We Love Your Blog! Sailu’s Kitchen

by jomol on May 25, 2012 · 21 comments

We Love Your Blog! Sailu’s Kitchen

“The humble person may not end up on the top of the “ladder”, but he is more likely to have a truly successful life because he is more likely to succeed in the things that matter most.” reads a quote on Sailu’s Kitchen.

We Love Your Blog! Sailu's Kitchen

This stands very true for Shailaja who runs a very successful and wonderful food blog called www.sailusfood.com. I just love going through her recipes and experimenting with them. Shailaja has a passion for cooking and it shows in each of the recipe that she publishes.  Cooking is her forte and she excels in vegetarian, eggetarian, non-vegetarian, and all other “-tarian” fare. She specializes in all forms of cooking, be it authentic Andhra food or the elaborate Punjabi spread. Also, she has started a special platform for kids where in she uploads interesting and healthy recipes for children, don’t miss out her Palak Laccha Paratha.

palak lachcha paratha

The most unique and praiseworthy feature about Sailu’s Kitchen is that this food blog contains recipes that you can make on a day-to-day basis, such as for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  You wouldn’t have to wait for a Sunday to try out these recipes; extremely healthy recipes made from fresh produce is what a majority of Sailus Kitchen recipes are.

mango-pineapple-juice

Mango-Pineapple Juice.

Its with immense pleasure that we introduce Shailaja aka sailu to you all :) Excerpts from our interview with her:

  • When and how did you start blogging ? Any difficulties that you faced?

I am passionate about Indian food, traditional recipes handed down by the elders of the family and have been          documenting family recipes since my college years.  When I gave up my government job to be a full-time mother to my son, Nehal, I spent time in the kitchen like never before. I enjoy my visit to the farmer’s market to buy fresh vegetables, cooking with seasonal fresh ingredients and discovering new flavors, especially regional Indian cuisines (thanks to the internet and cookbooks).  I chanced upon blogs during early 2005 and took the plunge during the winter of 2005. I thought it would be a good opportunity to share with the world, traditional family recipes which one could never find on the internet (at that point of time).

Zebra Cake

Zebra Cake

I did not face any difficulties as such. It is a hobby and I used to blog hop visiting other food blogs and comment and interact with food bloggers (during the early blogging years when I had time on hand). I enjoyed networking and sharing of resources and recipes. I am passionate about food blogging and am inspired by the comments and positive feedback of my readers. They keep me motivated. :)

2. What do you cover on your blog? Any specific interest areas?

I usually blog what I cook for my family. Most home-cooked Indian meals with a focus on Andhra cuisine. Simple every day “subzis” that go with roti and rice. I use fresh vegetables (from my local farmer’s market), a lot of greens, lentils and whole grains including millet, oats and barley in my everyday cooking. I do cover a lot of vegetarian, non-vegetarian Indian food and kid-friendly recipes at my other food blog for kids.  You will find tiffins, bakes, cakes, cookies and chaat recipes on my blog.

chicken masala balls

Chicken Masala Balls

3. Where do you find inspiration to come up with new recipes every time?

Its a natural process and I go with what I have in my pantry/refrigerator. I am inspired by many food bloggers and food magazines and adapt many of their recipes to suit our palate.

4. How much time and money do you spend in running your blog?

On an average, I spend 3-4 hours of the day I publish a post. Otherwise, I spend anywhere between 1-2 hours each day, answering queries on the blog and on social networking sites like facebook and twitter. Due to heavy traffic, the hosting fee is pretty high for my blog. For software and hosting, I spend approximately Rs.10,000/- to Rs.12,000/- each month.

5. What are the essential qualities one must possess to be a successful food blogger such as yourself?

Passion for the topic one is blogging about, be well organized with good time management skills, be social and genuinely enjoy helping others.

chocolate brownies

Chocolate Brownies

6. Which chefs do you look upto the most?

I like Yotam Ottolenghi and Nigella Lawson.

7. Quick food tips you could give to our readers.

For soft rotis, knead the dough for a longer period and use milk or curd/yogurt along with little water.  If you have added more salt than required to a curry, add a peeled potato to the curry. It will absorb the excess salt.

Being a beauty blog, I must share some tips on using food ingredients to enhance one’s beauty:

1. After breaking an egg for an omelette, apply the left over egg white that sticks to the shell to your face. Leave it
for 15 minutes, it tightens the skin.

2. Do not throw away lemon peel after use. Add a bit of sugar to the peel and rub your palms and hands for 2-3 minutes for instant glow.

3. Apply buttermilk to the face to remove tan. Leave it on for 15 minutes and wash.

4. Use 2-3  tablespoons of vinegar in a liter of water as a last rinse for your hair (after hair wash). This gives shine to the hair and controls hair loss.

You can check out some popular recipes at Sailus’s Kitchen:

 

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

jomol May 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

Sailu, I am a huge fan of your recipes. I try most of your recipes and they work out pretty well for someone like me who otherwise is a disaster at cooking :)

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Surabhi May 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Oh yeah! even I have tried many of the recipes from the blog. I like the simplicity with which she explains them. And I am already a fan of her blog. Have been following her for quite a long time now..

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jomol May 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Surabhi…..thumbs up and same pinch jee :)

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Surabhi May 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm

he he he.. same pinch..!!! :D

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Ray May 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

The photos look so yummy!!!

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Ashu May 25, 2012 at 11:11 am

Fantastic! Now I can visit Sailuskitchen for receipes. My husband is a die hard fan of hyderabadi chicken biryani. I will check out the recipe and cook for my husband. I hope he likes the biryani when cooked by me. No doubt about the recipe though, I am sure its delicious. I just hope I do it properly :P

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jomol May 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

I always try to pick up andhra recipes from her blog….love them :)

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smitha May 25, 2012 at 11:30 am

i love her blog..and her recipes. especially andhra recipes..wow!!!! her recipes were of so much help to me when i was abroad for 2 years!!!!

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Abinaya May 25, 2012 at 11:34 am

I’ve tried a couple of recipes from your blog when I lived in hostel. Absolutely loved them! :)

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Aparna May 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I too have always picked Andhra recipes from her blog… love it totally! This, along with Manjula’s Kitchen blog, have literally taught me cooking since 2-3 years… thanks Sailu :)

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jomol May 25, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Aparna, I always refer to sailus’ blog for day to day cooking stuff…..its amazing :)

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neha May 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm

i love the blog tttoooooooooooooooo yeeeeeeeeeeeeeee :)

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jomol May 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Neha…high five and same pinch :)

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preethi May 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

i love sailu’s blog…..its really helpfulll

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Parita May 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I have been following her blog since quite long..i think more than 3 years now :) hats off to you!

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Nidhi Garg May 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I just went through her blog. Awesome recipes. Way to go Y(yes)

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shruti wahi May 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Love her blog :-) she explains her recipes so clearly and to the point :-)

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praseena May 25, 2012 at 10:23 pm

oh!!! wow!!! i look forward to hopping over to your blog. i loved the tips and beauty tips! thanks :)

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Puja May 26, 2012 at 1:11 am

Wow all above looks so delicious n yumm…m surely going to follow ur bolg)

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Devi May 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

I like Sailu’s blog a lot! have been following the recipes for some time now.. absolutely day to day do-able and healthy too!

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Sailu May 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Its so nice to see quite a few readers of IMBB share good, positive words about Sailu’s Kitchen. I am elated. Its readers like you that keep me going.

Thank you, IMBB team for carrying the interview. I enjoyed sharing my thoughts. :)

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