A UNIQUE STORY AND HERITAGE
Born in 1912, Mrs Balbir Singh was a pioneering female-force in both the teaching and writing of cookery in India.
Mrs Singh graduated from Punjab University in 1936, and married her husband Dr Singh in 1939. Soon after the Partition of India the family relocated for a short time to England as a result of a research fellowship offered to Dr Singh, which led to him taking his PhD at the University of London.
Although thousands of miles from home, Mrs Singh embraced the opportunity to combine the culinary arts passed down the generations in her family of exceptional cooks with the study of English domestic science at a college on Regent Street. She graduated with first-class honors, while also finding time to attend afternoon and evening classes in a variety of homemaking skills.
In 1955 the family returned to New Delhi, India where Mrs Balbir Singh's famous cookery and homemaking classes flourished. She taught cookery over four decades and became an expert on the history, culture and science of regional and local Indian cuisine.