We’re Talking About: Mumbai Food Bloggers take their food very seriously. With so many links, tweets and blogs it is hard to find what they can do for you. This is a list of cuisines they teach, the food they cater and other food assistance they provide.
I’m a Mumbai & Pune (I shuttle almost everyday) based food writer and I have been really confused about what my blogger friends teach, cater and write about. So this is to help you and me search for the right person for the food service we’re looking for. I’m going to refer to many of these bloggers by their twitter handle cause it is just easier to identify them that way. I’m sure I have missed a few, like I said it is not easy to remember, but if you want to add to this information about someone who isn’t mentioned then you are welcome to write to me about it.
@Saeek (Saee Khandekar)
Writes on www.myjhola.in
I like to read Saee’s blog for her traditional Maharashtrian and Goan recipes. Known to put up easy to follow recipe videos. The popular Goan sweet Bebinca and the trick that goes into making it to home-style Maharashtrian rice preparation Masale Bhaat. Saee is also known in blogging community for her great baking and lovely breads. I hear her Ciabatta is to die for!
She conducts Baking and other Classes at the APB Cook Studio.
@BawiBride (Perzen Patel)
Writes on www.bawibride.com
She is the Parsi Cuisine queen in Mumbai. Perzen takes weekend orders for delicious Parsi dishes as well as dips and desserts. You might have to hop down to pick it unless you choose to have MyPeon pick it up for you at an added cost.
Perzen also teaches some Parsi Cooking at Studio Fifteen where you can learn Dhansak to Lagan no Custard from her.
Videos on Kalpana Talpade on Youtube.com
Look her up on Youtube as she teaches some rare and simple Pathare Prabhu recipes here. Pathare Prabhu is among the earliest Mumbai settlers, their cuisine is very simple yet unique. You might have heard of Sarnagya Che Bhuzne which is a simple yet delicious Pomfret recipe by the Pathare Prabhus. Here you can learn how to make green prawn curry, bhuzne and pathare prabhu sambhar masala.
Writes on http://annaparabrahma.blogspot.in
If you wish to buy Koli Masala and learn about Koli Cuisine or seafood recipes from someone from the original fisherfolk community, then go to Anjali Koli’s blog. She has some great lobster recipes, cooking Bombay duck and some never-heard-of dessert recipes that you will love.
@meg_deo (Megha Deokule)
Writes at www.gourmettable.in
Want to order some traditional Coorgi Pork, Pandi Curry or tasty cookies for your home? Then here is whom you go to. Megha is organic food activist, bakes, writes and brings us recipes and dishes from Coorg.
Megha Deokule’s Online Pop-Up Store
Megha features a variety of items on her online pop-up store and you can follow her to know what’s on the menu. Depending on what is featured this week you can order her Coorgi dishes, cookies and cakes. You can also get in touch with her to find where to get your organic food supplies.
Bake! Bake! Bake!
There are many Food Bloggers who also bake. Saee Khandekar, Shaheen Peerbhai, Deeba Rajpal, Pojaa Dhingra (duhh-uhh), but here is a few home-bakers I know that take baking orders for cakes, cookies and as such.
@CaramelWings (Ahsrita aka Papple)
Writes on www.caramelwings.in
Ashrita, the Pilot also takes some cooking workshops in Mumbai and in Delhi, where she teaches contemporary and creative recipes.
@ScrollsnInk (Reema Prasanna)
Writes on www.sumthinzcooking.blogspot.in
Reema also conducts baking classes and writes about healthy cooking, restaurant reviews, experiments with food and contributes articles to Mumbai Boss. She occasionally also takes baking orders for cakes and as such.
Find her on Facebook @TheDessertCart1 for gorgeous cakes and cupcakes. You can order and she also conducts baking classes. Her cake decorations are pretty as a picture, especially great for children’s birthday parties.
Dips, Spreads & Jams
Life Ki Recipe (Amrita Rana)
Writes on www.lifekirecipe.com
She is the Bacon Jam girl. This girl cooks with bacon, and also makes some great dips, spreads etc for orders. You can order her bacon jam or some lovely dips for your parties or small gatherings. Amrita also teaches how to make dips and cook with bacon at Studio fifteen. You might also spot Amrita featuring her goodies at Bombay Local and other food stalls in events and fairs around Mumbai.
@Shivzi (Shivani Tolia)
Writes on www.shivanitolia.wordpress.com
We know her as the Yellow Butterfly.
We know Shivani for her sandwiches, dips and Mexican cooking. Shivani takes orders for her dips and spreads and takes sandwich and dips classes at Studio Fifteen. She too features her food in stalls during events and fairs in Mumbai. In fact you may even spot her with Amrita as they feature some goodies together is certain events.
Party Chef for Gourmet Catering
@little_chefB (Bhakti Mehta)
Writes on www.littlefoodco.com
I recently heard a lot about the Mexican delicacies Bhakti dished out at a dinner she hosted. You can get in touch with her for Gourmet Catering in your home, when you’re hosting a big group or a small event. Bhakti also teaches how to dish out party food and host a great party at Studio Fifteen. They offer World cuisines including Italian, Mexican, Asian menus, you can visit the website and order as you like.
@Miss-i-sippy (the girl behind Missisippy)
Find her on www.missisippy.com
You might have seen the variety of Muesli, snack bars and other healthy items for the fitness conscious. These products by Missisipy are available on the Big Basket and few other online grocery stores in Mumbai. For health tips you must follow her and try some yumm health food.
Vegan Chef – Harini Prakash
Writes at www.tongueticklers.com
If you are looking for vegan recipes, gluten-free food and other diet restrictions related food, then Harini will help you with what to get, where to get and how to cook it.
Health Cooking Classes – Khusboo Thadani of KWeigh teaches at Studio Fifteen.
Writes on www.kthadani.com
Home Kitchen Coaching
Writes on www.thoughtsonaplate.wordpress.com
If you are new to the kitchen but enthusiastic about setting it up, what to cook and where to buy, then Anisha can coach you for delicious cooking in your own home. She will assist you in buying food and then teach you to prepare it.
For Men Who Would Like to Learn Cooking
If you want to learn how to cook like a man, sorry, that didn’t come out right, let’s try it again. Men, who love food but don’t know how to cook, can learn the art of dishing out some delicacies in a cookery class from men who love food. Don’t worry if you’re an amateur cook, these guys know where you’re coming from and they will be able to help you out. I’d send my man to a class like this! It is sure to teach him a thing or two about impressing his ladylove and filling his stomach on Sundays.
Writes at www.nonchalantgourmand.com
Teaches at Studio Fifteen
Teaches at APB Cook Studio
Entertaining guests and love hosting parties at home? Why not learn some creative cocktails to better the weekends!
Nikhil Merchant teaches at Studio Fifteen
Deeba Rajpal is a food stylist and photographer who is also passionate about baking.
She write on www.passionateaboutbaking.com
Joy Manavath, you may know him as the @theliteratefool on twitter
Is professional photographer who teaches how to photograph food in Studio Fifteen.
Salonee (@Beach_Bom), is a food blogger who takes great pictures or you may know her as a photographer who write about food and travel. She is also a fitness trainer. She writes for Mumbai Mag.
She writes at www.bellyfirst.wordpress.com
If you want to put up food stalls in an event or organize a food fair, then you should get in touch with Insia Lacewala (@1ns1a) from the Small Fry Co.
Contact them on www.smallfryco.com
Prachi Joshi (@DelishDirection)
She is a travel, food and lifestyle contributor for burrp, National Geographic and other travel publications.
Rushina Ghidiyal (RushinaMG) Contributes articles in HT Café.
Roshni Bajaj (@RoshniBajaj) Food Critic for HT, contributing editor for Vogue, India and a Mumbai Boss Columnist.
Shakti Salgaonkar (@shaaqT) is freelance writer, was earlier writing for DNA. The author of Imperfect Mr.Right and she continues to write about food.
APB Cook Studio
Rushina Ghidiyal’s APB Cook Studio holds cooking classes, caters corporate events, holds corporate classes, cooking competitions and festivals. You can also buy gourmet food items, variety of teas and as such from their well-stocked pantry. This is where you can also buy the famed and much talked about foodles by Rushina.
Is hosting so many different cooking classes. I think I must’ve mentioned them at least thrice by now, talking about some of our favourite food bloggers. The have bloggers teaching different cuisines, home-cooking techniques and even Chefs like Nachiket Shetye and Gresham Fernandes teaching the technical of cooking.
Meet some more Mumbai Foodies
These are some Mumbai food bloggers you ought to follow for info and also cause they are fun and interesting.
Charis B (@CulinaryStorm) for her friendly manner also some tried and tested recipes.
Adarsh Munjal (@theBigbhookad) to know where to find bugs in your food, some sarcasm and hardcore food criticism.
Abhishek Deshpande (@Desh) for very interesting food and travel stories, very descriptive writing literally takes you to the place with him.
Madhumita (@SassyFork) I love reading her experiences in all the food festivals she has been to, and continues to visit and write about. She brings Indian food back to our home and shares so much we don’t know.
Kalyan Kamarkar of finelychopped, Shaheen Peerbhai of The Purple Foodie and Rushina Ghidiyal are among Mumbai’s favourite food bloggers who each have their own interesting style of writing and we love reading about their food and travel experiences. While Kalyan’s stories are about food and the people around food, Rushina likes to share recipes, and has a very conversational and friendly style and Shaheen’s expertise from Le Cordon Bleu sets her apart in reader’s eyes.
As for me, I do this! After training as a Chef and working in Industrial kitchens I went to Nottingham, where I studied Broadcast Journalism and ate lots of steak, fish n chips and duck confit. While I was there I also shot a few food features like Chicken Tikka Masala Conquers Britain, where Food experts like Michelin starred Chef Atul Kochhar, British Food Expert Glynn Christian and TV Chef Manju Malhi contributed their expert insight about Indian food in United Kingdom. Since then I’ve been working for Food Television in India, and most recently Masterchef India. The food scene in India has changed so much over the past decade; it is hard to ignore the number of people that are contributing to increasing food awareness in our metros.
For me the biggest credit goes to popular television shows like Masterchef Australia, Masterchef India, food channels and shows TLC and NDTV Goodtimes. TV has brought about awareness about world cuisine, and the world food market is now greatly contributing to our routine diet. I’ve read about all that is happening around and about food in Mumbai, and I believe that this list will help us find the right food people. If you come across someone new and interesting on the block, do let me know so I can add him or her in.