Hello, food lovers & food nerds..I’m Salama and I love food and everything that has anything to do with food.Photo onm 2013-07-10 at 14.20

I love to cook and bake and eat and eat some  more. I’m a self-taught cook and grew up  loving everything that my mother prepared. In  fact it was mostly my mother’s love for  cooking and feeding that I have inherited.  Seeing her dole out several dishes and  feeding a small army from time to time must  have had an impact on me: for several years  later I enjoy doing the same.

I abide by not too many rules in the kitchen and in life.

I’m a carnivore in my eating habits and married to a militant vegetarian which is why most of these recipes on the blog are vegetarian by default.

Why is this blog called driedredchillies you ask? Because as an Indian and currently as a resident of Hunan province chillies never seem to be enough, and dried red chillies seem to form the very soul of everything remotely edible.

Living far away from my country in a small town in China, I try to make do with what’s available, tweaking and changing recipes ever so often. You have to take me seriously when I say a lot of foodstuffs aren’t available.. There is no butter, cheese.. it’s a long exhaustive list and I could go on. Thanks to the internet I buy all the necessities online and freeze them.

I’m not a professional photographer and I believe a lot of pictures on the site scream the same, but I try to click pictures which aren’t exactly offensive. I always try to put step by step pictures but many a times when my hands are covered in flour, butter, sugar or combination of all three, clicking pictures becomes somewhat impossible.

I’m a lover of everything butter and sugar but there are times when my thighs refuse to cooperate with me, which is when I make some righteous recipes and put them on my blog, absolutely refusing to compromise on the taste.

A die-hard chocolate, carbs and cheese lover… I welcome you to the grotto of my home cooking..

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