I’m Parul, Founder of The Travelling Tikki. I love food, everything to do with it. Cooking, photography, recipe books, TV shows, tableware, food travelling, discovering new places to eat at, hosting friends and family for lunches and dinners and teas!
I'm also one of those people who doesn’t know what to say when people ask me where in India I’m from! I’ve had the fortune of growing up all over the country. I’ve lived in Mumbai, Kanpur, Chennai, Gwalior, Kolkata, Delhi, and Bangalore. Interestingly, my parents and grandparents were also quite nomadic growing up. So food at home has always been a wonderful medley of recipes picked up from across the country.
My grandmother and mum are fabulous cooks and queens of their kitchens, so I never had the chance to so much as make myself toast when I was at home! I came to England for a year as a postgraduate student in 2005, and that’s when I learned, much to my own surprise, that I love cooking. There was no turning back, the genes had won the day, and a dream to build and run my own restaurant someday was born.
In 2010 I moved to London on work, and after 6 years in the corporate world I realised that though I loved digital marketing, I was restless and itching to get to a point where I'd saved enough to give my own foodie dream a shot. I started off with a food blog, Oh So Crumbtious, sharing restaurant reviews, recipes, and food travel stories. And in the Spring of 2016 I finally took the leap. I resigned, dug into my savings, and The Travelling Tikki was born.
The Travelling Tikki is all about creative Indian cooking, to share great flavours from across India through handmade food that is unique, tastes great, and is of high quality, while supporting local growers and producers as much as I can. My food has been inspired by India, by family recipes, and by my travels and experiences.