It was the year 2003. I had newly moved to Mumbai and on one sunny afternoon, had finished making some Tomato rice in my new kitchen. Mumbai being a melting pot of many cultures and having access to varieties of fresh ingredients led me to cook different dishes from varied cuisines. After I had finished eating the rice, I was captivated with the taste and feeling of satiation that this simple dish could bring to me. This was when I was inspired to take this to the world, although I had no idea how I would do it.
Growing up in South India, food had always fascinated me and I had fond memories of eating magnificent sweets, savouries and nourishing simple everyday food cooked by my mother who is an excellent cook and other family members during festivals and celebrations. As a six year old, I recall many holidays spent in my grandmother’s Bangalore kitchen stirring vegetables in a kadhai and mixing pickles in a ceramic pot.
I took these memories into my kitchen while cooking my own food and at the same time began exploring this science and art of food and cooking. This made me conscious of what went into my cooking pot in the kitchen and our plates on the table. Researching and learning about ayurvedic food and cooking led me to discover how what we eat affects our bodies, the way we think and the way we tend to experience life and discovered that food plays a major role in shaping who we are!
All the dishes I cooked and baked be it a hot pot of rasam made in a traditional eeya chombu (an ancient tin vessel) or a perfectly baked cake iced with fresh cream and other embellishments began to inspire me to work with food.
As I started exploring this new world, there came a need to showcase my food in the best possible manner! This led me to discover the fascinating world of cameras, lens and tripods and I was thrilled with the way I could express myself through my photography. Along the way, my dormant passion for photography came to the fore and I now passionately take pictures for DivineTaste and record life through my lens as I travel, live and learn from life each day, many of my photos have been published in magazines and newspapers.
After writing for a leading publication, I needed a platform for publishing my recipes, thoughts and stories and after a couple of years of search for the right platform and tech support to execute my ideas, I started divinetaste.com in 2008 when I was 7 months pregnant with my son.
Although I took time to set up my site, once it was established, it led to media attention, workshop invitations, brand collaborations and digital/TV work. Right from hosting a workshop for the European Union, writing for BBC GoodFood, collaborations with brands like the Tata group apart from others, hosting food shows, designing menus and other assignments, practically all the work that I do is generated from this website. Amongst other accolades, Divine Taste has been featured by the Wall Street Journal Blog as well.
Divine Taste is my blank canvas where I showcase my carefully developed recipes and meticulously taken pictures interspersed with my food discoveries, stories and experiments. In short it is the space where all my three obsessions of writing, photography and food come together. Recipes as old as the ones cooked by many generations in my family and those collected and experimented from my travels and interactions with people from different walks of life share space here.
The idea is not just to share the recipes, but also to inspire and teach you to cook food that leads to over all well being. I also love stories behind the food, so you will find all my recipes with a story behind them.
I’m known for my precise recipes so you can take any recipe from here and be assured that you will be met with success. And if you have any doubts, you can always ask me in the comment section of the site or email me as well.
After starting this site, I got a lot of nutrition related queries and therefore I decided to get a degree in nutrition. I hold a post graduate diploma in nutrition and dietetics and specialize in ayurvedic nutrition.
Filming episodes of my shows “Divine Taste With Anushruti” and “Kiddies Corner With Anushruti” has been another highlight of my journey.
My focus here is on pure vegetarian and sattvic food. The vedas (ancient scriptures) classify food as sattvic (mode of goodness), rajasic (mode of passion) and tamasic (mode of ignorance). Sattvic food is known to create positive vibrations and subtly nourish the mind, intelligence and consciousness.
DivineTaste features recipes from around the world that have been adapted to be without meat, fish, eggs, wine, onions and garlic in keeping with the principles of sattvic diet and cooking methods. My great grand mother and grandmother created the most delectable, magical and pleasurable meals for their families using pure vegetarian ingredients and I’m happy to follow in their footsteps.