Showing posts with label Pakistani Cuisine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pakistani Cuisine. Show all posts

Monday 23 March 2020

Fish Tikka

Tikka is a dish that can be eaten as starter or appetiser. Tikka can be made with meat, fish, panner or vegetable. It’s a popular dish of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. 
 The meat or fish is marinated with spices and lime or curd. The marinated meat or fish is skewered and cooked on a tandoor.  The pieces are brushed with butter or ghee at intervals. It is served with Coriander Chutney, Onion and Lime. 
Today I have made fish tikka. You can use any boneless fish. I have used Tilapia fish.  

500 grams Any Boneless Fish Pieces 
Juice of 1/2 Lime 
1 tsp Ginger paste
1 tsp Garlic Paste
1 tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder 
1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
Salt to taste 
1 tbsp Butter 


Take a bowl, add lime juice, chilli powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, salt to taste, ginger paste and garlic paste. Mix all the ingredients together. Add 2 to 3 tbsp of water. Mix the ingredients again. Add the boneless fish pieces and marinate the fish for an hour or two. Take a skewer, insert the fish pieces into the skewer. Place the skewers on the tandoor. Apply butter on the fish at intervals and cook the fish on both the sides. Garnish with onion, tomato and lime wedges. Serve with green chutney. 

Saturday 12 May 2018

Bhindi Gosht ka Salan

Okra - Meat is a simple recipe from Pakistan and India. In Hyderabadi Cuisine the same recipe is made with more souring ingredients added to the dish. This is mainly a summer dish as the best time for okras to grow is summer, even though now a days it’s found all round the season. This is a medium gravy dish. There are many ways to make it. This dish can be enjoyed with Paratha or Roti.

650 grams Mutton cut into medium pieces
250 grams Okras wash, cut the top and bottom and slit from center
3 medium size Onions chopped 
1 small Tomato chopped
2 Green Chillies slit
Some chopped Coriander leaves for garnishing 
1 tbsp Garlic and Ginger paste
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Red Chilli powder spicy 
1/2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder 
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder 
1 tbsp Coriander powder
Salt to taste
1/2 cup Oil
1 1/2 cups of water 
Take a pressure pan. Add 1/4 cup oil. Let it heat. Add the okras and let it cook till fried. Remove the okras and keep it aside. Add the remaining oil in the pan. Add the turmeric powder, chilli powder, Kashmiri chilli powder, garam masala powder,coriander powder and salt. Sauté the powder masala in oil for few seconds on low flame. Add 2 tbsp water so that the masala doesn’t get burnt. Add the onions, tomato and ginger - garlic paste. Stir and sauté it for a minute. Add the meat and sauté it till the oil separates from the masala. Add 1 1/2 cups of water and let it cook till the meat is tender. To save on time, cover the pressure pan and give 3 whistles. Let the pressure realises. Open the lid and stir. Add green chillies and okras. Stir and let it cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve it hot with roti or paratha.

Monday 3 July 2017

Shami Kabab...

Shami kebabs are popularly eaten as snack or appetizer throughout India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. It is made from beef, chicken or lamb. It is made by boiling the meat,dal, whole spices, onion, ginger and garlic, salt and turmeric powder till the meat has cooked. Then it is ground into a smooth paste. Coriander leaves, mint leaves and green chillies are added to the paste. It's given a shape of a patti and it's shallow fried in oil. 
It's garnished with onion,lime and mint leaves. It is served with green chutney made out of coriander and mint leaves.

250 grams boneless Mutton pieces
1/4 cup Split Bengal Grams / Chana dal soaked for an hour
1 Onion chopped
4 to 6 Garlic cloves
1 small piece of Ginger
2 to 3 or more Green Chillies chopped as per requirement 
2 tbsp Mint Leaves chopped
2 tbsp Coriander Leaves chopped
1 Black Cardomom
1 Green Cardomom
2 Cloves
1 small piece of Cinnamon
6 to 8 Pepper corn 
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Coriander seeds
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 Egg
Oil for Frying

Take a pressure cooker, add the mutton pieces, chana dal, onions, garlic, ginger, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, cinnamon, black cardomom, green cardomom, Cloves, pepper, salt, turmeric powder and 1 1/2 cup water into the pressure cooker. Close the lid and let it whistle 4 times or till the mutton has cooked. Let the pressure release, open the cooker and if any water is remaining, dry it up. Let it cool down completely. Then add the meat and the dal into a food processor, add egg and blend it until it turns into a smooth paste. Add the coriander leaves, mint leaves  and green chillies. Add salt and chillies if required. Blend it once more. Take a tray, grease the tray with oil. Apply oil on your palm. Take a lime size ball from the mixture. Roll it and flatten it a bit. Place it on the tray. Keep it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Take a fry pan. Add oil. Shallow fry the kababs very gently till golden brown on both the sides. Remove them on a paper towel. Serve them hot with green chutney, onions, lime and mint leaves.

Thursday 28 July 2016

Paya Nihari

Paya Nihari 

Nihari is a stew, usally slow cooked overnight which consist of meat mainly cooked with bone marrow. It can be made of trotters (Paya) too.
The word Nihar originated from the Arabic word "Nahar" which means "day" as it was typically served after sunrise Fajr prayers.
This dish was first developed in the 18th century, in either Delhi or Lucknow, by the Mughals. According to many sources, Nihari either originated in Old Delhi (Jama Masjid and Daryaganj areas) in the late 18th century during the last stage of the Mughal Empire or in the royal kitchens of Awadh. The Nawab ate Nihari early in the morning after Fajr prayers and then took a long nap before going to Zhuhr (afternoon prayer). Later on, it became popular among the labourer class for morning breakfast.
Another story reveals that Nihari was cooked overnight in large volume to be served to the labourers. Whenever there were massive constructions involved and the kings served meals free to labour and also paid them.This dish is now cooked all over south Asian countries. It has been an old popular delicacy in parts of Bangladesh, particularly Dhaka and Chittagong. People cooked it for one whole night and they eat it in the early morning at sunrise. It is a popular dish and is regarded as the national dish of Pakistan. The dish is known for its spiciness and taste. It is served with Paratha, Naan or Kulcha.
(Net Source)

8 Paaya (Lamb trotters) cleaned and washed properly
1 Onion chopped
1 Onion sliced, fried and crushed
1 Tomato puree
2 tbsp Ginger Garlic paste
4 Green Chillies slit
2 tbsp Coriander
2 tbsp Mint leaves
4 Clove
2 Cardamom
1 Cinnamon stick
4 Pepper corn
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Chilli powder
2 tbsp Nihari Masala powder
Salt to taste
2 tsp Flour 
3 tbsp Oil

In a pressure cooker, add the paya, a tbsp of ginger - garlic paste, chopped onion, cloves, cinnamon, cardomom, 1/2 tsp  turmeric powder, salt and 2 cups of water. Cook at medium heat and give 10 whistles or cook till the payas are tender.
Take a pot, heat the oil, add rest of the garlic - ginger paste. Sauté it for a minute. Add the tomato puree and sauté for another minute. Add red chilli powder, remaining turmeric powder and nihari masala, stir and cook it for a minute. Add the cooked paya along with the curry in which the paya was boiled. Add 2 cups of water. Mix well and let it simmer on low flame. Add the coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chillies and fried onions keeping 1 tbsp of fried onions for garnishing aside.  Continue simmering for 20 minutes on low flame. Take the flour in a bowl, add 4 tbsp water and mix it. Add the paste into the pot. Stir and simmer for 2 minutes more. Remove from the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves, mint leaves and fried onions. Serve hot with naan, kulcha or paratha.

Nihari Masala
10 Dry Red Chillies
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
2 tsp Cumin seeds
2 tsp Coriander seeds
2 tsp Pepper corn
2 Cloves
2 Cardamom
1 Cinnamon stick
1 Star Anise
1Bay leaf
1 tsp Kashmiri Chill powder
1/2 tsp Ginger powder
1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

Dry Roast all the above ingredients except turmeric powder and nutmeg powder. Let it cool. Add the roasted spices, nutmeg powder, ginger powder, kashmiri chilli powder and turmeric powder into a grinder. Grind the ingredient into a fine powder. Store it in a dry glass container.  

Monday 30 May 2016

Gosht Falak Numa (Spicy Tangy Mutton Curry)

Gosht Falak Numa (Spicy Tangy Mutton Curry)

While net searching, This Pakistani dish attracted my attention for it's beautiful name. 
It's a very tasty and easy mutton recipe. The mutton is cooked in curd base sauce with cashew paste, saffron and spices. A must try recipe. 


1/2 kg Mutton  pieces

2 large size Onions sliced

2 tbsp Garlic and Ginger paste

3 Green chillies cut lengthwise

2 tbsp Cashewnuts paste

2 cups Curd

1 tbsp Garam Masala powder

1 tbsp Chilli powder

1/2 tsp Saffron

Salt to taste

Water as required

4 tbsp Ghee / Oil

Few Coriander leaves chopped



Take a pressure cooker, add 1 tbsp oil or ghee. Heat it. Add mutton, salt, ginger and garlic paste. Sauté it for 3 minutes. Add 2 cups of water. Stir it.  Cover and pressure cook it till 4 whistles. Take a pan, heat the remaining ghee or oil. Let it heat. Fry the onions and 2 green Chillies till the onions are brown in colour. Take curd, add cashew paste, chilli powder, saffron and garam masala powder. Mix it well. Pour the curd into the pan. Stir and cook on low flame for 5 to 10 minutes till the oil releases from the curd. Add the boiled  mutton along with the broth. Check the salt, add if required. Stir it.  Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves and remaining green chilli. 

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Keema Aloo Aur Bhindi ki Sukhi Sabji (Potatoes and Okra with Keema)

Keema Aloo Aur Bhindi ki Sukhi Sabji
Potatoes and Okra with Keema

1 cup Chicken or Mutton Mince
250 grams Okra cut slit into half and cut into 2 pieces
3 medium sized Potatoes cut into thick strips
2 Onions chopped
1 Tomato chopped
2 Green chillies broken into pieces
1 tbsp Ginger Garlic and Chilli paste
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
1/2 tsp Curry powder
Salt to taste
1/4 cup Oil to fry the Okras and Potatoes
1 tbsp Ghee
Few Coriander Leaves chopped for garnishing

Take oil in a wok. Let it heat. Fry the potatoes till light brown in colour. Take it out and keep it aside. Add the okras and fry it till light brown in colour. Take it out and keep it aside. Add ghee in the same wok. Add the chillies and the paste. Sauté it for 2 minutes. Add the onions and sauté it till pink in colour. Add the chicken mince, stir and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato and the powder spices and salt. Stir and cook for more 2 minutes. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring it occasionally. Before serving garnish it with coriander leaves.

Thursday 31 March 2016

Keema Tadka Achari........

Keema Tadka Achari........

It is a dry dish and it can be had with Parathas. 
500 grams Mutton / Chicken Keema
3 Onions chopped
2 Tomatoes chopped
1 tbsp Garlic and Ginger paste
3 Green chillies chopped
1 tsp Red chilli powder
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Garam Masala powder
1 tsp Fennel seed powder
1 tbsp kasoori methi
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Mango pickle masala
4 tbsp Ghee
1/4 cup Coriander leaves chopped

Take a pan, add the ghee and let it heat. Add the Onion and sauté it till brown in colour. Add garlic ginger paste and chopped  chillies.  Sauté it for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes.  Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add the salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, fennel powder, Kasoori  meethi and mango pickle masala. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add the Kheema. Stir it, cover and cook, stirring it occasionally till the keema is done. Garnish it with coriander leaves.

Friday 29 January 2016

Aab Gosht

Aab Gosht
This dish is made in several ways. As milk is added, it makes this dish unique. 
1/2 kg Mutton
1 cup Bengal Gram soaked
2 Medium size Onions chopped finely
3 Medium sized Tomatoes chopped
1 tsp Garlic paste
1 tsp Ginger paste
1 tsp Green Chilli paste
1 tsp Cumin powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Fennel powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Pepper powder
Salt to taste
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
1 cup Milk
1 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Ghee

Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker. Add onions and saute till translucent.  Add tomatoes, ginger and green chilli pastes, gram dal, turmeric, salt and mutton. Stir well for 5 minutes, add 1 1/4 cups of water and pressure cook till 3 whistles. After all the pressure releases open the cooker.  Add cumin powder, coriander powder, fennel powder, garam masala powder and pepper powder , stir and simmer for 10 minutes on low heat. Add coconut milk and milk and let it simmer for 10 minutes more. Serve hot.

Saturday 6 June 2015

Pakistani Mutton Biriyani

Pakistani Mutton Biriyani
1 kg Mutton
1 kg Basmati Rice 
2 big onions sliced
1 tomato chopped 
1 1/2 tbsp garlic, ginger and chilli paste 
1 tbsp Briyani masala powder ( 1/4 tsp ( Saha jeera ) cumin seeds, 1/4 tsp coriander powder, 2 green cardomom, 1 small stick Cinnamon, 4 cloves, 8 to 10 pepper, 1/2 nutmeg, 2 whole red chillies, 2 star anise, 2 bay leaves) to grind
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
6 dry plums
1/2 cup curd
1/2 cup milk
2 pinch saffron
Pinch of kesar colour
Salt to taste
3 tbsp ghee
Chopped mint and coriander leaves for garnishing 
1/4 cup of mix dry fruits ( Kaju, raisins and almond flakes)
1/2 tsp Kewra essence 
2 boiled eggs
1/4 cup pomegranate 
For the salad cut 1 tomato, 1 onion, 1 cucumber into to slice. Slit 2 green chillies, slice 1 lime.
Marinate the mutton with curd, ginger, garlic, chilli paste, biriyani masala powder, salt, turmeric powder for a hour. Take the rice an soak for 30 minutes. Take a pan add 1 1/2 tbsp ghee and fry the onions till golden brown.  Take  1/2  of the onions and keep it aside. Let the rest of the onions be in the pan. Add the marinated Mutton and tomato. Let it cook in its own juice. Cook the soaked rice. Add salt to taste and 1/2 tsp ghee in the rice and mix it. Once the mutton is cooked and the gravy has reduce, take mutton of the gas. Take 1/2 cup milk. Warm the milk and add saffron and Kewra essence. Divided the rice into two parts. Add 1/2 milk to one part of the rice and mix it.  Now add colour to the remaining milk. Add the the milk to the other remaining rice and mix it. Cut the eggs in to two and keep it aside. Take a platter. Add the White rice on the plate. Create a   space in between the rice. Add the mutton in the centre. Now spread the coloured rice on the top. Sprinkle the brown onions on top. Heat 1/2 tsp ghee and fry the dry fruits and spread it on the rice. Sprinkle coriander and mint leaves. Now mix the salad and sprinkle salt on it. Garnish the biriyani with the salad, lime , green chillies, pomegranate seeds and eggs.