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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Mutton Chapli Kebabs

  Mutton Chapli Kebabs, kebab recipe

Mutton Chapli Kebabs

I always had this fascination to plunge into Asian cultures and traditions that lead to calmness inside me. Simplicity, antiques and ordinary things have always captivated my attention from all times. Those who have traveled with me knows that I get irresponsibly happy around sheep’s and donkeys. In Karachi, I stopped the car consistently to take photos of the sheep’s and donkeys grazing herds. “Donkeys” might not make a GREAT list for everyone but they did for me.

I did manage to do all the things I wanted to do, but food was not at the top of my list. But as it is said do good and all the good things will happen to you. My husband took me to the best places of Karachi, part of the tour was to devour Pakistani eateries that not only consisted of biryani, tikka’s but also varieties of kebabs. In our excitement we ate all the delicacies from the scratch, and as it is time of winters we ditched out diets and hogged on speed, what better than a super moreish kebab to tempt our overactive taste buds?  

Yesterday, we had invited Hashim old friends over tea, I used to make wontons and seekh kebabs then stopped making them for several months, although they’ve been featured in full meals. I have shared that recipe earlier, as I know it by heart. But yesterday’s effort came out perfect and better than I expected. They are my attempt of making a homemade chapli kebabs that exploded with flavors. I discovered it from Hira’s mama here in Karachi, for those who are unfamiliar with the chapli kebabs: they originate from Peshawar in Pakistan, they’re dark in color, its full of flavor and fried on a griddle, savored individually or collectively; needless to say it’s also heavy, and greasy, and needs a cup of green tea to wash it down.

These succulent chunks of meat, richly spiced and dunked into some mayo or even simply with nothing, can make us swoon and forgo a six-course meal altogether!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 3-4 persons

½ kg Minced Meat   
2-3 Eggs  
2 tablespoons garlic paste
½ tablespoon roasted and crushed coriander seeds 
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 
1 tomato, finely diced
1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro 
1 teaspoon chopped green chilies 
3 onions, chopped 
1 cup, ghee or cooking oil 
2-3 tablespoon wheat flour
Salt to taste 

  • Before starting the procedure, make sure that the finely chopped onions are drained well.
  • In a big bowl, add in minced goat meat, chopped tomatoes, garlic paste, chopped green chilies, chopped onions and remaining spices like crushed coriander seeds and crushed red chilies. Mix properly.
  • Now add 2 beaten eggs, 1 teaspoon salt and chopped cilantro along with 2-3 tablespoons wheat flour. Mix well and allow it to rest for at least one hour.
  • You can also add pomegranate seeds, butter and spring onions if desired.
  • After some time, apply ghee onto your palms and shape the mixture into the shape of kebabs. IF you have zero idea about how kebabs look like! Simply roll take 3-4 tablespoons of mixture into your palms to form a shape of balls and once done press them with the help of your palms.
  • Now shallow fry the kebabs until golden in texture and crispy from the edges. Serve these juicy chapli kebabs hot with chapati, salads, lemon wedges and with some cream cheese.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Garlic Potato French Fries

Garlic Potato French Fries

This is the most beloved thing for VEG eaters!!! Potatoes are said to be the hearty vegetable for everyone who hasn't tasted meat yet. People like me, always look after this versatile veggie when nothing is available in kitchen. Be it curry, fried goodies, for stuffing or simply mashed potatoes - the generous amount of it brings life and happiness to the dinner table. Little did I know that McDonald french fries would add gleam and sparkle in my eyes and two fold my love for potatoes. I would always fly like butterfly whenever am nearby the outlet of McDonald, its light and crispy french fries has always captured my attention.

Karachi, a city known for their love of food and my in-laws is no exception, people are hard core lovers of non veg food - be it in breakfast, snacking or lunch and dinner. From egg omelette to bun kebabs and variety of barbecue dishes they are surprisingly crazy for everything, Oh! how can I forget biryani.... Into all these tempting and flavorful foods one eatable has always marked its presence and were available at every nook and corner - yes, it is french fries. In Mumbai, french fries were readily available only at McDonald or KFC outlets but this place was totally amazing. Because, wherever I turn around I can find a delightful snack topped with a dash of green chutney all over it. Of course, chutneys give that desi touch on western food in order to satisfy our taste buds! What can be better than a street food loaded with french fries that cost you a penny! 

As 2018 has come to an end, I thought to share a recipe of potato french fries which is close to my heart. A meatless recipe that is perfect for quick food makers. You can also check our french fries food vlog that showcases the branded french fries outlets I enjoy eating in Kaaarachi. 

Garlic Potato French Fries

Preparation Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2 persons

2 large potatoes, rinsed well
4 cups chilled water
1-2 cups of corn flour, coating 
1-2 cup Oil, deep frying
1 teaspoon, garlic powder
Salt to taste


  • Firstly get rid of excess starch for crispy and crunchy bites. For this, rinse, peel and cut the potatoes with the help of mandoline slicer to form a french fries shape. Once done, soak them in cold water for at least 25 minutes.
  • Drain all the water and place the potatoes onto the paper towels. The more they will dry, the more better they will become. 
  • Now sprinkle corn flour and coat all of them properly. Here, you can make packets and freeze them for later use or directly fry away.
  • Throw them in oil and deep fry until they become crispy and nicely cooked.
  • Remove on absorbent paper and sprinkle little salt and garlic powder.
  • Serve them straight away with tomato ketchup and mayonnaise. if you are a cheese lover then grate cheese all over it  and sprinkle some oregano. Enjoy your last day of 2018 with a bowl full of french fries, good movie and don't forget to share food, love and happiness with your loved ones!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Soft Pancake aka Malpau

Soft Pancake,Malpau, malpura, thehoggerz
We made malpua, the sweet pancakes for the first time during the commence of refreshing winters. The duo of pancake and rabdi keeps the taste buds alive in no time. The cardamom has been used to perfume homemade malpua. What I like about the two countries is the similarity between the food choices. Malpua or malpura are not the pancakes for breakfast but it is welcomed as a dessert in Asian countries. When these pancakes are rolled up in rabri, they bring out a joy in me. They are highly famous during the Indian and Pakistani gaiety! My mother in law has a great art in making dessert especially this one!