How To Pack A Healthy and Wholesome Lunch like a Pro!

Greetings Friends!

How has your summer been? Busy? Mine sure has been. We kicked off the break by getting our spiritual high since Ramadan fell right at the start of summer this year. Then there was travel and spending time with family. We made a trip to Pakistan again this year. It was a lot of fun as always and it was tough for me to return home. I am always so sad to leave loved ones!

We are back home winding down summer and gearing up for the school year ahead! Whether you start the school year late August or early September, this post here is to help you pack lunch like an expert!

How prepared are you to send the kids off with healthy, nutritious lunch? If your answer is “NOT SO MUCH” don’t fret, I’ve got your back! Continue reading “How To Pack A Healthy and Wholesome Lunch like a Pro!”

Chicken Kofta Curry

Chicken Kofta Curry

Ok guys so today I have a super simple recipe for you! It is something you can whip up on a week night and transform it into something special. Growing up, I don’t remember having Koftas (meatballs in curry) all that often, possibly because of the labor involved in cooking them. It was always something we ate at dinner parties and on special occasions. Continue reading “Chicken Kofta Curry”

Quick and Easy Egg Curry

Known as Cut, this dish is a pretty popular staple in Hyderabadi cuisine. But you know what I like about it? That it’s super easy and super quick. I just love that!

Adding Boiled eggs makes this a hearty main dish rather than a side. And if you want to bring it up a notch, add koftas (meatballs)! Since we were doing meatless this Monday, I decided to leave out the meat.

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Mozzarella Sweet Potato Bites

Ah sweet potato! How I love thee! My love affair with this vegetable goes back to my childhood. Sweet potato is a popular street food in Pakistan. Known as Shakarkandi, it is cooked on coal and served sprinkled with salt and red chilli powder. Continue reading “Mozzarella Sweet Potato Bites”

Meatless Monday~ Lauki (Opo Squash)

You guys! I found the squash of my childhood! Remember in my last post I told you about how my only exposure to squash was the Opo or Lauki? Well, I found it in my neighborhood grocery store! And since it’s fall and squash is a big part of the season, I figured I would cook it for Meatless Monday. Continue reading “Meatless Monday~ Lauki (Opo Squash)”

Red Lentil Daal

Meatless Monday! Yay! For this Monday I propose You make Daal (pronounced The-aa-l). This dish is the staple side in every Pakistani home. Abound with many a variation, this one, made with red lentils is super quick. Ready in under an hour with no over night pre soaking required!

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Meatless Monday- Lentils

It’s that time of week again! It’s Monday and you know what that means, dinner is going to be meatless.

Today I am planning to make Kala Masoor or black lentils. This is basically red lentils but with the skin on,hence the name. Continue reading “Meatless Monday- Lentils”

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

I feared cooking  squash. The kind of fear that you have of the unknown. This was unchartered culinary territory for me. You see, growing up in Pakistan, the closest I came to eating,never mind cooking, this fruit was the Lauki or  gourd. They all come from the same Cucurbitaceae family. Members include the pumpkin, squash, zucchini,watermelon and various melons.Even good old cucumber is related!

As I became more conscious of what I put inside my body, the  list of fruits and vegetables I consumed grew. There was no way I could ignore the squash any longer. It is such a big part of life here in the U.S! Continue reading “Roasted Butternut Squash Soup”

Meatless Monday-Eggplant

This vibrant, purple fella goes by many names. Aubergine, brinjal, garden egg, melongene and even guinea squash. It is commonly known as eggplant because of it’s egg-like shape.

This is by far the most misunderstood and under appreciated vegetable in my home.

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