Top 30 Indian Food Photographers – 2018

Food photography is less about expensive equipment and more about the understanding of aesthetic presentation of food. All these Top 30 food photographers have, over the years, learnt the art of photography with their passion for culinary delights being their only motive. Playing with colours, textures and shapes of various dishes, they have taken food photography to another level. Their creative zeal coupled with appropriate food styling and the use of props, lighting, and photography elements is commendable.

The contribution of these bloggers to food photography is certainly praiseworthy. We reviewed over 4200 food bloggers to find the best, and we’re proud to say we succeeded. While putting together our list of winners after shortlisting finalists, we found it very difficult to differentiate between their efforts and assign ranking in any way. We found all 30 food artists best in class and have decided to give them all their due credit. Therefore, we have listed all of them in alphabetical order instead of any criteria based ranking.

Akhila Shekhar: Pepper Delight

Akhila Shekhar

Akhila Shekhar has been born and brought up in Kerala, and well acquainted with traditional Kerala dishes. She found her passion for cooking soon after she moved to the U.S. and this led to the birth of her blog Pepper Delight. She loves to cook vegetarian, non-vegetarian, Indian as well as global cuisines and is fond of experimenting even with the leftovers in her kitchen. She is a self-taught food photographer but sets phenomenally high standards that depict in her photographs.

Vanilla Rasberry Cake with Butter Cream Frosting & Caramel Drip/Kerala Style Mango Pickle/Kashmiri Pulao

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Amisha Gurbani: JamLab

Amisha Gurbani

Jam Lab is one place where Amisha Gurbani shares her cooking adventures with Indian food, other cuisines, baking, jamming and other musings. She loves trying different flavour combinations that turns any simple dish into an exquisite dish. Be it baking, authentic Indian dishes or International foods, she loves experimenting and comes up with new recipes. She also runs an Etsy shop that includes her organic artisan homemade jams. Amisha is a talented food photographer; all her recipe photos and stories are filled with warmth and love.

Mixed Berry & Banana Pound Cake Ice Cream/Cherry-Star Anise Cheese Cake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars/Fennel Infused Pot De Creme with Poached Apricots

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Anjana Devasahayam: Happy & Harried

Anjana Devasahayam

Meet Anjana Devasahayam, the brainchild behind the blog Happy & Harried. Her blog is one place where she shares her experiences in cooking, baking, and home decor. Anjana’s blog has everything you need ranging from seasonal recipes, sweets, desserts, kids recipes Indian festival recipes, and more. She makes mostly Indian heirloom recipes but also tries her skills in Thai, Mediterranean and Chinese recipes. She displays her amazing photography skills and presents the recipes aesthetically and authentically.

Mocha Chocolate Crepe Cake/Chocolate Orange Cake/Carrot Strawberry Orange Smoothie

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Anushruti RK: Divine Taste

Anushruti RK

Anushruti RK is the creator and author of the food blog Divine Taste. She firmly believes that “food influences thoughts” and hence she focuses only on pure vegetarian and sattvic food. Her blog is a canvas where she not only displays her food recipes but also, it is the focal point of her obsessions that include writing, photography and food. Whatever may be the source of recipes or ingredients, her basic principle of cooking remains the same. Her candid photographs of recipes appeal to the mind and satiate the soul.

Tropical Fruit and Maple Sorbet/Eggless Chocolate Mousse/Mango Maple Smoothie with Chia Seeds

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Anvita & Soniya: The Belly Rules The Mind

Anvita & Soniya

The name of the blog The Belly Rules The Mind itself indicates the essence of the blog. The duo of Anvita Bhatnagar Mistry and Soniya Saluja are the ones behind the blog. They attribute a major part of the blog to Kids and family recipes. Fresh food has been the major attribute for their recipes. They further enjoy food fusion, a mix of global cuisines and local ingredients but takes proper care to keep them healthy and nutrient. The duo further advocates avoiding usage of chemical ingredients and additives in the recipes.

Peperoncini Pesto chutney/Mini Churros Donuts/Instant-Pot Dal Makhani

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Asha Shivakumar: Food Fashion Party

Asha Shivakumar

Asha Shivakumar is the person behind the blog Food Fashion Party. She is settled in the U.S. and enjoys mixing Indian spices with different cuisines that result in the creation of delicate and perfectly balanced concoction. Asha satisfies the artistic urge in herself through cooking and photography. She is the author of the cookbook Masala and Meatballs, that showcases her skills on incredible Indian dishes with an American twist.

Spicy Yoghurt Chicken with Cucumber-Mint Chutney/Kovakkai/Tindora/Ivy Gourd Curry/Pumpkin Cake

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Chhavi Vashisht: Foodcow

Chhavi Vashisht

Chhavi is a unapologetic foodie & a self taught cook & baker.She is fond of exploring cuisines from across the world. Her blog Foodcow is full of global recipes from Italian to Indian to Asian and also Mexican and African .Chhavi loves experimenting with foods and cuisines but also makes sure her recipe stays healthier. Her impressive photography skills evoke unparalleled curiosity among the visitors.

Kerala Chicken Curry/Baked Parmesan Hasselback Potatoes/Authentic Mangalorean Prawn Curry

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Debjani Chatterjee Alam: Debjanir Rannaghar

Debjani Chatterjee Alam

With a sole motto to keep a record of her cooking and life stories, Debjani Chatterjee Alam started the blog Debjanir Rannaghar in 2011. Apart from cooking food, she offers in-depth details of her travel diaries, reviews, street food experience and more. She adores experimenting a lot and loves to play around with every type of cuisine.

 

Nepali Aloo Dum/Shukto a Bengali Delicacy/Dimer Halwa

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Dhanya Samuel: The Spice Adventuress

Dhanya Samuel

Dhanya Samuel is a woman of conflicting personalities and successfully dons various roles as a journalist, food blogger and recipe developer. Dhanya’s blog The Spice Adventuress shows her love and obsessive passion for spices and takes you on a culinary journey across the globe.  She is on a quest to unravel the mysteries of spices, un-earth old food practices, culinary cultures and forgotten recipes, discovering new flavours, ingredients and creating fusion recipes to appeal to a global palate. She is also an excellent photographer, and her food shots would leave long-lasting memories and stimulate your appetite. are all part of this space.

Risotto with Dried Mushrooms/Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks/Dahi Bhindi

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Farrukh Aziz Ansari: Cubes N Juliennes

Farrukh Aziz Ansari

Meet Farrukh Aziz Ansari, the proud owner of the blog Cubes N Juliennes. She turned her passion for cooking and photography into a profession and has successfully left an indelible mark on a variety of cuisines with her cooking styles. Her blog is home to simple, easy to follow, tried and tested innovative recipes. She is the firm believer of the axiom “You eat with your eyes first” and shoots her food photographs in the most natural and exotic way.

Mango Phirni/Restaurant Style Paneer Butter Masala/Chicken Kali Mirch

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Garima Lal: Traffic Light Cook

Garima Lal

Garima Lal is a certified holistic health coach and owns the blog Traffic Light Cook, who firmly believes that real food tastes better than processed food. It was from her personal experience for over a six-week period did she realise the importance of the vegan diet that helped her to fight against a migraine. She believes that eating real food not only prevents diseases but helps to regain mental and physical energy. Her acumen in employing backgrounds for photography indeed increase the aesthetic value of the recipes and deserves admiration.

Beetroot Rasam/ Homemade Sweet & Sour Tomato Chutney/Curried Lentil Soup

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Jagruti Dhanecha: Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

Jagruti Dhanecha

Jagruti Dhanecha has been the soul behind the creation of the blog Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey. She showcases vegetarian, authentic and fusion dishes which reflects her Indian roots and western surroundings. Also, she always employs fresh ingredients in her vegan and eggless cooking recipes. Her outstanding and beautifully presented food photographs would awaken your taste buds right up.

Methi Corn Bhajiya-Fritters/Rose and Strawberry Fool/Coconut, Pineapple Thai Fried Rice

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Jolly Makkar: HomemadeRecipes

Jolly Makkar

Jolly Makkar’s HomemadeRecipes has ample space for vegetarian, non-vegetarian and vegan recipes. A significant portion of her recipes include Indian, but she also includes a lot of International cuisines as well. Her culinary skills are impeccable, and she spells her version of food fusion on regular recipes. She plays with colour and texture of food for sublime results.

 

Quick Vegetable Appe Recipe/Homemade Tandoori Masala/Kesari Rice Kheer

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Jyothi Rajesh: Curry Trail

Jyothi Rajesh

Jyothi Rajesh has been expert across various areas including food consultation, food styling and photography. Once you check her stunning photos on Curry Trial, you will realise that she is indeed a professional photographer. Pay a visit to her blog to experience her amazing photography skills. She advocates a clean and natural style of food presentation that maximises the freshness of each ingredient.

Idli & Motherhood/Mini Melons/Gulkand Kala Jamun

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Maria Doss

Maria Doss: Kitchen @ Hoskins

Maria Doss is the face behind the blog Kitchen @ Hoskins and shares everyday recipes with a creative twist. She makes a wide range of recipes from sweet to spicy and healthy to indulgent. Her style of writing coupled with top-notch food imagery stimulates your appetite.

No Knead Avocado Dinner Rolls/Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie/10-Minute Thai Curry Noodle Soup

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Lubna Karim: Yummy Food

Lubna Karim

Lubna Karim’s enthusiasm and fashion for food photography are visible in the recipes of her blog Yummy Food. She is one among the few food bloggers who shares her wonderful recipes with lovely pictures on her blog. Apart from being a food blogger, she is also a food stylist, freelance content writer and recipe developer.

 

Summer Cranberry Lemon Fizz/Meethi Seviyan/Microwave Double Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Maria Gonsalves: Flavors of Mumbai

Maria Gonsalves

The blog Flavors of Mumbai includes everything you can ask for and consists of an extensive collection of Goan cuisine, Mumbai street food recipes, eggless bakes, vegan food and non-vegetarian dishes.  Maria Gonsalves owns the blog and is fond of Punjabi food like paneer butter masala, Amritsari fish, butter naan and the list goes on and on. She is a highly skilled and innovative photographer, and her fastidious approach is visible in her photographs.

Paneer Butter Masala/Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani/Eggless Mawa Cake

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Nik Sharma: A Brown Table

Nik Sharma

In a field, dominated mostly by women, Nik Sharma succeeded to crave a  special place among other fellow food bloggers. He is the creative genius behind the blog, A Brown Table. The recipes featured on his blog are a true reflection of Nik’s experiences growing up in India and the United States. His majority of the photographs involve hand shots, which are the hallmarks of his blog and accounts for his unique style of photography. Nik penned his first solo cookbook “Season”, and it is now available for pre-order.

Mango Cardamom Flam/Black Forest Ice Cream Cake/Savory Apple Samosas

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Nimmi Afzal: Adorable life

Nimmi Afzal

Adorable life is the abode, where Nimmi Afzal unveils her love for cooking and photography. Besides cooking, she loves crafting, sewing, and scrapbooking. All her recipes are accompanied by step by step images so that even a newbie can follow them without any fuss. She further captures all her recipe photographs using natural light.

 

Thandai/Gingery Pineapple-Strawberry Lemonade/Persian Raspberry Mini Trifles

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Padma Veeranki: Masala Korb

Padma Veeranki

Padma Veeranki is the brain behind the creation of Masala Korb. Her blog is the home to a plethora of recipes across broad categories. She takes you through the journey of cooking therapeutic food by providing informative posts. A sneak peek into the recipe index offers the glimpses of what you can expect from the blog. Witness her cast magical touches to the basic recipes, which are required to achieve glorious Indian food we have been craving!

Curd Rice Recipe South Indian Style/Garelu Chicken Curry/Andhra Challa Punugulu

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Preethi Venkatram: Cooking with Pree

Preethi Venkatram

Preethi Venkatram’s Cooking with Pree is a pure vegetarian blog. She carefully wrote all the recipes from her mother’s cookbook and steadily gained authority on cooking. Her blog features authentic vegetarian recipes, Instant pot recipes and Toddler approved recipes. All her recipes are easy to cook and can be made within a short time.

 

Hara Bhara Tofu Masala/Green Moong Sprouts Masala Stir Fry/Gutti Vankaya Kura

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Smitha Kalluraya: Cook with Smile

Smitha Kalluraya

Smitha Kalluraya is a food and travel blogger, food photographer, stylist and she also offers restaurant and product reviews. She employs creative lightening techniques, which are base behind her amazing photographs in her blog Cook with Smile. All her recipes are explained clearly with instructions and are accompanied by photographs right from the beginning to the end.

Instant Poha Mix Recipe/Mor Keerai Recipe/Ellu Unde

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Swayampurna Mishra: La Petit Chef

Swayampurna Mishra

Swayampurna Mishra (better known as Swayam) is the brain and brawn behind the blog La Petit Chef. Swayam celebrates her food memories with one delicious dinner story at a time. All her recipes fit well within the budget and do not require any special ingredients. All her dishes are fun, fast and fabulous and are ideal for working men and women. She shoots her recipes fresh, capturing dazzling photographs.

Carrot and Walnut Cake/Bengali Feast Thaali/North Indian Vegetarian Thali

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Sia Krishna: Monsoon Spice

Sia Krishna

Sia Krishna’s Monsoon Spice provides inspiration to include both simple and complex vegetarian food in everyday life. Her enthralling presentation skills combined with mesmerising photos keeps the readers coming back. Sia’s photography of the recipes evokes childhood memories, which takes us back to the times of nanny’s. Her blog includes a plethora of south Indian recipes, kid-friendly recipes, and quick and straightforward Indian recipes.

Veg Hara Bhara Kabab/Falafel Sandwich with Hummus/Aloo Tikki Chole- Chaat

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Priya Shiva: Priya Kitchenette

Priya Shiva

Seeded in 2013, Priya Shiva’s Priya Kitchenette is quite a journey; she never misses a single day to post a recipe on her blog. From her childhood, she was able to relish the tastes of myriads of both North and South Indian cuisines. Her recipe index depicts her cooking skills across various categories. Priya also embarked her entrepreneurial journey and set up a consulting firm Priya Media Services LLP in Bengaluru, India.

Eggless Rose Pudding/Nei Appam/Bottle Gourd Peel Chutney

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Rafeeda Abdul Raheem: The Big Sweet Tooth

Rafeeda Abdul Raheem

Rafeeda Abdul Raheem is a Keralite and now resides in Dubai, so you can find both Malabar recipes and Emirate cuisines on her blog The Big Sweet Tooth. Also, it is the reason that her favourite food being the Lebanese kebabs and grilled fare. She is an awful sweet tooth, and so is the reason behind her blog name The Big Sweet tooth. Her food photographs are a feast for the eyes and are mouthwatering.

Eggless Garlic Zaatar/Mango Muhallabiah/Medovic/Russian Honey Cake

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Rimli Dey: Scratching Canvas

Rimli Dey

Scratching Canvas is an amazing blog, where Rimli Dey combines her love for photography and food. Rimli shares her passion through food and approaches each shoot with an authentic, rustic and storytelling style.  Her immaculate presentation of the recipes in the appropriate traditional cookware augments their visual appeal. She also offers restaurant and product reviews on her blog.

Luchi Cholar Dal/Ilish/Dal Lentil

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Shaheen Ali: Spoon Fork and Food

Shaheen Ali

Shaheen Ali launched Spoon Fork and Food in 2014 to keep the sanity in check. According to her, cooking is not just a passion but a therapy.  Her never-ending zeal to learn unearthed the hidden, unexplored artistic potential in herself through food photography. Shaheen’s stunning photographic skills of the food recipes will make you ponder. From street food to fine dining, from Mom’s recipes to chef talks she pens everything on her blog.

Rose Infused Hibiscus Lemon Tea/Amritsari Chole/Creamy palak paneer

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Sivaranjani Rajendran: Ranjani’s Kitchen

Sivaranjani Rajendran

Sivaranjani Rajendran owns the blog Ranjani’s kitchen. The blog is a one-stop destination for the spicy and authentic Indian recipes. She uses her blog as a platform to display her amazing food styling and photography skills. Although she dedicates a major part of her blog to vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian recipes, she also tries her hands on global cuisines as well.

Chana Masala/Cumin Cookies/Korean Pumpkin Porridge

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Sujatha Muralidhar: Pepper Bowl

Sujatha Muralidhar

Pepper Bowl is the blogging platform, where you can find simple, quick and healthy recipes with spices infused with step by step pictures. Sujatha Muralidhar started the blog to share her twenty years of experience in the kitchen and to satiate her culinary cravings. All her recipes are delicious and homemade versions of restaurant style food. Also, she offers kitchen tips for maintaining good kitchen and for making good food. Her sound knowledge of food styling and photography skills results in stunning images of food recipes.

Watermelon Lemonade/Quick Oats Idli/Bread Pizza without Oven

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These blogs have been chosen based on the following criteria –

: Presentation & Styling skills for recipes.
: Bonusapp’s editorial and photography team review.
: Quality and frequency of Blogger’s recipe blog posts.
: Influence and popularity on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.