Yousuf Bawany

Yousuf Bawany

A writer who enjoys to cook foods from across the world. He blogs at yousufbawany.wordpress.com. He tweets @YousufBawany (twitter.com/YousufBawany)

Five variations of pakoras that are light on the taste, heavy on the waist!

The month of fasting (and over-eating) is progressing towards the end, but what makes this Ramazan more special is the fact that it is coinciding with monsoon. The clouds in Karachi seem ready to pour any moment now – please, God, please? Monsoon and Ramazan have nothing in common save for a garma garam (piping hot) plate of pakoras. This Pakistani staple is a must-have for iftar and any dastar-khuwan (dining table) is incomplete without a variation of this. The popularity of pakoras lies not only in their unique flavour profile but also in their affordability. Pakoras or Bhajiyas are ...

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February 22, 2014
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Like a phoenix reborn from the ashes

No place to hide, I’m ball-and-chain bound, Dropped in mid-air, crashed into the ground. Locked in constant battle, an emotional duel, No need for arson, your words be the fuel. You burn every bridge, every road set ablaze, Embers smouldering, everywhere that I gaze. Crawling through the ruins, no roof on my head, Crumbling walls, broken floors, as good as dead. Life has no meaning, love lost all its thrill, Vultures circling over me, moving in for the kill. You pushed me and shoved me, and put me under, But I got out unscathed, still makes me wonder. Thought I had lost all, but I held onto hope, Coughing and wheezing, got out of the ...

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Mong Chow: Karachi gets a taste of Burma

Burma is a culture-rich country nestled between India, China, Bangladesh, Laos and Thailand. Their cuisine is as rich as their culture and I have had the pleasure of enjoying some staples and delicacies during my growing years, mainly because my grandmother is Burmese. The key components of Burmese cuisine have been greatly influenced by the neighbouring country’s eating habits, the most notable being India, China and Thailand. That being said, Burmese cuisine is notably different from any others you might have come across, be it the sublime taste or the rich colourful presentation. A single bite can be hot and sweet, salty ...

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Yousuf’s Fried Chicken (YFC): Finger lickin’good

Be it in the form of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) or a cloned recipe, fried chicken has literally taken this world by storm. What can we say, it is finger lickin’ good and we all love to indulge in some from time to time! For most of us though, we’d prefer making it at home. I’m in love with the extra-crispy recipe that KFC has and I have tried hunting for a good clone for ages. Unfortunately, all the recipes that I have tried so far don’t quite come up to par with the original. After all the experimentation with what works and what ...

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The Lantern: Lighting up Karachi, the oriental way!

The power of oriental cuisine is undeniable; we just can’t seem to get enough of it. When out with your wife, ask her what she’d like to eat and five out of ten times, she’d suggest Chinese food. The Lantern, located near Do Talwar, Clifton, has been open for public for about four weeks now, and the team at Food Connection Pakistan graciously invited me for a bloggers’ meet-up a few days back. This Chinese eatery is a perfect venue for a memorable lunch with friends or a romantic dinner with the wife. It’s interesting that the restaurant has indoor as ...

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Fatburger gets a big fat ‘yes’ from me!

Fatburger recently started advertising on billboards all across Karachi. The billboards, featuring a mouthwatering Triple Fatburger are pretty hard to miss, and being the burger junkie that I am, I dragged my wife and kids to Dolmen Mall, Clifton, for a bite last Sunday. Unfortunately for me, though, the burger joint had yet to open for public. Disappointed and disheartened, I went home and ordered some pizza instead. They say that when you want something really badly, the whole universe conspires in helping you achieve it. The very next day, I received an exclusive invite for a pre-inaugural bloggers’ meetup at ...

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My daughter, my angel

Soaring to the skies on the Ferris wheel, Galloping in the meadows on the carousel, The glint in thy eyes, thy laugh and thy squeal, Caressed by the wind, enjoying the feel Pure passion flowing free, unadulterated zeal. Eyes full of mischief, your touch oh-so kind, A fondness so chaste, is so hard to find, At work or at play, with you on my mind, Each breath and each beat, to thee I consigned, Is it true what they say, have I gone blind? A hand around my finger, and holdin’ on tight, As you fall asleep, flowing into the night, Dreams filled with angels, and creatures of light, I sit by ...

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This Eid, try these middle-eastern treats with a Pakistani twist!

Eidul Azha marks the remembrance of Prophet Ibrahim’s commitment to sacrifice his own son. Sacrifices aside, the thing we all look forward to most is the food and the endless BBQs that are sure to follow. However, after a few meat-eating days, one (or shall I say ‘the stomach’?) finally deserves a refreshing break from all the heaviness. It’s often difficult to find the right balance between light and delicious; fortunately, there are a few middle-eastern staples that fit the bill. However, I’ve added a Pakistani twist to both recipes, so instead of a traditional Shawarma and Shish Tawook, I present ...

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September 11, 2012
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Wings of hope: We’ve forgotten how to fly

I reminisce the good times, When we used to try, Could barely walk straight, But wanted to fly, In capes and funky masks, Jumping with all our might, Dressed as superheroes, Without a care in sight, Not worrying about money, Or having fancy cars, Always aiming for the sky, Always reaching for the stars, We were young and fun, Essentially free souls, But time took it’s toll, And, well, we grew old, Now day in, day out, We just worry about cash, Where to get it from, And where to put the stash, Which car to buy next, What new horse to breed, It’s all about jewels, We’re blinded by greed, What used to matter most, Now just makes no sense, We run through our ...

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Daddy’s little girl: My last love and her first

Daughters are precious. Seems like yesterday when I took mine into my arms for the very first time; it’s been 17 months already, and time seems to have no intention of slowing down. At the office, I just can’t wait for the day to end so that I can enjoy the sound of her laughter, the sight of her cherubic face, the touch of her little arms wrapped around my neck, the taste of the half-eaten saliva-soaked potato chip that she lovingly shoves into my mouth, and the smell of watermelon-flavoured baby shampoo in her hair. Every day that I ...

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