About me and my cooking

390For me, cooking is a creative expression with emotion of taste & sense.

As a visual art educator, I can visualize taste and texture of food. I love cooking fusion food; it’s like a blending of two cultures and twist of taste.

Being a vegetarian, my recipes are healthy and full of nutritional value. I personally believe in simple & slow cooking, before cooking I used to plan about the seasoning, because seasoning gives the twist in the taste of the dish.

Food gives us pleasure of taste,and satisfaction; it acts as a messenger or comforter. So before serving the food, attention must be given to its appearance, flavor, texture and temperature. The temperature plays important role to bring the taste of the dish.

I find solace in cooking and being a vegetarian, I find it equally rewarding when I create dishes that are not only healthy but add meaning to one’s daily humdrum diet. More than two decades ago when I moved to the UAE, I was a young woman ready to imbibe a host of cultural trends offered by this multi-faceted and fast paced city called Dubai. That is when I decided it was time to bolster my artistic expression by investing my time in teaching children the nuances of creating something beautiful from the simplest of materials…and in its essence that is how I define cooking!! Taking the smallest and simplest ingredients and creating delicacies that leave beautiful smiles on the faces of the people you enjoy serving the most. I was the member of Indian Ladies Association of Dubai and usually there they organised cooking competitions trice year, as an enthusiast chef I always too the part in all that competitions, and there I got my real exposure of Cooking Skills.

I have started taking a keen interest in cooking and participating in competitions that not only empower the cook within you, but act as a source of development, as I watch my fellow competitors create wonderful dishes. I have an affinity towards creating delicious fusion vegetarian dishes, which also include sweets and savouries. In the past 15 years or so I have taken part in numerous competitions,

In my spare time I love sharing recipes and important pieces of information on my blog ‘Fuss Free Cooking’,


“Keep it simple. Keep it fuss free.”

List of competitions I have participated in:

1.      2002- Won the third prize for, ‘Gold Seal Indus Valley Rice Competition’, Dubai in the Dessert Category

2.     2003- Won the second prize for ‘Halwai Contest’ held at Four Point Sheraton, Dubai

3.     2003- Finalist of ‘Kebab Chi Contest’ held at Four Point Sheraton, Dubai

4.     2004- Participated in ‘Nestle Cooking Challenge’ in Cake and Cookies Competition

5.     2005- Participated in ‘Braun Cooking Cup’

6.     2007- Won second Prize at the ‘Wonder Cook Competition’ held by ‘Telelife’ magazine, Dubai

7.     2008- Participated and received the award for ‘New Recipe Competition’ held at The Bombay, Marco Polo

8.     2009- Participated in ‘Biryani Mukabla Live Cooking’ at Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa,

9.     2011- Won first prize in ‘Organic Cooking Competition’ held at Down to Earth, Jumeirah, and Dubai

10.    2012- Participated in the ‘Super Chef Recipe Competition’ at Marco Polo

11.    2012- Entered the third round for the TV show ‘Safia Ramadan Cooking Challenge’

12.    2012- Won prize for ‘Nestle Dessert Challenge’

13- 2012- Won second prize at ‘LG Digital Cooking School Competition’

14.    2012- Won second prize at ‘Sheer Khurma Muqabla’ at Mumtaz Mahal Hotel in Arabian Courtyard

15.    2012- Won first Prize in ‘Grandma’s Recipe Muqabla’ at Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa

16.    2012- Won First prize at ‘Pink Recipe Contest’ at Breast Cancer Arabia Society, Dubai

17.    2012- Participated and selected for the reality showcasing culinary talent, ‘The Foodshala’ for my vegetarian version of Chinese Cuisine. To be broadcasted on Colors Channel.

18. 2013- Participated and awarded the Winner of Supah Chef Competition at Marco Polo , Dubai

Participated in various cookery competitions/ contests held in Dubai such as Marco Polo and Dubai Shopping Festival, Lulu Food fiesta , Samsung BBQ, Safi-KTSF, Polson –KTSF, VLCC, Nestlé, Al Rawabi,  Wonder cook of 2007 by Tele Life, made for each other by Tele Life, Tele-Life cookout- DSF Food Fiesta, Kebab-Chi by Four Point Sheraton etc.


  1. If you take the title of your blog and read it in a combination of English and German, you might take it to mean “foot free cooking,” meaning there are no feet in your dishes. I don’t know why, but I thought that was a little bit funny.
    In all seriousness, your recipes are really interesting and I can’t wait to try some. I also like the presentation, very elegant. I also have a food blog (http://cookingexperimentation.blogspot.com) and hope someday to be as accomplished (and traveled) as you.

  2. Loved what I read here, I too love fuss free cooking, you are going to be a great help to me. I’ll visit as often as I can.

  3. Hi,
    you’re cordially invited to our Pizza Competition: each restaurant will compete with a Pizzaiolo who will prepare 2 pizzas,
    we will take a close look at the contestants up until the open final that you can attend the 9th of November at the Bussola Restaurant in Westin Hotel.

    Please send me your email address and i will send you the invitation, hope to see you there!

  4. Hi there,

    (I don’t know how to catch your attention but hopefully you could spare me a minute to read this message.)

    My name is Freddy. Surfing on the net I found your blog and noticed you have a great number of tasty recipes there, that is why I am contacting you. I wonder if you would like join our website http://www.mytaste.com and receive more visitors to your blog through making your recipes available to a greater number of internet users.

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  5. Hello,

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    Let me know please if you are interested,
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    Website: http://www.buzzeff.com my email: amjad.larioui@buzzeff.com

    Amjad Larioui
    Mobile: +212 603932489
    Fixe: +212 522 232 840

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    Mobile: +212 603932489
    Fixe: +212 522 232 840

    1. Dear, Hi
      Thanks, I would like to take part as a Food Blogger, send me all the details, if you can. Basically I am a vegetarian and Vegan Food Blogger and want to create awareness about veganism through my writing.
      Looking forward to fruitful response.
      Thank You
      Kind Regards
      Ritu Chaturvedi
      Food Blogger & Food Stylist

  6. Hello,

    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

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