Vaishnavi Vittal

Vaishnavi Vittal hails from Bangalore, India where she worked as a journalist for close to seven years. She now lives in Pflugerville, Texas with her husband. She is now a trained Montessori teacher.

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Like most people, my interest in cooking was sparked by hours of watching TV shows. From Nigella Lawson to Madhur Jaffrey to Jamie Oliver to Kylie Kwong. While I largely never moved an inch as far as trying out the dishes these cooking greats showed us on TV, it certainly instilled in me a passion for good food and a growing knowledge of all things food.

Born and brought up in Bangalore, India in a middle-class Tamil household, the food we ate at home was simple and delicious. 

My cooking repertoire began with basic south Indian dishes like sambar and rasam. And I always needed a recipe to get my quantities right (I still do, largely!). 

It took me a while to venture out and try a pasta dish or baking a cake in a pressure cooker. My father was my guinea pig. While he never gave me any useful feedback about the dishes, he was always ready to eat what I made!

Since my move to the US I have tried to be more conscious about my cooking. Using less oil, using less or no sugar and healthy substitutes are some of the things I keep in mind. 

While I don’t really have any big food dream, I do hope to better myself as a cook, make more healthy food and most importantly, eat healthy.