Category Archives: Pakistani Mains

Haleem

Haleem is a traditional pakistani dish, made up of beef and lentils, do try this and make your day …

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 litres water (15 glasses of water)
  • 500 gms of boneless beef
  • 100 gms of marrow bones

FOR TEMPERING

  • ½ cups oil
  • A large sized onion sliced thinly
  • 1 tspn garlic paste
  • Few curry leaves
  • A pinch of cumin seeds

FOR GRAINS

  • 1 cup whole wheat grains
  • ½ cup unsplitted oats
  • ½ cup gram daal
  • 4 tbspns moong daal*
  • 4 tbspns masoor daal*
  • 8 tbspn urad daal
  • 2 – 4 cups of water

FOR MASALA

  • 2 tspns chaat masala
  • Some salt to taste
  • Few curry leaves
  • 6 – 8 dried red chillies
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • ½ tbspn dried coriander
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • ½ tspn garam masala powder

FOR GARNISH

  • Garnish platter

Procedure:

-Combine all the grains together and soak it for 24 hours.

-Combine all the ingredients given for masala except chaat masala in a blender and make fine powder.

-Heat 1 cup of oil in a thick bottomed pot and fry beef bones and meat for 10 minutes. Add powdered masala except chaat masala.

-Fry for another 5 minutes.

-Add soaked grains and 2 litres of water.

-Let it cook for 8 – 12 hours on very low heat, until the beef and lentils start decomposing. Remove bones.

-After 10 hours start stirring it, pressing them with stirring spoon.

-Meanwhile heat rest of the oil and fry curry leaves, onion and cumin seeds and when they begin to splatter add it to the gravy and stir.

-Add chaat masala, mix and serve hot with naan bread and garnish platter.

Outcome:

Superb Haleem is ready to serve.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha's Kitchen
Ayesha’s Kitchen

Tips:

-Cook on low heat and stir it occasionally.

-After 10 hours, start pressing and stirring the whole thing.

Servings:

This will serve 8 – 10 persons easily.

Chicken Barbecue Pizza

Chicken Barbecue Pizza is a very aromatic pizza, very juicy and very tangy, try it and love it …

Ingredients:

  • Some barbecued chicken
  • One thin crust pizza dough
  • Some pizza topper
  • ½ capsicum sliced thinly
  • 1 onion thinly sliced in rings
  • ½ tomato sliced thinly
  • ¼ to ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 pinch of grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 – 6 tbspns pizza sauce
  • 2 tbspn olive oil

Procedure:

-Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

-Prepare a pizza crust, apply some olive oil on edges and then spread some pizza sauce on it. Sprinkle all the cheese and then place chicken and all the other vegetables on it.

-Top it with some pizza topper and bake For 15 minutes or until its golden or hot red.

-Slice and serve.

Outcome:

Tasty and lovely chicken barbecue pizza is ready to be served.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha's Kitchen

Tips:

-Preheat oven 30 minutes before baking.

Servings:

This will serve 2 – 4 persons easily.

Keema* Biryani

Keema Biryani is one of the special dishes of Ayesha’s Kitchen, believe me its awesome, i made it yesterday and my family loved it, do try this and let me know about your comments …

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of basmati rice
  • Few drops of yellow Food colour
  • Some water to soak and boil
  • Few drops of kewra essence

FOR KEEMA

  • ½ kg mincemeat
  • An onion chopped
  • A tomato chopped
  • 1 green chilli slitted
  • 1 cup water
  • A cardamom pod
  • A green cardamom pod
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • ¼ tspn cumin seeds
  • A small piece of bay leaf or few curry leaves
  • 2 – 4 peppercorns
  • 4 – 8 tbspn olive oil

MASALA POWDER

  • ½ tspn methi dana
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 big cardamom whole
  • 2 pcs. Cinnamon
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 4 – 6 black peppercorns
  • 8 – 10 dried red chillies or pods
  • 4 – 6 curry leaves
  • ½ tspn dry coriander
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • ¼ tspn turmeric

Procedure:

-Take all the ingredients given for masala in a spice blender and make fine powder. Keep aside

-Soak rice For at least 10 minutes (no more nor less).

-Heat some water in a vessel, add some salt and boil it. When it comes to boil add soaked rice and when they are all white and 80 percent cooked drain the water and keep them aside.

-Now in a separate vessel heat oil something around 4 – 6 or 8 tbspns and add whole garam masala or all the spices that are given (not the powdered one). When they begin to splatter add onions.

-When onions are slightly brown in colour add tomatoes and cook them on low heat, avoid adding water at this stage. Add powdered masala and mix well. When tomatoes lose their stiffness add mincemeat and fry for some time.

-Add a cup of water and cook it covered. When the water begins to simmer and a dry mixture of mincemeat is formed add boiled rice layer by layer. Add few drops of yellow food colour and kewra essence and cook it covered on very low heat.

-After 5 – 10 minutes when rice are 99 percent cooked serve your Biryani hot with some mint sauce and Fresh salad.

Outcome:

Tasty and mouth watering Keema* Biryani is ready to serve.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Tips:

-Avoid adding too much of kewra just a small drop and same goes with food colour.

-See tips for Biryani rice given on Tips page.

Servings:

This will serve 4 persons easily.

Prawn Biryani

Prawn Biryani (Jheenga Biryani) is ultimate don’t you think so???

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg prawns peeled and cooked*
  • 2 cups rice
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 big cardamoms
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • ½ onions chopped
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 red chilli chopped
  • Some salt
  • Some red chilli powder (OPTIONAL)
  • ¼ tspn turmeric powder
  • ½ tspn coriander powder
  • ½ tspn cumin powder
  • A pinch of cumin seeds
  • 1 curry leaf
  • 2 black peppercorns
  • 2 tbspns Fresh coriander chopped
  • Few drops of yellow Food colour
  • ½ cup water

Procedure:

-Soak rice in water.

-Heat oil and add cardamom stuff, cinnamon, cumin seeds and curry leaf. When they begin to splatter add onion along with some salt and Fry until they lose their stiffness. Now add prawns and stir Fry them.

-Let them cook in their own water. When this mixture begins to dry add chopped tomato and other spices and herbs and mix. Add water whenever required.

-When prawns are nicely cooked remove From heat.

-Boil nearly a litre or 2 of water. Add soaked rice and when they are 90 % cooked drain them.

-In a thick bottomed pan,take half of the boiled rice a make layer then place a layer of cooked prawns and then again a layer of rice. At the end add very Few drops of yellow Food colour and cover the pan.

-Cook it For 5 – 10 minutes on very low heat. Make sure they do not stick to the bottom of utensil.

-Now dish them and serve hot with a sprig of Fresh green coriander.

Outcome:

Tasty and lovely, odourless prawn Biryani or Jheenga* Biryani is ready to be served.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Tips:

-See “Tips” page For Rice Tips.

-Make sure your prawns are nicely cooked.

-You can adjust seasoning according to your taste.

-Peeled and cooked prawns are of pink colour and they are easily available Frozen in market.

Servings:

This will serve 4 persons easily.

*Refer to “Glossary” Page

Hareesa 

Hareesa is a dish made up of grains and meat, mixed well together, try and love …

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg mutton or beef
  • ¼ cup basmati rice
  • ½ cup wheat grains
  • ¼ cup whole green lentils
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 tspn ground garlic
  • 2 tspns ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil as needed

Procedure:

-Soak grains overnight. Strain them in the morning before cooking.

-Boil them in water with salt. Fry onions separately in a pan and when they are slightly red add garlic paste. Stir For a minute and add meat, salt and water. Cook until its tender. Take out meat From the broth and grind it coarsely.

-Put it back in the same broth along with wheat, rice and green lentils. Add black pepper and cook Further. Mix well.

-Separately in a pan Fry onions and introduce them to hareesa with oil.

Outcome:

Tasty grains and meat dish which is called Hareesa is ready to serve.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha's Kitchen

 Tips:

-Soak and boil grains separately.

Servings:

This will serve 4 – 6 persons easily.

Kunna Gosht*/ Matka* Gosht*

Kunna Gosht* / Matka* Gosht* is a traditional Pakistani style beef stew. Traditionally it is made in matka (a specific vessel made of mud)(pot) but at home you can make it in any stainless steel or non stick vessel. It is very tender and very lovely, I think your should give a try and believe me you are going to love it …

Ingredients:

  • ½ kg Beef Knuckle and marrow meat
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn Red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tspn dry coriander powder
  • 2 tbspns Ginger and garlic paste
  • 2 tbspns wheat Flour
  • 2 tspns cumin seeds
  • Plenty of water

Procedure:

-Heat oil in a pan and Fry onions.  When they are slightly brown in colour add meat and Fry it For 10 minutes on medium heat. Now add ginger garlic paste along with all the spices and Fry.

-Add 1.5 litre of water and let it simmer on medium high heat until the meat is tender.

-Dissolve wheat Flour in water and gradually add it to the stew and stir through.

-Avoid lumps and add water to the consistency that is desired.

-Now add cumin seeds and let it cook For another 5 – 10 minutes on low heat.

-Serve hot with Tandoori chapatti or naan bread.

Outcome:

Tasty, Pakistani Kunna gosht* or matka* gosht* is ready to be served.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Tips:

-Avoid lumps while adding Flour.

-Cook meat to perfection.

Servings:

This will serve 4 – 6 persons easily.