Hi! I’m Anjalina!
Let me tell you a little bit about me.
I consider myself to be a passionate and emotive cook, connecting strongly with my Indian roots. A citizen of the world, having lived in London, Bangalore, spending numerous summers in Manila, and now residing in Barcelona with my family. I have travelled far and wide to connect with my extended family, and I believe that the best education is travel, without a doubt!
Growing up in an Indian family, it was easy to connect to my culture via my taste buds. My recipes come from memories of tastes and aromas from my mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens, which I am always ready and excited to share!
I studied at Hofmann Culinary School for two years, and then decided to take a step forward into teaching Indian cuisine, organising private events and working with restaurants, teaching them how to use spices and developing recipes for them.
It was from my cooking classes that the idea for Soul Spices, my first cookbook, was born. Based on the benefits and properties of spices, this book was a journey through my childhood and onto adult life in Barcelona. I wanted to show my adopted country, Spain, that spices form an essential part of any home kitchen and not only bring flavour to any dish but also health benefits.
Anjalina’s re-discovery of Ayurveda.
Over 2 years ago, I began to feel that I needed a change in lifestyle and diet as I would often feel not my best self, with digestive issues, bloating, constant headaches and stomach aches.
After trying different types of diets, none of which really having any lasting effects, I decided to go further into the spice world and what it could really do for me, on a more medicinal level.
Spending time in India, talking to friends and family, I realised that the answers had always been present throughout my whole life.
The fashionable “Turmeric Latte”, was basically a remedy that I had been given ever since I was a young child whenever I had a cold, fever or soar throat. And this was most certainly an Ayurvedic remedy!
So, naturally, my curiosity was piqued, and so I researched further. It was plain to see that this science of life was not only beneficial to our physical body, but to our mental state.
This age old Indian science and philosophy of life is a path that I am moving very steadily on.
I am proud to say that I have now completed the Ayurveda Diet and Lifestyle Diploma course at Ayurveda Pura, London, and am practicing Ayurveda simultaneously, by developing recipes for online courses and private consultations with restaurants and chefs. I have now begun with private one to one consultations too!
Thank you for being here with me along this journey. I look forward to many more developments from here on out. As I always say, keep learning and never look back!