My name is Arun Velekkat. I am currently pursuing an entrepreneurial journey building Frientor with two of my best friends.
I love spending time in the kitchen during weekends cooking all the great food that I love to eat and share!
I live in Bangalore with my wife Reshmi and our two kids. Reshmi inspired me to start this food blog. Many of those fantastic pictures that you see on this blog are her clicks! We love cooking for our siblings and their little kids, our fun-loving cousins, and friends. Some of the food we cook make it to our colleagues at work as well!
The story behind “The Take It Easy Chef”
My love for food started as a kid with the hearty delicacies that my grandma used to cook when I visited her during the summer vacations. I have also been influenced by all the great food that I have come across in the various cities where I have lived – Kerala, Bangalore, UK, and Singapore. Frequent travels to Goa, where my wife grew up, has exposed me to a whole new world of coastal cuisine.
I started this food blog, The Take-It-Easy Chef, in early 2016 as a way to express my passion for cooking, and it soon became a serious hobby. I create the easiest rendition of recipes that’ll help even the novice cooks create a good looking, tasty plate of food!
This is what this blog is about
This blog is all about simple, honest food! I try to use local, organic produce as much as possible. For all my recipes, the goal is to help create a great-looking, delicious plate of food. Period.
Some of the recipes that you see on this blog have also been inspired by the dishes cooked by my super creative cousins and my brother-in-law, whom you can always rely on to cook a plate of delicious food. A few other fantastic recipes here are from my friends’ moms.
Beyond the blog
I love writing about food in general, cooking, and recipes. Some of my food stories can be found here –
- The seed of the matter (The Hindu MetroPlus Food)
- Nuts about cashews (The Hindu MetroPlus Food)
- Set the goal to go local (The Asian Age)
- World Oceans Day (The Yellow Turmeric)
- With pop-up restaurants, chefs discover the joys of cooking flexible, seasonal menus (The Hindu Weekend)
My blog came runner-up in the Recipe Blog category in The Indian Food Bloggers Awards 2016. This annual awards ceremony that aims to recognise and celebrate the finest of food blogging over the past year is the only such award in India.