Ajoy Joshi, chef/owner of nilgiri's restaurant in Sydney

Joshi founded Nilgiri’s in the late Nineties and has turned it into more than just a restaurant. He has organised many other activities that enable him to share his enthusiasm and knowledge about Indian food, its correct preparation, sourcing the best ingredients and passing on simple, yet essential culinary facts that he is always happy to share.

Ajoy was trained in Madras (now Chennai), India and started his career at the prestigious Taj Group of Hotels where he was soon promoted to executive chef of the Taj Hotel, Bangalore. During this time he was also involved in setting up Karavali Restaurant, renowned for its ethnic coastal South Indian cuisine.

Ajoy’s training was completed in the gruelling culinary education he received from six Indian master chefs, experts in their own regional cuisine, who took him into their confidence with their own techniques of cooking.

Ajoy opened the Malabar Restaurant in Crows Nest, Sydney, serving traditional South Indian cuisine which won awards and accolades both in Australia and India. In 1997, Ajoy sold the Malabar and embarked on a tour to study food trends around the world. It was from this tour that Ajoy then launched nilgiri’s which has received many awards, the most recent being the 2010 “Best Indian” award for excellence in catering from Restaurant & Catering (R&C NSW/ACT).

Ajoy has appeared as a guest chef on numerous TV, web-clip and radio programmes and is respected as one of Australia’s top Indian chefs. Ajoy is regarded as an authority on Indian food, both overseas and in Australia, where he is frequently asked to advise cookery schools and hotels.

Ajoy is supported by his wife Meera, son Aniruddh, and a highly competent culinary team.

Nilgiri’s restaurant, located in the CREMORNE, takes you on a tour of ethnic Indian cuisine. An open kitchen in a modern restaurant setting is the showcase for Ajoy’s culinary talents and skills. A café-style ambience at lunch and a more formal set-up at dinner create a quality dining experience, unlike any before.

an award-winning restaurant minutes from North Sydney

But nilgiri’s isn’t just an award-winning restaurant….visit nilgiri’s website to learn more!

‘Indian Home Cooking’ presents a collection of authentic, yet easy-to-prepare dishes from all regions of the country – from tasty appetizers and snacks to vegetarian entrées to traditional chicken and lamb dishes. A classic edition.

Ajoy is one of ten masterchefs worldwide to be invited to contribute recipes to the first comprehensive guide to Indian cooking, with over 1,000 recipes covering every aspect of India’s rich and colourful culinary heritage. Click here to read a review of this book.

From a basic spice mix to a crisp and light dosai from Southern India, there is something for everyone in this book. With beautiful photographs, easy-to-follow recipes from all over India, ‘Ajoy Joshi’s Favourite Recipes’ is the perfect cookery book.

‘Regional Indian Cooking’ celebrates the food of the five main regions of India, each with its own distinctive geography, produce and lifestyle. Keeping to a philosophy of balance and the ancient principles of Ayurveda, Ajoy Joshi makes it easy for cooks of all abilities.

Australia’s greatest weight-loss system, Bodytrim, partnered with Ajoy Joshi to deliver a series of impressive-yet-simple recipes in ‘Indian 4 Weightloss’ that can be used at the most exquisite of dinner parties or a simple mid-week dinner.

To buy any one of these cookbooks, click Ajoy’s cookbooks.


Garam Masalas