Hi there!

My name is Asiya and welcome to my blog!  I am a stay at home mom with 2 great boys living in Toronto....well actually the suburbs but I was born and raised in Toronto!  I used to be an actuarial analyst in an insurance company.  After I had my eldest son I decided my time was better spent staying at home and raising him.  I have always loved baking but never had much interest in cooking.  Since I became a stay at home mom making dinner was now my responsibility.  I love trying new recipes.  I've been blessed with a husband that loves to try new food and doesn't complain when things don't go well.  I started this blog in January 2011 to document my recipes and help me to improve my cooking.  I try to keep my recipes easy and healthy.

My family is from Hyderabad, India so you will find a lot of Indian recipes and other recipes with a little bit of Indian influence thrown in, which mostly means more chilli and garlic!  My husband is Pakistani and that really has changed my cooking and opened up my eyes to the vast variety of Indian/Pakistani cuisine...not just the Hyderabadi food I grew up on (i.e. Khatti Daal, Shaami, Talawa Gosh, Kheema...)  The recipes you find on my blog are what my family and I eat.  So you will rarely find recipes that are loaded with butter and cream.

I also write a blog chronicling the crafts I do with my boys called Keepin' 2 Boys Busy.  I would love for you to drop by and check it out!

I can be contacted at chocnchillies@gmail.com.  I would love for you to subscribe to my blog by clicking on the links in the top right corner.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will give some of my recipes a try!

Please note that there are ads on my blog and I do not guarantee that they are advertising Halal items.

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  1. dear i am not able to comment on ur individual recipe .....please can change ur comment box settings as pop up window....then it would be great......its getting hangedb up while opening....

    thanks dear

    1. Have you always had this problem? I just tested it and I was able to leave a comment. Could it be your internet connection?

  2. Hello Asiya, found you through SRC & I am waiting to get your blog. I have so many recipes I want to try. Great job !

  3. Assalam o Alaikum Asiya,

    Mom bloggers rule don't they. I myself am a mother of three and can't get enough of cooking and then blogging, what would we ever do without our blogs :D

    Looking forward to bake that english muffin bread soon, insha Allah.
    jazak Allah khair.

  4. Assalamoalaikum Asiya,

    Well I just stumbled upon your blog and what a nice surprise that is. I was a working woman too and now am a stay at home mom, who loves to cook and experiment with new recipes. One quick question, are you aware of the halal status of Balsamic vinegar?
    Keep up the good work.

    Jazakillah Khair.

    1. Walaykumasalaam,

      Thank you for your kind comments. You can take a look at this link from SunniPath: http://qa.sunnipath.com/issue_view.asp?id=5924

      They are talking specifically about white wine vinegar. I just Googled about whether Balsamic Vinegar is Halal and I find conflicting results. I am going to find out from our local Imam. I feel that this is one of those items that is controversial...some feel it is Halal and some otherwise. I will comment back here and let you know what I find out.

      I would suggest you speak to your local Imam and find out what he feels.

      Jazakallah for bringing this to my attention.

    2. I finally found some information regarding wine based vinegars. Please see this link:


  5. Just foudn your blog and am enjoying the mix of sweet and spicy! I grew up in asia too, so go mad for spice and chilli, and of course, everybody loves chocolate ;)

  6. Assalamu Alaikum Asiya. I found my way here via a comment you left at Familycook's blog. Did you know that we're somehow related to the same countries and yet in the opposite way? I'm from Pakistan (Karachi, to be precise) and my husband is from Hyderabad :)

    1. Walaykumasalaam Nadia,

      LOL!!! That is funny :) I just popped by your blog and LOVE your photography!

      Thank you for stopping by my blog...hope you will come back for a visit!

  7. Hey Asiya! You are the winner of the amazon e-card! Please give me your details(email address) so I can send you the e-card.

  8. Oooh I just restumbled on your blog - I had come across it a few months ago and forgot to favourite it. Stumbled upon it again (fate? :)) and favourited it right away! I've just started experimenting with cooking after getting married - definitely going to be trying out some of your recipes!

    ~ Shaza ~

    1. Thanks for dropping by Shaza! Please let me know if you try any recipes and how they turn out. Off to explore your website now!

  9. Lovely blog & your pictures are stunning. Happy to follow you

  10. Hi Asiya - I just found your blog through Spicie Foodie YBR roundup, and I have really enjoyed looking aruond!! So just wanted to say hello :) I'm really looking forward to making some of your dishes...especially the chicken briyani..I haven't had a good briyani in yaers and this looks like something I can do :)

  11. Hi Asiya,

    You’ve got a great blog!

    I’m reaching out to you as an agency assisting the digital team at Maple Leaf Foods. We are looking for an exclusive group of bloggers who’d like to join a new website that is being launched by Maple Leaf.

    We think you’d be a great fit and would love to send you more information regarding the specifics of your proposed involvement.

    If you could send your e-mail to ryan.sookhoo@bishopintegrated.com we can fill you in!



  12. Hi Asiya, I found your blog via the Food Bloggers of Canada and noticed the Canadian Living Network of Bloggers badge in your sidebar. I'd love some information about that - would you mind telling me about it?

    1. Hi Korena,

      Thank you for stopping by my blog! If you email me at chocnchillies@gmail.com I can tell you more about the program.

      Take care!

  13. Lovely blog, mashaAllah. Am now following you on social media. Look forward to your posts.

  14. Loved reading your About! I'm a Hyderabadi Muslim too and I could so relate to you about growing up on Hyderabadi Food. I wasn't born in Hyderabad though and go there only for vacay. :)
    And still being a teenager, it took me a while to develop my love for cooking ;)
    Will follow you from now on, btw great photography! :)

    Nash (http://onceuponherdream.blogspot.com)

  15. Hello there,

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    EXPOSE YOUR BLOG!!!The World deserves to know how great a cook you are.

    Kind regards

  16. Salaam again. I'm here to tell you that I select you for an Award with some muffins to serve you. Enjoy!

  17. I opened up your website through With a Spin(Cauliflower Fritters guest post) and it is just gorgeous. I'm looking forward to trying your recipes. Keep up your beautiful work!


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