Dimple Makani ~ In depth

Hello lovely people out there! My name is Dimple, I am a wife, mother and currently at home looking after my two beautiful sons.

I have been cooking more since I got married 9 years ago and have been baking for 4 years now. My cooking has been inspired by so many that have touched my life. My husband, parents, family and friends but the one person who is and will always be my inspiration is my Aunt from India who devastatingly passed over in 2012 with Cancer. My cooking angel x


It was in early 2005 that I went to India to do my wedding shopping and it was then that my Aunt introduced me to the culinary art of cooking. I was never one to experiment with food and was not a very confident cook but she changed all that. We used to go to the markets to buy fresh groceries and then come back to her flat and cook for everyone together. She always said that as long as I made the food with love it didn’t matter if it wasn’t perfect as the essence of my love would run through it and I knew it would reach all that ate my food.

My Aunt was so open hearted and giving that when I told her that I wished to purchase some recipe books, she just said come with me. We went to her room and she took out a set of eight books by Sanjeev Kapoor “Simply Vegetarian, recipes for the Indian kitchen”. The whole set covered accompaniments, starters, main meals and desserts. I was entrusted with them and I have used them ever since with very fond memories of us cooking together.


As a cook there is always an item of cooking utensil that will be special to you. If you are an Indian woman, you will know the importance of your very own rolling pin. As it is this pin we use to make our daily bread chapatis and much more. We get so very use to our own as it aids us to make our trade mark unleavened bread.

This is how gracious my Aunt was that she handed me her rolling pin to remember her by when I cooked for my family that I was about to start, not knowing we would not be able to be together and cook again. I am always grateful for this as my children were not able to meet her but her love for me and them transpires in every chapati I make.


I am so happy to have been in her life and thank her from the bottom of my heart for the love of food and cooking I now have because of her. I also wish to dedicate this blog “Shivaay delights” to her! As without her, this blog would not exist. Much love xxxx

A massive thank you also to my lovely husband who has encouraged me to set up this blog and supports my passion for cooking. My parents have always told me to follow my heart and they have always introduced me to new foods ever since I was young. Love you all xxxx



I really hope you enjoy my blog as much as I am enjoying the cooking, writing and picture taking. Thank you ever so much for visiting xxxx

5 thoughts on “Dimple Makani ~ In depth

  1. What a lovely post! Your aunt seems like she was a very special lady. I have a rolling pin that my boyfriend brought for me from India, but honestly I find it quite hard to use. I stick with the American rolling pins. Maybe one day I’ll get the hang of it.

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