food

Basbousa Recipe I learned via Periscope

Few days back I learned a new recipe for Ramadan via Periscope from Middle East. It’s a traditional Middle Eastern sweet cake and looks quite easy so I give it a try.

Ingredients:

2 cups semolina flour

1/3 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup sugar

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

1/4 cup melted butter

1 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup milk, or as needed

1/4 cup whole almonds

For Syrup:

1 cup water

1 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the semolina flour, baking powder, 1 cup sugar, coconut and butter. Add the yogurt and milk; mix until moistened but not runny or liquid. If you see that it is too dry, add more milk. Spread into a greased 8 inch square baking dish, smoothing the top as much as possible. Decorate the top with whole almonds.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown. While the basbousa is baking, combine the water, 1 cup of sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook for at least 5 minutes.
  • When the basbousa has finished baking, pour the syrup over it as evenly as possible. Place it back in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the syrup has been fully absorbed. Let rest for about 20 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.

 

Egg in a Hole Recipe

Yesterday I made this super easy Egg in a Hole. If you are in a hurry for your office then this is the perfect recipe for you.

Ingredients:

1 Brown Bread Slice

1 tablespoon butter

1 egg

Salt and Pepper freshly grounded

egg toast

Method:

Cut a round hole in the center of a slice of bread with a biscuit or cookie cutter. You can also use the rim of a small glass.

Heat the butter in a nonstick pan over medium heat. Add the bread and cook until it’s toasted. Flip, adding more butter to the pan.

Crack an egg on a flat surface (for a cleaner break). Drop the egg gently in the hole. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until set but still soft. Serve warm.

I made Sindhi Biryani!

Hello Everyone  & Eid  Mubarak. I was waiting for  Eid-ul-Azha just to try some recipes with mutton as I didn’t like beef cos  it took  more time to cook.  It’s been  almost 2 years since  I had  good  Sindhi Biryani. So  I search the recipe on the internet and give it a try.

Let’s start with the ingredients, shall we….

  • 1.5kg mutton
  • 0.5kg potatoes
  • 1.5 cups Oil
  • 3 medium onions (sliced)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 0.5kg chopped tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • 250gm yogurt
  • 4 teaspoons  red chili powder
  • 8 cloves
  • 6 green cardamoms
  • 2  cinnamon sticks
  • 10 pieces black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 4 black cardamom pods
  • 6 green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons coriander leaves
  • 2 pinches orange food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon mint leaf (chopped)

For Rice:

  • 5 cups rice (soaked in water for atleast 1/2 an hour)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 black cardamom pods

Sindhi Biryani

This is how it should look like…but how ? Here is the method.

  1. Slice the onion and fry it in oil until it is light brown. Take out 1/4 of it and keep aside.
  2. Add ginger garlic paste, tomatoes,  salt, red chili powder, cloves, cardamoms, black Pepper, cumin seeds, cinnamon, black cardamom pods and bay leaves to the remaining fried onions.
  3. Fry this until the tomatoes are tender and the water is dry.
  4. Then add meat, yogurt and water (if desired) and cook on medium heat until the meat is tender and the water has evaporated.
  5. On other side boil the potatoes until they’re half cooked.
  6. Add green chilies, mint, coriander leaves, and the half boiled potatoes to the meat. Simmer for 3 minutes. Your meat korma is done.
  7. Boil the rice with salt, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and black cardamom and drain the water off when the rice is half done.
  8. Layer the curry with the rice in a pot in one on one layers. Sprinkle the food color, fried onions, and chopped mint leaves on top of the last layer.
  9. Close the lid tightly making sure no steam passes out of the pot and cook on low heat until the rice is done.
  10. Gently mix it before serving.

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza Hut Launches the New Big Dipper in Pakistan

Pizza Hut, one of the largest international food chains in the country and a pioneer within the pizza industry, recently launched the new Big Dipper Pizza in Pakistan.

Pizza Hut Launches the Big Dipper in Pakistan

Pizza Hut Launches the Big Dipper in Pakistan

Big Dipper Pizza includes twenty four delicious slices with four dips that will make the pizza even more delicious and scrumptious. One can have all four dips in one pizza which are Fiery Peri, Garlic and Mint, Creamy Ranch and Chipotle BBQ.

BIG DIPPER

“We aim at making Pizza Hut the fastest growing and most loved food chain in Pakistan. The brand is known for leading the market in food innovation, using the finest quality of ingredients. The launch of the new Big Dipper is one such initiative that the consumers will surely love.” said Marya Khan Chief Marketing and Innovator Officer (CMIO) MCR PVT LTD.

The newly launched Big Dipper is available at all Pizza Hut outlets across Pakistan for dine in, take away and home delivery.

4 mouth-watering dips

4 mouth-watering dips

The all New BIG DIPPER is now in Pakistan with 24 scrumptious slices & 4 mouth-watering dips! So gather up, come over or order from home, this heavenly pizza experience is a #‎CALLforALL.

For more information visit:

Website: www.pizzahut.com.pk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PizzaHutPak

Twitter: www.twitter.com/PizzaHutPak

Instagram: www.instagram.com/pizzahutpak

Sambusa Recipe

This Ramadan I am trying lots of different recipes. Yesterday I made Sambusa/Sambusak which is a special food served all over the Middle East, Central and South Asia, and East/North Africa. They go by different names and have different ingredients and this is just one way you can prepare them. Here I am following a Saudi Arabian Recipe which is quite similar to qeema samosa recipe.

 

Ingredients

2 dozen samosa wrappers

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 kg ground beef

1 green onion, chopped

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons ground cardamom

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

500ml oil for frying

To stick samosa wrappers

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon water, or as needed

 

Sambusa Recipe

Sambusa

Method:

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, leek and garlic, and cook, stirring until the onions are transparent. Add ground beef, and cook until about halfway done. Season with cumin, cardamom, salt and pepper. Mix well, and continue cooking until beef has browned.

In a small dish or cup, mix together the flour and water to make a thin paste. Using one wrapper at a time, fold into the shape of a cone. Fill the cone with the meat mixture, close the top, and seal with the paste. Repeat until wraps or filling are used up.

Heat the oil in a deep-fryer or deep heavy pot. There should be enough oil to submerge the wraps. Fry the Sambusa a few at a time until golden brown. Remove carefully to drain on paper towels. Best served when hot with green chutney or ketchup.

 

Chicken Chilli Pakoras for Iftar

This Ramadan I am trying all the quick and easy recipes I’ve found on internet. Recently found the recipe of Chicken Chilli Pakoras which is perfect for Iftar.

Ingredients:

  • 12 Big Green Chilies ( they are not the hot ones. The taste is similar to capsicum)
  • 1 cup Oil for deep frying the chilies

For the Filling

  • 1/2 kg of Chicken breast
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Tumeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • Salt to taste
For the batter
  • 1 and 1/2 cup Chickpea powder / Besan
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ajwain /Carom seeds (Optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder ( Optional – it helps to make the batter cover crisp)
  • Salt to taste

chicken chili pakoras

Method:

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in pan, cut the chicken breast in strips and put it in a frying pan with red chili powder and salt. Add the turmeric and mix well. Now add garam masala and the lemon juice and mix well. Adjust the seasonings as per your taste.
  • Wash and clean the chilies. Slit them in the center and remove all the seeds. Keep the stalks intact. Stuff the chilies with the chicken strips mix and set aside.
  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the batter and gradually add water till you get a thick batter.
  • Heat oil in a deep frying pan. To test if the oil is ready, drop a little batter if it rises immediately to the surface and sizzles, the temperature is correct. If it browns quickly it means it is too hot, in such a case, turn the heat down. If it sinks to the bottom and does not simmer it means it is not hot enough. The pakoras will absorb too much oil and remain greasy, adjust the heat accordingly.
  • Dip the stuffed chilies in the batter and deep fry in the  oil till they are golden brown. Fry over medium heat and strain on paper towels to drain the excess oil.
  • Serve hot with ketchup or green chutney.

Achar Gosht with Naan for Sehri

Sehri can be very boring. Lots of people ate sehri half asleep. To make it interesting I made Achar Gosht with Naan using NationalFoods MadeEasy recipe. National Foods made it quite easy for a people like me who cooked occasionally. I shared the whole story on my snapchat. Here are some the highlights.

Achar gosht

Achar gosht

naan

 

And that was the final look . . .

achar gosht

Achar Gosht Recipe can found here.

Naan Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (plain flour, Maida)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup yogurt at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons oil
  • About 1/4 cup look warm water
  • Also need 1/4 cup all-purpose for rolling
  • Some black cumin and sesame seeds for topping

Method

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together, add 1 tablespoon of oil and yogurt mix it well. Then add the water gradually to make very soft dough but not sticky. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough well. Apply light oil to the dough and cover. Let the dough sit for about 3 hours in warm place.
  2. Dough should be about 1-1/2 time, knead the dough again on floured surface. Divide the dough in four parts, lightly roll into the flour, cover the balls and let it sit for about five minutes before rolling.
  3. Roll the naan one at a time on a lightly floured surface little less than 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle some black cumin or sesame seeds on the top of the naan.
  4. Heat the tawa on medium heat, to check if tawa is ready sprinkle the few drops of water on tawa, water should sizzle.
  5. Put water side naan over tawa, once the naan start bubbling and dough start drying, turn the tawa over flames keeping about 2 inch away from the flames to cook the naan from top. Note: yes naan will stick to tawa and will not fall of, this the reason you cannot use the nonstick skillet.
  6. Once naan browned to your satisfaction, remove, and spread the butter mix over. Place in a on a plate and cover with a cloth to keep warm until serving. Naan is ready!