Hey there! I am Naina, part-time neat freak, part-time cook. This causes problems when some of my cooking experiments leave my kitchen looking like a tornado has run through it. My sous chef (my words, not his) on most days is my husband of 11 years, who also helps me to power through the mess. A (not-so) recent addition to our family is our beautiful, precocious 15-month 4-year old daughter, officially referred to as ‘The Munchkin’. Our lives now more or less completely revolve around her & hence the cooking we do now are quick fix recipes, with the occasional time-consuming special meals created on weekends & holidays.

My love affair with cooking began when I was still at school, initially helping mom in the kitchen & then trying out new recipes & improving my knife skills, watching chinese chefs on cable TV (remember ‘Yan can cook’ ?).

I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a blog for some time now, but have been putting it off till I had more time on my hands. But like they say, there is no time like the present, hence here I am!

This blog is intended to be a chronicle of the ‘special’ recipes that I try out. By special, I mean the ones that taste great and are different from the millions available out there. And since this is my blog, I am entitled to my opinion :). They may not all be original recipes and where applicable, I will credit the owner of the recipe. I also hope to pass these recipes to my little girl through this blog, so that’s my ulterior motive.

There may also be random musings which have nothing to do with food; you’ve been warned

Wanna get in touch? I can be reached at Spiceinthecityblog@gmail.com


  1. says

    It’s a treat just to peruse your lovely blog. How I’d love to be in your kitchen, tasting your creations! Your photos are just breath-taking, with vibrant punches of color and showcasing the yum factor of your dishes. So nice to be in your company at Fiesta Friday! -Laura

  2. Emanuel says

    I am very glad that I came across your blog. I love cooking and butter chicken is my next target. I am friendly with my local Indian restaurant owner who cooks a wonderful dish and she advised me to prepare the sauce first and then add the chicken, cook slowly. Her butter chicken chicken just melts in my mouth.
    Does the cooking process (in your recipe) tend to firm the meat slightly or have the opposite effect? Her chicken simply melts. I love to know your opinion please.

    Thank you so much

    • says

      Hi Emanuel, the cooking of the chicken pieces in the sauce should be just enough to get the sauce’s flavors into the chicken, so that the chicken becomes melt-in-your-mouth. Thats the result you will get from my recipe. Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. Camilla Kjær says

    Hi Naina.
    Thank you for a nice seminar at Borupgaard. Can’t wait to try you amazing recipes :o) Hope to see you in Lyngby soon.
    Best Regards,

  4. says

    Hi Naina, have you heard of the writing process tour? I’ve been invited to join the “My Writing Process” blog tour and have accepted for june 2nd, 2014. This tour rolls out across three new bloggers’ sites each week. So, I can invite three writers to carry the tour forward. I really admire you and your blog and think it would be interesting for more bloggers to hear about your writing process! I guess it’s essentially a chain letter of sorts, but a little bit more sophisticated!

    Your date would be June 9, 2014. Please let me know if you’re interested. If you choose not to participate, that is completely fine with me too. If you can let me know soon that will be great so I can ask other bloggers.!



  5. says

    This is a BEAUTIFUL blog and I am so happy I found it! After looking at your photographs I wish I could come visit you directly and taste some of the food! Wonderful photographs and recipes!!

  6. says

    My husband is a Nutella addict & I just forwarded your mug cake recipe to him. I think he’s fallen in love again with…………Nutella :/
    Lovely blog & I especially enjoy the desi recipes with a twist 😉

  7. says

    Hello Naina!! All I can say, after coming across to your blog: WOW!! What a great site you have! I can not stop reading it! I love the recipes, your style, photography and I’m very excited to try some of your recipes as soon as possible!
    All the very best! :)

  8. petra08 says

    You have a lovely blog and delicious recipes! Copenhagen is one of my favourite cities! :) I love to just walk around (shopping of course, especially in Illum Boglihus) and eat delicious food, sitting outside wrapped in a blanket under infrared heating!

      • petra08 says

        I know what you mean about not wanting to leave Illum Boglihus, last time I went there I was very upset I hadn’t brought a bigger suitcase. Saying that it was probably best for my bank balance :)

  9. says

    Hello there Naina

    You have a great blog with some great recipes and a great story. I am reaching out to you from http://www.itspotluck.com a social platform for Indian/Desi food lovers. It is a community of About 400 food bloggers with thousands of recipes and counting. You might find some fellow bloggers from India and abroad as well on our platform. It is developed by someone like you who is a Indian mom/wife/daughter who is passionate about technology and in need of new recipes. This platform is aimed at addressing the love for Indian food by creating:

    > A one stop shop for all Indian food related information.
    > Create a democratic platform for home cooks to get noticed, appreciated and rewarded.
    > Share the creative ways people are exploring Indian food – In fact going by number of Indian food blogs it’s quite evident that the real fun in Indian food is happening in the kitchens of Indian homes and not in star restaurants & cooking schools. Therefore, we also want this to be a platform for home cooks to get together and share ideas. We believe this platform would truly democratize the Indian food blogger community and give an equal opportunity for everyone to succeed.

    The current services are just a beginning and we will be adding additional functionalities that will truly make this a global platform for Indian food.

    We hope you like what we are presenting and would join our growing community of Indian food lovers. Don’t wait and join today. Our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/its.Potluck is frequently updated with food related news and some exciting recipes so stay connected via facebook as well.

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    Thank you and looking forward to having as part of itsPotluck community.

    Please ignore this email if you are already a member.


  10. says

    Hey! Just starting my blog on health tips and vegetarian recipes :)
    I hope you can take a look and help me out. Your blog looks amazing, i’m following you from now!

    Big hug,


  11. says

    I really love cooking with spices and butter, too! It is fun to meet someone with similar interests even though we live on the other side of the world from each other. I look forward to checking out your recipes!

  12. Sandhya says

    Hi Naina,
    You know how much I enjoy reading your blog! I am nominating you for The Sisterhood of Bloggers Award! Congratulations!

  13. says

    Hi Naina! I have been following your blog and really enjoy the information you share. As a result, I would like to know a little more about you. Thus, gladly informing you that I have nominated you for ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’ for your amazing creativity in your blog! :)

    I would not be surprised if you’ve been nominated before, but if you’re like me, you never get tired of being acknowledged! Please follow the link to http://indiancurryshack.com/2015/06/24/the-versatile-blogger-award/

  14. says

    Hi Naina,
    I always enjoy reading your blog and your photographs are just superb!
    That is why I have nominated you for the Dragon’s loyalty award. Please find all the details here-https://indfused.wordpress.com/2015/07/29/3-awards-in-july/ Congratulations!


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