Welcome to my website. Like every Indian girl, I also started cooking by helping my mom at my childhood. In Tamil we have a proverb " Thaayai pola Pillai noolai pola saelai" means so as mom will be her daughter. My mom is my inspiration to cook with care and love with more experiments.
When instated cooking two best recipes of mine are Puli Kozhambu and Tomato Rice. While we talk about the best it’s worth mentioning those 2 recipes which I never used to get it at least Ok OK!!! level are Sambhar and Rasam (of course Tamilnadu's staple food).
I never knew that my interest is about food and culture before 2 years, had I known earlier I would have chosen my studies on culinary courses. Better late than never, I wish to do some courses in culinary in near future.
Here at SamayalUlagam, the recipes and photos are tried and clicked by me. With my friends help I have been introduced to many cuisines and recipes. Thanks to all of them. My recipes have the author name in whose kitchen I have tried the recipes and clicked images. That way I could share the credit with my friends.
Basically I don't cook with measurements. But after started blogging, I switched to measuring. My advice regarding following recipes is, to just read the ingredients used and method of preparation. However measurement varies upon individual’s ingredient quality and method of preparation of ingredients. So just learn the method and go with your own measurements.
My food philosophy is to eat seasonal, clean, whole foods and maintain good portion control. When you cook your own meals, you know you can feel good about what is going into your body. Let me help you navigate your way around the kitchen and teach you how to prepare delicious, light, fresh meals your whole family will love (and they won't even realize it's good for them!)
Thanks so much for stopping by.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
About this site
Why do you call it Samayal Ulagam?
There is in every true Woman a great cook, for she nurtures her loved ones with great food mixed with love and affection. Cooking is an art form that mothers pass down to her daughters and, in many cases, to her sons as well. Almost everyone I encounter can heap praise and gratitude for their mother and her tremendous cooking skills and these women have known by heart that cooking(samayal) is the best way to take care of their family and lives in their world(Ulagam) Hence the name SamayalUlagam.
A Woman's perspective of nurturing the World by providing food and love.
For as great a cook as I like to think I am, I don’t believe I’ll ever reach the culinary heights of my mom.~Valerie Albarda
Why haven’t you answered my e-mail / comment? Are you a bad person?
I hope not. I love to hear from you, possibly even more than you can imagine. But I have a hard time keeping up. I do my best to reply to every comment and e-mail I receive, but I am not always successful, and for that, I apologize.
I’d like to advertise on your blog. What are your rates?
Please email me!!
I left a mean or rude comment, and it was deleted. Why?
This site may be a public space, but it is also an extension of me and of my home. The Internet can feel like a good place to anonymously air one’s discontents, but meanness is no more welcome here than it would be if we were sitting together on the couch in the living room. I ask that you post only words that you would feel perfectly comfortable saying aloud to me in person, and I reserve the right to delete any comment that is hurtful or nasty.
Can I send you a free product to review?
I don’t do product reviews. But when appropriate, I do like to mention great books that cross my path.
Who takes the photographs on Samayal Ulagam?
Except where noted, I do!
What kind of camera do you use?
Most of the photographs on this site were taken with a Nikon D70s, a digital SLR camera. But then I fell in love with film photography, and in the years since, all of the photos on this site have been taken with film cameras. I have a number of them, and I have a hard time choosing a favorite: Nikon FE (35 mm), Pentax K1000 (35 mm), Minolta Instant Pro (a Polaroid-type camera), Polaroid SX-70, Polaroid 600 (the big, hulking one from Polaroid’s professional line), Holga (medium format), and Hasselblad 500c/m (medium format). Since I started shooting with film, I stopped using my digital camera entirely. Film is magic.
Who designed your site?
Ackena Systems. You can reach them @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I use one of your photos on my site or in my magazine?
The entire contents of this site, as well as my Flickr photos, are protected by copyright. Please do not use anything - photos or text - without my permission. Please ask first. PLEASE.
Is there a list or an index of recipes around here somewhere?
Yes, there is. It’s right here.
Who took that photo of you, the one up there at the top of the page?
My friend did.
Are you professionally trained in cooking?
No, I am not professionally trained in cooking. My only "training," as it were, comes from growing up in a family of avid eaters and home cooks.
I am new to blogging, and I can’t figure out how to make my blog look / work the way I want it to. Can you help me?
Hooo boy. You really don’t want me to help you. What I’ve been able to do with this site is purely because of trial and error, not because I know a thing about coding. You’d probably be better off Googling. Or asking a stranger on the bus.
I have a blog / website. Will you link to it? Want to exchange links?
My general policy is that I link only to sites that I read regularly. I do not accept requests to exchange links. However, if you’d like to leave me a comment and tell me about your blog, please do. I would love to know about it, and if I find myself stopping by often, I will certainly put up a link.
Can I link to your blog?
Of course you may! I’m honored that you’d like to.
Can I e-mail you?
If you'd like to reach me, send an e-mail to yoga (at) samayalulagam (dot) com.