Manju Malhi

A talented British chef and food writer, Manju was surrounded by Indian culture whilst growing up in North West London.

Manju spent many of her early years in India, exploring and experiencing the varied and vast cuisines of India.  She developed her own style of  Brit-Indi food combining the many influences she encountered.

In 1999 Manju Malhi won a competition to appear on BBC 2’s ‘Food and Drink’ programme, cooking alongside Antony Worral Thompson and leading to a second appearance.

From 2001, Manju’s ‘Simply Indian’ series was shown on the Taste Network, followed by her award-winning debut book ‘Brit Spice’.  Several titles followed, ‘India with Passion’, ‘Easy Indian Cookbook’, ‘Classic Indian Recipes’, ‘Everyday Healthy Indian’ and now ‘The Seasoned Foodie’ coming out in the latter part of 2021.

In 2010 Manju worked with the India-based channel NDTV on a 40-part show – ‘Cooking isn’t Rocket Science’.  She loves teaching, promoting the easy attitude of home cooking, hosting and demonstrating in cookery theatres.

Manju is also very passionate about her charity work as a volunteer for Open Age, which champions for an active life for older people and works with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), empowering communities in the poorest regions of the world.

In 2019 Manju revised her ‘Easy Indian Cookbook’ and is teaching healthy cooking sessions in the London Boroughs of Hounslow, for Heston West Big Local and Westminster, the latter near Grenfell Tower.

Manju is also associated with The Jean-Christophe Novelli Academy where she is on the list of resident chefs and demonstrates many of her dishes using a selection of spices.

In 2020 Manju Malhi was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) by Her Majesty the Queen recognising her services for the community, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.