About Me & Blog


Hi everybody! This is my cooking blog which is something I keep for easy access of all the recipes that I have tried so far in my teenie tiny kitchen in my apartment in Budd Lake, New Jersey. Its also for my husband or my sister who I share recipes with. 
My taste in food is not set to a particular cuisine. Although I'm an Indian, I lived my entire childhood in Saudi Arabia, so my tastes are a mix of Indian, Middle-Eastern, Mediterranean, European and American. I also like Mexican, Chinese and Thai food, to name a few. I just love trying something new and different.
So disclaimers first. Most of  the recipes are inspired by recipes I found through nerve racking research on the internet in quest of the most wonderful tastes that can also be made easily in my kitchen. So wherever possible, I will try to add credit to those wonderful cooks out there who keep me alive as I dont go hungry during the day because of them. :) Also I don't simply copy paste recipes from those sites and just make a duplicate. If  I post a recipe here, its because I have tried and tested it in my kitchen. I would add my own notes to it or make slight changes.
In some recipes I may add a twist of my own and in some, I may omit an ingredient either for the lack of it in my kitchen or my dislike for its flavour (which is rarely the case :P)
Some of course are either mine or my mom's which I would usually mention in the recipe.
So why did I choose a name like latenightcook for my blog??
Well thats because I was literally a late night cook in Bangalore, thanks to my unusual shift at work for which I leave home at 12.30pm and come back at 11.30pm. After a bit of rest, a long chat much to the annoyance of my hungry husband, I finally started cooking at... no prizes for guessing.. midnight!! So Midnight Masala is a name coined by my husband as the smell of strong Indian spices emanated from the kitchen, leaving us both coughing. And he coined this phrase during one of those moments. According to him, Midnight Masala used to be a very spicy show on sun tv (a tamil channel) that used to run late at night that has been banned/censored now for songs from b grade movies.. lol! So when I wanted to start this blog, I had initially thought of naming it midnight masala but I had rightfully guessed that the name would have already been taken by some sick pervert.
So Late Night Cook it is!!
Now lets start this lip smacking delectable blog going!
By the way, I am no longer a midnight cook. After I have moved to the United States, I am finally leading a normal life with a 9 to 5 job. That means, I can cook in the evenings, and have dinner (and all 3 meals) at a normal time just like the rest of the world. :)