Hello, friend! Thanks for stopping by! I’m Izzah, and I look forward to brightening your day with good food and good vibes.
In late 2016, I started Tea for Turmeric on a whim while my 6-month old daughter was napping.
Two years later, Tea for Turmeric was lucky to be a finalist for the Saveur Blog Awards in the Most Inspired Weeknight Dinners category.
Since then, with the help of a small team of amazing people, it’s grown to millions of views a year. I’m dedicated to giving you some of the BEST South Asian recipes on the internet.
What You’ll Find on Tea for Turmeric
This is, first and foremost, a Pakistani food blog. The recipes are largely influenced by my Pakistani heritage and the type of food I’ve experienced as a Pakistani-American. Given the natural overlap between Pakistani and Indian food, you’ll also find plenty of Punjabi and North Indian recipes.
Some popular recipes:
- Masala Chai
- Chicken Karahi
- Zucchini (Courgette) Curry
- Chicken Korma
- Kashmiri Chai
- Chana Masala
I found your site a few months ago and I have now tried 3 different recipes, this one being one of them. I am not exaggerating when I say every single one has been incredible. Balanced, easy to understand, and absolutely delicious. I’ve since forwarded your site to 4 different people who have asked about the food I cooked following your recipes. I can’t praise your recipes enough! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!Annie
Easy-to-follow, Authentic Recipes
I test and perfect (or more accurately, obsess over) my recipes so that they not only work, but taste amazing every time.
P.S. I know the word authentic is sort of controversial in the food-writing world. But I often use it to signal when a recipe is cooked using traditional ingredients and methods. In calling a recipe authentic, I’m not at all implying that my way is the correct or only way of making it. That’s quite a burden. 😅
Healthy, Whole Food Recipes
South Asian cuisine naturally incorporates whole, healthful foods, and I try to make traditional dishes even healthier on this blog. You can expect:
- A wide range of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free recipes.
- Homemade spice mixes for recipes like Shami Kabab, Haleem, and Nihari (with option of using store-bought if you’d like!).
- Made-from-scratch recipes that you feel good eating.
A Modern Approach
I’m passionate about leveling up and making South Asian cooking easy and accessible. That means:
- High-quality, reliable recipes that won’t stress you out.
- No unnecessary steps or making things harder than they need to be.
- Shortcuts (like using an Instant Pot), but no cutting corners (still have to brown the onions for classic chicken curry!).
- Using the right tools to make cooking easier.
“Best Pakistani and Indian recipes I’ve found online!”Sacha
More About Izzah
- I’m a mom to two adorable kids, ages 6 and 3, and therefore decidedly slow in my recipe production.
- I was born in Lahore, Pakistan (thus the Punjabi influence), but grew up in Wichita, KS with only 1 Indian restaurant. I now, very gratefully, live in the Houston, TX suburbs, where I can sample some of the best South Asian food outside of Pakistan and India.
- In my past life, like many Desi kids unsure of their path, I was an Electrical Engineer/MBA. Six years in, not a day goes by that I’m not grateful for having started Tea for Turmeric, thanks to that one nap!
More About Asiya
- Asiya is the Integrator at Tea for Turmeric. She helps plan and research content, works on SEO, manages day-to-day communications including answering your recipe questions on the blog.
- Asiya is from Toronto, Canada and occasionally blogs over at Chocolate & Chillies.
Stay in Touch!
When I check my email in the morning, the first thing I do is scan to see if I’ve received any comments or messages from YOU!
Blogging without hearing from you would be quite dull indeed. Please get in touch by leaving a comment, sending me message on Instagram, or sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.