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…

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…

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…

Tarka Mash Daal

Mash Daal or Urad dal are split dehusked black lentils. They are rich in protein and full of health benefits. Mash Daal is cooked and utilized in many ways. My favorite is Mash Dahi Baray. My parents and husband like Dhaba Style Mash Daal. Whenever I make Mash Daal I am torn between two methods….

Beef Tawa Boti

August is my birthday month, so I have decided to dedicate it to cooking and sharing recipes I love. Let us start with my mother in law’s Beef Tawa Boti, a perfect recipe to utilize all that Eid-ul-Adha meat. My MIL is a great cook and has a no fuss cooking style. She manages to…

Kunna Gosht

Kunna Gosht is a flavourful mutton curry, a speciality of Chiniot, a city in Punjab Pakistan. In Punjabi, a round clay pot is called a Kunna, hence the name Kunna Gosht. Traditionally this recipe is cooked by combining mutton trotters and shanks with a few basic spices in a sealed clay pot, which is then…

Anda Ghotala

Anda Ghotala is a spicy tomatoey scrambled egg dish served at most Pakistani Dhabas. Dhabas are roadside restaurants located on Pakistani and Indian highways that serve mouth-watering local cuisines and double as truck stops. When I worked in Karachi, we ordered lunch from a nearby Dhaba, and I ordered Anda Ghotala almost every other day….

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…

Saffron Rice

We are a family of rice lovers. Dinners on most nights is either a curry with plain boiled rice or the more elaborate Biryani or Pulao (Pilaf). Since we eat rice so often, I am always on the search for new and delicious rice recipes. This Saffron rice recipe easy to make and extremely flavorful…

Sabut Masoor Dal (Brown Lentils)

Masoor dal is a delicious Pakistani lentil curry made using brown lentils (red lentils with their skin on). The nutritional profile of these lentils is similar to that of meat, making it a popular substitute in most vegetarian/vegan diets. Brown lentils are easy to cook, cheap and readily available at most stores, making them the…