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Celebrating One Year Anniversary on Ugadi

Mahanandi - photo by Vijay Singari
Spectacularly Beautiful Mahanandi, India

The temple which my blog named after is at least 900 years old, and my blog just turned one.

‘Mahanandi’ is my desire to capture the ‘real, everyday kind’ of homemade Indian food in images. Thanks for being so supportive and so generous both with your words and show of affection. Thank you for being part of my beloved ‘Mahanandi’.

Happy Ugadi and Gudi Padwa!

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Wednesday March 29, 2006 at 7:13 pm- permalink)
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  1. Congratulations! Your work and passion are marvelous.

    Comment by vj — March 29, 2006 @ 7:17 pm

  2. Happy anniversary and thank you for this inspiring blog, always worth a visit!

    Comment by Baki — March 29, 2006 @ 7:51 pm

  3. Congratulations and Happy Ugadi! Looking forward to another year of brilliant food blogging.

    Comment by flygirl — March 29, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

  4. Congratulations Indira.
    Meeku, Vijay gariki vyaya nama samvatsara Ugaadi subhakankshalu.

    Comment by Santhi — March 29, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

  5. Congratulations, Indira, and a blessed Ugadi!

    I look forward to many more days of great food, great photographs and inspirational words.

    Comment by Barbara — March 29, 2006 @ 8:08 pm

  6. Indira,

    Wish you a Happy Ugadi and Gudi Padwa.

    Congratulations on your beautiful site. I discovered it about a month back and have been visiting it almost everyday. It is really very professional and the most attractive feature is that you have pictures of the ingredients as well as the appetising end result. You really present everything in such a tasteful and aesthetic way. I am not surprised that you received an award for the site last year.

    So far I have tried out at least 5 of your recipes and they turned out fabulously. The oatmeal upma was great and the onion chutney was out of this world. The fenugreek chutney is now a regular feature in our meals, everyone liked it so much.

    My next item from your list is the delicious Mango Halwa for tomorrow! And I am waiting for the new tiny potatoes of the season to try out your Dum Aloo!

    Do keep up the good work and wish you all the best. I know your site has inspired many like myself into trying out new recipes.


    PS. Your Kittaya is so cute. Do post more pictures of him.

    Comment by Anagha — March 29, 2006 @ 8:13 pm

  7. Hi Indira,

    Congratulations and Happy Ugadi. You are my inspiration to start the site where I tried my recipes. I wish to add the recipes pictures also unfortunately could not add it till now. Shall do it soon. Thank you for such a nice site and recipes. Keep it coming.

    Comment by Shireesha — March 29, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

  8. Hi Indira,
    My hearty Congratulations for completing 1yr.
    Happy Ugadi to U and Ur family.
    Hope to see and learn more recipes from u.
    Vineela Krishna

    Comment by vineelakrishna — March 29, 2006 @ 8:35 pm

  9. Hi Indira,

    Wish a a Happy Ugadi and also congratulations for one year anniversary of Mahanandi….

    Mrs Marthi.

    Comment by Mrs Marthi — March 29, 2006 @ 8:36 pm

  10. Happy blog birthday to you. Looking forward to many more years.

    Comment by Kalyn — March 29, 2006 @ 8:51 pm

  11. hai

    all the recipies are so good thank you for posting, feels like home.god bless you.

    Comment by satish — March 29, 2006 @ 9:18 pm

  12. Congratulations Indira – I’ve enjoyed your blog so much this past year and look forward to the coming years!

    Comment by Cathy — March 29, 2006 @ 9:26 pm

  13. Congratulations Indira! You do such a great job at your blog. It is a pleasure to read your entries and try out your simple and wonderful recipes. Wishing you the very best for the second year. I look forward to learning more.

    Comment by Lavanya — March 29, 2006 @ 10:09 pm

  14. Congratulations Indira,

    Your blog stands out through its pictures,your excellent ability to explain recipes and the very user friendly layout.

    Have a great year,

    Comment by Anwesha — March 29, 2006 @ 10:14 pm

  15. Indira,
    Hearty Congratulations and may the coming year bring you many more lovely experiences with yummy food.
    I’ve been following your blog for a couple of months now and whatever i’ve tried has turned out awesome(except the Mysorepak, which i messed up). Your site has kindled my interest in cooking and has become an e-cookbook for me. Thanks for your patience, sincerity and all the beautiful work.

    Comment by Sandhya — March 29, 2006 @ 10:35 pm

  16. Indira: Congrats on completing one year and wishing you all the very best for the upcoming blogging years.
    May god bless you with all the health and wealth, and Happy Ugadi Indira 🙂

    Comment by Karthi Kannan — March 30, 2006 @ 12:33 am

  17. Hi Indira,

    Happy Ugadi! Wish your blog many many happy returns of the day! Your blog too will be mark a of history like the Nandyala!

    Comment by Shalini — March 30, 2006 @ 12:43 am

  18. Yugadi Shubhakaankshalu Indira gaaru.

    In the 1 year you have made me crave and cry for my home food so many times. Thats the only complaint I have.

    Comment by Vidyanath Tirumala — March 30, 2006 @ 12:53 am

  19. Happy anniversary! You have a wonderful Blog! We’ve enjoyed making and eating many of your recipes, and look forward to more!

    Comment by surfindaave — March 30, 2006 @ 2:48 am

  20. Congratulations and happy birthday!
    I enjoy your blog a lot and love the beautiful pictures you take.
    May your blog have a long life and be always very interesting! I’m looking forwards to reading more…

    Comment by Rosa — March 30, 2006 @ 3:42 am

  21. Congrats on your blog anniversary. Your blog has been a real inspiration and you are becoming a professional blogger too. I have been reading your blog since the beginning and your work has reached new heights. Personally, I have learned a lot more about Andhra food beyond the usual much-publicized Hyderabadi food. Looking forward to more of your good eats!

    Comment by mika — March 30, 2006 @ 3:47 am

  22. Todya oru neighbor who is Telugu gave us Vadai and Dhal Poli .. it was jus YUMMMMYYYYY!!!! and immly remembered u and was tellign abt u to my MIL 🙂


    Comment by Sneha — March 30, 2006 @ 3:50 am

  23. Congrats on ur blog’s birthday and Ugadi subhakankshalu to u, Indra.

    Comment by Puspha — March 30, 2006 @ 4:33 am

  24. Happy birthday, Mahanandi!! You are the creme de la creme of Indian blogs and I learn something from you everyday!

    Comment by Nupur — March 30, 2006 @ 5:15 am

  25. Congratulations ! Your blog has made me think outside of the box. I now cook with vegetables that I never thought of using. Thank you so much !

    Comment by Krithika Ramachandran — March 30, 2006 @ 8:15 am

  26. Happy Ugadi to you. Congratulations on your first blog anniversary

    Comment by MCM — March 30, 2006 @ 8:24 am

  27. Congratulations, Indira! I’ve always aspired to your brilliance with photos and cookery but I know there’s a long way to go before I get there 🙂 Thanks for being an inspiration, guru!

    Comment by shammi — March 30, 2006 @ 8:34 am

  28. Congrats on completing ur super sucessful 1 yr indira, u do excellent job.looking forward for many more goodies from ur kitchen:)

    Happy ugadi subhakankshalu to u and ur family:)

    Comment by tanuja — March 30, 2006 @ 8:54 am

  29. Hey Indira…

    Wish you a very happy Ugadhi..
    I have always enjoyed your photography..
    Good luck!!!

    Comment by BDSN — March 30, 2006 @ 9:22 am

  30. Happy Ugadi to you and yours! Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary with Mahanandi. You have indeed been inspirational to a lot of bloggers out here, including me. Your dedication to detail is remarkable and I just love the simplicity of your recipes and the palpable love for food in your pictures. Looking forward to many more anniversaries and great food and pictures from you.

    Best Wishes!

    Comment by Saffron Hut — March 30, 2006 @ 9:24 am

  31. Congratulations to u and Happy Ugadi . Its indeed a pleasure reading ur blog. I love ur passion for food, for ur kitchen collection everything. Its needless to say how an inspiration u have been to me. I have to mention it always coz its only after marriage i started cooking and imajine thats miserable- all the taunts, mocks and frustration . And i discovered ur blog and thers not once ive ever gone wrong and always the results are phenomenal. And i really owe u one for what an impact ur blog has done to me. Thank u so much and wish u have many blog anniversaries.

    Comment by Priya — March 30, 2006 @ 9:46 am

  32. Happy Ugadi and Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary of your blog. Like I have said before, I just absolutely love your site and visit it many times every day. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Padma — March 30, 2006 @ 9:47 am

  33. Indira, Congratulations on completing one year of blogging! Heres wishing you many more years of creative blogging and delicious eats!

    Comment by GaramMasala — March 30, 2006 @ 9:48 am

  34. Happy Ugadi to you Indira and happy first anniversary to your blog! Your blog is one of most beautifully depicted blogs out there and your recipes have made me like what I do in the kitchen ..!! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Comment by Anjali — March 30, 2006 @ 10:02 am

  35. Ugadi Subhakankshalu,Indira and Vijay!
    Wishing ‘Mahanandi’ a very happy anniversary and congrats Indira for presenting and sharing with all of us our Indian home food in simple and lucid language and out of the world pictures.Wishing you all the best for many more blog anniversaries.

    Comment by sailaja — March 30, 2006 @ 10:20 am

  36. Happy Ugadi to u,Indira and Happy Birthday to Mahanandi.Congratulations!!!!Your hardwork and dedication really needs appreciation.You’ve been an inspiration to many food bloggers like me.Keep the gud work!!

    Comment by Annita — March 30, 2006 @ 10:27 am

  37. Happy blog anniversary Indira. If I may take the liberty, I declare Mahanadi MOAIFB – Mother of all Indian Food blogs.

    Btw, I tried your Gutti Vankaya last night – it turned out really well. Thanks for the recipe.


    P.S.: Your site has helped me cut down on my phone bill – I don’t run to the phone as often as I used to call up my mother/sister to get recipes 🙂

    Comment by Faffer — March 30, 2006 @ 10:35 am

  38. Congratulations on your turning one! I haven’t commented here before, but your blog is my favorite for recipes. Thanks for doing such a classy job!

    Comment by Chandu — March 30, 2006 @ 10:42 am

  39. Happy Ugadi Indira. Congratulations and best wishes on Mahanandi’s Bday. Looking forward to see many more great recipes in the coming year. Hope to get a “virtual treat” as Bday special 🙂

    Comment by Kerala Girl — March 30, 2006 @ 10:43 am

  40. BTW, forgot to add – Ugaadi Subhaakaankshalu!

    Comment by Chandu — March 30, 2006 @ 10:43 am

  41. andariki ugadi shubhakankshalu! Happy Ugadi to All!

    For me, it is an honor to receive your appreciation and encouragement. Your words make me work more on this website and I am very glad to bring this to you through the Web. Thank you.

    Comment by Indira — March 30, 2006 @ 10:54 am



    Comment by Archana — March 30, 2006 @ 10:56 am

  43. Congratulations Indira and Happy Ugadi.
    Such a nice blog and this is wonderful.

    Comment by Jane — March 30, 2006 @ 11:04 am

  44. Happy Blogiversary! It has been a delight getting to know you, and your wonderful food creations. Wishing you many more years of foodie blogging!

    Comment by Stephanie — March 30, 2006 @ 11:19 am

  45. Happy UGADI to you and your family Indira. Plus happy blog anniversary too!
    Keep up the good work 🙂

    Comment by Supriya — March 30, 2006 @ 11:44 am

  46. Way to go Indira! Happy Ugadi to you and Happy first birthay to your blog 🙂

    Comment by Ashwini — March 30, 2006 @ 11:51 am

  47. hi Indira, I have not realized that our blogs are twins 🙂 Mine was “born” yesterday as well but passed the bday quietly. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

    Comment by fethiye — March 30, 2006 @ 11:52 am

  48. Hi Indira
    Ugadi subakanshalu ! Happy Anniversary. You are my inspiration to start a blog. Your passion for food is sooo obvious. Wishing you the very best !!

    Comment by Revathi — March 30, 2006 @ 12:16 pm

  49. Congrats and Happy Ugadhi

    Comment by Kavitha Senthil — March 30, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

  50. Happy Ugadi to you and your family…. We also have our new year today, we call it Cheiraoba

    Comment by tony — March 30, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

  51. hi indira,

    happy anniversary & happy ugadi!ur simply superb! i like the way u narrate the things & present the food

    Comment by laxmi — March 30, 2006 @ 12:59 pm

  52. Hi, made it as your 50th comment! Happy Anniversary and Happy Ugadi – hope you have MANY more years to come of fabulous blogging!

    Comment by ABA — March 30, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

  53. oops… Laxmi beat me to it! I took too long to type my comment!

    Comment by ABA — March 30, 2006 @ 1:08 pm

  54. Hi Indira,
    Wish u a very happy and prosperous Ugadhi!!
    Warm wishes on ur Blog’s Anniversary.

    Comment by Sri — March 30, 2006 @ 1:18 pm

  55. hey indira,
    happy ugadi and congrats on a job well-done with this blog. your ability and willingness to share information and get people excited about our culture just makes our world a better place.

    Comment by payal — March 30, 2006 @ 1:25 pm

  56. Congratulations !! You are doing really good job.Looking forward for more recipes.

    Comment by Celeste — March 30, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

  57. happy Ugadi and happy anniversary for your blog Indira.

    Comment by Lakshmi — March 30, 2006 @ 2:23 pm

  58. Happy Ugadi and warm wishes on your blogs’ anniversary!


    Comment by Vidya — March 30, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

  59. Happy Ugadi and Happy First Anniversiary to your blog too!

    It is such a delight to know u thru ur blog!

    Keep it coming and hope Mahanandi celebrates more such anniversiaries! 🙂

    Comment by IBH — March 30, 2006 @ 4:09 pm

  60. Happy Ugadi !Wonderful site! I just found it now and couldn’t resist from congratulating you! all i can say is wow!

    Comment by Radhika — March 30, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

  61. Indira
    Meeku mee kutumbaniki ugaadi subhakankshalu.
    Mahanandi ki janmadina subhakanksalu.

    Comment by Arjuna — March 30, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

  62. Happy Ugadi Indira, Vijay and all visitors of this blog site.

    Comment by Vamsi Poondla — March 30, 2006 @ 7:55 pm

  63. Hi Indira, congragulations! Yours is the first blog I read from my Bloglines feeds everyday. Hope you dont ever get tired of blogging! Good to see that you inspire such a lot of people. I have seen quite a few blogs which mention special appreciation to you. Great job!

    Comment by Gini — March 30, 2006 @ 8:26 pm

  64. Hi Indira,

    Happy Ugadi and Blog anniversary. I should mention that your blog has helped me understand more on Andhra Home cooking (beyond Gongra chutney and Hyderabadi Biriyani). Each of your blogs have been real learning experience and has made me try vegetable which I haven’t tried before (especially Ridgegourd and Tindora). I wish you many more happy years of blogging ahead. Thanks.


    Comment by KJM — March 30, 2006 @ 8:50 pm

  65. Thanks for your wishes. Indira ,Happy Ugadi to you & your family. hey,you have been a source of great inspiration, Congratulations on your Blog Anniversary :)wishing you many more to come!

    Comment by Lera — March 30, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

  66. I hope I’m not late in wishing u and Vijay Happy Ugadi.

    Comment by Radhika — March 30, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

  67. Hi Indira,
    Congrats. Wishing you and vijay Happy Ugadi.

    Comment by Priya — March 31, 2006 @ 12:42 am

  68. congrats on the first anniversary of your blog, indira. your posts are a visual delight and i really enjoy visiting your blog every day. wish you continued success…

    best wishes,


    Comment by lulu — March 31, 2006 @ 1:57 am

  69. hiiii,wish u have gr8 anniversaries like these….cooking i wat has never been my cup of tea.but u’ve made this loveable 2 me…thanx…a gr8 site anyways…..

    Comment by bindu — March 31, 2006 @ 1:59 am

  70. sorry andariki vyaya namasamvatsara Ugadi shubakanshalu…..

    Comment by bindu — March 31, 2006 @ 2:01 am

  71. Oh God! Mine is going to be the 71st comment. I wonder whether you will ever get to reading it, Indira. Anyway, congratulations to you for completing one year of successful blogging and to all of us for having you around for constant inspiration. Thanks.

    Comment by Vaishali — March 31, 2006 @ 3:07 am

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    Comment by ????? — March 31, 2006 @ 3:43 am

  73. Happy Ugadi and happy blog(anni)versary!!
    Thanks for the inspiration to cook and blog and the recipes.

    Comment by Aparna — March 31, 2006 @ 6:00 am

  74. hi indira

    wishing u a very happy ugadi,even i am a kanndiga from bombay based in singapore,i was so happy to see yr blog and i just wish to catch good receipes from u.

    Comment by roopa murthy — March 31, 2006 @ 6:04 am

  75. this is a wonderful site,i do not know how i missed it so many days,great well done!

    Comment by roopa murthy — March 31, 2006 @ 6:06 am

  76. Wishing you a joyous and peaceful Ugadi, Indira. You can probably tell from the number of comments how much a source of inspiration you are for fellow bloggers and even non-bloggers. So, one year for this blog is just the beginning; we want to see Mahanandi grow from strength to strength in the days to come :).

    Comment by Sury — March 31, 2006 @ 11:22 am

  77. Wish you and your family a very Happy New year.
    great blog, and keep up the good work

    Comment by Sumi — March 31, 2006 @ 11:38 am

  78. Hi Indira & Vijay! sorry i’m a little late. UGADI SUBHAKANKSHALU. And moreover HAPPY FIRST ANNIVERSARY of your blog indira.Thanks for all the delicious recipies all through the year and we’ll be waiting for more and more of these coming years too. Good luck.

    Comment by bharghavi — March 31, 2006 @ 4:24 pm

  79. Congratulations Indira. A great accomplishment. Keep it up!
    Happy birthday and Happy Ugadhi too.

    Comment by thodarumm — April 1, 2006 @ 7:08 am

  80. Dear Indira,Congratulations!!!!I am new to food blogging and feel so much at home reading ur blog since Iam from AP.The name ‘Mahanandi’ is so beautiful and ur site is like an encyclopedia,vetukute dorakanidhi ledu!
    Have tried atleast 5 of ur recipes,anni chaala baaga vacchayyi.The picture quality is very good and helpful.
    Last but not the least…..Ugadi sushakankshalu….May U have a happy and peaceful year ahead,and may U keep posting good recipes!Yum!Yum!

    Comment by Raakhee — April 2, 2006 @ 2:13 am

  81. Hearty congratulations! Wish you many many more anniversaries! 🙂

    Comment by Kay — April 6, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

  82. Congratulations, Indira. Amazing pictures and clear simple cooking instuctions. Please continue the good work. I have tried a lot of your recipes, including avocado chapathis, brussels sprout curry, mysore pak.
    I am from Andhra too, I visit your blog many times a day and eagerly await new recipes.
    All the best!

    Comment by Neelima — April 10, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

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