Nandita Iyer 

Nandita Iyer is a self-taught celebrity chef, blogger and a published writer - who is also a doctor by profession, specialising in Medicine (Nutrition). In 2005, she was back in Mumbai after a year of being a stay-at-home wife and Food TV addict in a small city in the US. She was working as a strategy planner in healthcare advertising.

A passion for the written word since her school days and a love for cooking that started in her late 20s, both came together in her blog in 2006. It was a creative outlet and a sort of digital diary to record cooking experiments. On the side, she also freelanced as a writer. Long hours and lack of work satisfaction prompted her to quit her job and focus on my freelance writing full-time. This further led to Nandita spending more time on pursuing her other two loves - cooking and blogging.

She was always keen on learning more about nutrition, on which hardly any time was spent in her five-and-a-half years of medical studies and internship. Her time off gave her the opportunity to take an advanced course in nutrition. Thirteen years hence, her blog has grown to be one of the best resources on healthy vegetarian recipes.

Her book, 'The Everyday Healthy Vegetarian' (Hachette, 2017) is all about quick and easy recipes for a healthy lifestyle, served with a lot of straightforward practical advice on healthy cooking. Read more about my book here. My fortnightly column for Mint Lounge called Double Tested kicked off in Aug 2018. In addition to helping people pursue a healthy lifestyle via her blog The Saffron Trail, she also conducts workshops on healthy cooking (salads, breads, healthy baking etc.) for individuals, groups and corporates.

Blogs by Nandita Iyer

A Balanced Diet for Women

A Balanced Diet for Women

May 28, 2020

We all know that a balanced diet comprises carbohydrates, protein and fat along with vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrates, a complex affair All carbohydrates are not made equal. Complex carbohydrates that come from whole grains, root vegetables and pseudo-grains (millet, amaranth, buckwheat, and quinoa) provide a whole range of health benefits. The fibre in complex carbs reduces bad cholesterol, keeps us feeling full for longer, aids in better blood sugar management. Replacing half the grains consumed by whole grains is a good place to start.

No Sugar Summer Treats for Kids

No Sugar Summer Treats for Kids

Jun 08, 2020

Summer brings with it baskets of seasonal fruits like mango, chikoo, grapes, watermelon, figs and papaya. These seasonal fruits rich in micronutrients that help build immunity and they also provide a healthy dose of dietary fibre.

Turn Snacks into A Nutritious Meal

Turn Snacks into A Nutritious Meal

Jun 08, 2020

We tend to treat snacks as a mindless open-the-pack and pop into our mouth exercise. It is understandable that after planning for and cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner, planning for healthy homemade snacks is an added effort and demanding on our time and resources.

Exciting Spice Blends To Revitalise Classic Dishes

Exciting Spice Blends To Revitalise Classic Dishes

Jun 30, 2020

What is Indian food without its spices? We use a mind-boggling variety of spices in the country, each region having a few favourites depending on what is locally grown. Spices are used in different forms - whole, powdered, freshly ground spice pastes along with fresh ingredients like ginger, garlic, coconut etc. or as spice blends.

Innovative Recipes Using Besan

Innovative Recipes Using Besan

May 29, 2020

Besan or gram flour is one of the most versatile and healthy ingredients in the Indian kitchen. It can be used to prepare a variety of dishes for breakfast, snacks and main meals.

Exciting Spice Blends To Revitalise Classic Dishes

Exciting Spice Blends To Revitalise Classic Dishes

Jun 30, 2020

What is Indian food without its spices? We use a mind-boggling variety of spices in the country, each region having a few favourites depending on what is locally grown. Spices are used in different forms - whole, powdered, freshly ground spice pastes along with fresh ingredients like ginger, garlic, coconut etc. or as spice blends.

Turmeric: Using This Superfood Creatively

Turmeric: Using This Superfood Creatively

Jun 30, 2020

A spice, a superfood, a natural colouring agent, turmeric has been an integral part of Indian cuisine since ancient times. Turmeric has over 50 names in Sanskrit, each descriptive about its various properties. For example, the name varavarnini refers to its colour and auspiciousness, kanchani to its golden hue and hattavilasini indicates that it shines in the marketplace and has a great commercial value.