Friday, January 27, 2012

Palak Kachori and What Took Me So Long

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We  spent the New Year's eve with some of our closest friends. We did nothing but chatted, ate some simple home cooked meal, shared stories while cardamom tea was simmering on the stovetop, laughed with each other and quietly ate some sitafal ice-cream while baby monitor in the background could tell that the kids are asleep. Next morning over breakfast we were discussing our new year's resolution. Answering the question I realized how important this blog has become to me and how important all my readers have become to me. In the past few months a lot of things happened (and still happening) in my personal and "professional" life as a food writer. Those things have been keeping me so busy that the time I spend here on my blog and in connecting with you has suffered. Irrespective of that, you have been very patient and supportive of me, but you might have to bear with me for a little more. Why? Well, let me tell you the story then!

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So one fine morning the publishers came knocking on the door. I opened the door and asked how I can help them. They asked, "can you write a book for us"? I looked behind, left and right and checked if they were actually talking to me. After a lot of affirmation when I finally believed that it was actually a real proposal I was ecstatic. I might have screamed a little harder, but who cares! The next thing I know I am testing recipes and writing a proposal. Proposal for a BOOK that I am going to WRITE! I can't believe that I just wrote those three words together. Its been sometime since I said yes and I still cannot believe that its happening. You have no idea how tough it was to keep all of this from you. But now that its out of my chest I can sleep soundly today. So my friends, that is what kept me busy and away from Indian Simmer all this time and the move (yes, I moved again!) and a vacation and a mad family! Well, story behind that might ask for another post(s).

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But before anything else, today I just want to take a moment and say Thank You to each and everyone of you who have always supported me. Thanks for taking some valuable minutes of your day to come and read my blog. Thanks for being appreciative and for your constructive criticism of whatever I put forward on Indian Simmer. Two years ago I would not have thought in my wildest dreams that one day I will be a cookbook author and it has all happened just because of You so thanks so much for being there for me. And I really hope that you will be by my side all along this ride!

Now lets put the mushy talk aside and talk food, shall we? A lovely blogger friend reached out to me sometime back and asked if I would be able to contribute something to her beautiful blog. After much long email exchanges, we finally decided to dig back again to my childhood and bring back something with which will tag along a lot of memories. So I chose Palak (Spinach) ki Kachori, a simple crispy deep fried bread but packed with love and healthy goodness.

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My mom used to make them when we were little and me and my brother ate them so much that I promise we still have some spinach stuck in our teeth. They are easy to make and just ask for a few basic ingredients like water, flour, salt.. Oh, and spinach. You can either make them plain or stuff something inside and fry them. Trust me however hard you try you will not be able to mess them up! So please hop over to Sandhya's Kitchen for the recipe.

128 comments:

  1. Congrats on the book deal! I'm so happy for you!

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy! You have always been a great supporter.

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  2. OMG, congratulations! What a great news! Is it going to be an Indian cookbook? Can you hint something?

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    1. Ha.. NOt much of an hint but yes its and Indian Cookbook :-)

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  3. Congrats! This is wonderful!!! Can't wait to hold my copy of your book!

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    1. Brian, you know I love you right? Thanks love :-)

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  4. Thats a great news... Congrats Prerna!

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  5. You know how HAPPY I am for you :) Can't wait to read it girl! You are one talented person and you totally deserve it! Lots of (((HUGS)))

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    1. Thank you "chocolate waali Kankana" :-) Not sure about the talent n all but I sure am lucky!

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  6. Congratulations!
    Great start of the year, indeed :)

    ~ Your silent reader .. until now ;)

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    1. Thank you my "silent reader". Its all because of you! :-)

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  7. Prerna, congratulations rest assured I am going to stand line to get your book autograped. Take care and lots of luck !!

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    1. Aww, Sreelu! I will be standing in line for you to give you a copy :-)

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  8. Congrats Prerna, so excited for you!! I can't wait to read it! :)

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  9. Congrats Prerna!! This is so excited.. can't wait to buy the book!!

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  10. Wow, congratulations. That's sooooo exciting!!!!

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  11. Congratulations Prerna. Hope to read the book soon. All the Best.

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  12. Congratulations! I can only imagine how excited you are:) And I am happy that it was because of this that you were MIA:) Are you going to be the photographer, too?

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    1. Ha.. Thanks Lana! Nope, no photos just a mere recipe writer :-)

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  13. Congratulations again Prerna! I cannot wait to see and hold your book!

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  14. SPLENDID NEWS Prerna, congratulations on the well deserved book deal!who're the publishers?

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    1. Thanks so much dear! Adams Media is publishing me :-)

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  15. Hey sweets, Finally the words are out to the world. I have been waiting to rant about it to others for quite sometime. So here again - Congrats! congrats! congrats! You very well deserve this. Waiting to get hold of the book.

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    1. Thanks Viji darling! You can hold the book as much as you want once I finish it. Till then you better cook me some rasam and chawal and keep me going :-)

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  16. Prerna! I'm doing a happy dance for you, I send you congratulation hugs! Very well deserved, I can not wait to see your name and beautiful food in print!

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    1. Aww, thanks Liren! You are a darling :-)

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  17. I am very happy for you Prerna !!! All the best :) And the kachori is way tooooo tempting.

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    1. Thanks Pavithra! Oh these kachoris still make my knees go weak :-)

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  18. FANTABULOUS news! SOOOO happy for you Prerna!
    You deserve it! Many Hearty Congratulations!

    Cannot wait to see your cookbook in print..

    Those kachoris look so fluffy awesome btw..
    Also, loved the spinach in the bowl shot.. Neat use of complimentary colors..

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    1. FANTABULOUS is exactly what I am feeling after seeing all your support Radhika! Thanks.

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  19. Holy moly! Such great news :) So proud of you, friend!

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    1. Thanks busy mommy! Now tell me when we are meeting?

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  20. Oh wow what great news! Congratulations! Well deserved. Looking forward to seeing the book.

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  21. wow congrats thats so cool can;t wait to see the book

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  22. Oh congrats dear! Can't wait to cook from your book!

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    1. Wow Nelly, I would DIE if you end up cooking from my book :-)

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  23. Oh Prerna! That's such fantastic news! I am so excited for my fellow Indian girlfriend and will definitely be picking it up so make sure I can get it in Egypt please now that we're back here. Wishing you the best of luck and lots of hugs from Cairo.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Well the publishers distribute all around the world so hoping that they do so in Egypt too. Will have to confirm but even if they don't you will get your copy! :-)

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  24. Congratulations! That is awesome. I can't wait to see your book...

    Those palak kachori look amazing.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  25. Congratulations and celebrations! Super cool! This is so awesome :)
    Way to go grl :) Can't wait to get a copy of it.

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  26. tht's a lovely news prerna ! will look forward to the book and the kachoriys are YUM

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  27. CONGRATULATIONS Prerna!! What a great news :)

    Love palak kachori's :)

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  28. Yay!! Congrats!!! You know It will be my first Indian cookbook! I could never bring myself to buy one and did not know why!! I guess i was waiting for your book:) will you sign it for me??:)

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    1. Aww, Ilke! You always know how to melt my heart :-) OK, yu get a copy as soon as I have one :-)

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  29. You cannot believe how happy I am for you! Hugs hugs hugs

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    1. I can believe it Soma just because you said so :-)

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  30. Congratulations Prerna! I have admired your blog for long, but never really came on to comment or anything. Good luck!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking time and leaving a comment dear. Means a lot!

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  31. Many Congratulations Prerna! This is great. Very happy for your achievement :-)

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  32. Congratulations !!! Thats good news for us ! We crave 1 recipe per weak n now we'll get a whole treasure to keep n keep going back to !! Can't wait for the d-day ! Plz spare me a copy... Pretty pleeeeease !
    All the very best !
    - Neha

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  33. Prerna! This is ah-mazing news!!! I can't believe you kept it from me for so long--harumph.

    Well, I've been wanting to learn how to cook Indian food for a while now, so I can't wait to get my hands on your book, and it'd better be a signed copy! :D

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    1. Oh STEPH don't be mad! Well, this is what happens when you do not meet someone living next door for MONTHS- harumph! :-)

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  34. Congratulations Prena, can't wait for your book. When, when when?

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    1. Thanks dear! Book comes by the end of this year.

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  35. Congratulations Prerna!!!! What wonderful and exciting news!!! I can't say I'm surprised publishers came knocking at your door, your blog is stunning, your writing heartfelt and your photography is breathtaking. Wishing you all the best for your new career as a cookbook author!

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    1. Oh wow, I never really realized until now that I am going to be a Cookbook Author Jen! Thanks :-)

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  36. A book? with paper and ink? That's so exciting!! and to think we loved you back when you were an ordinary person like us. :)

    Congratulations - it's richly deserved.

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    1. I know, isn't that crazy?? I still need to pinch myself :-)
      Thanks!

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  37. YUMMY YUMMY..Congrats dear

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  38. Congrats!!!!!
    Can't wait to see your book....
    Very well deserved.

    Lovely palak kachori.....My aunt makes them and serve them with aloo rasa...Yumm..

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  39. Congrats Prerna...so happy for you!!

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  40. How cool is that, many congratulation Prerna, Highly deserved! Super big hug :)

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  41. Congratulations! Nobody deserves it more than you!

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    1. Thanks Sala! Means a lot coming from you :-)

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  42. can't wait to see the hard copy of your fantastic recipes, I shall stay tuned on Amazon.com now:-)

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    1. Ha. Thanks dear! Will let you know when its available on Amazon!

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  43. Congratulations!!!!! I can't wait to see the book, it will be brilliant and gorgeous. Woo-hoo!

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    1. I hope it looks good Joyti! Thanks so much for the support :-)

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  44. Hey.. Congrats :)
    Came over from Veggie Belly.. and I am so glad that I did! Love everything about your blog.

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting dear and WELCOME :-)

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  45. Such fantastic news!!! Congrats!!!

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  46. Congratulations on the book. I did miss your posts and photographs and are glad that you are back!

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    1. I hope I do not disappoint you anymore! Thanks for the support!

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  47. Congratulations! This is awesome.
    If the food is half as good as it looks, I'm hooked.

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  48. CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm so excited for you!

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  49. ongratulations girl! I knew it was just about time- Look forward to a hard copy soon :)

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    1. Congratulations ka C kahan gaya? I am not taking this :-)
      I know friends like you will alsways be happy for me. Thanks for being there love :-)

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  50. yay!! congrats!!! I cannot wait for the book to come out :>

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  51. Congrats Prerna for this big leap! Best wishes and looking forward to my copy of Indian Simmer :) Love.

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    1. Thanks Sanjeeta! It will not be called Indian Simmer but I would love for you to have a copy :-)

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  52. Awwww - congratulations my love. Can't think of someone who deserves it more than you.

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  53. I can't think of anyone who deserves a book deal more than you, Prerna. Congratulations! I will be first in line to buy a copy.

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    1. Aww, thanks Dara! I will mean a lot to me if YOU buy my book :-)

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  54. Congratulations!! I have been a silent follower until now. True to your name, you are inspiring. Enjoy your success!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for the sweet comment Radhika and also thanks fo rnot being SILENT anymore :-)

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  55. Congratulations Prerna, such amazing news! I can't wait to see it!

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  56. Congratulations, Prerna! This is beautiful news, and is wholeheartedly well-deserved. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    1. Thanks Yasmeen! I can feel the pressure already :-(

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  57. Congratulations, that is great news! You deserve it, your blog is beautiful, filled with great recipes and interesting info.

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  58. Prerna!! This is amazing! I'm so happy for you! And to think...I will be able to say I knew you way back when at your very first food blog conference... :) I can't wait to read your book. I'm sure it will be just beautiful and lovely like your blog. I miss you friend - I'd love to see you sometime soon, but maybe you are too famouse for us common folk now? :)

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    1. Oh my gosh, famous n all huh?! Its friends like you who keep me on a check and help my head stay on my shoulders :-)I miss you too lovely and we sure will meet soon. Or can can still just fly up to CA for summers as you always wanted :-)

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  59. Writing a cookbook can be a rewarding adventure. Will you be including this particular family recipe?

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    1. I am not really sure. Maybe I should. What do you think? :-)

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  60. Hearty congratulations. I am a big fan of your work and I look forward to one day holding your book in my hands.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia! Coming from you it means a lot to me.

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  61. Congratulations!!! That is such great news! I am eagerly looking forward to your cookbook :)

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  62. Congratulations and best wishes... I am looking forward to reading your cookbook!!

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  63. That is wonderful! Looking forward to your cookbook--your photographs are lovely and I'm sure it will be loaded with goodness!

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  64. I know it is going to be fabulous, just like your blog. Filled with tidbits of your life and delicious recipes and photos. Good on you! Congrats Prerna :-)

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  65. Oh my God Prerna, how exciting!! Congratulations to you and all the very best for this exciting journey! You certainly deserve it.

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  66. Prerna...I'm so sorry that I'm late in congratulating you..just goes to show I'm so out of touch that I got to know about this only now. You are so talented and your space has a unique touch to it! You truly deserve this! Congratulations!

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