01. March 2016 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

It was an evening with little mood to cook but no mood to eat the usual or even a take-out. I decided to attempt Chutney Gosht since it sounded like a good diversion from the usual mutton curries, although not really out-of-the-box. Herbs give it a humble aroma, while the chillies balances the flavor. I […]

23. February 2016 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

The first time I came across Orange Chicken, it sounded interesting but not really appetizing since I’m not fond of sweetness in my food. It looked delicious though, so I decided to try it at home. It was quite good and not as sweet as I thought it would be. Balance it with cayenne pepper or […]

21. February 2016 · By Nadia Asif · Comments Off on Dal Palak

Dal Palak is traditional to Indian vegetarian cuisine – a recipe passed on by generations. Dal Palak is a fine, nutritious, and lightly spiced combination of lentils and spinach. This kind of palak recipes retain most of nutritional value of spinach since its not fried or burdened with spices. Perfect to be on your ‘Healthy […]

06. February 2016 · By Nadia Asif · Comments Off on Mutton Rizala

Here’s Mutton Rizala from Awadhi cuisine. Unlike the conventional deep-colored and heavily spiced gravies, Rizala is mildly-spiced, nut-based mutton dish. Awadh is known for ‘inventing’ the dum style or slow-fire cooking. Slow-cooking lets each ingredient release its flavor gradually, making the dish rich in flavor and aroma. Mutton Rizala is one such dish, which tastes […]

17. January 2016 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

Bread and eggs are popular combinations for breakfast (and my favourite). This time I gave the English muffin a try. The good thing about using it for a sandwich is it doesn’t crumble or become messy like the usual breads. I think its perfect bread for an on-the-go breakfast. English muffins are half-baked so it […]

14. January 2016 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup sugar 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 2 large eggs, yolks separated 1-1/2 cups milk 1 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Method: In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder. In another bowl, lightly beat egg yolks. Add the milk, butter and vanilla. Give it a light whisk. […]

02. January 2016 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

Coleslaw has ‘evolved’ from its original to a variety of combinations. All are equally delicious and pretty much have the essence of a coleslaw – ‘crunchy and creamy’. Dressings vary from buttermilk and mustard to tahini and yogurt. This coleslaw dressing is with sour cream. Coleslaw is no longer just about cabbage and carrots. Red, […]

31. December 2015 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

Pastrami is brined meat that is seasoned with herbs and smoked or steamed. Pastrami is either from beef, chicken, lamb, or turkey. There are so many (MANY!) recipes for a pastrami sandwich, the famous and authentic being Reuben’s. I’ve decided to try all variations starting with this one – Pastrami Coleslaw Sandwich (Maybe because mayonnaise […]

18. December 2015 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

  Buttermilk fried chicken is a different take on homemade fast food. Its a perfect alternative to fast food take out because its quick and easy to prepare. Partner it with a soup or pasta, you’ll have a more than complete meal. If you don’t prefer frying, baking is another option. Marinate: 2 pieces chicken […]

18. December 2015 · By Nadia Asif · Write a comment

A creamy spinach soup is an appetizing start to a meal. Spinach isn’t really my favourite, but given its nutritional values, I try to stir up something interesting, like the crackling spinach. This cream of spinach soup is now a standard in my kitchen, especially in the winters. Its quick, tasty, and healthy. Enjoy!   […]