Cold Coffee (Frappe)

Cold Coffee (Frappe)

I always remember my summer in Lahore fondly. We spent our days having so much fun that the scorching heat never really bothered us. The peak noon hours were spent playing dark room or cards, then we ran outside to play once the sun settled a bit. We always came back to the sound of the blender whirring in the kitchen, and we knew what it meant. Right as we settled on what to watch on tv (there wasn't much to choose from in the 90's) a large tray of homemade fries and glasses full to the brim with cold coffee would be set in front of us...

Chicken Kafta (Lebanese Kababs)

Chicken Kafta (Lebanese Kababs)

Chicken Kafta is just Lebanese style chicken kababs, and they're my favorite. These are so delicious and so versatile. You can serve them over a bed of rice, jeweled with toasted almonds and sumac onions. Make a batch and keep it in the fridge for a quick pita sandwich, or simply add to your salad for some extra protein. This recipe will become a family favorite that tastes just like you got it from your favorite Lebanese restaurant...

Savory Tarts

Savory Tarts

I love anything that starts with puff pastry, and these savory tarts are no different. They are so simple but there's beauty in their simplicity. I love using up leftover vegetables in these. Cheese, vegetables and dough make for the best flavor combinations, but you can add any protein of your choice as well. These are great to serve at parties because they are bite sized, but you can also make a large one and cut it to serve. They're also a great light snack to break your fast with during Ramadan.

Dahi Phulki

Dahi Phulki

While you'll hear me raving about papri chaat day in day out, it's slightly less famous cousin, Dahi Phulki, or dahi phulkiyan, are what I grew up eating. It's a cross between Dahi Bhallay and Papri Chaat and to be honest it's my favorite. In our house it was served on many occasions. With chai as a snack, but also with biryani or Yakhni Pulao. It's like raita but with some oomph from the besan (chickpea flour) ki phulkiyaan. The process is simple but the flavors are amazing...