About me

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

I’m Chandrima Sarkar. A visual designer turned self-taught home baker. I run a small bakery I Bake for You from my home, and I get overjoyed when people appreciate my baked goodies.

I’ve studied Bengali literature and did a course on Fine Arts and Graphics. Apart from my interest in painting, making crafts, sketching, stitching, and graphics, I have a great love for cooking. Born and brought up in Kolkata, I moved to North India after my marriage. I cook Bengali food regularly at home, so here you will see Bengali recipes mostly. I love to share my old family recipes with all of you, and I’m still in search of Bengali heirloom recipes, those recipes which are less known or forgotten with time. I have got a terrible sweet tooth, which I need to feed constantly, so, yes, I make different types of Desserts too. And they have a special place on my blog.

I need your constant suggestions, support, feedback and comments to do these things in a more and more better way. So please be there for me, always.

And those days, when I don’t cook, a plate of ‘Tandoori Chicken’ or ‘Biryani’ works best for me 😉 . Blame it on Delhi’s rich Mughlai cuisine, it has made me a tandoori maniac.

NOB (Not Out of the Box) has started when Sufi (my daughter) was 1.5 yr. old. It started as a FB page. And after spending little more than 1yr on FB, I thought I should start a blog with all my recipes…so here it is, the place where I share the things what I enjoy to do most. Food Photography and Cooking. Life is precious…do what you Love!

How to Contact:

For any kind of food product reviews, professional food styling enquires, collaborations  and other enquirers mail me at notoutofthebox@gmail.com

Else, just drop a message on my facebook page.

Featured & Mentions:

Awards & Achievements


Workshop & Events:

  • Worked as a Food Stylist in Grofers Mothers Day TVC.
  • Workshop has been done with German students on Indian Spices at Carmel Convent School, New Delhi.
  • Workshop has been done on Smartphone Food Photography for Cookpad India’s Delhi Community members.
  • I was invited to judge Iridescent 2018 (Capture the Market) event organized by Carmel Convent School, New Delhi.
  • I was invited to judge 6th NLFP Ace Chef Inter-School Competition organized by Nalanda Foundation and curated by The FBAI.

Brands I’ve worked with:




  1. Truely Amazing….Darun content…Awesome photographs

  2. Abhishek Bagchi

    Lovely blog Chandrima. It is a treasure for foodies like me.

    Likhte thakun, amra achi apnar sathe.

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  4. Hi! Loved it as always! I hope you don’t mind me asking which camera and lens do you use? Would love to know. All the best!

  5. I just started food blogging, after quitting a grueling job that had me out of touch with my kitchen, and I’ve spent the morning combing the internet for down-to-earth food blogs I feel I can connect with. I have to say, your site seems very genuine, which is refreshing.

    I may struggle to find some of the ingredients you use, given I live in Korea, but I’m excited to learn a little more about Bengali food. I’ll definitely be adding you to my little fledgling blogroll. Thanks for keeping it real.


    • Hi Liz! 🙂 Thanks for visiting my place, glad to know that you liked my recipes. Just checked your blog, you’re doing great…keep it up. And keep in touch via Instagram, I’ve started following you there. Cheers!

  6. Hi Chandrima,
    Nice blog! very interesting one….
    Keep Rockzz
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  7. Jayati Mal

    Dear Chandrima, I am truly amazed to see your blog…..your photographs, concept and art of presenting the food are so wonderful that I often come to your blog to de stress myself…your blog is truly an inspiration to me….I used to follow many of your recipes and they came out really great.
    Wish you all the very best.

  8. Hi Chandrima,

    What lovely blog… Do you teach baking by any chance. If you do please let me know. I am very interested in learning being but didst wanted to learn from a professional. Looking for more of a self learner.

    Thanks in advance.

  9. Great recipes

  10. Shaweta Malik

    Hi Chandrima,
    What a lovely blog you have, I can’t wait to try all your recipies, I found you on Instagram and started following you. Today i was browsing your blog and don’t have words to admire you. The photography, mood , recipies- love everything- I am a big fan of Bengali food . Being a foodie and love cooking- want to start a food blog but with a baby I keep my foot away from it. Today I found your blog and was amazed to see that you started your blog when your daughter was 18 months old. I can imagine how tough it must be. You have inspired me . May be some day I will also start. Tomorrow my day will start with your atta apple cake, my little son who is 16 months old love apple sauce what can be a better option for him than atta apple cake😃.

    • Hi Shaweta, Thank you so much for visiting here and for all the kind words, meant a lot to me. It’s all about what we love to do and how we can love it more by doing our very best towards the same. Happy Baking and I hope your little boy will like eating the cake. 🙂

  11. Monica Joseph

    Dear Chandrima,
    I came across your Blog through Fishvish and hence writing to you.

    Loved your recipes and request you to add my email id for any future updates.

    Monica Joseph

    • Hi Monica, Thank you so much for the kind words. 🙂 We will be activating the email subscription option soon here, till then please follow my social media handles for regular updates.

  12. Noora Mumthaz

    Hi..loved your blog. The photography is amazing! May i know which camera and lens you are using?


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