Welcome to Simmer to Slimmer!

Hey there! Welcome to my little corner of the internet, where I share all my favorite recipes and cooking hacks!

I’m Anu, the brains behind Simmer to Slimmer. Here, I’m all about simplifying the art of Indian cooking, making it quick, fuss-free, and incredibly delicious without using highly processed ingredients.

A picture of an Indian woman food blogger - Anushree Shetty

About Simmer to Slimmer

My journey with Simmer to Slimmer started with one simple goal: to help busy families rediscover the joy of cooking fresh, homemade meals right in the comfort of their own kitchens.

As a full-time working mom, I’ve been through the daily struggle of putting dinner on the table. I get it—demanding jobs, kids’ activities, and endless to-do lists can leave us with little energy or time to cook in the evening. It’s easy to opt for takeout or frozen meals instead of enjoying a home-cooked dinner.

I’ve walked that path, too.

That’s why I turned to meal planning. With a bit of clever planning and some weekend prep sessions, I realized that making fresh, homemade dinners could be manageable, cost-effective, and nutritious.

It was a game-changer for my family, and I want you to experience the same success in your kitchen.

So, I’m here to offer you mouthwatering, easy-to-make Indian recipes along with meal prep tips. It’s all about bringing the joy of homemade Indian cuisine to your table without the fuss.

Restaurant-style Dal Makhani served with rice and garlic naan

About my recipes

If you love homemade food but don’t have the time to spend hours in the kitchen, you’ve come to the right place! Simmer to Slimmer is the perfect resource for busy families who want to cook nutritious and delicious meals.

Here, you’ll find a diverse collection of over 400 recipes, carefully curated to cater to the demands of everyday life while also reserving a special place for those moments when you want to create something extraordinary.

But that’s not all! I also provide practical tips on meal planning and packing lunchboxes so that you can make delicious meals without waking up at the crack of dawn.

I believe that Indian cooking doesn’t have to be complicated, and I’m here to show you how. That’s why I’m all about:

  • Creating quick, easy, and failproof recipes that you can recreate effortlessly in your kitchen.
  • Accompanying each recipe with step-by-step photos and valuable tips for achieving results just like mine.
  • Emphasizing the use of everyday staples avoiding unnecessary pantry clutter.
  • Believing that when it comes to spices, less is often more.

My ultimate goal? To inspire you to cook more at home. I want you to experience the joy of preparing real, nourishing food for your loved ones. There’s something incredibly special about gathering around the table, sharing a meal, and feeling that sense of togetherness.

Whether you’re an experienced home chef or new to Indian cuisine, I’m excited to be your culinary companion. So, let’s get started on this flavorful journey together, one scrumptious recipe at a time!

Check out some of my popular recipe collections:

The Lunchbox Cookbook

I am so excited to share this labor of love with you – The Lunchbox Cookbook – your secret weapon to packing nutritious lunches without the stress!

The Lunchbox cookbook eBook is opened on an iPad which is hand-held.

The Lunchbox Cookbook is more than just a collection of recipes. Think of it as a complete system that teaches you:

  1. What to pack daily – Includes a 4-week menu plan with 20+ recipes and shopping lists.
  2. Recommendations for snacks and sides to complement each recipe.
  3. Insights into the best lunch containers (each recipe includes packing tips!).
  4. Prep-ahead instructions for every recipe so you can avoid the morning craziness.

A bit more about me

My culinary journey is rooted in my upbringing. Born in Mangalore and raised in Bombay (now Mumbai), I grew up savoring the flavors of South Indian, Gujarati, and Punjabi cuisines. These early culinary experiences have profoundly shaped my cooking style and what graces our family table today.

But here’s where my story takes an exciting twist. I set off to the United States to study computer engineering, an adventure that not only broadened my horizons but deepened my connection with food. During those years, I learned to cook thanks to long-distance calls with my mother, the culinary talents of my roommates, and the vast expanse of knowledge available on the internet. That’s when my love affair with cooking truly ignited.

Fast forward to 2008: I moved to the vibrant city of Chicago, where I continue to live with my loving husband and two precious daughters. For over a decade, I wore the hat of a Project Manager, juggling deadlines and meetings, but life had other plans for me.

My younger daughter needed a bit more of my attention, so I decided to step back from my corporate career and focus on her. She cherished our time together, preferring that I spend hours playing with her rather than being confined to the kitchen.

That’s when I started on a mission to make classic Indian recipes quicker and simpler. I also learned the invaluable skill of weekend meal planning and prep, allowing me to strike a balance between family time and my culinary passion.

This blog began as a personal online diary, a place to capture these quick and convenient recipes before I forgot how I made them. What started as a passion project, a means to preserve cherished recipes, soon blossomed into my full-time calling.

That seemingly short break from my corporate career became permanent as I followed my heart into the kitchen.

This blog is my way of sharing what I’ve learned over the past two decades – tried-and-tested recipes, handy kitchen tips, and, most importantly, the joy of cooking at home. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

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I would love to hear from you

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32 Comments

  1. I just made your Palak Paneer and it tasted sooo good! I’m going to try out more of you Indian dishes. I have a hobby of cooking Indian food and can’t find anyone who shares my (obsessive) interest.

  2. i like your method of preparing dishes and instruction for many dishes and tip too. i and my mom also trying your recipe for new year special i hope it will be good

    1. Thanks, Anushree for stopping by and leaving me a comment. Feel free to ask any questions regarding the recipes. I would be happy to respond.

  3. Mitor
    thank you Anushree am from Papua New Guinea and I love Indian food if you could email me the recipes for roti and other recipes as well..

  4. Hi Anushree
    love your recipes.when ever i am in search of bunt food you are my saviour .
    but there seems to be a problem with all your manglorean recipes particularly kori gassi hope you fix it asap.

    1. Thanks, Anita for letting me know. The issue should be fixed. Let me know if you still have problems.

      1. Hi Anu,

        All my friends love your kori gassi recipe and was planning to make it for dinner tonight for the nth time. Unfortunately, I have the same problem. I click in the website and it brings you to “buy the ingredients on Amazon”. Can you fix this please? SOS!! Thank you!!!!

      2. Hi Monisha – So sorry about this. I am not sure what’s going on. I tested and it looks fine. Can you please clear your browser cache? Let me know if you need help with it.

        Thanks,
        Anushree

  5. Hi Anu – Would it be possible for you to add the nutrition information to your recipes as well? That would help me tremendously!

    1. Definitely, Renji. I am in the process of updating all my recipes with nutrition info. Note – I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information can vary depending on the exact ingredients you use.

  6. Hi Anu,

    I read your recipe on Pinterest and was amazed to read all your posts… they are so easy to follow…

    Your recipes are yummy….

    Please add my email id for any future updates…. Would appreciate immensely…

    Thank you,

    Monica Joseph

  7. Thanks anu ,tried your recipe my hubby loved it ????????however replaced the vinegar with lime ????

    1. Hi, Shweta – Thanks for stopping by. Glad your husband liked the recipe :). Which recipe did you try?

  8. Hi Anu,

    I just wanted to let you know I stumbled onto your website via the Instapot FB page! I am going to try your whole recipe! Do you have more instapot recipes on your website? I searched but couldn’t come across any…

    Thanks!

    1. Hi, Monica – Thanks for stopping by. So far, I have made yogurt and chole using the Instant Pot. More recipes to come. Stay tuned.

      Anushree