Manju Malhi was raised in north-west London where she grew up surrounded by Indian culture, traditions and lifestyles. Belonging to a non-conformist Asian family with sub-continental parents who moved to England in the late sixties, she sought solace in cooking which she learnt from her mother. She spent several years of her childhood in India where she explored and experienced the vast and varied cuisines of the country. In her cooking, she draws up on her past and combines it with the realities of urban Western life and makes her own unique Brit-Indi style of food.

She won the BBC’s Food and Drink competition in 1999 and cooked with Antony Worrall Thompson on BBC2, and was invited back a second time. Manju’s Simply Indian series was aired on the Taste Network in 2001. She has featured in numerous TV programmes in Britain. She has also done a forty-part series entitled Cooking Isn’t Rocket Science for NDTV.