My name is Shruthi. I love to reinvent old recipes with a new flair. My intent is to make it “full of life” – you guessed it Zesty, delicious and convenient.  Thus started my new avatar as a founder of Zesteez!!

My 2 kids and husband have always been my greatest fans and critics,  which has motivated me to try different ways to please their curious taste buds and the need to introduce innovation and variety! I am a true believer in “Health is wealth” which factors heavily in my cooking routine but I can still whip-up absolutely mouth-smacking finger-licking good recipes. Some of these are a Gen Y “twist” on my grandma’s (aka Paati) recipes that make it interesting :). 

So come along, join me on this journey to make this a great experience for me and you! I will start with ‘ Mango Tokku Ogre’ aka  ‘Grated mango rice’. ‘Ogre’ (pronounced as ogh-ray) is nothing like the Shrek-like creatures but mixed rice. It is a typical Iyengar term (you got it right – there is more to Iyengar than just the yoga :)).My take on it uses Brown rice and  Freekeh with flavorful spices, nuts and variety of spice blends

Mango Tokku Ogre

  • 3 grated mangoes
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • A pinch of asafetida (Indian grocery stores carry this item)
  • Nuts (cashews and peanuts) a palmful
  •  1 tspUrud dal
  • 1 tsp Channa dal
  • Brown Rice – 2 cups of rice (should be cooked till it separates from one another it shouldn’t be clumpy)
  • Freekeh – 1 cup.  Costco carries this one now
  • Olive Oil to splutter and saute
  •  1  and 1/2 tsp Rasam powder (if there is no rasam powder you can use cayenne,paprika and roasted cumin powder) in equal proportion to about a tsp.
  •  1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • Honey (in lieu of sugar)
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro as much as you would like to garnish


    • Grate the mangoes
Freshly peeled mango

Freshly peeled mango


Grate it