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…

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…

Thai Beef Salad

Salads make a great light and refreshing meal, especially in the summers. When the temperature starts going up, recipes that are quick to assemble and require little to no cooking are my favourite. We celebrate the limited number of sunny days we get in Germany by firing up the grill and salads make a perfect…

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…

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…

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad is a remarkably simple Italian salad encompassing of fresh Mozzarella, sweet basil, and tomatoes. Like the pizza Margherita it features the colours of the Italian flag; white, green and red. Traditionally this salad is dressed with only a splash of Olive oil, but I prefer the one with added balsamic glaze. Balsamic vinegar…

Bulgur Pilaf

Bulgur is a whole grain made from par boiled cracked wheat. It is high in minerals, vitamins and fibres and makes an excellent addition to salads, breads, or serves as a healthier replacement of rice. It is simple to cook and a staple in Turkish cuisine. Most Turkish restaurants serve Bulgur as a side with…