Chicken Tikka Boti

Classic BBQ dish of Pakistani Cuisine. Tender pieces of chicken thighs marinated in spices and herbs, grilled over charcoal……. yumm……… the recipe below is very hot, you can adjust the heat per your taste by adjusting the amount of chillies and chilli pastes. I love it!

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 5 large chicken thighs (boneless, cut into cubes)
  • 2 tbspns vinegar
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • 1 cup thick yogurt
  • Some salt
  • Some chicken salt
  • 1 tbspn crushed red chillies
  • 1 tbspn green chilli paste
  • 1 tbspn ginger & garlic (crushed fresh)
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn dried fenugreek leaves
  • ½ tspn black pepper

Procedure:

-Take a deep mixing bowl and put chicken in it. Add all the spices and seasoning and mix well. Then add lemon juice, vinegar and yogurt.

-Keep aside for 20 – 30 minutes (not longer than this as it contains vinegar and lemon, they will break the chicken to the point that we won’t be able to screw it on the skewers).

-Start preheating your BBQ grill now.

-Thread the chicken pieces on the metal skewers (7 – 8 pieces per skewer).

-Grill the tikkas on medium heat for about 6 minutes per side (turning occasionally) and serve hot with kachumar salad, naan and raita.

Dupatta Gali Lahore Pakora (Hawker Style)

My favorite pakoras!!!!!! I remember when I used to shop at Liberty Market, Lahore (Pakistan), these pakoras were always on my “shopping snacks list”. I love street food and Thank GOD I don’t have any immune system issues. I can eat, drink, digest and sustain all this food easily, I never get sick after having them and whenever I go out for shopping (no matter what shopping; clothes, books, shoes anything) I always choose the markets with best street food.

The thing I like about these Pakoras is that they give veggies a lite coating of flour mixture, just to give an extra crunch and to hold them together which makes them lite otherwise Pakoras people make at home during Ramadan are just so dense and cake like. So here is the recipe……. enjoy!

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup besan
  • 1 tspn baking powder
  • 1 tbspn yogurt
  • 2 large potatoes (cut into thin lengthways slices)
  • 8 – 9 green chillies chopped
  • 2 large red onions sliced
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbspns red chilli flakes
  •  1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 cup spinach leaves (roughly sliced)
  • 2 tbspns whole coriander seeds
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • Some cold water ( ½ cup) to make the paste
  • 4 tbspns chopped fresh green coriander
  • Some chaat masala to sprinkle afterwards
  • Oil for deep frying

Procedure:

-In a deep mixing bowl combine besan with all the spices, green chillies, baking powder, coriander and yogurt and stir. Gradually mix in some cold water and make a medium consistency paste (not too thick like dahi bhalle mixture nor too thin like gram flour paste, just like pancake batter)

-Make sure the batter is smooth, no lumps of flour.

-Now add all your sliced veggies and mix with your hands.

-Keep aside for 30 minutes.

-Heat oil to 180 degrees Celsius. (I am sure that hawker does not have a candy thermometer 😀 but the oil should be hot enough that if you drop a tiny bit of the batter it should not sink to the bottom of the wok. The mixture should rise and splatter on the surface of the oil.)

-Now drop tbspns of the pakore batter into the hot oil and fry until the pakoras get crisp and brown. Take them out onto your wire rack or any strainer BUT NO PAPER TOWEL. We don’t want our pakoras to get soggy. So put them on anything that is 1 cm above the surface of your bench top and has holes in it.

-Sprinkle some chaat masala for extra kick and serve hot with tamarind sauce or mint chutney.

Murgh Channay/ Murgh Chholay

One of my favorite dishes………

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups chickpeas/ 3 tins boiled chickpeas  (I prefer uncooked dry chickpeas, soak them overnight in a deep mixing bowl with lots of water and they will be fine, ready to boil in the morning)
  • 2 medium sized onions (sliced)
  • 100g butter (optional, when I am making fancy fancy I top my dish with a  small scoop of butter otherwise I prefer olive oil)
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 tbspn ginger (freshly crushed)
  • 1 tbspn garlic (minced)
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 tbspns coriander leaves (chopped)
  • Salt
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tbspn chaat masala
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn cracked black pepper
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn chicken salt (reduce the amount of salt if you are adding this or chicken cube)
  • 1 kg chicken pieces

TO BOIL CHICKPEAS

  • Some water to boil chickpeas
  • 1/3 tspn of baking soda
  • ½ tspn cumin powder
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • Some salt

Procedure:

-In a large saucepan with a lid, put soaked chickpeas with water, baking soda, cumin powder, garam masala and salt and boil covered until the chickpeas are very tender.

-Meanwhile they are boiling, in a separate large, deep pan, melt butter; add oil, ginger, garlic, red chilli flakes and chaat masala and fry. Add onion and fry until onion are golden brown.

-Add chicken and cook until the chicken is golden. Now add 1 cup of water and all the spices except garam masala.

-When the chicken is tender and very little water remains, add chickpeas with the water we used for boiling and stir.

-Cook on low heat to simmer.

-Top with some garam masala, coriander and chillies and serve hot with chapattis, naan, dahi, and red onion salad.

Makhni Karahi

Chicken fried with tomato and spices and tempered with butter…….. how amazing does that sound! 😀

Makhni Karahi is one of the famous dishes of my lovely city, Lahore, (Pakistan) and the beauty of this dish is that it is cooked in 3 – 4 spices, tomatoes and butter and its super easy and super fast. Most of the restaurants serve it with raita (whipped yogurt) and Kachumar Salad (mixed vegetable salad).

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

This is my mum’s favorite dish so on this Mother’s day I want to dedicate this recipe to her……..

Ingredients:

  • 100 gms butter
  • 1 kg chicken pieces
  • 4 tomatoes
  • 4 green chillies (2 sliced)
  • 2 tbspns coriander fresh
  • Some salt
  • ½ tspn cracked black pepper
  • ½ tspn red chilli flakes (Optional)
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 2 tbspns ginger julienne
  • ½ tspn chaat masala

Procedure:

-Melt butter in a deep pan and add sliced green chillies, red chilli flakes and ginger. Fry until ginger gets a nice golden crusty colour.

-Add chicken pieces and all the spices. Fry for 10 minutes or until the chicken is golden. Add chopped tomatoes and cook it covered on medium heat until the tomatoes are mixed and chicken is tender and it gives a thick masala like texture.

-Dish out, garnish with 2 green chillies and coriander.

-Serve hot with kachumar salad and roti.

Lahori Chargha

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Lahori Chargha is one of the famous dishes of the heart of Pakistan, Lahore. It is a spicy, steamed and fried delicacy which can be used as a side dish or main ……

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken skinless (1.5 – 2 kgs)
  • 1 litre oil (for deep drying)
  • 1 tspn chaat masala
  • 4 tbspns ghee

FOR MARINATION

  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbspn garlic paste
  • 1 tbspn ginger paste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn cumin powder
  • 1 tspn star aniseed powder
  • 2 tbspns garam masala
  • 1 tbspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn sugar
  • 1 tspn carom seeds
  • 1 tspn chaat masala

Procedure:

-Wash and dry the chicken. Place it onto a large shallow dish and with a sharp knife make deep cuts on legs, thighs and breasts.

-In a bowl combine all the spices, lemon juice, ginger and garlic paste and mix. Apply this mixture on the chicken. Massage and keep aside for 1 hr.

-In a deep convention pan heat 2 tbspns oil and place the chicken in it. Pour over all the remaining marinade juices and cook covered on low heat for 20 minutes or until the chicken is tender.

-Heat oil in a wok, add 4 tbspns ghee and deep fry chicken until its brown and crispy.

-Take it out from the oil, sprinkle some chaat masala and serve hot with naan, kachumar salad and mint raita or potato chips.

Lahori Channay

Lahori Channay is the  most popular item in Lahori breakfast. People like it with puris or naans……

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chickpeas (soak overnight)
  • 2 onion sliced
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup ghee
  • 1 tspn chaat masala
  • A pinch full of bicarbonate soda
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn cumin powder
  • Some red chilli powder
  • 1½ tbspn garam masala
  • 1 tbspn ginger garlic paste
  • 4 tbspns lemon juice
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • A pinch of sugar

Procedure:

-In a pressure cooker put 4 cups of water and soaked chickpeas and boil for around 15 minutes.

-Now add all the spices and bicarbonate of soda and cook covered for 45 minutes.

-Heat oil and fry cardamom in it. Add onion and fry until its golden brown. Add boiled chickpeas with water and mix. Add lemon juice and chaat masala and cook for 15 minutes.

-Garnish with some green chillies and coriander.

-Serve hot with puris or naan.