Tuesday, April 15, 2014

pakistani home cooking: Kari Pakora

pakistani home cooking: Kari Pakora: .    Kari Pakora Kari pakora is a beautiful dumplings in a creamy yogurt sauce. Which have a beautiful combination of creamy...

Kari Pakora


 Kari Pakora

Kari pakora is a beautiful dumplings in a creamy yogurt sauce. Which have a beautiful combination of creamy,smooth  yogurt sauce which is out of this world.
You can serve kari with rice or just eat with spoon.


1 small onion
1 C. plain yogurt
3 TBS gram flour
2 C. water
salt and pepper
For pakora:
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 C. gram flour
3 TBS water
salt and pepper
1/tsp cumin seeds
oil for frying
For bagaar
5 TBS oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp cumin seeds
5 curry leaves 

In blender add half onion, yogurt, gram flour, turmeric, and water; blend into smooth sauce. Strain the sauce, then add this mixture to pot. Add salt and pepper cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
Now make a mixture for pakora by adding baking powder,gram flour water salt and pepper and cumin seed mix and fry a teaspoon full in oil until golden and keep aside. When curry gets thick, add fried pakora and cover. In a small frying pan heat oil add 1/2 chopped onion, cumin,garlic, and curry leaves. Pour over curry and serve with white rice. 

curry pakora with white rice

Preparation time: 10 minute
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Best of Brunch: Organic, Vegetarian, Edible Simplicity by Ayesha Khan
The Best of Brunch: Organic, Vegetarian, Edible Simplicity
by Ayesha Khan
Link: http://amzn.com/1479278483 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

1. simple homemade Garam Masala.

  1.   simple homemade  Garam Masala.
                Garam masala is one of the most commonly used spice mix, and home made is way batter then ready-made store brought .


1 tsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tbsp whole black pepper
3 whole black cardamoms
1 tsp cloves
1 stick cinnamon
1 bay leave optional
4 tsp white cumin
1/2 tsp nutmeg and mace crushed

Put all the spices and an electric grinder and grind them into fine powder.  Store it in airtight container.
Garam masala can be used in almost all Pakistani savory meals. It has great medicinal properties, great flavor and aroma especially in the rice and meat dishes or any curries.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

peshaweri channa pulao



Channa pulao is one of the most common rice served with meat in Peshawar .  my mom and her mom was expert in the kind of rice and the secret ingredient was there sun dried onion .after it dried and then fried it give a very beautiful color and aroma .and off course the gram masala and the beautiful chickpeas and raisins. And the big soft meat which fork tender and melt In your mouth.
But as many years I have been living in America I try it with fresh onion and it is also very  yummy  .
So here a go giving you my family old recipe for chana pulao

Chana  pulao
2 cups long grain rice [sella rice] or basmati rice
1/2-cup precooked or can chickpeas
½ cup raisins
Salt and pepper according to taste
3 black pepper corns
1 stick cinnamon
1tsp cumin seeds
1tsp garam masala
1 large cardamom
1 large onion thinly sliced
 1 large tomato thinly sliced
4 tbsp canola oil
4 cups water or meat stock
 large meat pieces  to serve with.
Wash  and soak the rice  in water for 3 hours if  you are not using sella rice soak only for 15 minutes. Don’t soak basmati rice more then 15 minutes .now add 4-cups of water and chickpeas  to a pot and bring to boil low the flame and let it cook for 15 minutes then off the flame and cover.
In a separate pot add oil and fry onion until golden add tomatoes and salt and all and add all the spices except garam masala and mash it with the back of the spoon .
And add the fry mixture and  sprinkle garam masala cover and low the flame and let the rice cook add raisins and let it cook until the water dries and the rice cook completely fluff the rice with fork and serve with meat curry and salad or Rita.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Chicken and spinach in coconut sauce curry




Chicken and spinach in coconut sauce curry

This recipe is sure a winner, serve it with naan or white rice and your family will happy to eat spinach .
This is simple chicken and spinach curry ,the addition of coconut give this dish creamy texture and beautiful yummy flavor.
1 cup cubed chicken breast
1cup chopped baby spinach
1 shallot diced
1 medium size tomato chopped
¼ cup yogurt
½ cup coconut milk
salt and pepper
1/2tsp turmeric powder
1tsp cumin seeds
1 green chili roughly diced
1tbsp chopped ginger
1tbsp chopped garlic
¼ cup olive oil


In small bowl marinate chicken yogurt ,salt and pepper and keep aside for 15 minutes.
In pot add oil ,chopped onion, and garlic, ginger, cumin seeds and green chili  and sauté it for 5 minute.
Add tomatoes  and  ,turmeric powder ,  stir add the chicken and keep stirring when the chicken no more pink about 15 minutes.

 add spinach and coconut milk and let it simmer for 1o minutes .
Creamy chicken and spinach curry is ready enjoy it with white rice or home made naan .

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

about our new fruit company.

 about our new fruit company. 
As long as I remember I love cooking and feel happy when I cook something which others buy from the store .and that’s why I love making jam jellies and fruit spreads and sauces in home. My family ,relatives and friends know that  it’s never a work for me but it’s a hobby which is very dear to my heart. and all this start from my mom plum jam and my sister mehnaz mango jam .as a child a adore home made jam jellies and marmalades .
After I come to America I make plum jam every year in the season and give it free to my friends and family and every body loved it .and many give me the idea to start jam company after thinking ask everyone take all the help ,me and my friend majidah we start a new fruit preserving company called {A.M orchard preserves  }and we sell organic and regular jam jellies marmalade, sauces the homemade style and we do everything by hand all these bottles are handmade with the love and care. 
We also sell local  organic all natural honey .
There are many reason that I want to share it with you which make our product special from store brought jam and jellies  and these reason are .
We don’t add preservatives, chemical or artificial flavors.  
We use less sugar and more fruit.
We try our best the find fruit that are local ,organic or freshly picked.
We make jam in small batches ,and we can customize jam according to your needs .less sugar ,or no sugar let us know
We use fruit pectin
We love making them.
We use natural ingredients
We sell 10 different flavors and they are
Mango, mango and peach ,organic peach,strawberries,organic raspberries, plum,gavava ,orange marmalade, organic fig with apple, tomato and orange,apricot,chunky mango
Mix berries, and so on.
And for more information or question please visit