Cooking is like love; it should be entered with abandon or not at all. ∼  Julia Child

With abandon – that’s what makes the thought of Grandmas and their cooking so so special. Last afternoon I had the honour of judging the 7th Grandma’s Recipe Contest that was recently held in Mumtaz Mahal at the Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa. A few months back I had been the judge in the Biryani Muqabla organised at the same venue. I have always supported events which inspire me and I am amazed to see how home chefs come out of the comfort zones of their own kitchens and compete in such public platforms. And what an incredible treasure trove of recipes! Move away Masterchefs and Michelin-starred restaurants… here each recipe has a story and a nostalgia attached to it, each dish is special and each dish is the winning one.

Do watch the above video that I made which captures the essence of the inspiring afternoon. The winning dish (officially) was Lubna Asif’s Muthi Kabab (Pakistani style) followed by Fahmeena Yasmeen’s Shahi Khazana and Zaitoon Hameed’s Angare Jhinge Rakhni with Raita. While for me, the Notun Gurer Payesh or the Bengali Rice Pudding that my Dida used to make still tugs my heart, do you have a recipe from your family heirloom that is very precious to you?

Unblogging it all… Ishita

Disclaimer: I am working as a Huawei 2015 Influencer and the videos in this post have been taken using the new Huawei P8 which has recently been launched by Huawei Arabia. However, the subject, story, opinions and views stated here are my own and are independent. While you enjoy reading my posts with lot of visuals, please do not use any material from these posts. Do join me on my daily food and travel journey on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Written by IshitaUnblogged

A Culinary Travel Blog by a Bong Gourmet. From Dubai, Kolkata & the world beyond, street food to fine dining, recipes to chef talks, it pens down experiences. With 2 kids in tow!

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