Tell us about Sinfully Yours, your second cookbook.
Desserts are a weakness, so I wanted to share some innovative desserts ideas. As the proverb goes, ‘The proof of the pudding lies in the eating’!
And your first one, The Spice Route.
Spice Route is a book of my food travels, along with a few recipes that I cooked during MasterChef. It is a reflection of what food means to me.
How was winning MasterChef?
It was amazing—full of learning, some tough moments and great competition! It also gave me a globally recognised platform to transform my passion into my profession.
Why do you say food is your “lifeline”?
It has been the only constant in my life, and it’s what I live for.
What do you think is the one skill needed to become a good cook?
Instinct and passion.
How was writing the second book different from the first?
My first was a step in the dark! But with my second book I was complete in terms of clarity of type of food and giving the reader a solution for their post-meal cravings.
Sweet or savoury?
How is it being a woman Indian chef?
Being a woman in a male-dominated industry is difficult, but it is changing. As for being Indian—the variety of spices we have is the greatest. Yet we tend not to experiment.
You went on a spice trail. What is your one favourite ingredient in the kitchen?
It has just begun. So far, my favourite is garlic.
A career in food ensures putting on weight around the edges; any advice?
One has to watch, work out and know when to stop!