I, Me, Myself



Hi, I am Dhanya and I live in a beautiful suburb of Melbourne, Australia with my boys. And by boys, I mean Sam, my best buddy/husband; whom I met as a gawky teenager 22 years ago and Adi, my cheeky adorable 10 year old who loves food even more than I do.

I started this blog on a lark five years ago, when I had migrated to Melbourne. Hardly knew anyone here and food was the way through which I embraced this new land, its culture and people. A regular at the local market and food events, I fell in love with the amazing produce and food stories that this country has to tell.

Today, The Spice Adventuress is my alter ego. Through her, I fulfill my desire to put my thoughts into words, explore my restless creative soul and express it through food and photography. Through her, I travel the world exploring cuisines and stories from across borders and bring them home to my plate.

I was born in India, but spent a large part of my childhood in the Middle East. And this has helped me immensely in understanding cultures and food other than mine. My earliest memories of food and cooking is being my mum’s ‘little assistant’ – helping her stir the dishes, cleaning up or simply standing by watching her create amazing and delicious food for her family and friends. Her influence on my style of cooking is tremendous; having been exposed to different ingredients and styles of cooking – I am constantly learning, experimenting and looking for ingredients and recipes from across the world.

Savoury food is what I like to create most; hence that’s what you will find largely on my blog though there are the occasional sweet treats too. And as the name suggests, spices are a passion and I enjoy using it immensely in my food. Sprinkle some cumin or spice it up with chilli or even better, create a blend that magically transforms any dish. Through the blog, I also like to educate my readers on why it’s important to source spices from the country of origin, the importance of buying local whenever possible and also encourage the use of homemade spice blends.

My food philosophy has always been ‘the world on a plate’. Bringing people together over food bridging their cultural differences is something I believe in truly. Through The Spice Adventuress, I want to encourage people to get back into their kitchens, cook dishes close to their heart, invite friends and family over to share the meal and their stories. Sitting down for a meal with your loved ones is one of life’s most precious blessings and that’s what I would love to celebrate through my space.

I can certainly ramble on, but I will let you discover and know me more through my food. And I certainly love a good chat so feel free to comment on any article or through my Facebook or Insta page (I always reply). Or feel free to drop me a line at [email protected]






  1. Hello Dhanya,
    How lovely to meet you here via Pinterest.
    I prepared trout earlier today and was looking for an accompaniment which I found on Pinterest & followed the link to your rice.
    Recently I am generally starting to use my Pinterest boards more frequently and the food posts in particular.
    The rice is cooking as we speak and I look forward to my yummy lunch.
    Take care

    1. Thanks so much Margaret for reaching out and for the lovely comment. Glad that you found the recipe interesting and hope you enjoyed it. Pinterest is a wonderful medium to get inspired, its my go to place too. What’s the name of your profile?

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    1. I love Fever Tree too, its a hot choice while making cocktails. Glad that you connected with my work and so happy to have you here. Hoping to hear more from you.

  3. I found your Lamb Curry recipe via Pinterest and fell in love with your blog! Now I can’t wait to make the curry and explore through your other recipes and posts. What lovely photography and writing!

  4. Hi there, Great reading your blog. I wanted to be a chef ended up being an engineer. Its inspiring to see a medical scientist transform into a food blogger. Keep going. Cheers

  5. Hi Dhanya !
    Just visiting your blog and loving it ! I can almost get the aroma of spices right here !
    Keep up the great work that you do in inspiring others with the same passion !

  6. Just stumbled on your blog via FB, happy to meet you. We share the same love of food, life and the pursuit of happiness, and not necessarily in that order :).

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  8. Hey! I like this little piece you have written about yourself, very unique and so far from the stereo typical bloggers notes. Such a breath of fresh air I must say. I share your love for food and spices myself, but a full time job here in the US can take away from my passion to be a blogger myself. Having said that I cook like there is no tomorrow! I wish you the best for your Blog and hope to see many new recipes coming from your kitchen to mine!

    Hi Vanya! I have been following your blog and really enjoy the information you share. As a result, I would like to know a little more about you. Thus, gladly informing you that I have nominated you for ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’ for your amazing creativity in your blog! 🙂

    I am not surprised that you’ve been nominated before, but if you’re like me, you never get tired of being acknowledged! Please follow the link to http://indiancurryshack.com/2015/06/24/the-versatile-blogger-award/

    1. Hi Priti, welcome to my space. That’s true, its really awesome to get to know Melbourne based bloggers. Thanks for getting in touch. Where are you based?

      1. superb; I am in Dandenong – that makes us almost neighbours. I have been following your blog on facebook for a long time but didn’t really know who was behind it. Oops!

      2. Wow that’s cool. Dandenong is so close by 🙂 I am a newbie in blogging. And your blog is so inspiring. We should keep in touch. Take care 🙂

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