Where does Colaba’s hip cafe get its lamps from? How can you re-create the new city bookstore’s vintage shelves in your room? Trying to trace your favourite restaurant’s outsourced cheesecake? In this new column, bpb gets Mumbai’s most delicious establishments to share their supply list, taking you to the source of everything they own and order, from organic produce to custom-made chairs.
Food blogger Rushina M Ghildayal kicks off A Perfect Bite Cook Studio this week, a teaching kitchen where she plans to hold culinary workshops, chefs tables and other cool events. bpb gets her to dish on the tools she's tricked the place out with, where she gets her ingredients, and more.
Pots, Pans & Beyond
Seimens induction plate: Great to carry along for off-site cooking, because most places don’t allow you to cook with an open flame. The plate heats up the pan pretty quickly, and switches off once the pan is off. You also don’t get scalded in the process, which is nice. Shop no 2/3, Modi Niwas, opposite Standard Chartered Bank, S V Road, Santacruz (W), 61636857.
Kenwood stand mixer and hand mixer: Every prolific baker wants one of these. Available at eZone store across the city.
Victorinox knives: I’m very particular about the knives I use. My two essentials are the brand’s Chef’s knife and paring knives. Shop no 17, Grand Galleria, High Street Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, 24948880.
Scanpan knives for kids: You must’ve seen the kids on Junior Masterchef Australia use these red plastic knives, which are perfect and safe for kids. Order them online on this site.
Summer House pots and pans: I’ve bought their wooden cakes pans, fruit pans and bowls. They have a rustic, homely sense about them. Visit the website here.
Tupperware boxes: I’m a Tupperware-aholic! I used it to store everything from snacks to ingredients. Visit the website here.
Le Creuset: They are known for their pretty enamel kitchenware. My mum and husband, Shekhar, recently gifted me a few pots and pans from the brand. Available at Indigo Deli, first floor, Palladium, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, 24986262 and 5, ground floor, Phiroze building,Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Marg, Apollo Bunder, 66551010.
Trikaya farm: They grow and supply exotic Thai herbs like galangal and chillies, different kinds of lettuces and more. They also have heirloom tomatoes, which are naturally grown and not genetically modified. Available at Nature’s Basket and Foodhall stores across the city.
Under The Mango Tree: For the honey, that too in a variety of flavours. My favourites are mango, cashew and tribal gold.Visit the Facebook page here.
Navdanya Organic Store: They have a good range of spices and grains. Mayfair Housing Society, shop no 10, Rajiv Oberoi Complex, Andheri Link Road, Andheri (W), 9920418027.
Studio design and Wall Art
Interior design by Aishaana Pradhan: Aishaana is helping us put together everything in the studio, from shelves to lights to the wall colours. She’s very efficient, and always gets the work done on time. She’s also able to translate our ideas; for instance, we’re making a big bookshelf for the different cookbooks we’d like to keep in the studio, shaped into the words ‘Cook shelf’. Aishaana Pradhan, 09820599766.
Wall paintings by Savio D’Silva: Savio, who is also a tattoo artist, is working on some fun wall murals for us, like pasta falling off a big bowl. I’m hoping to get my tattoo from him too! Savio D’Silva, 09004041555
Getting there: APB Cook Studio, Shrishti Plaza, Saki Vihar Road, Andheri (E), 42152799, email
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