Shaheen Peerbhai

September 23, 2007

January 2016, London

Hi! My name is Shaheen.

I am a chef, both pastry and cuisine, with an affinity for the sweet stuff. I am classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and am pursuing my Diploma in Superior Culinary Arts at Alain Ducasse Education in Argenteuil, France. I’ve gained experience and worked at restaurants in London and Paris. The most recent being 1 Michelin-starred Lyle’s in Shoreditch.

I teach baking classes. I write. I was the consulting food editor for BBC Good Food Magazine, India.  I co-founded the Paris based pop-up Friday Lunches and London based pop-up Atelier Quinzième.

I have won four prestigious scholarships from The Culinary Trust, USA (2011, 2013) and The James Beard Foundation, USA (2011, 2015) that turned my cooking school dreams into a reality. These scholarships are awarded to just one candidate each year.

I’m currently working on my first cookbook to be published in Spring 2017 with Sterling (Barnes & Noble), USA.

If you would like to commission or collaborate with me, write to me at You can also find me on Instagram,  Facebook,  Twitter and Pinterest.


  • Reply azmeen September 30, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    wow!! proud of you!!

    • Reply veronica August 13, 2016 at 9:51 PM

      yo shaheen so proud of u . veronica mithibai !

  • Reply Anonymous October 14, 2007 at 12:52 AM

    sexy blog sexxieee!!!

  • Reply Payal Bhattacharya April 22, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Purples my favourite colour tooooo!..& so is food my fav!..Mwah!

  • Reply Anonymous June 11, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Just came across your blog…love the name; I love cooking and purple:)Can't wait to try your paneer recipe, I live in Canada so it would be great to be able to make my own and not just eat it at a restaurant.

  • Reply Anonymous July 1, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    I stumbled on your site and have enjoyed my visit on your blog and will definately be trying the garlicy potatoes. Wanted to simply say that you have a wonderful blog. Well done – a middle aged reader from Israel. Eva

  • Reply Nilambara July 9, 2009 at 5:59 PM

    My! For once i could drool over the pictures..and if they are a testimony of how good you are in the kitchen…Girl, you rule!

    tell me, how do u make the perfect whipped cream?

    i'm going to try garlicky potatoes this evening :)

  • Reply Nilambara July 9, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    I've been reading your pages for past 2 hrs…what are you doing with a marketing job?? this is your true calling, girl.. u r better than a professional here.. the recipes are mouth-watering, the pictures crisp and the stories, wonderful! you're gifted.

  • Reply emilywhitman July 10, 2009 at 11:47 PM

    What blogging software do you use? I'm adrift on a sea of options……..

  • Reply rashi August 6, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    hi , i am interested in a small business opportunity with you (Organics). kindly call 9920296989… my name is Rashi.

  • Reply Anushruti August 17, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Loved your site! You have quelled all curiosity in your clear and concise FAQ section.

  • Reply Mrs. Cardenas September 12, 2009 at 2:22 AM

    Hi! I'm revamping my recipe blog, Picture This (, where I post recipes only with photos. These include my own creations/photos as well as other blogger's recipes/photos that intrigue me. I had done about 8 posts when I thought that I really should ask if I can use these on my blog first. I also reference back to my source with a link. I was wondering if I could have permission to use your recipes & photos on my blog. This blog is solely for recipe exchange and that is all it will be used for. Thanks!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie September 12, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Hi Mel,
    Thanks for asking. I am sorry, you may not use my photos on your blog. You can most definitely use the recipe and then link to post about the recipe. Also, it's always better to write the recipe in your own words, rather than pick it up verbatim. Let me know if you need further clarifications.

  • Reply The Purple Foodie September 23, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    Hey thanks, Ilana! I am so flattered by your comment! I’m sorry I don't cook as much as I bake. Thanks for the feedback, this should get me cooking.

  • Reply Ilana September 23, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    I am a university student who doesn't cook very much, due to lack of interest and time. However, upon stumbling across your site, I found myself being attracted by your lively style of writing, appetizing pictures and your passion for what you do so well! While perusing through your recipes I realized to my dismay that you only have one main course without meat. Do you think you could post more recipes for vegetarians? Have a great day!

  • Reply Ilana September 23, 2009 at 8:47 PM

    I am a university student who doesn't cook very much, due to lack of interest and time. However, upon stumbling across your site, I found myself being attracted by your lively style of writing, appetizing pictures and your passion for what you do so well! While perusing through your recipes I realized to my dismay that you only have one main course without meat. Do you think you could post more recipes for vegetarians? Have a great day!

  • Reply adel October 7, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    I thought you're from the states or somewhere in EU. You definately have a wide range of palette for food, good! Just linked up your site to my food blog :) Looking forward to your next recipe already. Revising your old ones for references..

  • Reply The Purple Foodie October 8, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    Nilambara: Crap, crap, crap! I thought I had responded, but I didn't :( Sorry!

    Thank you so much for the nice things about my blog. :) Whipped cream is a tricky question – it's hard to come by good quality stuff here. Most people use either the powdered packet stuff or Rich's cream or Betty Crocker stuff straight out of the can. Luckily, we not get some whipping cream at Hypercity/Gourmet City or Nature's Basket. A little pricey though.

    What I do is whip up some Parsi dairy cream in my Kitchen Aid with a little caster sugar.

    Emily: e-mailed you…

    Adel: Thank you Adel! Found you on Twitter :D

  • Reply L2baker October 31, 2009 at 12:21 AM

    I just stumbled upon your blog and am so impressed! I love it! Your photos and layout are just beautiful! Keep cooking!

  • Reply Meg Cooksey November 6, 2009 at 6:17 AM

    My just stumbled on to your sight and my mouth watered instantly! I can't wait until I can try some of your recipes. Your Visual Archive makes me want to drop everything I'm doing and bake now! Keep the recipes coming :)

  • Reply Mahafreed Irani November 10, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    AWESOME BLOG! Great photography. Love it!

  • Reply Sunita November 17, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Very nice! Your pictures truly make a person feel the dishes are ready for one to taste!

  • Reply Chaitali December 7, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    I love the title of your blog! Mostly because my fav color is purple and I'm a total foodie; plus it's such a fun name.
    I'm from Bombay too but I'm doing my undergrad in NY. I wish I would've found your 'Baking in Bombay' post when I was back home, it would've saved me so many headaches!
    Anyway, I think you have a fabulous blog and I can't wait to try out your recipes. Keep up the great work!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie December 7, 2009 at 7:35 PM

    Thanks Chaitali! Looks like we a few things in common. :) When you're back you will not have to look to far to find the right ingredients, hopefully!

  • Reply chocolatelove January 20, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    hi loving all the recipes!! spcecially the visuals gonna try one todays itslef!
    i was wondering when u cook with chcolate what cooking chocolate is the best ??

  • Reply The Purple Foodie January 21, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    hey rushali! you should look through my baking in bombay post. i prefer using ghirardelli or calebaut, but selbourne or morde should get the job done as well.

  • Reply Anonymous January 25, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Hey very nice blog!! Man .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…


  • Reply nandita January 30, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    hey Shaheen,
    I found you a tad late, just moved from Bbay to Hyd a couple of months ago – been food blogging since some 4 plus years now :) May be next time I'm visiting Bbay we can catch up
    Keep up the good work

  • Reply Shaista Jhaveri February 23, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Heyyy Shaheen….awesome website :) :)… I love the stuff you have put… and even the website is designed sooo well.. its soo funnn & vibrant =)… Congratsss!! Proud of u… Will definately try out one of these recepies and let you know how it was.. :)

  • Reply Maitreyi March 27, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    i stumbled across your blog and it's a boon. love the way you have adapted certain recipes with things v find in India.And amazing photos! just staring at the photographs makes me feel hungry. congratulations on your new job. Am dying to come there and try everything…. : )

  • Reply The Purple Foodie March 28, 2010 at 11:02 PM

    of course, we really should!

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  • Reply The Purple Foodie March 28, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    thank you so much Maitreyi! =)

  • Reply Abhilasha March 31, 2010 at 9:15 AM

    Hey Shaheen.. Nice blog.. I am surely gonna try some of ur recipes

  • Reply madeline March 31, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    how do you cook and eat these foods and stay skinny !!

  • Reply Radhika April 16, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Hi Shaheen, I am so glad I found your blog, am from Bombay (now in exile) but love meeting fellow Bombayites! You have a great space here. Thanks for stopping by my blog and hope to see you around!

  • Reply The Purple Foodie April 16, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    I am always excited to find another food blogger from Bombay!! :)

  • Reply puneetg April 21, 2010 at 6:21 AM

    Very nice to see your blog. Im a guy. My stomach just started rumbling as soon as I saw pics of all those preparations (or art work?) . I had not even entered the kitchen while I was in India. But now in the US, I cook and surprise myself many time with the awesome food I can cook. Improvisation is very important for students like us who dont go to a grocery store regularly. I am very interested in cooking and more than that..eating. Keep up your passion. Hopefully someone in my family (or I !) will read your cookbooks someday!

  • Reply roshni June 1, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    hi shaheen, in ur pie crust recipe u spoke of “shortening”. what is it ? can we replace it with butter everytime? what brand of butter (indian) should one use. i am new to cooking so pls excuse my naivety..

  • Reply PurpleFoodie June 1, 2010 at 11:36 PM

    Hi Roshni,
    Shortening is a something very similar to the local dalda. You’d rather not use it. I use Amul butter and it works just fine.

  • Reply roshni June 1, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Thank you ! U are a darling !

  • Reply Vikram Karve June 2, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    A truly delicious food blog – awesome pictures and mouthwatering recipes.

  • Reply Minal Thacker June 3, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Hey Shaheen,
    I have been reading your blog and will soon try some of the recipes.
    You doing some great cooking. I just love ur blog.
    Good luck …

  • Reply achala sharma June 7, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    hey shaheen,

    this is a great blog u have started :)

    have recently become a baking fanatic, and have been trying out a lot of recipes. wanted to ask u for a few tips:
    1. where will i get good marzipan in mumbai, i live in malad w and want to use them as decoration on my carrot and orange cakes :).

    2. a basic family recipe of chocolate rum cake which i cant seem to get right: the cake cracks every time!! the recipe has baking powder, baking soda and eggs. any ideas on this.

    its great that u have started this, plan to try out Each one of ur recipes pretty soon.

    hope to hear from u soon

  • Reply PurpleFoodie June 7, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Hey Achala,

    Thank you!

    I’ve seen packaged marzipan at Hypercity. Never used it though because I’m not such a big fan of it.

    About the chocolate cake recipe:I have a similar recipe that cracks close to the edges. But it’s okay because the cake’s going to get covered in oodles of chocolate ganache anyway. ;)

    This chocolate cake is amazing however, I’ve only tried the cupcake version so can’t comments on the cracked tops. Givn how liquid the batter is, I doubt it would crack…

  • Reply Ananda Rajashekar June 9, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    Hey Shaheen, what a lovely blog you have here, love the freshness and your recipes, got to know from indibloggers…shall take it from here, way you go girl!

  • Reply Char June 17, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    HI purple foodie!!
    Youre from BOMBAY!!!!!!!!!!! even better!!
    Never thought id be so clanny(if you can call that a word)
    Im new to cooking, blogging both!!! And im hoping this is not a passing fad but my interest develps into something substantial. Im so glad to have stumbled first into Deeba and then through her blog to you cos Its such a relief seeing blogs from people livingin India. I am sure ill be able to relate to your ingredients better!!!!!
    Ill keep in touch for sure, nice stumbling into you :)

  • Reply Prem July 1, 2010 at 7:36 AM


    i see you now . Shaheen , let me comment you look great , the younger version of me lol. like your recipes . I am still single and at times laziness gets me to me , so your recipes will be an advantage . I like capatis with pickles but avoid the ones with mango and lime . and i dont digest vinegar which is a basic product in most pickles . SO lets see ……

  • Reply Sowmya July 3, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Hey stumbled on your blog recently..great work! One more question you can add to this list..” How do you stay thin surrounded by all this absolutely delicious stuff?!”

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  • Reply The Purple Foodie July 9, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    ha! I end up tasting so much while I’m making it, that in the end I don’t end up eat as much. The family is good at polishing off goodies in no time.

  • Reply ILikePaperCutting July 16, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    how about sharing recipe on suji cake?

    • Reply The Purple Foodie July 17, 2010 at 2:39 PM

      I need to find a recipe first myself! When I do, I will pass it along.

      • Reply Amir Nizam January 30, 2016 at 2:42 PM

        Hi please can i also have a recipe for suji cake

        Kind Regards

  • Reply ashok balaji July 21, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    Thanks for the heads up for vanilla beans than can be bought at `Maison Des Gourmets, Lavalle Road, Bangalore. Information like this is priceless.
    Way to go.
    Thanks once again
    By the way ‘purple being your favourite color’ do you also like purple haze, deep purple, kala jamun and a host of purply things ?
    Thanks once again

    • Reply The Purple Foodie July 21, 2010 at 4:50 PM

      You’re very welcome Ashok :) But given that you are from TN, don’t you have access to excellent and cheap vanilla beans?

      Jamun yes, I’ve dedicated a post to it! But I’m not too musically inclined. I just listen to whatever my sister loads on the mp3 player. :) You should listen to Spilled Milk Podcasts, they’re a lot of fun!

      • Reply Pavithra October 21, 2010 at 9:58 AM

        btw, Maison des Gourmets started in Chennai and is at # 16, 2nd Street, Wallace Garden, Nungambakkam. I’m sure they have Vanilla Beans there as well :)

  • Reply Vijitha July 21, 2010 at 10:07 PM

    Hey there!
    First time here. Loved reading your “About” section. I am loving your blog. Good luck!
    Stay in touch


  • Reply Ruthie July 22, 2010 at 12:49 PM


    I have totally loved your blog. Its neat and so very organised. Its a pleasure to the eye everytime I vist your blog. The recipes are really simple and easy…
    my only doubt where the recipes are concerned is when you say one stick butter, do you mean one pack (100gms Amul butter). I purchased measuring spoons and cups from Arif. Can i use those measurements for your recipes?

    • Reply The Purple Foodie July 22, 2010 at 12:58 PM

      Hey there! Thank you so much for your kind words. :)

      TO be very exact, 1 stick butter is 112g (a US 2 oz. standard), but I don’t bother with the additional 12 grams, I just almost always use 100g of Amul. I’m not sure if Arife cups will work. I have a set, I’m going to compare the volume with the standard American measuring cups that I use and get back to you on that. Best would be to invest in a weighing scale that will give you the most precise measurements. Since a cup of flour can measure anything between 120-150g.

      Hope this helps.

      • Reply Anonymous July 22, 2010 at 1:09 PM

        Thanks so much for the promt revert and thanks so much for checking on the measurement bit for me :-)

        I think i shld go to irla soon and get the weighing scale, will save me from the grief of measurements ;-) Could you please suggest a cake recipe that is without chocolate. I have my uncles birthday coming up next friday and I want to make something different for him. Also any idea from where can I buy good whipped cream?
        as you can see am still surfing your website, but please take your time to reply….no rush :-)

        thanks once again…

  • Reply Ruthie July 22, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Thanks so much for the promt revert and thanks so much for checking on the measurement bit for me

    I think i shld go to irla soon and get the weighing scale, will save me from the grief of measurements Could you please suggest a cake recipe that is without chocolate. I have my uncles birthday coming up next friday and I want to make something different for him. Also any idea from where can I buy good whipped cream?
    as you can see am still surfing your website, but please take your time to reply….no rush

    thanks once again…

  • Reply Ahana July 23, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    hey Shaheen…wow!!i cant beleive here in India i do have someone almost my age ,who shares the same passion and love for food like i do…imean in genral girls our age (most of my peer group) have no clue about the magic of cooking and baking food!..they had rather run away from it …and here came across your blog…i cant stop smiling are you like formally trainned from somewea( looks like no) and if this elaborate blog and the stuff you do is purely outa passion for food.cheers to that now!though i do lot of baking cooking back home and take little orders for cakes and pies here and there but since i want to get into it like professionally iam in middle of applying for culinary schools guess thats like the first step to getting in here formally.though i have been cooking since i guess i was seven years of age ,might sound hard to beleive but you receipe books at a very early age replaced bed time story books.i mean i read about you i felt i was reading about myself…again many congratulations to you for a lovlie blog you have!! continue the good work!!

  • Reply Mel July 26, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    Hi…stumbled upon your wonderful blog thru…and i’ll have to say that it’s a great job done!
    I’ll definately be visiting often!

  • Reply Pooja August 13, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Hi Shaheen, like I said earlier i just happened to stumble upon your blog, and how it has captivated me. I was looking all over the place for the author, actually wanted to see all the recipes 1st, then come to you, and when I did see it was some thin female with red streaks just out of her teens kind of look I was completely blown over!
    Kudos dear, and U’ve got a regular in me now!

  • Reply Prateek August 16, 2010 at 9:11 AM

    Pretty cool blog. I like good food and experimenting with my dinner. Will try some of your recipes at home(and give you due credit). :)

  • Reply V. August 20, 2010 at 5:34 AM

    Wow, Very excited to have found your blog. I’m moving back to bombay in October and I cant wait order everything on your menu :)

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  • Reply abbas August 31, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    u have a intresting blog about foods, but it mostly consist of cakes n stuff wat about some intresting stories of new food recipes of india or abroad, i have few surprise food stories of india , btw if u have some health food recipes , do shre with me abt non veg or veg dishes & calorie free desserts ..
    keep on blogging

  • Reply Leah September 10, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    All of your stuff sounds so amazing, and there’s so much I want to try! But I’m stuck at college with only a microwave. I’m going to have to restrain myself when I go home for Thanksgiving break; I’m sure my mom will want to use the oven for the turkey. Thank you so much for posting amazing-looking recipes, and I really cannot wait to try them! Keep it up!

  • Reply Yasmin September 12, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Hi Shaheen
    I just got vanilla pods from Spice Kings, shop no, 133 @ Crawford mkt. There is -2 variety for Rs 60/ & 70/ resp. per pod & the man says they r frm Kerala–I am going to make the extract in both vodka as well as brandy & will let u know how it turns out after 2 months. The shop also does home delivery by charging Rs 40/ but since I was buying for the first time I wanted to choose & hence trudged all the way to Cr. mkt. I am sure they r cheaper & fresher in Kerala

  • Reply Abhaya September 13, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Hey Shaheen,

    Lovely photos!! Your mouth-watering photographs and your so very personal style of writing make this blog a delight to read (sometimes, I just stare at the photos!)

    I was just wondering, could you please come up with a ‘Blueberry Cheesecake’ recipe?? Please….?? I just absolutely L-O-V-E cheesecakes, especially blueberry. And living in Pune, I think I’ve had the best blueberry cheesecake at a quaint little cafe called ‘Sweet Chariot Cafe’, at Koregaon Park. If you ever come down, please do go have a slice of their cheesecake! Another place that serves up good cheesecake is a little place called ‘Indulgunce’ (such an appropriate name!). But unlike the sweet, creamy, Sweet Chariot one, their’s is rather tart and granular.

    I’ve looked up everywhere for a cheesecake recipe and some say using ‘Philadelphia Cream Cheese’ and some say you can make it with fresh paneer.

    So could you PLEASE help me out!!! I’d love to see more photos!!

    By the way, I came across a mud-pie/chocolate cake you made for a young woman’s birthday. It looked DELICIOUS! I just wish it would pop out of the computer screen and I could sink my teeth into all that mushy, gooey chocolaty, heavenly yummy food!

    And another thing: I really admire your passion for food.

    Congratulations and thank you so much for your beautiful images.

    And please try to fit in my cheesecake!! Pretty please!!


    Take Care,

    • Reply dhole November 8, 2010 at 8:29 PM

      hey abhaya
      thnx! i was looking for blueberry cheesecake in pune.. thnx to ur comment i found it easily :)
      thnx agn

      PS : yummy blogsite shaheen :)

  • Reply Yasmin September 13, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    I want to share with u that last week I made vanilla cup cakes using Nigella’s recipe but with my own touch i.e. adding Amarula liqueor -2 tbsp-& it turned out divine–smelt great too-my family wiped it clean within 2 days

  • Reply sangeeta September 21, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    hi Shaheen, loved the freshness, colorful blog u’ve created on food. though i’m not much of a cook… I LOVE FOOD… eating and watching cookery programmes/ etc.. u know the kind:-)
    best wishes to you…

  • Reply Yasmin September 24, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    I am Yasmin & I started baking after retirement .My fav spice is cinnamon I luv the touch,smell & aroma it gives out I put it in most everything incldg coffee,tea,puddings,khichdi,pulaos, mutton etc etc I wd happily substitute it for vanilla esp. in bread pudding,custards,pies et al.
    My greatest disaster was when I made brownies frm Sanjay Kapoor recipe & put the oven on grill instead of bake

  • Reply Sally from My Custard Pie October 4, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Just stumbled upon your blog from Refrigerator soup. Just to say I’ll be visiting regularly – love the clean fresh look, sparkling pics and friendly tone.

  • Reply Rhea October 15, 2010 at 1:20 AM


    Would you be able to tell me, where I can find cookie decoration ingredients. Like edible glitter and colour.. stuff like that.

    • Reply Amir Nizam January 30, 2016 at 2:52 PM

      Hi Rhea
      you can get it In Mumbai, at Arifs they have 3 branches Andheri , Bandra, and Churchgate
      Kind Regards

  • Reply Sarika October 15, 2010 at 2:50 AM

    So i’m sitting here at work at my office in Chicago. Its a little past 4:00 pm and I’m starving as I’m looking for new recipe’s to try out and lo and behold I happen upon your blog while checking out I must say you’re doing an awesome Job. Looking at all your food photos is making me want to deep fry my own arm, cover it in powdered sugar and eat it. You’re kind of inspiring me to start my own food blog. Keep up the good work! I will definitely be trying the Nutella Pinwheels next as Nutella does have magical properties and can fix everything!

  • Reply Krish October 16, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Have you given up on making any non-veg dishes?

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 8, 2010 at 8:44 PM

      ha! no :) just end up writing about stuff that looks pretty

  • Reply Yasmin October 17, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Hi Shaheen
    can u give me a recipe that uses uo egg yolks???I have lots in my fridge & if I don’t use them they go bad & I hate to waste food

    • Reply Amir Nizam January 30, 2016 at 2:55 PM

      Hi Yasmin, you can make Mayonnaise , use olive oil and black pepper .

      Kind regards

  • Reply Pradeep B October 19, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    Nice well done cooking web site :) . I love your photos too. Can you please come up with an article about photo settings, lighting and the entire process involved? I am sure you like to throw some light on the subject!. Thanks a lot. Keep cooking :)

  • Reply Yasmin October 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    I have a super recipe for Egg Halwa made only from yolks–I discovered this frm a book of Nergis Dalal –I was really flustered as to what I shd do with a large batch of egg yolks in my fridge & this recipe was heaven sent–my hubby luvs it & doesn’t let any one else touch it. He even keeps asking me when I am going to make another batch

  • Reply jodi November 5, 2010 at 11:54 PM

    This is kind of off the subject but I thought since it’s a good place for idea sharing I’d ask. I’m a graphic designer putting a lovely collection of recipes in a cookbook for a local farmer’s market. I would like to ask if you or any of your followers would be willing to suggest a favorite cookbook on their shelf or one that they have on a wish list that are well designed and colorful. I’m gathering ideas and I also love looking at cookbooks.

  • Reply yasmin November 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    Hi Jodi
    There is a lovely book on Parsi(Zoroastrian) recipes called “Jamva Chaloji” by Katy Dalal, which is fantastic by way of illustrations & done by a very reputed Chef, Architect ,University professor & a human being extraordinare, who passed away recently.

  • Reply Roanna November 8, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Shaheen, I love your blog and your design is really awesome. I’m a writer for burrp! and a part-time illustrator (for myself basically) and yeah, that’s why I love your design elements so much. It reminds me of the kind of the stuff I like to do. Besides all of that, I really do love food to a great degree and I like your segregated sections. Baking is a lot of fun and I’d like to learn to make cupcakes, muffins and cakes from scratch. I usually use Betty Crocker Mixes for the same. :-) I’ve tried and experimented in the kitchen but of course, my mom would rather I not since I mess it all up! Okay, I guess I am talking way too much but I feel like we’re kindred spirits. Haha. Clearly, I’m rambling. Anyway, I’m damn excited to try the Garlicky Baked Fries. I usually do that with potatoes and broccoli – I saute them in butter, garlic, salt and pepper.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 8, 2010 at 8:43 PM

      Thanks, Roanna!! :) Not just us, but i think our mums are kindred spirits too! I always think I’ve cleaned up the kitchen well enough, and then my mom will walk by, and ALWAYS find something amiss.

      • Reply Roanna November 8, 2010 at 11:02 PM

        Haha, you’re funny, too. But yeah, I printed out the Garlicky Wedges recipe, gonna try it out super soon. Do you have any cool recipes for fried chicken? Actually, I can’t cook chicken or meats cuz I feel weird touching them (in the flesh) so when I’m cooking I mostly enjoy baking or making rice/noodles that kind of thing. How old were you when you started this thing? I wonder how your visiting card looks. I’m sure it’s pretty funky.

        • Reply The Purple Foodie November 8, 2010 at 11:07 PM

          No recipe for fried chicken really.. I just make it on a whim. Butter, tonnes of sliced garlic and absolutely dry pieces of chicken (want it to fry, not poach). And then a little thyme on top. Simple and delicious.

          Well, I was 20 when I started the blog.. and always had a keen interest in food and cooking since childhood.

          Funny you ask about the visiting card – my first one was cute, but I’m kinda bored of the overtly cute look. And figured I need something more chic looking since, you know, it’s a ‘business’ card. I’ve designed it and need to get the samples printed soonish.

          • Roanna November 8, 2010 at 11:37 PM

            Oooh! But I would love a copy of your ‘overtly cute’ card, so save me one. I know what you mean and it is a business card but I love it when people make it more ‘them’ than anything else. It’s what’s unique. I hate boring business cards anyway. It’s the zany ones that make me smile. :-)

  • Reply Yasmin November 10, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Hi Shaheen
    what is the difference between Gur & Mollasses?? where can I get mollassesin Andheri/Juhu area? If u know, pl. tell me.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 19, 2010 at 3:08 AM

      Hi Yasmin, Molasses is available at Crawford Market at Erams or Biscuitwala. A bottle is for Rs. 800 odd. It is a thick, viscous liquid.. unlike solid gur.

  • Reply Rahat Moledina November 19, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Stumbled onto your blog, loved it…..
    Have a preposition for you…why not teach baking some of the awesome stuff on weekends to people new to baking?.. i sure would love to come to these sessions…..

  • Reply Ishrath November 19, 2010 at 9:53 PM

    Hi PF,
    This blog is very nice. Im into baking too and it is so good to drop by a fellow baker. Wish I could taste your goodies too. Do you sell/ ship them too?

  • Reply Priti November 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Hi I am so glad I came across your blog…. why didn’t i google rich chocolate tart before…. i m so gonna bake it soon :)
    ur great !!!

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  • Reply yasmin November 24, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    How aboutgiving us an easy & yummy christmas cake recipe?????

  • Reply Vishveshwar Jatain December 2, 2010 at 12:08 PM

    Just came across your blog and I have to say that it is amazing. I love everything about it – your writing, the pictures, the layout et al, very pleasing to the eye. And it’s evident that you have really worked on each one of these recipes! Kudos on the effort! I think you are well on your way to becoming a published cook-book author, you certainly have the talent for it.

    Keep up the splendid work :)

    • Reply The Purple Foodie February 11, 2011 at 12:35 AM

      Thank you so much, Vishveshwar for reading the blog and appreciating my work. :)

  • Reply Sab December 27, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Hey Shaheen,
    After finally getting an oven in my little house, i looked for some delicious recipes to try and stumbled across your blog.
    I totally love it <3 Your writing style is awesome, and the recipes look oh so delicious – while using "normal" ingredients, in contrary to most of the american blogs!

    I will definitely keep watching it! :D

    Greetings from Austria,

  • Reply Pri January 2, 2011 at 3:18 AM

    Hi, what does celebrity chef mean? are you the one ? do u take orders for parties? I would then like to ask u..

    n liked ur recipes… featured uniqueness n creativity…. god bless u :)

  • Reply Noemi January 13, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Hello, I often visit a nearby restaurant specifically for their chicken masala and mango lassis. Looking for this recipe I came across your website. As a person that enjoys photography and cooking I must say that everything here sounds delicious and looks very pleasing to the eye! I look forward to trying some of your treats.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie February 11, 2011 at 12:40 AM

      Thank you so much, Noemi. I look forward to your feedback. :)

  • Reply Aarati January 21, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Amazing blog! So well put together i.e. good writing, great photos, and most of all, its adapted to life here in bombay/mumbai!
    I’m a huge fan. Please keep the recipes coming!
    A thought: Can you blog a bit about some of the baked from the East Indian and Anglo-Indian traditions?

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  • Reply Amal Farooque February 8, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    i`d really like to know where i could buy Callebaut from in Bombay…i believe they have a office in Andheri East…would i be able to pick up the same from Craford or Arife`s at Bandra!..


  • Reply trisha February 10, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    YOUR in BOMBAY……Great blog, came across your blog when I was looking for a chocolate tart recipe,am eager to try it out for my kids,do you take orders as well.


  • Reply Jane February 11, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Hey Purple foodie- I am very happy to have found your lovely blog..I am very excited to try out these recipes. Keep up the good work.

  • Reply Magpie February 12, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    I can’t believe I haven’t been to your blog before :( Am I the only one in the world? Anyway I’m so glad I did today and I’m staying :) Awesome work!

  • Reply Sushmita February 21, 2011 at 6:21 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    I have been thinking of thanking you for so long. You could say that I am one of the shy ones who read but don’t comment :-) I guess i have commented only once before when i made your herbed mushrooms :-)

    I was led to your blog when I got seriously interested in baking about 6 -7 months back and searched for “baking in bombay”. Your blog is a blessing for those who are in Bombay. I start baking, learning from your recipes, I remember apple streusel cupcake was my first attempt.And since then I have made many more. Now that I started my own blog, I couldn’t have waited any longer without thanking you, the one person who gave me a new passion.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie March 4, 2011 at 6:26 PM

      Hi Sushmita, Thank you for your kind words. And thank you for coming back to read the blog. :)

  • Reply Rutu March 14, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Your blog is absolutely delightful! A great mix of food, photography, design, travel… some of ´my favourite things´too!! Would love to connect with you, cause I think your world and my world seem to have a lot in common!!


  • Reply V. March 18, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Odd question but what oven do you use?

    Moving form Melbourne, Australia, to Bombay and have never seen a house that has a real oven. Its my only disappointment about living in India as I love baking but just can’t! Those little pug in ones are no bigger the a shoe box. :(

    Help please and let me know where I can find a conventional oven. :)

    • Reply The Purple Foodie March 26, 2011 at 9:29 AM

      Hi V – yes using toaster ovens is a total bummer after being used to the large ovens. But once you get used to it, it isn’t so bad. If you really want the large one, you can order it from Siemens (Santacruz West) – it will be 3 months before it’s in your kitchen though.

  • Reply The Healthy Apple March 23, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    What a fabulous blog; love your beautiful pictures and you’re a true inspiration to so many women for leaving their corporate jobs to pursue their passions. Thank you; keep up the great work!

  • Reply Karen B March 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Hi Shaheen!!

    Awesome blog!!!… It’s my new favourite!.. Thanks for all the funky but useful stuff you upload :)….


  • Reply vaishali April 4, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    omg….your work is awesome.A friend of mine guided me to your blog and I cant thank him enough.I love baking and your blog has helped me a lot.Thanks a lot and keep up the good work!!! :)

  • Reply Hima April 13, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Have been reading and cooking from your recipes for a while. The last thing I made was Choco chip cookie and planning to bake Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Crystallised Ginger to take it over to my sister’s tomorrow.
    I had two pots of basil which unfortunately were not taken care of by my maid whilst I was out of the country. Will it be possible for you to send me seeds so I can start afresh.


    By the where can I find Sumac

  • Reply Mak Teh April 26, 2011 at 2:22 PM

    hi shaheen,kia hallay.stumbling here is wonderful .you are so talented,i’ve bookmarked yr blog.

  • Reply Shizuru May 3, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Hi Shaheen, I’ve stumble onto your blog while looking for cheddar cheese biscuit recipe and yours look really delicious (going to try it soon). I’m really impress with your food styling. Do you have your own setup, studio? (I’m not sure of the right term)

    • Reply The Purple Foodie May 3, 2011 at 11:52 PM

      Thanks so much, Shizuru. Yep, I do have my own setup for the photography.

  • Reply Preeti May 16, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    I am absolutely delighted to have found your blog!!! Anyone can bake in India..that is what I can say after checking your blog…cause I live in UK and bake as well. All I get to hear from my friends and relatives is …you are in UK hence the possibility…I can prove them wrong by forwarding your blog link:)))

  • Reply Yasmin May 19, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Cud u give me names of some cookbooks which inspire u??

  • Reply Misbah Sayed May 20, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Shaheen!!! The beautiful, young & absolutely talented girl….I feel honoured knowing you personally & working with you. Just wanted to personally drop in a “HI” & let you know that I miss your cookies you used to bring at work! :D

    I’m so glad & happy for you…keep up the good work & I hope to catch up with you sometime & try your new creations!! ;)

    Hope you haven’t forgotten me… :)

  • Reply Madhavi May 24, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Lovely blog!!

    Y’day I baked two things from your blog – Pesto rolls and Baked brownies. My 6 Yr finicky eater gobbled the pesto rolls without even asking. That’s an achievement by itself. :)

    Thanks again for sharing your lovely mouth-watering recipes.


  • Reply mayankpandey May 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Hey, I am no good in cooking but i loved the photographs you have – being a photographer i appreciate the finesse. Its great to know you could step out of your box (cubicle) and do what you love doing. Heres wishing you all the best.
    cheers from fellow bombay – ite (mumbaiker is easier isnt it)

  • Reply Shuchita May 31, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Hi Shaheen
    I happened to come across this website and belive me am hooked on to it :)
    simple, crisp and to the point !
    Keep the good work
    Happy Baking

  • Reply Ashok June 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Hello Shaheen
    Came across your blog by accident and just love it. I also happened to see your comment on one of the travel blogs regarding ‘Wife Biscuit’ and ‘Husband biscuit’. A little surprised that the blog owner who is a travel writer just shirked it off without trying to wonder ‘why’?

    Here;s a gist to it-

    A long time ago in feudal China, there was a couple that lived a very poor life. They loved each other and lived in a small village.
    Suddenly, a mysterious disease spread. The husband’s father became very sick. The couple spent all of their money in order to treat the man’s father, but he was still sick. The wife sold herself as a slave in exchange for money to buy medicine for her father-in-law.
    Once the husband learned about what his wife did, he made a cake filled with winter melon and with a crispy crust. His cake became so popular that he was able to earn enough money to buy his wife back.
    There is another version where the man was eating at someone’s house and recognized his wife’s pastry and was reunited.


    I am sure a few google searches will get you a recipe to try it out. Let me know how it goes.

  • Reply Nidhi June 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Like a lot of people I stumbled upon your blog recently and I had to share with you that I myself try different recipes in the kitchen. I too have tried the marscaporne cheese and similar to your experience had to make more than one attempt to get it right with the right cream.
    I was curious if you were aware, where in India would I be able to buy a pasta maker ? I know lot of restaurants make them, I too have tried my hand at it, but would love the indulgence of having a machine so that I can finally make my own angel hair pasta.

    Would love to hear from you in case you are aware of the source. I live in Maharashtra so if it is available in Bombay it would not be a big problem for me to source it.

  • Reply Manali June 19, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Undoubtedly the best baking blog for Indians! Thanks for sharing all the info. Love your photographs too :)
    And oh, the Crawford market map and everything? Super amazing!

  • Reply Arpit July 1, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Hopped here from indiblogger.
    Just wanted to say that you have super sexy blog. :)

  • Reply Prajna July 6, 2011 at 3:34 AM

    Hi, Shaheen!

    What an informative and lovely blog you write!

    Came across it when I was looking for something on how to grow lemongrass.

    Keep up the great work.


  • Reply Emily July 10, 2011 at 8:10 PM

    Just stumbled unto your blog & love it!!! Great pictures, writing, and discoveries! I’ll be following it from now on :)

  • Reply aniksha July 15, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    have just started a small venture called “buttercup” in Baroda. Your blog for where to get what in Bombay is great. Thank you.

  • Reply Fran Thwaites July 24, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Hi Shaheen! I googled a recipe for apple pie crust, and picked your site – and what a lovely surprise I got! I’m excited to think you do all this wonderful stuff in Bombay.
    I am an Australian living in Mae Sot, Thailand (just inside the border with Burma) and I have huge trouble buying anything recognisable here at all! You inspire me to keep trying!
    I baked a cake in a casserole dish last night (no cake tins here!) but it was a sad flop! He he. We do relief and development work here with Burmese refugees, who flood to this town to escape the Burmese army in Burma. Trying to meet the challenge of baking and cooking Western-style here is a distraction from the sad and challenging situations we deal with every day.
    Thank you again! Now to find a pie-dish, and have a go at an apple pie!

  • Reply Vaishnavi July 25, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Hope ure well..I’m planning to change my oven
    ( I’m currently using a morphy Richards oven).. I find this oven very small in size.. What oven would u suggest I buy?I prefer a stand alone oven..
    Looking forward to hearing back from u soon..:-).. Cheers!!

  • Reply aniksha July 26, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Hi Shahneen,

    I am planning on buying an oven, one of the Faber ones. Any suggestions??? I take orders for cakes.

  • Reply sangita July 28, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    Hi shaheen,
    Loooooove the blog. Can’t get the Paris post out of my head. Could u direct me to the agency which made all ur travel arrangements. Ever since the post have been itching to go

  • Reply Shachi August 6, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    I read your post on herbs and it has inspired me to start a small herb garden in my balcony. Can u tell me where can I find basil seeds in Mumbai? and saplings for thyme & rosemary?
    I looked for them in a few nurseries around parle & juhu but wasn’t available..
    Great job!! :) Love ur zeal for food!

  • Reply Ashok August 6, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Basil is commonly known as Tulsi and one of the most common plants…even the road side sellers stock it. You may look up this site for tips on growing a small herb garden
    There are a couple of suppliers near Byculla zoo who specialize in seeds and plant supplies..a must visit for a serious plant lover.
    @Shaheen….hope u don’t mind me pitching in …I love/container gardening & while have limitations due inadequate sunlight (do love it as a hobby )

  • Reply mahak August 10, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    have posted before as well but i dont know whether u read it or not !!!!
    i am so amazed !!!!
    i never thought that one can find so many baking dishes at one blog from india !!!
    i love baking ….
    n all the recipes i come across are mostly by foreign chefs or other inhabitants!!!but never had the chance to find such an amazing blog by an indian!!!
    so much so that i want to visit mumbai to get those blueberries,raspberries,madeliene moulds etc etc etc!!!!
    because all these materials are not available here in delhi !!!
    if anyone knows where i can find these in dlehi please let me know ASAP!!!:)

    P.S. i need ur help!!!i need that perfect whipping cream which amul cream doesnt provide!!!
    plz help!!!!

  • Reply sangita August 16, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Hey mahak,
    I know how u feel but khana market and gurgaon r good places to start. I have a considerable collection of baking stuff now painstakingly collected over the years. U can try natures basket in def col and modern bazar in select city walk(modern bazar has moulds and all) plus there’s a Delhi baker ms.deeba rajpal(passionate about baking) who does so much with locally available stuff. Write to me if u want more info and yeah modern bazar sells whipping cream so u can make perfect whipped cream. Write to me at may be we can go exploring together

  • Reply mahak August 16, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    ohk !!!! i hav ordered baking from my home to yours from flipkart!!!
    eagerly waiting for it to arrive !!!
    and please bare with me !!!m bake-a-holic( if dat word exists :p)…
    and hardly come across any good person with a great blog !!!
    so i’ll be bothering u again n again!!!
    n soon i’ll go n try modern bazaar!!!!
    n ms deeba rajpal !!!does she take any classes or anything like that!!!
    though i prefer my own hit and trial recipes!!!

  • Reply mahak August 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    sangita do u stay in delhi only ???

  • Reply sangita August 16, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    Hey mahak, yup I am from Delhi. Nope ms.rajpal does not take classes but her blog is awesome too. Search for it on Google. I love baking too and recently ordered the cake bible from flipkart. Happy baking!!

  • Reply Abhilash August 18, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Amul Cream isn’t available anywhere! Do you know where I can get my hands on some cream in this city(Bombay). The Whipping cream available is expensive and not what I want. Do you know of any other store/brand where I could get my hands on some cream?

    • Reply Gill August 30, 2011 at 8:14 PM

      I don’t know where you will get cream but you can make cream from butter and milk with a cream maker, mine is a very very old Kenwood one. I’m sure they must still be around……

  • Reply Rachna Sippy August 26, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    What i love most about you is that, you were able to put all those things that many of us love doing and i must say you have written, photographed and put it down so beautifully.
    Would love to get in touch with you.
    When is your next class going to take place?

  • Reply Hrishikesh September 7, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Hi Shaheen

    Just went through your blog and liked it, although I can cook well never really tried my hands on baking . Its partly due to my busy schedule and partly due to lack of proper guidance and equipment . Could you please suggest some books I can refer to exclusively for baking ? Once again, enjoyed reading your blog and keep up the good work.

  • Reply Nikhil September 10, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    It’s very good blog…..

    I love your blog

  • Reply Vaibhav September 15, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Its interesting to read your blog! Came across it somehow on Google and since them I make it a point to check in as and when I have free time. I am a corporate lawyer in Bombay (well, I concede, ‘ wouldn’t call it by any other name’) and have a tight work schedule, but let me admit, reading about food is my leisure! It has been on my mind in ages to have a blog on food, something like yours! Its just a reflection of my own thoughts I feel! Food is passion, and of course our city has so much to offer, its pretty interesting. May be I am out of my closet soon in the near future, having my food sojourns, which have been on the backseat for the moment..
    Had I not been a lawyer, I would have been a chef, or hold on! i guess I should be both!!!!

  • Reply Krysten September 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

    Hi there!
    I have just recently began cooking and baking outside the box, and while google-ing away tonight I stumbled upon your blog! I absolutely love your recipes, they look delicious! I’ll definitely be trying out a few, especially the Nutella pop-tarts! (Great idea, love anything covered in Nutella!)
    Keep up the great recipes,

    – K

  • Reply Shilpa September 27, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Hi Shaheen!

    Do you still take orders ? I haven’t seen your menu card in the blog. Do let me know.



    • Reply The Purple Foodie September 27, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      Hey Shipa! Good to hear from you. Sorry, I don’t take orders any more. Best, Shaheen.

  • Reply geetanjali October 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Hi!! shaheen,
    hey! could u pls tell me wen ur holdin ur next class… would love to learn from u… thanks…

  • Reply Sarika Rathi October 5, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    Hi Shaheen,

    I missed your class at Bombay Hub. Please let me know when you host next one. Quick question: where do you get unsalted butter in Mumbai. I tried star bazzar, Dmart and other local shops. Could not find it. Is it called by some other name?

    Thank you!

    • Reply The Purple Foodie November 2, 2011 at 1:05 AM

      President and Lurpak are available at large supermarkets.

  • Reply Fida October 6, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    I absolutely loved your blog. :) I can so relate to the “moving more towards baking and away from cooking” concept! Keep up the good work. Would love to try out your recipes

  • Reply Mansi Gupta October 8, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Hey!! I just bought an oven and was looking for some easy bake recipes… tried out your chocolate cinnamon babka and OMG!!! I can’t even begin to tell you the pleasure of the first warm bite!

    Thankyou for simplifying the recipe….. I am no kitchen goddess… so if I can make something, anyone can…

    Loved your blog and best of all… you’re in Mumbai! Which means that you understand the problems of acquiring certain ingredients that you may tak efor granted outside India!

    Yay! Congrats on your scholarship! And hope to see al lot more of you in my RSS feed….


  • Reply Dawn October 16, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    We are spending one year in Bangalore & I love to bake. I would love to chat with you about sugar… all my US-based recipes for cookies & such are coming out too sweet due to the coarseness of the sugar. I’d welcome any tips I can get.

  • Reply Angshuman Das October 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Hi Shaheen:

    I read about you in The Times of India a while back. Your blog is awesome! I am also a foodie and writer, and would like to connect with you. I have a few questions about baking; I am also trying to do some networking. So, may I have a contact number?



  • Reply Trish October 31, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Hi Shaheen – i was searching for flavoured salt recipes (which I heard are easy and inexpensive to make at home) and found your blog. If you’re interested in some salt recipe ideas, go to“.
    I bought several salts from this company (in Canada) and they’re fabulous. I’ve added your blog to my “favorites” and look forward to sharing recipes and ideas. Going to try your butternut squash recipe tonight.

  • Reply Neel Shah November 3, 2011 at 5:00 AM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Hope you remember me. We had an interaction while you were working at Directi.

    Honestly, didnt know about your cooking skills. Have sent a request on linkedIn to connect as well. Had some work. If you could email me your number, i could call you up at a time convenient to you.

    Hope to connect soon. Cheers!

  • Reply Joyce November 7, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    I envy you. Living and studying in Paris. Even just saying it sounds so romantic. :) I wish I could afford a culinary course too. XD Well, I guess I’ll just have to settle for reading online recipes by experienced cooks like you :D

  • Reply L November 10, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    I stumbled upon your blog about a month back, and I’m so glad about it. I’ve been reading through your blogs now, and I feel very happy and proud of you for your achievements. It’s absolutely inspiring to see your passion for food AND life! Keep up the great stuff. And good luck for all your endeavors!

  • Reply Tania November 12, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    hello there!
    Hi, I’m Tania from Indonesia. I love your blog!
    So, I took accounting in college, and I will be graduating soon. My parents want me to work at the office, but my true passion is baking. so I’m thinking I want to take a pastry school in France. Do you know which school is good but not very expensive? Thanks!

  • Reply trish November 15, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    Hi Shaheen – I love your blog and guess what? My boyfriend just decided to take us to Paris for new years. omg – i’m so excited. Our dates are Dec 28th – Jan 12th. Would you be interested in meeting/cooking together? Trish

  • Reply Vivek Dumbre December 10, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    I am Vivek from Pune,I love your blog,I just came across it 2 days ago and i have to say you aaare really talented ,you truly deserve the scholarship .
    Your receipes are awesome,just tried your latest egg sandwich and it was really good.Keep up your passion for food and keep posting delicious recipes!!!!!!

  • Reply Bronwyn December 31, 2011 at 5:23 AM

    Hello Shaheen!
    I just stumbled on your blog through the Bandra Project website. I live in Bombay and do a lot of cooking and blogging: I really like your blog, especially the minimalism. I’ll be following! Looking forward to trying some of your recipes.

    • Reply The Purple Foodie February 15, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      Thanks, Brownyn! Lovely to discover your blog as well. :)

  • Reply Madhu January 23, 2012 at 5:55 AM

    I stumbled on your blog a couple of years ago. Liked it and would drift in n out. Glad that I can say….Congratulations on getting to Le Cordon Bleu! A wonderful goal and achieving it through your passion and dedication is fabulous!
    Learn and enjoy the process of learning. Good Luck :)

  • Reply gitanjali verma February 3, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    Hi, I just got to read your blog. Its fantastic. I am surely going to try some of the recipes posted by you.

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  • Reply Kartik Negi February 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Dear Shaheen,

    Just came across your blog and i must admit this is the best designed blog i have ever came across. Being a techie i am interested in knowing the making of this design. Is this any word press them or any other ready made css you have bought or available as free licence? If yes then please(if you don’t mind) give me the reference of this template. And in case you got it made custom designed from any designer then please give its reference. This designer has got a very nice sense of web design.

    Of course your food posts are equally amazing but that is what i noticed secondly.

    Thank you and Good day!

    • Reply The Purple Foodie February 13, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      Thanks for the kind words. Your questions, answered:

      • Reply Kartik Negi February 14, 2012 at 7:05 AM

        Thanks for reply. May be i should have gone through faqs first because your faqs are very well organised and includes almost every possible question which might arise to a visitor of your blog. Great work, go on! -SHL…

  • Reply Sumayya Jamil February 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Fabulous how inspirational. I feel your passion! Learning to give in now to it but yay to u for following your dreams!

  • Reply Navin February 29, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    I was just thinking for a while what your are doing in Europe for a long time .Did not look in to your profile for a while…
    Congrats on getting the scholarship ..All the best with what ever your are doing..
    Please let me know who ever had done your webs site and maintaining it …

  • Reply Natasha Sharma March 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Hi Shaheen!
    We’ve linked to your blog for recipes for cupcakes for we just put up a Maharaja’s Moochh cupcake on our blog of Icky, Yucky, Mucky. Especially linked to the Nutella cupcakes which are deliciously gooey!

  • Reply Parvinder April 10, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    Dear Shaheen
    My passion for cooking is what brought me to your website, actually was trying to locate some imported ingredient here locally (Rocking Mumbai) thats how i bumped into you :). I am handicapp coz of arthritis but cooking is what makes me happy and rocking. this passion of cooking is going to help me with my financial needs.Will be staring business to supply UNIQUE STARTERS and DESSERTS for which my research is on to get some good receipes and ingredients. Hope to get your assistance for the same as I see your beautiful created website. Its nice to see your work and of luck.

  • Reply Christine April 14, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Hi Shaheen,
    I came upon your blog today via your homemade hazelnut extract post (I can’t wait to try it!) and now I just read your ‘About Me’. How wonderful that you are now pursuing your teenage dream–finally doing what makes you happy and what seems to be your true calling. Enjoy your journey! :)

  • Reply SRS September 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Hi – came across this website whie looking for ways to make sun dried tomatoes @home out here in Chennai! Love this space – you have done some inspiring work!! Hope my food dreams come true some day too :)

  • Reply Katie October 1, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    Wow what a story! You are so lucky.

  • Reply kalyani & siddharth November 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Hey There! Your blog has inspired us a lot! So here we are with our brand new Blog, about Food n Life! Do check it out n let me know what you think! :D

  • Reply kalyani & siddharth November 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    well here’s the URL :
    Thanks! :)

  • Reply Ketan November 8, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    Wow! LCB! I too am planning a course there, but not sure when. Soon is what i keep telling myself, but hey,! Its now or never!
    You, however, mylady Rock.

  • Reply Marie November 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Hi Shaheen, I just discovered your beautiful blog yesterday when googling a baking recipe. I love the look of it and look forward to browsing through it from now on. I’ve just subscribed so I won’t miss anything in future! I live in Ireland, but lived in London for several years so I really enjoyed the features on places to eat in both. I quickly read through your biography and I have to say well done – you’ve achieved so much. Wishing you continued success.

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  • Reply Smitha March 5, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Where is the post on Eating in Rome? It’s disappeared :(

  • Reply Yasmin March 5, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Hi Shaheen
    I envy you in Paris & Rome but never mind I will be shortly going to Rome & Paris & have jotted down yr various escapades esp in London. Recently I also got a big box of Valronha cocoa so please do tell how I can make best use of it as I woudn’t want to waste it–right now I am simply hoarding it since my daughter has also got me a big pack of Posner dark Belgian choc powder frm Dubai—-Just tell me how I can make best use of both—I also love baking

    • Reply Shaheen March 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Make the passionfruit truffles!

  • Reply ritu March 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    hi shaheen,
    love ur web site.writing to u d moment i checked out sum of ur blogs.congrats u n ur website have a lot of positive vibes,the whole feel pulls at d strings of my heart.m in bandra n into d healing n art field,fengshui n food as medicine field short anything creative so glad to b here.i wud like a lill info on blogging,got too much to share,keep it up,lots of luv n hugs

  • Reply penny June 9, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Hi Shaheen – Best wishes to you! I came across your blog a year ago when we moved to mumbai. Love the recommendations for baking needs. Now I need to know if you can recommend an oven. Yes there are plenty small ones. I am used to the traditional large US ones. What would work best here? And not for fancy use but usual baking for my children. Thanks. Penny.

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  • Reply Mohana August 8, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Your blog is perfect! I am so glad I found it! I was in Bombay for a year and really regret not getting a chance to attend your workshops! Le Cordon Bleu is my dream too and Its lovely that you are living every bit of it!!
    Keep blogging!

  • Reply Imad Waked August 22, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Dearr Shaheen,

    Your blog is just a beautiful surprise. I am a Lebanese/American marketing professional with a secret passion for cooking and a dream of becoming a chef and having my own little restaurant in a beautiful little street of Beirut. I am looking for financing to attend Le Cordon Bleu and the info you provide has been of great help. You are an inspiration, makes me feel conviction and strength when I sometimes feel its crazy what I want to do :)

    All the best to you always and keep the great work.


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  • Reply Asmita October 1, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Nice to “meet” you. I mostly sew, and since you can’t do much on an empty stomach sometimes I cook too. Discovered you through when I was trying to make some mascarpone. Your recipe worked, and worked well. Glad to have found the blog, will hop in often, both for cooking and writing inspiration.

  • Reply sathya priya October 23, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    I hopped in to your blog just a while ago .You have such a passion for food,pastry.You have followed your dreams.That’s a good one

  • Reply Addie December 12, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Oh my! I just stumbled upon your blog. All the best in your endeavours. Le Cordon Bleu and all. Sounds pretty exciting. Will be revisiting your blog for sure. You are certainly living many people’s dreams, including mine.

    Power on, on macarons of love! Can’t wait to see the greatness you achieve!

  • Reply Harleen December 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Hi Shaheen,
    I am a passionate baker and stay in Mumbai. I am surprised I did not discover your blog before! It is so well written and holds a wealth of information right here!
    So excited to go over all your posts!
    Please continue this journal with your recipes and experiences :)

    Lots of love and Merry Christmas!

  • Reply Sharon January 22, 2014 at 6:23 AM

    Hi Shaheen,

    Amazed at your blog – and the sheer mass of information it shares!

    I’m an amature baker – well, I bake for unsuspecting friends ! Have been on a hunt for certain hard to find ingredients & stumbled upon your blog! Thank you so very much for the handy tips & store addresses here in Mumbai.

    Best wishes,

  • Reply Megha February 4, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    I love this blog.
    I just moved to Paris from Bombay after being in an out for a while. Its great to find good advice on markets et al.
    I think we shall get along. :)

  • Reply huzan bhaya May 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Dear Shaheen,


    Longing to join your cooking class. THis Feb I was unwell and unable to attend. Do you have enything lined up for July / Aug/ Sep this year?.

    Keep cooking and inspiring us!



    • Reply Shaheen May 31, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Hi, Sorry, I don’t have any planned right now, but you can stay updated by signing up here if you like:

  • Reply Cynthia Pinto July 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Please keep me posted about the baking class when you plan to conduct in Mumbai. Thanks

  • Reply Smrutika Panigrahi July 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM


    I m so happy i found this.. i live in mumbai and i m just a home cook who loves to eat and cook! i have had such a hard time finding ingredients and cook ware in bombay.. i read an article on your blog and it has helped me immensely. i just have one question.. i love making pasta at home but its a very time taking to roll it out by hand. do you know where i can get a pasta rolling machine in mumbai/delhi/banglore?

    • Reply Amir Nizam January 30, 2016 at 2:18 PM

      Hi Smrutika , you can get Pasta rolling machine in Mumbai , in a shop called Arif , they have 3 branches in Mumbai
      Abdheri, Bandra, and Crowford market
      Kind Regards

    • Reply Amir Nizam January 30, 2016 at 2:25 PM

      Hi Smrutika , you can get Pasta rolling machine in Mumbai , in a shop called Arif , they have 3 branches in Mumbai
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      Kind Regards

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  • Reply Aparna August 13, 2015 at 3:37 AM

    Hi Shaheen,
    Keep up the good work.
    I’m in London. Do you conduct classes here too?
    It would be nice if you could create a map for availability of ingredients in Pune too. In fact for atleast major cities in india. It would really helpful to my mum (and hundreds other) who is new to baking. Sourcing ingredients wouldn’t be problem if had online sellers delivering across India.

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      i will be travelling to mumbai some time , i am currently in South africa to get all my baking items to take to Oman
      where i teach baking. and other cuisines . if you need any thing specific i can send it through some one visiting India
      Kind Regards Amir

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    Hi Shaheen , i wish very well , on your achievements , Keep up your good work
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