I can cook – reasonably well, or so I am told. (Thanks loyal family & friends). And that’s good, we have to eat right? To be honest, if I had my way, we would be eating out or getting take away- every single day. Yes thats true, I’d rather have anyone cook for me, but alas thats not possible. Anyway, since I now live in Australia, and am married, with two kids under 7, and one big kid who starts acting like one for want of food, I have to cook. So even if I am not in a mood to cook – which is most times, I still have to. Thus begins my interest in hunting down recipes of good food that can be cooked fairly quickly, don’t require a lot of planning and can be done without using any hard to pronounce ingredients. Trying out a new recipe every fortnight you ask? That’s interest, believe me.
Now, since I am originally from Pakistan – and no, it’s not like.. India – I cook a lot of traditional Pakistani food. It’s quite amazing that although people are aware of Currys and Rotis and Biryanis, yet they associate all that with Indian food. Let me say that again, Pakistan is different, the people are different, the food is different. I hope to make you fall in love with Pakistani style of cooking.. it has plenty. Pakistani is often referred to as Desi so we have Desi breakfast, Desi Chai (tea), Desi Shadi food (wedding feasts), Desi Chinese, yes you read it right, Desi pizzas and pastas and not to forget, Desi Meetha (Desserts or as Pakistanis like to refer to as ‘Sweet’). Yes we adapt every kind of taste to our palette, we do it and we do it with style. I hope you stay around while I post irresistible (I’ll try) and fool-proof (I’ll try my best) recipes that will inspire you to do something different for dinner. And one word of caution, google Pakistani cuisine at your own risk, if you are not familiar with food, it can easily do your head in. I often have this problem and I AM from Pakistan.
And no I did not cook any of these things in this photo. Just found it to show you a typical Pakistani dawat (party) table. You can see chicken biryani (rice), daal (lentils), salad, raita (yogurt dip), chicken tikka (roasted) and shahi tukrey (dessert, a bit like french toast only fried) among other things that I am unable to identify. Yummy.