Ramadan

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.

 

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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!

 

Healthy Date Balls Recipe

As the holy month of Ramadan is round the corner, I want to share very easy no bake healthy date balls recipe.

Ingredients: 

Dates 250 gm

Butter 50 gm

Almonds 5-6

Cardamom 1 tsp

Grated Coconut 1 cup

date balls recipe

Method:

Heat 50 gm butter in the pan then add in 250 gm dates, 5-6 chopped almonds and 1 tsp cardamom in it. Cook it till all the ingredients are well combined. Make small balls out of the mixture. Roll the date balls in the grated coconut and serve.

Quick and Easy Sweet Samosa Recipe

Desi Food Diaries

I occasionally cook on weekends. So recently I’ve found this very sweet and super easy sweet samosa recipe and it turn out to be super delicious.

Ingredients:

3 dozen Samosa patti or samosa wraps – easily available at any Sweet Shop

Wheat flour – 2 tablespoon

Water – as required

Oil for frying

For filling:

Dates seeded 500gm

Almonds finely chopped 1/4 cup

2 cups freshly grated coconut

For Syrup:

1 1/2 cups water

2 cups sugar

Cardamom powder – a tiny pinch

Method:

Put all ingredients of filling in a bowl and mix it well with spoon. Make flour paste by adding wheat flour and water, consistency should be thin, keep aside. Take one samosa wrap and make a pocket at one end. Fill it with this mixture and seal the third (top) edge by applying a flour paste in it. Fill the rest of the samosas by same…

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The unforgettable Ramadan of 2015

I am born and raised in Karachi but I haven’t seen anything like this before in my city. Before Ramadan there was a massive shortage of water supply in different parts of Karachi followed by massive power failures by KElectric. KE blamed the Sui Southern Gas Company for the problem saying that the latter was not supplying gas to its units with the pressure required and also had not paid its arrears. The power utility also said the unusual hot weather in the city had significantly increased the power demand, causing its feeders to trip.

Ramadan started on 19th June and still people of Karachi are suffering from shortage of water supply and unscheduled load shedding by KElectric. On 21st June (Saturday) temperature hits a high of a scorching 44.8 degrees Celsius, just short of an all-time high in the city of 47 degrees Celsius in June 1979. Many people died due to Heat Strokes. Provincial government had imposed a state of emergency at all hospitals, cancelled leave for doctors and other medical staff, and increased stocks of medical supplies.

Till now more than 700 people have died due to heat strokes. Edhi Morgue had been packed to capacity with heatwave deaths and other casualties. Rest of them had been buried in the cemetery cos of shortage of space.

Here are some tips to prevent heat stroke:

How to prevent heat stroke

How to prevent heat stroke

All govt. hospitals are filled with heat stroke patients. Few days ago I’ve visited Jinnah Hospital and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. At JPMC they were treating patients in the waiting area, on the floor and beds stretchers. Both hospitals had shortage of staff. Recently Army has taken over JPMC and Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and lots of Medical students are volunteering at these hospitals too. As there isn’t much space left in govt. hospitals for patients, Army and Rangers has setup medical camp in the city to facilitate them.

Alhamdulillah! Now situation is under control at JPMC, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Civil Hospital. Lots of people have donated different medical supplies to these hospitals. And still lots of NGOs and people are donating with the coordination of the medical staff at these hospitals. Its really good to see people came together and donate generously.

If you want to donate anything, you can contact here:

 

May Allah ease rest of the Ramadan for all of us, Ameen!