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Meet the blogger

ISHITA B. SAHA is an independent art director and founder of Ishita Unblogged. The 38-year-old foodie, originally from India, lives in JBR with her husband, two girls, (also known as the Z sisters to her blog readers) and Lady M, the Filipina nanny who has brought the avours of Filipino cuisine into her life. Ishita enjoys photography, and food and travel writing, when she’s not busy running around doing the daily school runs, ďŹ nishing artwork and shopping for groceries.

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Helping you connect to the UAE’S foodie community, one blog post at a time.


✴About the blog Ishita Unblogged began as a storytelling platform to inform people of the rich culture and food from my hometown Kolkata, as well as cities such as Colombo and Frankfurt, where I lived for a couple of years. Just like music has an unplugged version, this is me – in an unplugged version. I write about food and travel journeys, make notes on cuisines from places I have visited, and share my search through food markets and groceries for local spices and liqueurs of the regions, with readers. You’ll ďŹ nd different kinds of cuisines, with a little bit of partiality towards sweets (I’ll blame it on my genes – Bengalis are well known for their sweet tooth)!


was my grandma’s little secret to strengthen a particular taste and preserve the colour.

Culinary icon My maternal grandmother, whom we called Dida. It’s the magical aromas that went into her cooking as she stood stirring the ladle in a sweltering kitchen, in front of the gas burners – long before our kitchens turned air-conditioned. And by cooking I don’t mean just a basic meal, but intricate sweets and snacks.

I get inspired by everything. Recently, my husband and I attended a wedding and each table had a beautiful set-up with purple buttery and bubble arrangements. Customised purple M&M’s were given out as a favour, which inspired me to create a recipe called Purple haze yoghurt with purple M&Ms.

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80 BBC Good Food Middle East August 2012

Cooking is like painting a canvas. The ingredients are like paints, splash the canvas with new thoughts and ideas.

I’m a confused eater and everyone who knows me, knows this. That said, if I were to go out for a meal, I would choose Thai cuisine. I love the smell of kaffir lime, the spicy and tangy, yet sweet, curries and the different colours presented in a dish – all these elements simply ignite my senses.

8OWLPDWH PHDO Traditional Bengali rice sweet pulao with light chicken curry – something that my mum used to make when we were kids.

BBC Good Food Middle East Magazine | August 2012