Food Blogs We Love
Mumbai’s food bloggers are a varied lot. From a baking-crazy college kid to a former IT professional-turned-food experimenter, these are our picks for food blogs you should be reading, like, now.
The Blog: Yumsilicious Bakes
The Blogger: 20-year-old Avanika Kiswani, recent college graduate and inveterate baker.
Why We Love It: From posting drool-worthy recipes (cinnamon raisin muffins, anyone?) to dishing on the growing pains of college life (braces!), Avanika’s food blog is like a peek into the diary of a cooking-crazed teenager. Not all the recipes are easy to make, but a surfeit of chocolate-heavy photos and clear evidence of cooking talent (pictures speak volumes) lends Yumsilicious the kind of easy, mouth-watering appeal that most blogs aspire to.
The Blog: The Purple Foodie
The Blogger: 23-year-old Shaheen Peerbhai, a former IT professional-turned-cook.
Why We Love It: Aside from practical tips (where to get baking ingredients to how to take good food pics), Peerbhai’s photography skills lend considerable weight to her blog. Nutella pop tarts, honey lavender madeleines, and rosemary garlic foccacia have never looked so good, or quite so easy to make, thanks largely to her step-by-step photos. That’s part of Purple Foodie’s charm, which acts as a cheerleader/support system for everyone who wanted to cook but didn’t think they could. Download her nifty baking notepads, or just feast your way (visually that is) through her photo archive.
The Blog: Divinetaste
The Blogger: 29-year-old MBA graduate Anushruti RK who moved from Bangalore to Mumbai in 2003.
Why We Love It: Most recipes are invented in Anushruti’s kitchen, and are evidence of her inventive experimentation. Pumpkin pie, jackfruit biryani, and cauliflower green curry — it’s all veg (and eggless) here, but that does little to detract from this blog’s strong visual appeal (when not cooking, Anushruti is also a photographer). There are frequent posts about making the basics—jeera pulao, dal tadka, parathas—that makes this a great induction for budding cooks.
The Blog: Sindhi Rasoi
The Blogger: 33-year-old Alka Keswani, mother, wife, and self-described homemaker.
Why We Love It: This is Sindhi family life updated for modern times. So mixed in with Keswani’s mother’s recipes for bhee patata (lotus stems with potato) and tooks (fried potatoes) are her musings on life as a housewife and mother (her seven-year-old also has a food blog), which make her informal ramblings something akin to gossipy chats with a close friend.