chicken ka salan

…In my family, although bone in chicken with a beautiful shorba is very much appreciated, we’ve gotten into the habit of making boneless chicken just for the ease. Kids are hungry and cranky? Quickly defrost that boneless chicken and throw it in the pot! Home after a long day and want something quick to eat? Throw together that boneless chicken salan! So here is my family’s recipe of boneless chicken ka salan. You won’t miss the flavor on bone in chicken because the ingredients add such an intense flavor to this, you might just hang up your whole chicken to dry and switch to this for good…

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Kala Chana Masala (Black Chickpea Stew)

black chickpeas, stewed chickpeas, chickpea stew, gluten free, vegan

Kale Chanay (Black Chickpeas) are a family favorite. They have a different flavor compared to chickpeas, more robust and intense, and have more of a bite to them. They’re found in spicy and tart chaats, dry roasted and packed into newspaper packs on the streets of Pakistan, and in robust stews, like the one made in my home. They create a gorgeous masala with just onions, no tomatoes or yogurt in sight, and they are full of nutrients. I love them served over gorgeous long grain basmati steamed to perfection, but you won’t find me refusing to eat them with naan either…

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Fruit Chaat

I sometimes find it sad that things that are a part of your daily life become seasonal when you move away. The samosa’s, jalebi’s and fruit chaat you eat so often become traditions you pull out during Ramadan. As much as I would like to make fruit chaat all year round, I make it everyday in Ramadan, maybe because that’s when I miss home the most. And if there ever was a fruit chaat recipe that you could make you feel at home, it’s this one, with the sweet guava juice and earthy cumin balancing the sweet and sour fruits so well, I’m transported to Lahore with every bite…

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Honey Butter Roasted Vegetables

If I have to choose between salad and roasted vegetables, I will always choose roasted vegetables. Even over french fries. Yeah. I said it. I love the sweeteness that’s brought out by caramelising the vegetables under high heat, and a little honey brings out even more flavor. The bitterness from the charred edges, the sweetness from the caramelization and honey, and earthy undertone from the thyme just work wonders…

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Zesty Veggie enchiladas

Enchiladas are a family favorite. I’m glad they are because they’re so easy to make, but that’s not the only reason I love them. They combine all my favorites, soft tortillas, a zesty filling and a whole lotta cheese. I have a chicken version of Enchiladas up on the blog already, and they are amazing in their simplicity, but there’s something about these veggie enchiladas. The earthy notes balanced out with spicy jalapeños. A cooking creamy tomato sauce and the perfect amount of bubbling cheese studded with green onions. It’s beautiful. (This can easily be made gluten free by using corn tortillas)…

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