, I have nominated you for both the Liebster and WordPress Family Awards (http://wp.me/p3Nc97-BL). Have a great week!

  39. mckinneyjodi August 20, 2014 at 5:38 PM Reply

    Thanks for finding and following my blog. I look forward to reading and following you on your adventures in traditionally modern food! 🙂

  40. vannillarock August 19, 2014 at 5:51 AM Reply

    Hi! Thanks for dropping in on my little corner of the wordpress world and following my cooking adventures. I hope you find something to inspire, even though the food is very different from your traditional foods. You have a lovely blog! Anne

  41. Arl's World August 17, 2014 at 9:10 PM Reply

    Hi there! When I thought of blogs to nominate for this award, you were one to come to mind. Thanks for always following and commenting on my blog. It is so appreciated!! You can see my post here: http://wp.me/p4bcab-11D. Wishing you a great week! 🙂

  42. Shamim August 13, 2014 at 1:16 AM Reply

    HI! I just nominated you for the WordPress Family Bloggers Award. It’s been fun reading your posts. Thanks


  43. Happys Cook August 8, 2014 at 8:40 PM Reply

    you have a lovely collection of recipes… First time here in ur space… Do visit time wen u get time…

  44. Martina August 3, 2014 at 2:36 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya! I just wanted to let you know, that I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. If you’d like to accept the nomination you’ll find the details here http://wp.me/p4CjjA-8y

  45. Chhapanbhog August 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM Reply

    Hi vidya, spent time and had a look at your blog.. Very nicely done and lovely recipes… 🙂

  46. Lori July 31, 2014 at 10:25 PM Reply

    Hi sweet Vidya! I have nominated you for an award: “I am Part of the WordPress Family Award.” Congrats my friend!
    Here is the link if you want to participate!

  47. Indermohan Kaur Sahni July 31, 2014 at 5:26 AM Reply

    Hi vidya srinivasan
    lovely sharing
    Found your blog very attractive
    and congratulations

  48. mrschoux July 27, 2014 at 9:29 AM Reply

    Hi. I’d like to nominate you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Many thanks for your support xx http://boxofrecipes.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/dragons-loyalty-award-again-are-you-for-real/

  49. skd July 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya,
    I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger 2014 award. I am well aware that you have awards galore in your kitty but I will be happy if you decide to accept this. You can collect it at http://aromasandflavours.com/2014/07/24/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

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