Sunday, January 31, 2016

BACHKA (Rice flour and Peas fried Pancakes)

Assalamo Alaikum,

Today I'm sharing about my dearest Nanna (maternal grandmother),that's what we call our grandma in Urdu. MashAllah she is a very strong lady ,have been through a lot !!but always have been patience and calm .She is has lost three kids while they were still very young and three  when they were older ,her heart is filled with sorrow for losing them but kept herself strong .MashAllah she gave birth to 14 kids!!She is a very loving lady ,she took care of me when i was baby and older also as my mom was working.I love her a lot and she loves me too!!

As I'm writing this blog she is not doing very well,Please remember her in your Dua's and prayers!!
Writing about my dear Nanna in this blog was a reason because i'm sharing her delicious  recipe which I love to make and devour.By the way did i mention she is an amazing cook too,i could share so many more qualities of her's but for today do try her recipe and enjoy  !!

Update:the day after i wrote this blog my dearest Nanna passed away and left us sad ;( i will  miss her alot and request you to pray for her maghfirah (forgiveness ) in sha Allah!!



Peas 1 cup or more

Rice Flour  2 cup

Atta Flour 1 cup

Ginger Garlic paste  2 tsp

Cumin seed  1 tsp

Red Chilli powder  1 tsp or to taste

Salt to taste


Oil for frying


Mix together all the dry ingredients

Add Peas to dry mixture .I'm using frozen Peas here

Add water to the mixture to create pancake like batter

Heat Oil in a frying pan enough to deep fry the pancakes,then add 1/2  cup of prepared batter

When you see pancake batter leaving edges ,then carefully with a big flat spatula flip it

Fry on both side until golden brown and crispy on the edges (yummy) keep in mind these pancake will break during flipping so dont worry;)

I love them as is hot and crunchy !!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Homemade Rondo's(Avid Bakers Challenge January 2016)


As you might now my oven  broke down it happened in August i believe and then after that my husband and me were debating about getting it repaired or getting a new one,obviously i wish for a new oven as the one we had has been there since like forever so my hubby agreed and right now we are hunting for good deals , wish us luck so we could get the one we want in sha Allah!!!

In the mean time my baking has been jeopardized and I' have missed baking so much,i feel that baking is kind of a therapy which ends up in some added fat on your body usually right lol,do you guys agree with me or not?So i decided i'm going to use my toaster oven for whatever i can fit and bake in there,like i have roasted a chicken in there yes i did it ,i thought it was not possible but yes Alhamdulilah bit time consuming but results were good!!
Enough of my rant lets get to our Avid Baker's challenge here,today we are making "Rondo's"which are
"Everybody in Holland knows these cakes. We actually call it a ‘koek’ because to us it is more or less the big brother of a ‘koekje’ (a cookie or biscuit)." as per
By the way this year Avid Bakers are using for wonderful recipes choosen by beloved  Hana from"Hana the baker and please do visit her andother bakers to see their hard work here!!

the recipe for is linked here

mixing butter and flour together in food processor

that how it looks after
combine it together to form a dough

Now making Frangipane paste ,we had two option for filling either this or Almond paste i went with frangipane!!

mixing lemon zest,egg and sugar

All the hardwork and this beautiful color!!

Now adding Almond meal (i know the color but i was goood)

spreading bottom of Rondo( it was hard dough to work with)

Now adding the paste which has been in the fridge for an hour
top cover I forgot the egg wash:(

the final look yummy ,sweet and crumbly goodness

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Chicken ka Salan (Chicken curry)


Today I'm going to share a secret with you so please keep it to you(shh) ,cooking was never a big passion for me until i got married and mind you i had an excuse i got married when i was "eighteen"!!!so no experience literally. So here I was a newbie cook(by the way i loved baking but desi homes don't run on baking lol)  and in a foreign country living with desi food fan,with no help in sight except the one and only "Shan" masala's just imagine oh wow Alhamdulilah that time also passed but slowly i realized, that there's more to it I can create food specially desi food by grinding up spices and as long as i know the right ratio with lots of hits and misses i learned a lot. Still i depend on some ready made spice for some dishes but slowly and steadily I'm learning.At this moment i would love to give credits to my mom,my late mother-in-law,sisters and Skype (ever since Skype, communication has been changed from here to anywhere)
Oh by the way i have  learned a lot from blogs and videos also!!So i want to give back what i have learned so a newbie like me would benefit from it in sha Allah!!
Here is a recipe of simple Chicken Salan that can be useful for everyday cooking.You can add potatoes to it also would taste great, today I'm sharing  the recipe without it.

Chicken Ka Salan


Chicken 1 whole cut into medium sized pieces
Onion  1/2 medium sliced
Onion 2 medium ground
Bay leaf 2
Cloves   6
Black pepper whole 6
Black cardamom  1
Cinnamon   1/4 inch stick
Green cardamom 2
Coriander powder 2 tsp
Cumin powder 2 tsp
Red chili powder  1 tsp
Salt to taste
Garlic paste 1 tbsp
Ginger paster 1 tbsp
Oil 3-4 tbsp


Heat Oil in big wok or Karahi and fry whole garam masala or spice until fragrant ,then add sliced onion and fry until golden brown

then add chicken pieces and fry on high heat until they change color

Now add garlic and ginger paste and fry for few more minutes

then add Salt,chili powder,coriander powder and cumin powder,cook on high for 2-3 minutes

Now add ground onion and cook on high until oil seperates,add 1/2-1 cup water

After this you can add pieces of peeled Potatoes if desired.

Bring to boil and simmer on low heat until chicken is tender and oil is seperated from the gravy and gravy is thickened

Serve with Naan or vegetable pulao and enjoy!!!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Kulcha Cookies (Mena cooking Club January 2016)

Assalamo Alaikum

Alhamdulilah we are in 2016 wow!! this is my first blog for this year at this time specially here in US lots of people are making resolutions and as a Muslim our year began in Muharram(first month of Islamic calendar) but when  resolution making is in the air i like to sit down and think about last year and go over my habit toward becoming good Muslim  in sha Allah that does include good eating habits as well as physical health and spending valuable time with my family in sha Allah.I pray to Allah that he give me strength to be good and healthy Muslim.

The Prophet (pbuh) said:
“Take benefit of five before five:
your youth before your old age,
your health before your sickness,
your wealth before your poverty,
your free-time before your preoccupation,
and your life before your death.”

So in sha Allah my pact to myself is to follow this hadith and take care all the blessing Allah has given me Alhamdulilah:)

This month in Mena cooking club we  are making cookies from our culture or our spouses culture,I'm sharing you the cookies I grew up with my mom use to make a lot of these and we would finish them so quickly ,my mom was not a baking kind of person but she always use to make these with the help of my older sister who is an expert at baking!!These cookies"kulcha" are also made on special occassions like Eid and Weddings or just to have it on hand for guests.Kulcha's crispy outside and buttery and chewy inside they are from Bihar ,India from where my grandparents migrated to Pakistan.Mostly only found in "Bihari"household never seen them being sold in market outside in Karachi ,Pakistan.


5 cups Flour
2 cups Semolina coarse (available in Pakistani or Indian store)
2 cups Sugar
2 1/4 cup Ghee or melted butter
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking powder
sesame seeds
Jaggery or brown sugar melted in some milk to brush on cookies and sprinkle sesames seeds
I didn't have any sesame seeds on hand so i end up using sesame snaps melted in some milk

Mix together all the dry ingredients except sesame seeds and brown sugar

Then add Ghee or melted butter to dry ingredients and rub together well

Add water little by little to make a dough(less water is best)

Divide dough in two section wrap them in plastic wrap and leave to rest

You can half the recipe easily as i made it today cause my oven in broken and i made them in toaster oven(no I'm not kidding" just wanted to share the recipe)
Roll out one ball into 1/8 inch thick circle and cut out cookies

place them on cookie sheet ,spread melted brown sugar and milk mixture and sprinkle sesame seeds on top

Bake in preheated oven at 250F for about 30 mins until light brown on the bottom and sides

Serve warm with tea or coffee and enjoy!!