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Make menu planning for a Desi dawat oh so simple with factors to consider when planning a menu, a menu guideline and a sample menu.
Cooking Tips/ Party Planning

Menu Planning for a Desi Dawat and Sample Party Menu

Menu Planning for a Desi dawat or party can be SO tough! Not to worry. This blog post addresses factors to consider when deciding what recipes to make, a menu guideline and a sample menu. We Pakistani’s love to eat, and hosting a dawat or party for friends and family is one of the things that we love to do! But with so many factors to consider, deciding on what to include in the dawat menu can be tough. I…

Monthly Favorites January 2018. A quick recap of my favorite recipes, travel stories, food reviews, books to read and purchases for this month.
Monthly Favorites

Monthly Favorites – January 2018

A quick recap of my favorite things for the month of January 2018. My favorite recipes, travel stories, food reviews, books to read and purchases. Just 30 days before, the new year had started and in no time at all, the first month of the new year has ended. Time just flew by. But let’s do a quick recap and share some things that I really enjoyed in the month of January. Recipe – Butter Chicken I have made this…

Deciding what to make for dinner can be exhausting. Here's a Pakistani weekly menu plan that will help you decide 'what's for dinner' or as we say locally 'aaj kia pakayein'
Weekly Dinner Menu

Pakistani Weekly Dinner Menu

Deciding what to make for dinner can be exhausting. Here’s a Pakistani weekly dinner menu plan that will help you decide ‘what’s for dinner’ or as we say locally ‘aaj kia pakayein’ One of the most difficult tasks of the day is to decide what to cook for dinner. It’s not as simple as what the family loves to eat, but also needs to take into consideration the grocery budget plus what is good for the house in the long-run.…

Aloo Kabab or Potato Cutlets is a versatile Pakistani vegetarian recipe made by frying a crispy patty of mashed potatoes and peas flavored with local herbs and spices.
Pakistani Recipes/ Potatoes/ Recipes/ Snacks/ Vegetarian

Aloo Kabab or Potato Cutlets

Aloo Kabab or Potato Cutlets is a versatile Pakistani vegetarian recipe made by frying a crispy patty of mashed potatoes and peas flavored with local herbs and spices. Aloo kababs or potato cutlets are a multi-purpose dish that should be part of every home cook’s repertoire of recipes. They can be served as is to guests or family members at tea-time, and eaten with ketchup, chili garlic sauce or sriracha. They can be served with roti and chutney. They are…

Butter Chicken or Chicken Makhani is a popular recipe at Indian restaurants made by marinating and grilling boneless chicken pieces, after which they are cooked in a rich tomato and cream based gravy.
Chicken/ Dinner/ Pakistani Recipes/ Recipes

Butter Chicken or Chicken Makhani

Butter Chicken or Chicken Makhani is a popular recipe at Indian restaurants made by marinating and grilling boneless chicken pieces, after which they are cooked in a rich tomato and cream based gravy. Butter Chicken, Chicken Makhani or Murgh Makhani is an entree I love to order at restaurants. The dish consists of boneless chicken cubes marinated in yoghurt and spices that are grilled in butter resulting in golden brown chicken with the most appealing char marks on it. The…

Ingredient Spotlight: Sriracha Sauce. This hot sauce originating from Vietnam adds heat and a hint of sweetness to daily meals. Also known as rooster sauce, it can be used as a dip, condiment, marinade and more!
Food/ Ingredient Spotlight

Ingredient Spotlight – Sriracha Sauce

Sriracha sauce is a hot sauce originating from Vietnam that adds heat and a hint of sweetness to daily meals. Also known as rooster sauce, it can be used as a dip, condiment, marinade and more! Ingredient Spotlight is a new feature on the blog focusing on products that I love. It could be a snack, a dip, a condiment, a brand of tea or breakfast cereal that I am appreciating these days. It could be a newly launched product…

Bursting with flavor and lots of vibrant colors, aloo gobi matar sabzi is a Pakistani vegetarian recipe that can be served as a main meal or as a side dish with rice or roti.
Pakistani Recipes/ Potatoes/ Recipes/ Vegetarian

Aloo Gobi Matar Sabzi

Bursting with flavor and lots of vibrant colors, aloo gobi matar sabzi is a Pakistani vegetarian recipe that can be served as a main meal or as a side dish with rice or roti. For the past couple of weeks, I have focused on introducing more regular recipes on the blog. Recipes that are cooked on a daily basis in the house; the daal, sabzi, gosht and chawal. Not all of them together, of course, but a combination of them…