Food & Recipes

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.

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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

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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!!

 

 

 

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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!

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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!

 

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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 days 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 the local nursery and I always buy some vegetables and some potting plants esp roses, although we don’t have many days to enjoy them 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.

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Everybody including my friends was telling me about the shortage/rise of tomatoes prices in the local market in Pakistan. Even I saw some jokes on social media to get bank loans to buy overpriced 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 a small yard or even in a large plant 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 a small plant (Paniyri) but a few years back I harvested them right from the seed. It takes 4 weeks to get plants from the seeds.

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You 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 indoor at room temperature till you get them out of the seed and see those little leaves.No need to put it outside either in your yard or Balcony where you get maximum sunlight and that it…Don’t forget to tie it or use tomato cages to support it.

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 a couple of months but I love home-grown vegetables.

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