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A bowl of chicken yakhni or Pakistani and Indian style chicken broth. The yakhni is in a black bowl with a glass bottle of broth in the background, along with onion and garlic and whole spices to the right.
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Chicken Yakhni | Simplest and most AROMATIC chicken broth EVER!

Chicken yakhni or chicken broth is the Pakistani and Indian version of chicken soup for the soul. It is super simple to make, and the aroma fills up the house as it simmers on the stove. It is also comforting, highly nutritious and tastes delicious. It can be enjoyed on its own with a squeeze of lemon or used as a broth in different recipes. What is yakhni? The literal translation of yakhni is soup or broth and it is…

A white plate with a black rim is filled with boiled rice and red yellow lentil curry. The lentils are topped with a garnish of cumin seeds, onions and coriander. There is a mini blue bowl on the left of the plate with red mango pickle in it, along with a bronze coloured teaspoon. Behind the plate is a black bowl filled with more of the red and yellow lentil curry. Finally, on the right is a black and white patterned napkin.
Healthy Eating/ Pakistani Recipes/ Recipes/ Vegan/ Vegetarian

Moong Masoor Dal | Red and Yellow Lentil Curry

Dal is a staple food in the Indian subcontinent and can be eaten at any time of the day. There are many preparations of dal depending on the region the recipe originates from, the ingredients used and what it is served with. Such as this kaali daal that is made with black gram lentils which I love having with rice.  Today I am sharing another favourite recipe of mine for moong masoor dal or dal made with red and yellow lentils.…

Dinner/ Pakistani Recipes/ Ramazan & Eid/ Recipes

Bhuna Gosht | Beef Bhuna | Pakistani Beef Curry

Bhuna gosht is a type of meat curry that is popular in Pakistan and North India. This particular recipe uses boneless beef and is also called beef bhuna. It’s super easy to make resulting in a deeply flavourful dry style beef curry. The recipe includes both stove top and pressure cooker instructions.  Growing up, bhuna gosht was an Eid-ul-Adha (Bakra Eid) speciality in our house. Once the Qurbani was done, and the meat would come to our house my mom would…

Two bowls of chawal ki kheer (Pakistani rice pudding). The bowl on the bottom left is garnished with crushed almonds and sliced pistachios. Above that, on the right corner is another bowl of the rice pudding, this one decorated with crushed almonds and dried rose petals. Next to the bowl on the left are scattered almonds, pistachios and dried rose petals.
Breakfast & Brunch/ Desserts/ Pakistani Recipes/ Recipes

Rice Kheer | Chawal ki Kheer | Rice Pudding 

Rice kheer or chawal ki kheer is the Desi equivalent of rice pudding. It’s a dessert that suits all occasions – be it a weeknight dinner with the family, a fancy party thrown for friends and family, an Eid celebration, or a wedding.  All you need to make it are a few pantry staples – rice, milk and sugar along with your preferred flavourings. Considering the ease of availability of these ingredients, it’s no wonder that rice kheer is one…

Beverages/ International Recipes/ Pakistani Recipes/ Recipes

Frozen Mint Lemonade | Mint Lemon Slush

Made with fresh mint leaves and lemon juice, frozen mint lemonade is a super refreshing summer drink. It’s like a mint lemon slushie mocktail. It’s been two years since I moved to Australia, and I have yet to get used to how seasons are the opposite way round here. The days are super short. The sun sets at 5 pm, making me feel the day is half gone by the time I get up in the morning. Though I can…

A detailed guide on how to stock a pantry in a Pakistani kitchen - pantry edition. Also included is a FREE grocery list printable.
Cooking Tips/ Pakistani Recipes

How to stock a Pakistani kitchen + printable Pakistani grocery list

A couple of weeks ago I got a message from a reader who needed help in stocking her pantry with the food essentials, especially the Pakistani ingredients. It made me think of how difficult it was when I moved countries and had to setup my kitchen from scratch. It also made me realise that while there are some excellent resources on stocking a pantry and kitchen organisation, there’s not a lot of information for the Desi pantry. Especially not for…

Dinner/ Pakistani Recipes/ Ramazan & Eid/ Recipes

Yakhni Pulao | Mutton Yakhni Pulao | Goat meat pilaf 

Yakhni pulao is a Pakistani and Indian rice dish made with meat and rice that is cooked in an aromatic stock flavoured with whole spices. Today I am sharing a recipe of mutton yakhni pulao which is made using goat meat (known as mutton in the Indian subcontinent). Read on ahead for my tips on how to make a delicious mutton yakhni pulao. Serve with lots of fried onions on top and raita on the side.   An early Eid Mubarak…