It was so much fun learning a new way of making Pav Bhaji. I loved how much flavour it has as we layered flavour on top of flavour to get that "Mumbai" Street food feel.
Mumbai felt like no other place.
Bustling with the cries of the people and the motors of the cars.
At 9 years old fresh from the quiet backwater of Jamnagar, I would venture out into the street. The delicacies of Vada Pav and Pav Bhaji ignited a passion in me. Hours upon hours I would watch stallholders making delicious dishes for hours on end and I dared to dream that I would sell as those same stallholders one day.
The dream was delayed as I swiftly married my husband from East Africa and found myself in the suburbia that was West London. Mumbai dreams disappeared for 35 years as I was blessed with a career and two kids.
Then the dream returned after being made redundant. After a few months of boring redundancy frustration at home, my son suggested I do something food-related.
Nana’s Chutneys was born. From the inner-city London markets, we started selling weekly before supplying a few restaurants. Building up loyal customers and helping them with online cookery classes during lockdown. Post lockdown we expanded into a range of London farmers' markets.
I realised I was not no old and indeed it was worth it. My dream followed me and was embellished by my life experience. You can do anything at any age.
I found that life truly begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Thank you for reading my story
See you at the Nana’s Chutneys stall.
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