Contributor Spotlight: Archana Doshi of Archana's Kitchen

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Read on to learn more about Archana Doshi of Archana’s Kitchen.

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Her biggest challenge (and reward)

Archana says balancing managing her home and raising two boys while being consistent with her blog posting can be very difficult. But when she does take time to share a recipe, her users’ thankful comments make it all worthwhile. “Nothing can be more gratifying than that,” Archana says. “I get delighted when I get true reader comments on my recipes.”

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The one ingredient she can’t live without

Archana says that salt is essential to all of her cooking.

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Her cooking style in three words

Archana describes her cooking as local, fresh and vegetarian.

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Who inspires her in the kitchen

Many inspire Archana, from her mother to her children. She says her children inspire her to create more kid-friendly foods. She also looks to other food bloggers, as well as celebrity chefs like Nigella Lawson and Gordon Ramsay. “With each passing phase, there is always a new inspiration,” she says.

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One cuisine she grew to love

“I hated Chinese when I was a child,” Archana says. “When I traveled around the world, I saw a whole different dimension to the Chinese cuisine, and now have ended up liking it.”

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Her favorite restaurants

Archana’s travels all around the world make it hard for her to pick a favorite restaurant, but there are a few that have been memorable. “While I lived in Boston, I loved to visit Mike’s Pastry in North End and a few Italian restaurants that had a brick-fired pizza oven,” she says. “I loved the taste of those pizzas.”

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Archana’s favorite comfort food

Archana says her comfort foods evolve with the seasons—in summer, it’s fresh homemade juices, and in winter, it’s hot oatmeal. Another favorite is garlic rasam and bitter sweet bitter gourd curry that she says she can have any time of year.

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The best recipe she’s created

“The Ragi Oatmeal Dosa is one of my favorites,” she says. That one originated from different grains she was experimenting with—and her kids love it too.

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Future plans for her blog

Archana has many instructional videos of her cooking on her blog, and she hopes to continue adding more of them in the next few years, in addition to creating e-books that will help users download her recipes to their iPads for easier cooking.

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Archana Doshi grew up in the industrial city of Coimbatore in Southern India and spent most of her childhood there, with little exposure to cuisines around the world. But her entire family loved to eat and cook, including her father, who "used to whip up fabulous Sunday lunches once in a while," Archana tells us. Her mother was especially fond of cooking and experimenting with a variety of foods. "She collected a zillion recipe clippings and never failed to try them all," Archana says. "She always cooked with so much love."

As Archana moved out of her childhood home, into college and into her adult work life, her own cooking skills grew. When she had her first baby (she now has two sons), she decided to be a stay-at-home mom. At that time, she had the idea that she wanted to start writing a recipe book, but with blogs becoming more popular, she decided to go that route instead--and so Archana's Kitchen was born.

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about Kitchen Daily Contributor Archana Doshi and her blog.

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