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Rabri Kheer

Try it and tell me how you go with it ……

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  • 1 cup basmati rice (soaked for 4 hrs.)
  • 2 litre full cream milk
  • ½ cup sugar (brown/ raw/ white) ( I use 50% raw and 50% brown)
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • ½ tspn crushed cardamom
  • 1 tbspn kewra essence
  • 250 gms. Khoya (250 gms full cream milk powder, mixed with 250 ml full cream, microwave for 1 minute, take out stir and again microwave for 2 minutes)
  • 2 tbspns almonds
  • 2 tbspns pistachios


-Put soaked rice in blender with ½ cup of milk and blend to paste.

-Warm milk to a simmer and add blended rice into it. Now stir constantly until the rice is cooked and milk is thick.

-Add sugar, condensed milk and cardamom. Mix.

-When it gets a little bit more thick add kewra essence, khoya, almonds and pistachios.

-Cook for 5 more minutes on constant stirring. Dish out. Cover with cling film in such a way that film touches the surface of the kheer. Refrigerate for 8 hrs.

-Take off the cling wrap, garnish with almonds, pistachios and khoya crumbs and serve.

Gaajar Halwa (Ayesha’s Kitchen Way) (The BEST)

Gajar Halwa is one of the most popular and favourite desserts of South Asia, specially in winters as it is served hot rite from the wok and garnished with dry fruits. People serve this on special occasions like Eid, Diwali, Birthdays, Weddings, Home Dinners, Parties, etc.
It  is also known as “Mausam – e – Sarma ki Saughaat” (The Gift of Winter Season) in Pakistan. Mums make this for their children so they can consume the nutrients of seasonal vegetable, Carrot, which is also very good for eyesight and health.

Just imagine! In cold month of December, you and your friends are gathered in open air canopy for BBQ dinner and you get this hot, milky, sweet, cardamom scented carrot dessert………… wow!

Anyway, Its Summer in Pakistan and people are waiting for mangos so lets dedicate this recipe to our Australian mates! How about “Mausam-e-Sarma ki Saughaat forAussies”………….. 🙂

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Give it a go and let me know how you go with it.


  • 250 gms home made khoya (recipe given below)
  • 1lt. full cream milk
  • ½ tspn cardamom seeds
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios
  • ½ cup cashew nut halves (unsalted)
  • 250 gms butter/ ghee
  • 1kg grated carrots
  • ½ cup sulatana
  • 250 gms sugar


-Take a thick bottomed deep pan and cook grated carrots in sugar and milk until the water of carrots and milk gets dry. This process will take around 20 – 30 minutes on medium heat.

-Meanwhile, for Khoya combine 250gms of full cream powdered milk and 250gms (1 cup) of thick cream and microwave for 1 minute. Take it out, mix and microwave for 2 more minutes. Allow to cool. Khoya is ready to put in stuff like kheer, gajar ka halwa, kajrela, etc.

-Now getting back to our Gajar ka Halwa, melt butter in a frying pan and fry sulatana until it is puffed up. Sauté other dry fruits and add this mixture to the carrot mixture. Mix and cook for 5 minutes on medium high heat.

-Now crumble khoya with your fingers and add it to your dish. (reserve 3 tbspns of Khoya for garnishing). Mix and cook for another 5 minutes.

-Take it out in your serving dish, garnish with some crumbled khoya, dry fruits, etc. and serve hot.

Mooli Wale Parathay

One of my favorite breakfasts ………….

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Ayesha’s Kitchen



  • 3 cups wheat flour
  • 2 cups meda
  • Some water for kneading the dough
  • Some oil/ghee / butter for frying parathas


  • 1 large size white radish (peeled and grated)
  • Salt
  • Red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn chaat masala
  • 6 tbspns coriander chopped
  • 4 tbspns green chillies chopped
  • 1 tspn chopped mint (good for digestion)
  • ¼ tspn carom seeds (ajvain)
  • 1 tbspn cracked coriander
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds (zeera)
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • ½ tspn turmeric


-In a mixing bowl, combine plain flour & wheat flour and add knead into a soft dough by adding water gradually. Keep aside for 20 minutes.

-Now make small balls of dough, 2 per paratha.

-Roll them flat with a rolling pin into a saucer size chapatti.

-Place 1 ½ – 2 tbspns of radish filling on one chapatti and cover it with the other one. Press the edges to seal.

-Flat with your palm and fingers and then use a rolling pin to plat the edges.

-Place the parathas on a hot griddle. After 15 secs or when it looks like it is half cooked flip the side and apply some oil. I use spoon to apply oil.

-Then flip the side and apply oil to the other side. Cook from both the sides until both are brown and good.

-Do the same with remaining dough and filling.

-Serve hot with anda, yogurt and achar.

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Anda Paratha Naashta

Famous Breakfast combination in the province of Punjab, Pakistan. You can get it anywhere in Punjab even in NWFP and other provinces but home made is the best and when Ayesha’s Kitchen recipe is followed its awesome!

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Try out and let me know what you think about it!



Saada Paratha


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tspns milk
  • Some salt and red chilli flakes
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 1 small tomato chopped
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 2 tbspns chopped capsicum
  • 1 tspn chopped spring onion
  • 2 tspns chopped coriander
  • 2 tspns oil for frying


-In a mixing bowl, crack 2 eggs, add milk, salt and red chilli flakes and whisk.

-Now add vegetables and stir.

-Heat some oil on a griddle (tawa)/ or in a frying pan and spread this egg mixture all over. When egg starts to turn white on the edges, flip the side and cook until its golden.

-Serve hot with parathas and achar.

Aalu Bengan (Potato and Aubergine simmered curry)

Another popular vegetarian dish from Pakistani home cooking……

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Ayesha’s Kitchen


  • 2 potatoes peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 large aubergine trimmed and cut into wedges
  • 4 tbspns olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tspn crushed ginger
  • 2  large chopped tomatoes
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 tbspn crushed chillies
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn chaat masala
  • ½ tspn methi leaves
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • ½ tspn cumin powder
  • ½ tspn coriander powder
  • Some salt to taste
  • 2 tbspns yogurt
  • ½ cup chopped coriander to garnish


-Heat oil and fry green chillies and ginger. After a minute or so add onion and cook until golden brown. Now add tomatoes and all the spices. Mix and when tomatoes tend to lose the stiffness, add yogurt and mix.

-Now add potatoes and aubergine. Mix and cook covered on low heat for about 15 – 20 minutes.

-Give it a last stir. Dish out and garnish with some coriander.

-Serve hot with chapattis.

Chicken Parathas

My favourite paratha ……..

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Ayesha’s Kitchen



  • Some oil to glaze fry
  • Some lose flour


  • 6 cups whole wheat aata
  • 2 cups flour (meda)
  • Some water to knead the dough
  • 1 tspn butter (optional)


  • 2 chicken breasts (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 tbspns olive oil
  • Some cumin seeds
  • Some salt
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • ½ tspn turmeric powder
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • ½ tspn chaat masala
  • 2 green chillies
  • Some coriander (green)


-Heat oil and fry garlic and tomato until tomato tend to lose its stiffness. Add spices and salt. Mix.

-Add chicken pieces and cook covered until the moisture evaporates.

-Take off the lid, add green chillies and coriander and stir fry on high speed.

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

-Take it out in a plate and after cooling for 20 minutes, start mashing it.

-Knead the paratha dough and keep aside for 10 minutes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

-Make 2 small balls of paratha dough. Roll them in lose flour and make small flat breads with a rolling pin.

-Now on one flat bread put a full tablespoon full of mashed chicken mixture. (put the filling in the middle of the flat bread). Put the other small flat bread on the top of the filling and seal the edges by pressing them with your fingers. Press the paratha with your hand. Dust with some lose flour and roll it into a big chapatti.

-Heat the flat pan and place the chapatti with filling on it.

-When it starts to change its colour, flip the side.

-Apply some oil on the cooked side and flip the side.

-Apply some oil on the other side too and fry until golden brown.

-Take it out on a plate and serve hot with tamarind chutney or mint sauce.

-Do the same with rest of the filling. With this quantity of filling you can make 8 parathas.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Mattar Pulao/ Mattar Chawal/ Peas Pulao

Mattar Pulao is one of the famous dishes of Pakistani Cuisine. We make this rice dish when serving roasts, shaami kabab, fried chicken, chops or other steamed meats ……..

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  • 3.5 cups basmati rice (soak for 20 minutes in lukewarm water)
  • ½ kg peas (fresh, not frozen)
  • ¼ cup oil/ ghee
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 tspn crushed ginger
  • 1 tspn sliced ginger
  • 2 – 4 cloves
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 ¾ cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Chicken powder (OPTIONAL)


-Heat oil in a non-stick pan and fry onion, garam masala (peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaf) and ginger paste until they are brown.

-Add peas and stir for a minute and add water in it. Cook covered for 10 minutes and then add salt and soaked rice.

-Let it cook on high medium heat for 5 minutes or until the rice begins to boil.

-Cover it with the lid and cook on very low heat until there is no water left in the pot.

-Serve hot with roasts, shaami kabab and fried chicken.