Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New idea & a quick recipe

You must have heard it a gazillion times that a picture speaks louder than words and writing this right now is making me feel cheesy already. But I just want to share something with you today.


So I have probably not shared this with you earlier but I was not really a camera person before I started this blog. I love food and anything related to it but I never thought that food could lead me to something like photography. My husband inspired me to pick up the camera and try and make my food look pretty and now I'm loving every bit of it. I love picking up the camera and freezing some of the most beautiful colors of life and nature, be it food or a dry leaf in my backyard or my daughter's beautiful brown eyes. There's also something else that this blog has helped me love and that is sharing what I want with you strangers who in some weird way are no stranger. So I want to combine these two new found loves of mine and try and take it one step forward. I was thinking of starting a series 'Wordless Wednesday' which will be in every way similar to the wordless wednesday you've heard of. I would choose one picture every Wednesday from the past week and share it with everyone. What do you think? I hope you'll like it and even I hope that I'd be able to make it happen!


Ok! so now the recipe.. If you meet me here regularly then by now you must know that I am a stay-at-home mom who struggles to be a super mom and do every thing she thinks she's supposed to do. In the middle of all the craziness I have to deal with, its almost impossible to fix a lunch for myself when there's no help. Because of that I try some new recipes which are quick, easy to fix and I don't need to stand in front of the pot stirring. Here's one such recipe I want to share with you today. 'Peppery Rice'. 



1 cup Basmati rice
10-15 peppercorns coarsely crushed
1/2 cup chopped carrots (optional)
1/4 cups frozen corn (optional)
1 cup chopped red onion
salt to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups of water



What I do is soak crushed peppercorn in olive for a few minutes and then pour oil in a pan and then turn on the heat to medium. That really infuses peppercorn's sweet and peppery flavor in the oil. If you don't have that much time or patience, just heat oil in a thick bottom pot, throw in crushed black pepper then onion  and fry onion until its golden brown.
Add carrots and fry for about a minute and then add thawed corn (adding veggies is optional, I do so sometimes in order to add vegetables to my diet. If you want you can omit them).
Now add black pepper, rice and salt and add water, mix them well. Bring it to a nice boil and then cover with a lid and turn heat to low. Let the rice cook for about 15- 20 minutes or until its cooked.
You can garnish it with cilantro and your Peppery Rice is ready to eat..
It can be served with raita or green chatni although I eat it as is.


  1. Hi Prerna!

    I just started Wordless Wednesdays on my blog too! Your photos are beautiful, so that's a brilliant idea :)


  2. I've just come across your blog now and can't believe you only got into photography through this blog. YOu're photos are beautiful and so professional. I love the food too!

    I've always wanted to make authentic Indian food but every recipe I tried in the past never came out well. I bought an excellent cook book that has finally got me creating phenomenal dishes! I can't wait to give some of your recipes a try too.

    This rice looks like a fantastic and satisfying speedy rice dish :-)

  3. Your photos, as always, are great..look forward to wordless wednesdays...
    the rice, sounds way too easy 2 pass...without any constraint im lazy to cook a ure way better off than me :)

  4. Hi First time here and will be following you so look forward to some good recipes. Love your nice and easy recipe for rice. Great pictures too.

    If you have the time please visit my blog at .

  5. Wow, that top photo is phenomenal!

  6. wow this recipe is awesome!! Photos are amazing. I really hope your will submit it to ~Kathy

  7. Aww! You guys are just too kind :-)
    Thankyou so much and I too am looking fwd to sharing some more pictures with you.

  8. Great post. I would like to see a post from you on food photography - what tips and tricks you have to share and how you are able to captures such beautiful snapshots of life and love through your lens.

  9. Love quick and easy recipes. Time is hard to come by even for people like me who aren't even married or have kids yet hehe. Your photography is beautiful and appetizing. Look forward to all of your shots!

  10. That opening photo of the rice jar with pepper is genius. Great composition and wonderful color work. Good job! You definitely have the eye for it. I studied art and composition for years, we'll see if my photos (just got a real camera) can capture anything as good as yours!

  11. Your photos with that jar of rice are incredible, I think it's a great idea to start Wordless Wednesdays on your blog! The recipe sounds nice as well!

  12. Your pics are amazing! I am excited to see your wordless wednesdays.

  13. FANTASTIC photos--if only I could be you! ;) Love the rice dish as well!

  14. Wow! Your photos are great! I will do wordless wednesday with you!

  15. Hey Prerna! Your photos are really something in this post. Outdoing yourself. So happy for you. I think I'm going to start adding a link to your blog from mine. You're just too sweet, man. Love your peppery rice. Will definitely be giving it a go. Yum! Thanks. :)

  16. hahaha.. Sarah you are funny!
    Thanx for following my blog though ;-)

  17. Love your blog and your photos..!!!
    I got to try the peppery rice.~ By the way what camera are you using?


  18. This is an awesome idea! It sounds delicious and I'll have to try it asap. I love your photos too - they're beautiful. I'm not much of a cook and am really intimidated to cook Indian food, but I think I can try rice. I usually just end up getting takeout or making ready-made meals from Tasty Bite. But this I can definitely try - I think! I'll let you know how it goes!

  19. Hey thr,
    You have no idea when how happy it makes me to hear what you just said. Please try the recipe and do let me know how it went.
    Good Luck!

  20. WOW! i'm so glad you commented on my blog so I could find yours! it's fantastic!!! there's so many of your recipes I'd like to try! that rice is great, so simple yet it looks so flavorful!

  21. your photography is really beautiful, Prerna. x shayma

  22. Just found your blog through LawyerLovesLunch. Love the photography & recipes! it's only 8:30 am and I am now CRAVING some good indian food!

  23. Just like Adriana I am also happy that you commented on my blog so now I can sink in your blog! Amazing photos!

  24. i cannot add the blog on google reader. Just a suggestion can you also have it subscribed it by e-mail also.

  25. You are very very talented Prema. Gorgeous pictures. Do you use natural light or a light box?

  26. Hey thanx Deeba,
    Not sure about talent but I love what I'm doing :-)
    I use natural light and sometimes a reflector, but most of the time its just nature just helping me.

  27. Congrats for your pictures and the award! Have a nice day

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  29. Love your recipes. Can you add a 'pin it' button to your site/recipes? I can't pin anything from your site

    1. Hi,
      If you hover over the photos you can see a "pin it" button on the upper left corner. Hope that helps and thanks for visting!

  30. Hello Prerna,
    We love your recipes, especially when its on Rice.
    These are so delicious.
    I have always looked at your blog for the various pictures and the way you write.Just Love it!
    You have shared some nice information about Peppery Rice in this post.
    The points you mentioned are genuine and perfect.
    The content completely describes about the topic you wanted to portray with us.
    Thanks for sharing such valuable post.

    VentairIndia Team


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