Nalini offers a unique experience through Route to India.
Her mission is to bring about a revival of Ayurveda and the art of holistic living.
Lured by the enticing aromas, colors, and bustle of a busy Indian kitchen, as a child, Nalini would often be found perched at the kitchen counter by her mother, enjoying the cook's delightful treats. Growing up, cooks from various backgrounds shaped and influenced her understanding of Regional Indian cuisines as she moved from one city to another. The aromas of freshly baked baguette that wafted from the bakery below their apartment in Paris, and the eclectic nouvelle cuisines of New York fanned her passion and furthered her belief in food.
Her interest turned into her vocation, and for over ten years now she has been associated with the food industry as a caterer for private events and gourmet food stores in New York, cook in the kitchens of Candle Cafe and Hampton Chutney, and an Instructor at the Natural Gourmet school, followed by Whole Foods Culinary Center, Institute of Culinary Education and NY Open Center. She has been a speaker at a range of institutions including San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Rubin Museum of Art, Princeton University, Baruch College and the United Nations.
A vegetarian herself, complemented by her belief in Ayurveda and Ayurvedic cooking, Nalini views food and the cooking process as a means to nurturing the soul - an experience for the mind, body, and soul.
Nalini is also a recent recipient of the James Beard Foundation Women In Culinary Leadership Grant program.