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

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Gujarati cuisine is known for its diversity and flavours, reflecting the cultural richness of the Gujarat region in India. Gujarati cuisine 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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Meet the Sikkimese Home Chef Behind Vlogginkitchen: Rinchen Wangdi Bhutia

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Meet the man behind the momos that have taken Kolkata and social media by storm – Rinchen Wangdi Bhutia! Rinchen, originally from Sikkim, isn’t just another cloud kitchen owner. This Sikkemese home chef’s infectious personality and genuine love for cooking shine through in his daily vlogs, captivating hearts across India.

In every vlog, Rinchen warmly greets his audience with a simple, “Namaste, mera naam Rinchen hai aur mein Kolkata main cloud kitchen chalata hoon” (Hello, my name is Rinchen and I run a cloud kitchen in Kolkata).

From Call Centers to Culinary Calling

Rinchen’s journey began after completing his studies in Sikkim. He tried his hand at various jobs, from BPOs to aviation, but something was missing. In 2023, he took a leap of faith and quit his banking job. Back in Sikkim, with a passion for cooking simmering, Rinchen started creating cooking reels. Inspired by his Sikkimese heritage, he showcased the art of momo-making, a skill practically inborn for him. Rinchen’s talent for momos was undeniable, but his reels highlighted more than just deliciousness. His simple, down-to-earth vlogging style resonated with viewers. He quickly realized Sikkim wasn’t the ideal market for his momos, so Kolkata, the momo haven, beckoned.

Kolkata’s New Momo King

Rinchen returned to Kolkata, researched cloud kitchens, and with the support of friends, launched “Rinchen’s Momo.” His momos, boasting juicy fillings and perfectly thin wrappers, were an instant hit. He experimented with shapes and colors, introducing the now-famous rose momos.

His vlogs showcase not just his momo mastery but also his love for his adopted city. His viewers often see him enjoying delectable Bengali dishes, with “shukto” being his recent favorite.

Social Media Star and One-Man Show

Rinchen’s rise to fame has been nothing short of meteoric. He now juggles two Instagram accounts – one for his business with over 71.8K followers and another for his vlogs boasting a massive 371k audience! All within a few short months!

He attributes his success to Kolkata’s love for momos and his commitment to authenticity. Despite being a one-man army, Rinchen strives to fulfill every order, handling everything from grocery shopping to cooking and packing.

Recently, he was even invited as a guest judge on the Bengali reality cooking show hosted on @zeebanglaofficial; Randhane Bandhane.

This social media star from Sikkim is a local celebrity. He is a source of pride for his family, even if his father, a teacher, jokingly questions his unconventional career path.

Rinchen Wangdi Bhutia is proof that following your passion can lead to delicious success. So, the next time you crave momos in Kolkata, be sure to check out Rinchen’s Momo and experience the taste of social media fame in every bite!

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“Ei Sunny” Says Sahini Banerjee Before Cooking Up Feashts!

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A food creator who’s journey into the world of cooking began at the tender age of five. However, driven by a curiosity about how ingredients transform into diverse flavors across dishes. Influenced by her grandmother’s minimalist approach to cooking. Furthermore, Sahini Banerjee found herself drawn to the kitchen despite her mother’s initial reservations. As a rebellious teenager, defying her mother’s wishes became a playful act of asserting her passion. And now, cooking up ‘feashts’ is what she does full-time and how!

“Ei Sunny Ki Khabi?” asks Sahini Banerjee

Fast-forward to today, Sahini has captured the hearts of food enthusiasts everywhere through her popular platform, Feashts. With a warm smile and a signature greeting of “Ei Sunny (insert dish) khabi?”, Sahini brings a delightful simplicity to her culinary videos that resonates deeply with her audience. And her husband Sunny saying yes with his “Haan Khabo” just makes everyone adore this couple more!

Last year, armed with a strong following of 120K on social media. Moreover, Sahini made the courageous decision to pursue Feashts full-time. This leap of faith has proven to be immensely rewarding. Besides, allowing her to share her love for food with even more people around the world. Now this home-cook/ food creator has a strong following of 563K on Instagram!

Try this simple but mouthwatering recipe from Feashts that we love:

Living as a ‘probashi Bangali’ in both the USA and now in Delhi. Besides, Sahini’s culinary creations reflect a harmonious blend of her Bengali roots and global influences. Her recipes, like the beloved Koraishutir Kochuri, resonate deeply with her diverse audience, bridging cultures through the universal language of food.

Sahini’s kitchen always has the quintessential Bengali pantry staples such as sugar, mustard oil, cumin seeds, paanch phoron, and kalo jeere. In another interview with The Telegraph, she shared that her comfort foods include Phyan bhaath and Nashville-style fried chicken, reflecting a mix of traditional comfort and international flavors.

Beyond her prowess in the kitchen, Sahini infuses personal touches into her content. Moreover, including naming her dog Paneer after his affinity for the cheese itself. This playful anecdote highlights her ability to weave personal stories into her culinary journey. However, creating a deeper connection with her audience.

Sahini Banerjee’s content is all about storytelling through food and sharing moments of joy with her community. With her genuine passion, infectious smile, and dedication to culinary artistry. Furthermore, Sahini continues to charm and inspire, one recipe at a time, proving that the love for food knows no boundaries.

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Mukbang Time! These Indian Creators Are Serving Up Online Feasts & ASMR

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The internet thrives on trends, and few have taken off quite like mukbang. These online broadcasts feature people consuming massive amounts of food while interacting with viewers. But what started as a niche phenomenon in South Korea has become a global sensation, capturing the hearts (and stomachs) of viewers in India, and Indian creators as well.

So, what’s a “Mukbang”?

The term “mukbang” comes from the Korean words “muk-ja” (eating) and “bang-song” (broadcast). These mukbang videos likely stemmed from South Korea’s unique social culture. The country has a high prevalence of single-person households, and mukbangs offered a sense of virtual companionship during meals. The trend also tapped into the popularity of ASMR, with the sounds of crunching, slurping, and satisfied sighs offering a surprisingly relaxing experience for viewers.

The Mukbang trend travelled from South Korea to India quickly!

The 2010s saw mukbang explode in popularity across Asia. India, with its own growing internet audience and a similar rise in single living, proved fertile ground for the trend. Here, mukbang’s resonated for different reasons. To begin with, anyone who watched K-dramas, quickly caught on to the mukbang trend. There’s something about watching someone eat a delicious meal in a K-drama that makes you want to eat while binge-watching as well. For many young people living away from home, especially in college, watching a mukbang with a friendly host felt like sharing a meal with a friend. For others, watching another person eat and enjoy their food often helps in stimulating their own lack of appetite.

The sheer variety of food showcased in mukbangs also captured viewers’ interest. Indian mukbang creators often delve into regional specialties, allowing viewers to experience cuisines from across the vast country. Additionally, some Indian mukbang YouTubers incorporate cooking demonstrations, offering viewers a chance to learn alongside the visual feast.

If you haven’t watched a Mukbang yet, here are some Indian creators with mouth-watering content:

Ashifa ASMR (Ashifa)

A pioneer in the Indian mukbang scene, Ashifa’s channel features her devouring copious amounts of food, the chomping and slurping sounds creating a uniquely satisfying ASMR experience. Her videos rack up millions of views, showcasing the power of a captivating personality and, of course, delicious Indian street food. This mukbang creator from Tamil Nadu currently has 608K subscribers on her YouTube and 271K followers on Instagram.

MaddyEats (Madhuri Lahiri)

Known for her infectious enthusiasm and impressive appetite, Madhuri Lahiri’s channel boasts over 5.03 million YouTube subscribers. Her fans adore her big bites and the eye-catching delicacies she features. Watch any of MaddyEats food challenges and you’re sure to end up craving the same food as well!

Foodie JD

This mukbang creator with 778K subscribers stands out for her clean eating style. Unlike many others, Foodie JD or Jyoti Joshi, finishes all her food, and her fans appreciate her dedication. From vegetarian delights to decadent desserts, her YouTube channel, Foodie JD, showcases a diverse range of dishes. But what truly makes her stand out is her remarkably neat and tidy approach to eating, a refreshing contrast in the world of messy mukbangs.

Food Shood with Bijan

Don’t be fooled by the simple beginnings – Bijan from Tripura started his YouTube channel purely for financial reasons. However, his down-to-earth approach and focus on Indian cuisine have resonated with viewers. His channel, “Food Shood with Bijan,” features videos of him (sometimes joined by others like his mother) enjoying delicious meals, often garnering millions of views. With over 661,000 subscribers, Bijan is a star in the Indian mukbang scene.

Today, mukbangs are a prominent part of the Indian online landscape. Viewers describe a range of emotions when tuning in. Some find the act of watching someone eat strangely comforting, a virtual dinner companion for their solitary meals. For others, the sheer volume of food is a source of amusement and a way to vicariously indulge in a cheat day fantasy. Regardless of your reason, tuning into a mukbang is definitely going to get you hungry in no time!

Who’s your favourite Mukbang Creator in India?

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