Bong Paaye is a famous dish of Pakistan’s Punjab province. It is our Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif’s favourite breakfast as well and a very rich delicacy of Eid al Adha.
1 kg cow hooves/ (burnt and scraped off) (washed)
1 kg beef muscle
1 onion sliced
1 cup oil
3 tbspns of ginger garlic paste
250 gms whipped yogurt
3 green chillies
Some chopped fresh coriander
Salt to taste
1 tbspn Kashmiri red chilli
1 tbspn red chilli powder
2 tbspns coriander seeds
1 tspn carom seeds (ajwain)
1 tspn nigella seeds (kalonji)
1 tbspn cumin
1 tbspn saunth powder (dry ginger powder)
3 green cardamom
1 tspn peppercorns
3 tbspns fried onions
For masala, pan roast cumin, nigella, coriander, peppercorns, cloves and cardamom for 2 minutes. Put all of it in spice grinder and make powder.
Take 10 -12 cups of water, add salt, ginger garlic paste, salt and hooves and boil for 4 hours. Add more water if needed. Now add beef pieces and cook covered for 4 more hours or until the beef is tender.
Heat oil in a separate pan and add all the spices in it. Add yogurt and mix well. Don’t let the spices burn. Add this mixture to paya and cook on low heat for further 30 minutes or until the oil comes to the surface.
Makki ki roti and Sasron ka saag is one of the famous dishes of Punjab and it depicts the agricultural culture of this Province, famous both in Pakistan and India. The best thing about this dish is that it is not confined or related to only one time meal, you can serve it in breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks or anytime 🙂 I didnt know how to make it first and I used to think it as a very difficult but love (for food) made it easy for me, so here is the recipe for you ….
2 bunch of choy sum (Available in supermarkets or fruit and veg market easily, Australia wide) or saag (available at wyndham village fruit market in Melbourne)
1 bunch spinach
1 bunch fenugreek (available at fruit market)
5- 10 small green chillies
1 bunch fresh coriander
4 cloves of garlic
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder to taste
1 tbspn ginger and garlic paste
Some green chillies to garnish
2 scoops Ghee
1 scoop white butter (homemade, unsalted) to serve
1 medium sized onion chopped
Water for boiling
Wash and clean and cut all the greens. Wash them in open and wide container under cold water to get rid of all the sand and soil and put in a colander to drain.
Boil 2 litres of water in a deep pot and add the greens, garlic cloves, salt and green chillies.
Cook covered for 20 minutes and drain the access water. Keep the boiled greens in the colander for 15 minutes to remove all the excess water and cool down.
Grind it in a food processor to coarse.
Now if you want to use it later, you can make 2 packets and freeze for up to 60 days.
Or if you want to cook it straight away, melt ghee is a cooking pot and fry chopped onion until its translucent. Add ginger and garlic paste and fry until it is golden brown. Add saag puree and cook until the water evaporates and ghee starts to separate.
Add chopped green chillies and take it out in a dish.
FOR MAKKI ROTI
3 cups makki aata (I use Grewal brand which is easily available in Melbourne)
Some warm water to knead the dough
Ghee as per use
Take 3 cups of makki aata in a deep bowl and gradually knead it by adding little warm water at a time.
The texture will look like wet or kinetic sand, not like normal flour dough.
Knead it for 5 minutes and keep aside for 20 – 30 minutes at room temperature.
The best thing about this dough is it will not stick to your hands but still grease your hands a bit just to give it an even shape. Make 3 – 4 round balls of this dough.
Spread some aluminum foil on your kitchen bench top (flat surface) and make round roti or chapatti on it by using your palm and fingers.
The roti will not be even or flat as normal roti and it will break if you make it on hand, that’s why we are using aluminum foil.
Heat tawa or flat pan or griddle and very carefully put the roti along with the foil on the tawa with roti facing the tawa. Gently peel off the foil. Drizzle some ghee or oil on the sides of the roti so it does not stick to the pan. After 1 minute, very carefully turn the roti with flipping spoon and apply ghee on the other side.
When the roti is brown and cooked, serve hot with saag and white homemade butter.
Ideal for summer BBQs
Ideal for roast dinners
Ideal for light lunches
Ideal for weight watchers
It is not some ordinary boring salad. Very flavoursome and zesty, the combination of mint and lemon in dressing is outclass and the sweetness of grape tomatoes and subtlety of avocados make it fun and tempting to eat.
2 avocados (cut in to medium cubes)
1 medium red onion cut round
1 continental cucumber cut into cubes or semis
Leaf lettuce (chopped up rough)
250 gms grape tomatoes (cut in halves)
1 tspn lemon zest
4 tbspns lemon juice
1 tspn olive oil
Some cracked black pepper
Some table salt
Some fresh chopped up mint
Wash and cut all the vegetables. Put them in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix everything given for dressing and pour over the vegetables.
Hommus is a very famous Arabic dip which has different variation of recipes in Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. This recipe is Lebanese version. Lebanese version is a bit sour, lemony and fine in texture.
2 x cans of chickpeas
3 tbspns tahina (sesame seed paste)
A generous pinch of salt
5 – 6 tbspns extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup water (if needed)
2 cloves garlic
½ cup lemon juice
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until very fine paste is made. Add water if needed. Adjust salt and serve with a drizzle of olive oil and paprika. Ideal with grilled meat, khubz and pita.