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Banana Berry Berry Smoothie

Summertime is the best time of the year, for me yes it is!!.. Ice creams, shakes and slushies are family favourites but I preferred 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.


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 )


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

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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


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.


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)


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.


How To  Serve : 

Onion : 1  omelet cut off

Green  chillies : 4-5

Green corriander : 1  bunch


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 .


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!!


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Honey Chicken (Hakka Chinese)

Hi Everyone,

I love cooking and I do enjoy it(..everyday.???..yes I cook every day..).but cooking for picky eater is a challenging  task.Deciding what to cook harder than cooking itself…most of mom agree with me right?

Chinese food  is my family favorite..I am so sorry ,I don’t have any before / during pic.I was experimenting / creating it for very first time and I had absolutely no idea how it will turn out…If you have tasted recipes in hakka chinese restaurant  than you might know, how they used to make different taste/recipes by alternating same ingredients. You just need to have those taste buds. ..I am sharing a very easy restaurant style honey chicken you will love it I  am sure.I was really unsure but my food/taste inspector aka my husband  passed it so I thought , better write it down here before I too forget what Ingridents I used( it’s a fact) ,Normally I don’t use any measurements but I tried my best to approximate  it for you…I am a very casual cook, please dont take me seriously. …(forget lots of hashes and brackets)…..its funny ,lets start and enjoy it


Chicken  boneless: 500 gms (cut in Julienne/strips)

For Marination:

Corn Flour :2 tbsp

All Purpose Flour :2 tbsp

Black Pepper:1/2 tsp

Egg : 1-2

Soya Sauce: 1 tsp

Salt: To  Taste

Combine above ingredients and marinate boneless chicken for 40 mins

For sauce:

Ketchup:1/2 cup

Soya Sauce:2 tsp

Worceshtershire Sauce :1 Tbs

Tomato Paste :2-3 tbsp

Chili / Hot Sauce:1 tsp

Honey: 3 tsp

Red Chilli Flakes 1-2 tsp

Garlic Chopped:2 tsp

Ginger Chopped:1 tsp

Chinese Salt:1 tsp

Black Pepper  :1 tsp

Vinegar :1 tsp

Chicken Broth  (optional but enhances the taste):1 cup

Sesame Seeds  : 1tsp ( optional )

Sesame  Oil: 1 tsp

Oil: As Required


Heat oil in a large wok , fry the marinated  chicken to golden brown and set a side the whole batch.In same oil,fry garlic first,saute it add Worcestershire sauce, ketch up and tomato sauce mixed it well.Add soya sauce and hot sauce.

Add spices now, chilli flakes, black pepper, chinese salt and salt, mixed well add chicken broth/water .cook it for 5 mins when sauce is ready add honey and vinegar. Now its time to add fried chicken stripes ,mixed well and coat it with sauce.Dry or gravy its up to you.We love saucy so I add more broth (and add 1 tsp corn flour mixed with water to thicken  sauce.)

Cook chicken with sauce on medium heat for 10 min , add sesame seed and sesame oil and leave it on very low heat for another 10 mins.Dish out and enjoy with boiled/fried rice.I know someone personally  who  has sesame seed / oil allergy so please make sure before you use it ,it’s an optional ingredient.


Do try it ,you will love it I am sure!!

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Karelye Qeema

Qeema kareyle is one of the famous Pakistani recipe made with beef mince and bitter melon . It’s quite time taking recipe  but I tried to make it simple.Lets start step by step.

Ingredients :

Qeema :1/2 kg hand chopped

Bitter Melon (Karele): 300 gm

Onion: 2 medium  (sliced)

Tomatoes:2 medium (chopped)

Ginger and garlic  paste :1 tbs

Chili powder:according to taste

Turmeric powder (Haldi):1 tsp

Coriander powder (Dhania Powder):2 tsp

Paprika powder: 1.5 tsp

Salt :to taste

Tamarind paste:1 tsp

Achar masala: 1tbs (prepared)

Ingridents  for Achar masala :

Fennel seed (Saunf):2 tsp

Mustard seed (Rayee Dana):2 tsp

Fenugreek seed (Methi Dana):1/2 tsp

Coriander  seed (Sabut Zeera ):2 tsp

Nigella seed (Kalonji):1 tsp

Grind all ingredients in a coffee grinder, stored  in dry glass jar.can be used up to 6 months.


First you need to peel and cut the bitter melon aka karela,soak in salted water and leave it for 1 hour.wash it with tap water ,drain the water and Dry karelye slices on paper towel.20161227_133101

Heat oil in cooking pan/pot,shallow fry karalye slices to golden brown,remove from oil and set aside.20161227_133558

In same oil fry onion to light golden brown,add ginger garlic paste sauté  it now add red chilli powder,turmeric powder, dhania powder,paprika powder,salt and achari masala (recipe given above). Cook  onion and dry ingredients  , mixed well ,add water and make masala.Cook it for 5-10 mins.20161227_140100.jpg

Now add Qeema , mixed well with masala,cook it Medium /low heat . Add water if required it should be near to cook when you add tomatoes .Add tomatoes  cook it 15 mins.When oil separates from the edges, add fried karyele slices and put on  low flame for another  15 mins.Add tamarind  paste and mixed it well and leave on low flame for 5 mins.Qeema karalye is ready to served.Garnish with chopped green chilies and hara dhania,serve with rôti or naan ..enjoy!!


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Cheesy Pasta


Hi there,

I was requested  to make some quick and tasty recipes especially  for kids.Pasta is not only kids favorite  but  healthy too.This pasta recipe is easy to make and hard to resist, must try!


Beef/Chicken lean mince:1/2 kg

Tomato paste:2 tbs

Pasta sauce:4 tbs

Onion:1 small(omelet cut)

Garlic chopped: 1 tsp

Black pepper: 1 tsp

Salt:as required.

Mozzarella Cheese:250 gm

Pasta :as required

Oil: 2 tbs

For White Sauce:

Butter: 1 tbs

All Purpose Flour (maida):2 tbs

Milk:1/2-1  cup

Salt & Pepper  :As required (pinch each)


Heat oil in a large cooking pan,saute onion and garlic to light golden brown.Add beef mince and cook it on medium flame until meat changes color .Add salt , pepper ,pasta sauce and tomato paste mix well and cook  on medium to low flame about 1/2 hr or until meat cook completely.

Now make white sauce,In a separate pan,over a medium heat,melt butter.Add flour and stir it until both combined.Now gradually add milk,stirring constantly so mixture becomes smooth.Add more milk if required .add salt and pepper.set aside.

Cook  pasta (any type i used macaroni ) as  directed.In a large baking dish layer cooked mince sauce ,white sauce, pasta and cheese (you may multiple layers), bake at 350° F for about 15 -20 mins . Cheese  pasta is ready to serve.

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Shami Kabab



Hi there,

I have seen many young and newly married( esp who got married abroad )find shami kabab is the hardest recipe.I am sharing my mom’s  recipe( she is an expert) that has been modified by me just because of lack of typical desi utensils like sil-batta…lets begin!

Ingredients :

Boneless meat: 2 lbs

Split chickpea ( channa dal): 1 cup

Onion:1 medium (cut in 4/6 pieces )

Garlic cloves: 5/6

Whole red chilies: 7/8

Whole spice powder: 1 Tsp

Salt (acc to taste)

Green masala (for stuffing)

Onion: 1 medium (omelet cut)

Cilantro (Hara dhania ): 1/2 bunch

Mint leaves (podina): 1 bunch

Ginger: 1/2″ piece

Green chilies ( 6 / 8 )

Egg: 1-2


In a large cooking pot, add meat, chana daal, onion, garlic, whole red pepper, salt and whole spice powder…add water 2-4 cups…I added 2.5 cups because cooking time is less here.(of course here means in Canada, don’t know the reason but I will share my story about  it someday)


cook on low flame until meat and lentil become tender…dry the remaining water on high flame, the mixture should be dry, set aside and let it cool completely.

In a meat processor, grind the cooked meat and lentils mixture to a smooth consistency. Chop onion(omelet cut), mint leaves, coriander, green chilies and ginger, and mix well with the kabab mixture. add egg ( the binding agent).it makes kabab crispy and helps not breaking the shape during frying.

Make a round ball and press it in your palm and make a shape of flat round shami. Now heat oil in a frying pan for shallow frying on medium flame, place your kabab n fry it till its golden brown, turn it carefully with a spatula and fry the other side.


Shami is ready to serve hot with salad,chatni, and chapatti, enjoy!!