Traditional home cooked Indian food has always been an important part of my life. I was born and raised in North India and married to a South Indian (we met each other in the middle of India, in Mumbai!) This cultural mix of North and South helped build my repertoire of Indian dishes – some of which have been in our family for generations.
I relocated to the UK in 2007 with my husband. I realised soon enough that the Indian food on offer was just not the same as what I had grown up eating – simple, rustic, healthy and yet delicious. After 10 years in the corporate world I decided to take a break to raise a family. During this period I spent a lot of time in my family kitchen, honing my cooking skills – replicating and improvising on my family recipes. I discovered I had a real passion for Indian cooking. Returning to a 9 to 5 job just did not excite me anymore…I wanted to start something special of my own. It is on the back of this that I launched Breech Lane Curry House – Indian cooking classes and courses to share my passion, knowledge and understanding of Indian food in its true sense with a focus on healthy food. All my classes are small and cozy, where each participant prepares the dishes from scratch using fresh local produce, home roasted and ground spices and good quality vegetables with the food prepared in olive oil.
Since it’s launch, my school has generated over 400 participants, earning five star reviews each time! I have recently been shortlisted as a finalist in the business mum of the year category of the nationwide Family Network Awards. I was invited on the BBC SURREY radio talk show ‘Upclose’ to share my love of Indian food and my food journey. I have participated in cookery demonstrations such as the 50 plus show in Kensington Olympia, taken part in food events where I have promoted my home made blend of spice mixes and a special mango pickle alongside my hands on Indian cookery classes.