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…

Potato Filled Mini Samosas

First of all wishing all my Pakistani followers a very happy Independence Day. Today we cherish the ones who made our independence possible. Freedom is hard to get, but we are blessed to have it. This Independence Day I was asked to share a recipe that defined the flavors of Pakistan for me. When I…

Beef Gyoza

I do not have a sweet tooth but I can say without a doubt ‘Umami’ is the flavour I live for. I know I have a hit dish in hand, when I am successful in extracting a pleasant savoury taste, from a set of given ingredients. Goes without saying ingredients with a high umami profile…

Prawn Tempura

Prawns are my favourite protein to work with, not only because they are easy to store, defrost and cook but also because they are so versatile. You can BBQ them, add them to soups, serve them as appetizers or feature them in your mains. They taste delicious in wraps, on pizza, in salads, you can…

Paneer Tikka

Paneer or Indian Cottage Cheese is a spongy, unsalted and non-melting fresh cheese made by curdling milk. Paneer is a rich source of milk protein and is often substituted for meat in Indian vegetarian recipes. Paneer Tikka is a vegetarian version of the delicious and well known Chicken Tikka, chunks of marinated chicken grilled over…

Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a Levantine herb salad mainly consisting of chopped fresh parsley, tomatoes, mint, onions, and soaked bulgur. The dressing used in a Tabbouleh salad is a simple mixture of Olive oil and lemon juice seasoned with salt. In many Arab cultures Tabbouleh is usually served as part of a Mezze. The ratio of parsley…

Cheesy Baked Asparagus

The first time I had Asparagus was at a restaurant, served as a side to an overcooked steak, its bland taste and squishy texture did not appeal to me. Since asparagus is not readily available in Pakistan, I never bothered experimenting with it. Germans on the other hand take their asparagus very seriously. Supermarkets, farmers…

Turkish Lentil Soup

Silky, flavourful and wholesome, Turkish lentil soup is easy to make. Drizzled with some paprika-infused oil and lemon juice, this red lentil soup is perfect for every season. A classic Turkish lentil soup has an onion base and is flavoured with cumin, mint and pepper. The presence of red lentils makes this meal so much…

Philly Cheesesteak Hand Pies

The mention of hand pies jolts me into a happy trip down memory lane. Watching the ticking hands of the classroom wall clock, painstakingly making their way towards the 10:00 clock mark, a shrill sounding bell indicating break-time, a stampede of hungry kids running towards the little window of the tuck shop, all in pursuit…

Hummus with Spiced Beef

Ramadan has always been a special time for my family. Waking up before the break of dawn to have suhoor, my dad leading the prayers at home as me, my brother and mom stand behind him, helping Ammi in the kitchen prepare snacks for iftar and finally as sunset approaches the whole family sitting together…