I am 27 years old and first began cooking at the age of about 9 in my grandma's kitchen. I was cooking alone at the age of 12. I am a photographer and am based in Glasgow and London.
My favorite things to cook
I mostly cook Indian and Mediterranean cuisine but do manage to do some baking over the weekends or when i have some time off. My favourite dish is "Karniyarik", which is an aubergine dish from Turkey and "Kofta saalan and Aloo Palak" which is a meatball curry with potato and spinach side curry. My favourite sweet is Indian- "shirkhand" made from buttermilk and "Baklava" made with Filo pastry and nut layers drenched in butter, honey and sugar syrup from Turkey. Absolutely gorgeous food!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking "Biryani" and "Gajar ka Halva", "moothia", a gujrati dish made with greens, meat, lentils and millet dumplings with the family on special occasions. We would sit at the kitchen table cleaning the food and leisurely cooking it. The process was a family affair and we ate this dish towards 2.30 in the afternoon. The prep would begin at about 8am. It is a wonderful cooking tradition that has been going on in my family since my grandma was a child.
My cooking triumphs
Cooking "Biryani" at my mother's 50th birthday and my sister's engagement party where i made "gulab jamun"- made from semolina and served in a rose flavoured sugar syrup. Alot of work and alot of patience but well worth it when eating it at the dinner table. Fabulous comfort food. I cooked this for the first time when i was 16. My granny approved and so did the guests who were invited. This dessert is one of the greatest in my book.
My cooking tragedies
Hollandaise sauce for the very first time (It curdled and became lumpy and totally inedible; i rushed to buy it from the supermarket) and chocolate mousse (i beat the whites too much that when i mixed the chocolate, you could see the egg white specks).