Healthy Meets Tasty At Gezond, A New Age Bakery | Indie Eats
Rohini Makkad and her mother Suman Kalra decided that they wanted to prove that healthy desserts that taste good really do exist! This mother-daughter duo has been whipping up deliciously healthy, nutritious bakes made with the freshest of ingredients – 100% eggless, vegan, gluten-free, free of artificial ingredients or colours, sugar free and power-packed with goodness for some pure guilt-free pleasure. We chatted with Rohini and learnt more about the brand and the philosophy behind Gezond.
What was the idea behind starting Gezond?
Gezond literally means healthy in Dutch, and we started this company with an aim to bust the myth that “healthy” does not go with “tasty” and to give my hardworking and ambitious super mom a perfect escape from the monotony of her daily life, and to get her the limelight she genuinely deserves. The main idea was to introduce delicious,healthy, wholesome,and power packed bakes and confectioneries for people wanting to lead a healthy lifestyle.
How has working with your mother been?
Oh, it’s amazing! You know, Abraham Lincoln had once said ‘All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother’, and I could not agree more with him. She has always been my inspiration in every way possible. She is the most talented, strongest and the most courageous woman I have come across. I’ve grown up watching her style of cooking and bakingand relished every piece of cake she ever baked – and that is what has really inspired my style of baking too. Replicating and recreating her aged recipes and presentation techniques with her has given me a lot of confidence in taking things to the next level with Gezond. It’s just very fulfilling to empower another woman, especially when it is that woman who has made me the person I am today.
How did you enter the world of baking?
Baking has always been my passion, but I have to admit – it might just be in my blood because my partner in crime, my mom, is a phenomenal cook and baker. Family and friends have always been very fond of my baking, and they kept nudging me to make this into a career but I always used to think of this as a hobby. It took a while, but just few months back something clicked and I thought – why not take this to next level. I called my mom, spoke to rest of my family, put things together and just like that Gezond came to life.
What is the best and worst thing about what you do?
The best thing about being a home chef is that you are never away from home. We manage all our responsibilities at home without compromising our passion towards our job. Being in Mumbai there is no dearth of health consciouspeople looking for products that Gezond offers. It gives us maximum satisfaction when we customize cake as per dietary requirement of our clients and when they enjoy what we bake for them. We haven’t really come across the flip sideto our venture, however there are few challenges like sourcing top quality, organic and fresh ingredientsrequired for our products. Oh, and managing timely delivery all over Mumbai. That is a real pain.
Which is your favourite cake on your menu?
We really like all our bakes to be honest but if I had to choose one, my personal favourite would be the Gezond Dutch Special which is our signature cake.Mom loves the Pure Orange Blossom and our Caramelized Nutty Banana cake.
What has the response been like?
The kitchen is busy, the ovens are full and the clients are happy. God has been kind. It’s been only eight months and we’ve gotten so much love, it’s been overwhelming!
What do you want people to take back from this experience?
Time and again women have proved that they are much more than just home makers. Women are strong, driven, badass and pretty much slaying in every field. I followed my passion and my kitchen became the gateway to my dreams. So, I would say follow your dream, go for your passion and make the world drool over it.
Find Gezond at:
Facebook – www.facebook.com/gezondmumbai
Instagram – instagram.com/gezondmumbai
Zomato – http://zoma.to/r/18586805
Delivery – They deliver all over Mumbai
Contact Details – 9820047848