I am sure you had a great time going through the interview of Manas.
Here’s a short but equally insightful tête-à-tête with Mayuri Nidigallu.
Mayuri is a Tarot Card Reader by profession and a Writer by design. Since she is already aware of what the future holds, she enjoys unwrapping the present.
Let’s learn more about Mayuri and her book ‘26 Favourite Foods & A Little Bit of Me’ which I stress upon is NOT a recipe book.
Who inspires you to cook?
Would you believe me if I told you that I ABHOR cooking?! learnt and started cooking only about 6 years ago, primarily because my Husband is a foodie, and secondary I was tired of depending on maids to come in and cook for me.
Which is your most favourite recipe from the ebook ‘26 Favourite Foods & A Little Bit of Me’?
The Sattu Laddoo recipe has to be my favourite. The Laddoo is delicious, nutritious and so easy to make. They look so aesthetically pleasing too.
(Do check out this recipe in her book, peeps!)
What gave you the idea of sharing your personal story along with the recipes?
The initial idea, suggested by fellow blogger Romila, was to write about 26 of my favourite foods. Then The Husband suggested that I should concentrate on cuisines from all over India only. As I began writing, I realised that writing only about food was getting a bit boring, so I thought I should add little anecdotes, related to the food featured or just keeping with the alphabetical order. Interestingly, most people think 26 Favourite Foods & A Little Bit of Me is a recipe book, which it is not. I added only those recipes that I had on my food blog.
Who is your favourite chef? And why?
Undoubtedly, my Mom. She is the most versatile cook I know. It is all thanks to Mom that we grew up developing a taste for varied cuisines. We had Italian for dinner, Maharashtrian food for lunch. Parsi food as Sunday lunch and Continental Food whenever the mood struck. Mom uses the least amount of Oil, Ghee and Spices, despite which her food tastes simply awesome. Her Moong Dal Halwa is the best in the world! A special mention to Sailu of Sailu’s Food. That website is where I learnt all my Telugu cooking from.
Share with us a few interesting anecdotes from your cooking journey.
Strangely, I got the ‘tougher’ dishes right straight off, from the the first time I made them. Dishes like Pakodewala Kadhi, Dal Makhani, Sambhar, making Dosas from scratch, making all my Mithai’s at home are what I got right the first time around. It is the everyday food I struggle with.
Which is your disaster recipe? The one that no one touched.
I can’t make Roti’s and Parathas to save my life! I breakout in cold sweat whenever I do! My Roti’s, if not eaten immediately straight off the stove, feel like Frisbees. I fear for the dental welfare of people who have to eat them.
What would be your advice to upcoming food bloggers?
Please mention exact quantities of the ingredients. Try and keep your recipes simple. Share a few tips, tricks and options to turn the recipe around.
How do you overcome writer’s block?
I was buried under one for 4 long years and that period was one of the worst periods of my life. I tried everything I could to overcome it and failed miserably. Then I stopped thinking of overcoming it, and started reading. A lot. Then one day I just started writing again.
And ain’t we happy!
Share tips on publishing and marketing your ebook.
Blogchatter is instrumental in publishing my book, I am still a klutz in that area. As for marketing, use all Social Media generously, without become a spammer who is eventually blocked. Plug your book once every week, so that newer people know of it.
Throw some light on how you research while writing.
Google! It has all the answers.
I couldn’t agree more!
About Mayuri’s book
Food and Memories are what my book is all about. Food has the power to keep you connected to your past, even as it evolves to fit the future. Come walk down memory lane with me as I share with you my favourite foods, and memories.
Download her book from blogchatter’s site
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This interview is a part of a series of interviews conducted jointly by @Ashwini_Menon, @priyreflects and Yours Truly. If you want to read other interesting interviews head to Ashwini’s blog for Rashi Roy’s interview and Priya’s blog for Maheshwaran’s interview.