Thursday, December 11, 2014

orange and date bread

Assalamo alaikum,

As you guys know that i love baking and when ever I'm visiting somebody i feel that its always better to bring something homemade it shows your love and care for other person .whenever i have enough time, i try to make my favorite cake by the way i have made this cake so many times i know the recipe by heart and love to play around with it but this time when i was visiting my aunt i was like i need to make something different so went ahead and started searching for a different recipe in which  available ingredients can be used,i found this loaf cake recipe, kind of healthy it has orange juice and dates so here we go , i hope you will enjoy making this recipe as i did and it tasted good too"aunt approved"lol !!

1 egg
2 tbsp softened butter
3/4 cup pure cane sugar
3 tbsp orange zest
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
i cup dates pitted and chopped

pre heat oven at 350 degrees

grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan

beat eggs  add butter and sugar beat until smooth

zest oranges to get 3 tbsp zest

mix dry ingredient flour, baking powder,baking soda, salt and then add chopped dates

add vanilla extract and  zest to egg mixture and then orange juice

now add dry mixture to liquid mix to moisten

bake for 1 hr in 350 degree oven or  fork inserted in the middle comes out clean

cool completely then take of pan

enjoy a slice with coffee or tea !!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Payazo aka Besan pakora (onion pakoras)

Assalamo alaikum,

Living in Karachi rain was always a big blessing ,it use to change the whole environment . everybody seems to look very happy as the heat levels go down due to down pour or may be a little drizzle.everybody found an excuse to not to do anything,kids would ask for day off from school and just enjoy the weather!!
Pakoras are must for this kind of weather ,as it rained here in southern California a much needed rain it reminded me of Karachi when it use to rain after quite while , i had to run to my kitchen to make  pakoras.I decided to make "Payazo"a very common and famous kind of pakoras which has lots of onion .i decided to do a little twist i used half shredded zucchinis and half thinly sliced onions,these crunchy on the outside and soft inside pakoras were so delicious with coriander chutney and  hot cup tea !!
i hope you guys will try these too and enjoy it even with or without rain:)



Besan or gram flour  1 cup

onion 1 thinly sliced

Zucchini 2  medium size  shredded

zeera or cumin seeds  1 tsp

ajwain or              1/4 tsp

crushed red chili pepper 1/2 tsp or to taste

turmeric powder  1/4 tsp

salt to taste

fresh cilantro chopped  1/2 bunch

green chilies (optional)


oil for frying


mix together besan (gram flour),salt,crushed red chilies,turmeric,ajwain ,zeera ( cumin seeds),

now add shredded zucchini and sliced onion to this and mix well using your hand until onion and zucchini is completely covered with dry besan

now add little water a time to make a thick batter

heat oil on a medium high heat

add a little drop of batter,if it browns right away oil is too hot

oil should be hot enough if you put your batter in it ,it should sizzle  but gets brown in a while

drain on paper towel

these should be crunchy outside and soft but not doughy and oily inside

serve hot with cilantro chutney, cup of hot tea and enjoy!!