Baking in Chennai gets imaginative as entrepreneurs and chefs experiment


Subika Ganesan kneaded, baked and mopped her method by March. Her modern café, Brod, had simply launched when the primary lockdown started, forcing her to shut her doorways. However, she by no means turned off her ovens.

“I continued to make sourdough, seeded loaves and sandwiches for customers,” she says, including, “It was tough at first. I even began sending my customers milk and eggs, with their bread orders, on request because everyone was finding grocery shopping a challenge.”

Her capability to adapt rapidly has meant that Brod stayed open, and constructed a loyal buyer base, over the previous six months. Today, she remains to be working the bakery on her personal, with only one individual to do deliveries, and slowly increasing the menu.

“We are now focused on using local produce,” she says, including that her in style sandwiches embrace aragula and smoked mozzarella from The Farm on OMR and ham layered with candy, buttery Havarti from Begum Victoria Cheese in Bengaluru. Her cookies are studded with chocolate chunks from Mason and Co in Auroville.

Smoked mozzarella sandwich by Brod

You could keep in mind Subika from Bisous Gourmet, in style for its Old Monk Brownies. About two years in the past, she collaborated with a Danish buddy to start out making sourdough, and it proved so profitable she launched Brod on ECR. Since this can be a one-woman enterprise, she bakes solely on Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning work at four am, so the bread might be delivered by 9.30 am onwards.

Keep an eye fixed out for her pop-ups. She did two burger weekends, and additionally bakes up trays of brownies when she has the time: basic, double chocolate and a dolce, chewy with milk toffee.

Call Subika on 9986670858

Beyond Loaf

Looking at her Bombay Blooms, an intricate bouquet of fluffy dough and pav bhaji-inspired potato, it’s astonishing that Shika Parakh began baking simply three months in the past.

The diffident dwelling baker, nonetheless, has been so profitable together with her imaginative loafs that she moved out of her dwelling kitchen and employed an residence subsequent door simply so she might bake undisturbed, with some assist from her mother-in-law Ruby, and cheerleader-husband, Ritesh.

Today her startup, Beyond Loaf, gives clients mini babkas, jalapeno buns knobbly with cheddar and Chennai-influenced podi bombs. Her hottest product nonetheless, is the Mexican fiesta bundt bread. “We call it a fiesta, because it is like a party in your mouth,” chuckles Ritesh.

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“I experimented with whatever was home during lockdown,” says Shika, including “There is cheddar cheese, mozzarella and peri peri…” It doesn’t cease there: she packs it with a creamy cheese dip, which has proved so in style she now gives it on her menu.

Shika appears to come across an unexplored area of interest: savoury breads. “I had one customer who wanted the Mexican Bundt as a cake — as he doesn’t like sweet things,” she says. Beyond Loaf additionally gives a tomato basil dip and chunky pesto to go along with their breads, or simply helps you inventory your pantry. And in case you can’t determine on what to order, the couple has a combo field, so you possibly can attempt all of it.

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Bread & Chocolate:

Can’t journey to Auroville? Auroville is coming to you. The café, in style for its healthful Buddha Bowls, decadent affogatos and crusty bread smothered in darkish chocolate might be opening in Alwarpet subsequent month.

The enterprise is in affiliation with Pricol Gourmet, which runs metropolis eating places Double Roti, Soy Soi and Savya Rasa amongst others. Details are underneath wraps, however we do know that Nikesh Lamba and Japtej Ahluwalia are collaborating with Daniel Trulson (baker and creator of Bread & Chocolate) to open the three,000 sq. ft bakehouse, chocolate store and cafe in Alwarpet.

Bread & Chocolate

An artisanal espresso programme, sourcing beans from throughout South India is underway. And, after all, the cafe will function a menu woven with Mason & Co single-origin chocolate. Expect to dive into buttery croissants by mid-October.

Sandy’s Toastery:

Set to launch by mid-October, this modern diner by restaurateur Sandesh Reddy is a enjoyable tackle bakeries and café menus.

The crew needs to maintain the main points a shock until opening day, however anticipate a variety of sourdough bread, together with rye, entire wheat and fowl seed, as nicely as sourdough sandwiches. There may even be freshly baked world classics, like Hokkaido milk bread and a variety of batards (image child baguettes) with bacon, cheese and spinach.

Sandesh guarantees a wholesome spin on conventional diner favourites, like steak sandwiches with candy potato fries and mushroom burgers, as nicely as fashionable café necessities, together with avocado toast (after all), waffles and decadent milkshakes (Hint: fudge, cake, caramel).

Sourdough bread by Sandy’s Toastery

The first toastery opens in Besant Nagar, after which Sandesh plans to open two extra by the tip of the yr, on ECR and in Anna Nagar.

2020 could also be simpler with a aspect of fries.

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