Chawal ki Kheer – Pakistani Rice Pudding

chawal ki kheer

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In Urdu there is this expression – “haath ka maza” – it literally translates to the taste in someones hand, but is a nod to the idea that there is an intrinsic style to everyone’s cooking. My MIL is our resident expert chawal ki kheer maker, while this recipe incorporates a tip from her it does not attempt to be hers. Something about her haath ka maza I think.chawal ki kheer

It is still really good if I do say so myself and a derivative of this recipe I found from a lovely blog I discovered recently. The blog is called Rookie with a Cookie and she cooks with a zestful passion that had me reading her posts well into the night. Her chawal ki kheer is one that mimics the classic kheer you get in Pakistan, the kind in two earthenware bowls tied together. While I love that dearly, I wanted to make a more homestyle kheer and ended up making a quicker version of hers that incorporates a tip from my MIL.

My favourite part about this recipe is the preboiling of the rice and mashing to teeny tiny pieces. It makes me question my previous raw rice moves. hmmm 

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Kid Friendly Hara Masala Drumsticks

Hara Masala Drumsticks

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One of Murphy’s Laws should be if one of your children loves something the other will probably hate it (unless it’s icecream). My little one takes such joy from chicken drumsticks. She loves to get in there and strip it down to bare bones. Her sister on the other hand thinks there is something terribly wrong with dark meat. More often than not I find myself taking the pieces off the bone for her to eat.

Hara Masala Drumsticks

I don’t mind really. For most of my life – I refuse to give an end date for this – my father did the same for me. 

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Kalay Chanay in an Instant Pot

Kalay Chanay

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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. Kalay Chanay

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Homemade Pakora Mix

Pakora Mix

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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.Pakora Mix

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A No Tomato Smoky Highway Karhai Chicken

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If you had asked me if I had ever had a Karhai Chicken without tomatoes I would have firmly insisted no. And then I did and it all came back to me. Cramming into cars to go to the highly recommended highway restaurant, the charpoys and takhts scattered over large areas, the waiters deftly going by with their hot naans, and the smell, that amazing smell wafting through the air. It is the spices, but more than the spices its charcoal. Really, there is something about that smell that makes you feel like you can almost taste the best tikka in the world or perphaps the best karhai chicken. 

karhai chicken

Please note that the spice level in this recipe is quite high, but please do feel free to take it down a notch. I personally like the whole my mouth is on fire where is the cold bottle of coke when I need it feeling. But that’s just me.

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