I am Reena, founder of Urban Rasoi Zurich. I have 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. We are a lacto-vegetarian family so my recipes and food that we offer is lacto-vegetarian and vegan.
My professional journey in food started by chance some 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 tremendous 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 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 things do tend to be indulgent and rich – 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 food 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 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 special occasions or for the weekend.
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Hope you enjoy my recipes made using fresh ingredients, spices, vibrant colours and flavours!