Feature Friday: Sheuli Bhowal
What does food mean to you?
For me food is much more than survival. It is an art and a passion mixed together on a plate. When I see people are cherishing the food, it is my biggest satisfaction.
How did you learn to cook? Was cooking always part of your life?
All traditional dishes I learned from my mother and grandmother with the signature of our family tradition. I was always passionate about cooking and feeding people. When I was young, I was assisting my mother and grandmother and occasionally cooking the entire dish. When I began my own family after marriage, cooking became an integral part of my life. I received a new cooking life when I started cooking for Eataway and feeding many different people form different parts of the world.
What do you like most about hosting?
Meeting new people and sharing with them food from India. Also learning about the culture of various people from all over the world.
What is the most unforgettable meal you hosted?
The first meal. Excitement was at its peak. We came across a fan of Indian food. Some of the guests have repeated their visit to my meal a few times.
What is one ingredient which you always have at your house?
It is my passion for food, which always goes with my cooking.
What is family’s favorite thing you cook for them?
Biryani, it's a royal one pot dish, which I learned from my grandfather.
What is something interesting about your country's food culture?
Indian food is all about the blending of spices for their aroma, taste and medical value.
You can invite any 3 people in the world to your next meal- who do you invite?
My mother who gave me my first lessons for cooking, my grandmother, and Marta Bradshaw who created the Eataway platform.
Your table is full of travelers, what do you suggest they do in Krakow?
Visit the old town and Wawel Caslte, a tour of the salt mines in Wieliczka, and to eat a meal with another Eataway cook!
What is your favorite things to do in your spare time?
Listening to music.
What is your favorite food?
I love to try different food, it's difficult to choose just one favorite!
How did you learn about Eataway?
One of my very close friends gave me the information.
What does Eataway mean to you?
I see it as a platform to present Indian food from my own home kitchen to the world. This was never possible before.
What would you tell a potential cook that is nervous about hosting a meal?
Prepare your food well and it shall be a great fun.