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. sindhoooo July 24, 2014 at 6:30 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya,

    Nice to know about you 🙂 I remembered my elder sister when I was reading about your first cooking attempt. We had faced similar situation and my sister had prepared rasam for all.

    Your recipes arise interest in a lazy cook who doesn’t like to spend too much time in the kitchen, that’s me 🙂 Happy blogging!

    TC! Keep smiling 🙂
    The Arts & Me

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM Reply

      Glad to know that you too had a similar incident Sindhu:-) thanks and happy that you like my recipes

  2. manasaraya July 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya… You have a great blog and an amazing bunch of recipes. I bookmarked so many of them. Will be peeping in regularly now !

  3. Irene July 22, 2014 at 10:45 AM Reply

    Thanks for the follow. Enjoy your blog immensely.

  4. Permacooking July 21, 2014 at 8:22 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya! Thank you for visiting my blog and for the follow. I love your blog and your wonderful recipes, Looking forward to explore your wonderful page! 🙂

  5. Violets&Vanilla July 18, 2014 at 2:57 PM Reply

    Vidya, thanks for visiting and following my blog!…You have so many awesome recipes in here I don’t know which one I should try first…:)

  6. Pocketful of Motherhood July 16, 2014 at 3:17 PM Reply

    Vidya, I’m finally getting around to reading your about page! It’s so fun to read about some of your background and cooking experiences. That’s wonderful that you have a husband cheering you on! I’ve been enjoying connecting here in the blogging world and I look forward to more of your recipes! 🙂

    • Traditionally Modern Food July 16, 2014 at 3:34 PM Reply

      Hannah thanks for visiting my space and spending time in my blog:) yes he is so supportive:) glad that you like my recipes

  7. marjma2014 July 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM Reply

    Hi. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award and will be delighted if you accept. 🙂

  8. srividhya July 7, 2014 at 3:13 PM Reply

    Hopped on here through Epicurean Delights group. Nice blog. Looking forward to read more. I am a food blogger too.

  9. derekthezenchef July 1, 2014 at 3:44 PM Reply

    Wow, Vidya, thanks for sharing your authentic recipes of Southern India with us here. I am excited to try some more chutneys masala etc. from your posts. This is a food genre that I need to explore more, and since I am back in the states (from today!) I should have access to the ingredients. I will be following to see what you do next. Cheers!

  10. Asmithaaa July 1, 2014 at 3:27 AM Reply

    Hey Vidya, check right side in my about page under “my kitchen reference” I have listed your page…… hope being your sincere follower and to my fav cooking blogger I gifted something little by doing this and hope you like it… I loved the way you do!!!

    Asmithaaa…Never have an end!!!

  11. Malar July 1, 2014 at 12:55 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya,
    I have nominated you for the
    “I am part of the WordPress family” award
    Please check it out in http://malarmuthu.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/thanks-again/
    I Appreciate you 🙂 my dear friend.

  12. Lori June 25, 2014 at 10:58 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya! I am really excited to give you the Versatile Blogger Award! Enjoy!

  13. andy1076 June 25, 2014 at 2:31 PM Reply

    Hi! Thank you for following my blog 🙂

  14. Jess M. June 25, 2014 at 1:38 PM Reply

    Hi! I’ve just nominated you for the Quintet of Radiance Award and the Liebster Award. You can accept none, one or both! If you want more information, you can find details here:
    Hope you are having a great day!

  15. Shamim June 25, 2014 at 1:37 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I will be trying some of your recipes soon. Love the fact that your mum hand wrote your recipe book for you, something I can relate to as well. Thanks for sharing.
    For the love of ghee!

    • Traditionally Modern Food June 25, 2014 at 10:33 AM Reply

      Hi Shamim, Happy to visit you. You have a amazing blog. Happy to know that you too have your Mom’s cookbook. Looking forward for your future recipe

  16. Arl's World June 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM Reply

    Hi there! I wanted to nominate you for The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. For more info see here: http://wp.me/p4bcab-Xo Thanks so much for your continued support of my blog. 🙂

  17. lapetitepaniere June 24, 2014 at 1:27 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya! I can see I am not the only one who like your blog and loves reading your posts! I want to let you know that I have nominated you for The Liebster Award 🙂 Congrats! You can accept it and check the details at: http://lapetitepaniere.com/2014/06/24/award-post/ Linda x

  18. natasha June 24, 2014 at 12:24 AM Reply

    Dear Vidya, thank you so much for nominating me…it’s an honour…
    I loved the name of your blog…
    When I read you about page I feel yours and mine story is so similar..I too have a younger sister and first time I cooked panner makhani for her When I was 15 yrs old and mom wasn’t around, I put too much ketchup in it..it was’nt eatable at all, till today she teases me,
    Yes me also have a foodie husband who was made me one…just like u he is my critic, my ginne pig and my proof reader as my English grammar is too bad…
    You are right it’s great to have a supporting husband…
    Take care and have fun cooking
    P.s. If u haven’t watched the movie Julie and Julia it’s about women like us having a passion for eating and cooking and having supporting husbands who inspire us to do something more in our lives,,,

    • Traditionally Modern Food June 24, 2014 at 4:19 AM Reply

      Pleasure is mine Natasha:)thanks for your lovely words. I like ur ketchup story and happy to know that we have so many common stuff:)thanks for suggesting that movie, soon will watch and tell you

  19. Martina June 23, 2014 at 3:12 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya, I just wanted to let you know, that I have nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Here’s the link with instructions if you’d like to accept it: http://makeshakeandbake.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/ 🙂

  20. Tea with Erika June 22, 2014 at 10:57 PM Reply

    Hi, Vidya! Thanks for visiting my blog! Love your pictures! I’ll be following your blog too 🙂

  21. Chitra Jagadish June 18, 2014 at 6:54 PM Reply

    You have an awesome blog and I really appreciate and like to thank you for following my blog.
    I would like to nominate you for an award. Please check the details:
    Chitra Jagadish

  22. Asmithaaa June 17, 2014 at 10:04 PM Reply

    I vidya, Thank you for visiting my blog and following :)…. I really enjoyed your about page ….Will have look at your post page as well as looking forward for your upcoming post :)…Am gonna follow you, because i like people who does experimentation and I personally like that as well, kitchen also one such lab for me 🙂

  23. Malar June 16, 2014 at 6:26 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya, I would love to pass on the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, Check it in http://malarmuthu.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/more-awards/ 🙂

  24. Cooking Diary by Shruti June 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya, I have nominated you for the Writing Process Blog Tour. Read the full post here: http://cookingdiarybyshruti.wordpress.com/2014/06/16/writing-process-blog-tour/
    Your date for publishing your Blog Tour is 23rd June 2014.

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  26. Shalzzz June 12, 2014 at 12:56 AM Reply

    Hi sweet! Thank you for showering your love and suport on my blog. And to show my appreciation I’d like to nominate you for an award. Congrats……….. http://taleoftwotomatoes.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/id-like-to-thank-my-hubby-my-parents-my-dog/

  27. Chitra Jagadish June 11, 2014 at 8:11 PM Reply

    Hello Vidya,
    Surprise for deserved personality 
    I am passing this ‘Liebster Award’as one of the upcoming blogs with your dedication.
    Do check here http://drchdietfood.com/2014/06/12/my-first-recognition-liebster-award/
    Look forward to see your post with this award soon.
    Have a good day and take care
    Chitra Jagadish

  28. Cooking Diary by Shruti June 10, 2014 at 1:37 PM Reply

    Hey Vidya, I have nominated you for the Wonderful Team Readership Award. Congratulation! If you wish to participate do read the full post on my blog here: http://cookingdiarybyshruti.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/

  29. swethadhaara June 8, 2014 at 6:41 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya, I am a die hard fan chennai idli and sambar!! Very happy to find a person who can guide me in cooking tamil foods!!!

  30. Malar June 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya! I want to give you the Dragon’s Loyalty Award….to read about it and see the rules of acceptance, go here:
    Thank you very much for your encouragement

  31. Lori June 7, 2014 at 3:28 PM Reply

    Vidya, Vidya, Vidya….my Arkansas friend with my favorite spiders! 😉 Okay, joking aside, I am dropping by with another award for you! I have really appreciated how you always come by and read what I write and comment! This is why I am giving you the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award! For more info go here:

  32. My Kitchen Moments June 7, 2014 at 1:54 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya, i have nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Do check it out! http://mykitchenmoments.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/more-awards

  33. Ganesh June 6, 2014 at 11:03 AM Reply

    Very nice and tasty blog, Vidya! Thanks for following “Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean”. 🙂

  34. Shalzzz June 5, 2014 at 12:44 AM Reply

    Lovely blog.. Happy to follow yours 🙂

  35. Sinfully Tempting June 3, 2014 at 11:04 AM Reply

    Wonderful blog, and we share the same great taste in themes! 😉

  36. Chase & Chance's Mom June 3, 2014 at 10:37 AM Reply

    wow….your recipes look fabulous!! Thanks for the follow and I am looking forward to reading through more of your postings!! Tina

  37. marjma2014 June 3, 2014 at 10:25 AM Reply

    Hi Thanks for following my blog. i’m following yours now too. Looking forward to your recipes and tips about food.

  38. Lori June 2, 2014 at 2:17 PM Reply

    Hi my strawberry loving bloggy friend! 😉 I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Follow this link for the details:

  39. marilenainthekitchen May 30, 2014 at 8:14 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya nice to discovered you! Bye4now😊

  40. Lori May 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM Reply

    Hi Vidya! I want to give you the Dragon’s Loyalty Award….to read about it and see the rules of acceptance, go here:
    I appreciate you always stopping by my blog! Thank you!

  41. Lily May 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM Reply

    Thanks for the visit and follow. Keep in touch fellow foodie:)

  42. mysimpledelights May 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya, thanks for stopping by my blog and following. Looking forward to your future posts! Farianti 😊

  43. Shalzzz May 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM Reply

    Thanks for following my blog. 🙂 You have a great one here!! 🙂

  44. Aiswarya @ My Kitchen Moments May 26, 2014 at 4:51 AM Reply

    Hi Vidya, nice to find a fellow South Indian, that too a Chennaiite. You have lovely blog. Going to spend quite some time here exploring and looking forward to your posts…

  45. MCW on Recipes From Eden May 22, 2014 at 2:53 PM Reply

    It looks like you have a promising food blog. Keep it up! Thank’s for following http://www.recipesfromeden.com. I look forward to reading and trying some of your healthy recipes.

  46. apsara May 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM Reply

    thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, I’m glad I found yours and will be happy to follow!

  47. feedingthesonis May 22, 2014 at 2:10 PM Reply

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the follow. You have a lovely blog. I look forward to more of your yummy recipes.😊

  48. Elaine @ foodbod May 20, 2014 at 11:16 PM Reply

    Hi, nice to meet you 🙂 thank you for your visits to my blog, now I’m going to check out lots of yours!! Elaine x

  49. Tasty Eats Ronit Penso May 20, 2014 at 5:20 PM Reply

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I’m glad to have discovered yours as well. 🙂

  50. Lori May 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM Reply

    I loved reading all of this! The story about the salt and your first time cooking is so great! And that is so wonderful that your hubby encourages and supports you so well! Looking forward to following your blog!
    P.S.I like the name of your blog…creative!

    • Traditionally Modern Food May 19, 2014 at 5:05 PM Reply

      Thanks a lot Lori:) your words are encouraging. Keep visiting!! I am happy that I found your blog

      • Lori May 19, 2014 at 5:08 PM

        Will do! I am following now! 😀

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