Pakistani Mint Cumin Raita

  Each time you go to a Pakistani eatery here, there is something standard that will come with everything that you order. The best part about it is that you can dip all your food in it, pour it over your curry to mellow down the heat, or have it just like that. It is my favorite thing to have whenever I go to any eatery. Just try dunking your kebabs in them – they taste amazing.   During my initial days of blogging, I had received a request from a fellow blogger asking if I knew how to make the raita we get from Karachi Darbar. This chain of restaurants is one of the most well known Pakistani food chains here. We used to absolutely enjoy the food, but off late,  I have not been liking their food, so it’s been a long time since we hopped in. 🙁… 

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Lahori Chargha ~ Lahori Style Chicken Roast

  I never hinted on the blog that HD has a small restaurant that serves Pakistani food. It is close to our house. But no, I don’t get food from there all the time. He does tell me to order if I feel lazy but I try my maximum to keep it to bare minimum as possible. Also, I am not really keen in being known to his staff. Also clarifying, I have absolutely no involvement whatsoever in that business of his. 😀 The first time I had Lahori Chargha was when he bought a whole fried chicken as a tester when he hired a new cook. The man was quite old but he was really impressed with his cooking. The chicken he bought was amazing. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with generous sprinkle of chaat masala over it, it was amazing to dip it into the… 

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Chukandar Ghosht ~ Beetroot Mutton Curry

  Something I like about our neighboring country’s cuisine is that they include vegetables in their meat curries. You will find spinach in their mutton curry, methi in their chicken curry, etc. I guess some of the influences are found in some of our North side states as well, though I am not very well aware of the same.   I found “Chukandar Ghosht” in a group mainly of Pakistani members. The color and the recipe allured me. I am sure all of you agree how beautiful the color of beetroot makes any dish look. Just giving you some examples, like the Beetroot Raita and the Eggless Red Velvet Muffins. I had to make it somehow, since my kids are very fond of beetroot. This is such an easy-to-put-together curry, with no tough ingredients and tastes amazing with some hot naans or simple steamed rice. Try to use tender mutton… 

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Fruit Chaat

  “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may ward off (evil);” (Surah Al-Baqarah:183) This happens to be my fourth Ramadan blogging, Alhamdulillah. Each time the month comes, it gives me an opportunity to let my readers know about the importance of the month. We as Muslims, celebrate this month as a gift from the Almighty, however difficult it may be taking into account the climatic conditions. But it is His Mercy that this month comes across all seasons as years pass by. So during a lifetime of a person, he fasts easily during winters and with a little bit of difficulty during the summers, however with all the benefits of the month. I have already touched upon the month’s benefits in my posts from the previous years, which you can refer to the archives, if you… 

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Tarka Gajar Ka Halwa – Tempered Carrot Sweet

  I was just having a run-down on my recent posts and I was surprised to see that a lot of sweet posts that I have done recently had a lot of fruits and sometime vegetable in it! Hehe… I somehow seem to have discovered a liking towards including each and every fruits and vegetables into sweet stuff, since I have a sweet tooth just like my blog name is… (Duh!) So I am just adding one more to the list and InShaAllah, many of fruity and “vegetably” (if there is a word like that! 😀 ) sweet dishes will come your way as time passes… 🙂   As I scroll my eyes towards the numbers, this happens to be post #800 on the blog. Sometimes, I still can’t believe that I am the one who has done all these posts on the blog. I consider myself as lazy –… 

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Pakistani Chicken Pulao

    Remember about a rice that I had mentioned in the Sambaar Saadam recipe? It was this one! I hated the initial picture I had taken for this delicious dish. After contemplating for quite long, I decided to put this recipe on hold till I cook it again and take decent enough pictures to accompany the post. So here I am with better enough pictures – this is only my opinion, I hope you share the same too! 🙂   As soon as I saw this recipe here, I had to make it. It was the first time I was cooking with black cardamoms so I was pretty much excited about it. It looks and smells different from the normal green cardamom that I so extensively use in my cooking. I then came to learn that this spice is extensively used in Pakistani and North Indian cooking. Hoping to use… 

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Sheer Khurma – My 18th guest post for Pepperbowl

When Suja published her desire to feature guest posts, I was the first one to pounce on it with a comment. I love her blog, Pepperbowl, for various reasons. She does full justice to her tagline – A cookbook with tingling recipes. And it does not fail to tingle anywhere! Each recipe of hers is a treat to the eyes. I love her photographs and the simple way that she goes through each and every recipe. It is a pleasure to be writing this guest post for her… After a lot of thinking, I decided to give her a kheer which is normally served during special occasions such as Eid and marriages in the Muslim community in parts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. “Sheer Khurma”, which basically means “milk in dates”, is a type of thick vermicelli pudding with lots of nuts and dried dates. Though not very popular in Kerala –… 

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Zafrani Chicken Masala

I feel so refreshed today, thanks to the long hours of sleep I got last night. My kids are very fidgety as far as sleeping is concerned. They hate to sleep! Seriously, what’s wrong with today’s kids? My umma keeps telling how much we used to sleep as kids and lamenting about the lack of sleep of my kids. I keep telling them, my darlings, you should understand that when the time comes when you really want to sleep, you will not be able to sleep, just like your ummi is!!! Hehe… I really miss my sleep… Those long hours of undisturbed sleep, waking up to the slight sun rays peeping through the curtains… Now life is so mechanical that you have to wake up when the alarm rings or else your whole schedule goes for a toss! Life is never the same always, right… hehe… Yesterday, a change in… 

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Chicken Pulao Biriyani

Days seem to be flying like mad. The first quarter of the year is finished and the first week of the second quarter is also completed. Isn’t that scary? Sometimes, I go home planning to do a lot of things, but then a meal, a laundry and a couple of blinks later, I realize that it is already time to put the kids off to sleep. So bye bye, goes the plans… Is it just me, or do you guys feel like that now?   Now again for a biriyani recipe today. I just love biriyani, in fact our whole family does. Every Friday, we have to make biriyani or something like pulao and chicken/ beef/ mutton, complete with a pudding or kheer/ payasam. Nothing less will suffice. Sometimes, it feels like a chore. If it does, then I just go ahead and make biriyani the pressure cooker way, which is easy… 

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Be My Guest – Punjabi Shahi Colored Zarda

It’s a Saturday and time for the next guest post… Seriously, I am so happy that whoever I have written to have always come back with a positive response, be it Meena, Hasna and now it’s Noor. I am not sure if you are familiar with her – but her facebook page has over 1000 likes, which is not bad at all!!! I came across Noor through FB and was instantly attracted to her page. I am big fan of Pakistani cuisine and she had a lot of traditional recipes with some really nice pictures, and not only that, her blog is beautifully and very professionally done. I was not sure how she would take my request for a guest post, so I contacted her through FB message and was surprised to find a nice homely lady, ready to give in. This is the first time somebody has asked her… 

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Malai Chicken Biriyani

This week has been an absolutely happening week – on my blog front, two back to back guest posts have really boosted my blog as well as my confidence, due the increasing number of positive comments coming by in the form of suggestions and encouragement. It is a very heartwarming thing for me, who was not expecting to be welcomed with such wide arms into this big food blogosphere. On top of that, Sajina of Saju’s Taste has given me the Leibster award!!! What more do I need? 🙂 That will be the feature for my next post… By the way, do hop onto her blog for some lipsmacking yet simple recipe ideas!   Talking otherwise, it has been a normal, or rather a stressed week. However, the excitement on my blog has covered up for everything, so now the feeling is kind of neutral, which is good!!! 🙂 The… 

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Simple Chicken Shorba

I’m seriously excited about so many things happening on blogosphere. I got in with some skepticism but then I am so happy to get a lot of positive feedback and warm welcome from many of them. I really do not know how to jot down my happiness. 🙂 There’s so many events also that are happening, but I feel sad that I am not able to participate. I know that it is through participation that you get your blog to far more people, but then due to my current situation of not getting much time to tinker around the kitchen, I am forced to limit myself to whatever recipes I already have in store with me. But once things will get sorted out (I am sincerely hoping by April!), I should be able to participate in events. Today’s recipe is an easy yet flavor packed curry. I guess shorba is a… 

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