Culinary reels are some of the most soothing pieces of content to watch on Instagram. In a span of 30 seconds, baking a cake, tossing a gourmet salad, making jjajangmyeon–everything seems well within the realm of possibility. There’s no doubt that the lockdown forced us to take charge of the kitchen, a task we have now all strayed away from. Whether you rely on a cook to make your meals or utilise a service, or rely on takeout, cooking is an essential life skill. Many stay away from it because it's either considered too gendered or too technical for most of us to invest precious time in. But there is undeniable joy in cooking up a meal that is delicious, satisfying and appreciated by others.
If you haven’t put on an apron in a few months, here are some accounts to follow that will make you fall in love with the art of cooking again.
Filmmaker and food enthusiast Shaana Levy-Bahl is the person you need to follow if your cravings are as specific as a detox juice or an avocado ice cream. Instead of running through your directory of catering service providers or hitting up a takeout app, walk over to your favourite grocery store and have a blast filling up your pantry with the right ingredients. Lavender moonmilk, chimichurri sauce or paleo brownies, Levy-Bahl has the right recipes for everything. Make a routine of trying something new for Sunday brunch, cafe style.
Discover more of Shaana's recipes here.
Radhi Devlukia-Shetty just released her cookbook Joyfull, which gives you all the more reasons to follow her account for recipes. Devlukia-Shetty focuses on salads and healthy bowls for the greater part but that’s not to say you won’t find shaved fruit ice or a chocolate rice crip cookie on her feed. But more often than not, she’s likely to focus on clean eating and vegetarian meals. If you are trying to stay off heavy meals to attain health goals, follow her account to maintain what you have in mind.
Find more of Radhi's recipes here.
Recipe developer Chef Guntas is something of an internet sensation. Combining healthy meals, easy recipes and local ingredients, watching her videos makes you truly feel like whipping up a delicious meal is as easy as it looks. Laksa soup or dahi kebabs, her global palette with an indian appeal is perfect for those who want to eat satiating meals with ingredients that are easily available at your corner store.
Find Chef Guntas in action here.
If you are looking for a hearty Indian fare, Maunika Gowardhan’s account is the one to follow. Mouthwatering fish tikka, goan prawn balchao, and even homemade garlic naans–Giwardhan’s meals hit the spot. With a dedicated focus on tandoori cooking, her recipes make you feel like you are capable of making something you’d otherwise only order in. Try a recipe reel and be prepared to have your mind blown.
Follow Maunika Gowardhan here.