home caterers

An Open Invitation

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Sure dining at restaurants is exciting but tracking professional  home chefs has been my overriding passion for the past three decades.And I continue to do this in Mumbai and Chennai. Are you a professional home chef ? Do you conduct any foodie services out of home? Then what you are holding in your hands is an open invitation to be part of our next  #whatshottastingsession and of the Times Food guide. All you need to do is send us details about your work and  contact details instagram, twitter @rashmiudaysingh rashmiudaysingh2017@gmail.com

Whats Hot Tasting Session

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Talent Unlimited: L to R – Varun Ahuja and Anuj Bagri, Bharti and Bhavna Kumar, Mani Vinaik, Mugdha Agnihortri, Geetha Shridhar, Amna Shehzad Furniturewala, Mrudula Putchahas, AN Malhotra (centre) Radhika Ichhpuniani, Baijul Rathod.

Please excuse me if I’m getting carried away. I can’t contain my excitement at discovering Mumbai’s talented home chefs.  And this #Whatshottastingsession is organised specifically for our very own “Times Food guide 2017” which is being readied for  going to press.  On a rained out evening, we meet (fittingly enough) at the city’s landmark, iconic sixty year old Gaylord and the ever gracious AN Malhotra  plays host to Mumbai’s most talented taste-magicians. I’m grateful to the ever helpful team at Gaylord and also to the home chefs who’ve come all the way from Thane, Ghatkopar, Mulund, Mira Road…Im so happy. Cant stop smiling.

Breakfast & Bites | Worli | 9821086711

Looking for healthful and yummy fare? Call Mother-daughter team of Bharti and Bhavna Kumar. Crunchy and nutty bowl of muesli, Honey Nut Granola and Savory Oat Crisps (Matri), yummy trail mixes and Oatmeal Cookies, too.

Amshefs Gourmet | Bandra(W) | 9820769788

Party time? How about  a variety of sinful dessert dips like Cookie dough dip, Nutella Caramel Cheesecake dip and more ? .yum Golden Addictive hotseller (roasted almond n caramel popcorn clusters with a hint of salted caramel)? Amna Shehzad Furniturewala makes all this and more.

Through The Food Door | Thane | 9987090418

Mani Vinaik’s ‘Chocolaticious’ Brownies, boozy bakes and coloured ganache have a fan following. Try her decadent Cream Cheese Pound Cake. This  expert at catering for kiddie parties; is also known for themed cupcakes and Lasagne.

Rainbow Rasoi | Powai | 9892098240

Radhika Ichhpuniani (A highly qualified CA  turned chef)  takes catering orders from her FSSAI certified home kitchen and dishes up delicious vegetarian Italian, Mexican and Indian fare. Mini Pizza Uthapams and Mexican rice are a must-try!

IndiKitchen | Mahalakshmi | 7045313491

This food delivery service  by youngsters from the corporate world ( Alok Shah, Chirag Arya, Varun Ahuja and Anuj Bagri) serves it all…  Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner. Try the Biryani, Chicken Kalimiti and the range of Wow Paws.

Cup-a-Luscious | Mulund(W) | 9833042828

Eggless delights: Chocolate Strawberry Dessert Jars, Pushpops, and customized cupcakes with fondant. Blueberry cupcake takes the cake! Baijul Rathod 26-year-old freelance architect take a bow.

The Humble Pie | Ghaktopar(W) | 9880069696

A network engineer turned pastry chef, MrudulaPutchahas adiploma in patisserie from Lavonne Academy of Pastry Arts. Pies, Tarts, Cookies, Brownies, Cakes and Cupcakes, she does them all. My favourite: Sticky Toffee Pudding in a dessert jar.

Indian Food Express | Sion (E) | 9969134995

Found. Home made and fabulous  my favorite Mulgapudi Gunpowder, Sambar Powder, Rassam Powder and the softest idlis. A teacher, marathon runner and social entrepreneur,Geetha Shridhar  has been featured in many cookery shows for her famed BisiBele Bhath.

The Hungry Momma | Mira Road | 9820502049

CallMugdhaAgnihortri for catering orders for Kiddie Parties and house gatherings. Dhansak, Indian Street Food, ChingriMalai Curry, DaalPakwan, dips, and fish pickle. Brownies, muffins, cupcakes to mousse and  Jar Desserts.

Talent Unlimited

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I am rejoicing! I am celebrating! Chennai’s talented home chefs have this effect on me. Each time I visit Chennai and organise our #Whatshottasting session, I get blown away by the range of talent, by the sheer choice there is. Today, I write about two ends of the spectrum…from the deliciously healthy to the deliciously sweet.


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Yes! Healthy can be tasty. Nutritious can be delicious. Handmade, natural, healthy, safe and tasty…that’s what Fouziya Kutty  (a self-taught home chef) and husband Abdul Taher (an advertising professional) create and innovate. Pickles to jams…not only are they handmade, but also free from any kind of preservatives. They are also  made from only the freshest and the best organic fruits and vegetables. To be sure only organic brown sugar and organic salt is used. And ofcourse, as they point our “ the secret to our jams & sauces being yummier, is the actual “content” of the main fruit”. For example, their strawberry Jam has an actual fresh fruit content of not less than “65” % and in their tomato sauce fresh tomato content is almost “80%”.

Take your pick from Lime Date Pickle Chutney /Tomato Sauce / Schezwan  Sauce /  Birds Eye Chili Sauce . For Rs 150 each. For those with a sweet tooth, Strawberry Jam / Orange Marmalade/ Apple Fig jam /Mango jam  and even the unusual (5) Banana Jam

Sheik abdul  taher – 9841063408

Fouziya’s Cooking products are handmade and marketed by Fouziya’s Cooking
# 5, Raja Garden, Kottivakkam, Chennai -41



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A winner right through…International tennis champion, turned Public Relations expert turned  ace patisseur. Cindana Manickavel’s ‘Sugar Monkey’ has a huge following for it’s cakes, cupcakes, cookies and dessert jars. Why the name “SugarMonkey? “When I first started baking, my mother always said the kitchen looked like it had been ransacked by a monkey!” explains Cindana. But that’s where the monkey analogy ends, because Cindana specialises in sophisticated and elegant patisserie. For those looking for healthy options, Cindana also makes eggless and vegan cakes. Ofcourse, the super-indulgent whisky and rum  and chocolate options are all there. But most of all,  it’s the dessert jars which are magnetising attention. Not only are they unique and handy and easy to carry but deliciously creamy too. They make for Sweet finales too!


Ph. 98848-57156.    sugarmonkeysare@gmail.com


Would you like to featured in this column? What you are holding in your hands is an open invitation to do so. Be  a part of our “Whats Hot Tasting session”. Mail details of your work,  your signature dishes, a bit about your background and contact details. Contact me on instagram, twitter @rashmiudaysingh mail rashmiudaysingh2016@gmail.com,anjalisharma966@gmail.com

Waitingly yours.

Home caterers and Dessert makers in Delhi 2016

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#Homebakers & #HomeCaterers, I am thrilled with the response! Here’s where you can taste the creations of some talented Home Bakers and Caterers in Delhi. Do share your experience in the comments below and I will try your favourites and recommendations soon. Should you want to be listed here, write to me on rashmiudaysingh2016@gmail.com along with your menu, contact details, pictures & social media handles.

  1. Awadhi Season

Company Name: Awadhi Season

Phone: 099996 77746

Email: sethmansi@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/awadhiseason/

2. Homeway Cakes


Company Name: Homeway Cakes

Phone: 09873279979

Email:  gurejanaina23@gmail.com

Facebook : https://m.facebook.com/homewaycakes/

3. Foodport

Company Name: Foodport

Phone: 011-39595626

Email: info@foodport.co.in

Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/foodportindia

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/foodportindia/

#WhatsHotTastingSession in Mumbai

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MUMBAI’S MOST TALENTED: Deepika Gehani (center with the Times Guides) left to right Divya (in white) Varun , Priyal, Thea, Abha (with green box) Priyanka, Neena and Roweena (in the extreme corner in orange).

I’m excited. My sweet hunt has begun! Research for The Times Food Guide 2017 has started, with my very first “whats hot Tasting session”.

Today, Mumbai’s most talented sweet-magicians gather together and display their creations (fittingly enough)  amid the showcase of Europe’s finest timelessly elegant porcelain tableware and glassware.  Not only does the dynamic Deepika Gehani marketing director of this German tableware brand (which has been enhancing dining experience for Indians,) host our session but also recommended many of the mompreneurs and home bakers who re serving up sweet surprises…from healthy to sinful, traditional to modern..


What? A cake made of zucchini and quinoa and so moist and delicious? Gluten free, sugar free dairy free too? Yes. The lovely Divya Ranglani’s “Healthy treats”creations are a favourite with Sonam Kapoor, Malaika Arora, et al. The flourless date carrot mixed nut cake and granola bars are Kareena Kapoor’s favourite. Intense orange and dark Choc  cake, vegan, bars, cookies and more.9820154550


Beautiful, bespoke, stylish and gourmet  wedding cakes, cupcakes, cookies, desserts as well as chic packaging and gifting solutions… Thats what Cordon Bleu trained Priyal and former investment banker Priyanka of “Confetti” serve up beautifully.  Ph 9920907991


Believe it or not: the delicious brownies are made of sweet potato. The bubbly Roweena Bhatia of “Fatfree almost”blends innovation with food & health into flavorsome bespoke Brownies to Low fat Flavoured Hummus & Chocolate chutneys with a twist.  9920219993


Looking for eggless cakes and desserts?  Check out the gifted Neena Mehra ‘s large repertoire of wedding cakes and birthday theme cakes and desserts.
The must trys are Signature light and delightful trifle pudding and the Indian firni. neena.mehra@hotmail.com


The Prince of chocolates in India- Chef Varun Inamdar’s latest  artisanal chocolate series “Barcode” is a masterpiece.. Themed ‘Incredible India’ it is in reverance to flavors from 29 glorious states of our country. Enjoy volume 1 for now. Ph 9619256293


How about making and decorating makebelive cupcakes? Kids aged 4-7 here it is “The cool chef box”. Abha of “PodSquad” has designed many a fun hands-on, range of learning programmes-in-a-box. Each is complemented with dynamic digital content. Ph. 9833124258


Marzipan lovers mecca. The brilliant Estonian  Thea Tammeleht, uses her family’s traditional recipe to create her labor of love, ‘Nordic Kandie’ Plenty of flavours, luxurious candies are vegetarian, gluten free, cholesterol free, trans-fat-free.Edible gold and silver candies too. Ph  9699641112


Its an open invitation. If you cook, bake, provide foodie services and want to be a part of my Whatshottasting session…please email rashmiudaysingh2016@gmail.com, instagram, tweet @rashmiudaysingh.

Home caterers and Dessert makers in Mumbai 2016

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#Homebakers & #HomeCaterers, I am thrilled with the response! Here’s where you can taste the creations of some talented Home Bakers and Caterers in Mumbai. Do share your experience in the comments below and I will try your favourites and recommendations soon. Should you want to be listed here, write to me on rashmiudaysingh2016@gmail.com along with your menu, contact details, pictures & social media handles.

  1. The Hungry Bunny

Company Name: The Hungry Bunny

Phone: 098200 28092

Email: thehungrybunnymumbai@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/THBMumbai

Instagram: @thehungrybunnymumbai

2. Mad Batter


Company Name: Mad Batter

Phone: 099209 21601

Email: nikita25dalal@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Mad-batter-804375029613585/

3. Baked with Love by Annie

Company Name: Baked with Love by Annie

Phone: +91 9819363304

Email: bakedwithlovebyannie@gmail.com

Facebook : https://m.facebook.com/bakedwithlovebyannie/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/bakedwithlovebyannie/

4. Breakfast n Bites

Company Name: Breakfast n Bites

Phone: +91 9819766445

Email: breakfastnbites@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/breakfastnbites

Instagram: @breakfastnbites

5. The Green Snack Co.

Company Name: The Green Snack Co.

Phone: 074980 22022

Email: munch@thegreensnackco.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenSnackCo#

Instagram: http://instagram.com/thegreensnackco/

6. Asheys

Company Name: Asheys

Phone: 8828403690

Email:  ashima@asheys.in, orders@asheys.in

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/AsheysIN/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/

7. Bliss Over Bite

Company Name: Bliss Over Bite

Phone: 9699850002

Email:  order@blissoverbite.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/blissoverbite/?fref=ts

Instagram: @Blissoverbite

8. La Petit chef



Company Name: La Petit Chef 

Email: itsswayam@gmail.com

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/Spicesnme

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lapetitchef

9. Rainbow Rasoi


Company Name: Rainbow Rasoi

Phone: 9892098240

Email: rainbowrasoi@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/rainbowrasoi/

10. The Hungry Momma

Company Name: The Hungry Momma

Phone: +919820502049

Email:  thehungrymommma@gmail.com

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/thehungrymommma

11. Simple Bakes

Company Name: Simple Bakes

Phone: 9820327974/9820433391/9920442201

Email: bpoorniima@gmail.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/SimpleBakesMumbai/

12. Love and Flour

Company Name: Love and Flour

Phone: 099301 52303

Email: sarah_9394@hotmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Love-Flour-897340076963360/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/loveandflour/
13. Cup-a-luscious

Company Name: Cup-a-luscious

Phone: 098330 42828

Email: cupaluscious@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CupaLuscious/

Instagram -Cupaluscious

14. Green Appetite

Company Name: Green Appetite

Phone: 98202 15188

Email: pinkyglen@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/green.appetite/
15. Indikitchen

Company Name: Indikitchen

Phone: 070453 13491

Email: anuj@famishedfoods.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Indikitchen-695288007273366/
16. Janice’s Kitchen

Company Name: Janice’s Kitchen

Phone: 9619779511

Email: dsouza.janice16@gmail.com
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/FancyJancyKitchen/
17. The Chocolate Factory

Company Name: The Chocolate Factory

Phone: 9930080238

Email: tasneemsh08@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thechocolatefactoryandmore/
Instagram: @tas_chocolate_factory
18. Lets eat

Company Name: Lets Eat

Email: contact.letseat@gmail.com

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/LetsEatHomebakedGoodies/
Instagram: @aakanksha.lets.eat
19. Bhuke Plate

Company Name: Bhuke Plate

Phone: 9920028472

Email: bhukeplate@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BhukePlate/home
20. The Sweet Company
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Company name: The Sweet Company
Phone: 082919 98980
Email: vikas@thesweetcompany.in
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesweetcompanyindia/
21. Knains Delicia
Company name: Knains Delicia
Phone: 9819642977
Email: knainsdelicia@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nainacheddaandketkisatra/
22. That’s The Story
Company name: That’s The Story
Phone: 096199 46134
Email: swati@thatsthestory.in
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thatsthestoryblog/

Chicken Escalopes Stuffed with Peanuts & Spinach Coulis Served with Bacardi Cococream

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Chef: Milind Sovani

Cuisine: Continental

Category: Main Course

Serves: 4

Cooking Time: 15 minutes                                                                     Prepn/Marin: 15 minutes



4                                                                                             Chicken breasts

200ml.                                                                                 Coconut cream

2 bunches                                                                           Spinach

100 gms.                                                                             Peanuts

50 gms.                                                                                Mozzarella cheese

4                                                                                             Jalapeno peppers

60ml.                                                                                    Bacardi Rum


For Seasoning

As required                                                                        Salt and pepper

A pinch of                                                                           Nutmeg powder

3 tbsp.                                                                                  Butter



Take a boneless whole chicken breast with a wing bone. Slit on side to create a pouch for stiffing. Repeat for the rest.

For the Stuffing

Blanch spinach and roughly chop it. Saute the spinach in a little butter. Add peanuts, salf, pepper nutmeg and mix.

Stuff each chicken breast with the stuffing.

Cook these escalopes in a little butter on both sides in a pan.

For the Sauce

Heat butter in pan, add the jalapeno peppers (cut into small cubes), toss. Add rum and reduce.

Add coconut cream, salt and pepper. Finally add grated cheese. This will thicken it. Reduce the sauce till it is creamy.

Place the chicken escalope in the serving platter and pour the sauce towards the tips of every escalope.

Garnish and serve .

Whats Hot Tasting Session in Chennai

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Joy of joys!  My latest “Whats Hot tasting session” not only served up delicious surprises but  an amazing range too. Home enterprises run by passionate foodies and look what they are upto. From anti-bacterial, anti-aging healthy fare to traditional, home made Muslim sweets.




Age old flowers, forgotten recipes, organic fruits and vegetables…you name it. Sonya Srinivasan grows them in her own organic farm (be it Avarampu flowers or modakathan) and makes the most delicious Anti -inflamatory anti bacterial, anti-aging chutneys, decoctions et al. We do a tasting of the tasty and wholesome Aragarkovil dosa of Black urad dal. Delightfully vibrant and flavorful chutneys and more. Plenty more. Dual grained atta with a little twist,  wheat and oats spiced with dry ginger powder and a hint of fennel powder, wheat sprouted ragi powder with Jeera powder,  azhagar kovil dosa batter made of whole Urad with skin  and spiced and atta with powdered curry powder and corn flour too.

Sindhi food lovers delight: sweets and savories such as Singhar ki mithai ( made from non – salty sev of besan or gramflour), Tosho ( sweet flour rolls) , Seero Malpuro ( Malpua served with sooji halwa) and Sindhi khicha ( Tapioca). Loved the healthy yummy Peanuts and rock.ginger sweet too.

And all that wasn’t enough, Sonya grows and sells Indian pittu apple  to Dragon fruit  and avocado too.  Ph. 944444-2662

Can home deliver too.



I cant stop eating it. The purest and sweetest taste of the finest almonds in this “badam ke bhukath”.And to think that its  made of only almond and sugar. Making these traditional Muslim sweets are Azra Zafar and her daughter in law Sobia Habibunissa. These traditional Muslim sweets  are made during marriages. Making these sweets is a time consuming exercise and needs lot of hard work such as  Ande ki piyousi (eggs ,khoya ,saffron and ghee ), badam ke loaz ( pure badam and khoya and saffron). And they also make the humble pumpkin into a delight in their kaddu ke loaz ( pumpkin khoya and saffron ) and  dum ke puri ( puri stuffed with badam halwa and baked). When I request for the recipes I am told these are “fiercely guarded recipes, handed down over generations and cannot be shared with outsiders.” Atleast we can eat them, and that’s fabulous!

Call 98405-38889 or mail sobihabibunissa@gmail.com



I have to place on record my thanks to the ever helpful, knowledgable Foodies who helped me taste my way through this tasting session. Brilliant Executive chef Jaffar Ali who has honed his skills over the years, showcases them brilliantly be it in the Connemara’s  Oriental or the Chettinadu cuisine restaurants. Afzal Khan’s amazing knowledge and skills in food and beverage are well known.  Infact it’s thanks to the everhelpful Ahmar Siddiqui, that we hold this whats hot tasting session at the  Connemara hotel. Rakesh

Raghunathan, food entrepreneur, blogger and TV show host peppers the evening with his lively food comments and Anjali Sharma coordinates and puts it together. Thanks to all the participants and foodies our  Tasting session turns out to be a truly “Whats hot”  one!

#WhatsHotTastingSession in Chennai

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Your attention please! Superb surprises ahead. Please take a look at the photograph Ive shot under the trees. What you can see are Chennai’s talented homebakers and caterers. What you cannot see are the interesting and delicious food they brought along. All this for our “Whats hot Tasting session”. I ‘ve flown down from Mumbai for this and each time I conduct this session, I get surprised. Pleasantly. With the variety and vivacity.


Unusual flavors tango on my tastebuds as I taste Sonya Srinivasan’s Avarampu flowers and leaves, Modakathanet al  made to forgotten recipes into healthful, anti inflamatory anti bacterial chutneys and preserves.  Bursting with flavor and texture are Chef Jaffar Ali’s superb repertoire of Chettinadu chutneys. Hand pounded and made of the finest ingredients by

Mani Megaly  and shanti from Kariakuddi, be it the  superb Ginger mango, or the unusual beetroot and broccoli. I taste these again at a memorable Chettinad meal in the Raintree and cant wait to lay my hands on the recipes and share these with you. Infact it’s thanks to the everhelpful Ahmar Siddiqui, Afzal khan, Sanjukthaa Roy and ofcourse Chef Jaffar Ali that we hold this whats hot tasting session at the Connemara hotel.

Fouziya’s line of organic pickles and preserves  is tongue ticklingly good. Especially her date n lime pickle.



How about some traditional Muslim Mithai? Made from the purest of almonds (Badam ke bukath

Badam le lauz)

sobia and noorie zafar  also make a superb Ande ki piyosi and more.

Velvetty creamy home made Casatta icecream made by Sadia gibran’s got top vote as did her Roat semolina cake Mamta ki Rasoi brought along delightful icecream made from natural mint and rose

And an unusual muesli butterscotch

Akshita Agarwal, a student baker’s c

akes in a jar (esp the Pineapple crunchy wit  Praline) was a big hit.

Shivangi Daga’s eggless  dessert classes are in demand. Susan is well known for her  Xmas cakes and Brownies. Cindana of Sugar Monkeys for her

Desserts in jars, especially the Red velvet and  Carrot cake.

Kashish Bathija has just started off and brought along Indian desserts.




How would you like to cook and then party with all that you’ve cooked? All in a beautifully appointed recreational Food studio? Shree Periakaruppan’s Foodology with its many specialty chefs (F

Neelima vegan certified chef and stylist from Canada. Damyanti Paul

Srilankan food and more) is the answer. From 16 flavors in coated cashews to food for kiddies parties are Meena and Nisha chabbria’s specialty.

Ready to cook chapattis? Uma Srinivasan has them for you. She does catering too. Mansi of Foody Palace and her home chefs promote home cooked food and each one actually cooks in her own home kitchen.



Are you  a home baker and caterer and want to be part of this? Or a passionate foodie like Rakesh

Raghunathan, food entrepreneur, blogger and TV show host then emailRashmiudaysingh2016@gmail.com, anjali —— instagram, twitter @rashmiudaysingh


WATCH THIS SPACEDue to space constraint Ive given you only a whiff of our tasting session. For more details (contacts etc) watch this column every other Friday