Category Archives: Pakistani Mains

Mattar Gosht

Mattar gosht is one of the famous dishes of Pakistani Home Cooking, do try this and make your meal nutritious by consuming the protein of meat and vitamins of peas ……

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  • 1 kg meat (mutton, curry meat)
  • 1 kg fresh green peas
  • 2 onions large
  • 2 large/ 4 small tomatoes
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 cardamom big
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 1 tbspn ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tspn Ayesha’s Kitchen Special Garam Masala
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • Some salt
  • ½ tspn red chilli powder
  • Water as needed
  • 2 tbspns coriander (fresh)


-In a pressure cooker, combine meat, 2 cups of water, ginger garlic paste, onion, whole garam masala and green chillies and pressure cook it for 4 whistles. If not using pressure cooker, combine the same ingredients in a non-stick pan and add 4 cups of water and cook covered until the meat is tender.

-When the meat is tender, wait for the water to get dry.

-Add oil and stir fry the meat and add tomatoes and other spices. Mix well until the tomatoes tend to lose their stiffness.

-Now add peas and 2 cups of water and let it cook on low heat for about 15 minutes or until the peas are tender and cooked. Add more water if you want shorba.

-Now add coriander and serve hot with home-made chapattis.

Ayesha’s Kitchen Special Chicken Handi

This is my very own recipe of Chicken Handi. Chicken handi is a very famous dish of Pakistani cuisine, you can find it almost in every restaurant. It is very easy to make, do try my recipe and I am sure you are going to love it …..

Ayesha's Kitchen


  • 1 ½ kg chicken breast and thigh fillets (cubed)
  • 2 large onions sliced
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbspns yogurt
  • Some salt
  • Some red chilli powder
  • 1 tbspn ginger garlic paste
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tbspn Ayesha’s kitchen special garam masala
  • 1 tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn cumin powder
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • A bunch of fresh coriander chopped
  • 2 – 4 green chillies sliced

-Heat oil and fry onion with ginger garlic paste until they are red.
-Now add chicken and spices and mix well until the chicken starts changing its colour.
-Add yogurt and tomatoes and let it cook on low medium heat until the moisture evaporates and masala is formed. Remove from heat.
-Heat a charcoal piece to white. Place a 4 x 4 aluminium foil on chicken handi, then place the coal piece and drizzle some oil on it. Cover it with airtight lid. After 10 minutes, add chopped chillies and coriander. Serve hot with chapattis.

Tadka Chaawal (Tempered Rice) (Pakistani Style)

Tadka Chaawal (Tempered Rice) are very tasty and can be served with any thing, any curry or any daal, give it a try and make your day special …


  • 1 small onion thinly sliced
  • 2 big cardamoms
  • 2 – 4 pcs. Cinnamon
  • 1 dried red chilli whole
  • 4 – 6 black peppercorns
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn ghee
  • 4 tbspns olive oil
  • 1 ¼ cup rice
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • Some salt (to taste)
  • 4 cloves


-Soak rice for 8 minutes. Drain water and keep aside.

-Heat oil and ghee in a thick bottomed deep pan and fry whole garam masala and onion slices. When they are golden brown add water and let it come to a boil.

-Add soaked rice and salt and let them simmer.

-When very less amount of water remains cover it and cook on very low heat for 10 minutes.

-Stir and scoop. Serve hot with daal or Punjabi kadhi.


Tasty and versatile tempered rice are ready to serve.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha's Kitchen


-Soak rice in very less amount of water for 7 – 8 minutes. Not more than that.

-Add ghee for tasty and pleasant tempering.


This will serve 4 persons easily.

Keema* Koyla* (Coal Tempered Mincemeat)

Coal tempered mincemeat is barbecue flavoured mincemeat which is usually served with chapattis, parathas or naan bread in Pakistani. It is one of the famous dishes of Pakistan, people usually serve it on small get togethers and parties …


  • ½ kg mincemeat (goat/ chicken/ lamb/ beef)
  • An onion chopped
  • A tomato chopped
  • 2 green chillies slitted
  • 4 green chillies sliced lengthways (OPTIONAL)
  • ½ bunch coriander
  • Some ginger julienne
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ¼ tspn ginger garlic paste
  • Few cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • ¼ tspn turmeric
  • Some salt to taste
  • ½ tspn garam masala


-Heat oil and stir fry onions until they are golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste and tomato. Cook well on low heat. When tomatoes lose their stiffness add mincemeat and fry for a minute. Add water and all the spices and cook it covered on medium heat.

-After 10 – 15 minutes, when very less amount of water remains, place a big piece of onion or some dry paper and place hot coal on it. Pour some oil over it and immediately cover your dish.

-Remove from flame and keep it covered for 10 minutes.

-Remove coal and paper/ onion.

-Stir in some coriander and green chillies, scoop and serve hot with daal and chapattis.


Tasty coal tempered barbecue taste mincemeat is ready.


Use non-stick pan.


This will serve 2 – 4 persons easily.

Kofta Biryani (Meatball Biryani)

Kofta Biryani is a customised version of Biryani, mostly in Pakistan you get mutton biryani, beef biryani and chicken biryani, so I tried to make something innovative, so here is Kofta Biryani that can also be called meatball biryani. Do try this and I am sure that you are going to love this one …

Believe me this is the world’s tastiest biryani, I am eaing it rite now and the wonderful flavours that are coming are forcing me to eat it more, its lovely, do do do try this if you realy want to enjoy your day …



  • 1 ½ cups of basmati rice
  • Water to soak and boil
  • Few drops of yellow colour
  • Few strands of saffron


  • 6 – 8 meatballs
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • Few cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 1 black cardamom
  • Few curry leaves
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 2 – 4 cloves
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 3 tbspns yogurt
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 4 – 6 tbspns homemade Biryani masala


-Boil salted water and add soaked rice. When they are 80 – 90 % cooked drain them and keep aside.

-Heat oil and add whole garam masala along with some cumin seeds. When they begin to splatter and onions and fry on low medium heat until they lose their stiffness.

-Add tomatoes and mix. When tomatoes are cooked add 1 tbspn of Biryani masala and mix. Add yogurt and rest of the Biryani masala and cook on low heat for 2 minutes.

-Heat oil for frying and fry meatballs until they are slightly golden.

-Take them out on an absorbent paper and then add them to the curry.

-Do not use water in your curry.

-Mix and let them simmer. When gravy is pretty thick add rice.

-Add few drops of yellow food colour and a pinch of saffron strands and cover your dish with an airtight lid.

-Let it cook for another 5 minutes on very low heat.

-Lift and serve.


Tasty kofta Biryani is ready to serve.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha's Kitchen


-Serve immediately.

-Use non stick, thick bottomed deep pan to make Biryani.

-If using the normal stainless steel one then be careful while cooking it covered. Place you pan on a flat pan and then cook.

-Use lid that is airtight.

-For more detailed tips visit tips page.

-Click on the links to find out the recipes of meatballs and Biryani masala.


This will serve 4 persons easily.

Narigisi Kofta

Nargisi Kofta is a famous delicacy of Pakistan, women over there used to do these kind of experiments but this was one of their successful inventions, people appreciated it and now this dish is often served on weddings or other occasions, do try them and let me know your remarks, if you cant understand anything please ask me, email me (About page) …



  • ½ kg chicken/lamb/ beef mincemeat
  • Some salt
  • ¼ tspn turmeric powder
  • 4 – 8 dried red chillies (even 12 if you want really spicy)
  • 1 tbspn dried coriander whole
  • A small (1 cm) pc. Of cinnamon stick
  • ½ tspn nigella seeds
  • ¼ tspn carom seeds
  • 1 green cardamom pod
  • A pinch of garam masala powder
  • 4 – 6 hard boiled eggs
  • Oil for frying


  • ¼ cup oil
  • An onion chopped
  • A tomato chopped
  • ½ lemon squeezed
  • Salt to taste (keep in mind, meatballs also have salt in them)
  • ½ tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 dried red chilli
  • 1 lemon squeezed
  • ½ tspn funnel seeds (saunf) (powdered)
  • ¼ tspn nigella seeds
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds
  • 2 – 4 dried curry leaves
  • 1 big green chilli shopped
  • Few coriander leaves chopped
  • ¼ tspn methi dana
  • ½ tspn dry whole coriander
  • 2 – 4 cracked black peppercorns
  • Some water
  • 3 tbspns yogurt


-Combine all the dry spices given for meatballs in a spice blender and make a fine powder.

-Add this powder to mincemeat and mix well, use food processor if needed.

-Now very carefully, take some mincemeat and make it into egg sized balls. Now coat this mincemeat around boiled egg and deep fry in hot oil.

-When its golden brown in colour take it out and keep aside.

-Do the same with the remaining eggs and mincemeat.

-Now for curry, heat oil and add curry leaves, cumin seeds, cracked coriander and dried red chilli. When they begin to splatter add onions. Cook for some time and then add all the spices except nigella seeds, saunf and methi dana.

-Blend nigella seeds, saunf and methi dana in spice blender to make fine powder. Keep it aside.

-Now add tomatoes in the curry and mix well until they lose their stiffness, cook them on low heat.

-Now add water and let it simmer. Add yogurt, powdered masala and lemon juice and let it simmer for some time. Add fried koftas and with a spoon pour over the gravy on it.

-Cook on low heat for 2 minutes and then garnish with coriander leaves and green chillies and serve hot with chapattis.


Tasty nargisi koftas are ready to serve.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha's Kitchen


-I like these koftas with simmered curry, if you want to make a bit gravy kind of thing, add 1 cup of water.

-Adjust salt and pepper according to your will.


This will serve 3 – 4 persons easily.