I’m Anjali Pathak. My love for food and cooking started when I was super young, probably around the time my senses came alive. I grew up in a home filled with spice aromas and my love affair for Indian food began.
I spent my childhood in the kitchen and was lucky to have been exposed to all sorts of exotic ingredients that my mum and grandmother were experimenting with. It was only a matter of time before I learnt the tricks of the trade. Growing up in the foodie family that popularised Indian food across the world, I discovered my passion for cooking and I love playing with different flavours and aromas to see how they can liven up our senses.
Being born in Britain I have had to teach myself a lot about the culture and the cuisine. I learnt most of what I know about Indian cooking from my family and professional Indian chefs across the world. I have travelled around most of India (well as much as I can) trying to absorb the nuances of regional cuisines but there is still so much to learn. For me this does not just relate to Indian cuisine, but to cooking in general, and so I decided to study at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London. It was some of the toughest few months of my life, but by far the best! Some may say what does an Indian chef need to learn French cooking for?! But I love bridging the gap between traditional Indian and contemporary International cuisine. That is what this website is all about. A collection of my foodie thoughts and recipes to match. Spices are some of the most exciting ingredients to work with and when you have mastered the basics, all you need to do is practice and find what you like best. All my recipes are foundational and so use them as a template to create your own dishes for your own tastes. After all, isn’t that what cooking is all about? Having fun in the kitchen and trying not to lose control! I’ve always loved learning and sharing which has lead to me teaching masterclasses, and it’s always been a dream of mine to open up my own cookery school. Recently I joined the food start up world and built my dream open kitchen and food event space in Mumbai – Flavour Diaries. A place to kick back, relax and get foodie.
I am always thinking of new recipes and adding them onto the site so keep checking back regularly for some culinary inspiration and don’t forget to check out my cookbook ‘Secrets from my Indian Family Kitchen‘.