Her Instagram bio says: Pakistani food writer and award-winning author. Scotland based co-presenter. She is certainly our inspiration for the day.
Meet Sumayya Usmani, writer of her debut book Summers Under The Tamarind Tree which is a cookbook based on Pakistani cuisine. She also runs an all-food website called My Tamarind Kitchen. Sumayya is also a culinary teacher. According to the information available on her website, she is based in Glasgow, Scotland, specialising in the cuisine of Pakistan, where she was born and raised.
We thought that going through her Instagram account would be a treat. A really yummy one. And trust us when we say this: we were drooling!
Has puri ever looked THIS GOOD?!!
Poppy seed and green chilli puri flatbreads were my Dadi’s treasured recipe (paternal gran). A thin filling of pungent ginger, hot green chillies and that definitive nutty texture of white poppy seeds make an unusual yet moorish bread. Great for breakfast with plain full fat natural yoghurt #summersunderthetamarindtree #pakistanifood #food52 #food52grams #feedfeed photo from the book by @candidsbyjo
The karri. Haye! Pair it up with white rice, or have this oh-so-yum karri with a spoon.
This is so Eid-like. Eid come soon!
Lahori Katlama – Pakistani pizza style bread , which is said to actually have roots in #CentralAsian bread making – it is lightly fried and topped with a moong daal, amchoor, anardana and chickpea flour topping and spiced with carom seeds/ajwain and red chilli eaten with plain curd or thick natural yogurt. – amchoor: dried raw mango powder and anardana: dried pomegranate powder. A street food popular in Pakistan’s food capital Lahore. Different versions exist in north Pakistan. #pakistanicuisine made my bread base using #aberfeldymill granary flour. Black ceramic plate by @kanalondon
Dill, mint and mace Gola kebabs made by my little one – her taste buds are definitely getting very adventurous. I remember eating gola kebabs on Sundays nights with my nani. These delicate kebabs originate from Peshawar and Kandahar usually round and the size of a tennis ball. My daughter prefers them flat! #pakistanicuisine #pakistan
In case you were wondering what her book looks like.
Summers Under the Tamarind Tree: Recipes and Memories from Pakistan was my debut cookbook out earlier this year, narrating my food memories, relived by sharing the flavours of authentic Pakistani home cooking that I grew to learn from my mother and grandmothers in Pakistan. I’m excited to announce that my second book Mountain Berries & Desert Spice: Sweet Inspirations from the Hunza Valley to the Arabian Sea is out next April. This book is a memoir filled journey though the dessert flavours of my homeland highlighting our unusual desserts and sweet culture, once of hospitality, joy and sharing. #pakistan #pakistanicuisine #pakistanifood #feedfeed #saveurmag #nofillter – this photo is taken by @candidsbyjo the wonderful food photographer and friend who has shot both my books