About Me

I was born and brought up in Mysore, a very beautiful &  idyllic city in the state of Karnataka in India. I am proud to say that I am from the Hebbar Iyengar community. About 15 years back we moved to United States. We have a 2 little handsome boys who takes up all my time and has given a lot of purpose, meaning and color to our life.

Welcome to my foodie blog " Mala's Kitchen " previously known as ' Nalapaka '. I started this blog in 2007 with some help from my dearest hubby (Prakash). This is a pure vegetarian foodie blog. I love cooking various dishes, you can also call it my passion. Some of the dishes / recipes you will find in this blog are my own and some are borrowed recipes from my mom, my sister, or anyone for that matter but i also add variations of my own to these recipes. You can find authentic Iyengar Food, South & North Indian, Chaats, North Indian Curries / Dishes. I have also divided them into various categories such as Bachelor's Dishes, Snacks, Desserts etc., for easy access & viewing. This blog is not only an attempt to share the recipes which i cook but also because i get to do something which i am passionate about.
As i mentioned earlier this blog was named as ' Nalapaka '. After an year or so my blog become more popular & familiar and I started getting good response from friends, fellow bloggers and well wishers . So I planned to buy my own webpage and give it a new name (my own name) . I called it Mala's Kitchen because all the dishes / recipes are made in my kitchen before they are posted. Also the name sounded very catchy. If you have any feedback or need any clarifications of the recipes please contact me at "vanamala.hebbar@gmail.com", I would be very happy to reply to you & also it would give me an opportunity to improve.

Disclaimer : 
Mala's - Kitchen only contains pure vegetarian recipes.
Onion & Garlic has been used in some of the non-Iyengar recipes.


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hsriniv said...

Hi Mala, My name is Harini and I stumbled upon your blog while looking for a recipe. I am a Hebbar Iyengar from Delhi :-)

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Hi Harini, Good to know about you. Thanks for checking out my blog:)

jaisree said...

I love your page. Thank you very much for making it available for us. I want to know if you can post the recipe of Halbai. no one in my house seem to know it.
Thank you

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Hi Jaisree,

Thank you. Glad you like my page. Definitely will post the recipe of Halbai.

TechScribe said...

Wow, you are looking lovely in Madishar. BTW, I got the Hebbar Kolambu recipe from your website. We are going to have that for dinner tonight

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Nice..Thank you

Shriranganayaki said...


I am a fellow hebbar Iyengar originally from Bangalore and now in USA. I think you should this website a more unique name rather as everyone gives a similar name "- 's kitchen" . Something to cater to hebbar Iyengars specifically would be good.

Unknown said...

I am also a Hebbar Iyengar from Blore. Great to see your posts..Keep sharing some of the wonderful Iyengar recipes

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Thank You

Unknown said...

So glad to come across your blog! I was looking for Yengai powder recipe the typical Iyengar one and so glad I found it! I am Iyengar (Hebbar) and just getting into full fledged cooking !!

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Thank You:)