About

Welcome to One Hot Stove, my little home on the Internet! I hope you'll enjoy a cup of chai with me and read along as I share recipes and chat about books and crafts and life in general.


One Hot Stove Started as a Food Blog
This blog is a diary of my adventures in home cooking. I was born and raised in Maharashtra, India and have an abiding love of regional Indian cuisine. My recipes tend to be fairly quick and simple. I write about whatever is cooking in my home- simple everyday meals, menus for casual entertaining, attempts to replicate restaurant dishes, baking experiments and tastes of cuisines around the world. 

...But You'll Find Much More than Just Recipes Here
Apart from cooking, I love books and somewhere along the way, I began to write about the books I'm reading. Then I learned to knit and crochet and those projects started popping up. In 2013, I was bitten by the sewing/quilting bug. I'm embracing all my various hobbies and interests on this blog and consequently, this is not a purely food-oriented blog any more. But I like to think that the blog is all the richer for it. One Hot Stove is also my platform for practicing my writing skills. I try to write a new post every week, usually on Mondays. Some weeks the words flow, other times it is a struggle against blogger's block.

One Hot Stove Through The Years
I started this blog on a whim in February 2005 as a graduate student living in New York City. The name One Hot Stove comes from the cooking range I was using at the time- it had a solitary working burner but it helped me make countless hot meals nevertheless. 

Since that time, I have moved a couple of times and this virtual home moved with me. From 2007 to 2012, One Hot Stove was written from St. Louis, Missouri and since November 2012, from our home in sunny Georgia in the Southern United States. 

The Cast of Characters
The cast of characters has evolved with time. My wonderful spouse V has been there since the beginning of the blog and our sweet daughter Lila came along in the Fall of 2011. We're dog people around here. Until January 2013 we were owned by the one and only Dale. Now Dale has passed on. We adopted Duncan- a goofy Plott Hound- Great Dane mix in July 2013 and he is the proud new blog mascot. You'll occasionally hear me talk about my BFF Neighbor Girl and other family and friends. 

Talk To Me
Please write to me at OneHotStove AT Gmail DOT com with any questions or feedback that you may have. I respond promptly and try to be as helpful as possible.

Please feel free to comment on the posts- I try and respond to every comment. I love hearing from readers and welcome all feedback and criticism as long as it is respectful. Comments are moderated to weed out spam.

A Note on the Blog Header
The picture on the blog header shows a traditional Maharashtrian thali, where all the components of the meal are beautifully arranged on a banana leaf. This whimsical thali is knitted/crocheted with yarn by some talented yet unknown artist and was purchased by my mother in Tulsi Bagh market in Pune, India. You can see mounds of rice (plain, flavored and sweet), different vegetable preparations, the spiral jalebi and the semi-circular karanji. See a larger picture and a complete description of this thali at the bottom of this post. This picture represents my interest in home-style food, made and shared with love.