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Flavorful Shortcuts to

Indian/Pakistani Cooking-

THE COOKBOOK: Featuring Simplified Versions of popular Indian/Pakistani Recipes

A customer reviewing Farhana's cookbook on Sale at Gelson's Gourmet Markets in California

Joanne Weir

The Book's Foreword

The foreword for 'Flavorful Shortcuts to Indian/Pakistani Cooking, was so generously written by my favorite television personality and the talented chef and cooking teacher Ms. Joanne Weir. Ms. Joanne Weir has won numerous awards for her creative talents in the world of cooking. I have been a fan of Joanne since the early nineties, when I started following her fun filled and highly informative cooking shows on PBS. Every Saturday at mid morning the TV at my café would be on PBS tuned to her show. Her creativity and ease of style in the kitchen is amazing to watch

And more recently I have had the honor and pleasure of teaching cooking classes at some of the same schools Ms. Weir has taught and continues to teach 

Cooking Class at De Anza Park in Calabasas, California

About This Book

Simplified recipes - Clarified steps – Clear-cut Instructions...

I realized through my classes that cooks interested in cooking Indian, were sometimes overwhelmed by the way some recipes were put together and the long list of too many unfamiliar ingredients and tedious steps listed. I started presenting in my classes as simple a way of cooking Indian as possible, so people who wanted to cook Indian would be more encouraged to do so in the comfort of their own kitchens!

A whole lot of research, testing and sincere work has gone behind working out these recipes to present them in an easy to follow format, and are carefully designed for success in the very first attempt!     




Farhana Sahibzada is originally from Lahore, ( a city developed by Mughals, that the Rudyard Kippling called home for five years!) Pakistan. She is the former chef and owner of cinnamon STIX, a café and catering business she established and operated in Woodland Hills, California.

Farhana has been teaching Indian/Pakistani cooking for over 20 years in southern California. In addition to teaching classes at her café she has taught cooking classes for Pierce College, Let’s get cookin’ in

Westlake Village, Gelson’s super Markets, Williams Sonoma, Whole Foods Markets, The culinary art’s college at the Art’s Institute in Santa Monica California (where she is a regular visiting guest chef and

instructor), Southern California’s Culinary Institute in South Pasadena(currently Le Cordon Bleu) California and many other local cooking schools and gourmet food


Her classes focus on simplifying the art of Indian cooking and offer simple and quick versions for

classic and popular recipes of the Indian/Pakistani


Farhana is emerging as a noted authority on the subject of Indian/Pakistani cuisine, and is often invited for speaking engagements on the subject by local culinary colleges, coking schools and cultural centers

and city museums.

Her husband Afzal Sahibzada, M.D. a doctor of internal medicine with his private practice in Canoga Park, California is the nutritional coah and guru behind her health focused culinary work.

In addition to cooking her native cuisine, Farhana’s interest and passion of cooking also includes

gourmet American and European desserts and pastries.

Recently, Farhana’s cooking classes were voted ‘A Top Event’ by L.A. Weekly in the BEST OF L.A.