Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tutti Frutti Loaf Cake

Tutti Frutti Loaf Cake ... A slice of this loaf cake is perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea.

Tutti Frutti Loaf Cake

Serves : 6 - 8

Ingredients :
  • 6 oz.  all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp.  baking powder

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Shortbread ( Chocolate Almond Cookies )

Christmas Shortbread ( Chocolate Almond Cookies ) ... Almond flavored shortbread cookies! Just a drizzling of melted chocolate and a sprinkling of chopped almonds turn these simple to make cookies into delicious treats!

Christmas Shortbread ( Chocolate Almond Cookies )

Makes : 40 cookies, depending on the size and shape 

Ingredients :
  • 125 gm.  butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 tsp.  almond essence

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate ... A luxurious Hot Chocolate recipe to warm your heart during cold winter days! Rich and creamy dink that needs just three ingredients; milk, chocolate and peanut butter!

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Makes: 2 large mugs or 4 cups

Friday, December 7, 2012

Mini Fruit Cakes

Mini Fruit Cakes ... These mini cakes are filled with fruits, nuts and chocolate. You can add or subtract fruits / nuts to suit your taste. Simple to make, yet so delicious!

Mini Fruit Cakes
Makes : 36 mini cakes

Ingredients :
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup castor sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies

Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies ... Make a special Christmas treat with a refreshing and light flavor. Lemon flavored butter cookies adorned with chopped pistachios to look like the festive Christmas wreaths.

Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies
Makes : 30 cookies

Ingredients :

For Cookies :
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tsp.  baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp.  salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened


Friday, November 23, 2012

Pistachio Cardamom Cupcakes With Rose Glaze Icing for 2nd Blogoversary

Pistachio Cardamom Cupcakes With Rose Glaze Icing ... These cupcakes are my new favorite. Unique and fragrant cupcakes with a combination of pistachio, cardamom and rosewater, simply delicious. Bite into these cupcakes, you'll feel like eating a South Asian sweet.

Simply Sweet 'n Savory turns 2 today! I can't believe that I have been blogging for two years. I would like to thank my fellow bloggers, readers, followers, and subscribers; each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for the constant support and encouragement. Each single comment makes me excited and motivates me to continue trying out new recipes. Thank you so much once again! Without you, this blog would not be possible :)

Pistachio Cardamom Cupcakes With Rose Glaze Icing
Makes : 18 mini cupcakes

Ingredients :

For Cupcakes :
  • 4 oz. / 114 gm.  plain flour
  • 1 tsp.   baking powder
  • 4 oz. / 114 gm.  butter, softened
  • 4 oz. / 114 gm.  castor sugar

Friday, November 16, 2012

Curried Chicken Pita Wraps

Curried Chicken Pita Wraps ... A combination of flavorful curried chicken and refreshing salad, wrapped in a warm pita bread. Healthy and absolutely delicious!

Curried Chicken Pita Wraps

Ingredients :

For Chicken :
  • 250 gm.   boneless chicken, small cubes
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp.  vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Rasmalai or Ras Malai ( Powdered Milk Balls In Sweetened Milk )

Rasmalai or Ras Malai ( Powdered Milk Balls In Sweetened Milk ) ... Rasmalai, a sweet milk dessert, is popular throughout South Asia. It is usually made with Paneer ( fresh cheese ), shaped into flattened balls and cooked in a thickened milk. Here's an easy and quick Rasmalai recipe, made with powdered milk. Soft and light balls with milk syrup and flavored with cardamom and pistachios.

Rasmalai ( Powdered Milk Balls In Sweetened Milk )

Serves : 6

Ingredients :

For Milk :
  • 1 liter / 4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Lemonies ( Lemon Brownies )

Lemonies ( Lemon Brownies ) ... These are light, refreshing, and very irresistible. They have a dense texture as there is no baking powder or baking soda in the recipe. If you love lemons, you will surely love this :)

Lemonies ( Lemon Brownies )

Ingredients :

For Brownies :
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Chinioti Kunna Gosht : Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak

Chiniot ( a city in Punjab, Pakistan) is known for its intricately carved wooden furniture all over the world. Kunna gosht is a famous dish from Chiniot. Traditionally, it is cooked in a clay pot (mitti ki handi) which enhances its flavor.  Enjoy this delicious dish this Eid with your family :)

Eid Mubarak! Happy Eid-ul-Adha!

Chinioti Kunna Gosht
Serves : 4 - 6

Ingredients :
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup cooking oil or ghee ( clarified buter )
  • 1/2 kg.  Mutton with bones
  • 3 medium onions, thinly sliced

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Halloween Cupcakes ( Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange Buttercream Frosting )

Halloween Cupcakes ( Chocolate Cupcakes with Orange Butter-cream Frosting ) ... How about making some simple, easy and fun ( not so scary ) cupcakes! All you need is some orange frosting, melted chocolate and sprinkles to decorate these cupcakes. I mixed and matched two recipes to make a small batch. They're not the best cupcakes but pretty good, soft and delicious!

Halloween Cupcakes

Makes : 5

Ingredients :

For Cupcakes :
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1 egg

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chicken Biryani

Chicken Biryani ... A world-renowned rice dish made with boiled rice and a thick chicken curry, flavored with spices. Both rice and chicken are cooked separately, then layered and cooked over low heat until fully done. Enjoy this masalay dar biryani!

Chicken Biryani

Ingredients :

For Chicken :
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil / ghee
  • 250 gm.  onions, sliced
  • 250 gm.  tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup yogurt

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Chanay Ki Daal Ka Halwa ( Bengal Gram Lentil Halwa )

Chanay Ki Daal Ka Halwa ( Bengal Gram Lentil Halwa ) ... Traditional dessert made with gram lentils, milk, sugar, ghee and nuts. It is made specially in the winter season. You can serve it warm in a bowl ( to be eaten with a spoon ) or cold ( cut into shapes ). The halwa takes a long time to cook, but the effort is well worth it. It can be made in a large quantity and can be kept in the refrigerator for several weeks.

Chanay Ki Daal Ka Halwa ( Bengal Gram Lentil Halwa )

Ingredients :
  • 1 kg.  split Bengal gram lentils ( Chanay ki daal )
  • 1 litre milk

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Peanut Brittle Cookie Sticks

Peanut Brittle Cookie Sticks ... If you love peanut brittle candy, try these delicious cookie sticks. Take a bite and enjoy your favorite peanut brittle flavor with the combination of chocolate chips.

Peanut Brittle Cookie Sticks

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Chicken Vegetable Toasted Sandwich

Chicken Vegetable Toasted Sandwich ... Toasted bread sandwiches stuffed with a delicious chicken and vegetables filling. Start your day with this wholesome and healthy sandwich, serve as a snack or as a light meal.

Chicken Vegetable Toasted Sandwich

Ingredients :

For Filling :

  • 1 cup peeled and grated carrot
  • 1 cup chopped spring onions, green part only
  • 1 cup finely shredded cabbage

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Strawberry Jam Cake Squares

Strawberry Jam Cake Squares ... Simple & easy to make cake squares, drizzled with jam and topped with almonds. Feel free to use any jam you like. I used my favorite homemade strawberry jam. Enjoy as breakfast, afternoon tea or as a dessert.

Strawberry Jam Cake Squares 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Chanay Ki Daal Karela ( Bengal Gram Lentils With Bitter Gourd ) or Stuffed Bitter Gourd

Chanay Ki Daal Karela ( Bengal Gram Lentils With Bitter Gourd ) or Stuffed Bitter Gourd ... Delicious bitter gourds filled with lentil, onion, tomato & spices.

Chanay Ki Daal Karela ( Bengal Gram Lentils With Bitter Gourd )

Serves : 10 - 12

Ingredients :
  • 1 kg.  bitter gourd / bitter melon / bitter squash ( karela )
  • 375 gm.  split Bengal gram ( chany ki daal )

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pepper Cumin Cookies and Sunshine Award

Pepper Cumin Cookies ... A unique combination of flavors, salty & spicy with a hint of sweetness.

Pepper Cumin Cookies 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Rich Almond Upside-Down ( Khoya ) Cake : Eid Mubarak and Awards

Rich Almond Upside-Down ( Khoya ) Cake ... Soft and buttery cake, loaded with almond flavor. Khoya not only adds flavor but gives the cake a very rich texture as well.

Eid Mubarak! Happy Eid-ul-Fitr!

May Allah bless us all with joy and good fortune! Warm wishes that this Eid-ul-Fitr brings happiness, prosperity and good fortune in our lives!

Rich Almond Upside-Down ( Khoya ) Cake

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pakistan's Independence Day : Bake a Hidden Star in a Cupcake

Bake a Hidden Star in a Cupcake ... Don't judge from the outside, beauty lies within!

I came across this recipe a few months ago. The original recipe makes a very large batch, so I used my favorite cupcakes recipe to make a small batch. And the result was great for a first attempt. Please pardon my poor frosting skills, I rarely do frosting on baked goods :)

They look a bit difficult to make, but they're quite simple. You can use your favorite recipe for cupcakes and butter-cream. Use this technique with any shape you like, make sure it is small enough to fit inside a cupcake. So if you want to impress your family and friends, make these and let them wonder how you did it :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Meethi Mangochian ( Lentil Fritters in Sweetened Creamy Yogurt ) and Award

Meethi Mangochian ( Lentil Fritters in Sweetened Creamy Yogurt ) ... Fritters made with Moong lentil paste, served with creamy yogurt sauce and chutney.

Meethi Mangochian ( Lentil Fritters in Sweetened Creamy Yogurt )


For Lentil Fritters ( Mangochian ) :

  • 250 gm.  Split Yellow Lentil ( Moong dal )
  • 1 tsp.  carom seeds ( ajwain )
  • Pinch of nigella seeds ( kalonji )

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fruit Vegetable Macaroni Salad and Sunshine Award

Fruit Vegetable Macaroni Salad ... Cool, refreshing and creamy macaroni salad with fruits and vegetables, tossed in a creamy mayo dressing. This easy and simple salad can be served as a side dish or as a complete light meal on its own. You can add or subtract any fruit or vegetable you wish. Isn't it looks delicious and fulfilling!

Fruit Vegetable Macaroni Salad

Ingredients :
  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup cabbage, finely shredded
  • 1 cup carrots, cubed & boiled

Friday, July 27, 2012

Chocolate Dipped Date And Coconut Balls

Chocolate Dipped Date And Coconut Balls ... These simple treats are made by stuffing dates with nuts, coating with a coconut mixture, dipping in melted chocolate and topping with coconut or nuts. Lots of flavors and textures ... Pure heaven for a sweet-tooth fanatic!

Chocolate Dipped Date And Coconut Balls
Source : Chef Rahat

Ingredients :
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup Icing sugar

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Suji Ka Khushk Qatli Halwa ( Semolina Dry Halwa ), Award and Ramadan Kareem

Suji Ka Khushk Qatli Halwa ( Semolina Dry Halwa ) ... Made from semolina, ghee, sugar, coconut, raisins and garnished with nuts. This halwa has a long shelf-life and can be stored for up to a month.

Suji Ka Khushk Qatli Halwa ( Semolina Dry Halwa )

Serves : 8 - 12

Ingredients :
  • 250 gm.  sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 125 gm.  ghee ( clarified butter )

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Kairi Ka Sharbat ( Raw Mango Squash )

Kairi Ka Sharbat ( Raw Mango Squash ) ... A delicious & refreshing fruit squash made of unripe / raw mangoes, water and sugar. This drink is very effective to prevent from heat and sunstroke. Perfect thirst quencher for hot summer days!

Kairi Ka Sharbat ( Raw Mango Squash )

Ingredients :
  • 1 kg.  unripe / raw mangoes
  • 2 litres water

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Murgh Yakhni Pulao ( Chicken Pilaff ) & Award

Murgh Yakhni Pulao ( Chicken Pilaff ) ... A delicious rice dish cooked in chicken stock with green chillies, tomatoes and spices. 

Murgh Yakhni Pulao ( Chicken Pilaff )

Serves :  4

Ingredients :

For stock :
  • 500 to 750 grams.  chicken pieces
  • 5 - 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp.  salt
  • 1 bulb of garlic

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cut-out Sesame Cookies

Cut-out Sesame Cookies ... Simple, easy & delicious custard-flavored cookies!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Strawberry Jam Filled Cupcakes

Strawberry Jam Filled Cupcakes ... Who doesn't love a good cupcake? I simply love them, specially when they are filled with some homemade jam. The jam not only enhance the taste of these simple cupcakes, but will give them a great look. Easy to make, these soft & delicious cupcakes are a perfect treat for tea-time.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Murgh Makhani ( Butter Chicken) & Awards

Murgh Makhani ( Butter Chicken) is a popular dish in Pakistani / Indian cuisine. First, chicken is marinated with yogurt and spices, then grilled or cooked in a pan. A tomato sauce is made separately with tomatoes, butter & spices. When the sauce is prepared, the cooked chicken & cream is mixed in. Lastly, the dish is garnished with butter, green chillies and coriander leaves. Enjoy this rich, creamy & buttery dish with Naan or rice!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Shahi Tukray ( Royal Bread Pudding ) and Award

Shahi Tukray or Royal Bread Pudding ... Shahi Tukray is a popular dessert of South Asian cuisine. As its name suggests, it belongs to royal ( Mughlai ) cuisine. Shahi Tukda has its roots in Pakistani cuisine. It is made of fried bread slices, cooked in thickened sweetened milk and garnished with nuts. A truly divine dessert!

Shahi Tukray ( Royal Bread Pudding )

Serves : 6 - 8

Ingredients :
  • 1 liter milk

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Almond Cookie Sticks

Almond Cookie Sticks ... Simple and easy cookie recipe when you don't have a lot of time. The original recipe has chocolate chips, but there are so many variations you can do with this recipe.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Moist Orange Cake

Moist Orange Cake ... A delicious, moist and refreshing cake; bursting with orange flavor and drizzled with orange syrup. The cake itself is good enough without the syrup but great with the the syrup.

This recipe comes from a dear friend Magali who is a passionate baker from Mexico. Do check out her blog, I"m sure you will love her tasty creations. Thank you Magali for sharing this wonderful recipe :)

Moist Orange Cake

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Aloo Matar Gosht ( Mutton Curry with Potatoes and Peas )

Aloo Matar Gosht ... A traditional Pakistani mutton curry, cooked with potatoes and green peas.

Aloo Matar Gosht ( Mutton Curry with Potatoes and Peas )

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Strawberry Jam Ring Cookies

Strawberry Jam Ring Cookies ... Buttery cookies, sandwiched together with strawberry jam and dusted with Icing sugar. These cookies turned out great and they taste even better than they look. Hope you all like it :)

Happy Mother's Day to all the mother's around the world!

Strawberry Jam Ring Cookies

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Churros and Award

Churros ( or Spanish doughnuts ) are deep-fried sticks of dough, sprinkled with sugar and served with warm chocolate sauce for dipping. The dough is a mixture of flour, water and salt. These taste best when they are freshly fried.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Chicken Veggie Pockets ( Savory Cakes in a Sandwich-maker )

Chicken Veggie Pockets ... Savory cakes made with chicken, carrot, capsicum & spring onion; prepared in a sandwich-maker.

A few months ago, I posted a recipe for cakes in a sandwich-maker ( taken from a TV show). They were a great hit. I've received positive feedback from some blogger friends who have tried it. But, if you don’t have a sweet tooth, try this recipe! This savory cake recipe is taken from the same TV show. These were good, but not as soft like the sweet cakes.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Peanut Cookies & Award

Peanut Cookies ... These bite-sized cookies are loaded with peanuts. They are slightly crunchy on the outside with the melt-in-the-mouth texture. This recipe is derived from these Sesame cookies. I got the idea of using ground peanuts instead of sesame seeds while preparing these sesame cookies. They turned out really good. Next time, I will add some chopped peanuts in the dough too. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did :)

Peanut Cookies
Makes : 6 dozen

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Muthian Salan ( Kabab Curry )

Muthian Salan or Kabab Curry ...  kababs made with ground meat and cooked in a yogurt based curry.

Muthian Salan or Kabab Curry
Serves : 4 - 6

Ingredients :

For Muthian / Kabab :
  • 500 gm.  ground / minced meat
  • 2 tbsp.  roasted chickpeas { can substitute with gram flour ( Besan ) }
  • 1 tsp.  dessicated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp.  poppy seeds
  • 1/4 tsp.  garam masala
  • 1 tsp.  ginger garlic paste
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