Hi, I am Omar. I grew up in Los Angeles, with my Pakistani family and our traditional Pakistani food. My mom did most all of the cooking. As the youngest of 3 boys, my role was mainly to assist in chopping onions, peeling and chopping garlic, peeling potatoes, shredding carrots, and ceaselessly stirring the many pots that were cooking all at once.
I moved out at 17, went to college and stumbled around for a while. My first appreciation for cooking came when I was around 20 years old, working at a group home for developmentally disabled adults. The staff would take turns cooking dinners, about 15-20 servings worth every night. Inspired by other staff, and newly introduced to non-desi cooking, I began experimenting with flavors, spices, herbs, and nurtured my growing curiosity for cooking great meals.
Fast forward about 10 years, and my interest turned towards a desire to recreate my mom’s home cooked meals. She made the best chawwal, whether pulao or biryani. Her chutney was the best I’ve ever had and the salnas were perfect. My mom would give me recipes over the phone, but they were hard to follow and very imprecise. After years of experimenting, and continuing to do so, I’m happy to share some recipes and random cooking ideas with you.
Also, I want to encourage you to keep cooking simple. I use spice mixes and take shortcuts which makes cooking a meal easy and hassle free (always a bonus after working all day). We’ve got very basic cooking utensils. But together with my wife, we have decades of cooking experience via our parents, and the curiosity to experiment with a variety of flavors and ideas.