Thursday, February 25, 2016

Shami Kabab (Beef Patties)

Asslamo Alaikum,

With such a busy life MashAllah there are some days when you miss your home country a lot where its much easier with  family support or just keeping a maid won't be very expensive right or you can just wish for a magic wand  that you  wave  and all the dishes, laundry ,cleaning and food are done!! but we don't have any of these luxuries  here in a far far away land( sighh... )

I think i should get back to reality that there is a huge load of laundry, dishes to wash and food that needs to be prepared but there comes a aha moment when you remember you have some shami kababs in your freezer,ok let me explain you the importance of shami kabab in the freezer of a desi (or mostly Pakistani) homemakers  is that you can fry them when you have an unexpected guest , or you want a quick meal you can make Shami burger, Shami sandwich , Shami kabab  with daal and chawal(Riceor just shami kabab with ketchup you will survive !!(in sha Allah)
So i would recommend you to make some of these and have them in your freezer so when you are in a situation like me right now,there will be no magic wands needed at least for the food!!(right)




Stew beef 2 pd

Chana daal 2 cups  ( washed)

Onion 1/2 medium sliced

Ginger 1 inch piece

Black pepper corn 10-12

Whole red chilies  3-4

Cloves  6-8

Bay leaf  2-3

Cinnamon stick 1/2 inch

Black cardamom  2

Green cardamom 1-2

Cilantro 1 bunch chopped

Onion 1/2 medium chopped

Green Chilies  3-4 chopped

Salt to taste

Eggs  1-2

Oil for shallow frying


In a pressure cooker ( you can cook it in a regular pot but it will take longer) add  meat,chana daal,sliced onion,whole spices i.e black pepper,cloves,bay leafs,cardamom and cinnamon
Also add whole red peppers and ginger

Add enough water to cover meat  and cook on high for 30 mins until meat is completely tender

Cook on high to dry up any leftover water

Let this mixture cool,remove bay leaf  ,cinnamon stick

In a food processor grind the mixture until smooth and you see no big pieces.check for salt right now before you add raw egg

Add in an egg ,chopped cilantro,green chillies and onion

Now shape them into patties small or large your choice

Place them on a tray and freeze them ,after completely frozen put them in a ziploc bag and fry whenever you need.

There two ways to fry one is after defrosting  shallow  fry them until brown and crispy yum!!

Second way is to after defrosting dip it in whisked eggs and shallow fry ,these kind are mostly used between toasted buns  with  onion,salad,tomatoes,green chutney and ketchup yum yum that's called Shami burger!!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Boneless Chicken Yakhni Pulao (Boneless Chicken Broth Pilaf)

Asslamo Alaikum,

Growing up in Pakistani family, food has always been a big part of our lives actually if I say that our lives revolves around food won't be a lie . Thinking about it right now when I'm a little conscious about what I'm eating we ate lots of unhealthy food but still it was mostly from scratch homemade and with lots of love and care ,I believe that we cannot even compare those delicious food with our so called healthy food available in store home cooked is always best and is going to be best forever:)

             Today 'm sharing with you a little easier version of my all time favorite comfort food that is Yakhni Pulao ,i bet if you have ever had Yakni Pulao you know that goat Yakhni Pulao taste much better then chicken one !! Today's boneless chicken Pulao will taste if not better same as goat Pulao ( which take longer cooking process) as I'm using beef broth which i had made earlier..

in sha Allah.Before I get started  with another rant lets get to our tasty recipe!!

Boneless Yakhni Pulao


2 pd boneless chicken leg

1 medium Onion Sliced thinly

!/2 cup yogurt

1 bay leaf

6-8 cloves

6-8 black pepper corn

2-4 green cardamom

1-2 black cardamom

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp ground mace

 2 cups Basmati Rice

2 tbsp ginger paste

2 tbsp garlic paste

3 cups Beef broth

Salt to taste

2  green chillies

1/4 cup oil or butter

fried onions (optional)

chopped mint leaves (optional)

Wash and soak the rice for atleast an hour

In a big pot heat oil or butter and fry onion until golden brown

Add whole spice and fry until fragrant

Now add chicken and fry until light brown

Now add ginger and garlic paste and fry some more

Then add green chillies,nutmeg ,mace and yogurt and cook it covered on medium heat until almost tender

Now add soaked rice and cook on medium heat for 2 mins

Now add broth and bring to boil

And then lower heat and cook on simmer until all the water is absorbed and rice is tender

With light hand and slotted spatula mix the rice around garnish with fried onions and chopped mint leaves

Serve with Raita and salad and enjoy!!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Khari Maash Ki Daal (Whole White lentils)

Assalamo Alaikum,

                             "The life of this world compared to the hereafter is as
                               if one of you were to put his finger in the ocean and
                               take it out again then compare the water that remains
                               on his finger to the water that remain in the ocean"
                               Sahih Muslim(2858) 

After reading this hadith i feel so ashamed that how much we have indulged ourselves in this world which is like literally nothing ,we are like travelers and don't know when our journey is going to end next second ,next day ,next month or next year so we should work hard to spread happiness and peace everywhere and try to bring peace within ourselves also .

Today I'm sharing with you guys a very simple,protien rich,energy booster and yet delicious dish, by the way some people in my home might think this as not very appetizing dish but for me i can even eat this lentil dish on its own but this with hot hot chapatis is even more amazing !!

 “Linking this post to MLLA #92,  conceptualized by Susan and hosted by Lisa.”

Khari Maash Ki Daal (Whole White Lentils)


Dry Maash Daal  1 cup 

Water 2 cups

Salt to taste

Butter or Oil  1/4 cup

Onion 1 medium thinly sliced

Garlic 5-6 clove thinly sliced

Whole red chillies   2-3

chopped fresh mint leaves 1/4 cup


Soak lentils in warm water for 2-3 hrs

After soaking Drain out excess water

Now boil daal in 2 cups water and salt, first you will see thick white foam on top remove it with a slotted spoon

When lentils are tender ,Drain if any excess water remaining

Take out lentils in a serving dish

Heat butter in a deep frying pan,Add whole red chillies fry for bit then add garlic slice 

When garlic slices are light brown add onions and fry until golden brown

Now add this to Maash daals

Now add chopped mints leaves and serve with hot chapatis and enjoy!!

Other Maash Daal recipe you might like here !!