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Author: Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach Created: Saturday, April 28, 2007
How food affects lifestyle, culture, health, well-being and much more will be discussed.

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Wednesday, November 03, 2010

What do people eat for Diwali? As Diwali nears, many eagerly await Diwali, not only to see family, friends and burst firecrackers (where it's still allowed!) but also to eat tempting treats and mouthwatering morsels. Click in to learn more about some Deepawali delights from different corners of India.

Thank you to Kamala, Natasha, Ramaraobobby, Sailaja, Sanjeetha, Srivalli and Vidhya for sharing their menu memories with us!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, May 24, 2010

Are you a recently settled desi in America? Maybe you're an American looking to cook Indian food in your home, but wonder what, if any special utensils are required. Maybe you want to make something special like idli or dosa and wonder if there are American utensils to do the job? I have compiled this tutorial along with a list of items - utensils, pots, pans, spices, and other requirements that I have used here in America to prepare Indian meals. Maybe this will be helpful to you or your friends too!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, April 19, 2010

Last year, I watched a documentary of Rachel Ray. Interesting that she lived in New York State, too, but more so was learning from her experience! She shared the trials, tribulations, joys and wonders of organizing her first cookery programs on TV, which are in fact, cooking classes. I learned a lot from her. Influenced by her documentary, I decided to make a video of my experience preparing to teach an Indian cooking class in Rochester, New York recently.

Enjoy and Bon Apetit!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Thursday, August 06, 2009

"Pittu swan" = Fantastic Food Photography by NithyaI am offering this special post as an introduction to the fine art of Indian cookery. Each month on my recipe blog, I will feature a listing of recipes I have favorited on cookery blogs that I follow. I will attempt to also provide introductions to these recipes to Americans, like myself and newbies to Indain cooking as tutorials of sorts. Thank you food bloggers for sharing your creativity and epicurian tastes with us!

Photo right "Pittu Swan" by Nithya at 4th Sense Samayal. Do not reprint this photo, reprinted with permission.& Read More »

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Following Vidhya's recipe blog for almost a year has bought some unique culinary delights into our kitchen. I love to read about the Tamil cooking, cultural aspects and health tips as presented in her blog. Of course, to top that, I just love to eat Tamil vegetarian cuisine and reading the blog tempts me to create her recipes on my own! Click in to read more about Vidhya and her Indian Tamil Vegetarian Cooking blog!

Thank you, Vidhya.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Friday, December 12, 2008

Axial of the Wheel

Photos of Orissa, spiritual festivals in Maharasthra (Vinzai Devi Ustav and Krishna Janamasthami) and a stroll down memory lane to my social work placements in India almost ten years ago in this current issue, plus much much more!

Enjoy this plus much much more!!!

 

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Wednesday, February 06, 2008

There is absolutely nothing more tempting than the coolness of yogurt and buttermilk in the heat of South India. I knew about raita, pachadi and lassi, but not sambaram. What was this sambaram I was hearing of?

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Wednesday, January 30, 2008

An attempt to collect potluck menu and recipes from our Pongal parties within... Enjoy!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, October 13, 2007

This column will highlight cultural and social facts about certain foods I feature as recipes on Alaivani.com. Today I will share some tasty tidbits about rasam. Read More »

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, October 06, 2007

Quick and easy recipe that can accompany most Indian meals. Read More »

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, September 29, 2007

This aroma filled mixed rice is tasty to eat with tomato or mint chutney.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, September 22, 2007

This tasty accompaniment can be eaten with fried snacks, dosai, idli, etc.

For more ethnic recipes from all over the world and fusion cuisine, join my website update group and visit the files section.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, September 08, 2007

Falafel is a Middle Eastern dish that is traditionally deep fried. This recipe bakes the falafel instead.

For more ethnic and fusion recipes, join my yahoo group and browse recipes files. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jayanthishomepage/

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, August 25, 2007

Pongal is a dish made of rice and moong dhal with minimal spices.

For more ethnic and fusion recipes, join my yahoo group and browse recipes files. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jayanthishomepage/

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, August 18, 2007

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, August 04, 2007

For more ethnic and fusion recipes, join my yahoo group and browse recipes files. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jayanthishomepage/ Read More »

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, July 28, 2007

For more ethnic and fusion recipes, join my yahoo group and browse recipes files. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jayanthishomepage/ Read More »

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, July 21, 2007

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, July 14, 2007

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Friday, July 13, 2007

I will use the second Friday of the month as appropriate (maybe not all months) to reflect on past posts based on feedback from browsers or my own experimentation with the information I have shared. This month, I will reflect on the posting “What is a Locavore?” from May 7, 2007.

It’s been just over two months since I posted this article. Though it’s been a short time, I am affected by the food I eat daily, and due to this, I have continued to contemplate the ideas I posed in the article.

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, July 07, 2007

I love to visit small tea or coffee stalls. The price is nice (maybe Rs. 5 for a much smaller portion) and the feeling of these small places is unique as compared to hotels and fancy coffee shops like Barista. Sure, you may, as a tourist (or even as a person who lives in India), but weary of the hygiene. But, the good news is coffee and tea is made from boiling water, so the water is fine. Read More »

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, June 30, 2007

In Kochi’s Bay Pride Mall, we found Barista- the Indian answer to Starbucks. The menu, however, is a bit more expansive than Starbucks! Yes, there are coffees, but there are also plenty of non-coffee based drinks! Read More »

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, June 23, 2007

For more ethnic and fusion recipes, join my yahoo group and browse recipes files. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jayanthishomepage/

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, June 16, 2007

 

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Monday, May 07, 2007

Is it exotic to understand the nature and composition of what you eat and how it nurtures your body? Oh, yes, very exotic. In fact, how many of us really know what we eat? With all the processed and prepackaged foods out there, do we really understand the impact of all this on our bodies, our health, our moods and emotions? Read More »

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, May 05, 2007

For more ethnic and fusion recipes, join my yahoo group and browse recipes files. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jayanthishomepage/

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By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, April 28, 2007

For more ethnic and fusion recipes, join my yahoo group and browse recipes files. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jayanthishomepage/ Read More »

By Jennifer Kumar, Cultural Adjustment Coach on Saturday, April 28, 2007

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