Mumbai’s international food scene is already busy and buzzy, and now the arrival of a newly-launch cookery school has got the city’s culinary community all abuzz. With Flavour Diaries, busy bee and businesswoman Anjali Pathak is aiming to introduce India’s would-be masterchefs to a big wide world of global gastronomy via a cosmopolitan curriculum which offers something to suit every skill level and please every palate.
Anjali comes from the very foodie family that founded Patak’s, a company best-known for bringing Britain India in a jar via a range of ready-to-use spice pastes.
But, as evidenced by the eclectic collection of recipes in her ‘Secrets From My Indian Family Kitchen‘ cookbook, her own cooking style roves the globe – employing the same magpie approach to ingredients and techniques as her former employer, Jamie Oliver.
Working as a tutor at Oliver’s Recipease, Leiths-trained Anjali honed her own skills still further as she taught students how to slice, dice, bish, bash and indeed bosh with the best of them. There, there was no sticking slavishly to measurements, taking it all too seriously, or crying over spilt milk; and nor will there be at Flavour Diaries. Anjali gets her kicks in the kitchen, and thinks you should, too.
Perched atop Khar Social, the culinary studio welcomes enthusiastic amateurs and keen cooks alike to master the likes of Japanese sushi-rolling, Mediterranean salad-dressing, Mexican taco-stuffing, Italian pasta-making and British cake baking – all occasionally with a funky Indian accent when Anjali’s been inspired by an ingredient she’s picked up from Pali Naka.
Classes at Flavour Diaries are intended to be interactive, so if you’re enrolled, prepare to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Perused the programme but still unsure what to go for? Pop in and allow Anjali to give you the full lowdown over high tea, served on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings in the school’s covetable cookbook library-cum-coffee-lounge.
Watch out for this one-woman whirlwind. With Flavour Diaries, she’s got the world both in her kitchen and at her feet.
Dates for the (Flavour) Diary
Why wait? Get stuck straight in with a half-day hands-on session this very week…. click the class name for more information.
Tues 24th Nov British Cake Baking
Wed 25th Nov Mexican Tacos & Dips
Thurs 26th Nov Japanese Sushi
Fri 27th Nov European Soups & Salads
- Flavour Diaries is at Rohan Plaza, 3rd floor, above Khar Social, Khar, Mumbai, India
- For more information, click here and like flavourdiariesmumbai on Facebook
- To read what the word ‘curry’ means to Anjali, click here
- To read my interview with Anjali for Good Things magazine, click here