INDIA New England Introduces Four Recipe Columnists

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Sandhya Rege Nadkarni

WALTHAM, MA—INDIA New England News, the region’s oldest and largest online, print and video magazine, announced that New England’s four food lovers and specialists will write monthly columns on various types of recipes from the Indian subcontinent and fusion food. They are: Dr. Saira Hussain, MD, Sandhya Rege Nadkarni, Sangeeta Pradhan and Puja Rai Shetty. Each will write one column per month and they will be published on Mondays.

“Food is not only fundamental for our living, but it is also an indispensable element that touches almost every aspect of our life: family, love, sharing, health, joy and happiness,” said Upendra Mishra, publisher of INDIA New England News and managing partner of The Mishra Group, which also publishes IndUS Business Journal, Boston Real Estate Times and Desi Bridal News. “We wanted our readers to read and experience different type of recipes that are different, nutritious and fun and easy to cook. We are very grateful that our experts have agreed to write this exciting column for our readers.”

Here is a brief introduction of INDIA New England News recipe columnists:

Dr. Saira Hussain, MD: Organic Recipes

Saira Hussain
Dr. Saira Hussain

Dr. Hussain, VicePresident of  the Association of Pakistani Physicians of New England, has been interested in organic food for a long time and will write her monthly column on organic food recipes. Dr. Hussain is a board certified internist in Warwick, RI. She is currently licensed to practice medicine in Rhode Island, and has been working as hospitalist at Kent County Hospital in Rhode Island. She did her residency from Brown in primary care.

Dr. Hussain will write her column jointly with her daughter about healthy dishes and at some points about eating healthy. “I have three children who believe in simple, organic, non-processed and fresh food,” says Dr. Hussain. “We love to travel and try new cuisine, have been practicing yoga for the last 10 years. We believe healthy lifestyle is the key to healthy mind body and soul.”

Sandhya Rege Nadkarni
Sandhya Rege Nadkarni

Sandhya Rege Nadkarni: Fusion Food

Nadkarni is a food—in fact, fusion food—aficionado. She writes a blog, featuring Indian and Indian fusion recipes that are delicious, easy to follow and creative. She will be writing exactly the same for our readers. She is the creator and publisher of Indfused, an award winning blog dedicated to Indian and innovative Indian fusion recipes. An architect by education, her other creative talents and interests include interior design, kitchen design, arts and crafts, jewelry making and fashion design.

A passionate cook and foodie, her healthy recipes also reflect her extensive interest in nutrition and Ayurveda. Her love for design and color coordination has found its way to food presentation too. She also teaches an array of cooking classes.When not blogging, she is actively involved in the community. She is a Director at the Shishu Bharati School of Indian languages and Culture where she has been volunteering for over two decades.

sangeeta pradhan
Sangeeta Pradhan

Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, CDE: Nutritious Recipes

Pradhan is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with over 15 years of experience in nutritional counseling. She is the Diabetes Coordinator at Charles River Medical Associates, a physician practice group where she leads a team of Nurse. She will write about nutritious recipes.

Pradhan is also the President of the Central Mass Dietetic Association. Her mission in life is to translate the complex science of nutrition into easy to implement, practical guidelines for the consumer thus empowering them to take charge of their health.

Puja Rai Shetty: Salads With a Twist
Shetty loves salads and experiments with it in all styles, Indian, South Asian, American, Italian and you name it. She will be writing about all types of salads with a twist. A daughter, a sister, a wife, daughter-in-law, a mom, a friend, an IT professional and now a columnist on Facebook with healthy cooking recipes and salads learnt from different sources.

Puja Rai Shetty
Puja Rai Shetty

“It feels like I’m spreading joy of cooking when I share with my friends and family. My family likes our traditional Mangalorean recipes passed on to me from generations. My mom, grandmom(s) and mother-in-law are famous for their culinary skills. I guess it runs in my blood,” says Shetty. “I experiment on salads and make them interesting by trying different combinations of sprouts, greens, vegetables and fruits. One of my biggest critics is my teenage daughter who does not mince her words. When she loves my food, I get a big hug, a kiss and everything else.”

Dr. Manju Sheth, MD, president of INE MultiMedia and host of INDIA New England News’ Chai with Manju celebrity series who created the concept of different types of recipes and put the team of columnists together, said that she constantly looking for easy, shortcuts in healthy yet tasty food.

“I am truly delighted that we are starting our recipe columns in India New England News with fabulous local writers and cooking enthusiasts from our community,” said Dr. Sheth. “I am married to a Gujarati and grew up in Kolkata in West Bengal. So understandably, we are ultimate foodies. I have a huge passion for cooking and have to say that chaat is my speciality.”

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