About me

A handful of spices

With a few sliced potatoesMona Profile Picture

Spinach, beet and carrot

Butter, batter and chocolate

My child’s loving chatter

My husband’s playful banter

The eyes of near-perfection

The aroma that lingers on

The tastebuds willing to revel

In my world of palatables.

– Mona

Hi, I am Monalisa aka ‘bellydriven’, you can also call me Mona. I write, I cook, and I take pictures of delicious food. I am an army brat, wife and mother, as well as the self-taught, mom-taught, grandma-taught cook, baker, writer, and an aspiring photographer behind this little space on the web. The kitchen is where my creative juices flow and bellydriven – where belly rules over the mind is where I can share it all with you.
You should know that I’m totally obsessed with food. I daydream about new recipes. I devour cookbooks and more cookbooks. I’ve never really cared for novels but I’ve always loved cookbooks and food magazines. They have pictures, novels don’t. I love traveling.I read up on new food trends. But above all, I love eating food, especially while in the presence of good company. Good food in good company— It definitely doesn’t get better than that
I have never received any formal training but I love looking through food blogs and cookbooks, trying out their recipes and being able to add my personal twist to it. And with my many many epic kitchen fails (sob sob), I have learned my way through the kitchen through hit and miss. I try to cook things that are practical, interesting, and delicious. I adore noodles, curry, and a delicious bowl of soup and not to forget bengali and odia food.
I am also an avid supporter of all the new food trends in town, have got a lot of opportunities for tastings and reviews and I laugh with friends over drinks as often as possible. And I so love my LIITs…
I believe life is meant to be enjoyed and doesn’t good food just make it more enjoyable? Please follow along and let’s create something delicious!

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