About Chetna Makan

Chetna Makan was born in Jabalpur, an ancient city in central India. She has a degree in fashion and worked in Mumbai as a fashion designer before moving to the UK in 2003. Chetna reached the semi-final of The Great British Baking Show in 2014, and her first book, The Cardamom Trail, is a celebration of baking with Indian flavours. She has a very popular YouTube channel ‘Food with Chetna’ where she shares her creative flair for food. @chetnamakan

A cast iron pan filled with chicken curry on a trivet, on a purple background with a linen napkin.

Malvani-Style Chicken Curry

Simple enough to be a weeknight curry. With loads of spices, coconut, and chicken, you can make this delish dish anytime you crave a little heat.

A bowl of bright green cilantro chutney on a blood wooden table with a flower napkin and cilantro leaves.

Cilantro Peanut Chutney

A bright and herby chutney, that’s packed with garlic and lime. And it has peanuts, an unexpected ingredient that adds just a little touch of umami that won’t go unnoticed.

Three cheese and chile naan bread, drizzled with butter, in a metal dish on a wooden table, beside pieces of naan.

Naan Bread with Cheese and Chiles

Naan bread is good. Really, really good. And then GBBO’s Chetna Makan takes it up a notch with cheese and chiles, making us rethink everything we knew about flavor.

A blue bowl and a blue plate both topped with rice, naan, and masala paneer, and garnished with cilantro.

Masala Paneer

The real deal, this Indian curry made with paneer, tomatoes, and cream sauce is met with the approval of both kids and adults.