Mallika Basu - About me

About me

Live life, love Indian food!

I’m an Indian cook, food writer, and the author of two books Masala: Indian Cooking for Modern Living (Bloomsbury, 31 May 2018) and Miss Masala: Real Indian Cooking for Busy Living (Harper Collins, 2010). I write a regular column for the London Evening Standard, as well as ad hoc cookbook reviews, restaurant and travel pieces.

Born and brought up in Kolkata, in a high-profile political family, I was despatched to England for my undergraduate degree by my family, with the recipe for one chicken curry and one dal. I didn’t even know how to boil an egg when I arrived at university. After my Master’s degree, I started trying to replicate the gorgeous and wholesome food I grew up on in my very own, and thoroughly modern, Indian kitchen in London. I started my working life as a journalist, moving on to a successful career in Public Relations before indulging my love for Indian cookery and food writing with a food blog.

Since then I have featured on Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation TV comeback programme, and on Jamie Oliver’s online cookery channel FoodTube. I am also one of the Government’s “Food Pioneers” for its Great British Food Campaign, alongside leading chefs, food entrepreneurs and cookery personalities. When I’m not planning global domination (!), I am mother to two feral but fabulous children and wife to a very talented photographer.

I’d love to hear from you…

…if you have a query, comment or feedback. Email me at mallika[at]quickindiancooking[dot]com. Or follow me on Twitter/Instagram

However, please note that I do not do product reviews, offer guest posts or advertising on this site, join any platforms, and travel overseas for PR events.