About

Ode2Food is dedicated to highlighting the diversity of vegetarian cooking by creating recipes that squash (pun not intended) the stereotypes associated with going meatless.

Being vegetarian does not just revolve around the three overused ingredients (soy, mushrooms and nuts) or fake meat. Vegetarian food is not about imitation meals. It can be wholesome, healthy and tasty just on its own.

My comfort also lies in Indian cooking.  Born and raised in southern India, my life there built my passion for food from a very early age. Home cooking is an integral part of the Indian experience, and in general, food plays an important role culturally and socially. Depending on the state, the ingredients, combinations of spices and herbs, and technique of cooking all vary vastly. I will introduce you to the vast variety of Indian food beyond ‘curry’, hoping you get a peek into a world of spices and herbs along with a variety of vegetables that are often under explored in the west.

As I create dishes whether Indian or International, they will be flavors and recipes that stay authentic to my roots. So please join me in this creative experience and share your feedback. I look forward to hearing about your mouth-watering experiences.

On a side note, animal welfare and promotion of adoption is my other passion. We have two kitties; our gentle love bug Sushila and our rambunctious brave Deacon.

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–Supriya Raman

29 thoughts on “About

  1. hi

    Do you know anything about Ilayarajas bassist?..Do you have a photo of his?..All i know is he is called one Mr Sasi.

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  2. Hi Gautam,

    It is Sasi on the bass 90%, but these days I guess people like sada(his guitatist) and even guitar prasanna play for him on and off. I hear of a lot of new talents being on his team too,I dont have a picture sorry, I will keep you posted if I do get one.

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  3. If you want to see something amazing….check out the guy that Dan Dunn learned everything he knows from. Dan Dunn wrote Michael Israel about 3 yrs ago telling him that Michael was a true inspiration to him. SO, if you want to see the ORIGINAL…check out Michael Israel.com

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  4. Found your site from the wordpress forum and wow, you have a lot of great recipes here. I’ve bookmarked your site and I can see I’m going to experimenting a lot.

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  5. Supriya, I’ve been tagged in one of the blogging games, and have now tagged you. You can see the details on my blog.

    By the way, I tried your spicy black bean soup recipe and it’s fabulous.

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  6. I just discovered this blog – what a find! I’m neither Indian nor vegetarian, but my wife and I love this cuisine. One reason is that my daughter was a vegetarian for a few years, and when I looked through my cookbooks for inspiration, it was Julie Sarni’s classic book that saved us from my dreary misconceptions. I never dreamed that cauliflower and chick peas could be so delicious.

    More recently, we(in the Boston area) have been blessed with a flowering of regional Indian restaurants. There was even briefly a Jain restaurant where Udupi Bhavan is now. I confess, we go all the time to Mysore Veggie, which you panned recently. That’s okay, I appreciate your thoughtful and informed opinions – it helps to know what to look for.

    Most of all, I can’t wait to try some of the recipes you’ve so generously posted. Thanks!

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  7. Denis In Chelmsford,

    Thank you very much for your kind words. I really appreciate you taking the time to write me. Comments and insights like yours are the reward for my efforts.

    I hope you will try out these recipes and please feel free to write me anytime about questions on my recipes or any clarifications you may need.
    Also feel free to write me about your opinions on any restaurants you’ve been to.

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  8. Hi Supriya,

    Saw your profile in Orkut. I too love Ilayaraja’s songs and have a huge collection. I am not able to order his songs to my satisfaction. I tried to arrange his songs in many different ways (one example is – Duets that have treble based music arranged from slow to fast beat) but could not finish it to my satisfaction. My goal is to have top 200 songs of Ilayaraja arranged in few groups (like duets, solo, sad) and in some “sweet” order within each group. Any thoughts?

    Cheers,
    Ram.

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  9. I agree with u. Vegetarian food is far from boring!
    Sushi is cute, tho’ I am not fond of cats… (if they are near me):-(

    We used to live in the North East till about 2.5 years back. I miss the snow now here in Texas… very very much.

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  10. Spend a day with my adorable cat and I assure you she will change your heart : ) She’s so gentle and actually a dog in a cat’s body :D

    North east to texas is a big move!! I love the winter despite the slipping on black ice and all the shoveling! Especially around the holidays, I want to see white outside the window!

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  11. Dear Sekar Maama,
    Thank you for your message here, that was a surprise! Thank you for your encouragement and I will be sure to check the website for your new music. I am sure it as great as always.

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  12. Saw your profile in Orkut. I too love Ilayaraja’s songs and have a huge collection. I am not able to order his songs to my satisfaction. I tried to arrange his songs in many different ways (one example is – Duets that have treble based music arranged from slow to fast beat) but could not finish it to my satisfaction. My goal is to have top 200 songs of Ilayaraja arranged in few groups (like duets, solo, sad) and in some “sweet” order within each group. Any thoughts?
    +1

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  13. Hi. I just found your blog when searching for new pea dishes. I love you sentiment you made about vegetarian food being more than just meat alternatives and I could not agree with you more. Thanks you for writing this blog!

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