Gulab Jamun 🌟

Gulab jamuns and I have been in a long term relationship since forever. If any one ever asks me what is my top favorite mithai of all time then without hesitation I will say Gulab jamun. The delicious dough balls drenched in sugary, sticky syrup and perfumed with kewra, rose water and cardamom occupy a…

Classic Blondies

Classic chocolate-chip blondies perfect for some weekend baking. These blondies are soft, chewy and they take less than a half hour to make! Chock full of indulgent chocolate, delicious toasted coconut and crunchy walnuts. Yes, yes and yes! If you love chocolate chip cookies and brownies than blondies are sure to win you over! These…

Red curry shrimp noodle soup

We are in uncertain times right now. Everyday we come across new information. In Philadelphia, as of right now, all schools, offices, dine in restaurants, cafes, bars, museums, retail stores, theaters, and libraries are closed for atleast two weeks. This timeline is uncertain. As much as we are trying to practice social distancing, I’m sure…

Daal Palak – Saucy Yellow lentils with spinach

Lentils with spinach. Delicious, tangy and earthy flavors combine to make a lip-smacking and healthy dish. This is one of my favorite ways to incorporate spinach in my diet. Its easy to make, the ingredients are always accessible and just SO GOOD! Funny story: Growing up there were only 5 lentil dishes that I would…

Chicken Pepper Masala

Thinking of what to make for dinner is a struggle every night – especially on week nights! Sometimes, the kids’ activities run late and I have just an hour to prepare something that is quick, nutritious and delicious. I always try to plan the menu of the day the night before. I usually take out…

Thai Red Chicken Curry

Do you believe that the warmth of a spicy flavorful curry beats all the odds of winter? I do! When the temperatures are dropping outside and you want something to warm your body and soul before you go into hibernation, a bowl of delicious hot curry is your secret weapon. There are times when you…

Chickpeas curry – Pakistani style!

Chickpeas are such a staple in Pakistani cuisine. They are made into a curry and paired with paratha for a perfect breakfast. Or mixed with tangy chutnies to become your favorite street snack chaat. Or cook it with chicken and you have the famous murgh cholay! And chickpeas rightly deserve this special place in our…

Karahi Daal

Any roadside stall or dhaba in Pakistan will definitely have a non-veg Karahi but it’s vegetarian menu will most probably list Karahi Daal as it’s first dish. This is a dry Chana daal or bengal gram lentil dish made in a spicy tomato base. Garnished with cilantro, ginger and green chillies, this daal is always…

Khaosuey – A delicious Pakistani version of this Burmese dish.

Today really felt like Fall here in Philly with the weather being in the upper 60s. We were shivering in the morning on our way to school dropoff and enjoying the warm afternoon in our cozy sweaters. The sound of the crisp leaves under my boots, and the cold air rustling through my hair made…

Marvel Superheroes Exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

If you are anywhere on the East Coast and a big fan of the Marvel Superheroes then this exhibit is one you cannot miss out on! It’s an opportunity to totally immerse yourself in the heroes’ origin tales as well as see over 300 original artifacts including costumes, props (Captain America’s shield is one of…

Spicy Red Kidney Beans curry

It’s currently 1pm here in Horgen, Switzerland and I’m all cozy on my couch and staring out the window at the rain falling down on this beautiful place! The air is filled with a mix of delicious smells. The nostalgic smell of wet earth, the dreamy scent of wisteria and roses, & the appetizing whiff…

Ramadan with kids!

Ramadan Mubarak! The most blessed month is here upon us and we cannot be more excited! Alhumdulilah, our home is clean, the decorations are up and we have stocked up on dates! We are ready for Ramadan! ❤️ I have been following the same Ramadan traditions in my home since my son was 3 years…

I have begun!

‘Tomorrow I will begin’ – Ever so often, these words echo in my head as I close my eyes, ready to drift away after reflecting on my day – especially on what I did not manage to do. There are everyday important things that I do and that are crucial in running my house and caring for my family, but there are those ‘other’ things that seem a bit daunting, too time-consuming, not too important or even sometimes a bit more interesting or fun.

Dill Chana Daal

Chana daal (Split Bengal gram) is the most versatile and delicious lentil in my opinion. It is also one of the lentils you can make dry and eat it with bread or roti. Once you soak the Chana daal for at least 30 minutes to an hour, it cooks easily within half an hour making…

Pakoray (Fried fritters)

It’s raining, it’s pouring… So we are making pakoras in our kitchen today!  Our family food tradition – whenever it rains, we make these “Pakoras” (deep-fried Fritters) and eat them with chutney and sip on hot tea while inhaling the sweet smell of rain! Pure heaven! Although you can make pakoras from a variety of…