SHRI BALA is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and Law graduate. She is the author of the fiction entitled “Y?Me” .
A food aficionado and a passionate cook, she is been cooking from the age of fourteen. She horned her cooking skills under the tutelage of her uncle P S Sankaran, who is the son of author Smt. Meenakshi Ammal, (cookbook Samaithu Paar).
Food history and food evolution fascinates her. She explores all cuisines and tries to adapt them to suit a vegetarian palate. South Indian Cuisine is her forte so she conducted a vegetarian food festival titled Dakshin Rivaayat in Trident BKC, Mumbai from 8th to 14th April 2016 under the aegis of Chef Ashish Bhasin, whom she considers her Chef Guru in the professional cooking arena.
She has taken it upon herself to display to the world that South Indian cuisine is not just Idli, Masala Dosa and Sambar. She is promoting the cuisine by sharing the trivia and evolution history of each South Indian dish in her social media handle.
She is very particular about right ingredients for each dish. She tries to explain the logic behind each ingredient and the restrictions of ingredient usage if any. She is now learning several rustic native dishes of South Indian cuisine.