Vienna — Stepping into Deepa Patke’s Vienna kitchen is like walking into a parfumerie for foodies…Indian food foodies. The air is redolent of herbs and spices familiar to Indian cuisine and her production work area, Virginia Agriculture-certified, is set up there. What Patke does is blend and package her own inspired Indian herb blends and makes popular Indian-style cookies that she sells on her own storefront website, aromaticspiceblends.com, and at local markets.
A career immunologist, Patke gave up long hours of professional research work to turn a passion for Indian cooking into a stay-at-home career that gives Patke what she wants the most. Time with her young son.
“Sometimes, I wonder why I don’t go back to what I did for many years,” said Patke. “But, I am loving the creativity and the complete attention I can give my own product without being bossed around. I have the time to spend with my son right now. It’s a gift from the universe.”