Food & Recipes

Achari Chilies

My mom used to make green chilies and It compliments perfectly with vegetarian food especially all-time favorite Daal Chawal. We hardly find Pakistani green chilies here maybe once a year but whenever we bought I always make like my mom does(Two ways) !!

let’s make Achari Mirch first together.

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Achari Masala Green chilies

Green chilies: 10-12

Masala Ingredients:

Whole Red pepper: 3-5

coriander whole: 1TBS

Aniseed (Saunf): 1TBS

Black Seed(Kalonji ):1/2 tsp

Mustard seed (Rayee Dana): 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder: 1 Tsp

Salt: To Taste

Tamarind paste: 1/4 cup20180110_174832

METHOD

  • Coarsely grind above ingredients in a coffee grinder, mixed it with tamarind paste.
  •  Take chili and put a cut on the center
  • Now fill the mixture inside the chilies.
  • Heat 2 tsp oil and fry it.
  • Add 2 tsp of remaining tamarind paste.
  • Put chilies on medium-low flame.

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Fry it and leave it on low heat with the lid on for few minutes.If you Cant find this Pakistani Chilies I often use Jalapeno Peppers as an alternative.

You can serve hot and also refrigerate it over two weeks in a dry container with a lid on.I also make Achari Bhindi(Okra) with the same method.This is the best thing you can serve along with simple food but unbeatable for sure…try it and ENJOY!!

 

 

 

Food & Recipes

Cold Pasta Salad

I love salads and its easy way to get your daily fruits and vegetable intake in a single bowl.I am sharing an easy and healthy salad recipe that’s perfect for quick lunches, potlucks, and picnics but I do love to have it while we go for a long drive/route.It is so rich and creamy and fills you up without being into junk food.

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Ingredients

Cream: 1 Pack

Mayonnaise: 1/2 cup

Yogurt: 1/2 cup

Sour Cream: 1/4 cup (optional )

Sugar: 3-4 Tbs

Boiled pasta:1 cup

Boiled Potato: 1 medium (cut into cubes )

Boiled Chick Pea:1/2 cup

Boiled Red beans:1/2 cup

Apple: 1 peeled and cut into cube

Walnut: 1/4 cup chopped

Salt and Pepper: To Taste

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Method:

Whip cream, yogurt, mayonnaise and sour cream together.

Now mix Boiled Potato, pasta, kidney beans, ChickPeas, and apples.Add walnut chunks(You may add pecans if you like).

Add sugar, salt, and pepper.Fold everything well, that’s it!..served cold.

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This the easiest thing I have ever made.You can add any fruit/vegetables but I love this recipe and so do my kids too …Try it and let me know …Enjoy!

Food & Recipes

Fruity Alaska

I just love cooking and do enjoy creating new recipes.A couple of days ago I created a super easy recipe and everyone just loves it.Actually, I had some leftover and near to expired ingredients and I hate to waste anything especially food.Creating a new recipe is a risky fun but if Its a hit, I feel like Hit a Bingo!!

20171005_191343.jpg I sent pics and recipe to my younger sister, she named it “Fruity Alaska”…interesting name right? It’s very healthy and you can serve at any occasion.Birthday or potluck or any casual dinner even Its a hit at breakfast.Let’s Start!!

Ingredients:

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Cinnamon Bun Dough: 1 pkt

Eggs: 2-3r

Cream Cheese: 1 Pkt (8 oz)

Fresh Cream: 1 cup/can (Optional otherwise use Milk)

Condense milk / Sugar: according to Taste

Peaches: 3-4

Blue Berry: 1 hand full

Walnut: 1/2 cup

Method:

I used my hand blender and Blend Cream cheese and cream/milk at medium speed.Add eggs and condensed milk, I  used almost more than a can, blend everything on high speed. 20171005_180712.jpg

In a baking dish put pieces of cinnamon bun dough (You can Use any fruit bread instead), peach slices and blueberries. Carefully add the Cream cheese and egg mixture and settle it down for 10 mins.Add walnuts chunks.

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Bake at 375°F for 30-40 mins, check in between with toothpick as soon it comes clean take it out.Do not over bake it.

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I poured glaze that comes along with cinnamon bun dough.I served hot with ice cream and chocolate topping.  It’s very healthy and perfect for breakfast. Your kid will love it, I bet you…Enjoy!

 

Food & Recipes

Weekend Special : Yakhni Pulao

I just realized its been ages I shared any recipe here with you guys, it doesn’t mean I am off to cook but usually, I cook and completely forget to take pictures, after all this is something me and you doing as a routine.So, it’s me back to my kitchen with a popular Pakistani recipe Pulao (Pilaf).

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Desi dawat is incomplete without Biryani or Pulao, personally, I love pulao.Less spice, easy(less mess) and kids friendly (kind of Favourite ).My mom used to make it almost every Friday, I miss that aroma and taste.Ammi!!Your pulao is the best.

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I am sharing authentic Yakhni Pulao recipe with you guys, let’s start!!

INGREDIENTS

Meat:1 kg (veal/Chicken /Mutton)

For Yakhni :

Onion:1 medium

Garlic:1 whole Bunch

Whole Red Pepper:6-7

Whole Garam Masala:1/2 tsp each

Cumin (Zeera) :1Tsp

coriander whole (sabut Dhaniya):1 Tbs

Saunf  (Aniseed)1 Tbs

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In a cooking pot boiled meat with all above ingredients with 4 cup of water till meat tender and water becomes half.Separate meat and save this yakhni (I used stainer).

For Pulao Rice:

Onion:1 medium sliced

Whole garam masala:1 Tbs

Ginger and garlic paste: 1 tbs

Oil: 1/4 cup

Rice:1 kg (Soaked in water at least 30 mins)

Yogurt:1 cup

Yogurt Masala:

Green Cardamom (Sabz Ilaichi): 1 Tsp

Cumin (Zeera): 1 Tbs

Nutmeg (Jaifal) & Mace (Javitri):1/2 tsp

whole spice ( Sabut Garam Masala)= 1/2 tsp each

Grind the above ingredients in a coffee grinder, mix it with 1 cup yogurt, set aside

Method:

Heat oil, fry onion add whole spice, saute for few mins. Add boiled meat, ginger garlic paste.Now add the yogurt mixture and fry the meat for few minutes.

 

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Add soaked rice, mix them together gently, now add prepared yakhni in it.Yakhni should be 1 inch above from the meat and rice. Continue reading “Weekend Special : Yakhni Pulao”

Food & Recipes · life style

Grow Tomatoes In Your Kitchen Garden

I really don’t know where did September go, we are having some confused weather here.Turning heat on one day and other day we need to turn the AC on but I always love  the fresh air coming right from my back yard door.I always enjoy the back view of my home no matter whats the weather outside.

Every spring/summer we(Me & my husband) go to local nursary and I always buy some vegetables and some potting plants esp roses,although we  dont have much days to enjoy them but still love this activity every year.We didn’t plant much  vegetable except tomatoes this year because we had a very busy summer.Every day I get a basket full of Cherry Tomatoes and Roma Tomatoes, they are so juicy and fresh.

22089267_10155474398450791_2236800052795098572_nEverybody including my friends were telling me about shortage/rise of tomatoes prices in local market in Pakistan.Even I saw some jokes on social media to get bank loans to buy over priced tomatoes…lol…joke apart!!

I thought to share some personal tips  to grow your own vegetables like tomatoes ,pepper,and herbs like mint and cilantro ,that are so easy to plant and yes they are organic right in your own kitchen/balcony and most important super cheap.

You can plant tomatoes in small yard or even in a large pot.It simple and easy and you don’t need much effort or hassle.

 

22089495_10155474398135791_1618306518209496869_nWeather of South Asia is so perfect and it is the easiest vegetable I have ever planted.Normally I buy small plant (Paniyri) but few years back I harvested them right from the seed.It takes 4 weeks to get plants from the seed .

22137282_10155475287780791_1893527378158052920_oYou can DIY and get your seeds by Sun dried method..All you need to do is keep the seedy portion in sunlight for 3 days,when it dried completely ,plant it 1/2 inch soil down in the planting pot.Water the plant twice a week and keep that pot in door at room temperature till you get them out of the seed and see those little leaves.Now need to put it outside either in your yard or Balcony where you get maximum sun light and that it…Don’t forget to tie it or use tomato cages to support.

22196443_10155474398575791_2507942873175650916_nYou will get so many from just one plant that fair enough to use for your daily use and it is so fresh and tasty and make your dish more tasty as compare you get from local sabzi wala and you don’t even know the soil and water he used to plant them.We only get hot days couple of month but I love home-grown vegetables .

You can use the same method for dried coriander to get cilantro/ Hara Dhania,same as Mint and chili pepper .Both are prefect and can be grown in a small to large pot. That’s actually my husband’s hobby and we both enjoy it alot and share with friends too our home grown fresh vegetable .Do share what you like to grow?

Food & Recipes

Banana Berry Berry Smoothie

Summer time is the best time of the year,for me yes it is!!..Ice creams,shakes and slushies are family favorite but I prefared home made healthy treats .This is an easiest and yummiest shake/smoothie, I have ever made. I used fresh fruit but you can use frozen fruits as well.

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Ingredients :

Banana : 1 whole

Blue &  Black Barries : half cup

Strawberries : 5-6

Milk : 2 cups

Sugar : To Taste

Condensed milk : 2Tbs (I used less sugar because I love condensed milk )

Method:

In a blender,blend all ingridents together at once untill smooth ,add ice if required.Pour in glasses and Enjoy!!

Food & Recipes

Khousay

Sharing this recipe with you guys with a hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.Khousay is south Indian dish and one of my favorite  dish .Its a bit lenghty but I tried my best to make it simple.Lets start!!

I am writing down ingridents and  method step by step to avoid confusion.

Ingredients : 

Chicken boneless : 1 kg

Marination

Turmaric powder :2 tsp

Cumin powder :1 tsp

Ginger and Garlic  Paste : 1 tbs

Chilli Powder : according to taste

Whole spice powder : 1 tsp

Salt : to taste

My secret paste : Blend half tomato and 5-7 almond, make a smooth paste.It will give a rich taste to gravy.

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Combine above ingredients and marinate chicken for 2 hours and more.

Khousay Gravy : 

Onion : 1 medium

Coconut milk : 2 cans

Gram Flour : 2 Tbs ( sauté it for 5 mins)

Method:

Heat oil and fry onion to light golden brown, add marinated chicken and fry it for few minutes. Add water and cook it on medium heat till chicken cook.Add coconut milk and bring it to boil.Now put it on low flame for 15 mins. Add gram flour(Bhuna Besan )  and keep stirring to avoid  any lumps,it thicken the gravy .Khousay Gravy is ready.

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How To  Serve : 

Onion : 1  omelet cut off

Green  chillies : 4-5

Green corriander : 1  bunch

Lemon

Garlic : 5-6 cloves

Oil : as required

Heat oil and fry garlic .

Chilli Sauce :

In same oil take out some and fry chilli flakes to make chilli sauce .

Samosaa patti,cut and fry it ,you can use finger chips .

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Noodles : 1 packet ( cook as directed).

In serving plate layer noodles and khousay gravy and serve with green masla, onion fried garlic,top  it with chillie sauce and samosa patti or finger chips.Enjoy!!