Food evokes a passion in me that I cherish.

My grandparents moved from India to Malawi in the late 1940’s, when the partition happened between India and Pakistan.  There was a large Indian community in Malawi so recipes and cooking styles from home were preserved. I learnt from my mum, recipes passed down from generations. And later when my family moved from Malawi to the UK, I started experimenting with the new ingredients available there.

I am one of four girls and we all love our food, we share recipes and ask each other culinary advice. You will see some of my sisters’ recipes in my blog from time to time.

After moving to New Zealand in my twenties, I missed my mum’s cooking, so I started creating her dishes and experimenting. I also started writing my food blog “Tamarillos for Chutney” because I wanted more people to see that cooking Indian food doesn’t have to be difficult.

Using simple spices and a blend of East and West you can create authentic Indian inspired dishes. I have drawn inspiration from the different countries I have lived in, and created modern Indian food to suit the way we live today.

I have been published in New Zealand House & Garden magazine, several times and Taste magazine.  I have also featured in the TV1 show “Neighboourhood”. And I am currently working towards my first cookbook. I live in Auckland with my kiwi husband and two children.