Hello, friend!

Thanks for stopping by! Here’s a bit about me:


I’m Pakistani-American or American-Pakistani, or both, or none. 

I was born in Lahore, Pakistan but grew up in America, where I’ve always felt a bit…Pakistani. When I visit Pakistan, I suddenly feel very American. I love to extract the best of both cultures and decorate my life with it.


My palate is naturally tilted toward Pakistani cuisine. 

It is the one I’ve grown up with, one that I admire and one that influences my approach to global cuisine.

I take food seriously.

During our honeymoon in Italy, I had a recurring spat with my husband. After hours of exploring, he was tired and ready to settle for a meal at a nearby restaurant while I insisted on hunting for the best, local and non-touristy food. What can I say? I didn’t want to ‘waste’ a potentially sensational and memorable meal. Luckily, he has converted over to foodism and now we can live happily ever after.

I can’t stay out of the kitchen.

I still remember the first time I baked a pie…an apple pie. I was in the 4th grade, and incredibly proud of my creation (pre-made crust and all). The praise must have gotten to my head because I continued cooking and baking, and to this day I still can’t resist the lure of the kitchen.


I am into health and nutrition.

I’ve always loved eating nutritious foods, not for fads or looks, but because of the way it makes me feel. Luckily, Pakistani cuisine naturally incorporates whole, healthful foods, and I try to make traditional dishes even healthier on this blog. I post mostly gluten-free recipes; you can read more about why here.


I believe eating is a pleasure and food is a blessing.

Like all pleasures, eating should be mindful. We are blessed to be able to taste, smell and experience food. I try to keep a healthy and balanced relationship with food while savoring every bit of it.


I love traveling, culture and all things related.

One of the reasons I’m glad I grew up in America is the vast cuisine offerings (thank you, immigrants!). I love experiencing food from all different countries and cultures. We have so much to learn from each other!


Tea for Turmeric is my initiative to discover and rediscover traditional foods, learn and hopefully teach something, and most of all, to celebrate food, culture and the joy these two things bring when paired together.


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