Stories about chicken

Give me pain! Hot, spicy, yummy Asian pain!

As an expatriate, the memory of the most routine things back home can sometimes bring out the most intense feelings of nostalgia in me. One of these memories is that of eating out at a cornucopia of restaurants, eateries and street vendors in Karachi.  From Bundu Khan’s lip-smacking chicken tikkas, to the appetising Student Biryani, to the delectable kebab rolls at Khadda market, the list is never ending. Spicy seekh kebabs used in kebab rolls. PHOTO: Facebook page Kabab Rolls One dish in particular brings back a flood of mouth-watering memories, and that is nihari. It originated from the legendary royal kitchens of the Mughal Empire ...

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Stuffed chicken breast with mushroom sauce: Elaborate looking but easy cooking!

This recipe is not only easy to make but serves as the perfect main course for a nice sit down evening with your friends and family. Ingredients: 3 chicken breasts One bundle of spinach leaves 1tsp garlic paste (for the stuffing) Soy sauce for marinating Mozzarella cheese (thinly sliced) For the sauce: A handful of mushrooms 1 packet cream Corn-flour Freshly ground pepper 1 small onion chopped Method: Flatten the chicken breasts with a meat mallet. Rub with soy sauce, garlic paste, salt and black pepper. Photo: Nida Waqar Blanch* the spinach leaves and drain. Add salt, red chilli flakes and garlic paste. *Blanching is a method in which you add vegetables to ...

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A Thai beef salad that will leave you wanting more

I’m sharing with you all the recipe of a delicious and aromatic salad – a refreshing change from the mayo loaded salads or the typical mixed vegetable salads we have on a regular basis. It’s a full meal in itself if served with crackers or garlic bread. Here is what you will need. For the salad: 250g boneless beef (try to get undercut as its the most tender part) 1 medium sized onion 1 small sized lettuce head (I used iceberg lettuce) 1 carrot 1 bell pepper 1 cucumber 5-6 button mushrooms 1/4th cup vinegar For the dressing: 1 tsp olive oil 1tsp soy sauce 4 tbsp lemon juice or 2-3 tbsp vinegar 1 ...

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Spicy chicken with peanuts: A quick must have stir-fry recipe

I love Chinese food because it is so quick and easy to cook. With managing a very demanding one-year-old and keeping the house clean, I sometimes have no time left to cook. That’s when a quick stir-fry recipe comes to the rescue! This recipe is one of my favourites; juicy chicken chunks combined with crunchy roasted peanuts and fresh vegetables. Truly healthy and delicious! Ingredients: – One chicken breast, diced – 1 small bell pepper, diced – 1/2 yellow bell pepper (optional, just for colour) – 1 small sized zucchini – 1 carrot – Green chillies sliced diagonally (as required) – Red chilli flakes, for taste – 1/2 cup ...

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Rowtisserie: Delicious, healthy and fresh food

Karachiites love eating and then talking about the food they just ate. Thus, when any new eatery or home delivery service opens up, we want to try it or know from our ‘social’ circle if it is worth trying out. As of late, my Facebook timeline has been full of comments about the Rowtisserie. One patron declared that at Rowtisserie she “had the most delicious shawarmas – never had better ones!” Someone else stated that “the secret ‘Row’ sauce is beyond yum and the Rowtisserie chicken is super healthy.” Since the social media consensus was that everyone ‘loved every bit of (Rowtisserie]’, my husband and I decided to give it ...

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Afghan Burgers: A moody cook’s way to success

I am a moody cook who lazes around as much as possible before entering the kitchen. I would rather resort to last night’s leftovers than make something from scratch. Thus, when I actually make the effort and get my apron on, it certainly is a big deal. And the biggest motivation that is leading me to share this easy to make recipe was the never ending “wows” and “yums” by my family members that came with every bite. It all started after a chat with a friend living in Islamabad who could not help talking about Afghan burgers that he ...

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Chicken teriyaki: A burst of authentic Japanese flavours

Contrary to the much prevailing opinion that Japanese food looks so exquisite to eat and too difficult to cook, numerous dishes can be prepared easily without following any hard and fast rule. I have learned during my Japanese cooking classes that some flavours, tapestry of textures, colour, and methods distinguish Japanese cooking from other exotic cuisines. Strong-tasting seasoning and highly-flavoured sauces are not mostly used; still dishes look extravagant and taste sensational. Apart from sushi and tempura, ‘teriyaki chicken’ is another very popular dish among non-Japanese cultures. However, the fact is most people still don’t fully understand the term ‘teriyaki style’. Teriyaki is ...

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A winter treat: Scrumptious Szechuan hot and sour soup

I love soup at any time of the year, but in winter, it’s a wonderful treat on chilly days. Nothing is more satisfying than a hearty bowl of soup when you need to be warm and nourished. But the question is what kind of soup? In general, we all go for quick, time saving, ready-to-cook canned food options. This is a cop-out. Real soup is scrumptious and tantalising. It nourishes both your body and mind, provides added health benefits and helps to ward off the cold or flu. I personally love the recipe of my homemade “Szechuan hot and sour soup”. Originating ...

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Spicing it up this Eid

Eidul Fitr, the first of two annual Muslim festivals, is a time to appreciate, share, and be thankful for what Allah has bestowed upon us. It marks the end of the Ramazan and fasting. People cannot wait to say: “Mubarak ho. Chand ho gaya hai! Kal Eid hai!” (Congratulations. The moon has been sighted! It’s Eid tomorrow!) Eagerly awaited by adults and children alike, this Eid is also dubbed as the ‘meethi Eid’ (sweet Eid) as it was a practice of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to start the Eid day by eating something sweet. For me, Eid is about waking up to enticing aromas wafting from the ...

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Stuffed chicken breast with pineapple sauce the Salt n’ Pepper way!

Stuffed chicken breast with pineapple sauce is a dish served at Salt n’ Pepper (SNP) in Lahore. It brings back a lot of fond memories from my postgraduate days. I associate this phenomenal recipe with some of the happiest times in my life.  I happened to visit Lahore a few months ago and luckily, SNP was just around the corner from where I was staying. Needless to say, this restaurant was my first stop after a long and tiring day of travel. As I took my seat, I couldn’t help but reminisce all the good times I had had with my friends. ...

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