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

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  “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 months of horizons in the distance and the hope of seeing land… 

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Lahore – A city with history at it’s feet & food in its heart and soul

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In my mind history, art, architecture, fashion, music and food all have something in common, they are all a result of excellence fuelled by passion. Be it a passion for creativity, ideas or science. The limits of such are endless and when I think of the one thing that always inspires me to write about… 

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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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Banana, Cardamom & Coconut Samosas with Chai Chocolate Drizzle

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It was about this time of the year that you knew the weather has started to alter – the first breath of the crisp sandy cool sea breeze in the morning would confirm that our  mild desert winter was not far behind. With it, it would bring a gush of festivities, weddings, parties and many… 

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Mango, Cardamom & Saffron Pannacotta

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As published in Express Tribune, Pakistan – August 2012 Growing up in Pakistan always meant mango season was greeted with open arms and an unending appetite for these sweet honey laced varieties of mangoes grown in Pakistan, of which Sindhri mangoes which are indigenous to the province of Sindh, Pakistan alone – where I was… 

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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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The flavours of two nations – United and Divine

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  I sit here and write this post on the night of Pakistan’s Independence Day, 14th August and the eve of India’s Independence Day, 15th August. My lovely friend Sheba from Absolute Indian, who originates  from Kerala and myself (Pakistani, obviously) share one  recipe each  in celebration of our respective country’s independence and most of… 

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Lamb Nihari – Pakistani slow lamb shank with fresh herbs

Photo credit Ian James

There were days when you could not care for any home cooked food because you knew of the treasures you could find in the food streets of Pakistan. Nothing can beat the colourful aromas, the smoky essence and hustle bustle of Pakistani bazaars and food quarters. Nothing quite like sitting on the roadside and consuming… 

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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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Almond milk with poppy seeds, aniseed + rose petals

Photo credit Ian James aka @Grobelaar

  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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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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Featured on Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Nation tv show: Beetroot and Jaggery Raita

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This recipe was also published on the Great British Chef’s website The weather has been erratic this week and so have my days…with the first Pukka Paki supperclub looming I suddenly had the unexpected request which made me stop in my tracks!  – an honour to say the least, I was asked to appear on… 

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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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Butternut squash & Sweet Potato stuffed Parathas

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Those sweltering hot days in Karachi were broken with the sudden thunder and quick, furious downpour which would relieve the suffocating  humidity of  Karachi – the nearly intoxicating sound of hard drain drops beating down on the tin roof garages and the earthly smell in the air would make me yarn for my Nani Mummy’s… 

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