Thursday, August 18, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Happy Pakistan Independence Day!
May Allah bless our nation, may all our dreams come true, may our nation shine bright
Today & always!
Long Live Pakistan!
A sugar cookie is a cookie made from butter, sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla and baking powder or baking soda. Sugar cookies can be made by hand or rolled and cut into shapes. They can be decorated with Icing, frosting, colored sugar or sprinkles. Easy to make & perfect to decorate!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar that takes place every year. During this month, Muslims around the world fast from dawn to sunset. They wake up early, before the sunrise to have their meal ( called Suhur, Sehri in Urdu ). It consists of the same meal eaten everyday like meat curries, kababs, vegetables dishes or omelet with paratha / chapati; followed by tea to end the meal. After Sehri, morning prayers are offered and the holy Quran is read. Then starts the routine life, time to go for work or study.
When the sun sets, the fast ends. At fast-breaking meal ( known as Iftar ), Muslims break their fast together with their family. In Pakistan, Muslims break their fasts with dates, tea/ drinks, snacks ( samosas or pakoras ) & chaats or dahi bhalay. Then evening prayers are offered & after this, the main meal is served.
For my family, Iftar is not complete without pakoras. It is the most popular Iftar item among Pakistanis. Who doesn't like crispy and crunchy pakoras. Serve them as snacks or appetizers. It is made by adding spinach, onion & potato in a batter of gram flour and then deep-frying them. Although the word deep fried does not sound healthy, but at least the addition of Spinach makes them healthy. Few dates, a glass of Sharbat Rooh Afza & these delicious pakoras ... that's what I like to have at Iftar :)
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Fruit & Cream ... A Creamy Fruit Dessert. An easy & yummy summer dessert; made with cream, sugar & fruits. Mango & cream combination is always a hit in my home ... Here, I have used mango, peach & banana.You can use your favorite fruits like pineapple, melon, apples, grapes, berries, etc. or even the canned fruits. Also you can add some chopped nuts, jelly cubes or whatever you like to make it more colorful & delicious. So, enjoy this yummy & rich dessert with the healthiness of fruits :)
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Kharay Masaly Ka Gosht or Stew ... A quick and easy stew recipe, meat cooked with onions, tomatoes & whole spices. I have previously shared my family recipe for Stew here using onions & yoghurt. My aunt makes an excellent stew with tomatoes. I was looking for the recipe when I came across this recipe made in a Pakistani food show, tried it & it turned out great. It was quite spicy for us, so I made some changes to reduce the heat. Here's the recipe: