Maunika Gowardhan is an Indian chef and author. Born and raised in Mumbai, India she is now based in the UK. Through her work in food she creates and shares traditional Indian dishes with exciting flavours and ingredients that are reflective of her upbringing and heritage. Her approach to cooking is simple and enticing with the use of earthy spices, fresh herbs & blends that are synonymous with India, based around dishes that are accessible and recipes are cooked from communities across India; many of which have been part of her own family for generations.
Maunika’s career in Indian food, spanning over a decade has stemmed from her love for authentic flavours, techniques of cooking and being able to share a fresh perspective on the cuisine. She strives to bridge cultural understanding between the East and the West working tirelessly via her cookery events, books, features, TV appearances and social media presence.
Maunika’s new cookbook ‘Thali’ explores the regional diversity of Thalis across communities of India with family recipes, history of spices and how they are eaten. She is celebrating the variety of Indian cuisine by sharing these recipes you can recreate in your own home. “THALI” is out in October 2021. Maunika is also the author of ‘Indian Kitchen’.
Authentic but achievable
She regularly contributes to a number of publications including the Sunday Times, Telegraph, BBC Olive Magazine and is the contributing editor for Vogue India where she shares all the latest on the global Indian food scene.
Maunika has cooked curries with TV chef Jamie Oliver and Heston Blumenthal. She also teaches cookery classes at Jamie’s Cook School in London and River Cottage in Dorset. She has worked with Sainsbury’s advising and developing Indian recipes and contemporary cooking ideas.
She firmly believe that to really develop skills and knowledge in a particular style of cooking you need to immerse yourself in it. With family roots in India, she spends a lot of her time extensively travelling across the Indian sub continent exploring spices, recipes and cooking in her family homes. She also regularly meets with restaurateurs, food traders and friends in cities across India who share her passion for authentic Indian cooking.