Rani is passionate about cooking authentic Indian food. She was born in Mumbai when it was called Bombay. She has a First Class BA (History) and MA Information Management from University of West London. Previously, she has worked as a Language Interpreter and Subject Librarian in London. She is driven by her Marathi origins in Mumbai, Maharashtra and inspired by her parents, particularly her father who shared the passion for cooking excellent Indian food. Now, nothing gives her more pleasure than to pass on the knowledge of Indian cookery and culture.
She believes taking part in MasterChef 2014 has been an exciting journey full of culinary adventures. She was referred to as a Spice Angel and Spice Magician on the show. She excited the judges with her skills of combining the complex flavours beautifully.
She is also available as a private chef in London and Surrey and regularly hosts pop ups and supper clubs.
Rani enjoys teaching Indian food and meeting new people; and endeavours to inspire as many people as possible to cook great tasting food.
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Saw this on the Plumtree Facebook page. My partner and I really love Indian food so I booked, not quite knowing what to expect. The food was all lovely, really tasty and flavourful, not too salty, or overly spicy. I agree with the previous review on the amount of food though, the butter chicken was divine, but there was less of this to go around, although there was plenty of biryani, which was also delicious. Rani was very friendly, but as this was set up as a supper-club, a bit more 'hosting' or info about the food might have broken the ice a little. Would recommend. Thank you for a lovely evening.
Our first Indian Pop-up!
We spotted this pop up being advertised by Plumtree Café @ Greenwich and immediately jumped at the chance! I took my 7 year old along as I wanted him to be part of the experience and try some new Indian dishes. Overall, the experience did not let us down. Rani, the chef, was polite and welcoming as well as clearly very talented in the kitchen. The dishes were well thought through and gave us a wide variety of items to taste during the three courses. My only recommendation for next time would be to pace the courses a little better. The gap between the starters and mains seemed a little long - perhaps keep the guests munching on some poppadums and bits while they wait? Also, the portion sizes for *some of the dishes could have been bigger, as each portion were all being shared by 5 / 6 people. *I loved the aubergine dish but there was hardly more than a spoonful per person :( On the other hand, lots of biryani for everyone, so just a question of balancing the portions out I think. Definitely a great evening for us and will be back if Rani is back in this part of town!
Brilliant teacher, great food
Southern India Specials
in November 2015,
reviewed on 11 November 2015
This is my second cookery class with Rani (the first was Indian street food starters). She is a great teacher - warm, friendly and patient. Her cookery knowledge seems boundless and she makes the best tasting Indian food I've ever had - and now I can cook (some of it) myself! The class price is very reasonable, especially when you consider you get to take home enough fantastic curry for two people.
Rani is a warm and inviting host and the meals are delicious!
Yesterday I joined Rani to learn how to make Indian Vegetarian Curries. To my surprise, I also learnt how to make home made paneer! Rani was a wonderful teacher and the time flew by.
I managed to taste the dishes before leaving and had enough to share with 2 friends in the evening. We were all amazed at how good the dishes tasted! I would highly recommend doing a class with Rani if you want to learn how to make restaurant quality (or perhaps even better!) Indian dishes at home!
Indian Restaurant Curries
in March 2015,
reviewed on 22 March 2015
The time spent with Rani, the Spice Angel, was full of interesting, informative and engaging hints and techniques regarding Indian cooking. Rani herself is a delightful person who iwas determined that we should not only learn but also enjoy the process. She succeeded.