Maunika Gowardhan

Maunika Gowardhan

I’m Maunika and I’m an Indian chef and food writer. Raised in Mumbai, my food influences stem from traditional home cooking, creating authentic and delicious Indian dishes full of flavour and spice.

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My Latest Recipes

Cardamom, Rose and Pistachio Cake

The batter for this cake is made with yoghurt and like most sweet and savoury dishes in Indian cooking; yoghurt keeps the cake fresh and also gives it a tangy flavour. I’m no expert at baking and this is the […]

Bombay chilli cheese toastie

Indian street food is brimming with so many flavours, spices and the goodness of finding that ultimate food fix that’s delicious and quick to rustle up. A Bombay sandwich is definitely high up on my list! There are so many […]

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Thaili - New Book

Thali

The word 'Thali' refers to the way meals are eaten in India; where a mixed selection of delicious dishes are served together on one platter. They offer a wonderful way to experiment with Indian flavours and dishes and to discover the rich and diverse range of this cuisine.

From familiar and classic Indian dishes like Tadka Dal and Matar Paneer alongside less familiar ones such as Pomegranate Spiced Chicken and Konkani Jackfruit Stir-Fry, these recipes will encourage you to explore the varied and vibrant range of food, flavours and textures across the Indian subcontinent, and give you the confidence and skill to create your own perfect thali.

Featuring a thali inspiration section at the end which showcases four stunning regional thalis to recreate at home, as well as menu ideas to help you mix and match recipes as you like, Thali is a joyful and creative approach to Indian home-cooking that will excite and inspire.

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I love Maunika's cooking. Her food is a joy - she makes incredible Indian food really achievable at home.

Jamie Oliver

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The Spice Pantry

With a variety of spices in the Indian cooking repertoire it can be tricky to decide where to begin. What are the must have spices in the kitchen and how to get the most out of them? This spice guide gives you an insight to what Indian kitchens and regional communities stock up. Also simple hints, tips and tricks on how to use each spice along with a suggested list of recipes for the spices.

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