I’m Radhika, the author, home chef, photographer, stylist behind the scenes of Just Homemade, based out of
Houston, Texas Namma Bengaluru, India.
I’m an ex-data warehouse consultant (in short, a software techie) who left behind her good going career after becoming a mom and moving to the US and started this blog as a creative outlet for the love of cooking combined with my passion for photography.
Born and raised in the royal city of Mysore, I’m a dreamer, hopeless perfectionist and a mom of two who enjoys baking and container gardening in my small balcony. Apart from the blog, my world revolves around my children who keep me on my toes and Mr. K who’s the chief taste tester and pillar of support.
Why “Just Homemade”?
As the name itself suggests, For the love of a pure vegetarian home cooked meal.
When I started this blog in the fall of 2010 in Houston, TX, it was a journal of good food, fond memories of home, my rich food heritage, nostalgic childhood moments and my culinary journey. And someday I hope to be able to pass it on to my children as well.
Having always been a vegetarian, eating all home-made to me, is the best way to eat well, stay vegetarian and healthy. No unpronounceable ingredients, no cross contamination of food, no guessing games, hence “Just Homemade”.
I was raised in my Grand dad’s house (about which you’ll read snippets in many of my blog posts) where every meal was freshly prepared from scratch and conversations about good food were never ending. Needless to say, my approach to food is greatly influenced by that.
I believe in the Ayurvedic way of eating according to body type. I try my best to eat and feed my family, foods that are seasonal, natural, wholesome, local, fresh, unprocessed, organic and non-gmo. I consider it important to know what I am eating, where the food comes from, where the ingredients were grown and how the food is prepared. My dream is to one day, self sufficiently live life without a refrigerator, eating the freshest produce grown in our own garden.
I am passionate about cooking in traditional natural cookware such as bronze, clay pots (mann patre), stone pots (kal chatti), cast iron ware, wood, porcelain and glass. When not cooking for the blog, I rely mostly on approximation and eyeballing the ingredients and ratios and proportions for measurements, the way my grand mom did and my mom and mom-in-law do till date, like in any other Indian home.
What you’ll find here
100% pure vegetarian, naturally (effortlessly) vegan, egg-less, made from scratch recipes – Native or regional, traditional or contemporary, simple or fancy, festive and elaborate or just for the everyday.
Given my cultural background, you’ll find a mix of home style South Indian recipes from Mysore-Bangalore regions of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra or anything from a different cuisine that fancies me.
If ingredients inspire you to cook, I’m sure you might find something that resonates with you too here. Happy Cooking!
About Iyengar Cuisine
It is an ancient pure vegetarian cuisine, a traditional way of cooking of the sub sect of Tamil Brahmins in South India and also my heritage. Aimed at nurturing the spiritual self along with the body, mind and soul, it is strongly rooted in Ayurveda. It revolves around a holistic Saathvic lacto-vegetarian diet strictly excluding onion and garlic. A typical everyday meal always starts with steamed rice and a drizzle of Cow Ghee. Puliyogare is one of the most popular among the lip smacking dishes Iyengar cuisine offers.
I shoot hand-held (mostly) with my Nikon D90 and 50mm/1.4f prime lens, always in natural light.
About using my photos or content
I put in a serious amount of time and effort in creating content that shapes this blog.
All photographs and content on this blog unless otherwise mentioned are my copyrighted work and may not be used or reproduced without permission. If you would like to use or feature any of my images or recipes on your blog or website, ASK ME FIRST.