Hope in an Oven: On Writer Saee Koranne-Khandekar’s Digital Fundraising Cookbook


Culinary Consultant and Writer Saee Koranne-Khandekar’s Digital Fundraising Cookbook Is All About ‘No Lessons’

Culinary consultant and author Saee Koranne-Khandekar learned to cook and bake by ‘osmosis … by being around’. She never received formal cooking lessons. That might explain why his books appealed to me. Whether this is his debut Crumbs, who explored the world of bread, or his second book Pangat, a treatise on Marathi cuisine, his writing remains conversational.

And that could be said of his latest project, From my oven, an eBook created to raise funds for Snehalaya, a nonprofit organization based in Ahmednagar, which managed to raise 12 lakh in 21 days. All it took were daily posts to his social media pages. Snehalaya, operational for three decades now, works with women, children and LGBTQI + communities affected by HIV, AIDS, poverty, violence and sex trafficking. Thane-based Koranne-Khandekar’s philosophy, whether on her popular Instagram page (@skoranne) or in her writing, has been to make cooking a no-lesson. “When you teach it becomes a chore to do, not a life skill,” she says.

Hope in an Oven: On Writer Saee Koranne-Khandekar's Digital Fundraising Cookbook

There’s a spirit of sharing, with things you’ll never find in a regular cookbook, like spinning extras. roast in crackers and make herb croutons using the remaining space in the oven. These tips are a lifeline. “Those who cook at home weren’t hiding trade secrets,” she says of the people who have taught her over the years.

The over 30 recipes are aimed at beginners, people with moderate skills and those with experience. Want a minimum of hassle? There is the nan khatai, fingerprint and baked cookies mathri.

An image of the e-book

The book is also a treasure trove of baking substitutions – think egg substitute powder, flax seed powder, or aquafaba (the liquid from cooking chickpeas). “This is how our kitchens work. You want to do mava (milk solids) cake, but I didn’t mava, then you replace. If you are baking a Christmas cake and do not have individual spices, can you use Garam masala? Yes you can. There will be a slight difference, but you get the overall flavor, ”insists Koranne-Khandekar, who believes that the recipes are the scaffolding that protects a dish, but allows for experimentation on the inside.

Proceeds from the book will help provide free medicine for all in Snehalaya and also those suffering from mild Covid-19 in Ahmednagar, provide food for those who cannot cook and an isolation center for those who cannot. cannot isolate themselves at home. At 89 pages, the digital book is thinner than his usual books. Will it turn into a physical book? ” I do not think so. This was written for a purpose, and he fulfilled it.

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