About us

Us is Aswin and Mandira and we have been blogging about food for seven years now. It took us more than six years to create this page.

When we started the blog in 2006, we were in Buffalo, New York. We moved in 2007, and since then, Ahaar is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

This blog is our journal, a way to track and showcase our adventures in home cooking. Since we started blogging we have had two little additions in the family - Lil A and then Tiny M. The blog has been a great way to map the way our taste and cooking has changed over the years to accommodate it all.

So, whether we are cooking Bengali, Tanjore Marathi or kid-friendly recipes, the attempt is to do easy to cook, healthy meals.

We take inspiration from our parents, friends, foodies and ingredients for the meals we cook.  So browse through our recipes, engage in a conversation, and be a part of the foodie community.

Without your comments, feedback, suggestions and encouraging words, this blog would not have survived all these years. So keep them coming!

If you are trying to reach us, please send an e-mail to ahaarmail@gmail.com. Thank you!


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  2. Nice pic, Mandira. You look good.

  3. Beautiful pic Mandira of you both.

  4. How lovely to see you both after all this time!! I am one of your followers from a long time back; though I have been absent for awhile, I've never forgotten you ;)

    Hoping we'll meet in person when I make a trip 'downstate' for curry leaves!!

    All the best to you and your little ones...


    1. So nice Linda that we are in the same state now. You will have to tell me when you are coming downstate. :)

  5. Made your Potoler Dolma today and although I 've made Dolma before with shrimp and paneer, I like your coconut filling too. Great blog!

    1. Thank you Nandita. So glad you liked it!

  6. Hi Mandira,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I'm Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Ahaar | Pleasur & Sustenance has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Indian Food Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Indian Food Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


  7. Anonymous10:00 AM

    plz can u add me to ur mailing list to receive ur posts regularly?


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