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6 Home Chefs Who Make You Crave Home-Cooked Gujarati Food

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Gujarati cuisine is known for its diversity and flavours, reflecting the cultural richness of the Gujarat region in India. Gujarati food is mainly vegetarian, made with the help of vegetables, lentils, grains, and dairy products. The best part about this cuisine is its balance of sweet, spicy, salty, and tangy flavours in almost every dish. The demand for Gujarati food has been increasing in India and around the globe with more and more people becoming vegetarian and knowing its health benefits and the versatility and flavour of the cuisine.

In the world of social media, one can easily learn and cook Gujarati dishes. Certainly, Instagram has become a hub for chefs to showcase their culinary skills. It is especially popular among home cooks and food bloggers. Besides, who share their passion for cooking through photos, videos, and stories.

Here’s The Reel Stars sharing a few home chefs who are known for their traditional Gujarati recipes. However, They blend modern techniques and ingredients, creating innovative dishes appealing to all.

Meghna’s Food Magic

Chef Meghna Kamdar is quite popular on Instagram among food enthusiasts and aspiring chefs for her innovative recipes. However, the introduction of new flavours across a variety of dishes. Meghna often shares Gujarati dishes on her Instagram account. Furthermore, one dish that received a lot of love from her followers is ‘Dudhi Na Muthiya’. This dish is made out of lauki (bottle gourd) mixed with wheat flour, sooji, and species. Besides, Take a look at the video for the detailed recipe!

Urmila Jamnadas Asher

Urmila Jamnadas Asher aka Gujju Ben Na Nasta is a well-known chef on Instagram. She makes delicious Gujarati snacks and dishes with a dash of her expertise. Furthermore, She has been a Top 16 finalist in MasterChef India and has been a TEDx Speaker at AIIMS. Urmila Ben at the age of 78 teaches us nothing is impossible and age is no barrier. Though, all her recipes are watch-worthy her ‘Bharela Ringna Nu Shaak is a must-try at home. It is a dish made out of brinjal which is stuffed with spices and is full of flavours.

Khushi Ramani

Khushi Ramani, who has an Insta page with Foodie Gujarati. However, she is a one-stop destination for all the foodies who love to explore new dishes. The recipes are quite innovative. She makes dishes keeping all the age groups in mind. Moreover, Khushi recently shared a recipe of Gujarat’s famous dish locho which is usually eaten for breakfast. Though the dish is quite tricky to cook, Khushi’s cooking method made it simple. Take a look!

Nidhi Parmar

Nidhi Parmar, who is a Gujarati living in the US, often flaunts her culinary skills on her Instagram profile. However, Her easy recipe of Patra is loved by all. Patra is a beloved snack that embodies the rich culinary heritage of Gujarat. It is a spicy Gujarati snack made from patarveli leaves (taro leaves) mixed with spices. Besides, which is typically eaten as a snack or appetizer.

Aanal Kotak

Aanal is quite popular on Instagram with 707K followers who always look forward to her new dishes. Aanal’s Instant Handvo recipe is a must-try. Furthermore, The dish is a savory vegetable cake originating from Gujarat which is famous worldwide for its unique taste. The dish is very healthy as it is full of vegetables. Take a look at the detailed recipe!

Ankita Vadgara

Ankita is known for Gujarati dishes which she converts into a healthy option. For example, in her previous recipe of Gujarat’s famous dhokla, she gave a touch of spinach. However, By adding spinach puree, she made a healthy spinach green dhokla. Take a look!

Let us know which Gujarati dish you’re trying in your kitchen next!  

Dharini Sanghavi is an entertainment journalist, and mom to a son. She has more than 13 years of experience and has worked with TellyChakkar and Koimoi. She is a social bird and is self-motivated by nature!

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Home Bakers Teaching Baking Tricks On Social Media

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Home bakers on Instagram are revolutionizing dessert making by sharing expert tips, tricks, and delicious recipes. Balancing the challenges of running a baking business with content creation, they inspire followers with their engaging and flavorful desserts.

Top Home Bakers and Content Creators:

Mohena Ahluwalia @onceuponacakepune

Instagram followers: 68.5K 

Mohena Ahluwalia, popularly known as Cakewali Didi, is from Pune. She is a cake expert who is professionally trained in vegan and gluten-free baking. For healthy baking workshops, Cakewali Didi is the best baker. From diabetic-friendly breads to gluten-free cakes to healthy cookies, rajgira pista cookies to jowar lemon cookies, and much more.

Her story of becoming a baker is nothing less than a movie script. Coming from a computer genius family and getting a master’s Degree from Monash University Australia, Mohena always wanted to do something to show her creative side.

The simple joy of seeing a broad smile on a friend’s face after biting into one of her homemade delicacies is when she decided to start. She enrolled in the Lotus School of Cake Decorating Arts in Pune for a one-year course in Professional Cake Decorating. Since then Mohena has worked hard to spread the sweetness across Pune.

Here is a Healthy dessert recipe by her:

Saloni Mehta @pastrybysaloni

Instagram followers: 400K

Saloni Mehta is a vegan, dairy-free, and eggless home baker. She teaches unique vegan recipes, such as Oreo magnum bars, no-bake strawberry crunch cheesecake, red velvet marble loaf cake, peach crumb cheesecake, banana sheet cake, cinnamon sugar croissant loaf, and many more dessert recipes. 

Saloni has also written a book on vegan baking, ‘Vegan Baking Made Simple.’ 

Namrata Sanwal @pastrychefnam

Instagram followers: 166K

Namrata Sanwal is a recipe developer, baking mentor, and consultant. She is a trained chef with 9 years of experience in diverse culinary roles. She is one of Instagram’s first baking science content creator. 

Namrata merges pastry science and art to make baking easy. She started her baking journey because she used to love eating desserts as a kid. She started experimenting and cooking with her mom at home. She studied at Delhi University when she realized her calling was baking. Completing her hospitality management course, she has been trained with brands like JW Marriott and ITC hotels. 

After completing the course, during placement interviews, she was selected as a kitchen management trainee (specialising in bakery) at The Park Hotels. She worked for a couple of years until she was promoted to bakery kitchen executive (assistant manager). From then on, Namrata worked in various bakeries across France and has helped many bakeries and baking-related brands with creativity, content, menu planning, etc.

Here is a recipe by her:

Roshni Shukla @snfcakes

Instagram followers: 26.8K

Roshni Shukla is a baker and a cake artist. She started Sugar and Flour Bakes Bangalore in 2015. All those things she has exploded into baking, but her true passion landed in buttercream flowers.

2020 was a memorable year for Roshni because she won various cake competitions, conducted her first online classes, and was declared one of the top 10 bakers in India and Bangalore.

Buttercream design by her:

Ishleen Kaur @pastrybysaloni

Instagram followers: 140K

Ishleen Kaur is a cake artist based in Patna. She owns an eggless designer cake boutique specializing in Wedding Cakes. She creates impressive giant wedding cakes, which are mind-blowing. She is an educator and tricks and recipes from her baking journey. She also uses fondant to create unique shapes and designs on the cake to make it beautiful. 

Here is a cupcake icing hack by her:

These are some amazing and creative home bakers who are giving their best to their business and content creation journey. Follow them to support them and learn easy hacks for making cakes. 

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From Food Show Champion to Butter Chicken King: Saransh Goila

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Do you consider yourself a butter chicken connoisseur? Can you sniff out a truly exceptional rendition from a pale imitation a mile away? If so, then you’ve likely crossed paths with the culinary genius behind one of India’s most beloved comfort foods – Saransh Goila. But Goila’s more than just a butter chicken extraordinaire; he’s a food creator who’s taken his passion for exploration and deliciousness to a whole new level.

Intrigued? Dive into the world of Saransh Goila, where reality TV stardom meets epic road trips, international adventures collide with a love for local flavors, and a single, iconic dish becomes a nationwide phenomenon.

From beginning with Sanjeev Kapoor’s approval to being on MasterChef Australia

Goila’s story began in 2010 when he emerged victorious on the prestigious Food Food Maha Challenge, a show judged by culinary legend Sanjeev Kapoor. This win was just the first course in a multi-course meal of achievements. He donned the chef’s hat again on shows like Sanjeev Kapoor Ke Kitchen Khiladi, showcasing his skills to a wider audience.

But Goila craved not just competition, but connection. In 2012, he embarked on an epic 100-day road trip across India, documented in the show “Roti Rasta aur India.” This wasn’t your average sightseeing tour. Goila delved into the heart of rural villages, meeting families and learning the secrets of their regional cuisines. Every twist and turn on the road became a culinary lesson, a testament to the rich tapestry of flavors that defines Indian food.

Fueled by his travel experiences, Goila’s wanderlust extended beyond borders. His web series “The Spice Traveller” took him to Great Britain, where he explored the unique culinary landscape of that country. This insatiable curiosity to discover new tastes translated beautifully into another web series, “Run to Eat.” Here, Goila combined his love for travel and food, exploring the world on foot, one delicious bite at a time.

Goila’s influence transcended national boundaries in 2018. He was invited as a guest judge on MasterChef Australia, a prestigious platform where he introduced the contestants (and the audience) to his take on the iconic butter chicken. Here, he wasn’t just judging a dish; he was sharing a piece of Indian culinary heritage.

From Starting Goila Butter Chicken in 2016 to Reaching 100 Outlets in 2024!

Goila’s passion wasn’t limited to the screen. In 2016, his dream materialized in the form of “Goila Butter Chicken,” a Mumbai-based restaurant dedicated to his signature dish. The restaurant’s success resonated with food lovers across India, and Goila witnessed his creation become a national favorite. Recently, the brand reached a remarkable milestone – 100 outlets! This exponential growth is a testament to Goila’s ability to elevate a seemingly simple dish into a culinary phenomenon.

Saransh Goila is more than a chef; he’s a storyteller. Through his shows, restaurants, and social media presence, he bridges the gap between regional specialties and global palates. He isn’t just serving food; he’s serving an experience, a journey through the vibrant and ever-evolving world of Indian cuisine. As Goila continues to explore and innovate, one thing remains constant: his dedication to sharing the magic of Indian food with the world, one delicious bite at a time. Follow him for some great recipes! (But he’s probably never going to share how he really makes the most delicious butter chicken you’ll ever have!)

For now, try this easy recipe from this foodie extraordinaire:

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#FitterBanegaIndia: Healthy Food Challenge for 180-days

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Revant Himatsingka aka @foodpharmer is collaborating with @fittrwithjc Fitter Banega India for the next 6 months of 2024. Jitendra Chowksey is the founder of Fittr, a health and fitness company. Furthermore, while Revant educates his 2.6 million insta-fam on healthy eating practices with a humorous touch. Moreover, They’ve joined hands for a healthy food challenge to get fit together this year!

Revant launched Fitter Banega India on 1 July 2024, to continue for the next 180 days of the year.

Revant and Jitendra encourage Indians to participate in this challenge by posting stories and reels on their Instagram handles. Similarly, with #FitterBanegaIndia and #SustainableFitness for the next 6 months, i.e., 180 days until January 1st, 2025.

Food Pharmer says, “I don’t believe in crazy diets and scary workouts. I believe in SUSTAINABLE FITNESS.” 

According to studies, 50% of Indians are unfit and only go for a walk as a workout. However, so here are the 4 sustainable fitness habits that they are encouraging us to follow:

1) Motion- 6000-8000 steps daily and 30 minutes of strength training 4 days a week. 

2) Nutrition- Balanced diet with protein in every meal.

3) Hydration- 3 liters of water daily.

4) Rest- 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily.

They encourage the participants to post stories or reels of them following these 4 sustainable fitness habits and tag them. They’ll reshare the stories and videos to encourage them with #SustainableFitness and #FitterBanegaIndia.

They are on a mission to get fitter sustainably for the next 6 months! Moreover, Are you planning on getting fit with them?

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