My name is Mahroo and I’m a self-taught cook, food photographer & stylist. Born and raised in Iran I discovered my passion for cooking at a very young age thanks to my grandma, Ashi joon, my foodie mom & my pastry chef aunt. It was in the same years that my dad, an architect very passionate about photography, taught me how to properly hold a camera, the geometry of the things around me, and how to take my first picture!
Years later, I had the chance to live in India and Italy, and this broadened my culinary vocabulary and taught me that there is no limit to passion, and that as long as you live you should do what you truly love; so I started sharing my experiences on Noghelmey since 2010! Writing about my recipes, tips and experience and sharing my food photography. I worked as a recipe developer and I learned cooking techniques by attending different cooking courses such as Alma "la scuola internazionale della cucina Italiana". I joined festivals, workshops, and the MilanoFoodWeek. I also love to study about different cookings styles and food history. In the past two years I finally found more time to focus on Noghlemey and to be 100% committed to it.
Noghlemey is a term used since ancient times in Iran to refer to small dishes and sweets, savories and fruits that accompanied wine drinking. It’s about rediscovering rustic/nomad Persian food which is well balanced with mostly plant based ingredients, some dairy and bread, and recipes that are pleasant for both my Iranian & non-Iranian readers. I write about my love affair with cardamom & roses, pistachio & saffron rice, yogurt & turmeric, and not only Persian Kababs but also Pasta all norma & Chicken tikka masala! I love and admire simplicity and modern living and in Noghlemey I create a balance between my deep Persian culture and my new roots. Hopefully one day I will also write my own cookbook and, why not, open a modern Iranian restaurant!