About Mridula: Mridula Baljekar started her career by teaching Indian cooking in Adult Education centres in and around her home in Surrey. She is now a highly respected Indian cookery teacher, food consultant and a best-selling cookery author. Her first book, The Complete Indian Cookbook, was published in 1990 and sold over a million copies worldwide.
Mridula since wrote 26 cookbooks and one of them, Great Indian Feasts, was awarded both 'The Best Asian Cookbook in the World' by the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, and Cookery Book of the Year in 2006. Her latest books, Regional Cooking of India, Vegetarian Cooking of India, Food and Cooking of India and Vegetarian Indian food and Cooking, were published in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively by Anness Publishing. The Complete Book of Indian Regional Cooking is due to be published in the Summer 2013, also by Anness Publishing.
Mridula hosted her own television series for Carlton Food Network, Mridula's Indian Kitchen and the highly acclaimed Spice Trail. She once hit the headlines as the 'cook who spiced up a superstore' when she stepped in as the consultant to Tesco, and turned around their ready meals.
Mridula's food is described in the media as 'Heaven on Earth for the senses'. Her food attracted the attention of politicians and celebrities alike. She cooked for Tony and Cherie Blair at No. 10 Downing Street and cooked Sunday lunch for Lord Bath, at his stately home, Longleat. However, that was not the only encounter with Royalty for Mridula. She was presented to HRH the Prince of Wales when she was the chief judge at a cookery competition at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Mridula also cooked for a private dinner party for Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger.
Mridula now spends much of her time in formulating more Indian and far eastern recipes with brilliant modern twists. She has also developed her own range of spiced chutneys and her Spiced Rhubarb Chutney was given a Gold Double Star at the Great Taste Awards. She hopes to find a reputable and established manufacturing company to work with so that she can have her chutneys in the supermarket shelves across the country.
She provides consultancy services to select Indian restaurants and retail outlets.
Below you will find some recipes by Mridula from her published work (reproduced with kind permisssion from Mridula Baljekar):