About me

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Live life, Love Indian food! I’m a food writer and cookbook author. And I am passionate about cooking delicious and fabulous Indian food as part of a busy, everyday life.

I am an Indian food writer, columnist for the London Evening Standard, the author of Miss Masala: Real Indian Cooking for Busy Living (Harper Collins) and an Indian cookery personality. I have featured both on Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation TV comeback programme, and more recently, on Jamie Oliver’s online cookery channel FoodTube.

I started life growing up in Kolkata, in India’s West Bengal. I was despatched to England for my undergraduate degree by my family, with the recipe for one chicken curry and one dal. I didn’t even know how to boil an egg when I arrived at university. Since my Master’s degree, I have tried to replicate the gorgeous and wholesome food I grew up on in my very own, and thoroughly contemporary, Indian kitchen in London’s Clapham area.

In a step change from Indian cooks of days gone by, I reach for shameless shortcuts, kitchen gadgets, countless cookery tips and newly discovered tricks to dish up simple Indian recipes that fit into my busy life. I am passionate about inspiring you to do the very same.

When I’m not planning global domination, I am mother to two feral but fabulous children (aged 6 and 4.5) and wife to a very talented photographer.

I’d love to hear from you!

I don’t promote anything but myself on this blog, but I’d love to hear from you if you have a query, comment or feedback. Email me at mallika[at]quickindiancooking[dot]com. You can also connect with me on Instagram and Twitter: @MallikaBasu_

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