Izzah Khan

Welcome! I’m so glad you stumbled upon my blog. I’m Izza, the rookie who spends a lot of time hovering in the kitchen, playing with spices, herbs, and goofing off in front of the camera. It’s my little haven where I can wreak havoc because I know that what is going to come out of it is worth it. I love food–making it, photographing it, devouring it and then soon after, burning it off in the gym. Oh the guilt!

I’m a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur. I love spending time in coffee shops. The sweet, earthy aroma of coffee instantly uplifts my mood so it’s important for me to have my latte extra, extra hot and in a mug that is as big as my face. See, I hate to gulp down my coffee. I like to sip it slowly between the run-on sentences that tumble out of my mouth.

Extra, extra hot?” the barista always repeats.


With this blog, I hope to do two things: write more and write often, and talk about food, of course! I hope you stick around.



  1. Hey Izza! I recently stumbled on your page on youtube looking for an easy Pakistani dish to make after work. I absolutely love the ease in which you make things, def makes me jealous! I work long hours, and never enjoyed cooking because nothing ever came out that good ( I was always pressed for time- Im starving and also exhausted but also needed to shower, on repeat). I recently began making your super easy recipes that didn’t require frequent trips to the grocery store and I am just in awe. I made the thai chilli beef and chicken corn soup recipe last night. 1.5 hours from start to loading up the dishwasher after dinner! Magnifique! Keep it up and please post new recipes! cant wait to try the Kadai chicken and Seekh kabobs this weekend!

    1. Hi Reshma! Thank you so much for such a detailed post and sharing your lifestyle with me. I love getting to know more about my readers. I, just like you, find myself pressed for time on most days so creating simpler versions of the popular dishes I grew up eating while growing up in Karachi was really important for me. I’m so glad to hear that you have found my recipes simple yet delicious. I hope you bring some of my other favorite recipes into your kitchen. By the way, I have two versions of Chicken Kadai. The traditional with bone-in chicken and a boneless Handi version. Lately, I have been cooking the boneless version due to convenience. If you try both versions, I would love to hear your favorite. Happy Cooking and Eating!

  2. hi i love your food and may i suggest you make channa daal my family favourite i would love it
    me and my sister have only started watching your videos and we love them
    i am going to try make one of your recipes today at my aunties house bye

    1. Hi Zaara! Thank you for subscribing and appreciating the content I have on here. It makes me so happy that I can connect with so many people through our shared love for food. I will definitely add Channa daal to recipes I need to shoot. Do you have a recipe I could try? I have yet to perfect my daals so I have not shared any recipes yet.

  3. Hi there Izza – just followed you and also tried to post a comment on your Seekh Kabab recipe page. Not sure if they have posted – hopefully they will! I tried your kebab recipe this past weekend – and they came out fabulous! Thank you very much for it – I look forward to trying out your other recipes as well. I have one request – can you check your website/ blog settings and fix them so the latest comments appear on the top instead of at the bottom of the comments section? That way, it is easier (I’m guessing) to figure out if your comment posted or not – AND – it is usually more useful for readers to know what the most recent comments have been rather than something from over 2 years ago 🙂 Anyway, thanks again for the awesome seekh kebab recipe!

    1. Hi Mahesh, we get a handful of spam, so comments don’t post until I approve them from my end. I have adjusted the layout for the new comments to appear on top. Thanks for alerting me of this:)

      1. Awesome – thank you. Hope you will post more kebab and meat curry recipes. While I am all for a balanced diet (definitely desserts!), and salads/ veggies have their place, I am a meat maniac – especially of Indian, Pakistani and middle-Eastern recipes – (and of course steak) – and love to try out different recipes!

        1. Thank you Mahesh! I’m kickstarting my blog to incorporate new content! Thank you for your sweet words.

  4. Hi Izza! As promised, I’m writing back to let you know that I made the seekh kabab last night (with ground turkey) and again tonight (with ground sirloin) and both turnred out delicious. The only change I made tonight was to double up on a few of the spices as, like you, I enjoy it SPICEY! I also found your recipe for Tandoori chicken and made that tonight as well. All I can say is AMAZING!! I tweeked the recipe a tad to my liking and my wife said it was the best chicken she had ever eaten. She got out of her car when she got home and said that was all she could smell on the barbeque. I’m so glad I found your site and am looking forward to trying many more of your recipes in the future. Cheers from a frigid Ontario, Canada!

    1. So happy to hear that Buck! It always puts a smile on my face when I read such wonderful comments:) Happy cooking and thanks for writing in.

  5. Hi Izza:

    I googled Seekh Kabab and your recipe popped up. I made it last week and it was excellent, I like my kababs spicy so I put a little more green chilli and chili powder. The only problem is that in spite of turning the exhaust fan full blast and opening all windows and door of my kitchen the house was filled with the delicious aroma and smoke. Wonder what the neighbors had to say. Tomorrow I’m going to follow the same recipe but make cutlets and shallow fry them in a pan.

    1. Shallow frying them would be delicious and I do that when I don’t want to fuss around with skewers or the oven. Would make a delicious sandwich too with some pickled onions and raita. Thanks for trying this out.

  6. Hi Izza,

    Where are you based out of? Wondering if we can collaborate on a project. You can reply to me on email!


    1. Hi Zee, I am based in Los Angeles. I am open to collaborating on relevant projects. Please email me at rookiewithacookie@gmail.com 🙂

  7. Hi Izza,

    Hope you doing well , your Pakistani recipes is fantastic so please i need more recipes from Pakistan pls.


    Younis Mustafa

    Amman Jordan

    1. Hi Younis, Thank you so much for trying out my recipes. I’ll be putting up a lot more Pakistani recipe videos on my YouTube channel. Is there something specific you want me to make? Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my channel! I would love the same support on my videos:)

  8. Azmay Naseem Sheikh

    Hi Izza, I ve been trying your recipes since a pretty long time and they’re just amazing!! ? Your cookies have always been a great teatime snack…keep going ? will try other recipes too 😀

    1. Aw Thank you so much cutie! This made me really happy

  9. I would love to pin your site, but there isn’t a pin available on it 🙁

    1. Hi Kari! That’s so sweet of you. I actually did not know that you could Pin an entire website. I’ll figure out how to add that. But in the mean time, you can pin my individual posts:)

  10. Izza, I would love to keep the recipes on my Facebook page, I am not real computer savvy and don’t know if I can find these get recipes again.
    Thank you so much for the wonderful ides and can’t wait to make the pizcookie this when my grandsons come for a visit!
    Your the best!

    1. You’re most welcome, Lori! I would love to know how it turns out:)

  11. MA May u get all u wished for.

  12. Naeem Ahmed Khan Malik

    I’m ur fan.

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