Camellia Panjabi

Camellia Panjabi is the author of the world's best-selling book on curry, 50 Great Curries of India. It has sold over 1 million copies and has been described as 'the definitive guide to Indian cooking'.

Born in Mumbai, Camellia read Economics at Cambridge and went on to become the Marketing Director of Taj Hotels, India's most prestigious hotel group. With a lifelong passion for food, Camellia helped create several restaurants for these premier hotels, featuring little-known regional dishes.

Camellia opened the Bombay Brasserie in London, in 1982, introducing regional Indian cooking to the UK for the first time, and changing the way Indian cuisine is perceived in Britain.

In 2001, she joined her family's restaurant company, Masala Zone, which owns Chutney Mary in Chelsea, Veeraswamy (the UK's oldest Indian restaurant) and Amaya, which has won several awards.


  • Reviews

    'The best ever Indian cookery book - and the bestselling one in the world' The Observer
    'When it comes to Indian cookbooks, there is apparently only one read in town' The Times ‘Camellia Panjabi is arguably India’s foremost gourmet and food expert. Her profound knowledge will always be an inspiration to me.’ Pat Chapman, Founder of The Curry Club

Books by Camellia Panjabi