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.

Nalini Mehta

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.

Articles on Route To India/Nalini :

- Make it. MSP Problem Solver Profile

- Food for Inner Balance Kare 11 Minneapolis

- Can one chef change the level of stress in the hospitality industry? -CityPages

- Achieving Wellness in restaurants MspMag 

- Kitchen Culture: Self Care and Wellness for those who cook for us-  Gorwlermag

- New Year Guaranteed Hangover Cure

Watch a video on Nalini Mehta

- KarmaTales, a yoga teacher's experience with Ayurveda cooking

SFGate: Eating with your hands article

- Asian Art Museum : The Ayurvedic Kitchen Pharmacy

- Asia Society blog: The Ayurvedic Kitchen

- Watch Nalini talk about a Happy Belly -  Ayurvedic   lifestyle

- Unconventional Dosa on Women Now

-   Making Delectable Dosa 2 Women Now

SF Weekly Food Of the Gods

KQED Article on our classes

Master The Art of Fermentation, Indian Dosas and More SF Weekly

India West on Women Entreprenuers

Fathomaway Dosa class

Fathomaway Kerala Culinary Trip