This Women’s Day, we’re taking a moment to celebrate women who run some of the most popular (and much-loved) restaurants in India. The stories and struggles of these six women will surely be the best food for thought you need for Women’s Day.
Plus, we also got some inside scoop for you: their favourite dishes at their restaurant so you can try it right away!
7 years ago, the North Indian food scene in Chennai was non-existent. Fast forward to the present, the sister duo Divya & Sahiba not only started off Pind, an authentic Punjabi eatery, but also rose against the many challenges they faced: right from making the most of the restaurant’s obscure location to building a presence across Chennai.
Slow and steady surely wins the race, and this is a classic example. Backed with 6 years of persistence in serving high-quality, authentic Punjabi food has helped Pind become a brand to be reckoned with.
Divya’s favourite dish at Pind
Tiranga Paneer Tikka and the classic combo of Sarson Da Saag & Makke Di Roti
In spite of her family business and interest in hospitality, Natasha decided to try something different by opting for a degree in communication. But a few cooking classes during these years brought her love for food to the forefront. After receiving her MS in hospitality from NYU, she never looked back.
From working on a food truck to assisting in opening a Cuban restaurant in the outskirts of New York City, Natasha finally wanted to start things off for herself. It was then that she, along with her partner Kunal, started off Hot Sauce Squad to serve delicious, New York style street food in the streets of saddi Dilli.
Natasha’s favourite dish at Hot Sauce Squad
New York Style Chicken Rice Platter topped with their homemade NYC White Sauce & Hot Sauce
While Suma always loved to eat & travel, her interest in food went up a couple of notches after she married into a family full of foodies! After a career in the IT industry, two kids and an inspiring European trip, Suma started off her first restaurant, Kaficko, which eventually lead to her second venture, Haiku.
Whether it’s about sourcing exotic ingredients from halfway across the world or deciding on the menu based on the available produce, Suma works tirelessly to ensure that Haiku serves the best of pan-Asian food that can be delivered to Hyderabadis.
Suma’s favourite dish at Haiku
Sushi, because each one is just as good as the other!
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Born to a Tibetan mother & Chinese father who was also an excellent cook, Doma’s love for food started off quite early. She got her first culinary challenge from her own father: to make the perfect, thin-shelled momos, a weekend activity which helped hone her skills.
Did she complete the challenge? We believe Doma (also known as the “The Momo Queen” in foodie circles) won it, hands down! Running The Blue Poppy (which was awarded twice by Times Food Guide) for over 14 years, Doma’s rise to success is simple: she cooks straight from the heart.
Doma’s favourite dish at The Blue Poppy
Chilli Pork, and of course, Momos
Organic food was a way of life for Rajkunwar, as her family harvested organic produce for their own consumption. As she went on to become an engineer, she still had a nagging thought at the back of her mind: healthy, wholesome food doesn’t come easy to everyone.
Being an outsider in the hospitality industry, Rajkunwar faced many challenges in starting up The Organic Cookhouse – everything from running a full-blown organic restaurant to mastering the art of making a lettuce wrap. (It’s not as easy as it sounds!)
Rajkunwar’s favourite dish at The Organic Cookhouse
Steamed Brown Rice with Veggies/Chicken and the fruit of her labour, Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps
SodaBottleOpenerWala, Mumbai & Bangalore: Anahita
For as long as she remembers, Anahita knew one thing: she loved to cook. Growing up, she watched (and helped) her mother run the home catering business, which led her all the way to getting herself a degree in French cuisine at the acclaimed Le Cordon Bleu.
While Parsi cuisine slowly faded away from the mainstream, Anahita felt it was time to bring the flavours of Parsi food into the limelight: the result was SodaBottleOpenerWala’s first outlet in Gurgaon back in 2013.
5 years down and SodaBottleOpenerWala, with outlets in Bangalore, Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Hyderabad, is a foodie’s paradise. By staying true to her roots and challenging herself, Anahita’s venture has everyone drooling for more Parsi food!
Anahita’s favourite dish at SodaBottleOpenerWala
The classic Vada Pav and Chicken Cutlet
Who runs the world? Food, duh! And that’s exactly what we’ve got to offer – a variety of the best restaurants in town at your fingertips. Open up the Swiggy app and order in anything you crave; we’ll be there to satiate your hunger pangs in a jiffy. Download the app here & get Swiggying!