Chinskitchen is a Artisan Boutique Bakery specialising in, award-winning Nankhatai ( Spiced Indian shortbreads) luxury celebration/wedding cakes, bakes and treats with a unique Indian twist. Whoever said you can’t add a bit of spice to sweet treats? Infused properly, you have the magical taste of India in our products.
Our products are handcrafted using quality ingredients sourced for their taste and purity. Nutmeg from Grenada; Cardamom from Guatemela; to A grade saffron from Spain or Iran. Quality is the principal to what we produce and deliver.
Using our creative minds and skills in blending flavours, we create a variety of delectable Nankhatai and treats. All our products are freshly baked in house by hand, from rolling to baking.
Our Nankhatai is packaged beautifully in aesthetically appealing velvet feel tubes and is an ideal gift for any occasion or for personal consumption.
History of Nankhatai
The history of the nankhatai in India is quite interesting. Towards the end of the 16th century, a couple of Dutch guys set up a bakery in Surat (India) to cater to the needs of the local Dutch population.
When the Dutch were leaving India, the owners handed over the bakery to a very enterprising employee, a Parsi gentleman Faramji Pestonji Dotivala. Since the bread was made with palm toddy for fermentation, it didn’t find favour with the local Indians.
In order to save his bakery, Mr. Dotivala started selling the old bread and puff, which became dried, at a really cheap price. This dried version became so popular that he started drying the bread before selling it. Later, the dried version came to be known as the ‘Irani Biscuit’.
Dotivala, then created the Farmasu Surti Batasa or “butter biscuits”, which are still very popular. He also created the now famous Nankhatai as an interpretation of a local sweet from Surat called ‘Dal’ and also inspired by the Irani or Afghan Khatai. With migration, nankhatai travelled into East Africa as well as different parts of India.
Raised in Mombasa, Kenya, Chintal Kakaya grew up in a close-knit, food-loving community and rapidly learned how to satisfy a hungry crowd with all manner of traditional sweets and savouries.
Following in her mum’s footsteps, Chin always harboured a love of baking, and her multi-cultural background instilled an insatiable curiosity when it came to experimenting with spices and flavourings. In 2013, ChinsKitchen began to take shape – initially as a vegetarian food blog which served as a platform for Chin to share a myriad of unique baking recipes.
Chin’s friends came to know her as the go-to girl for special occasion cakes and bakes and, in 2015, she launched her ‘Indian dessert-inspired cakes’ to test the market, enabling others to get a taste too.
The concept? To weave elements of classic Indian sweetmeats into traditional cake recipes, creating something quite different to anything else on the market. Applying the same thinking to Indian shortbread, her now Great Taste-award-winning acclaimed range of nankhatai biscuits was born. Chinskitchen launched as a Artisan baking business in February 2016, turning her passion into a business which is growing successfully.
When she’s not in the kitchen, Chin’s doing great things elsewhere; notably as a charity champion for Find Your Feet – an organisation devoted to enabling families in India, Nepal, Malawi and Zimbabwe to break out of the poverty cycle.
The organisation’s annual Curry for Change campaign raises funds through celebrating Indian food – having wooed guests with savoury and sweet food at both her own and large-scale co-hosted events, Chin continues to dedicate time, recipes, and desserts to the cause.
Alongside running Chinskitchen, Chintal is a mum of 2, wife and continues to work as a senior Occupational Therapist. Her achievements include: Recipes published in various food magazines, International Baking recipe book, Winner of the Wrights baking competition, finalist for Borders biscuit competition and Guild of fine food Great Taste Award Winner. Although baking is her passion, she used it as a form of communication with her son when he was diagnosed with Autism at a young age.
It’s not only the likes of sugar, spice and all things nice that make up Chinskitchen products.
Other things around the world have influenced our delicious little creations. These include a matriarchal kitchen in Mombasa, Kenya; traditional Gujarati and international foods; awe-inspiring cakes courtesy of Chin’s mother; comforting memories of shortbread and chai; Western cookbooks and cookery shows; global ingredients; the mastery of successful flavour fusion; an abiding love of afternoon tea; and support, encouragement (and demand!) from friends and family.
It all adds up to a rather delicious and mouth-watering treat.
Our promise to you:
- Quality of products and service we provide and deliver
- Nankhatai made free from artificial flavours or preservatives
- All handmade in the UK
- We only use certified organic edible flowers and hand selected ingredients
- Supporting other small business by collaborations
- Supporting our chosen charity Find your feet by donating a % of online sales of Nankhatai
- Happy customers of all ages
At Chinskitchen we want our customers to get the full experience, we love communicating with them and hear what they have to say, we value their custom, feedback and support.