Welcome to Urban Rasoi Zurich. I am Reena, founder, and I have always loved cooking and started learning at an early age. My mentor is my mother, I learnt my art of Indian cooking from her. After moving to Europe I started experimenting and teaching myself international cuisine through family, friends and also from our travels. In recent times, the internet also helped me a lot to experiment with different ingredients and styles of cooking. Baking is one of them, its quite new to me and I’m still making mistakes and learning. We are a lacto-vegetarian family so most of my recipes and food that we offer is vegetarian but all egg-free. I try to use seasonal ingredients as much as possible at home and for my supper club.
My journey in sharing food started by chance some 5 years ago when I started hosting supper club dinners to raise money for a charity and we raised a very good sum. We hosted dinners for five weeks every Friday and Saturday and received really good feedback about my cooking. Our guests really liked the idea of Indian food that is more home cooked and appreciated the vast variety not just limited to few curry dishes commonly served in restaurants. A lot of Indian food is naturally vegetarian and many are also gluten free and vegan as well. Indian regional cuisine has much to offer with dishes full of healthy ingredients and also foods that are fermented which are full of macrobiotics! Home cooked Indian food is not full of oil and heavy like restaurant food can be. At festival times things do tend to be indulgent and a little rich and heavy – like sweets made using ghee and fried snacks. I will be sharing some of our favourite Indian recipes and other dishes I like to cook as well as sharing my baking journey.
After hosting dinners for two years I found out about the street food festival events here in Zurich and took part in my first ever event in May 2015. It was a huge thing, I had never done anything as big as that and I was very nervous but also very excited at the same time. We had a great success for our first street food event and that’s how my street food journey started.
I never imagined myself blogging and this also came as a need. I needed to save recipes for our kids who really enjoy good food and love to cook and are also keen to “help” me in the kitchen whenever they can. I also want to pass on to them that home cooking is not difficult – you don’t have to be slaving for hours in the kitchen. So a lot of my recipes are quick and easy. I do use all my mod cons to make life easy in the kitchen. Yes, some recipes do need some more time but its worth it at the end and those recipes are saved for a special occasion or for the weekend.
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Hope you enjoy my recipes made using fresh ingredients, spices, vibrant colours and flavours!