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. Hi Sandhya,

    Lovely blog! Thanks for sharing your recipes. I am so excited about trying out some of these. The Pav Bhaji platter is a very innovative idea.


    1. Thanks Jayeeta. It is so nice to meet you too! I look forward to knowing more about your Bengali specialties too.

    1. Thank you Stephanie! You have an awesome blog and I especially loved the snicker doodles. My son loves them, so will make them soon.

  2. Sandhya, is there an email where we can talk Blogging 101? I can tell you about the REader and we can discuss other issues pertaining to the course.

  3. 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.

    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!

    1. Thank you so much Taylor! I am excited to know that you will be trying my recipes. Do let me know how you like them!

    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!

    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!

  4. 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. -:)


    1. Thanks Pawan! So glad that you have joined the Indfused family! Hope you and Usha like the recipes.

    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.

      1. Ok great thanks. I will like you on fb and am following you. I love Indian food and have been looking for more authentic recipes since I started my blog. So i look forward to seeing all of yours!

    1. So nice to meet you Dipti and thanks for the follow.Yes lets keep in touch! I look forward to your posts from Hyderabad!

  5. 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!


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

    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.

  6. 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).

    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!

    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.

  7. 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.

    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.

  8. Hi Shandhya. Lovely to meet you. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for following me. I adore Indian food, so look forward to visiting your blog. Have a lovely day.

  9. 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
    team being marathi (yt)

    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,

  10. 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! 🙂

    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

  11. 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!

    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.

  12. 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.

    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!

  13. Marvelous to have found you. I love Indian food but am unable to find the spices down here in the country in the midwest. I shall be looking through your blog to try and find my favourites! I love that word Fusion – don’t you? c

    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.

  14. 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.

    1. Thanks so much Veerashree for mentioning my name and also sharing my blog with members.
      Klae bhaji stuffing sounds wonderful!

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  16. 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….

  17. Thanks so much Ranveer! Sorry about my delay in replying but I hope you have tried more of Indfused’s delicacies.

  18. Hello Sandhya ji!
    Your recipes are just outstanding!
    Please upload more recipes before Diwali!
    I would love to try it at home. My mom loved your fusion! I will share a picture with you once I try your recipe.

    1. Hi Saloni,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and please do thank your mom on my behalf too. I hope you got a chance to see my review post yesterday.
      Yes, Diwali recipes will be coming up soon. I will also start posting them on FB. Do you follow Indfused on FB? Please do. I would love to see you there as well.
      I love Tasted Recipes! Keep on rocking!

  19. Enjoy your blog. Are your mothers’s cook books available to buy? ‘Rege’ is my maiden name too.
    Please let me know about the books. Thanks.

    1. That is such a sweet compliment Swaty! Thank you so much. We all learn so much from each other. You have a great blog!

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