Soundarya GottapuBangalore, Karnataka, IN
I love sharing my stories with the world. Stories told through illustrations and writing. Stories of self learning, nostalgia, environment, mental health, co existence and whatever maybe the need of the hour for this community called Earth.
My deepest inspirations come in the form of simple everyday moments, a good meal, a good conversation or sometimes from struggles.
Recipes By Soundarya Gottapu
Developed a taste for these beauties over the years ,especially the classic buttermilk,not to mention the wonders it can do for the body in Indian Summers! I love the fact that they have such amazing nutritional values yet are so humble in their making.
After my tea post, I felt coffee deserved one of its own. My favourite thing about coffee is the fact that just the idea of it sends me to a cozy place inside. It doesn't need company of another dish. Coffee itself is company.
A coffee person at heart but hailing from India, Chai somehow has a special place for itself within me,especially Ginger tea. It's amazing how a simple beverage seeped its way through different cultures across the world . Not to mention the beautiful kettles and ceramics that are created as a result of its existence.
With what the world is going through right now , farmers everywhere deserve our utmost respect. Bargaining is a common practice in a lot of local markets and refraining from doing so ,especially in times like this is the least we could do to support them.
Growing up , summers meant mangoes for all meals in different forms. Clean ,cut pieces for a mid morning or evening snack, freshly squeezed juice in the late evening or ,the best of them all, eating the whole fruit in one go ,rejoicing every drop and making a tasty mess all over the clothes.
Remembering my roots through the simple delicacies from Andhra Pradesh. The kind of simple that is a result of generations of tradition and care.In the way they are cooked, seasoned and served. The kind that doesn't yearn to be extra ordinary but just is. Like how a home feels. Simple,familiar but special and irreplaceable. My early memories of this authentic meal consist of cooking on log fires, served on fresh banana leaves sprinkled with just a wee bit of water and being taught how to fold the leaf when I was done eating. Every step almost feels like worship and love.