Turai ki Sabzi (Stewed Zucchini)

Turai ki Sabzi (Stewed Zucchini)

I used to hate vegetables as a kid. But oddly enough, one vegetable I loved was turai ki sabzi. I accidentally took a bite, not knowing what it was, and I loved it. It was sweet, yet spicy. It was soft, but not a complete mush, and my mom conveniently didn't tell me it was plain old zucchini until I was old enough to realize that I was enjoying vegetables. Needless to say I was shocked, and eventually began trying other vegetables.  Potatoes I can have in any form, but tori only hits the spot if it's stewed in an onion and tomato masala with a sprinkling of fresh cilantro, mopped up with fresh roti.

Best Hummus

Best Hummus

I take my hummus very seriously. I may be a Pakistani but I grew up in Michigan, surrounded by delicious and authentic Mediteranean food. I can spot a fake and lumpy hummus full of unwelcome ingredients from a mile away. I keep mine simple, to the point, and delicious, as it should be. It's beautifully balanced with nutty notes from the tahini, a fresh zing from the lemon juice and a subtle bitterness from the olive oil and garlic. You take one bite and you know you're eating the real thing.

Fattoush Salad

Fattoush Salad

Me and fattoush salad go way back. How do I go way back with a salad, you ask? Well, it was love at first bite. I grew up in Michigan, a melting pot of cultures. Michigan is known to have the best Lebanese food outside of Lebanon itself (I may be biased, but you have to try it for yourself and I'm sure you'll agree), and it was a cuisine we grew up eating because most Lebanese restaurants served Halal meat. I first tried fattoush at the age of four, and since then I've been hooked.