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Richa Bhargava Mitra
NCR, India

Bio: A food enthusiast who finds cooking a stress buster. A core Rajasthani married to a Bengali, my kitchen is always happily churning out dishes covering both the states as well as many other experiments including all things sweet 🙂 Baking has never been a part of my growing years and messing around in the kitchen schedule. Primarily because baking without egg never seemed like an option...why ? Well this goes wayyy back. I am a Bhargava who are strictly vegetarians by choice and religion. Hence no onion, garlic , eggs etc can even enter the house..forget the kitchen. But growing years of every generation had their share of baked goodies which always had eggs. My Grandfather ( Mother's father) used to assist in a bakery during his college days in Rawalpindi..this was before India's independence and hence all the bakeries etc were British. My grampa still swears by the taste of all the amazing patisseries and almond milk etc. My mother had her share during her Convent school days and so did I. For my father there was a twist, by the time he grew up his mother had allowed onion and eggs in kitchen ....yippeee. But then eventually every one grows up and the religion factor comes into the picture. Hence till date at my Mother's place no onion in the kitchen. But i married a bengali who was nowhere near to be a vegetarian. So after many... failed, not so successful, will do, oohh good, disaster, can you keep the taste consistent, too much salt and loads of patience i have finally managed to start cooking the way dishes are supposed to be. Hence my blog focuses on baked goodies, vegetarian Bhargava food and Bengali food that i have learned from my husband and In laws. Not to miss the name SweetJaw as i cannot stay away from sweet ..not in any form but i guess cakes, cookies, tarts, pastries, Indian sweets in fact any things that is either baked, deep fried, and has chocolate , icing sugar is bound be the best. So my blog's name is shamelessly SweetJaw

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  1. My husband and I love Indian food. OK, we love food. I was curious, however, about onions and garlic not being acceptable because you are a vegetarian. I understand the ‘no eggs’ rule, but why not onion and garlic?

    Love your delicious-looking recipes. The Mango Muffin sounds like a must-try for our household. 😉

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    1. Glad to meet another Food Lover 🙂 . I’m sure Mango muffins shall be a hit at your household. In fact i believe anything that has mango in it is pure bliss apart from Chocolate 😉 .
      Coming to the No onion and Garlic rule…this has a lot to do with the Ayurveda and the ancient diet system. It is believed to have rooted out of the cause/ lifestyle during old time that many professions and then life style did not allow much of physical labor/ exercise as compared to other professions, like from a teacher vs a warrior. a warrior can eat and almost digest anything. Also this type of diet was designed considering the weather, terrain conditions. Hence the “Saatvik diet” which does not encourage use of onion garlic was mostly followed by people who felt that the “Taamsik diet” might disturb their digestive system and hence concentration and hence thought process. Well as we know customs, believes, always find a way to loose the core reason and just carry on with the tradition. Hence today it has to to with more of Religious beliefs rather that the Basic Scientific reason. I know this is a pretty long answer but hopefully it satisfies your query 🙂

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  2. Thank you for your response. Onions – sweet Vadalia onions – are a staple in our diet. It would be hard to imagine an omelette or some recipes without it. 😉

    About the mango: I agree anything with mangos in it is wonderful. We’ve had it in ice cream, with chicken, etc.

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  3. Hey Richa! Thanks for stopping by and the follow. Glad to have found your blog!
    I loove food and I do have a crazy sweet tooth as well 😉
    Look forward to exploring your blog!
    Have a nice weekend!

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