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An Interview with Blogger, Vidya of “Traditionally Modern Food“

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Thanks for taking the time to chat with SIW. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.     

Vidya : I am Vidya Srinivasan from Chennai, now living in USA. I have always loved to cook, and enjoyed cooking. I started this blog to primarily keep a record of sorts for all the recipes that I try.  My mother was my first teacher, and most of what I cook today started from my mother. Instead of writing everything that I learnt from her and others in a notebook, I thought that publishing it on the internet would help not only me, but a lot of people who are looking for new and interesting recipes.

In Traditionally Modern Food, one can find a wide spread of recipes, from Indian to Italian to Mexican. Be it Bruschetta, Buritto or Butter Masala, I have explained the recipes in simple steps with detailed photos for each step in the recipe, which makes it easy to follow. I also lay a lot of emphasis on cooking traditional Tamil dishes in a modern way. Making Paniyaram with Adai batter is one such example. So is Stuffed Idly, Bread Uthappam, Waffle Dosai etc. I believe that presenting food in different forms not only makes the eating experience exciting, but also makes sure our traditional dishes are not lost on the next generation.

What makes your blog so unique and why should people read it?          

Vidya : Being born in a traditional south Indian family, I grew up knowing and eating lot of traditional delicacies. Through this blog I strive to recreate some of the dishes that where passed on by mother and grandmother. In tune with advancements in cooking equipment, I incorporate a variety of those in cooking, thus recreating traditional recipes in a modern way.

With my one year old son wrapping his little arms around my legs, I do not want to spend much time in the kitchen. So I focus on getting the maximum value with minimum time spent. All the recipes I post have this as a theme.

I always believe that tasty food can be healthy, so I try to replace white sugar with honey/dates/brown sugar and provide alternatives, like baking instead of frying in oil,

I also try out a lot of Eggless baking.

How often do you blog?              

Vidya : I post 3 to 4 recipes a week.

What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?

Vidya : The series of recipes on making traditional south Indian festival delicacies by baking were well received.

What do you find most challenging about blogging?     

Vidya : Breaking down the recipe into as many  simple steps as possible.

What are some of your favorite author blogs and why?               

Vidya : I have admired and learnt (learning) from every blogger I interact with and follow. Its difficult to pinpoint few.

What advice would you give to young women readers of SIW who want to follow a similar career path as you?              

Vidya : Enjoy blogging – that’s all I want to say:-) believe in your recipes and don’t worry about what others will think of your recipes. For me it is my favorite hobby, so I enjoy blogging.

Blog URL : traditionallymodernfood.wordpress.com

Category : Foodie

All images are property of “Vidya” and required permissions have been taken to publish it on www.smartindianwomen.com website.


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