About me

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Hi welcome to my blog. I am nidhi Jain. I am an architect by profession, now a stay at home mom to two energetic boys. I love to cook and try new recipes.  I’ve started this blog to share and explore new vegetarian recipes which are not only delicious but are also healthy. Most of these dishes are easy to prepare and are made from locally easily available ingredients.

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Like all mothers I try to feed my kids some healthy food but they don’t like to eat vegetables. So I have developed innovative recipes which are loaded with veggies and the best part is my kids still love them. My focus will be on cooking for children and I will post photos, simple instructions and some tips. Since I am a vegetarian, all the recipes on this blog will be vegetarian( i do not even use egg or gelatin).


This intro will be incomplete without mention of my husband, Axat, who not only motivated me to start this blog but also helped in setting this up. Also my kids deserve to be mentioned as they have to taste all the food i cook and approve it. This blog is not only about recipes but also about sharing beautiful experiences of my life, family and cooking.

I have learned a lot in kitchen from my mother and Mother-in-law who both happen to be great cooks. Not to forget sisters, cousins, sister-in-laws and Aunts who have helped in my learning process. I am blessed to be born in a family of good cooks.

I was not much of a cook before marriage but after marriage I developed a taste for it. my husband is also very fond of cooking. Generally our Sunday afternoons are spent in kitchen preparing lunch. Kids also contribute in every way possible. I have one message for all the new cooks out there. Don’t give up. Just because some of your attempts have failed does not mean you will never get the dish right. Put your heart in cooking, enjoy it and it will be reflected in your cooking. Cooking is a practical subject. It can be learned only in kitchen.

Most of the photographs on the blog have been taken by me, some by Axat and a few step photos by my son who is always eager to help me if my hands are not free.


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Our blog post school lunch box ideas has been mentioned by the leading paper ‘THE HINDU’ in their article lunch time treat.

Spicy vegetable Toast

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49 Responses to About me

  1. Tejas says:

    Hi- Been following your posts from some time now & very impressed with the content.

    We have started a new website- http://www.goschooling.com, which is an exclusive online guide for Preschools in India.

    Our website will have all the information a parent needs before deciding on a Preschool.

    Would love to be associated with you for blogs section & if you can write on any topic related to Kids & Parenting.

    Pls let me know your interest & financials.



  2. mukti shah says:

    Hi Nidhi,
    Jai jinendra,

    Just few min, back my husband refer to your site. My husband Kanu Shah,and Vinodbhai are close friend since 1955, but not met since 1960 but their bonding ….wow great…!! I would now certainly, regularly visit your blog and learn . God bless you…!! I would like to mention we are from Baroda(Gujrat)
    Mukti Shah,
    Virginia,USA(at present)

    • Nidhi says:

      Jai Jinendra Aunty
      It is really nice to hear from you. Thankyou so much for your encouraging words. whatever I have learned it is from my elders only.
      This is the best thing about true friendship even if you are thousands of miles apart bond still remains strong. Hoping to meet you when you visit Jaipur.

  3. kirthana says:

    Hey Nidhi,

    Happened to browse through your website, you have done a commendable job and helped a whole lot of mom’s.

    Keep those interesting recipes coming, you’re recipes are already quiet healthy and nutritious would suggest you add the health /ayurvedic benefits in the recipes.


  4. vidya says:

    Hi Nidhi, lovely recipies. Thanks. I wanted bhajni chakli recipe and searched a lot but could not find. I bought readymade bhajni aata and made but they did not turn out crispy but hard. Can you please help me and guide.

  5. Anagha waje says:

    Hi Nidhi,
    Your website is like a big “khajana” for every mom. Its awesome. Please add few more kid’s tiffin recepies . Your all recepies are very simple , sweet & more tempting.
    Go luck & do posting more recepies.


  6. pallavi says:

    Hi Nidhi,

    I am a regular visitor of ur blog now, really ur recipes are delicious, I tried mocha cake, nariyal ladoos, atte ke ladoos, potato cheese balls, and many more… all of them were very good…. and mocha cake is my son’s favourite ,also many of my relatives and neighbours liked it…… many congratulations to u

  7. Manasi Joshi says:

    Hi Nidhi ,
    I just loved your blog its so colourful n attractive with exciting new recipes ,my daughter has just entered Primary 1 and as i am staying in Singapore ,starting of P1 is entering altogether different phase than KG..your blog has helped me a lot for preparing lunchbox for her.

    wish you all the best and a very happy new year to all of you !

    • Nidhi says:

      Thankyou so much for your lovely comment and wishes Manasi. I am really glad that blog helped you.
      Happy new year to you and your family too 🙂

  8. nidhi says:

    Hi Nidhi!

    Was surfing the net, looking around for healthy recepies for kids(have two fussy eaters) when I saw your blog.Many congratulations for sharing some wonderful recepie ideas, can’t wait to try them out!


    • Nidhi says:

      Thanks Nidhi. I am glad you found the recipes useful. Do let me know if you try any of the recipes. Would love to hear your comments

  9. P V Anand says:

    Hi Nidhi,

    I got to know about this blog today only thru your husband. Axat and myself studied together in Roorkee. I really loved this blog and am going to follow it regularly. Being a vegetarian myself, the recipes interest me more. Your food looks very tasty. The way you have presented the recipes is also very nice and informative. I have not seen any food blog which shows images of the stages of preparations. Now that I have seen this blog I will keep trying these dishes and try to impress my wife and friends. I shall take all the credit on your behalf. 🙂

    Next time when I am in India, we shall make a trip to Jaipur and shall make a point a point to taste as many dishes as possible.

    All the best!!!
    P V Anand

    • Nidhi says:

      Loved reading your comment. you are most welcome here. Axat and I would like to have you here 🙂
      Please share your experience if you try any recipe from the blog. We would love to hear them.

  10. Janice Goveas says:

    Hi Nidhi

    Wanted to connect with you regards a food event in September. Could you please share your details on janoella@gmail.com?


  11. Shipra Saxena says:

    Hi Nidhi..

    M dropping a few lines here to tell you that I have had a smile on my face all day today because I happened to enter your website & have been going through your wonderful recipes & most importantly, the way you’ve explained to cook those recipes.
    I can’t stop myself applauding you for this.. Loved your blog! Thoroughly!
    I am very fond of cooking but hardly get time on weekdays, so experiment a few items on weekends 🙂

    Will keep visiting this your site often now! You have a new FAN! 🙂

    • Nidhi says:

      Shipra now I will be smiling all day because of your wonderful comment 🙂
      you have made my day or may be whole month. A big Thankyou to you 🙂

  12. you have such an adorable food blog….we love trying out new recipes you post….thanks for the inspiration 🙂
    Kumar’s Kitchen recently posted…Sweet & Ambrosial Rice KheerMy Profile

  13. Madhavi says:

    Hi Nidhi,

    I stumbled upon ur blog when searching for simple n healthy snacks for kids and loved ur blog instantly. I also share similar passion…to cook for kids and keep trying new ways to feed them. Guess, I’ll have to keep visiting ur blog frequently.


  14. Hi Nidhi,
    I stumbled upon your blog today through Google and I am so glad that I did. Love your recipes and the fact that they are simple. Many of your recipes are the ones I grew up with or are similar to those I make. I have “pinned” a few of your recipes and will surely try them.
    The best thing I liked is that your recipes are kid friendly. I used to blog but have not been active since I became a Mom. And now that my daughter is nearly 2 yo, she is clearly turning out to be a “fussy eater”. Hope to try some of your recipes:)
    Will keep visiting!
    My Experiments & Food recently posted…Black & White Wednesday #52My Profile

    • Nidhi says:

      Thankyou for your encouraging words. 🙂 I would love to hear how recipes turned out when you try them. I have also bookmarked some recipes from you blog to try.

  15. Alka says:

    Love the recipes and blog..

  16. Ajay says:

    Your blog is pretty awesome! I would definitely try out some of these recipes when I get my space. Specially Gulab Jamuns! (Love it!).

    Thank You very much for sharing.

  17. vijay laxmi sharma says:

    प्रिय निधी दीदी
    नमस्कार ।
    आपकी ये साईट देखी बहुत अच्छी लगी । दीदी लेकिन अगर आप इसे हिन्दी मे भी बदल कर दिखाये तो हमे बनाने व पढने मे बडी आसानी होगी । दीदी आपकी बहुत-बहुत महरबानी होगी । मैने आपकी इस साईट से ससुराल वालो को काफी सामान बनाकर खिलाये हैं । दीदी आपकी साईट बहुत अच्छी है ….. बहुत बहुत धन्यवाद .
    आपकी छोटी बहन
    विजय लक्ष्मी शर्मा
    जयपुर राजस्थान

    • Nidhi says:

      Thanks Vijay Laxmi. you have made my day. I am very glad to hear that you have tried recipes from the blog. I will soon put a translator that will show recipe in Hindi.

  18. kavita gurgaon says:

    hai nidhi mosi
    congrats for your new role
    I m writing this mail on the behalf of my mother —ur pushpa didi so read it as follows

    nidhi tumhare cooking blog ke bare men sun kar bahut- bahut acha laga
    best of luck and god bless you

    • Nidhi says:

      Thanks Kavita. So nice to hear from you.
      Please convey my thanks to pushpa didi for her wishes. If you try any of the recipe from the blog please let me know how it turned out. you can subscribe for free via email to get updates in your email. Or you can like the blog on facebook to get updates.

  19. Aruna Agrawal says:

    Good work……lagta hi nahi ki ye pics kisi simple ghar ke kitchen ke hain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Prashast ke monh mein toh padh kar hee pani aa gaya!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nidhi says:

      Thanks Buaji. I have a very good teacher ( Axat ) who is teaching me photography. I would love to know which recipe Prashast liked the most.

  20. Vibhor Jain says:

    Awesome Work Bhabhi !!!
    Samyak and Oji must be delighted to taste these new new recipes. And also amazing photography…
    Planning to land up in Jaipur soon… 🙂

  21. Jippy Chaacha says:

    Dear Nidhi

    Samyak must be really happy now.
    Samose are looking testy and Sandesh with Nutella interesting combination.
    Keep it up, good cooking.

  22. Shiv Gupta says:

    excellent, well organized site.

  23. Swati Agarwal says:

    Hi Bhabhi

    I am not sure about my childhood and the problems our mom had to face to make us eat our veggies, but even now we (me & abhishek) get bored of the regular food and love to cook and try new recipes. I recently came to know about this blog but last weekend I was googling for some recipes and came across this page.
    The vegetable pie seemed familiar cos I took the recipe from you before. I never looked for the chef’s name though 😛 But now that I know, I am definitely going to check your blog and look for new recipes….Good luck and have fun cooking…..
    Take Care

    • Nidhi says:

      Thanks for the encouragement Swati didi. I am glad that you liked the recipes and i will try to post more recipes which are not only healthy but also appealing to foodies like you and me.

  24. Axat Jain says:

    Hi Nidhi,
    Its nice that you are cooking sumptuous dishes for your blog and posting new recipes actively. I get to eat these delicious new foods everyday so I can say that they taste as delicious as they look.

  25. B K Goel says:

    HI Nidhi!
    What a wonderful job you have done to help the harassed mothers. This is simply amazing & unbelievable that a person who as a child was herself so choosy about food, can after growing up become an adviser for the same problem. I wish there was such a site during the childhood of my offsprings.
    Any way keep it up. My good wishes for the success of your mission.

    • Nidhi says:

      Thanks Papa. This is the best part. I have seen both sides of the mirror. i know how a kid feels when they are forced to eat vegetables and i also know how mothers try desperately to feed their kids. so in this blog i have combined both experiences of my life to work out a solution. glad you liked it.

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