Urban Rasoi is passionate about the vast variety of authentic Indian regional food that remains mostly undiscovered in Zurich. We bring these flavours for you to experience the variety of Indian regional vegetarian and vegan cuisine and street food at food festivals, catering for private and corporate events, home food delivery, as well as engaging cooking classes.
We value slow food preparation, cooking with whole foods, freshly prepared with our own spice blends and traditional cooking techniques to bring the Urban Rasoi signature taste.
Urban Rasoi Zurich was founded by me, Reena. I always loved cooking and started learning at an early age with my mother as my mentor, I learnt my art of Indian cooking from her and many other culinary guru’s from different regions of India. My family has always been lacto-vegetarian.
My professional journey in food started by chance some years ago when I ran a pop up supper club to raise money for a charity and we raised a very good sum. We hosted popup dinners for five weeks and received tremendous feedback. 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 dishes are also gluten free and vegan as well. Indian regional cuisine has so 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 – although at festival times of course we do indulge in rich food !
After hosting dinners I ventured into street food festival events in Zurich and took part in my first event in May 2015. It was a huge thing, I had never done anything as big as that, 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. Through my Urban Rasoi cooking classes I also like to teach people that cooking Indian food can, with the right ingredients and techniques, also be quick and easy. Yes, some recipes do need some more time but its worth it at the end and those recipes are saved for special occasions or for the weekend.
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