I've always loved Indian food, cooking and creating spicy dishes. So I started running my own cookery classes, which grew and grew to the point where I started organising supper clubs and even pop-up restaurants.
Just so you know, I’m mad about spices and in my search for inspiration, I flew back and forth to India to breathe in the aromas and flavours and textures of authentic Indian food. I talked to friends and family about the meals they cooked, explored the local markets and visited the odd restaurant too. I brought home loads of new ingredients, interesting recipes and amazing herbs and spices to make even more delicious dishes for everyone.
I started to work at The Tamarind Collection of Restaurants which includes Tamarind of Mayfair - one of the first Indian restaurants (ever) to be awarded a Michelin star! But I needed to share my learnings and dishes with you in a bigger, faster, more flexible and interactive way and that’s when my website was born. Now instead of you coming to me to learn, I come to you through every digital platform from YouTube to Facebook to Google Hangouts.
“I learned to cook by following my mum round the kitchen... her joy, her laughter, her generosity taught me creating and sharing great food is one of life’s true pleasures.”
I spent what seemed like half my childhood in the kitchen with my mum as she created amazingly aromatic meals for the family. When we cooked together she showed me things she’d learned from her mum about traditional Indian cookery techniques, the right spices to use, how and when to add them, basically everything I needed to know about cooking authentic Indian food. I’m pleased to say her energy and passion never left me.
Even when I grew up, got married and had children I carried on cooking, refining, learning, exploring and adapting the Indian food I created. I’d make it for my family, when the rest of the gang came to visit and for our friends at dinner parties. Then my foodie fans started asking for tips and recipes, and after a year or two of this I realised I was spending more time talking about these meals than cooking them!
But instead of just writing down the recipes and handing them over (which was no fun at all) I thought if we could all cook together, then I could really show everyone how easy it can be to make really tasty authentic Indian food at home.
“I truly believe that if you cook with love, your food will always come out the way you want it to.”
I will be bringing you some fun and delicious dishes so you can learn how to cook anything from my classic Biryani to some tasty pakoras through my online recipe videos. I'll be taking you behind the scenes of a truly wonderful restaurant to see how the professionals do it. It will be like I’m right there with you on your phone, tablet or laptop talking through how to make each and every dish, giving you little tips and advice on what to use and why and even how to make them the way you want it.
Now you can take the leap and start making delicious Indian meals at home with me there to give you help and advice whenever you need it. We’ll go at your own pace from novice to expert and have so much fun cooking and sharing Indian food together.
And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?