Top 5 Pune Food Bloggers
As the world becomes digital, articles have been replaced by ‘Blogs’. However, the effort required to pull the crowd is much more. Today readers are ready to instantly reject mediocre material. So, what makes some bloggers popular than the others? Well, the secret lies in the authenticity, heartfelt connection, and the ability to write for the masses. And what touches your heart better than food?
Food is one thing that connects people from all over the world. If you have ever followed a successful food blogger, you will realise that their repertoire is not limited to any specific cuisine or region. They explore, experience, and nudge their readers to try new food or cooking styles – turning daily doldrums of eating into a never-ending adventure.
In this series, we bring you the top 5 food bloggers from Pune who are separated by their writing style yet connected by their passion and love for food.
1. Megha Chhatbar
Our first influencer of the series is Megha Chhatbar. According to Megha “A passionate foodie, traveller by heart, and a book lover” is what defines her. Travel and food are the two things that make her world go round! Her entry into food blogging was purely by chance. Her journey started when she began writing for a local web portal. The positive feedback from the restaurants she wrote about was motivation enough to begin her blogging journey. Megha’s food blog explores unconventional places, their indigenous cuisines, local flavours, and the essence of the people she meets on her journey.
Her food blog FitFoodieMegha reviews food – be it street food, from restaurants, or from the hotels she visits. Through her blog, you can find the best hotels to stay in along with their specialities if you are visiting Pune. She attributes her continued success to her readers who keep her motivated via feedbacks and social shares.
2. Sonia Gupta
Some are born knowing their passion while others go through life’s journey discovering their passion. No matter when you find it, the day you recognise your passion is the day you start ‘living’. This is the story of our next food blogger, Sonia Gupta.
Born in Punjab, Sonia began her professional life as a science and math teacher. It was only after her marriage and subsequent motherhood that she learned to cook out of necessity.
From 2009 to 2014, Sonia kept shifting her home base owing to her husband’s profession. During this phase she successfully learned and tried new things but without finding the mental harmony she had been searching for.
Then in 2014, she moved to Pune and voila! Sonia finally found her passion in baking. She learned all about baking through books, YouTube videos, internet and innumerable FB groups for baking. In spite of several failures in initial months, the encouragement from her husband and son soon resulted in her starting Sonlicious in 2016.
Sonia wants to share and spread awareness about healthy baking. In the year 2017, she trained 105 people on healthy baking and is planning on travelling, conducting more workshops – helping people start the practice at home. And in her words, “I am pledged to convert homemakers into home bakers.”
3. Neha Ratta
A communication consultant by profession, Neha is someone who has endless love for food. Besides cooking Punjabi dishes, she is also passionate about desserts and Italian dishes such as pastas and pizzas. Through her blog tummy cravings, she shares recipes, restaurants review, and her thoughts on food in general. Lately, she has been trying out different healthy recipes such as Boiled Chicken Brown Fried Rice, vegetarian as well as non vegetarian salads.
Here’s her signature dish recipe:
Oats Besan Chilla
1 small bowl of regular oats
2 tbsp of gram flour
½ tbsp salt
¼ tbsp turmeric powder
Half chopped onion
1 chopped green chilly
- In a bowl, soak oats in water for 15 mins using half bowl water
- Add gram flour and beat the mixture
- Mix in salt and turmeric powder
- After this add onion and chilly
- Heat a non-stick tawa and add half a teaspoon olive oil
- Pour the mixture and spread it in a circular motion
- Once the chilla is slightly golden brown from both the sides, remove it from the pan
- You can serve it plain or with a side dish of green or coconut chutney
4. Pragati Bidkar
Nothing compares to home-cooked food. However, due to relocation for study/job opportunities, frequent travelling, or simple lack of interest – the young generation sees less of cooking at home. Pragati Bidkar through her blogs and books wants to encourage people across the globe to try cooking fresh, home-styled food.
With 25+ years of experience in cooking, she has authored two cooking books – Curry Dinner Recipes Cookbook and 30 Days of Daal – instant hits with the audience. Pragati through these books want people to realise that you don’t need fancy ingredients to make a gourmet meal. Seemingly boring daal can also be turned into a delicacy if have the know-how.
Pragati is an engineer and a management graduate. She turned entrepreneur after working in the corporate sector for quite some time. Along with food, writing is her passion. She founded her own content marketing company targeted toward small business and solo entrepreneurs. She writes on various topics such as Technology, Management, Blogging, Social Media, Books, Movies, Lifestyle, and Travel. Read her interesting blogs and step-by-step Indian recipes at kamalkitchen.
5. Dr. Sania Siddiqui
Don’t let the title doctor overwhelm you. At heart, Sania Siddiqui is a writer through and through. Born in Delhi, brought up in Lucknow, and now settled in Pune – she is a perfect blend of contradictions. In her own words, “My cupboard is not stacked with LVs and Guccis but I appreciate sensible fashion, do not hold a degree in interior designing but have an eye for classy decor, do not make round & soft chapatis but can whip up the most authentic lucknowi biryani & kababs in 40 minutes flat!”
Her blog allthingsgud is about everything you can think of. From fashion to food, travelling to events, and parenting to recipes – her blog has it all. She has also won many accolades for her wonderful work. Besides many awards under various categories, she has also been featured in a short film made by JWT, Mumbai. The film went on to win a bronze medal at Goa Fest, 2015 and also got nominated at CANNES Film Festival, 2015 under ‘Innovative Advertisements’ category. You can view the ad here.
In this bloggers series what comes across clearly is that simple is not boring, delicious is not difficult, and yummy is not unhealthy. Get inspired and get cooking!
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