857012_10200255605525717_1064946704_oHi! I’m Rahul, a twenty-something biology student, world traveler, and most of all, obnoxious food lover attending college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

As human beings, we all must eat to live, but I’m going to go by the cheesy contradiction, “I live to eat!”. I take great efforts to make sure my daily life is a yummy one, and so far it has been a success, as perhaps all the recipes on this blog will tell you.

Where my love for food exactly came from, is still perhaps unclear, but I Ahmedabad 021would have to cite my food-loving Indian family as the biggest influence (sorry for the awkwardly ancient picture, but its the only one I can find of all four of us in the motherland). Yes, I am proud to be an American, but I am SUPER proud to be Indian as well. Food in India is an art, talent, pure freaking magic if you will. The ability to use so many complex spices to elevate the boring and the ordinary is a craft that I am constantly trying to hone. My efforts at that can be viewed in the My Indian Table section, which is also probably what the title of my first cookbook would be, if I ever wrote one.

DSC_9118Originally a very recipe oriented person, I have taken lately experimenting with my own ideas and embracing the more “organic” side of cooking. In opinion, cooking doesn’t always have to be something where we need to measure everything out to last teaspoon. I love how in Indian Cuisine, one can throw in a little of this and that and the resulting dish will still end up being beautiful. Having a “feel” for your food transforms cooking from the scientific (gahh, I get enough of that in school) to the artistic. Much like how new viruses freestyle it through the body, invading cell tissues at their whimDSC_9339 and causing deadly contagion, we too, using our pantries as our canvas, can crack open the masala daba (that’s spice box in Hindi), chop up some fresh ingredients, and create a wholesome meal.

Happy Cooking,



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    1. Oh my, I can not even express in words as to how grateful I am for this nomination! It truly is an honor to receive my first award nomination for this blog! Furthermore, I am very glad to hear that you enjoy my posts. I must also add that your blog is also a wonderful thing to read! I love how you manage to adapt Indian flavors into a Western palette, but I especially admire your posts on your Parsi heritage and the food you ate growing up. Parsi Cuisine has always been something that I have wished to learn more about and to try out at home!

    1. No problem! I have been developing quite the craving for South Indian food lately, and I love the variety of recipes you have on your website! I hope you enjoy the Misir Wat. It’s very delicious!

  1. Hi Rahul!
    My name is Ruth and I recently met your mom when we cooked together for her dinner group. She told me about you and your avid interest in food. I am an avid foodie as well! I enjoy your posts and hope one day to have one of my own. I am dying to try some of your recipes, especially Butter Chicken. We first had Chicken Tikki Masala in England and then that and Butter chicken on a recent trip to France and loved it. Of course, we also had amazing dishes in all the bistros there. I enjoyed reading your post about Les Halles, as it brought back some wonderful memories of all the markets there.

    I have been cooking a long time and was a former caterer before working where I am currently (Emerson Creel Tearoom in Oswego). I love experimenting with all kinds of cuisines.

    Good luck to you, and I will keep you posted of my attempts into Indian cuisine, which is new for me. My husband didn’t think he liked it, but now he does!


    1. Hello Ruth,
      Yes, my mother did tell me about you! It’s so nice to hear that I have a new fan, and I hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes! While I may be abroad right now, I would be thrilled to visit the Tearoom where you work and try out some of your recipes once I return in May! If you have any more questions about Indian Cuisine, please do not hesitate to ask!

      Happy Cooking,


    1. Hello April,
      It’s nice to hear of your newfound interest in Indian food! I hope my recipes can provide you with the right guidance! We’ve got some big changes coming here at CookingFever, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you and all of my followers!
      Happy Cooking!

    1. Peri,

      Yes, I just saw your post! It was beautiful to see such an eclectic mix of bloggers. Many thanks to you for including me in the list once again, and I looking forward to many of your upcoming recipes as well! I am already planning on trying your naan and saas ni maachi recipes as soon as I go home next!

      Happy Cooking,


  2. Hello Rahul,

    I am Noa Berger, VizEat’s Community Manager (http://bit.ly/Wf1vx3). We connect locals and travellers who’d like to discover a new culture with hosts who welcome them at their home around a meal.

    Using VizEat is very easy and straightforward: hosts post their meal (this could also be an aperitif, brunch, wine & cheese, etc.) select a date & price, choose their guests and then share an authentic moment around a home cooked meal!

    I love your blog and so would be delighted to discuss a potential partnership. There are numerous mutually beneficial opportunities that we can present to you.

    Would you be available for a 10 minute chat so that I can give you more details about the partnership and what we are proposing?

    We look forward to welcoming you on board!

    Kind regards,

    Noa Berger
    Community Manager

    1. Hi Noa, thanks for stopping by and for this interesting offer! I have sent you an email to the address you’ve given detailing my availability. Looking forward to speaking with you soon!


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