Namaste. I'm Smt. Somayajula Gayatri Devi Sharma
I'm married & presently reside in Mumbai with my family
I was with State Bank of India before starting Gayatri Vantillu
In Telugu "Vantillu" means kitchen and thus my web-site name is Gayatri Vantillu
"Gayatri Vantillu" is also our e-residence & I cordially invite you to watch my recipes showcased on this web-site.
During this visit you enjoy the status of "Atidhi Devo Bhava".
Every Recipe hosted on my Gayatri Vantillu is tested, tasted & perfected before being shared with my viewers.
All recipes have English Text.
Use the A-Z List to locate a Recipe of your choice
Use the Site Search. Type the name of a vegetable or ingredient to discover a relevant recipe!
Before attempting a recipe, don't forget to read the "Tips and Points to Remember", which have lots of information.
Make use of the Glossary for Hindi, Telugu and English equivalents
A Proud Telugu to Share Indian Cuisine
Cooking Simplified is Fun!!!
My Recipes Parade
I am hosting Recipes since 2008. All are prepared in my "VANTILLU" (meaning - Kitchen in TELUGU) and backed with more than 32 years of experience.
I use both Gas Stove & Micro-wave Oven. You would also find me using standard measuring cups and a small weighing scale for Precision Cooking (See Kitchen Aids). I'm providing a online converter link on all my recipe-pages to facilitate conversions from grams to cups or Celsius to Fahrenheit etc. Recipes shown on my website are prepared from commonly available vegetables, pulses, cereals, spices. All these recipes are cooked in my ordinary kitchen.
My objective is to wean away people from Restaurants and Packaged Foods and encourage them to prepare "Home made Food". I consciously avoid food colours and other store bought items like cake improvers, emulsifiers, fats, creams, sauces, syrups etc because many contain various preservatives and chemicals. The yardstick in my kitchen is that I should be able to feed my grand-child my recipe without any guilt. "Cooking Simplified is Fun" is the lead slogan of my website. Through lucid explanation of culinary tips I want to make cooking, a simple fun.
Cooking at home and feeding the family members with these tasty dishes brings in healthy life-style. I believe in "Family that Eats together also Stays Together".
In each recipe, I discuss the proportions of all ingredients (except salt which is to be added as per individual's choice - see blow). If these ingredients are put in the suggested proportions and all the steps meticulously followed, one should surely succeed in replicating the dish which I prepared in my kitchen. And... this serves my objective!!!
I am a Vegetarian. I don't cook non-vegetarian recipes.
I have consciously chosen to give my video narration is in Telugu and at the same time provide text of each recipe in English. By reading the text and watching my video, Non-Telugus also can follow my recipes. In short, language in the videos shouldn't be a barrier to understand what I want to convey through my videos. For more details you may like to read "Why My Videos are in Telugu?"
It would be nice if you share your outcomes on following my recipes. If you have succeeded, let others know - so that they can confidently try that recipe. If you fail, then also let the world know, so that others would take the requisite precautions before attempting the new dish. Your feedback gives me an opportunity to identify the pit falls, if any, and suggest corrective measures.
Mine is a one woman show where I am the Chef, Director, Photographer, Playback, Sound Mixer, Editor and what not? I have adopted photo-shoot mode to host my recipes. Through this method, I am able to carry the camera with my left hand, right into the frying pan, while the right hand is busy cooking. I am able to clearly show the action in the frying pan for every step. It would be difficult to hold a movie camera all through with one hand and it cannot go as close to the frying pan as a still camera does (because the water vapor blinds the lenses). Through this photo-shoot method, I also believe that my viewers' attention would remain focused on the recipe and action in the frying pan. It doesn't get distracted to what I wear, how I look, what interior my kitchen has etc. Thus, I feel photo-shoot-style is more functional compared to a movie mode for my recipe shows.
I belong to an Indian economic middle-class. My Kitchen, Utensils and Kitchen Aids also represent the same. The gadgets are functionally oriented rather than fashionable. Some of them are older to our wedding date!!! Their display would be average in looks. Emphasis of my video would be more on the recipe content, exact measurements of ingredients and process involved. My videos lack the luster of costly cut-glass and ceramic ware under arc-lamps.
I had the youngsters in mind when I launched Gayatrivantillu. My target group were newly-married, students, bachelors, forced bachelors etc., who are far away from home and didn’t have enough time to discuss culinary topics with their mothers and wives back at home.
Over the years to my surprise I found that my target group has spanned wider, with new viewership coming from target group, their friends, mothers, and grandparents too!! When I shared this with my father-in-law he jocularly remarked “Oh…. Gayatri Vantillu has come of age!”. From the google analytics, I gather that this website has moved right into the kitchens, with videos playing on laptops / Tabs / Smart phones etc and assisting people in kitchen on real time basis!!
Last but not the least a Big Thank-you to all my viewers whose constant support kept me motivated and made me YouTube Top Chef in 2014.
Enjoy to Cook & Serve -- Eat Fresh & Limited Exercise Regularly -- Stay Fit & Healthy
!!!! Enjoy Your Life in its Full !!!!
Eat Delicious Home made Food
Enjoy the fun of simplified cooking.
Try to manage your home without servants, maids, helps and cooks!!
Do physical exercise everyday to be healthy.