Chetna Makan is a food writer and YouTuber who specializes in simple, stylish and authentic Indian home cooking.
Born in the ancient city of Jabalpur in central India, Chetna worked as a fashion designer in Mumbai for many years before moving to the UK with her husband in 2003. She took up baking as a way of expressing her creativity, starting by making birthday cakes for her children. Her new-found passion led her to apply for the 2014 Great British Bake Off, where her unique recipes, which combine exotic spices, herbs and other Indian flavours with traditional Western bakes, saw her through to the semi-final of the competition.
Following her success on Bake Off, in 2016 Chetna published her first book, the Cardamom Trail, which showcased her unique Indian-inspired baking with recipes including mango, cardamom and coconut cake, coriander chicken parcels and cumin bread with smoked aubergine. This was followed in 2017 by Chai, Chaat and Chutney: A Street Food Journey Through India, which showed how to recreate authentic recipes from India’s four biggest cities. In her third book, Chetna’s Healthy Indian, published in January 2019, she shares her wholesome and nutritious approach to Indian cooking, with delicious, family-friendly recipes that are far removed from the rich curries we associate with the cuisine.
Chetna has a website and blog (chetnamakan.co.uk) and hosts a popular YouTube channel devoted to Indian cookery and baking. She also has a substantial following on Instagram. She has given many talks and demos at events including the River Cottage Food Fair and the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, and has hosted pop-up dinners and suppers at venues such as Romy’s Kitchen and the Great Guns Social Club. Chetna has worked with a number of major retailers and brands including Sainsbury’s, Neff and Schwartz.
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