Monday, June 7, 2010

Guest Post - 14 : Today's Guest - Divya

Today we have Divya from Divya's Recipes is with us. She is a BA graduate. She is such a talented person. She loves to paint and knit apart from cooking. Now, let us hear from her...

Nithu's Kitchen : Tell us about you Divya.
Divya : I am from Gunupur at Orissa border,India. I did my studies there. My mother tongue is Oriya. But I can speak telugu. I'm a BA graduate. My dad is a businessman and he runs a gold shop. My mom is house wife. She is a very great cook. I have one brother and one sister. Mine is an arranged marriage. After marriage within a month I came to USA. I am a housewife living with my caring and lovely husband Raj and 4 years old lovely son Eshaan. I am very simple and friendly person. I like to cook and I love to try new recipes.

Nithu's Kitchen : What are your interests apart from cooking?
Divya : I like watching TV, movies hindi and telugu, listing music, painting, knitting, chatting with friends and blogging.

Nithu's Kitchen : Nice to know you love knitting and painting. Can you share us the pictures of your painting and knitted stuff ?
Divya : I am not a professional. Just for fun, I painted one saree and bedsheet. I knitted caps and scarfs for my son and hubby. This is the baby blanket I knitted and in the other picture you can see my painting.

Nithu's Kitchen : The painting looks so good. We loved the baby blanket you knitted. Thanks for sharing the pictures Divya. When did you start to cook?
Divya : I seriously started to cook only after marriage. When I tried various recipes all came out good. All my friends love my food.They had even suggested me to open a restaurant. But I feel that I am not that a great cook and there are lot more to learn.

Nithu's Kitchen : What inspired you to start a blog?
Divya : One of my friends told me that I could share my recipes in a blog. So, I started this blog and now sharing my recipes with people who really love cooking.

Nithu's Kitchen : What is your family's favourite food?
Divya : We eat any veg and non-veg dishes.My whole family love chicken biryani.

Nithu's kitchen : Whom you consider as your best critic?
Divya : My Husband and Son.

Nithu's Kitchen : What do you have today to share with us?
Divya : Today, I am going to share with you all a RidgeGourd with Channa Dal Curry.

Nithu's Kitchen : Wow! That sounds new and interesting. Why did you select this?
Divya : it is very simple and delicious recipe and hope everybody likes it.


1. Beerakaya (ridge gourd)-2 nos
2. Channa Dal-1/2 cup
3. Onions-1 nos
4. Green Chillis-3 nos
5. Tomato-1 big nos
6. Turmeric powder-1 tsp
7. Mustard seeds-1/2 tsp
8. Cumin seeds-1/2 tsp
9. Hing- 1 pinch
10. Curry leaves-few
11. Red chilli powder-1 tsp


1. Wash channa dal and soak in water for half an hour.
2. Wash and peel skin of the ridge gourd and cut into small pieces.
3. Heat a oil in a pressure cooker pan.When oil is hot add cumin seeds,mustard seeds,they pops up now add hing,green chilis and curry leaves fry for 1 minutes.
4. Now add onions fry for 3 minutes,add tomato pieces and soaked channa dal fry for 5 minutes.
5. Now add ridge gourd pieces mix well and add turmeric powder,chilli pwder,salt to it mix well.
6. Now add 1/2 cup of water mix well and pressure cook it for 3 whistles.
7. Wait till the pressure goes off.
8. Ridge gourd curry is done.
Serve with rice or roti.

Nithu's Kitchen : Thank you so much Divya.

Dear Friends, Hope you all love Divya's wonderful recipe. If you are interested to be featured as Nithu's Kitchen's Guest, please mail to


Prema said...

Nice to know about u divya,Thanks for sharing the recipe...

Umm Mymoonah said...

Wow! nice to know about Divya, very good painting and knitting work, very talented.

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

thanks for bringing Divya here Nithu. nice knowing her. lovely creations she had made and thanks fo rthe recipe too.

Kiran said...

Nice to know more about you Divya.
Lovely knitted blanket and beautifully painted saree.
Love the ridgegourd curry.Nice post Nithu.

Unknown said...

Thanks Nithu for another wonderful guest post. It was so nice to know about Divya. She is such a talented person.


Nice to know more about Divya...This recipe looks tempting...

Shabitha Karthikeyan said...

Good to know about Divya..
The blanky and Saree looks gorgeous..

Rachana said...

Nice knowing about you Divya, Your Creations are beautiful and the ridgegourd curry looks yumm too :-)

Unknown said...

Delicious curry..It was really nice knowing about the talented Divya :)

Panchpakwan said...

Nice to know abt divya..Curry looks delicious and healthy.

Menaga Sathia said...

nice to know about looks tempting..

Malar Gandhi said...

Nice kootu, good to know more abt Divya today..this food blog-network really rocks:):)

BeenaShylesh said...

nice to konow about...she is realy extra talented person...and the curry is also delisious.......

Priya Suresh said...

glad to know more about Divya..she is such a great cook, i love her blog much..

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Good information and thank you very much for sharing it because this is something I was looking for.

SathyaSridhar said...

Wooow,,,today i came to know few more things abt Divya,,i like Divya's blog esp for step by step pics recipes..hmm,,kootu looks perfect n delicious dear..