mistressaparna knanolkar is an ayurvedic personal chef….she also teaches ayurvedic cooking classes in santa barabara….she is a wonderful woman & her food is scrumptious….for those of you not in the santa barbara area, her website has lots of info and great recipes…simply delicious….when planning your wedding supper, consider alternative ideas for your menu….an ayurvedic meal is healthy & delicious….these images were from a recent shoot for an editorial spread in santa barbara magazine…..





aparna’s rice pudding

one handful of white
jasmine or basmati rice
1 tsp. of ghee or sunflower oil
4 cups organic whole milk 
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
a few stands of saffron
a handful of raisins
a handful of cashews
(or pistachios or slivered almonds)
2 tsp. rose water (optional)
1 tsp. cardamom
1/2 tsp. nutmeg 


wash rice three times and drain completely….heat ghee or sunflower oil in large pot & saute rice for two to three minutes….add milk & sugar and bring to a boil….turn down heat & add saffron….stir frequently and cook on low heat for about one & a half hours….add raisins, nuts, rose water, cardamom, and nutmeg & cook for another ten minutes….serve warm…serves four people….yummy!

a little more sweetness...

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  1. Mar 19-2009 , 08:41AM
    Luscious photos!
  2. Mar 19-2009 , 09:11AM
    Ooh, this recipe looks delicious! Weekend activity calling...