My aim behind compiling all these recipes and sharing them is to help people like me. Cooking is my passion and I know it’s for a lot of other people as well. I am just fortunate to be able to give time, and focus on what I love doing. A lot of people like me might not have the time, patience, and courage to go through the process of trial and error.
A lot of times, we take a step back thinking that a certain dish is cooked by a popular chef and when tried, the dish never looks the same, leave alone the fact that it isn’t edible. I am a homemaker and I have no fancy dishes, pans, or gadgets, or a super fancy camera that would make my dishes look like “dishes from heaven”.
I have no certificate in culinary arts to explain dishes in fancy words, and make you go through dictionary to understand simple terms. My recipes are simple to understand and very easy to follow. I have been through times where I was clueless about what to cook to make my family happy, and spent hours searching cookbooks and magazines. Some days were success, and some so bad that my dishes made me cry and question my skill. With all the errors, I became better, improvised and also realized that I should help others like me and offer error free recipes that are easy to make and fancy enough to amaze.
The recipes have measurements and specifies the number of people it serves. If you need to make changes to the number of people, you just have to change that and the remaining measurements for ingredients will change accordingly. I have had problems and messed up dishes changing and calculating measurements and I felt it would be a great help to everyone. The passive time is the time required to dumm Biryani, bake a dish, freeze it or leaving it for marination. Please make sure you use your kitchen timers for the times you are using your oven, grilling, baking etc.
Every delicious dish is a result of a perfect recipe, your hard work, effort, love and ingredients that you use. Please always make sure the ingredients are fresh and clean. Most ingredients are easily available at your local grocery store or the recipes for masala are provided on the website, that can be easily made and stored for future use.
I hope you enjoy trying the recipes as much as I enjoyed cooking and posting them for you. Wishing your Dastarkhaan to be as colorful and flavorful as mine.
Shrimps are always easily loved by everyone. My first time trying shrimp wasn’t really good. I honestly hated them to the extent of puking out my first bite. I was 8 years old and we visited some family friends in Mumbai [Bombay then]. The family invited us for dinner and one of the dishes they …
My younger son happens to love food and travel shows on TV. He would watch all the shows that showcase Indian restaurants and famous Indian dishes. The good thing that I find in him watching these shows is when he always remembers famous dishes from different regions of India and of course, being an Indian …
With a wide variety of Kebabs that we like and cook, Mutton Ghee Roast is somehow very special and close to my heart. Trying out the Chicken version of it came out absolutely delicious too. If you ever need to fix something quick, this recipe is for you. The spice mix stays good and fresh …
In 2015, on a snow storm day, with a foot of snow outside my front door, stuck at home, I was baking bread and making some hot soup for lunch. Being a social butterfly, I had to click a picture and post it on my FB profile. That’s when few of my friends questioned as to why I don’t start my own website or blog. Though, the idea was very tempting and I felt it is something I would love to do but 4 years ago, I wasn’t just as ready as what I am today.
I wanted to introduce something that connects better to people. So, instead of just starting a random website and being one among so many, I started a closed group that started with around 50 people and now has around 2000 members. The group could have all members post their recipes and share them with other people as well. Not only did the group help me improvise my cooking skills, I learnt so many new dishes and innovations made by fellow members.
ZAAIQAA would always be close to my heart and I owe a lot to all the members who have been so appreciative towards what I posted and shared.
Below is the link to ZAAIQAA and if you are on FB and would like to be member, please feel free to apply. Its a closed group and becoming a member is only if a member adds you or if you apply, and are accepted.
I have a considerable amount of experience in cooking, decorating and serving food. I am capable of handling menus based on food preferences, as in vegetarian, non vegetarian, vegan as well as allergy free dishes.
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