Sunday, July 5, 2015

Punjabi Kofta Chana / Punjabi Kofta Cholay پنجابی کوفتہ چنّا

Wonderful dish from Punjab. Meat and Kabuli Chana tastes good  when cooked together. It is very nutritious and delicious dish.

Punjabi Kofta Chana
Ingredients:
  • Kabuli chana (Garbanzo beans)  250 g 
  • Minced meat (mutton)  1/2 kg
  • Oil 1 cup 
  • Yoghurt 1/2 cup
  • Onion chopped 2-3
  • Ginger paste 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic paste 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh Coriander leaves for garnish
  • Salt to taste
  • Chilli powder to taste
  • Haldi powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala 1 teaspoon
  • Poppy seeds soaked and crushed 1 tablespoon
  • Bhuna chana  powder 1 tablespoon

Procedure:
  • Soak Kabuli chana in water  for 5-6 hours.
  • Wash then boil in enough water.
  • Drain and keep aside.
  • Now mix all spices together.
  • Make 2 portions. One for meat balls(kofta) and other for curry.
  • Fry onion in oil till golden and crispy.
  • Remove the fried onion from oil , cool on  kitchen towel  and then grind. Make two portion of fried and grinded onion.
  • Now add 1/2 quantity of spices, 1/2 quantity of grinded onion, and 1/4 cup of yoghurt to the minced meat. and knead well. 
  • Then process in an electric processor for smooth texture.
  • Now make table tennis ball size meat balls from this mixture.
  • Keep aside.
  • Now in the same oil in which onions are fried add remaining half portion of  grinded onion, yoghurt  and spices.
  • Also add ginger and garlic and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 1-2 glass water and cook on medium flame for 10 minutes.
  • Now introduce prepared meat balls (Koftas) carefully and continue to cook on low flame till meat balls are tender ( 45-90 minutes).
  • At last add boiled chick pea and cook on simmering heat for 10-15 minutes with careful stirring.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Delicious Punjabi Kofta Chana is ready.
  • Serve hot with tandoori roti and Fresh mint-coriander raita in yoghurt.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Date Milkshake کھجور کا ملک شیک

Date Milkshake is a very very delicious and nutritious drink. Is gives extra energy at Iftar during Ramadan,  the month of dates. Thousand of kilogram of dates are consumed during the Holy Month of Ramadan at Sehar and at Iftar.

Date Milkshake
Ingredients:

  • Date pitted  , good quality  6-8
  • Full cream chilled milk   1 glass
  • Sugar 2-3 teaspoon

Procedure:

  • Take all ingredients in an electric blender.
  • Blend for 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove in a glass.
  • Serve chilled.
  • Delicious Date Milkshake tastes good.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lukmi / Lukhmi (Hyderabadi Style Samosa) لقمی حیدرآبادی انداز سموسہ

Lukmi is a rectangle shape minced meat samosa popular among Hyderabadi community. Hyderabadi community have bitter taste tongue but sweet in talk.  Enjoy Luqmi at Iftar and pray.

Lukhmi 
Ingredients:
For Outer shell:
  • Maida  2 cup
  • Cumin seed whole 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
Oil for frying

For filling:
  • Minced meat  1/2 kg
  • Oil 1/4  - 1/2 cup
  • Onion chopped 2
  • Tomatoes  chopped 2
  • Ginger paste 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic paste 1 teaspoon
  • Green chillies chopped  2
  • Fresh Mint leaves  chopped 2 tablespoon
  • Fresh Coriander leaves chopped  2 tablespoon
  • Lemon juice 2 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Haldi powder 1/4 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala 1/2 teaspoon
Procesure:
First prepare filling.
  • Fry onion in oil till brown.
  • Then add ginger garlic paste fry for 1 minutes, add tomatoes , lemon juice, green chillies and spices and minced meat.
  • Fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add 1 glass water and cook on low heat till minced meat is well done
  • Sprinkle fresh mint and coriander leaves.
  • Evaporate most most the water and simmer.
  • Filling is ready.  Cool to room temperature.
Now make outer cover and Luqmi
  • Add salt and cumin whole to maida mix well.
  • Add water in small portion and knead well to a hard dough.
  • keep aside for 20 minutes.
  • Now make rectangle shaped strips 6 inch by 3 inch.
  • Place a small amount of filling on it.
  • Fold and seal with the help of fork.
  • Keep making other strips and fill it with prepared filling.
  • Now heat oil in a woke (Karahi) fry the prepared luqmi.
  • Delicious Luqmi is ready.
  • Serve with Tomato Ketchup / Mint Chutney.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Date Balls / Khajoor Ke Ladoo کھجور کے لڈ و

Dates Balls are sweet and healty snack. It is simple to make and can be used in any weather. Try this at Iatar or Sehar of this Ramadan for extra energy for fasting and Salat ul Taraveeh.

Date Balls
Ingredients:

  • Dates (pitted/seeds removed)  2 cup
  • Diced almonds   2 tablespoon
  • Diced pistachio  2 table spoon 
  • Desiccated coconut  1/2 cup
  • Sprinkles 2-3 tablespoon

Procedure:

  • Mash dates well.
  • Add nuts and mix well.
  • Make table tennis ball size balls
  • Then roll into desiccated coconut or sprinkle.
  • Serve as desired.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mango Smoothie / Mango Lassi مینگو لسّی / سموتھی

Smoothie in USA and Mango Lassi in Pakistan have the same recipes. It is just  by chance both nations are opposite to each other.  Thick creamy texture of yoghurt and Mango pulp gives it a distinct taste and flavour.  Mangoes are readily available now,  arrange and prepare a glass of Smoothie / Mango Lassi and enjoy.

Smoothie /  Mango Lassi
Ingredients:

  • Mango slices    1 cup
  • Yoghurt  250 g
  • Ice cubes  as desired
  • Sugar or honey 2-4 teaspoon

Procedure:

  • Take all ingredients in an electric blender.
  • Blend for 2-4 minutes.
  • Fill in a glass, insert a straw and sip the chilled smoothie / Mango Lassi.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Laham Nashif (United Arab Emirates Dish) اللحم ناشف


I am buying meat from a meat seller "Salman"  who also works for Sheikh Muhammad ,The Ruler of Dubai.  One day when I was visiting his shop he told me about this dish. Laham Nashif is an infusion dish of Pakistani , Indian and Arabian Cuisines. Very tasty and delicious.

اللحم ناشف
Ingredients: 

  • Mutton Cubes  1/2 kg
  • Oil 1 cup
  • Tomatoes chopped 2-3
  • Onion chopped  2-3
  • Ginger paste  1 teaspoon
  • Garlic paste 1 teaspoon
  • Green chillies  2-3
  • Fresh Coriander leaves for garnish
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chilli flakes 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper powder 1/2  teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pimento powder 1 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg powder 1/4 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 1/2 teaspoon

Procedure:

  • Take all ingredients except green chillies and fresh coriander leaves in a wok (cooking pan).
  • Add 3 glass water and cook on low heat till meat is tender.
  • When meat is tender evaporate excess water on high flame.
  • Sprinkle green chillies and fresh coriander leaves and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Delicious Laham Nashif is ready.
  • Serve with pita bread and salad.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Katakat کٹاکٹ

Katakat is a very delicious dish prepared on a large Iron skillet with the help of sharp choppers. The sound produced during its cooking like "katakat" when sharp blades, chops and struck against the surface of skillet. Katakat is very popular in Karachi. It is prepared with organ meat and testicles of goat. But I am not using here testicles, instead I used mutton cubes.

Katakat
Heart, Liver, Kidneys and Mutton Cubes for Katakat (Organ Meat)
Ingredients:

  • Liver of goat   chopped  1
  • Heart  chopped 1 
  • Kidney   chopped 2-3
  • Mutton cubes 250 g
  • Oil 1 cup
  • Tomatoes chopped  3-4
  • Onion chopped 3-4
  • Ginger paste 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic paste 1 teaspoon
  • Green chillies chopped 3-4
  • Fresh Coriander leaves for garnish
  • Salt to taste
  • Qasuri Methi dry 1 tablespoon
  • Chillies flakes  2 teaspoon
  • Haldi powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon
  • Fennel whole 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard seeds 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin whole 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 11 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala 1/2 teaspoon

Procedure:

  • Saute onion in oil in a pan.
  • Then add spices, Qasuri Methi, ginger garlic paste, meat, liver, heart and kidneys.
  • Fry for 12-3 minutes,
  • Then add tomatoes fry for 3-5 more minutes.
  • Then add 1 cup water and continue to cook on low heat till meat and organ meat are tender.
  • Add green chillies and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Simmer for five minutes.
  • Delicious Katakat is ready.
  • Serve with roti or naan.


Note:
Commercially it is prepared on a large Iron skillet and sharp choppers are used for cooking and its apperance like a coarse minced meat. But it is very easily prepared in your home kitchen in a cooking pot.