Hummus and Pita

It was one of those days where you just do.not.want.to.cook.

So I said,”What is one thing that everyone loves and doesn’t require any slaving away at the stove?”

Hummus and (Ready made) Pita ūüėÄ

So here is a recipe I tried…and it turned out to be a HIT in the family!

You will need:

1 400g Can of Americana Chickpeas (or any brand easily available at your local store…or if you are up for it you could boil your own chickpeas)

Around 3-4 tblsp of Lemon juice

2 cloves of garlic

4 tblsp Sesame seeds

Olive oil

Salt to taste

How to:

So basically… drain the chickpeas in a bowl so you can save the water in the can.

Throw the chickpeas in a blender with garlic, lemon juice, sesame seeds and few tblsp of the water you saved from the can.

Start up the blender and slowly add 1 tblsp of olive oil at a time until the paste is smooth according to your liking.

You may add more water from the can if you feel it’s not blending right.. i actually ended up using like all of it.

add the salt and blend some more..

Dish out in a pretty bowl and garnish with chopped parsely/coriander and olive oil and 3-4 chickpeas ūüôā

Ta-daa… That is all you have to do. I served it with ready made pita bread from the store that I heated up in the toaster oven.

Happy Easy Cooking ūüėÄ

Paramount Fine FOods

So my Birthday was last week, and the one tradition that I have for my family is to go for fine dining on special occasion like Birthdays & Anniversaries.

This time we¬†chose ¬†the much raved about restaurant; Paramount Find foods. When I first heard¬†about it I was like “SAY NO MORE”…I didn’t need to hear any thing more than the fact that they specialize in authentic Lebanese/Middle East cuisine. Being brought up in Saudi Arabia, this is my way of being nostalgic about the childhood good times that I spent there.

So basicalllly for appetizer we ordered Flafel which was made to perfection! and a Yalla Special (which was such a large appetizer…there was a lot leftover so we eventually got it to-go). ¬†It was basically shawarma¬†chicken marinated in arabic goodness served on a bed of frenchfries! with tahini sauce topping.

For main course we¬†ordered Mini Mixed Grill which included beef, shish twouk, kafta served with grilled tomatoes & onions, with a spicy bread. And really it was enough for 2 people like us who don’t eat a lot after the hefty appetizers. The menu allows you to add skewers to your platter so we chose to add bbq shrimps shewers as well which was a nice touch.

Also, the menu claims that it is served ¬†with a side of hummus and garlic sauce, but the restaurant failed to do that for some reason. And I didn’t realize until much later that it was missing ūüė¶ ¬†Next time I go i’m definitely pointing it out.

Oh I forgot to tell you guys! they serve unlimited Kuboos (Arabic pita bread) so that definitely earns them 5 ***** from me!

Wallet-wise it was a bit price-y. Although if you compare to other options of Cafes that are available, I think it was okay considering the food was of higher¬†caliber. We were two adults (and my son doesn’t eat much at restaurants other than fries n chicken)…the bill came out to be about Rs.1500 per person.

After my lunch, I got to meet the Chef. He was super friendly; we had a nice chat. I told him how I liked the food a lot and it reminded me of authentic food I used to have as a kid. He was super humble about it.

All in all it was an amazing experience. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a change from the spicy Seekh Kababs. Go and experience the Kafta goodness.. You won’t regret it.

You can visit the website for further information regarding the menu or restaurant here.

Chicken Stock to Eliminate Dry cough/flu/whining :)

Argh! I hate being sick… as I ‘m sure everyone does. But you know what I mean? The dry cough, the fever, the body aches PLUS all the regular chores that you absolutely have to do along side with it.

The worst part about being a Grown up sick person is that your mom is not there to make you eat and drink weird tasting soups etc. that eventually end up making you feel better. So 2 days ago, after coughing and whining for 4 days, I finally decided to make Chicken Yakhni (Stock) the desi version; 99% guarantee that you would feel better after this!

You will need:

1/2-1 kg Chicken (with bones)
4-6 Black Pepper
4-6 Cloves
A super tiny piece of Ginger
Salt to taste
1-2 cinnamon stick

Makes around 3 cups.

Place in a pot with around 6 cups of water ( like twice the amount of stock you want left at the end). Bring to boil, for 2 minutes. Then simmer on low heat for 20-25 minutes. It is ready to be served as is.

Or if you are a picky eater like my hubby and I, you could also make it into a proper soup (by adding corn flour and 1 beaten egg and soya sauce/chilli sauce). Don’t forget to take out the black peppercorn and cloves though!

I tried just the simple stock and believe me I feel so much better. I am surprised actually. If you are under the weather, please do try it and let me know if it helped!

~xo

Tikka Club Sandwiches

When I am super tired of cooking all the curry and gravy-licious food… I do a harsh U-turn and opt for something dry and spicy! My favorite thing to serve on weekends is Tikka Club Sandwiches; they are light, an easy snack for Movie time with the hubby and¬†quick to assemble. Moreover¬†you can pop the¬†leftover¬†chicken/meat in your¬†fridge for use on Mondays!

So here is what you will need (makes around 4 sandwiches depending on how filling you want your sandwich)

Ingredients & Method:

Take 1/2 kg Boneless chicken
Add 1 tsp Ginger garlic paste
2-4 Tblsp of SHAAN TIKKA MASALA (Already contains salt)
1 tblsp Yogurt
Juice of 1 Lemon
1 chopped Green Chilli
Chopped onions! (Optional )

Marinate the Chicken and set aside for like 30 minutes.

Heat oil in a wok; add the marinated chicken and saute until the meat is cooked and there is no gravy.

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Assemble:

Take a piece of your favorite bread, spread ketchup/mustard/mayo. Basically any sauces of your liking. I personally love mustard. Then top it with the cooked hot Chicken!!
Top that with Lettuce Leaves, and another Slice of bread.
I like to add a plain omelette to it to make it more filling. So I make it with just salt and black pepper.
Add Cucumbers and tomato slices as per taste.. Cheese Slice!!!!! and voila! your done!

I consider this “healthy” food so I prefer serving it with baked potato wedges instead of fries. But that is totally up to you.

 

Enjoy your meal!

xox

 

 

 

 

 

Aside

Healthy Snackin’ Ideas

Hey,

As promised, here are the different snackin’ & munchin’ pouches I made for traveling. Actually these are so healthy you could just keep some lying around at home for easy access… that way you won’t be tempted to ruin your diet by having 2 packs of Doritos ūüėõ

  1. Dried Fruits/Nuts: I bought packets of a bunch of different dried fruits/nuts that I liked. I used Cashews, dried apricots, pistachio, almonds and raisins for some sugar! (You can use your favorites). Then I just mixed it all in a bowl and made small servings in zip-lock bags. Easy to handle even for my son anddd you can keep 1 in your purse for instant munching and put away the rest in your carry-on.
  2. Cereals: Another great option is to go for cereals. My son loves to snack on Chocos, Froot loops and Frosted flakes. So I made a little zip-lock bag of that as well. It is sweet so keeps the baby happy… and you don’t feel too guilty about it. And if need arises you can just add some milk to it for some cereal goodness.
  3. ¬†Popcorn & candy:I made some popcorn at home (I don’t like to use the microwave kind), 1 pack of m&m, some bread sticks (or you could use pretzels)¬†and peanuts.¬†I¬†made 2 small bags for snacking. (This¬†one was a hit!should have made moreeee)

If you are traveling with a baby soon please also¬†read¬†Surviving a Flight with the Toddler. Hope it’s helpful!

xox

Tomato Soup for the soul

So the other day¬†I was talking to a friend who is struggling on and off the “Diet” bandwagon. ūüôā So in honor of her controlling¬†her appetite, I decided to share with her this yummy tomato soup recipe.

I am not gonna lie, when I first made it I was skeptical of the texture and the color.. mainly because I made it totally basic for my (then) toddler. Eventually I did some renovations to it… searched online.. combined a couple different styles and finally found a version I loved to drink myself as well… and not just force down the poor baby’s throat.

It is perfect for those on diet, or those who just wanna enjoy some hot soup..or you know.. just avain…

So here is what you will need…

  • 1-1¬ľ kg ripe tomatoes
  • 3¬†tbsp oil of your choice
  • 1 medium onion
  • chopped garlic clove (or garlic powder which ever is available)
  • carrot/celery/cauliflower (you may add or subtract your choice of veggies)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • about 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • some sugar..like a pinch
  • 2 liters hot chicken stock (made with chicken or Chicken powder or 2 knorr chicken cubes) I personally stick to real chicken pieces but if i’m in a hurry sometimes i cheat with knorr ūüėõ

All right so basically, you heat up the oil and saut√© the onion until becomes translucent… add the roughly chopped garlic and bay leaves..toss around… add the veggies..cook on low heat for 5-8 mins.. add finely chopped tomatoes and ketchup ..add the pinch of sugar..then¬†salt and pepper to taste..cover the lid and let the tomatoes cook for another 10 mins.. stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. thenn….Slowly pour in the chicken stock.. cook on medium heat for 5 mins and another 15 20 mins on low heat to ensure that the flavors infuse thoroughly.. let it cool slightly.. and blenddd into a smooth texture.. yumm

your soup is ready! if its too bland for you.. you may add red chili sauce or a dash of paprika! like i do ūüėÄ

enjoy! xo

 

 

 

 

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Detoxing your way through a Bad Day

Sunday night I went to a fancy restaurant in the hoity toity part of Karachi. The East End. They had everything a foodie could ask for. the ambiance, the music, courteous servers and a 5-course meal, served along side amazing fruit slush shots! and none other than DETOX WATER.

That is right, they brought a fancy jar filled with Mint, Lemon and Cucumbers, and right in front of your eyes they open up a fresh bottle of mineral water and make your detox delight.

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What was beautiful about the Meal plan was that everything just came together like puzzle pieces. A bite of yummy green chilies filled with tamarind sauce (not for you if you are not a fan of spicy food) followed by a sip of fruit slush and a casual sip of the detox water here and there. mMmmmMmmm

In short, it was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it to people who love to explore different flavors and experiences.

You can make your own 0-calorie flavored Detox Water at home.

  1. Cut up cucumbers, slice 1 lemon, a little piece of ginger and throw in a couple of Mint leaves. Great for weight loss, it flushes toxins right outta your body and! leaves you with a flat tummy. Welcome Crop TOPS!
  2. (My Favorite) FruityРsliced Lemon, slices of Orange, and few cut up strawberries! you may switch up the combinations as you like. Different fruits can be used for different citrus-y Yummy-ness.

What started off as a diet plan routine 8 months ago, ¬†turned into a thing of entertainment at my workplace. It was such a coincident that the very next day (Monday) when I come to work, one of my good friends/colleagues had her very own detoxing bottle going on. I was so excited! it’s like we were TWINS! lol we think a like.. not once but so many times this happened. I’m just glad I have a partner now who would constantly remind me throughout the day to finish my bottle of this cucumber deliciousness… ¬† Cheers!

You can easily find the detox water bottles like in the pic below at your local store or even online. IF NOT? don’t fret! Just use any regular bottle you have lying around at home!

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The pictures are not mine and MAMA.WIFEY.ME claims no credit for any images posted on this site unless otherwise noted. 

Galawati Kebabs

So my dad’s side makes crazyyyy Dam k kababs. They are like Pros at it! Eventually my mom adapted the recipe too. And no doubt i was obsessed with them. Every time she would make em, it would feel like a partyyyūüéČūüéČ

But me being me, I added and subtracted a bunch of ingredients and made it my own..

Not to brag ūüėÜ but now, my Mom also admits that my way is so much better. So I thought I should share my Go-to Keema (minced meet) Recipe.

Difficulty Level: Medium

INGREDIENTS:

Keema 0.75 kg (Red meat)

Blend:

1 cup Yogurt

12-15 green chilli

1 tsp Garam Masala

1 large Onion

Salt to taste

Mix into Keema.

Add

Around 4 tblsp sautéd & ground Channa ( or use besan if u have lying around)

2 medium onions fried until golden brown and crushed

1.5 tsp sabud Dhanya Sauté and chop

2-3 tblsp Ginger Garlic paste

2-3 tblsp choped raw papaya or Meat tenderizer

Marinate this delicious mix for like 3-4 hours.. sometimes i leave it in longer if i can.. but it HAS to be Atleasttttt 2 hrs. It really brings out the flavor.

Now, i have cooked it in various diff ways..

U may lay it out on a baking tray.. grease it and Bake it for  45 mins -1hr.

Or you can add oil in a Wok, add the marinated keema.. and cook on medium heat until keema is cooked!!

In the end dont forget to add Coal dhooni for the BBQ effect.

Serve with Naan, raita and onion!!!