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I was born in Mombasa Kenya where I spent most of my childhood surrounded by a close-knit community where food was prepared and shared on many occasions. My love affair with food started from a very young age watching my mum and grandmother prepare delicious traditional Gujarati and International dishes. This passion fuelled even further when I used to observe my mum create fabulous cakes, treats and desserts on special occasions, always “wowed” by how simple ingredients turned into wonderful creations.

 

At the young age of 12 we moved to the UK where I discovered an abundance of cook books and programmes which helped me learn so many new skills and techniques. Determination and passion allowed me to experiment with recipes. Over the years I became more confident with my skills and knowledge and started to blend flavours and spices in my bakes and desserts to create my own unique twist on classic recipes. These new creations left my guests and family delighted and found myself hosting many Tea and Dinner parties for them. Furthermore, was always asked to share recipes so that they can replicate for their guests.

This led to the birth of Chinskitchen where I share a collection of recipes all with an Indian influence. In 2014 I launched a bespoke range of handcrafted “Mithai Inspired Cakes” , a concept where a selection of Indian Mithai’s were recreated in form of cakes. Baking is a niche and to create bakes with Indian spices is quintessentially a niche for Chinskitchen .  

 

Chinskitchen in the media: 

1. Winner of Wrights baking competition 2014 for Cinnamon and clove spiced orange madeira with coffee buttercream.

2. Finalist in Borders Biscuit Big Baking Bonanza 2014 with my Salted Caramel, Cardamom and Orange Zest Butter Biscuit.

3. Recipes published in an International digital magazine- Brilliant Baking Magazine, Gluten free and Free from Food Heaven food magazines.


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Experiences

by Chinskitchen

Do you love chai? Do you love Indian food? Ever tried Gujarati cuisine with an
East African Influence or Traditional British dishes with an Indian twist?
Chinskitchen High Chai is an all vegetarian... Read more

by Chinskitchen

Do you love chai? Do you love Indian food? Ever tried Gujarati cuisine with an
East African Influence or Traditional British dishes with an Indian twist?
Chinskitchen High Chai is an all vegetarian... Read more

Contact

Website: chinskitchen.co.uk

Email: chintalkakaya@yahoo.co.uk

Twitter: @chintalkakaya

Reviews

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Absolutely divine

Rating: 10

BinnysKitchen attended High Chai (Indian High Tea with a Touch of Spice) in May 2015, reviewed on 15 June 2015

From the hospitality, the organization, the decor, the company and most importantly the food, this High Chai was just delightful, decadent and divine! Chins shared her childhood memories with us through her delicious masala chai with lemongrass - nostalgic of her time in Kenya. The table was beautifully decorated with indian flair. Savoury dishes were brought out first - all presented perfectly and so utterly divine! Theplas, dhokla and pakoras and amazing bread - all homemade! Chutneys and dips accompanied these dishes along with as many refills of tea as we desired.

Sweet dishes were brought out and all our eyes lit up at the sight of scones with cinnamon cream, gulab jamun cupcake ( my husbands favourite), chai infused orange macaroons and posset and nankhatai. Mithai desserts are Chins speciality and OMG were these desserts good!!

Chintal and her husband were amazing hosts and made sure that everyone was comfortable and happy and I had an absolutely lovely time.

I would give the High Chai a score of 10/10 for the food and 10/10 for the hospitality. I can't wait till she has her next one!

Chinskitchen responded on 29 November 2015:

Thank you so much Binny for attending the High Chai and for such wonderful review.