I am Shanaz Rafiq, the person in the backstage of this blog creating recipes in my cozy kitchen, trying to capture the images of food into my camera and unveiling my talent to the world through this platform. I am a proud Indian and hail from the city of Mangalore, living in UAE at present.
Welcome to my culinary world where cooking is considered as an ‘art’ and not a ‘rocket science’. If you are among those who find pleasure in home cooked food, you are at the right place. You can find all sorts of recipes from easy, quick, simple family meals, daily food, party food or any exotic copycat recipes of a restaurant dish.
The main goal and mission of this blog are to help people who either hate to cook or have no knowledge of cooking by giving them easy and practical recipes which they can enjoy with their loved ones. ‘Food’ is the only means by which a whole family unites during meal times. Be it a family get-together, weddings, or festivals food takes the centre stage. Along with providing tested and practical recipes, my blog mission is to promote ‘home food’ among the future generation and to make them aware of the health benefits of having home cooked food rather than opting for junk food.
My love for cooking started when I was very young helping my mother in the kitchen and watching her cook with utmost love. Later it became more intense when I started to watch cooking shows especially of Sanjeev Kapoor and note down the recipe in my diaries. I would then attempt each recipe and casually click a picture of it and preserve them as a record. This way I had a pretty good collection of tried recipes along with the pictures. The idea of blogging struck me when I was prompted by one of my dearest friend encouraging me to take my passion to a next level.
My blog started humbly as a way to help my close ones and friends with recipes and to make their lives easier. I then realized that more and more people are taking interest in my recipes and was gaining popularity in my community. Initially, I had no big plans for turning my blog into a full-time job. I tried to invest in myself by taking up an online course in Photography which helped me polish my skills in capturing food in form of pictures to make it look more appealing and artistic. In the year 2016, I started making food videos which came as a huge request from my readers. I was more than delighted to see the success of my videos going viral all over.
I hope you enjoy all my recipes and look forward for all the suggestions and feedback from you.
|Homemade Strawberry Jam|
|Barley Oats and Chicken Soup|
|Tomato and Carrot Soup|
|Aloo Matar Ki Tehri (Potato & Peas Pulao)|
|Street Style Pav Bhaji (Homemade Pav Bhaji Masala Powder)|
|Lahsuni Methi Pulao (Garlic And Fenugreek Rice)|
|Mexican Chicken Pinwheels|
|Raspberry Lemon Cake|
|Persian Meatballs with Saffron Rice|
|Blueberry Banana Bread|
|Red Carrot Halwa with Khoya – Laal Gajar Ka Halwa|
|Methi Malai Paneer (Restaurant Style Cottage Cheese Curry)|
|Punjabi Tinda Masala|
|Tandoori Chicken Roll|
|Indian Style Spinach & Mutton Curry|
|Homemade Mango Ice Cream|
|Chicken Cheese Steak Quesadilla|
|Strawberry & Honey Lassi|
|Bread and Chicken Muffins|
|Avocado & Mushroom Breakfast Toast|
|Ginger & Dates Jam|
|Chili & Herb Hummus|
|South Indian Style Green Coconut Chutney/Spicy Coconut Dip|
|Mexican Rice And Cheese Bombers|
|Mexican Rice/Baked Cheese & Mince Mexican Rice|
|Spicy Chicken Tacos|
|Babaganosh/Eggplant Dip without Tahina|
|Shish Taouk Roll|
|Iranian Lambshanks/Bagali Polo Ba Mahicha|
|Kabab Koobeideh with Saffron Rice – Persian Seekh Kebab|
|Matka Kesar Firni – Rice Pudding – Phirni|
|Aish El Saraya – Arabic Dessert|
|Bakwan Sayur – Vegetable Fritters/Indonesian Pakoda|
|Adjaruli Khachapuri/Georgian Cheesy Flatbread|
|Thai Pineapple Rice|
|Basil & Chia Seeds Yogurt – Fruit Parfait|
|Mango Cheese Cake|
|Thai Prawn Red Curry|
|Iranian Rice/Irani Dill & Saffron Rice|
|Baby Corn Manchurian|
|Mix Vegetable Frittata|
|Chicken & Potato Cutlets|