About Me

Aruna PanangipallyThere is not much else I say other than that I love cooking! For as long as I can remember, I have been collecting recipes and religiously trying them out. I have so many recipe books from across the world that I would soon need a separate section in the kitchen. 🙂

I learnt most of what I know about cooking from my mother, my maternal aunts, and my maternal grandmother. I now share this passion with my brother, sister-in-law, myriad cousins, and many friends.

I am a vegetarian (eggitarian, I guess, because I bake using eggs), but I watch all kinds of cooking shows and read all kinds of culinary arts books because the techniques fascinate me. I also find chefs in most restaurants only to glad to share tips and tricks, and regularly badger them!

I hope you enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy writing them.

~ Aruna Panangipally 


  1. behind of your art your patience is great .. really you are one of the mother of cooking items.. good bless you

  2. Hi,
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  3. Hi Aruna, my Alawati recipe has gone off, it is coming like a cross between the maharashtrian patal bhaji, and sindhi saibhaji I remember reading the recipe in your blog but I cannot find it, can you help me.

  4. Dear Aruna,
    You know how much I enjoy reading your blog, your wonderful recipes and your amazing photos!That is why I have nominated you for the Dragon’s loyalty award. Please find all the details here-https://indfused.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/3-awards-in-july/ Congratulations!

  5. Aruna,
    I have started a board on Pinterest called My Indian kitchen in America- Summer recipes and have sent you an invite to pin your recipes. Hope to see you there!

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  7. Hi Aruna,

    Love your blog and passion for cooking!

    I work for a company called Traveling Spoon (www.travelingspoon.com) and we are looking for people like you who are passionate about food, are amazing cooks. love to entertain and meet people from all over the world, to come join us to host an experience.

    We connect travelers with local and authentic food experiences (from homemade meals to cooking classes) in people’s homes around the world. Instead of eating at a restaurant, travelers who are interested in authentic food and enjoying a cultural exchange would pay to dine at someone’s home.

    With over 135+ hosts in 36 cities,Traveling Spoon is now looking for hosts in Mumbai who can showcase their regional food and culture with travelers in their home.

    In case you are interested in knowing more please do email me at neha@travelingspoon.com.

    Thank you!
    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Warm regards,

    Forbes: Traveling Spoon is the next generation of culinary tourism

    Neha Kuriakose
    Regional Community Lead, Traveling Spoon
    Travel off the eaten path

    Mobile: +91-9819519807
    Email: neha@travelingspoon.com

  8. Aruna,
    You know how much I love your awesome blog! I am nominating you for the Creative Blogger award! Cheers!

  9. Thanks a ton Aruna for visiting, following and liking my blog. Just because of your visit on my blog I find your really wonderful blog. You are an amazing person dear, I can see this through your lovely blog. Stay connected dear 🙂

  10. Hi Aruna

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  11. Hi Aruna. I wanted to connect with you for one of my clients but couldn’t locate your contact details on the blog. Will be really grateful if you could share your contact details.


    1. Thank you. South Indian with Punjabi Tadka…. that sounds great.

      That reminds me of an incident from my childhood:

      Once someone in my home made sambar but I felt it was “pheeka”. In my quest to improve it I added Punjabi Garam Masala to it. 😀 My aunt, who was staying with us at that time, loved it and asked my mom for her special blend of sambar powder. 😀 😀

  12. Hi Aruna ?Was going through your blog. I just love the yummy dishes you churn out. Thank you for sharing. And also thanks a lot for stopping by my blog. Do keep visiting ?

  13. Hi Aruna,

    I have nominated you to the ‘Dragon’s Loyalty Award’. Accept it if you are interested. The link to the rules is given below.

    Looking forward to see your blog with the award. Good luck 🙂

    Poojita Krishna.

  14. Hi Aruna,

    I have nominated you to the “Wonderful Team Member Award’. Do accept it if you are interested. The link to the award is given below.

    Poojita Krishna.

  15. Hi Aruna, I’m sure you have got these awards before, but here’s the Dragon’s Loyalty and the Versatile Blogger award to show my love for your really comprehensive collection of recipes:

  16. Glad to find your blog. I am sure now I can try more and more authentic south Indian recipes along with the usual ones at my own kitchen…… 🙂

  17. Dear Aruna,
    Thank you for visiting my blog, I appreciate it! Your blog looks quite extensive, I cant wait to check it out 🙂

  18. Hello Arunajee


    Truly extensive collection of recipes you have here!

    I will definitely refer your blog to my wife, who is an avid “cooker”, herself.

    Nonetheless, I am writing to you since I was wondering what ‘Aharam’ means.

    I am intrigued by this word. You see, At the moment, I live and work in Muscat, Oman and its been so for the last 20 years. All this time, I have never hear this word, but another one – ‘haram’.

    Would you care to enlighten me on what Aharam means, please?

    Thanks and regards,

    Vibhav Tewari

  19. Hi Aruna, you have a lovely blog – I love the name too ‘Aharam’ – I am a mallu transplant currently living in the US. I just started blogging and its really nice to come across your beautiful site with authentic south indian recipes!

  20. Hi Aruna,
    I am so glad you visited my blog and decided to follow it. I love Indian food and culture and am honored to have you on-board for my spiritual adventures. Now I am off to read about Italian Hot Chocolate, I was lucky to try it once in Italy 🙂


  21. Dear Aruna, As a thank-you for all the FB shares during Diabetic Awareness Month, I’m passing on the Dragon’s Loyalty Award to you! You can check it out here:

  22. Hello Aruna, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and following it! This way I could discover yours!! Wow, I love your recipes!!! 😉 I am always in the search of some new recipes from around the world that inspire me, so I am certain I will try out something soon! Thanks again and have a lovely day, Sylvia

  23. aruna garu mee recipes chalabagunnai madam . chala detail ga explain chesaru ; detail ga expain chese vidanam baga nacchindi. nenu chala cooking books konnanu kani okka recipe kuda sariga ardamyedi kadu. kani me explain chesedi baga ardamindi.naku recipes nerchukovadam chala istam .
    thanks for your support
    from andhrapradesh

  24. Hi Aruna,
    Just wanted to say that your blog was one of the first that I started following after joining the wordpress blogging community and I have enjoyed the recipes and the accompanying stories that you have been posting so far. I am particularly fond of the Andhra recipes that you have posted.
    As such as I have nominated you for the Liebster blog award – https://srilankancuisine.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/thank-you-for-the-nomination/ and I hope you will accept the nomination!
    Have a lovely week!

  25. Congratulations Aruna! You have been awarded: I’m a part of the WordPress Family Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at: … Or, after one month at:
    Enjoy your Award! 😀 Fae.

  26. Hi Aruna,

    You stopped by my blog the other day, and I want to thank you for that!
    You have such fabulous recipes on your blog. I can’t wait to try some of them myself, and look forward to seeing what you come up with up next.

    All the best,

  27. Hey there Aruna! You started following my blog so I wanted to check out your blog and say, “Hi!” I’m always jealous of people who learned to cook from their mothers and/or grandmothers. My mom was too busy working and taking care of 6 kiddos to teach me how to cook. Much of the time my mom didn’t even cook. We had frozen dinners on a regular basis while I was growing up. When I moved out on my own, I continued eating mostly frozen dinners until I went to a healthy cooking class. The class promoted a vegan diet, and my husband and I are now vegan. I started cooking when I went vegan because I realized that it was the only way I was going to get healthy food. I’ve learned a lot, but I still have much to learn. Anyway, I’m so glad to e-meet you and I look forward to getting to know you better. Celeste 🙂

  28. Congratulations Aruna! You have been awarded: Kreativ Blogger Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at:

    Enjoy your Award! 😀 Fae.

  29. Hi Aruna,
    Your blog is very inspiring and shining… It has motivated me to be more versatile :).
    I have nominated you for Shine On Award. Please collect it here :
    Sonal @ simplyvegetarian777

  30. Hi Aruna… thank you so much for the visit and follow… you have a great blog here and good recipes…..I like it….:)

  31. Hi Aruna, I really must congratulate you on the way you present your recipes. The Tips section at the end is a must for anyone who follows recipes to the ‘T’. They are simple not to mention nutritious and a boost to being Vegetarian!
    Kudos to you and hoping to see some age old traditional recipes from Andhra and other states as well. Good Luck in your Blog research.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. 🙂 They are just the kind of encouragement I need.

      The Tips section is typically what my Amma, Ammamma, Dodda, Pinni, and Atta used to tell me when I cooked alongside them. They are probably more important than the recipe itself.

      Thank you again and hope to see you around.

  32. I like the recipe Bengali Potato Cauliflower curry it is very simple and easy . We also call our
    Doddamma (Peddamma) You are belongs to which place in Andhra ?. We are from Amalapuram

  33. Hi..I like your blog and nominated you for Very inspiring Blogger Award.Check out
    Details here
    Thanks! keep blogging!

  34. I’ve recently switched my food blog over to be self-hosted which I hope will make it more user-friendly in the future. As a result, if you were following Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen via email, WordPress, or using RSS feeds through Google Reader or some other way, you are no longer subscribed. If you wish to continue receiving future posts from my blog you will need to re-subscribe. Sorry for the inconvenience, Teresa.

  35. I have nominated your lovely blog, for the Sunshine Award!
    Please pick up your badge and information/rules on how to pass the torch and pay it forward at:

  36. Hello Aruna. Thank you for stopping by Ancestreats.com and our recent Palak Panner post. It’s wonderful that you were lucky to be able to learn about cooking from your family. Flipping through your blog, everything looks so delicious. We invite you to share a recipe with the Ancestreats community. It’s easy via the submit tab. Looking forward to it!

  37. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking the Peanut Blossoms. It’s a terrific recipe and so delicious. I hope you try it out sometime. If you do, please let me know what you think.

  38. “I am honoured to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Please pick-up your award at https://lopascribes.wordpress.com/. Copy and Paste the Award to your blog and follow the rules of acceptance. I am very aware that some people do not wish to participate in Awards, and I completely respect that… no strings! But in any case, Congratulations, you have a Lovely Blog.”

  39. Hi aruna,
    Your post is indeed very yummy. My mouth has already started watering. Y don’t u open a restaurant? The name should be.. Um…… “Aruna’s Aroma”…
    Liked the idea? Before that pl. call me to ur house for a sumptuous dinner…

    1. Thank you so much, Doc! Opening a restaurant is one of my dreams, right behind having my own music school.

      You and your family will be my first guests and forever my guests at the restaurant. 🙂 🙂

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