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…

Our favorite Ramadan books

Ramadan is the perfect time to introduce little kids to this Holy month and to help older kids increase their knowledge about Islam and its history. I always hide the Ramadan books and bring them out just before Ramadan begins and the kids eagerly wait to read them. Our book collection has grown over the…

Muslim Exhibit at the Please Touch Museum

Hello, everyone!! ❀️ You can see how happy I am to see the traditional Pakistani truck with its vibrant art. This is up for display at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia at their America to Zanzibar – Muslim cultures near and far exhibit. This amazing exhibit was originally developed by the Children’s Museum of…

Kabsa- A Saudi Chicken and Rice dish

It’s amazing how certain foods, their smells or tastes, can evoke an intense feeling of nostalgia. Maybe it’s because food has always been an integral part of everyone’s childhood. Especially food prepared by our grandmothers, moms or aunts. No matter how hard we try, we can never replicate the same taste. Sigh! πŸ™ Anyone that…

When my sister visits…

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. -Marion C. Garretty 2018 ended on a happy note for me! This was because of all the fun and excitement of my sister’s visit from Denver with her beautiful family. ❀️ Whenever my sister visits, time goes by way too fast. There…

The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri- Book review

My Rating – 4/5 “Whenever he is discouraged, I tell him that if I can survive on three continents, then there is no obstacle he cannot conquer. While the astronauts, heroes forever, spent mere hours on the moon, I have remained in this new world for nearly thirty years. I know that my achievement is…

Spaghetti with Meatballs

It’s always hard planning weeknight dinners. I nearly always have a set menu for the weekends- Friday’s are Biryani days, Saturday mornings are pancakes & evenings are pizza & movie night, Sunday mornings are paratha anda and evenings are leftover Biryani. Simple! But come Monday and I face the inevitable question of what to cook…

Traditional Halwa Puri Brunch Party!

Aik garam chai ki piyali ho, Saath mey halwa, puri aur tarkaari ho… Wish I had a cup of tea along with halwa, puri and tarkaari – translation of my own Urdu quote above in English. πŸ˜‚ Halwa Puri – the greatest of all breakfast meals in Karachi, Pakistan – is almost always reserved for…