Friday, September 23, 2011

Birth announcement

There's a new addition to the cast of characters on One Hot Stove. This weekend V and I welcomed our precious daughter into the world. Her name is Lila (rhymes with vanilla). She is incredibly tiny and adorable and we are just so in love with our wee babe. She has already demonstrated an inborn ability to throw world class hissy fits when things don't go her way. The nurses at the hospital informed me that "this one sure has a set of lungs on her".


Big brother Dalu looks at her as if he is thinking, "What is this- some new kind of chihuahua?". He gave her a good sniff and then more or less proceeded to ignore her. He does look very concerned when she starts bawling in the middle of the night.

My mother is here to help us with baby Lila and she has been force-feeding me lovingly supplying me with lots of great food. Here are two sweets that are traditionally eaten by post partum and lactating women in Maharashtra-

The first is called dinkacha ladoo- a sweet calorie-dense confection of edible gum and many different dried fruits and nuts. This batch was bought at Chheda Stores in Andheri, Bombay and sent over by my aunt.


The second is called aleevache laddoo- my mother made these from seeds that are called aleev or haleev in Marathi. Aleev seeds have been found to contain a substance similar to the obstetric drug methergine which is used to help the uterus contract post-partum. They are also rich in calcium and iron so everyone, post partum or not, can benefit from eating these seeds. Anita has a post with pictures of aleev seeds and links to information about them.


This is how my mother made them:

  1. Soak aleev seeds (she used approximately half a cup) for 2-3 hours. They swell up and become gelatinous. 
  2. Mix the soaked, drained seeds with 2 cups fresh (or frozen, thawed) coconut and 2 to 2.5 cups grated jaggery.
  3. Heat on a slow flame to let the jaggery melt into a syrup, then keep cooking and stirring until the mixture cooks down and leaves the sides of the pan. It will come together in a lump.
  4. Form the mixture into ladoos or eaten as a halwa. You can use some ghee in preparing the ladoos but it is not necessary. 

The blog is an important part of my life and I certainly don't intend to neglect it entirely in the coming months as our family settles into a new routine. What I will do is to post as and when I can. Life is all about balancing the priorities; when I have something to say, you can be sure I'll come and tell you about it. Meanwhile, I continue to be very grateful for the love and good wishes that I get from my blogging friends and the readers of One Hot Stove. Thank you all!

184 comments:

  1. Congratulations Nupur!! Baby Lila is so cute!!

    Madhu

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  2. She is so cute. Congrats Nupur. Take care of yourself and the baby. You have both given her a nice name too.

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  3. Congratulations Nupur! Lila is a lovely name for such a lovely baby! The One Hot Stive has been my goto for may dishes.....I hope you find time to blog infrequently! Good luck with motherhood.
    From one mom to another.

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  4. Congrats dear !!! Lila is so cutieee... Loads of love hugs and kisses to the tiny one.

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  5. Congratulations... Lila is so pretty... Happy parenting!
    Lakshmi

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  6. Congrats !!! Yippeeee. Loads of blessings for lovely little Lila and Congratulations to the brand new parents and of course big bro.

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  7. Congratulations on your cute li'l bundle of joy!! baby lila is so cute and so is the name! Happy parenting and eat lotsa dinkache ladoo :) aren't they soo yum.. now you have a perfect excuse to eat all the good stuff :)

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  8. Heartiest Congratulations Nupur!!!! I was checking ur blog everyday for the past week or so to see if any family or friend has mentioned the good news in the comments, I am so happy to read ur post and my heart is full of love and blessings for baby Lila!!!! She is so beautiful and in so much peace as she sleeps, ur hand on the side indicates how tiny she really is!!! Aleev ladus are my favorite, thanks for the recipe. Wishing u a speedy recovery and thanks for sharing the good news with us.

    - Priti

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  9. Nupur, Congratulations!! Baby Lila is adorable!!

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  10. Congratulations to both of you and lots of love and blessings for Lila.

    Sheetal

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  11. Welcome Lila! Nupur, V and Dale congratulations! Would have loved to hold her :D. You have such a beautiful wide heart to share this news and pic with us. You take enough rest now.

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  12. Congragulations, Love her name and she looks cute and beautiful. I loved her brothers thought aobut his lil sis.

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  13. Heartiest Congratulations on your new baby.. Lila is beautiful name!!

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  14. Congratulations Nupur. She is gorgeous. Enjoy the laadoos and all the pampering from your mom & V. Best wishes to your beautiful little family :)

    Gayatri

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  15. heartiest congratulations!! She is lovely.

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  16. Heartiest Congratulations Nupur !!! Lila is so cute! God bless! Take Care.

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  17. Congratulations Nupur and family for the lovely addition of baby lila!! my baby was also one to scare the nurses with her loud screaming/crying. I also found methi to be specially useful for lactation. it was also suggested by the lactation consultant at the hospital. if u dont like methi ladoo. mix some sprouted methi with grated carrots, salt, lemon juice and little pickle masala and eat with meals.

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  18. Congratulations, Nupur, and welcome baby Lila into the world! Such wonderful news.

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  19. Nupur, congrats girl to you and hubby and of course the big brother who is ignoring her now, but I am sure, he will be running around her pretty soon.

    Take care, plenty of rest and then you have mother's care, so all will be great. Enjoy your princess :)

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  20. Congratulations. She looks perfect! Beautiful name for a beautiful little lady!

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  21. Congratulations to you and your family! Lila is beautiful! And we will be here when you ever you get a chance to post. And let your mother spoil you for a bit!

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  22. Nupur, heartiest congratulations and Lila looks adorable. Little girls are gods precious gift, enjoy your bundle of joy and get some well needed rest and welcome to little lila

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  23. Hearty Congratulations Nupur.. she is such a darling!

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  24. Hi Nupur! heartiest congratulations to you and your family ! baby Lila is very cute ...look at all that hair :) enjoy your mom's stay, the days will go by very quickly ! take lots of rest and eat well !

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  25. LOOK at that bundle of gorgeousness! Congratulations to the One Hot Stove family! Enjoy your dinkache and aleevache laadu for now.

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  26. Your daughter is so precious! All best to you.

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  27. Heartiest Congrats Nupur. I am an avid follower of your blog & love everything you write. Wish you the very best as a new parent. - Deepa

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  28. She's beautiful, Nupur! Congrats! And, you are so lucky to have your mother with you! Those dinkache ladu were, however, something I could never eat; our homemade ones looked a little different. In my Gujarati in-laws family, they also make methiche ladu. Enjoy all the attention from your mom and get plenty of rest! Many hugs to you and a warm welcome to Lila!

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  29. OH my goodness! What a precious little girl--just adorable! I am so happy for you and congratulations! Hugs to you and yours and the four-legged one as well!

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  30. heartiest congrats nupur and a warm welcome to the cutie pie :)
    Have fun with your mom around!! Dinkache ladoo are the only ladus I actually love. Been so many years since I had the last ladooo!!!

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  31. Congratulations Nupur and V. Lila is very cute. Best wishes, Rehana

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  32. Congratulations Nupur!!! Welcome to the world Little Lila! She is super cute; Best wishes to you and V and specially to big brother Dale! I am curious to see how Dale is reacting and taking care of his little sister! Great news and keep blogging!

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  33. Oh My God!! - Congratulations, Nupur!!! I was wondering about you just a couple of days back. I am glad everything went off well. Lila is adorable- give her a kiss from me. lots of hugs and best wishes to you too!

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  34. Congrats Nupur! Lila looks lovely. Hope you are doing well.
    :) Kinjal

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  35. Hearty congratulations.. What a nice name, she looks so cute.. I admire you found time and energy to blog in detail about the laddoos.. Take care, miss your posts..
    - Trupti

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  36. Big congratulations to V and you. Lila is adorable, love the name!

    Take as much rest as you can :)

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  37. Congratulations! Nupur. Best Wishes to baby Lila. Glad to hear that Dale has adjusted and has not been jealous.

    It is always nice to have mom around and be pampered and those laddus look so very good.

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  38. Oh my word, she is just precious. I am so happy for you guys. I know you'll be just amazing parents!
    xoxo
    Kalyn

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  39. Congrats Nupur, to you, V and everyone in the family. She's adorable.

    It's amazing that you actually had time to write this post and include a recipe in it, considering that you delivered just a few days back :) I'm sure there will be lot more interesting recipes in the years to come.

    Enjoy all the pampering from your mom. Take care!

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  40. Congratulations!!! She looks absolutely perfect. And Lila is my all-time favorite name!!! I call both my daughters that as a nickname!
    All best wishes to you and your family!

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  41. Congratulations Nupur and V !! Welcome to the parents club...sleepless nights and being smitten by your baby is just the beginning :) Enjoy your baby...and the dink ladoos, I had those too when my little onw was born !!

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  42. Congrats Nupur. Ur baby is damn cute and adorable. My best wishes for you and your family.. Enjoy motherhood. :)

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  43. Nupur,

    Congrats!, Lila looks adorable, kala tikka!.

    Wishing you and Baby Lila the Best of Health and Cheer.

    Happy Parenting
    -rv

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  44. Congratulations!!!!! Hope we get to see the little one! Bring her to knitting group any time!

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  45. Congratulations Nupur!She looks so adorable!

    Love dinkache ladoo, though the homemade one look a lot different. I am not too fond od the aleevache ladoo, but my mom force fed me those. Enjoy your time with your mom and lil' one :)

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  46. Congratulations, Nupur! Baby Lila is soo cute.. I can't wait to see the cute dresses you make for this li'l bundle.. you might want to start a new knitting blog for this li'l princess. She will keep your hands full. My friend's mom made me these ladoos for my post-partum recovery this year.. they were good.

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  47. Well done Nupur..she is gorgeous!. Do take care of yourself, and yup munch on the dinkache laddu anni haleevche kheer ( i remember my days again now :))

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  48. Sooooper!! Congrats Nupur. And hello to lil Lila. :)

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  49. Congrats Nupur !!! she is beautiful..i hope you are doing well.
    roshni

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  50. Congratulations to you and V, Nupur! Baby Lila is such a cutie! Sending loads of love her way! :)

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  51. Congrats Nupur..Lila looks sooo adorable. Take care.

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  52. Much love to little Lila (another lovely name to add to yours and your sister's) and congrats to you & V. :)

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  53. Dear Nupur and family,

    Congratulations on your newest member of your family. I have very much enjoyed reading your blog, always feel a little surge of delight when I see you have posted something new. I will try to contribute something in the coming months rather than just enjoying the fruits of your labor. Thanks for sharing your life and joy of cooking and creating with all of us. Blessings and love to you,

    Danni

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  54. Congrats....Happy Parenting...lila is so cute...

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  55. congrats nupur! Lila is adorable. I dont post many comments but im a regular visitor on your blog and love it.congrats to you and V again and have fun! :)

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  56. I have been waiting eagerly for this news - and now here it is! Baby Lila is beautiful - she looks so tranquil in the photo it's hard to imagine her throwing hissy fits!
    Good luck for this wonderful new phase of your lives; Lila is a very lucky little girl to be in a wonderful family like yours!
    Kamini.

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  57. Hearty congrats to you and V! She looks so nice and can see her sharp features from now. Enjoy your new life with beautiful Lila! :)

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  58. Congrats Nupur! I love the name Lila and she looks beautiful! Good luck with everything :)

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  59. Dear Nupur, V and Dalu dada!!Congratulations!
    Baby Lila is gorgeous!aaaww! I wish I could hold her... holding a teeny-tiny baby is the biggest pleasure in the whole world! And she looks so calm, I really cannot imagine her having super-duper lung power :)

    Happy Parenting, God Bless u all! Hugs!

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  60. Congratulations Nupur! Welcome to the world Lila!

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  61. Hearty Congratulations Nupur! Lila looks adorable.

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  62. Congrats Nupur !

    Baby Lily is absolutely precious!Enjoy the new addition to your family.

    Anjali

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  63. Congratulations Nupur ! Enjoy baby Lila. :)

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  64. Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful. Enjoy these precious moments with her - they do grow up too fast. It only gets better and better each day/week/month/year.

    Looking forward to seeing a lot more updates that include Lila as well on this blog :-)

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  65. Congratulations Nupur! She is adorable and before you know it you will be blogging about her eating habits and toddler days. :-) Warm hugs to you and Lilla.

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  66. Congratulations Nupur! I am so happy for you. Baby Lila is so cute :) Its your rebirth and having a daughter myself can feel exactly how excited you must be...Best wishes always, Akshata

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  67. Congratulations Nupur! I hope you and the baby are doing well. Best wishes for the exciting months ahead.

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  68. Congrats! Nupur. Lila( rhyming with vanilla) looks very sweet. welcome to the world of parents. We will be curiously looking forward to your blogs bringing parenting stories and new baby/kid recipes! Thanks for very special maharastrian delicacies.

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  69. Congrats to both of you once again and little Lila looks so cute :) I am not a great fan of those Dinkache ladoo though even I had to eat them. Love the allev ones :)Take care..

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  70. Nupur,

    She is beautiful! Congratulations sweet mama. What a wonderful time in your life! :)

    Holly

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  71. Congrats, Nupur! She is a doll!

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  72. Dear Nupur,
    Congratulations to your family & you. Baby Lila looks really calm & serene. Btw, that's my mom's name & so special to me!! You make so many people's day ...all the good wishes to you. God bless your family .
    Deepta.

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  73. Hi!
    Congratulations on bringing out another great dish... ;-) God bless li'll Lila ( rhyming with Vanilla) and her mommy! Lila looks delectable ...Gonna share your recipe for this one?

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  74. congratulations. you have really brought smile to foodies like us by your elaborate blogs without holding back. as is said " annam brahma". you truly worship food. may god bless your daughter with all his grace .

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  75. Congrats Nupur.Baby Lila is so adorable. Enjoy this time of being pampered by everyone :) .Take care....

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  76. Congratulations Nupur and V - and so begins your tryst with parenthood :) Lila is blessed to have a pair of warm hearted, sensible and doting parents!

    I used to have dinkache laddoo when I was a teenager because I loved them so much - has been 2 decades since I tasted it! Enjoy the pampering while it lasts, and hope to see you here as much as is possible in between sleep deprived nights!

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  77. Hi Nupur,

    Congrats to you and V. God bless Lila and wish her all the happiness in the world :)

    Priya

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  78. Dear Nupur,

    Congratulations to you and your daughter is absolutely adorable. Being a mother is a wonderful experience. Enjoy your new chapter in life. Look forward to hearing from you when time allows...

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  79. Congratulations Nupur. Baby Lila looks adorable. Best wishes.

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  80. Congratulations Nupur!! Lila is so cute!! God bless her!! kala tika lagake rakhna , kisiki nazar na lage!! take care..
    Resham

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  81. Congrats!dear Nupur for the lovely addition to your family whose name rhymes with mine a fellow Mumbaikar of her mother. You really found time to blog a recipe? Enjoy your motherhood!

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  82. abhinandan Noopur. Baby Lila atishay cute ahe.

    Seema

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  83. Congratulations Nupur to you & your family on the new addition.Lila looks so adorable.Do keep blogging. Love your blog.

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  84. Hey Nupur-

    My very first time commenting on your blog, but just had to say CONGRATULAIONS to and V on the birth of your angel. My daughter is also a September baby, so we have something in common there!

    Lila is a beautiful name for your beautiful daughter! Kisses to her!

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  85. Dear Nupur,
    Heartiest Congratulations to you and V! Blessings to little Lila! She's adorable.
    All the best with every stage of parenthood. Eat everything that your mom makes for you:) Take care of your health.

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  86. Congratulations to you both... Lila is a beautiful name...

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  87. Congrats to V and you! Welcome to parenthood and sleepless nights! I am almost 9 months into it and it is an amazing wonderful adventure, thats for sure!

    Enjoy this new phase in your life,

    Take care of urself too.

    Supriya

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  88. Hi Nupur, so glad to hear the news :), congrats to you and V, Baby Laila is beautiful just like her name, Ooo so cute!, God bless both of you with all his warmth, You take care when mum is around and enjoy her pamering,listen to mum and take lot of rest when she is doting you, , which is so essential now, I love that laddoo, it is so good for health, they say that it helps in regaining the strength to the back bones, whenever I or if my sis comes from poona she buys it for me from Lakshminarayan chivda.
    Love to see your mum's recipes, tell her I tried her recipes from your blog and enjoyed it immensely.
    love you, take care...

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  89. Congratulations Nupur! Best wishes to Lila.

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  90. Congratulations Nupur, V and dale. Welcome baby Lila, you've chosen a lovely family! god bless!

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  91. What a pretty baby with such a pretty name! Congrats nupur! I am still on the wait....

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  92. COngrats Nupur, she looks soo adorable,cute name..Take care of u both..

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  93. Congratulations Nupur! Lila is adorable. Happy parenting and hope u get plenty of rest!
    -Sapna

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  94. Congratulations! What an adorable photo! Much happiness!

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  95. Heartiest congratulations Nupur! Lila is precious.

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  96. Hi Nupur,

    Many congratulations to you and V! Am a long time silent reader of your blog but had to leave a comment today, May God bless little Lila with lots of health and happiness :)

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  97. Congrats Nupur and V, enjoy your new bundle of preciousness!

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  98. Congratulations and god bless the little bundle of joy! She's BEAUTIFUL!

    --Alka (An ardent fan and regular visitor of your blog)

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  99. Congrats Nupur!
    Have fun and take care!
    srividhya

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  100. Congratulations Nupur. She's gorgeous.

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  101. Congrats Nupur and V. Lila looks so cute. Rest a lot when mom is here, I mean it, then you will be chasing the word rest -as it may disappear from your day to day life :) Take care. Eat a lot of fiber, drink lot of fluids if you are nursing.

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  102. OMG she's adorable! I've been checking your blog every couple days waiting for the baby news. I can see that she is going to have some "luscious cheeks" in a couple months. Congratulations to you and your family. So happy for you.And wishing baby Lila tons of happiness, love and luck.

    Rupa

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  103. Congratulation Nupur, V and Dale! Baby Lila looks beautiful!

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  104. Congratulations Nupur, V and Dale!!
    Lila is such a precious and beautiful baby! Enjoy this wonderful time with your little one. Love and blessings to baby Lila.

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  105. Congratulations Nupur to you and V - what a beautiful baby! My very best wishes to her!
    Sunitha
    (commenting for the first time but been enjoying your blog for a while)

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  106. congratulations Nupur, and welcome little Lila. She's such a lovely baby! Best of luck with everything!

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  107. Nupur!! Congratulations on the beautiful new arrival :) here's wishing you and the little one lots of love, luck and happiness...

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  108. congratulations! I don't know how you found time to publish this post too, but it's good to know that there is (and of course there is) a sweet for all occasions in India!

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  109. congratulations Nupur - what a lovely baby and a lovely name - best wishes for much joy and as much rest as you can get - nice to hear your mother is looking after you - I am sure she adores the little one

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  110. Hearty Congratulations to both you!
    And a warm welcome to the little princess!!!...she is so cute :-) God bless you all.
    ~Sheetal

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  111. Congratulations Nupur! That is wonderful news. Enjoy this time with your family. We will miss you!

    Love,
    Sara

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  112. Congratulations Nupur! Lovely to see little Lila make an appearance here.

    Love,
    Shoots :)

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  113. Awwww! What a gorgeous bundle of joy!

    Congratulations Nupur,and welcome to the world, dear little Lila!

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  114. Woo hoo! Congratulations :-D! Welcome to the world, baby Lila!

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  115. Congratulations Nupur! Lila looks adorable!!
    I've been a regular at your blog for the last few months though I never did leave any comments. It is truly a pleasure to read and I hope you will find the time to continue blogging!
    -Pooja.

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  116. CONGRATULATIONS NUPUR....
    MY BLESSINGS TO LILA...
    I APPRECIATE THAT YOU PUT UP RECIPES EVEN DURING THESE TIMES THANKS....

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  117. Congratulations Nupur, V & D ! God bless and take care :)
    Sunila

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  118. wonderful news!!! now u can add a whole new dimension to ur life, smile, worries and all. a big congrats and little lila looks so chweet!!
    on another note, i have had a lot of those laddoos post partum when my friend made them and got them over.

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  119. Hearty congratulations Nupur. Lila is just adorable. Enjoy your bundle of love.

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  120. Congratulations to you and V, Nupur. Welcome Lila! Wishing you a long, heatlhy and happy life.

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  121. Congrats Nupur! baby Lila is just so sweet! God Bless!

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  122. Congratulations Nupur for your bundle of joy. Rest, recuperate and return to the blogging world soon. Waiting for you :)

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  123. wow congratulations Nupur! Lila is so cute and adorable! enjoy your motherhood, good to know you have your mother for much needed support :)

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  124. Congratulations to you and the family! Lila is so cute. Enjoy your mom's pampering :)

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  125. Congratulations Nupur, V and Dalu! Lila is adorable and am looking forward to seeing her more in your posts hereon. Have a wonderful time with the wee one.

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  126. Nupur!!! omg. Congratulations! I am so very happy for you. Lila is beautiful. It's hard for me to believe that our little mimi is going to be two in about a month. Time flies. Take tons of pictures & video (and don't forget to back up regularly). And get as much rest as you possibly can. It's tiring but so very worth it. hugs, mari

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  127. Dear Noopur, congrates on your bundle of joy. She is cute. 3 months back I received mine :). I've also eaten my share of dink ladoo and aliv ladoo. It gets boring after sometime to eat same stuff. So I've tried couple of different receipes like Aliv kheer and Ragi/Nachani + Dink ladoo (done on similar lines of besan ladoo. Use jaggery except sugar).I'm sure you'll like it. Take care of your health as well as Lila's

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  128. "Lila" - Wow, that's such a beautiful name Nupur. Hearty Hearty Congratulations and May God bless your family with loads of blessings and shower all his love.

    Do take a good care of yourself and let your mom force feed you as much as she can ;-).

    Tight hugs,
    Siri

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  129. Nupur, I'm so happy for you and your family, congratulations! Baby Lila is just precious - a big welcome dear Lila! I hope you are feeling rested. Take care.

    Mamatha

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  130. Congratulations Nupur. Beautiful girl with a lovely name. Enjoy motherhood. And I too want those haleevache and dinkache ladoos... yum :)
    Arati

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  131. Congratulations! Happy Motherhood and wish you a speedy recovery!

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  132. Nupur,

    Am a long time reader of your blog and have thrown so many wonderful surprises by diligently copying some of your wonderful creations. Thanks for maintaining this blog and a very BIG CONGRATULATIONS for the baby. :-)

    Good luck....

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  133. Congratulations Nupur. I have not stopped by to say this before and I have learnt more cooking from your blog than any other place/ person and am so thankful to you for having done this so far.
    Wishing lil' Lila the very best and you a wonderful motherhood.
    Sowmya

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  134. Congratulations Nupur! UR daughter is adorable... And enjoy the wonderful world of motherhood :)

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  135. Lila is adorable. Congratulations!!!

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  136. Dear Nupur,

    Heartiest congratulations on your bundle of joy! I've been a frequent lurker and yours is THE site I turn to when in need of non-complex recipes. This is great news!

    I am expecting my news by the first week of November, so I am excited abt this happy surprise from you. I've been away from computer and TV screens for all the bad publicity abt radiation effects, et al.

    Anyway, congratulations to you all once again and a big welcome to Lila!

    God bless,
    Asha

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  137. Nupur,

    Congratulations to you and V!!

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  138. Hi Nupur, Congratulations to you & your family! A big warm welcome to Baby Lila!!
    It was a pleasure reading your blog - its been a while since I have been online - yes - balancing priorities!
    The dinkache & aleevache ladoo, methi che ladoo, bajri chi kanji with jaggery, ravyachi kanji brought back warm high-calorie memories, from a few years ago!!
    Enjoy this awesome phase of your life!
    Best regards, Shaila

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  139. yayy! Lovely baby girl with a lovely name... Lots of best wishes and congratulations to the new parents. Hope you enjoy every moment of the new journey, Nupur :)

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  140. Congratulations to you and V, Nupur!

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  141. Wishing every happiness for you all. Lila is the sweetest babe.

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  142. Congrats Nupur,
    Lila is beautiful and precious..you guys are blessed...

    Take care,
    Mina

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  143. Congratulations Nupur. Lila is a beautiful name.

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  144. hey, congratulations Nupur. Have a great time with the little one.

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  145. Hearty congratulations to proud parents and big bro Dale :) Lila is soooo cute and adorable.

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  146. Congrats for the new bundle of joy. Lila is very pretty & cute. God bless her...

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  147. Congratulations!!! Lila is beautiful. God bless.

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  148. Congratulations Nupur & V! Baby Lila is adorable. Wish you lots of love, luck and happiness! Appreciate you keeping your blog active during these super busy new-mom times!

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  149. Congratulations Nupur. Wishing you all the best during this phase of your life. Angela

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  150. Congratulations for your little bundle of pure joy. Your princess is real precious.

    --AA_Mom

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  151. Congratulations on new addition to your family!!! She is adorable.God Bless!!!

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  152. beautiful baby! beautiful name.
    congratulations, and my very best wishes.
    nandini

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  153. congrats nupur! loved your cassatta icecream and its presentation... but your little bundle of joy is the best of all. take care and get well soon.

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  154. Congrats on ur new baby girl, she is so adorable.
    The laadoos look yummy,I love the aleev the most, but my mom soaked the aleev in the fresh coconut water.

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  155. Heartiest Congratulations Nupur & V ... and to big bro Dale !!!
    Lila is such an adorable bundle ! Lotsa hugs & love ...

    Leena Goutam

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  156. congratulations Nupur. I've been a silent reader of your blog and have loved the descriptions. Time for a baby blog now!!

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  157. Congrats Nupur, I visited your blog after quite some time...Best wishes!

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  158. Congratulations!!!! I am a regular reader of y'r blog....it's a pleasure 2 read y'r blog...Lila is a cutie pie...god bless her

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  159. tujha aaNee V cha abhinandan. kitti goad aahe lila. Agadee tujhyaa var geliye naa :)

    Atta aai aaliye tar tujhe pan chhan laad chalale asateel.

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  160. Nupur, congratulations! She is adorable. :)

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  161. Congratulations to you, Nupur and V.

    Andrea

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  162. Oh.....sweet lil she is adorable.....muah to her....congrats dear...they say having a baby girl is having a treasure....do take care.....and relish on the goodies...

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  163. Dear Nupur,

    Congratulations...Baby Lila looks very very cute!!! and sch amazing features!
    And y ou are already back to blogging? is she sleeping in the nights?

    Shobha

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  164. Congratulations and best of luck, Nupur! And Happy Deepavali!

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  165. Nupur a HUGE congratulation!!! She looks so beautiful and so peaceful, but I am sure its not this way when the lungs are at work:) Enjoy the priceless gift of good. and what a beautiful name. (that was my grandma's name, so it is extra special to me). lots of love to the princess.

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  166. Congratulations Nupur. Lila is so adorable. Hope you guys are having a wonderful time with her.

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  167. Congrats Nupur! Welcome to the world of Sleepless nights and endless Happiness :-)

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  168. Hi Nupur. I've followed your blog off and on over the last few years, when I've had time and often felt some connection to you.

    I first found your blog when I was trying find some authentic recipes to cook for my boyfriend (also a "V") from Pune. He always enjoyed those meals and I really enjoyed learning a little about Marathi culture in addition to some really tasty recipes.

    Anyways, a few years later and V is now husband. This April we had a baby girl of our own. Such an unbelieveable blessing!

    So when I saw your announcement, I had to finally take the time to comment and say Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

    Take care,

    Courtney B.

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  169. Happy Diwali Nupur to you and your family - what a lovely Diwali this will be for you :)

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  170. Oh my goodness Nupur, she's beautiful!!!! I am so thrilled for you. :) I hope that you and Lila will join us in December for Charity Stitch (I'll email you info). I can't wait to meet her!

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  171. first time leavin a comment on your blog, just had to say congrats on your baby girl!:) she is adorable..

    u've a great blog here, keep it rockin !

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  172. Congrats to you and take loads of rest and eat well..and Lila is a beautiful name :-)...hugs and smiles

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  173. Heartiest Congratulations!!! Lila looks beautiful!

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  174. Such a beautiful precious little baby. Congratulations. I love your blog and I hope that you might find the time to submit one of your favorite Indian recipes to my November event. I can just imagine how busy you are.

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  175. Congratulations Nupur!! Even I was gifted with a baby girl in August. My love and kisses to the cutie pie. Take care of yourselves new mommy :)

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  176. Congratulations Nupur.....Lila is a lovely name

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  177. Congratulations Nupur, Lila is such a cutie! Happy New Year to all of you!

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  178. Hi Nupur,

    I am Prathiba from "The indian food court". Congrajulations on the new arrival. She looks so cute and the name is nice. I love your version of Dink laddoos. I will put up my version and please do visit my blog whenever free. Love your kid.

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  179. Congratulations Nupur! Baby Lila is adorable..

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  180. Hi Nupur,

    I have been reading your post from past few weeks and enjoying them.
    Congrates for the lil one.
    I also had daughter on septemper 27th 2011.

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