29 Dec I like it little Desi: Shruti Yash
Our Home Culinaire is a physiologist by profession who found her solace in cooking while counseling and suggesting various therapies to people who come to her. As a child she was fascinated with swift wielding of spoons and spatulas, the aromatic smell of the dishes and would impatiently wait to gobble down the finished ones. Shruti Yash, has created her own niche in the culinary space and is known to highlight the sheer variety and exoticness Indian cuisine. Of all the places she has moved to especially in India, Shruti has given people a chance to have a taste of her humble and delicious home cooked meals through her home-delivery vocation. Let’s take a look at her journey.
Born to great cooks, Shruti was never restricted from getting her hands dirty in the kitchen. At the age of 8 when kids are looking for a reason to go out and play, Shruti was actively experimenting in the kitchen and already accomplished the art of making the perfect omelette and much more for her folks. Back in school she used to have a ball of a time when she had two SUPW classes back to back. She would inquisitively learn how to make homemade Pizzas, burgers and bakes. While growing up she didn’t necessarily have an ideal culinary career in mind, but the one thing she did know was that she really liked food.
Cooking was portrayed to be a highly specialized area of expertise which was well handled by cooks and mothers. ‘It was an area in which I never sought to gain any interest or had any such idea to turn it into a business model. Now that I recall, the time when after marriage we had shifted to Chennai, I had befriended a very lovely neighbor couple. One evening while we were just chatting over food, she said you know these kind of Desi treats are scarce here and you should actually think of making them professionally. ‘Without even putting a lot of thoughts to it, we gave an advertisement in the newspaper and instantaneously we started getting calls’. This is the time when there was no food delivery apps. They started with seven dinners and in no time it rose to thirty, where they had to chip in money to get bigger dishes and packing materials. Shruti started enjoying the whole process without realizing how she was way ahead of the time in this whole business model.
Her north Indian delicacies, to street foods had started selling like hot cakes but yet again it was time for her to shift. Before finally settling in Bangalore, Shruti moved to Hyderabad, Chandigarh and even United States where she picked up and learnt the regional cooking.
‘After trotting around when we decided to set our base in Bangalore, I wanted to get back to food’ says Shruti.
‘Once my sister was here to celebrate the new years with us and persuaded me to again start home food catering. She encouraged me into making a Whatsapp or fb page for people to order such meals and do it on the weekends. The technology has made things simpler. I started with weekend menus and was overwhelmed with the response. There were orders and more orders for special occasions and parties and for people living alone who just wanted home cooked meal. Cooking was my stress reliever and I looked forward to doing it, it’s so satisfying’.
Through all her scrapes and successes every dish is cooked with love and simplicity and yet is so authentic and delicious. We actually witnessed it as we sat down to the her signature dishes which she had prepared for us encompassing Dahi Bhallas, Aloo Kachori,Paneer Makhane ki Subzi and Payasam. We are soon to get her to give the city of Bangalore a taste of her scrumptious cooking. Be with us to savor desi tadka by Shruti.