About Me

Spices and Lentils

“Mom, I want to cook something Indian or Indian fusion tonight! What can I make?” I get these calls frequently from my children who are away from home. I also get similar questions from my friends who love to cook Indian dishes but feel overwhelmed. Well fear no more! This blog has tried and tested, easy-to-follow recipes that are sure to be a hit with you and your friends! I plan to incorporate all kinds of recipes from simple and  semi-homemade to “made from scratch,” so, whether you are a college student, or new at cooking with Indian spices, or a pro at it, I hope to inspire you all!

Namaste, my name is Sandhya. I teach Indian and Indian fusion cooking in and around Lexington, MA. I grew up in India where I learned to cook from my mother, Mrs. Vaijayanti Rege, who taught cooking classes and published two cookbooks – Ruchi and Zanzaneet Non-Veg – in Marathi. She was an amazing cook, and I like to believe I inherited her passion for cooking and innovating recipes! The solid foundation I got from my mom in the culinary arts gave me the confidence to create new fusion recipes when I arrived here in America over 30 years ago.

I have a huge repertoire of recipes that I have created over the years, so when my kids ask me, “Mom what can I make for dinner with the ingredients I have on hand?” I tell them that with so many possible recipes and combinations,the sky is the limit !

So let’s get cooking!

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  1. I’m addicted to curry. I started eating it because the Indians of Southern India have low incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, plus there is in-vitro evidence that it causes macrophages to get rid of the Alzeheimer’s placque. Now I eat it because I absolutely love it.

    Great blog! I admire people who can cook, and especially those who are bold and creative about it.

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment Talmage! I admire people who can write as beautifully as you do! I loved the photographs too. You are definitely a gifted writer!

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    1. Thank you so much Anjali! I am so honored and appreciate the nomination. I have been nominated recently by another blogger for the same award so this is a double honor!

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    1. Anjali,
      I absolutely appreciate it! Thank you so much for thinking of me. But I already have the Liebster. So I am sure you would want to nominate someone else.
      Thanks again dear!

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  2. Fantastic initiative, Sandhya! Thanks to Sunil for sharing the link. Signing up under my family email account so all of us can enjoy your recipes. -:)

    Pawan

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    1. I am so glad you visited my blog because I am happy to have discovered your interesting blog! Wow! Look forward to reading more about raising 9 kids in the middle east and your recipes from so many cultures! I have liked your FB page too. Mine is Indfused on FB too.

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  3. Sandhya (Auntie), I am a Maharashtrian teenager living in Pennsylvania. I love your blog very much and I will definitely be showing this to my parents! My mom is also a really good cook and spontaneous recipe maker and I’ve been pushing her to blog for so long. Congratulations on making such a widespread and famous blog and I wish for your success in your future endeavors. Hope to see you on my blog, involving recollections, incidents, current news, science as you will definitely see me all around indfused!

    Love,
    Aditi

    My blog: http://www.pallodium.wordpress.com

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    1. Aditi,
      I already am following your blog! Thank you so much for following Indfused. I try to streamline the Indian and Indian fusion recipes so it is easy for young people like you and my children.
      Lets keep visiting each other’s blogs. and do tell your family and friends about Indfused.

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  4. Sandhya,
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.This one is also very close to my heart.Brings back lot of sweet memories.
    This goes very well with hot rice and a roasted papad( sprayed with some coconut oil).

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    1. Thank you Veerashree. It is a recipe close to my heart too. I am with you on the hot rice and roasted papad with coconut oil- soul food indeed!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind comments! I got a chance to visit your blog and loved it!
      Lets keep in touch.

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  5. Love your blog. Stumbled upon your blog today. Looking forward to trying your recipes. Love your pictures. That makes me want to try your recipes. Because I eat with my eyes.

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    1. Thank you so much Shital. I enjoy food styling so that is a huge compliment. My recipes focus on being healthier easier and above all yummy! So I hope you enjoy them too! I am so glad that you are visiting my blog.

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  6. hi sandhya
    this is being marathi from mumbai .we find your blog quite attractive .
    we can do barter if you are interested .
    we will promote your site with our pages and you will promote our videos on you site.
    please let us know
    meanwhile keep up good work
    regards
    team being marathi (yt)

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    1. Thank you so much for reaching out to me. I am flattered.
      Please let me know an e-mail address I can write to you at.
      Thanks again,
      Sandhya

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  7. Sandhya 🙂 thanks for following and supporting Bake to the top! I am absolutely loving your ideas and I think yours is my new favorite blog!!

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  8. Thank You for the follow back of my blog Sandhya! It’s great to come across your lovely blog. I’m sure your blog must be very popular as Indians in US are pretty fond of Indian food and so are many Americans! Great work! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes Indian food and flavors are so well liked. I try to make the foods easy to make, healthier and with ingredients readily available here

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  9. I am excited to follow your blog, Sandhya! I am new to Indian cooking and eating. Just this year my son took me to my first Indian restaurant. I loved it! It has been fun learning about spices I knew nothing about. I hope to learn a lot more through your blog!

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    1. Thanks so much for the follow Shari. I am so glad you enjoyed Indian food. I try to simplify the recipes and also make them healthier. I hope you like them.

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  10. Great blog! Ever since taking a cooking class in Delhi a few months ago, I can’t get enough of Indian food. Love that you have easier methods that I can use for simple everyday meal in my kitchen.

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    1. Jin,
      Thank you so much! Yes I try to simplify the recipes, make them healthier without losing the taste, of course:)
      I am so glad you stopped by and are following my blog because it also gave me a chance to visit and follow your amazing blog!
      I am also an architect by education and training, so we have that and our love of food in common!

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    1. Thank you Cecilia for visiting my blog. I hope you like the recipes – both Indian and fusion. Do let me know if you cannot find a certain spice. They are available online or could be substituted. I will try my best to help.

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  11. Hello Sandhya,
    Really loved your stuff jalapeños recipe. I modified it by stuffing with kale bhaji.
    I have shared my recipe on Konkani Aamchi Food group.Have mentioned your name since I was inspired by your recipe.I have also shared your blog with the members.
    Thanks a lot.

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  12. Pierogi bardzo sympatyczne. Ciekawa jestem zwłaszcza tych makowych potraw wigilijnych z różnych części Polski. Na podkarpaciu króluje kutia, sÃ…asy‚zÂłam o kluskach z makiem i innych makowych specjałach. Co u Was robi się z maku poza makowcem?

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  13. GREAT BLOG! while working on my research over fusion, google suggested me and yes I liked it so much that I couldnot stop myself trying maximum of your delicacies….

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