Hello! I’m Purabi, an ardent foodie and a passionate cook, who eats to live and lives to eat (apology to Socrates for that)! You can also call me PN. I live in Mumbai. I am a Bengali who grew up in New Delhi. I am in love with Bengali Cuisine and Kolkata: the land of beautiful people, diverse food culture and of course, absolutely mouth-watering cuisine!
I am a simple homemaker, with a blissful family, comprising my two lovely kids and my ever-supportive husband Aniruddha (mentioned as AN in this blog). Although I left my career as an Editor and writer for a food-processing-based journal in 2007 (the year when my son was born) to enjoy motherhood to its epitome, the inner “me” could not be satisfied with just that.
This was the time when I actually learnt the nuances in cooking. My bookshelves started filling up with cookbooks, old and new, from all over the world and I cannot express how de-stressed I used to feel at the end of the day looking at my collection and going through the same. Moreover, I never missed a single cookery show on TV and the kitchen was my laboratory. Sometimes, the end-product would turn out to be something else than I expected. But I was not deterred by that; I kept on trying until I succeeded. Soon I started receiving applauses for my culinary skills from family and friends. My husband has always been my best critic in this matter. He would give marks on a scale of 10 on every dish I used to prepare. And all that triggered me to go beyond my kitchen walls.
So I gave birth to my third “baby”, Cosmopolitan Currymania, arising from my love for food, writing and photography. This blog gives me a feel of being reincarnated: this is my life’s journey with my passion.
- Starting July 2016, hosts Bengali Meal Popups in Mumbai, to propagate the flavours of Bengal, particularly the forgotten Bengali recipes. Cooked at professional kitchens too, including Rennaissance Mumbai and Taj Lands End Bandra.
- Very recently, won the prestigious Food Bloggers Association of India IFBA award under the “Best Recipe Blog” category.
- Winner of Vir Sanghvi’s #BloggerDreamTeam 2015 in the “Food and Travel” category, by Blogmint. Ranked by Vir Sanghvi as #1 food blogger in India after competing with 1,200 bloggers in food and travel categories.
- Among top 5 bloggers in India, nominated for #WIN15 awards by BlogAdda this year, in the Food and Drink category.
- In the 12th March 2015 episode of MasterChef India Season 4 on Star Plus Channel, I was one of the top Indian Food Critics who judged the dishes made by top eight contestants.
- Recipes have appeared in various publications, including Bombay Times, Mid-Day and Being Woman magazine.
- This year, Baggout.com has also independently listed Cosmopolitan Currymania as one of the Top 12 Indian Food Blogs, and ranked me in the eighth position.
- In 2013, Shaukk.com declared me as one of the Top 17 Mumbai Foodies and ranked me in the eighth position.
- When based at Hong Kong, Cosmopolitan Currymania was rated as Hong Kong’s one of the top expat blogs according to the website Hong Kong Blogs Review.
Welcome to my virtual kitchen. I assure you, in the next few months, Cosmopolitan Currymania has much in store for you as a reader! My recipes displayed here are mostly be my own recipes, metamorphosis of traditional recipes and revival of “endangered” Indian recipes. The photographs published in this blog will be either clicked by AN or by me, unless otherwise stated.
I am here to bring in to your palate not just Indian recipes tailor-made to suit global tastebuds, but a lot about the diverse Indian food culture as well. While we were based at Hong Kong earlier, I often tried experimenting with authentic Chinese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese ingredients and incorporating these in those cuisines. As I love fusion food myself, so in my space, you will see a lot of innovative “fusion” foods too!
Being creative with food is my USP. The speciality in all my upcoming and existing recipes is the amount of each ingredient used, which I believe, makes a lot of difference in cooking. I am also going to include restaurant reviews and latest research on food. All in all, “Cosmopolitan Currymania” will continue to be a learning-based food journey for both you and me. Bon Appetit!
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