Celebrity chef and author Yudhika Sujanani is best-known for her designer heels and signature curry dishes, but this “Curry Queen of Bling’s” repertoire extends further than Indian cuisine. 2011 is set to be an action packed year for this Joburg-based personality, with a new book and the launch of an online TV show. Yudhika plans to release her third recipe book later this year, which promises a spicy twist.

“Curry Me Home, the first book, was not only a dream come true, but an experiment”, she says, “Curry Me Home again, was the second recipe book project and something that I loved doing.” Her ‘Curry Me Home’ complementary range of spices provides the foundation for many of her dishes.

2011 will see the launch of Yudhika’s online TV show. Together with some of Johannesburg’s celebrities and much- loved personalities she will be showcasing her recipes and sharing a few giggles. “I know that the show is going to be a lot of fun and even though it is daunting to be on camera, I am going to be mixing work and pleasure with this one!” she says with a daring laugh. The show will be centered on how-to’s, tips and recipes from her books, not to mention some friendly banter with celebrity guests.

When Yudhika was growing up, all the important bits of life “went down in the kitchen”. She spent much of her adolescence in hotel kitchens thanks to her mum’s career as a professional chef. In grade seven she landed her first job as an assistant in the Chantecler Hotel kitchen in Durban. It was these experiences that informed the way she ran her restaurant Salaam Bombay, a runaway success.

Yudhika will no doubt be thrilling audiences once again in 2011, whilst experimenting with new mediums and exploring new avenues. Her renewed vigor and motivation radiates through her, from her attitude to life to her love of gourmet delights.


About Yudhika Sujanani

Gorgeous celebrity chef, author and personality Yudhika is best-known for her designer heels and signature curry dishes but this “Curry Queen of Bling” is not exclusively focused on Indian cuisine. She uses her extensive knowledge and experience to masterfully create innovative flavours and food combinations. With a passion for food and zest for life, Yudhika believes food and cooking not only nourishes the body….it also nourishes the spirit.

Simple foods prepared in a flash are her key focus. With an incredibly busy schedule she insists on home cooked meals so the meals have to be spicy but not hot, fresh, zingy and packed with loads of flavour and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Experimenting with food is her creative outlet, guaranteed to cheer her up.

After fulfilling her dream of owning her own restaurant, which was a runaway success, she turned her attention to more innovative ways of sharing and selling food. She started the highly acclaimed Curry Club, an idea born out of her love of entertaining that raised money for the Starfish Foundation at the same time.

Yudhika has authored two recipe books, ‘Curry Me Home’ and ‘Curry Me Home again’, and will be releasing a third book mid-2011. Her ‘Curry Me Home’ complementary range of spices, available in a number of SPAR retailers country-wide, provide the foundation for many of her dishes (Red Chilli Powder, Ground Cumin, Ground Coriander, Garam Masala) andare roasted and blended according to her own recipes (Magic Masala, Nan’s Lazy Day Masala, Balti Blast, Balti Sprinkle).

She lives in Fourways, Johannesburg with her three children and two Afghan puppies.


    1. HI there, Magic Masala is a blend of spices that I make – it adds lots of flavour and aroma to soups, stews, casseroles and bakes! Its a must have and you could compare it to a highly aromatic garam masala – only better!

  1. Hi Yudhikay
    Thanks for your great recipes that you bring into our kitchen.
    A friend of mine invited us over to her place and she made this most divine chocolate cake and topped it up with this amazing dropping chocolate sauce over the cake and I must say this is to die for, but the sad thing about her is she refuses to disclose this recipe with anybody and she is so adamment about this,she does mention something about cream or cottage cheese that she uses to make up this chocolate sauce but refuses to give us the recipe. I’m wondering if you could help and give me a receipe for chocolate cake and most of all chocolate sauce.

    Thank you

  2. Hi Yudhika. I want to buy your set of spices for a friend of mine. I cannot find your website to buy this.
    Please contact me about this urgently. I once bought your spices at a food expo with a small recipy book? Do you have any recipy books with Asian curry type recipies that will go nicely with using with the spices. Please send me pictures of what is available. Also the spices. They were in glass containers

    1. Hello Maureen!

      I must apologise – it seems like the website is down for some reason. Which area are you situated in? The recipe books has step by step Asian recipes that use the spices. The emergency curry for example uses coconut milk and the Curry Me Home spices. Email me at hetals@iafrica.com

    1. Hi there, Tarusha!

      You can book a high tea party at the Holi Cow -minimum number of guests is 12. The Holi Cow address: 38 Kingfisher Drive, Fourways. Looking forward to seeing you at the HC.

    2. Hi there,

      The Holi Cow address is 38 Kingfisher Drive, Fourways. You can book your own exclusive high tea party for 12 guests at any time or more or join one of the Holi Cow tea parties. The next tea party will be on the Monday, 17th March 2014 from 1 – 5pm. Please call 0795110952 to book. Regards, Yudhika

    1. Hi Isobel, The first book Curry Me Home is sold out. I have repeated some of the recipes in my third book that will be released in the next 6 – 8 weeks. Regards, Yudhika

  3. Hi, please let me know about your venue/restaurant. Is it per set menu? Do you offer Breakfast, Lunch supper, tea? Can we book cooking classes? What do you offer?

    1. Hi Theloshni, We create a menu according to our clients specifications – we do private functions at night and are open from Mon – Sat, 8am to 5pm. Cooking classes can be booked for private class or you could join an open class as well. I do post updates for the open classes on the blog. We cover lamb, chicken, prawn and a veg dish, bread and a cake or dessert. Please contact us at Holi Cow. My number is 011 4672661

  4. Dear yudhika. I have been binge reading your blog. You are an amazing cook as well and great writer. Really all the best in your current and future endeavors. Wished I had looked you up sooner!

  5. I found your article gripping especially considering I echo the exact same sentiments. Reading your words were like almost verbalising my thoughts about the sorriest word in the dictionary.

    The great consolation you have is that the food you prepare is soothing to the soul.

    You are a culinary artist.

    Mucho Love!
    Mucho Respek!

    1. Hello there, thanks so much for writing in! I have food for comfort and my fabulous kids too…I guess we just need to stop and think about these things sometimes! Much love, Yudhika

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