The Curry Cravings ™ LLC Kitchen Blog takes you to a place of discovery and conversation of all things that feed us, a place that lies at the intersection of home, family and personal growth.

  • Print Books – place to order any print books directly from me.

    • Books – what is self-publishing & why my books are not in most bookstores.

  • Ayurveda – what is it, and how it features into my work.

    • (H).OM.E - is where we share personal discoveries of our place in the world and our quest to be better humans.

  • Simmering – is what is happening now, at the kitchen counter, is where we want to be children at, to jump up and sit on so, or to lean into and linger if only just long enough to see what is cooking and being in the moment.

  • Kitchen Island - is the metaphorical place where we gather to talk about food and life, for how-to’s, begin long heart-to-hearts with a friend over tea or something stronger.

  • Recipes - shows us how to achieve classic flavors and tastes, read the stories behind them – in order to best appreciate them.

  • Bytes - is a place to find shorter published essays, critiques, reviews, interviews and media.

  • Extra – a space of effervescent expressions, a tasters’ palette of verse and creative writing.

    • Dabba – the essentials, masala dabba, or tool kit about what shape this blog.

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Just the idea of using Nutmeg transports many minds into the Fall season! In my opinion, this beautifully complex spice is one of the most underutiliz...

Cumin is a very common spice used in Indian cooking and is related to carrots, fennel and caraway seeds. It is woody in flavor, with a lemony aroma an...

Ajwain or Bishops weed is a 'must-have' spice in Indian kitchens. Mothers and grandmothers have long used it to cure everything from colic in...

As a person with dietary restrictions and intolerences, I know firsthand, that I constantly have to make adjustments to recipes I get from elsewhere...

Have you been to an ice-cream shop and someone asked you your favorite flavor? Now, visualize yourself in a room full of people you knew, would you be...

Coffee came to the hills of South India in the late 14th and early 15th centuries. South Indian coffee reflects its special connection to the land wh...


Saffron is also one of the most expensive spices in the world, along with cardamom and vanilla. As you must already know, it belongs to the family o...

Fresh-picked Mangosteen at my parents farm.

Mangosteen is a popular tropical fruit, native to all of South Asia. It is not the same as Mango. In India,...

If there was only one spice I was allowed to own (gasp!), I would pick cardamom. 

Cardamom is versatile enough to be used in both sweet and savory...

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Nandita Godbole

Once a botanist & landscape architect. Now a personal chef & author, an artist, graphic designer, blogger & closeted poet. Loves freshly brewed chai, the crisp salty ocean breeze, watching monsoon rains & walking barefoot through cold mountain streams. Believes in the strength, positivity of the human spirit. Is spiritual but not a fanatic. Mom of one. Two, if she counts her husband.



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