Hi, I’m Tanvi! Thank you so much for visiting my blog! A question I often get asked is, what is “the hathi?” Hathi means elephant in my language. The word hathi is part of my maiden name, now my middle name. Thus, the literal translation is: The Elephant Cooks. I currently live in Portland, Oregon with my husband, Srini, and our three rambunctious chickens. Srini is my full time recipe taste tester and provides me with unconditional support through all of my culinary victories and failures.
I was lucky to grow up eating some of the best Indian food in the world, courtesy of my amazing parents. I spent my childhood perched on the counter, watching my parents make one scrumptious thing after another. As I got older, I was a much more active and eager participant in the kitchen. When my parents started teaching me how to make Indian food, I was shocked at how straightforward many of the recipes were. Unbelievably complex flavors came from a few spices and some basic techniques! Thus, my aim with this blog is to introduce you, the reader, to Indian recipes you probably won’t find in your local Indian restaurant and hopefully demystify Indian cooking and flavors in the process. I promise it isn’t as overwhelming as it sounds! You don’t even need that many spices to start with, and you might even have most of them in your pantry now. A good place to start is with my “How to Build an Indian Pantry” series.
In addition to Indian food, I also have a bit of a cookbook addiction (at last count, over 70!). I read them cover to cover like engrossing novels, and will definitely be sharing some of the dishes I cook from them. I also like flexing my creative muscles from time to time, and will be posting new recipes as well.
In my non-blogging life, I’m a pediatrician and sleep doctor. Due to my science background, I also have a keen interest in food science. I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I hope to share some interesting food science tidbits from time to time. I received the absolutely incredible Modernist Cuisine at Home and am planning a new series on the blog exploring food science in more detail as I cook through the book. Stay tuned!
A note about links: Some of the links in my recipes are affiliate links meaning that I get a small amount of compensation if you click through or purchase. It’s an almost negligible amount, but I appreciate the support!