desi food

UPDATE: When I wrote the below post, I was trying to put my own twist on a basic recipe that I knew. Since my readership has grown, my fine readers have enlightened me that the one below is very similar to Mutabaal, an authentic Syrian recipe. I however, have since updated my recipe.. so will continue to Call this for me the same name ( You can’t teach an old horse new tricks πŸ˜‰ ). But I have thankfully learned so much for you all! Read on to the original post: ———————————— The first time I tried this dish, I was young and foolish, andRead More →

Growing up in Jeddah, my two go-to drinks of the moment would be the beloved Suntop all year round. The other was a Β Ramadan special; Β Vimto! Yeah yeah, I can see the Saudi grown kidsΒ nodding with a little smile. It was not until I was enrolled in College in Lahore, that I actually developedΒ the true taste ofΒ Badam Ka SharbatΒ (Almond Syrup mixed in water). It was not that I didn’t even know about it earlier in my life. It is just thatΒ my tastebuds needed to be matured, as well as , I needed to feel theΒ gramiΒ of Lahore (summer), to really appreciate this drink! As always, ones’Read More →

Ramadan means special cooking and creating nostalgic food to dig into . Though I have yet to recreate the decide Basbousa SoufflΓ© that my neighbor made..but this simple and quick recipe sates the appetite.. FYI.. Be ready for strong flavor in small bites! Ingredients 2Β½ cups coarse semolina 1 cup desiccated coconut 1 cup caster sugar Half cup self-raising flour 1 cup thick yoghurt 1 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 tsp vanilla extract 25 blanched almonds Syrup 1 1/2 cups sugar 1 cup water 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp rosewater Instructions Preheat the oven to 180 C. Mix the semolina, coconut, sugar, flour, yoghurt,Read More →

What is the easiest quickest and jazziest thing you can whip up which can act as a Salad, Starter, Snack or even a Dinner main course? Why of course a Pasta Salad!!! I usually have a whole packet of Pasta boiled, and tossed in Olive oil, and kept in a tuperware box in my fridge. Why? I can mix it with pasta sauce to feed the kiddies, or make a Pasta Salad when I want! My Secret weapon to making the salad yummy is the dressing that I use. Read on to learn this easy recipe… Ingredients: Pasta Boiled . 2 cups Carrot Grated 1Read More →

  Banana Banana Banana! Such a strange yet powerful among the fruit kingdom, it is often under-rated as the diet of the monkies. Humorouse is the way it is used in context of passion, as to how I have gone Bananas over this pair of shoes. Even more weird is the application of Banana in terms of crazies, when someone to have lost his mind can be termed to have gone Bananas. Considering the passionate crazies, we should surly give this potassium rich fruit another chance and more honor than usually given. Japanese women are smart to recognize the benefit of a Banana Diet. MothersRead More →

This no fail and perfect recipe was handed (Or rather emailed ) to me by my oh so talented neighbor. My ex-neighbour to be exact as I had the misfortune to move and loose her company. A dentist by day, and a super cook mom by night, Miso could never go wrong with all the yummy carbs that she sent my way! The recipe she initially sent was from a website, which I tweaked to suit my taste..and have made it a family must! CarrotΒ cake Ingredients 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs 2 cups Β all-purpose flour 2 teaspoonsRead More →