Food & Recipes

Italian Garden Salad

Salads are the mandatory in any cuisine or Dawat ,I love-making salad and often try with different homemade dressings.Garden Salad is one of the easy and healthy recipe especially when we do our BBQ and picnics during summer.20180721_130426

Today,Let’s make a healthy garden salad with homemade Italian dressing. All you need to do is,chop all vegetables and before serving, just toss everything with dressing. Truly, this is the best and easy chopped  Italian salad recipe I have ever made, with fresh and green vegetables in the homemade vinaigrette.

Ingredients:

Ice Burg Lattice/Cabbage: 1 Bunch

Broccoli:1 Bunch

Cucumber:1 Large

Green/Red /Yellow Pepper:1 each

Carrots:1-2 Julienne cut

Red kidney bean(boiled):1 can

Cherry Tomatoes:10-12 cut in halves

Olives:sliced

Red Onion:1/2 chopped

Corn:1/2 cup

Baby Turnips:7-8

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Dressing:

Olive oil:3 Tbs

Lemon juice:1 Tbs

White Vinegar:1/4 cup

Salt and Pepper: To Taste.

Mustard Paste:1/2 Tsp

Dried Herbs: Oregano & Basil: 1 Pinch each

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Mix all ingredients in a glass bottle shake and toss your salad and serve.You can add vegetables of your choice and of course availability.Check out Cold Pasta Salad and enjoy your summer.

 

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Baklava

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Baklava is very rich and sweet pastry layered with chopped nuts. It is one of the most famous desserts of Geek/Turkish cuisine that looks a bit difficult but actually, it’s not. I made first time on this Eid and shared on my Insta stories and many of you asked me for the recipe and I had no clue at that time how it will turn out but trust me it is one of the most simple desserts I have ever tried.

Let’s make it!!

Ingredients:

Puff  / Fillo Pastry.

Assorted chopped nuts: I used Almond, Walnuts and Pistachios.

Butter:1/2 cup(melted)

Sugar:2 tsp

Egg: 1 for brushing

For Sugar Syrup:

Sugar 2.5 cups

Water:2 cups

Lemon Juice:1/2 Tsp

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Combine sugar, lemon juice and water in a saucepan. Allow it to boil and keep stirring until sugar dissolves completely. Reduce heat.

Mixed nuts with butter in a bowl and add 2 tsp sugar. Mix everything well.

Pre-heat oven to 300.

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In a baking tray, grease the bottom with butter. Place the first sheet and layer it with nut mixture, place another pastry sheet, brush with butter and repeat. Brush the top with beaten egg and sprinkle leftover nuts.

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Cut into 3 * 3-inch squares and Bake at 300 for 45 mins or until it is golden brown. Remove from oven, pour prepared warm syrup and allow to saturate it well.

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Mango and Chikoo Shake

Mangoes are everyone’s first love, I do like it but not go crazy. It’s so true we hardly get them here at expensive rates and it gives a tiny heart attack if they are not up to the expectations.

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During Ramadan, a chilled glass of Roh-Afza is a must but I always make some shakes and lassi to have some of our calories back. Mango shake is family favourite drink but also try different fruits with it.

It’s so much fun to try different smoothies and shakes. I change ingredients every other day. Yesterday, I tried them with Chikoo fruit or Mud-Apples and it turned out great.

It’s very yummy and healthy let ‘s make it!!

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Chikoo Fruit: 3-4 ripped (peeled/de-seeded)

Sugar:4 Tbs (according to your taste)

Milk :3 cups

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Put everything in a blender and blend it for about 2-3 minutes.

Served chilled and enjoy!

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Banana Bread

20180411_183145If You like plain cakes with your tea or coffee like me then you would love this easy Banana Bread for sure.It’s easy to make and literally hard to resist.I added nuts and chocolate chips to attract my kids to have this healthy treat.20180411_172922.jpg

Banana is very healthy fruit and often get over ripped soon.I normally collect them and keep in the fridge, or even stored it in the freezer.You can easily make different shakes and banana bread after.

20180411_183021I am sharing a very easy recipe and I am sure you will love it.You can make it at high tea or even take it with you as a sweet gift to visit someone.

Let’s start.

Ingredients:

Banana:3-4 very ripe

Butter softened:1/2 cup

All Purposed Flour:2 1/2 Cups

Eggs : 2

Butter Milk: 1/2 cup

Sugar: 1.5 Cup

Baking Powder: 1 Tsp

Baking Soda: 1/2 Tsp

Vanilla Essence: 1 Tsp

Nuts(Almonds & Walnuts)

Chocolate Chips.

Method:

In a medium bowl, mash bananas with a masher or a fork to measure approx 1.5 cups.

In a large bowl, mix together sugar and butter with an electric beater at medium to high speed.Stir in eggs until well mixed.

Add bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla until smooth.

Add and stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt just until it moistened.Add nuts and chocolate chips. 20180411_155945.jpg

Preheat oven to 350° F and Bake the mixture in a loaf pan for about 1 hour or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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Cool in pan for 15 minutes.Enjoy it with little butter on top!!

[You can make buttermilk(Available at stores as well) at home by adding 1 tsp lemon juice or vinegar in 1/2 cup of cold milk.Wait for 10 minutes and use it.]

 

 

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Baigan Ka Bhurta

Baigan Ka Bhurta is one of my favorite dish(es) and me love-making it with different versions.Sometimes I  Roast eggplant in the oven and sometimes over the flame or even in the microwave.I don’t boil it but if you like you certainly do it too.

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Let’s make a quick 30 min recipe and I am sure you will love it as much I do!!!!

Ingredients

  • Egg Plant(Baingan):1-2 big round
  • Tomatoes:3-4 chopped
  • Onion: 2  medium sliced
  • Crushed Chilli pepper:1 Tsp
  • Turmeric powder:1 Tsp
  • Zeera (Cumin):1 Tsp (Roasted and Crushed)
  • Whole coriander:1 Tsp(Roasted and Crushed)
  • Salt: to taste
  • Tamarind paste:2 Tbs

Method:

I usually roast eggplant over the flame as I have Gas Stove but if you have electric or glass top stove you can bake foil wrapped Eggplant at 375 F for 15-20 min or microwave it for 3-4 minutes.29595474_10155970091985791_6112200868491305466_n

  • Heat oil and fry onion in a pot.
  • After onion becomes golden put in salt, red chilies, coriander and cumin, fry together.
  • Add chopped Tomatoes, cook until it becomes a paste.
  • Now add Mashed and peeled eggplant and let it cook for 15 minutes.
  • Add tamarind paste and leave for 10 minutes on low flame until oil separates.
  • Garnish with Green chilies and Cilantro, serve hot with Roti or boiled rice.bhurta.jpg

It is so easy and yummy recipe that takes hardly 30 minutes.Do you love eggplants as much I do?

 

 

 

 

 

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Onion Chilies!

Personally, I don’t like meat dishes much, I love eating simple vegetarian food but detailed (with salad/chutni/achar) etc etc. It was a great feedback when I posted  Achari Green chillies recipe a few weeks ago.As I promised, I will share another recipe with you guys, Remember?so here you go!!

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My mom used to make another recipe with these green chillies and I love making it.A very simple recipe literally ready in 10-15 minutes and doubles the taste of your simple food (Daal Chawal).

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Ingredients:

Green Chillies: 8-10

Onion: 1 medium sliced

Zeera(cumin): 1tbsp

Salt: to taste

Tamarind paste: 2-3 tbsp

Oil: 2 tbsp

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Method:

 

  • Cut green chillies.
  • Heat oil and saute onion.
  • Now add zeera and fry it until both onion and zeera change colour.
  • Add green chillies and fry together.Season with salt and tamarind paste.
  • Cover it with lid and cook it on medium low for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve and store in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

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You can serve it with any vegetarian food, daal, or even I love it with plain Paratha. Do let me know what type of food you like and is there any specific detail you are required before you serve?please share!

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Home Made Sugar Free Gummies(Halal)

20180222_124524Who doesn’t like gummies, my mom always sends me halal Chili Mili whenever someone come from Pakistan. It’s hard for us to find halal gummies other than Halal grocery stores and whenever we find they are mostly sugar coated.I tried sugar-free gummies at home with 100% juice and Its super easy and healthy treats for kids.

 

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You will need

Any Juice (I used 100 % orange juice)

Natural Sweetener: Honey or Maple syrup

Any Halal Flavored Jello:100 gm (1/2 pkg)

Unsweetened Gelatin  (Halal):3 Tsp

Lemon Juice:1 Tsp

Mold or an ice cube tray.

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  • Warm 2 cups of juice and before it reaches to a boil add 3 Tsp of gelatin powder.Simmer it until the gelatin dissolves.
  • Add any regular flavored jello, I used strawberry flavor.
  • Mix it well, now add maple syrup or honey according to your taste.I used about 2 Tbs of Honey.
  • Add lemon juice
  • Carefully pour the hot mixture into the mold, refrigerate for an hour.
  • Store in fridge for 1 month.

You can use fresh fruit and vegetable juice like orange, carrots or kiwi fruit.Isn’t so easy to make your very own sugar-free gummies.You can even coat it with sugar if you like.