Hello, friend! Thanks for stopping by! I’m Izzah, and I look forward to brightening your day with good food and good vibes.

Pouring Masala chai from a saucepan through a sieve

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

Pakistani Recipes

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:

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!


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 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!”


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 izzah@teaforturmeric.com.

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