Saturday, January 19, 2019

Smoked Dhaba Dal Fry (Lentil Curry with smoky ghee flavor)

One of the resolutions this year is to blog more recipes, everyday deliciousness. Thanks to one of my friend/neighbor who asked me what do Indian families eat every day ? Especially if you are a vegetarian or vegan, what's the homemade vegetarian version of chicken-tikka? That was an hour well spent explaining to him the nuances of Indian everyday dishes. With all the explanation, I still did not do justice to Indian cuisine, it is that versatile. That led to my resolution to blog everyday recipes in the kitchen.

Here is my quick everyday daal. You can do a mix and match of different combos of daal, the basic spices remaining same. The smoky ghee flavor is the highlight and this is a great dish for winter. Good amount of protein had to say that for my meat-eating friends, who think vegetarians and vegans are falling off like toothpicks, due to lack of nutrition. Hardly! I'm not getting into the debate of meat vs plant-based food, to each their own. Just be happy, whatever you eat. It is good to stay in your own business and not judge either way.

I cooked this for my best friend, we tend to get together for lunch or coffee at least every other week. It was cold and we were in the mood for a eat in, she loved it. I packed the leftovers for her and ended up making it again the next day. My teen, who actually hates dal, loves this version. On another note, my teen is nineteen, OMG people... remember the time I would blog about her..." almost teen" We need to find a new name for her, even though I am tempted to find a new name, I think I will just call her Aish ( that is what we call her at home).

On a serious note, a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped me raise money for the BCRF (Breast Cancer Research Foundation) - we raized $500. Thank you so much.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Print Sale for charity

It is that time of the year to look back, contemplate and be grateful for. Last year I started to sell my work for charity, my small contribution. All the images displayed in this blog post are for sale. All the prints are 12 by 18 inches - $50 ( which includes S&H) - Print sales in US & Canada. For everyone outside the US - you can get a high-resolution e-image, that  I will email to you and you can get it printed to any size.

100% of the proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Each one in the collages above is a separate print.

Thank you so much for saving lives and supporting this cause. Email me for inquiries: 

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday Stills - Tip for working with ice

This is real ice and not fake. I love to use real ice in shoots as it just adds to the authenticity of the image. When using ice, I usually like to buy it from the grocery store, love the shapes and texture and some reason it is not foggy like the ice I make at home.

For this shot, I used multiple reflectors...the ice acts like a mirror, reflecting light. I have seen backlight works best for ice images like this, with a couple of reflectors on the side.

Wanted to showcase caviar like a jewel... hope it worked

Do you like it with ice or without ??

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sunday Stills and a photography tip on White Balance

Sunday Stills and a photography tip on White Balance -SimiJois
When photographing different shades of white - use auto WB mode or when you edit, use the WB dropper in Photoshop and click on the brightest white. You will have perfect shades of whites, no pale yellows or extreme-blue-whites.

The white on white above is very different white than the one below  (last one). Shot on different days, different light and different whites but both equally white and pristine.

If you are interested to learn hands-on here. 

Sunday Stills and a photography tip on White Balance -SimiJois

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Food Styling and photography workshop - November - 2018

Food Photography is much like painting, a blank canvas with endless possibilities. From colors, to prop placement, to framing, angle, lens choices... you have so many tools to play with.  I'm honored to partner with DCP Expeditions to conduct a food photography and styling workshop in Mumbai on November 17th.  I'm really so excited about this event. It is an all-day workshop and definitely hands on.

Some of the broad topics I will cover are

- Composition
- Styling
- Color theory
- Light molding
- How to capture steam
- How to shoot moody
- How to shoot white on white

If there is anything else you want me to cover, you can reach me here or message me on Social Media.

I am also planning an ongoing interaction and learning so we can keep the momentum going even after the workshop - still a work in progress. Will reveal more when we meet.

So bring your camera and join me in Mumbai on Nov 17th. Hope to see you there.


RSVP: Here

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