GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018 continues tonight with the bakers tackling “takeaway favourites” naan breads in the Tech. Challenge.
I’m a passionate home cook and mother of two young kids who are also my most honest critics. I created Meri Rasoi (which means My Kitchen) in 2011 to demystify Indian cuisine and share my love for authentic and delicious Indian food by teaching classes from my home kitchen in South West London and sharing my family recipes.
‘Rasoi’ is a traditional Indian kitchen, where simple but delicious food is cooked using recipes handed down and perfected through generations. In my home, I will teach you the techniques used every day in Indian kitchens.
I grew up in India but have lived in the UK since 2005. Since I’ve been here, I’ve been fascinated by the British love of Indian food. While the awareness of authentic Indian food has grown significantly over the past few years, sadly most people still associate Indian food with the dishes served in their local takeaways or restaurants which are often quite greasy, spicy and unhealthy as compared to the food we consume in our homes on a daily basis which is fresh and highly nutritious. Additionally, the options, whether meat, vegetarian or vegan, go way beyond the staple menus you find in Indian takeaways. In my classes, I like to teach classic home dishes that are easy to recreate and provide healthy alternatives that can be easily incorporated into weekly meal plans.
If there is anything that transcends countries, cultures, languages and even kitchens around the world – it is the aroma of delicious home cooked food! My addiction to this wonderful aroma began with savouring home cooked food in my homeland. Being from an armed forces family, I had the good fortune to relish flavours across different parts of the country. My journey with food had begun right then, but I didn’t know it!
After a career in marketing and settling in the UK with my husband and two children, I decided to give up my day job and follow my passion for food by running cookery classes and publishing my recipes. Since 2011, I have taught over 400 people from 10 or more countries. I teach small groups and private classes from my home kitchen as well as hosting workshops for larger groups and corporates in teaching kitchens.
Please join me in my kitchen – Meri Rasoi – to share my passion for authentic Indian cuisine, which is simple to make and healthy to eat!