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…

Shakar Paray

Shaker Paray also known as Khurma, are little pieces of rolled dough fried in oil till golden and glazed in a sugar syrup. If you love Balushahi (Pakistani Sweet), you will also love these buttery, flaky, golden fried biscuits as the ingredients and method for both Balushahi and Shakar Paray are almost identical. This Shakar…

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…

Stuffed Eggplant (Karniyarik)

Karniyarik is a Turkish dish consisting of eggplants stuffed with sautéed onions, tomatoes, peppers, parsley, and minced meat. I know food served on a flight is no standard to measure the deliciousness of a dish, but whenever I am served with a hearty Karniyarik on any of my Turkish Airlines flights, I am a happy…

Menemen with Sujuk

A Turkish breakfast or ‘kahvaltı’ is the most important meal of the day. People throughout the country prefer a lavish breakfast. A quintessential Turkish breakfast comprises of a tomato-cucumber Salad, a variety of cheese, green and black olives, eggs cooked in different ways, a selection of breads, Bal Kaymak (honey and clotted cream), jams, marmalade…

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…

Chicken Dam Biryani

Biryani is primarily a rice dish layered with meat originating from the Mughals of the Indian Subcontinent. Marinated or cooked meat is layered with par-boiled rice and left on ‘Dam’, a method of cooking in which food is cooked on a very low flame in a sealed pot. Like every dish, Biryani also has several…

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…

Chicken Asparagus Roll Ups

Do you also get bored of repeating the same routine recipes for dinner? These Chicken Asparagus roll ups are easy to prepare, taste great and look amazing. If you’re not a fan of asparagus (Why though?), you can roll marinated tender chicken breasts around any vegetables of your choice. Some of my favourites are peppers,…

Chicken Karahi

Karahi – one of the hallmarks of Pakistani cuisine is a traditional spicy curry comprising of meat stewed in a tomato yogurt base. The dish is named after the steep sided, wok-shaped pot it is usually cooked in. Karhai recipes vary from one region to another. Peshawari Karhai, Lahori Karhai, White Karhai, Koila Karhai, Balochi…