1. Mallika Basu
Looking for quick, healthy Indian food recipes for a busy lifestyle? Mallika’s got them for you! Apart from her website, she’s authored a cookbook, writes a column for the London Evening Standard and uploads videos on YouTube.
True to her style of cooking, she tells us that when she gets home late in the night, she craves a quick masala hit. “My guilty midnight snack is oatcakes with my favourite chilli pickle, washed down with coconut water. As making rotis would be both insane and inconvenient at an ungodly hour, oatcakes it is.”
2. Shaheen Peerbhai
Mumbai’s favourite blogger now shuttles between London and Paris, known to her readers around the world as Purple Foodie. Back in Mumbai for her annual baking classes, she’s got us excited about her cookbook that comes out in 2017!
Now pursuing her Diploma at Alain Ducasse Education, she tells us that when the sneaky midnight craving strikes, she usually turns to her favourite Chocolate Chip and Pecan Cookies. “I make a big batch of the dough and let it sit in the fridge. When the craving hits, I bake a scoop or two of it and have the most indulgent midnight snack ready in ten minutes.”
3. Kulsum Kunwa
Sharing Shaheen’s passion for chocolate is Kulsum, a Kuwait-based food photographer who often works late into the night. Known to us through her contemporary take on Indian food on her blog Journey Kitchen, she confesses, “Watching Nigella Lawson tiptoeing to her fridge at midnight for that last piece of chocolate cake, that sheer indulgence of the moment got me into midnight snacking in the first place.”
Warm milk with deep fudgy triple chocolate cookies or a dense flourless chocolate cake certainly is my go to. But if none of that is in the fridge, I can just as equally enjoy roti crisped with ghee and a generous sprinkle of red chili powder and sea salt.” Now, you’ve got us craving Nigella Lawson’s Triple Chocolate Cookies!
4. Prerna Singh
Armed with an MBA and advertising work experience from India, Prerna of Indian Simmer is now based in California, where through the site, she is working on creating an international platform for Indian food lovers around the world.
A cookbook author, winner of Best Food Blog in regional cuisine by Saveur and announced as the Best of Web, this Californian is no stranger to working late nights while her 2 kids keep her busy during the day. “In the middle of the night, one food I always find myself reaching out to is crispy toasted multigrain bread with a generous amount of Nutella spread on it. I tell myself that the multigrain toast is playing a big role in making this guilty pleasure a healthier one!” We’ve often wished that too, Prerna!
5. Michelle Peters-Jones
Author of the heart-warming blog The Tiffin Box and recipe developer for The Kitchn, Edmonton (Canada)-based Michelle stumbled into the world of food through her appearance on MasterChef UK. A strong supporter of using fresh and local ingredients, she also conducts Indian cooking classes in the area.
Her choice of a midnight snack? Rasmalai from Nanak’s – a local dairy in Canada. “It’s not just my midnight snack, it’s also my guilty pleasure. The creamy, delicious melt-in-the-mouth texture rivals even ghar-ki-rasmalai.”
With a full-time job at Twitter, Nags, as she is popularly known, dishes up a mixed bag of recipes on Edible Garden. Now based out of Singapore, we particularly love her section on Basics of Indian Cooking.
A firm believer in simple and quick recipes, her favourite midnight snack is the Cheese Garlic Bread from her blog. “You can make it with any kind of bread lying around and it takes only about 10 minutes from oven to plate!”
7. Julia Datt
Think models don’t touch carbs? You clearly haven’t met Julia from This Model Eats a Lot! Born into a family in the hospitality business in Melbourne, this former lifestyle editor moved to Mumbai to become a Kingfisher Model and is now dining her way through Australia.
“My favourite midnight snack is a warm toasted sandwich, drenched in butter and oozing melted cheese,” she tempts us!