Rocket Biryani is a concept I have been dreaming off for a while now. While it has changed forms in my head, the core idea has remained the same: Provide a safe space for people in the community, with a Pakistani twist. Being a Pakistani and familiar with the rich tapestry of cultures, languages and cuisines I grew up with, I want to share my culture with the people around me, while at the same time providing a refuge for people of all backgrounds to come and share who they are with all present equally. I want this to be a place where people can eat Pakistani food and enjoy chai all day long. Where people come together and become a part of the family that our world so desperately needs.
The reason for focusing on the food is simple: I wanted to honor my mother, my mother-in-law, and the millions of women in my homeland and around the world who show their love to their families through their cooking without any fanfare. By choosing to recreate their recipes, I am trying to honor their impact on my life, my family’s life, and the life of every person I know.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 Pandemic has proven to be a spanner in the works, forcing us all to retreat to the (dis)comfort of our homes, and sometimes, bedrooms. Uncertainty prevails and people are worried about the future. Thus, it has proven challenging to work on the scale I had originally intended. This has left me shattered, heart-broken and depressingly crazy. However, I am still here, and I can still cook. So in these uncertain times, I will be cooking and baking Pakistani food, and international food with a dash of Pakistani Masala for people locally.
Keep an eye out for my food blogs. They will sample the menu I am building for Rocket Biryani. If you would like to order any of the food you see, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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