About Me

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 debut cookbook ‘Indian Kitchen’ published by Hodder and Stoughton is packed with traditional Indian curries alongside recipes dating back to the 1950’s from her family home in Mumbai.

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She regularly contributes to a number of publications including the Sunday Times, Telegraph, Jamie 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 has worked with brands like Sainsbury’s, Tilda Rice and Patak’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.

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A year of eating in 2018

Where is your favourite place to eat a chicken curry in central London? Given how far we have come in food I realise what a vague question this is. When most restaurant menus now read like the map of India […]

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Christmas Giveaway with Indian Kitchen!

Its nearly Christmas and I’m beginning to feel festive! This month has been busy and very exciting and I cant wait to share all the new projects I’ve been working on. There have been loads of cookery events and classes I have […]

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48 hours in Mumbai

Sharing my top tips of places to visit in Mumbai for a whistle stop trip! Places to see, eat and lots to do on this feature for Squaremeal with Lufthansa. There are plenty more I would love to include so will add […]

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Maunika's Indian Recipes App

Maunika’s Indian Recipe’s App is a guide to cooking delicious Indian curries, filled with over 400 recipes. From quick mid week meals, weekend brunch ideas, curries for family & friends. Get access to lots of recipes that have been developed exclusively for the App, along with top restaurants, places to visit including my favourite markets, resorts and street food stalls, and upcoming cookery events.