During her childhood in 1970’s Southall, her family were the only Asians living on their street. Anjula’s father often forged new friendships through sharing his amazing food. He even made the next door neighbours their first Indian food – a beetroot curry which they loved.
Like many of his dishes the main ingredients often included home grown produce; rhubarb and potato curry, blackberry and cumin chutney, as well as lamb and gooseberry curry were amongst the family’s favourites. And throughout those years Anjula was by his side, learning everything that she could.
In recent years Anjula has become one of the UK’s most celebrated chefs, founded her own cooking school, been appointed Brand Ambassador for the world’s largest Indian food company TRS Foods, won a prestigious BBC Good Food Bursary award and created her own brand – ‘Route 207’. The brand is named after the bus journey Anjula and her father used to make from Southall to Shepherds Bush Market to buy spices, vegetables and fresh fish.
She has been involved in recipe design work, participated in corporate videos, blogged and written inspirational, food and life-story articles for a number of high profile websites and magazines. A recent Mail Online feature about the spices she credits for her appearance, was swiftly translated into 32 other languages
Anjula is currently appearing as a guest chef at the prestigious Leiths School of Food and Wine in London. She features at many high profile food events and demonstrates in the main theatres, is currently working on product development with a major UK retailer and her first cookery book ‘Spice for Life’, is due for publication in spring 2017.
Her knowledge of spices is truly impressive and she is passionate about the considerable health properties in spices so not only does she cook with them but she uses them in a variety of face masks, and looks amazing.
Anjula also uses her culinary skills to work with primary school children with special educational needs, and has achieved tremendous results
Anjula is married with two grown up sons.