By Andrea Grom
Preparing and sharing delicious, wholesome vegetarian Indian food is a labor of love for Sneha Narayanan and Sathya Raghavan of Daily Fresh.
Sneha and Sathya came from Chennai, South India, and began their cooking journey while living in Atlanta, Georgia, where Sathya studied. Because Sneha couldn’t work or study then, she developed her passion for cooking, inspired by her parents, brother, books, blogs, and travels. Eventually, Sneha compiled over 150 tasty, tried-and-true recipes on her cooking blog, Cook with Sneha (https://www.cookwithsneha.com).
The vibrant international student community at Georgia Tech was the first to fall in love with Sneha’s cooking. During festive weekends, the couple held informal gatherings at their home and cooked for as many as 50 people, with home-style Indian dishes frequently taking center stage. These events fostered community and connection.
In 2014, they moved to the Albany area, and in 2018 Sneha and Sathya began their cooking and catering business, Daily Fresh. They joined the Saratoga Farmers’ Market in 2019. Sathya also works full-time as an engineer, and they are raising three young children.
Sneha prepares all her dishes from scratch, using fresh, preservative-free ingredients. Her sauces are homemade, and she grinds her spices by hand.
Daily Fresh offers specialties from both North and South India. North Indian food has dynamic flavors, including onions, tomatoes, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and garlic. South Indian dishes stand out in different ways, highlighting vegetable stews, lentils, rice, and flavors like coconut, fenugreek, curry leaves, and tamarind. For example, dosas, flat savory flourless/eggless crepes made of rice and black lentils (urad daal), are 100% South Indian. This summer, Daily Fresh will again offer their fresh dosas and rotis (whole wheat flatbreads) at the market.
Recently, Sneha and Sathya moved to a new commercial kitchen, which has inspired them to expand their business. They will attend four markets this year! Sneha and Sathya are excited to share more of their food with the community and are grateful for everyone’s encouragement and support. Find Daily Fresh online at https://www.dailyfreshfood.online/.
Let’s connect to our history, traditions, and community with flavorful food! On Saturday, March 25, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, celebrate world foods at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s International Flavor Fest at the Wilton Mall food court. Our friends at the World Awareness Children’s Museum invite children to make paper fortune cookies, and families and market-goers may pick up a passport for a “journey around the world,” earning a prize when filling it with stamps from vendors. Learn more at www.saratogafarmersmarket.org and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @SaratogaFarmersMarket.