I have an aunt who basically conducts pantry magic. You can say to her you are coming in the evening for tea and she will create remarkable dishes without leaving her house the way that only a genius cook can. It is an ability that has always amazed me as I diligently write down every single instruction for every single recipe. When I was envisioning this Spiced Turkey Wreath recipe I knew what base to start with – Namak-LaalMirch-Adrak-Lehsan (obviously), but from there on I was a little stuck so in true desi daughter fashion I called my mother. My mother (as expected) told me to marinate the turkey pieces in Namak-LaalMirch-Adrak-Lehsan and a little yoghurt, saute with a little onion, cook till tender and then add a certain cheese. In the spirit of pantry cooking I decided to switch it out with cream cheese and love what it did in terms of adding both body and flavour.
My mother btw was not impressed by my unwillingness to do a store run.
This recipe has made me think a lot about our Pakistani Palates, palates that are not strictly confined to ‘traditional’ foods, but also palates that love Chinese Hakka food with the same intensity as a meaty spicy lasagna that would appal an Italian grandmother.
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It is Day 3 of Fasting guys. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept, in the month of Ramadan, a month in the lunar Muslim calendar, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. In Canada that means a whopping 17 hour fast. No food, no water. For those of you familiar with fasts and keeping them, I hope yours are going well. This is my first year of Ramzan in a long time where both kids are in school and I have decided to take advantage of that to alter my regular schedule to include a nap. It is going a long way to compensate for the sleep I lose at night when I wake up for Sehri/Suhoor (the predawn meal). Fingers crossed that the rest of the fasts go as these have.
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I have said it before and I will say it again – Mama Jafri is a practical lady and a force to be reckoned with. At some point she realized that spending so much time making pakora mix daily in Ramadan was quite ridiculous and started making huge batches of a dry pakora mix. Then at iftar time she would add a little water and whatever she was in the mood for.
My favourite: sliced boiled eggs. It sounds weird, but that is literally my favourite pakora. Green chutney not optional.
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Eid Mubarak to those celebrating and welcome again to another ode to my love for puff pastry 🙂 When Lubna of Yummy Food kindly asked me for a recipe for her tenth and last year of hosting “From Fasting to Feasting” on her blog I thought it best to bring something simple, easy and a little different from the usual Ramadan fare. These Eggplant Tartlets fit the bill. It blows me away that Lubna has managed to bring together 30 bloggers every year to contribute a recipe a day for the holy month of Ramadan and I am honoured to be included in such good company.