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The best stir-fried Chinese egg noodles you will ever have!

I love noodles of all shapes, sizes and types! Fortunately for me, there is a small restaurant near my house that serves the best stir-fried egg noodles in the world. My siblings and I can devour that dish every day for the rest of our lives and not get sick of it. Yes, it’s that good! The soft yet chewy noodles, the perfect balance of ingredients and that appetising aroma, all coupled together, make the dish worth ordering again and again. Since my family and I loved them so much, I thought I should try my hands at making them. After ...

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This Achari Bhindi is a vegetarian’s delight!

The days I have a vegetarian craving, Achari bhindi (okra) is one of my favourite dishes. I confess my favourite way to cook and eat Okra is with minced meat. Nothing beats that. I will share that recipe at some point in time as well. Acharai bhindi (okra) is a delightful way of cooking and enjoying a vegetarian meal. This recipe doesn’t get any easier than this. On days when you’re tired and don’t have the energy to cook much, yet want to eat something yummy, this is the recipe for you; a quick and easy way to satisfy that insatiable appetite. I will be using fresh Okra but ...

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My mother in law’s chicken haandi recipe: The perfect dish for a casual dinner

My recent trip to Pakistan was directed towards Multan – a city which I had only visited once in the past during my childhood when we lived in Bahawalpur many years ago. I took this opportunity to roam around the city, to see what it had to offer. I did a lot of shopping too, from sohan halwa and multani chappals to blue pottery and the likes. What joy it was! As a kid I remember our house always had a continuous supply of Multan’s famous sohan halwa and Kushaab’s dooda. It was regularly served with tea and shami kebabs to ...

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Down memory lane: This Eid, enjoy my mother’s recipe of Mutton Dum Piyaza!

Each Eid reminds me of the happy times I spent celebrating Eid as a kid at my maternal grandparents’ house in Rawalpindi some 20 or more years ago. Funnily enough, it was the hustle and bustle the day before Eid that I found most exciting. Being the eldest grandchild, I believed my job was the most important one; to make sure the mehndi was prepared well in advance. This was achieved by constantly nagging my Ammi and khalas. Mind you this was not the instant cone mehndi era, a lot of time and effort was put in preparing dry ...

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Crispy, tangy and delicious: Baked Red snapper with tamarind sauce

The sheer joy of eating fish without prejudice against summer months or any imaginary effects on skin tone has been an important part of my childhood, and I hope to pass this tradition on to my children. I especially love Red snapper and Sea bass and would like to share a tried and tested recipe, which has been much loved and in demand at my house for the last five years. Although fish-and-chips remain an old favourite (and will always save the day when my nerves are wrecked and I run out of food stocked in my freezer) but as ...

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Craving GT Road dhaaba deliciousness? Try this channa daal

Whoever has travelled on the Grand Trunk (GT) road in Pakistan knows what a driver’s hotel or a manji hotel is. Four ideas are the usual elements which make up such a hotel; truck drivers, plenty of manjis (Punjabi for beds), karak doodh patti (strong milk-tea) and affordably epic desi food. These informal restaurants are where all the long haul trucks make in-between stops to eat, drink and rest before heading to another stretch of their tiring journeys. The GT road is South Asia’s oldest and longest road, originally built to link eastern and western regions of the subcontinent. The road was rebuilt by Sher Shah Suri in the 16th century. ...

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Delicious home-made gulab jamuns that make every occasion extra special!

In my part of the world, every celebration is accompanied by a dessert. Be it a wedding, an engagement, a birth, a promotion, a graduation, purchase of a house, a new car, or any other achievement or joyous occasion like Eid – the tiniest of the joys are celebrated with our mouths full of sweets and desserts. Nothing is more loved on such occasions than the scrumptious mithai most commonly known as ‘gulab jamun’. It is a personal favourite! In Pakistan, people usually buy gulab jamuns and never make it at home. Specialised mithai makers called halwaees make these delicious sweets. However, I had to learn how to ...

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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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An authentic Parsi feast: Rice and lentils with prawn sauce

Good food, good health and a good life – this is the profound Parsi belief. For us, good food doesn’t necessarily translate into an elaborate meal; it generally refers to a more simplistic and balanced approach to cooking. Since we Parsis like to feast often, we come up with easy-to-prepare meals that make our special occasions even more special. To get your celebration started, here is how to prepare dhandal patia (rice with lentils, topped with a spicy sauce). Rice with lentils and spicy prawn sauce Ingredients for daal (lentils): ½ kg toovar/arhar daal (yellow split peas). 2 tsp salt 1 tbsp turmeric 1 pod garlic, cleaned 1 tbsp cumin 750 ml ...

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Eid spread: Coconut and kulfa dreams

The much awaited feasting time of the year has finally arrived! Congratulations to all of you brave people out there for being patient through Ramazan. Now, it’s time to let loose and give in to your cravings. While your Eid trolley may have the essential Eid items (sandwhiches, kababs, cake), there are always recipes you can try out that will impress your friends and family. Read on to see these dessert recipes that are sure to win you tonnes of praise from your loved ones. Kulfa inspired, crunchy delight Ingredients: 1. 2 cups milk. 2. One cardamom. 3. 2-3 strands of saffron. 4. Condensed milk 2tbsp. 5. Corn ...

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