Samosa Chaat

Samosa Chaat is a popular Pakistani savoury snack in which flaky Punjabi Aloo Samosas are topped with ragda (a gravy made with chickpeas), yogurt sauce, and tangy spicy chutney. I never imagined aloo samosas could get any better until I had samosa chaat or what I like to call aloo samosa 2.0. Every spoonful of…

Punjabi Aloo Samosa

Punjabi style aloo samosas are a much-loved snack in the Indian Subcontinent. For these samosas flaky pastry is filled with a spiced potato mixture and deep fried or baked till golden and crispy. Although potatoes are the most popular choice, peas, onions, paneer, and meat are also used as a filling. What distinguishes Punjabi samosas…

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu is a delightful entrée in which flattened or butterflied chicken breasts are filled with ham and swiss cheese, encrusted in breadcrumbs and shallow fried in butter till the chicken is beautifully golden. The fried bits left in the pan are then used to make a simple flavor packed cream sauce. The crispy…

Classic French Éclairs

If I ever make a list of desserts I find irresistible it will be noticeably short, but a classic French Éclair will undeniably be high on the scoreboard. An éclair is an oblong choux pastry traditionally filled with vanilla flavoured pastry cream and topped with a chocolate ganache. Like every other dessert éclair also have…

Savoury Mushroom Crepes

Crepes are a very thin type of soft buttery pancake that can be both sweet or savoury. Savoury pancakes are a great option for breakfast, brunch and even dinner. The French love Crepes so much that they celeberate ‘Crepe Day’ or La Chandeleur a national holiday by eating Crepes. I was never a person who…

Kanafeh French Toast

We went out for some after dinner Kanafeh a few weeks ago. There are a limited number of places serving Kanafeh here in Dusseldorf, so we must make do with whatever is available. However, our last Kanafeh experience was not pleasant to say the least. Disappointed by the whole ordeal, coupled by an unsatiated Kanafeh…

Zeera Biscuits

It is exceedingly rare that one visits a house in Pakistan and leaves without a cup of the nations’ obsession, a cup of steaming hot black tea with a dash of milk. I do not want to sound unpatriotic, but I am not a tea person at all. My relationship with tea is limited to…

Kafta Kebab

Lebanese Kafta Kebab are made with minced beef and lamb with parsley, onions, and a staple Lebanese spice blend ‘7 Spice Mix’. You can easily find 7 Spice Mix at your local Middle Eastern store or Super Market. Even if you do not scroll down to my Hummus with Spiced Beef recipe for a homemade…

Baba Ganoush

Not that it needs an introduction, but Baba Ganoush (also spelt as Baba Ganouj) is a Middle Eastern smokey, creamy dip made from eggplants. Traditionally, eggplants are roasted over an open flame or wood fire, giving them a smoky taste with a hint of sweetness. It is not practical to roast eggplants over an open…

Hariyali Biryani

Hariyali Biryani is a flavourful and aromatic Biryani made using coriander, mint and green chillies. These herbs lend an exotic fragrance to the rice. Most of you know by now I love cooking and eating Biryani. If you’re looking for a more traditional Biryani check out my Chicken Dam Biryani. I had a Sindhi neighbour…