Shorba Boti

Shorba boti….. famous in Pakistani home cooking and very nutritious to eat.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 kilo mutton (leg or chops)
  • 1 tbspn ginger and garlic paste
  • 2 large onion (sliced)
  • 2 large tomatoes (sliced)
  • 6 – 8 green chillies
  • 1 cup coriander chopped
  • Water as required

SPICES

  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn fenugreek leaves
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 peppercorns
  • 2 big cardamom
  • 1 green cardamom

Method:

  • In a pressure cooker, add mutton, 3 green chillies, ginger and garlic paste, onion, salt, peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and 2 cups of water and cook until the meat is 80% done.
  • Remove the lid carefully and cook on high heat to evaporate the moisture. Add oil and fry the meat and add tomatoes and other spices except garam masala and fenugreek leaves.
  • Boil 4 cups of water.
  • Add a splash of boiled water whenever needed and stir fry until the masala is cooked. Add rest of the green chillies and mix and add rest of the boiling water.
  • Cook on low heat until the meat is cooked and the oil comes up to the surface. Garnish with some coriander, fenugreek leaves and garam masala and serve hot.

Daal Makhni

Very famous Punjabi vegetarian dish….. loved by everyone!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup moong daal
  • 1 cup masoor daal
  • 1 cup chana daal
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 1 tbspn garlic minced
  • 9 – 10 curry leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tbspn fenugreek leaves
  • ½ cup butter
  • 6 green chillies (2 normal, 4 chopped)
  • 1 cup coriander
  • 1 tbspn garam masala
  • 6 cups water

Procedure:

  • Wash and soak all the daals for 30 mins.
  • Put daal in the cooker and add 6 cups of water, salt, red chilli, 2 green chillies, turmeric and cook until the channa daal is cooked and the other daals are smashed.
  • Melt butter in a frying pan and fry onion until it is brown, add garlic, cumin seeds, tomatoes and curry leaves and make a masala. Stir in this masala in daal. Add coriander, green chillies, garam masala and fenugreek leaves and mix. Serve hot with rotis.

Mutton Yakhni Pulao

There are many ways of making Mutton Pulao but this is my very own recipe and whenever i make it everyone loves it. The tender pieces of mutton and aromatic basmati rice cooked in mutton stock and spices gives a very mild and royal taste to this dish.

Pilav or Pulao is originally the feed of Mughal emperors so it has to be royal. My trick of making the perfect rice is adding 1 cup less stock than required, this keeps the rice in shape and dont overcook them. The meat is cooked 90% in yakhni and 10% in the process of making pulao. This prevents the meat from getting mixed in the pulao.  If you have chosen the best kind of meat (20% fat and 80% lean), the best of Basmati rice and spices, and cooked everything to perfection, and added everything at the right time, then there is nothing better than this. ❤

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR YAKHNI

  • 2 kilo mutton (goat meat with bone) (cut into curry pieces) (leg or chop)
  • 1 large onion (cut into 6 pieces)
  • 1 whole garlic (cut into two parts)
  • 6 green chillies
  • 1 tbspn freshly crushed ginger
  • 1 tspn pepper corns
  • 1 tspn cloves
  • 4 large cardamom
  • 4 green cardamom
  • 1 large piece of cinnamon
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn coriander seeds
  • 1 tbspn fennel seeds
  • 1 piece of mace
  • 1 nutmeg (cracked)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 9 cups of water
  • Salt

FOR PULAO

  • 4 cups basmati rice soaked in water
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 large onion (sliced)
  • 2 tbspns crushed ginger garlic
  • 2 tomatoes chopped or 3 tbspns yogurt
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 2 big cardamoms
  • 2 pieces of cinnamon
  • 4 cloves

Method:

  • In a cooking pot combine all the ingredients for stock/ yakhni and cook covered. If using pressure cooker cook for 1 hr, if using normal cook pot cook for 2 hours.
  • Remove the lid carefully and check if the meat is 90 percent cooked.
  • Heat oil in a separate pan and fry onions until they are brown. Add ginger and garlic and fry further for a minute. Take out the meat pieces from the stock and add them to the onions and fry. Add all the whole spices and other spices and mix. Add yogurt or tomatoes and let it cook covered for 15 minutes. Add a splash of stock whenever needed and let it simmer.
  • When the masala is cooked add 7.5 cups of stock (strained) and bring it to a boil.
  • Add soaked rice and cook on medium high heat. When rice starts soaking yakhni and very little yakhni remains, place a griddle (tawa) under the cooking pot, cover the cooking pot and cook for 15 minutes on low heat.
  • Open the lid and gently stir the pulao and serve hot with raita and salad.

Assorted Vegetable Pakoras

This is the very basic variation of Pakora. You can use any vegetable you like, I used mushrooms, eggplant, potato and cauliflower, you can use capsicum, paneer or anything you like. This batter is super hot and spicy and it gives a very nice crunch to the vegetable. Try it whenever it is raining next and love me for giving you this recipe<3

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Ingredients:

  • oil for deep frying

FOR BATTER

  • 3 cups besan
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn red chilli powder
  • 5 tbspns green chilli paste
  • 2 tbspns coriander paste
  • 2 tbspns mint paste
  • 1 tspn turmeric
  • 3 tbspns cracked coriander seeds
  • 1 tbspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn fenugreek leaves
  • ½ tspn baking powder
  • Some water to make medium consistency batter

VEGETABLES

  • 2 cups cauliflower heads
  • 1 cup small button mushrooms
  • 2 large potatoes cut into slices
  • 1 large eggplant cut into slices

Method:

  • Wash, dry and cut all the vegetables as instructed.
  • Take a deep mixing bowl and make the batter by mixing all the spices, baking powder and flour with water. Use a whisk to avoid lumps.
  • Preheat the oil in karai and test if it is hot enough by dropping some batter in oil. If it comes up to the surface splattering that means the oil is ready.
  • Now dip each piece of vegetable in the better and fry until the pakora is crisp and brown. Please make sure the oil is on medium flame, if it is too high the vegetable will be raw from inside and if it is too low the batter will soak a lot of oil and it may not be as crispy as we want it to be.
  • Take out all the pakoras on to the serving platter and serve hot with Imli chutney or mint sauce.

Chicken Tikka

Chicken tikka is extremely popular and favorite in all over Pakistan, but there are few places which serve the best tasting tikka, And home BBQ parties begin to trend in Pakistan over the last decade and now people are expert. This is my recipe when we did this at home in last holidays and everyone loved it. Its not too spicy but you can adjust the spice level according to your taste. Try my recipe and give a thumbs up because I know, you are gonna LOVE it ❤

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 kilo chicken with bones, cut into tikka boti
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn red chilli fakes
  • 1 tbspn garlic paste
  • 1 tspn ginger paste
  • 2 green chillies (paste)
  • ½ tspn meat tenderizing powder
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • 1 tspn shahi cumin
  • 1 tspn carom seeds
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • Few drops of yellow food colour
  • 2 tbspns lemon juice
  • ½ tspn cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup hung curd (yogurt with minimum water)
  • Some ghee for glazing while BBQing

Method

  • Wash, clean and dry chicken and place it in a mixing bowl which is wide and deep.
  • Mix in all the spices and add ginger, garlic and green chilli paste with lemon juice and massage the chicken for good 10 minutes. This will allow the spices to penetrate in chicken.
  • Mix in yogurt and keep aside for 2 hours.
  • Heat the charcoal BBQ and thread the chicken pieces on metal skewers. 5 – 6 pieces per skewer and grill for about 3 minutes per side. Brush on some ghee and grill for further minute on each side.
  • Take them off the skewers and serve hot with naan, salad and raita.

Aalu Samosa

This aalu samosa used to be really popular in Pakistani home cooking. People used to make it for Ramadan, Eid, guest visits, rainy weather, etc. My very special recipe, crispy spring roll sheets filled with super hot and flavorful loaded with green masala filling, ideal for hi tea parties, birthday parties, small gatherings or just a casual friend visit. Everyone love these samosas. Give it a try and fall in love with these babies ❤

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR SAMOSA

  • 20 to 24 samosa sheets
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Slurry of flour and water to seal the samosa

FOR FILLING

  • 4 medium sized potatoes, boiled
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • ½ tspn chaat masala
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • 1 tbspn fenugreek leaves, dried
  • 2 tbspns cracked coriander seeds
  • 3 to 4 green chillies chopped fine
  • 1 cup coriander and mint leaves chopped fine
  • 1 small onion chopped (if you are not freezing the samosas)

Method

  • Boil potatoes and peel the skin while they are hot. Put them in a mixing bowl and add all the ingredients for filling. Now mash the potatoes by mixing all the ingredients.
  • The filling is ready for samosas. If you are freezing the samosas for some other time use, please don’t add onion as it will leave moisture when defrosted plus the strong odour of the onion will spoil the flavour. But if you ae frying within 2 hours of preparing the samosa that’s fine, you can add onion.
  • Now make the cone shape of the samosa sheet and fill it with 1 to 1.5 tbspn of the filling and seal all the edges with the slurry.
  • Make all the samosas until the filling is finished.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hr.
  • Heat oil to 190 degrees Celsius and fry them in batches, depending on the size of your fryer.
  • Serve hot with ketchup, imli chutney or mint chutney.

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