Over the past week and a half, we’ve been hanging out with our February Kitchen Coach, Indian-American chef Preeti Mistry of Juhu Beach Club in Oakland, California. Preeti shared her recipe for chicken tikka masala, showed us how to make garam masala, and gave us a few tips for buying spices.

As Preeti’s parting shot, she shared a few of her favorite food spots in Mumbai, the places where she goes to get inspiration.

Swati Snacks, which Chowhound BJD calls “required eating in Bombay.”

Soam Restaurant, a place that Chowhound omabklyn says is great “for Gujarati food (hard to find in the US).”

• Also in Mumbai: Masala Library for fine dining; window-shopping the food stalls at Crawford Market; and, for panipuri, Elco Market in Bandra, a West Mumbai suburb.

Thanks to Preeti for inspiring us! And be sure to let us know where you go for great Indian food and ingredients.

Next up on Kitchen Coach: Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, chef and butcher Aaron Rocchino of The Local Butcher Shop in Berkeley, California, will show us how to make corned beef, and explain why a long, slow cure is the way to go.

Photo-collage by Chris Rochelle

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