Quick Chicken Jalfrezi

Quick Chicken Jalfrezi

Chicken Jalfrezi is a testament to how one ingredient can transform a dish completely. If you look through the ingredients you can see they consist of ingredients used in any chicken curry. The only difference is a bell pepper, also known as shimla mirch. Such a poetic name, no? This is the story of how one shimla mirch changed everything. Another thing to love is that Jalfrezi is classically cooked with boneless chicken, so it's not just me switching out the bone-in chicken for my convenience. But don't be fooled. This recipe delivers on all fronts. Flavor, texture, and looks, because that fresh pop of green does so much for this dish. 

Dahi Bhallay (Lentil Dumplings)

Dahi Bhallay (Lentil Dumplings)

These fluffy little dumplings have my heart. I have always loved dahi bhallay. It was a weekly ritual to have chai at my Khala's (Mom's sister) house and on our way, we always stopped halfway and picked up 2 plates of Bhallay from "Jamal's" right before merging onto the Nehar and driving all the way to her house. We never really had home made bhallay, but forward a decade to a suburbs of Chicago, with no "Jamal's" in sight, and you have yourself a problem. Last year, during Ramadan, I finally decided to give these darn bhallay a try, and I haven't gone back since...

Easy Homemade Ketchup

Easy Homemade Ketchup

This recipe is very near and dear to me. It's my late Nani's (Maternal Grandmother's) recipe and it's something we all enjoyed growing up. It's not your classic thick and sharp Heinz ketchup. It's more of a desi ketchup, think the ketchup served in bazaars (markets) with those chaat masala fries. A little more sweet, spiced with laal mirch(cayenne) and bhuna va zeera (toasted cumin seeds), and it is absolutely delicious. It goes perfect with your classic trolley foods; samosas, sandwiches, fried chicken, pakoray and so much more.

The Creamiest Mango Milkshake

The Creamiest Mango Milkshake

As soon as it starts warming up my mind goes straight to mangoes. They are the king of fruit in my opinion, and they reign over Pakistan like no other. I've tried local mangoes here in Chicago, but nothing beats Pakistani mangoes, and my favorite type happens to be Anwar Atol. The tiny variety of mangoes that is so delicate you never dare to blend it up in a milkshake. That pure goodness needs to be eaten on its own. Alas, we're still a couple months away from mango season, and I'm on the other side of the world, so I made this mango milkshake to drown my sorrows, and it drowned them away...

Mango Lassi Cupcakes

Mango Lassi Cupcakes

I love lassi. Meethi Lassi(sweet lassi) is my favorite thing to order when I visit Lahore, but Mango lassi is something I order everywhere, because let's face it, it's the best! Yogurt and sweet mangoes blended into a thick milkshake consistency, it just screams summer to me. The tart yogurt balances the sweet mango so well. So obviously I was going to turn it into a dessert...

Easy Imlee Chutney (Tamarind Chutney)

Easy Imlee Chutney (Tamarind Chutney)

...This recipe is basic, classic, and just the thing you need to keep those family traditions alive. I use imlee ki chutney all year round, but there's something about the time of year when Ramadan is coming closer, and you just want those classic comfort foods to surround you as you fast the month away. Food has memories attached to them, which is why we make certain foods for certain holidays, and a good old imlee ki chutney is just what you need this Ramadan...

Hari Chutney (Mint Chutney)

Hari Chutney (Mint Chutney)

Chutneys have the power to make or break your food. I don't mind buying ready made chutneys, but there are two that I make the effort to make, especially during Ramadan, because I like my version the best and also because they make me feel a little closer to home! They have such deep and concentrated flavors that a little goes a long way and there's nothing like a well made chutney that instantly transports you back home. Hari Chutney, or mint chutney, is such a classic...