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.

Authentic but achievable
Indian recipes

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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.

Lifestyle

Variety of mixed vegetarian dishes

Jamavar comes to London

When it comes to Indian fine dining Jamavar is undoubtedly at the helm across cities in India. Having eaten at the Mumbai and Bengaluru restaurants I have always regarded the food as some of the finest I’ve tasted. Jamavar is […]

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Chatting with ShethePeople TV

During my trip to India last month I spoke with ShethePeople TV about my journey in food, cookbooks, my recipes and how cooking has evolved over time. Watch more about it here

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The must visit restaurant in London!

Only open for a few months this is most definitely the place to be for a scrumptious Indian meal! Talli Joe has already received rave reviews for their menu and cocktail list that celebrates flavours of India! I recently went […]

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