Carrot Halva with pistachios – Anticipation & the joy of Eid

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This carrot halva recipe was the winning recipe for  The Guardian COOK supplement 14 Sept 2013, UK picked by Felicity Cloake  The 29th Roza (fast). A night of  such mixed emotions. Anticipation, excitement and joy all rolled into one. The much awaited ‘siren‘ after the sighting of the moon – knowing that it’s Eid tomorrow, was filled… 

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Kalay Chanay – Black chickpeas tossed in white poppy seeds, tamarind and red onions

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  Those endless moments of loss – Nights dark with the struggle of separation from the one you loved who has left this world forever.. I have felt those moments many more times in my life than I hoped, not just by the loss of close family or friends, but drastic changes in my life,… 

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5 steps to perfect spicy Keema and a longing for land from my home, the Sea

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          THIS RECIPE WAS PUBLISHED IN DELICIOUS MAG (ONLINE) “Then with the ebbing I should drift and be Less than the smallest shell along the shoal, Less than the seagulls calling to the sea.” – Sara Teasdale, ‘Sea Longing’ in Poems of the Sea Coming home from the sea – long… 

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Kashmiri-style leg of lamb with nuts, coconut and rose petals

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A Pakistani Christmas is such a different thing – with a large local Christian population and the concepts of Christmas firmly entrenched in our culture from the Colonial times, it is not a wonder that we in Pakistan celebrate this festive day with much excitement yet in such different ways – menus, traditions and styles…. 

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Green Chicken Chutney Curry – my video recipe

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This is a recipe that’s close to my heart, for the inspiration from the  many Parsi friends I has in school to the use of whole garam masala tempering that defines my cuisine’s richness, heritage and aromas – this is best enjoyed on a cold winter’s day with some warm basmati rice or on a… 

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Shahi Biryani with fenugreek and seasonal vegetables

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Biryani means to me what a roast dinner might been to a Brit – it’s the ultimate comfort food without any guilt. Warm, fragrant, reminiscent of the comfort of beautiful Pakistani houses with marble verandas,  airy rooms where the singular ceiling fan brought sacred cool breeze to a stifling humid afternoon – these were much… 

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Potato & Lentil Bun Kebabs, Pakistani Street-style burgers

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Smoky, hot, sultry Sunday afternoon’s when you’d rather be napping than driving out to the market – I can remember the sudden craving for a Bun Kebab would get me out of the icy atmosphere of my air conditioned bedroom into the throws of sweltering brain numbing heat only to savour one of these indescribably… 

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Rainbow Zarda – Sweet rice w/ nuts, candied cherries + peel

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Lazy afternoons at my Nanny Mummy’s house (maternal grandmother) were always defined best by my listless attempts at helping her cook in her very hot kitchen – very little could tear me away from the comfort of being wrapped up in her cosy bed with the air conditioning on High…the hum of the fridge behind her… 

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Qawami Seviyan, Sugar-laced Sweet Vermicelli

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  Eid is a time of celebration – not just the celebration of fasting for one month, but the celebration of food, family and togetherness. It is a time for rejoicing our religion and culture. What is so interesting about Ramazan and Eid is the fact that the festivities and food are so different in… 

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Almond milk with poppy seeds, aniseed + rose petals

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  Hot sweltering days and warm nights – How I am reminded slightly of those sometimes unbearable times in the humid heat of Karachi. Pakistan is diverse with climate, but Karachi (in the province of Sindh)  is pretty blessed with one constant – everlasting sunshine that’s is rather relentless. But I would take that over… 

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Dahi Baras – my Mom’s lentil fritters w/yogurt

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THIS RECIPE WAS PUBLISHED IN DELICIOUS MAGAZINE ‘ MY INHERITANCE RECIPE FEATURE AUGUST 2012′ Hearing the sound of the siren from the Mosques on Chand Raat (night the moon is sighted, to mark the beginning of Ramazan), would bring a sense of solemn peace, Ramazan is a month of contemplation and thankfulness. Day long fasting… 

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Mum’s coriander chutney & egg mayo butter “Ribbon” sandwiches

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With sunshine 365 days of the year, picnics were never a novelty in Pakistan neither was the mid-day 35 degree plus temperatures conducive to them! However the best time of the day was sunset when the unrelenting sun would hide it’s exhausted face behind clouds and set gracefully leaving a orange glow in the sky…. 

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Published as a guest post on Great British Chef’s website : Beetroot Halva

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This recipe was also published on the Great British Chef’s website Lovely week – all vegetarian and very foodie! I was a finalist in Vegetarian Cookery School’s Best veggie breakfast competition with my tradition Pakistani breakfast with my own twists…l!!!  The highlight of the week was a lovely trip to my favourite UK city Bath… 

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Yakhni basmati pullao with caramelized onions

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Sometimes I need a meaty rice pullao – fragrant, warming, filling and full of meaty comfortness. A yakhni pullao delivers. A pullao infused with flavours of garam masala, caramelized onions and with either chicken or mutton. It’s cooked in it’s own stock  or “Yakhni” as it is known in Urdu. This can make it tricky,… 

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Gulab Jamans with Earl Grey tea, Saffron & Cardamom

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This is recipe is my signature dessert – Earl Grey Gulab Jamans There was once a story my Dadijaan (paternal gran) told me about when they migrated to Pakistan in 1947 – she had just made a batch of fresh gulab jamans and did not want to leave them there the day they were leaving…. 

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