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’ve a terrible sweet tooth, what 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:

Recipe published on The Society’s website

Interview published on 2talkingbirds

One of my Photograph was among the final entries in Conceptual category for Asian Photography and Artistique 2015  (Art Exhibit and Contest).

I worked with ‘BetterButter’ as one of their Founding Chef.

Winner in ‘Best Photography’ category in ‘India’s Top Blogger Contest’ organised by BetterButter.

My Bhetki Begum Bahar recipe published on The Metalfish66 Daily Roundup.

Interview published on Influencer

My Mango Cheesecake in Jars recipe published on Buzzfeed.

My Strawberry Cheesecake recipe published on Adventures with four.

My Cinnamon Carrot Muffins recipe published on Flavour curator.

My Strawberry Hand Pies recipe published on Edible Crafts.

My Dhonepata Bata recipe published on The Huffington post.

I’ve joined Insta Dilli Food Walk in Chandni Chowk, which was happened in the last week of March, 2016. It was a part of  global Insta Meet and was supported by Instagram. Top 10 images were selected by Ms. Deeba Rajpal for capturing the theme of the walk, including one image clicked by me.

My Vintage Food Props photograph has been chosen as the winning entry for The FBAI’s Photo Challenge Theme: 5 in July, 2016.

My oil free Pears and Dates Pickle was published on Better Homes and Gardens India magazine’s September ’16 issue.

My Tilapiar Jhaal/Tilapia Fish Curry recipe published on my Blogger friend Sai’s blog  Ladysphinger as a guest post.

My Instagram account got featured on Delhi Secret Supper Club’s Insta-stars in the making list.

My Instagram account got featured on Spectrahut’s Top 10 Indian food bloggers on Instagram article.

My Cake Crumble Cream Cheese Jars with Red Wine Strawberries  was published on Better Homes and Gardens India magazine’s March ’17 Anniversary issue.

My Blog got featured on Incomeboy’s Best Bloggers in India that you must follow list.

Brands I’ve worked with: