Award-winning cookery writer, Mridula Baljekar is the best-selling author of 27 Indian cookery books and the proud winner of two international cookbook awards.
Her book, The Complete Indian Regional Cookbook was awarded the Best in the World by the prestigious Gourmand International Cookbook Awards in 2013. Mridula was also the winner of the The Best Asian Cookbook in the World for her book Great Indian Feasts in 2005, by Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Great Indian Feasts was also awarded ‘Cookery Book of the Year’ in 2006.
Mridula presented 52 shows for Carlton Food Network, her own series ‘Mridula’s Indian Kitchen‘ and 13 episodes of the highly acclaimed ‘Spice Trail‘. She has also appeared on numerous other TV channels in the UK and India.
She also appeared on Channel 4 (Gloria’s Open House), BBC2 (The Heaven and Earth Show), Sky One and more recently on the Chrissy B show. In India she appeared on the most popular channels, NDTV and ZTV. In January 2018 Mridula appeared in the UK’s popular channel 4 programme Food Unwrapped which has been hugely successful.
She is regularly invited to present cookery shows on regional and national radio stations such as LBC Radio, BBC Southern Counties, BBC Berkshire, BBC Birmingham and the Food Programme on Radio 4.
She owned a contemporary Indian restaurant in Windsor, Berkshire, England, winning several prestigious awards, including the winner at the Best in Britain Awards from 2002-2006.
Mridula’s food is described in the media as ‘Heaven on Earth for the senses’, ‘Route to spice heaven’, and ‘traditional Indian cuisine with a brilliant modern twist’. Mridula’s food attracted the attention of politicians and celebrities alike. She catered a garden party in No.10 Downing Street and a private dinner party for Jerry Hall. Mridula has also cooked Sunday Lunch for the Marquess of Bath at his home in Longleat.
She was born and raised in Assam in North East India and when she moved to England she turned her childhood passion for cooking into a highly successful career.
The Complete Indian Cookbook was published in 1990, and sold over a million copies worldwide.
Mridula hit the headlines in the 1990s when she stepped in as Tesco’s Indian chilled ready meals consultant and turned them around. During the 6 years that Mridula spent consulting with Tescos, she developed and launched 27 lines for them. She was described in the media as the ‘cook who spiced up a superstore’.
Today Mridula really is recognised as the best cook and writer in her field.
As well as running highly successful cookery classes she has now launched her own range of spiced chutneys. Premium cooking sauces, spice pastes and BBQ spice rubs to follow soon. Mridula’s Spiced Tomato Chutney was awarded a gold star at the 2017 Great Taste Awards.
- Mridula offers consultancy services to successful Indian restaurants in the UK and India, and worked with the spice manufacturing company Schwartz.
- Mridula’s cookery demonstrations are highly popular, and she has appeared at venues like the London Book Fair, Speciality and Fine Food Show, Le Cordon Bleu in London and BBC Good Food Show. She lectures, sits on judging panels and judges for the Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards and the National Curry Week.