On June 19th 2015, I met Titli Nihaan founder of Titli's Busy Kitchen and spent an entertaining and very interesting two hours with her. Here are some questions Titli has kindly answered for us.
Welcome to OAPSchat Titli, it is lovely to meet you.
I have been looking at your many food videos and they are all simply brilliant! You are such FUN to watch and as you say, everybody can cook and it can be fun to do so. In your own words, "My philosophy about food is straightforward – it should be delicious and easy to prepare. I don’t claim that the recipes here are the “definitive” versions of dishes; they are “typical” versions that I enjoy cooking and work for me. Oh… and cooking should be fun, shouldn’t it?"
Your dishes are straightforward to prepare and so informative with the nutritional facts, a real advantage in today's busy world! With so many hits running into millions, you certainly have a HUGE following! Your website is a joy to read with so many interesting facts.
When did you first start making Youtube videos about your food and why did you plan to do it this way?
It was a happy accident. I found that I could reach a much larger audience this way and also be able to interact with my subscribers and followers.
Here's a great recipe for fishcakes!
Full recipe here!
How many recipes have you uploaded so far?
Ooh, around 525-550 recipes from the main store and 110 Bread Kitchen recipes so far in six years.
How many places have you visited and is there one country you like the most?
Quite a few as shown by my map on the website! I love Istanbul in Turkey for its ambience, and such friendly and welcoming people, Lahore in Pakistan is so so green and has wonderful scenery. The spices are also fabulous. Cairo in Egypt is also a favourite.
Do you have a favourite dish?
Here is a video for cooking the the nation's favourite dish!
Full recipe here!
Who or what inspires you?
Compassionate people, especially bosses of companies who inspire people through their actions and watch them grow and help them develop to their full potential.
How do you relax?
I find it very hard to switch off as I am always busy doing something. But if I am on holiday then the Internet is a strict 'No No' and my relaxation comes to the fore.
Describe a typical day please?
Everyday brings something different, new challenges, new events. At the moment, gardening is very much a daily activity.
Do you come from a big family?
No I am an only child.
Sweet or savoury?
Savoury every time.
What are your plans for rest of 2015?
I live day to day and enjoy my Cookery and Gardening. I am often thinking of new ideas, but don't like to plan too far ahead.
Thank you so much Titli. It has been a great pleasure getting to know you. I include three more video links below from the many fabulous ones that are on your website.
Follow these links for a pick of Titli's very entertaining recipes!
Boil An Egg - Do watch this, it is HILARIOUS!!!!
Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe
Sauteed Garlic Mushrooms