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This is my mom Aisha. She was born in Koday, a small village in the Kutch region in northwest India. One day when she was 12 years old, her mother got a migraine and wasn’t able to cook for the family that day. So she instructed my 12-year old mom, step by step, how to make a signature Kutchi dish – chicken pilau. And as it turns out, my mom was a natural and her chicken pilau turned out as good as if my grandmother had made it herself. Ever since, my mom has been cooking delicious Kutchi food for her family. My mom got married in Mozambique and lived in Tanzania. And over the years, her cooking was embellished with African influences.

When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my mom who had the unenviable task of feeding a family of 8 kids! I remember making tiny rotis with tiny dough balls when I was only 5 years old. My mom would toast my tiny roti on a tawri (a roti toasting pan) and I remember being very proud of my delectable creations. Over the years, my mom taught me how to cook with the flavors, spices, ingredients and the methods that had been passed down to her from her mother. And this knowledge of simple, everyday Indian cooking is what I present to you with Aisha’s Kitchen cooking classes.


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