For as long as I can remember, the food of the Indian subcontinent has been my passion. As a small child in Pakistan, each week’s high point was a trip to the local spice market with my father. There, surrounded by colorful mounds of chillies and saffron, cinnamon and cloves, turmeric and peppers, I learned how these beautiful, aromatic spices can literally transform ordinary grains, fruits and vegetables into tantalizing, healthful dishes.
Wherever my life and work have taken me – to Japan, England, and the United States – I have found ways to indulge my love of preparing and teaching about Indian foods, often for groups that share two of my other loves, land conservation and cross-country skiing.
Early in 2009 I decided to begin offering a regular series of small, intimate cooking classes in Portland. Thus was Masala born. A year later, I opened a booth at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market, where I serve Indian breakfast food every Saturday, May through October. Join me for a class or visit Masala at the Market.