Saturday, 25 May 2013

The heat of Summer In Pakistan and GLORIA JEANS Fruit Chiller...The perfect Combo !!

Hey !!
Enjoying Summer ? I hope load shedding has made it more fun ;)
With 42 to 50 degree temperature extreme Garmi and Looo in day time , body feels no need of having good food . It wants cold things to eat and drink. Garmi is on extreme this year in May like it is in june or july before. No one wants to hang out these days . I like to fantasize like i am lying down in a room with AC and there is no load shedding and I have something cold in my hand to drink :P Life would be heaven !! :P But it is not..... We have to make ourselves enjoy summers . Do things which make your summer days more memorable.

Last weekend I happen to go to Gloria jeans Fsd. Feeling no craving for food I ordered their strawberry fruit chiller and I was honored :P It was lovely !! So refreshing cool and Delicious . It had some fruits some artificial flavors I guess and finely crushed ice in it. It was amazing really It made my inner cold . I tasted their mixed berry fruit chiller too it has a very good taste . I love their fruit chillers and these are the best summer treats you can have. I love their ambiance and atmosphere too , the dim lights the lovely music and the coolness !! Together makes this place a lovely one to hangout in Summers, Order anything from their menu and have a fruit chiller or iced tea with it. You ll love it !!

My fantasy would add these fruit chillers in place of something cold now I guess ;) Enjoy summers !!
Make your eyes feel cool with the pictures !! :)

Love the colors and stay happy !!
Take care.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Mothers Day Treats !!

Mother's Day is a celebration honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914.

Pakistani Mothers have always been proved themselves wonderful ! Their struggle and hard work for their family can not be compared to anything. Your mother , if a house wife , takes care of you all day without demanding anything in return and if a work lady, works all day at office and works at home after that. She passes her whole life taking care of her children and husband. Mothers...modern or desi...are all equally respectable and lovely!!

Mother's day 2013 is coming on Sunday 12 May. Do something special for your mom's this day to show them your love. A small greeting or a gift from their child makes them happy ! Plan something for you mom. Buy a gift or a greeting card for her. Take her out with you at some place she likes. Cook food for her. Make her feel special and needed. Tell her how important she is to you ! Let her enjoy this day and make this day memorable for her.

I ll help you to cook for her amazing recipes that are easy and delicious at the same time. Make breakfast for her before she wakes up in the morning and surprise her ! Cook easy lunch and dinner recipes specially for her. These relations need time and respect ! Make you mom feel proud of you !!Here are some recipes you can follow step by step to make this day special for you mom. I have included two breakfast dishes, one modern and one desi. Cook the one your mom likes. Cook lunch or dinner as you like. I have included the easiest and testiest recipes which are liked by everyone usually. At the last, prepare Kashmiri qehwa for your mom and sit with her and talk to her. Tell her how much you love her.


Palak And Corn Paratha Recipe:


1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp oil
to taste salt
2 cups chopped spinach
1 cup cooked corn
2 Onions Chopped
1 tbsp oil
3 tbsps green chillies chopped
to taste salt


For Dough:

Mix first three ingredients and add enough water to make a soft dough.
Divide dough into 10 portions and roll out each portion into very thin circle.

For Stuffing:

Heat oil and fry onions for 1 minute. Add green chilies and fry again for a few seconds.
Add spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Drain water.
Add corn and salt.
Cook each roti on a griddle very lightly
Put a portion of the stuffing in each paratha and fold into a semi-circle. Arrange on a greased baking tray.
Brush parathas lightly with oil and bake in a hot oven until light pink in color
Serve hot.

Mexican Omelet Recipe:


2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons sour cream
pinch of salt
pinch of cumin
pinch of garlic powder
1/4 cup shredded jack cheese
1/8 cup fresh salsa, drained of juices


Beat eggs, creem, salt, cumin and garlic powder together.
Heat oil or lard in a medium round frying pan over medium heat. 
Pour in egg mixture and turn heat to lowest setting. Let egg cook until almost set. If egg browns, the pan is too hot. Next, flip omelet over*.
Place cheese and salsa on half of the omelet. Fold top over to help melt the cheese. Cover with a lid or a piece of foil for about 3 minutes to finish melting cheese. Remove from pan and serve immediately.
*Slide out of pan onto plate and then place pan upside down on top of plate. Turn pan and plate over so omelet falls back into pan to cook the other side.


Tawa Chicken Recipe:

This mouth-watering "Side Dishes" recipe for Tawa Chicken Bharta can be prepared in 40 minutes and serves 2-3 people.


3 sliced Boneless chicken breast
2 Onion finely sliced
1 Capsicum sliced
2 Green chilies chopped
2 tbsp Tomato paste
2 tbsp Ketchup
1 tsp Roasted and ground cumin
1 tsp Coriander seeds roasted and ground
1 tsp Chili powder
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Dry mango powder
1/2 tsp White pepper
1 Tomato (remove seeds and cubed)
1/2 cup Oil


Heat ½ cup oil on a griddle, fry 2 sliced onion till light
golden, add sliced chicken with 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp roasted coriander,
1 tsp roasted cumin, ½ tsp white pepper, ½ tsp dry mango powder, 2 tbsp tomato
paste and 2 tbsp ketchup, fry well till chicken is done, lastly add sliced capsicum,
tomato cubes, chopped green chilies, cook for 5 minutes, remove, serve garnish
with coriander leaves.


Green Chili Masala Handi Recipe:

This mouth-watering "Main Course" recipe for Green Chili Masala handi can be prepared in 30 minutes and serves 2-4 people.


Chicken ½ kg
Yogurt 250 gm
Lemon juice ½ cup
Turmeric 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 2 tsp
Onions 2
Green chilies 10
Ginger 1 piece
Garlic 4 cloves
All spice powder 1 tsp
Fenugreek leaves2 tbsp
Salt 1 tsp
Butter 50 gm
Oil ½ cup


Blend 2 onions, 250 gm yogurt, ½ cup lemon juice, 1 tsp turmeric, 2tsp cumin seeds, 10 green chilies, ginger, garlic, all spice powder and salt together in a blender and make a paste. Heat ½ cup oil and add in ½ kg chicken. Cook it till it is golden. Add in the blended mixture. Cook it for 15 minutes and cover the pan. When the chicken tenders add in 2 tbsp dry fenugreek leaves. Add in 50 gm butter and close the flame.


Chicken Macaroni Salad Recipe:


2 cups Boiled elbow macaroni
1/2 cup Chicken Tikka chunks chopped
1/2 cup Sweet corn
3 tbsp Capsicum chopped in tiny cubes
3 tbsp Tomato chopped in tiny cubes
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp White pepper
2 tbsp French dressing
1 tsp Sugar


Mix all together 2 cups boiled elbow macaroni, ½ cup chopped chicken Tikka chunks, ½ cup sweet corn, 3 tbsp capsicum chopped in tiny cubes, 3 tbsp tomato chopped in tiny cubes, ½ tsp salt, ¼ tsp white pepper, 2 tbsp French dressing and 1 tsp sugar. Serve over a bed of salad leaves.


Kashmiri kahwa Recipe:

Kashmiri Kahwa is a Kashmiri green tea and flavored with cardamom is what helps you relieve headache and maintain fluid levels too.


Green Tea – 1 tsp
Cloves – 2
Cardamom – 3
Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp powdered or 1 stick
Almonds – 4
Saffron – a pinch
Sugar to taste
Water – 2 1/2 cups


Coarsely chop the Almonds. Using the back of a wooden spoon, lightly crush the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon stick, if using.
Place the water, crushed cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and gently boil the water for about 5 minutes. Then add the green tea. Immediately turn off the heat. Let the tea steep in the water for about 2 minutes. Stir in sugar. Strain the tea.
To serve, divide the walnuts and saffron and place in tea cups or mugs. Pour tea over the saffron and Almonds pieces.

I love my mom. Its time for you to make your angel mom realize your love <3 love you mom !!

Friday, 3 May 2013

Top 3 Must Try 'Pakistani Snacks' Places :P

You must be thinking what on earth am I talking about.....What are Pakistani snacks?? :P Yeah Pakistani snacks are the food we eat while walking down the streets from small shops around. In short these are the street foods ;) I must say this is my quality I can eat everything and everywhere :P regardless of the typical mummy daddy attitude !! ;) I am a Pakistani and I Love my desi Food more than any restaurant in the world. No restaurant can compete with our taste :)

The best snacks which are my favorite too here in Faisalabad are:
1- Gol-gappas of food stall in main D ground street 
2-Papri chaat of a small shop beneath Sitara mall.
3-Aalu cutlets of a small food stall near some petrol pump while coming to Faisalabad.

You may have tried these dishes from many places but i bet you have never got the true flavor . I have these dishes from many places but no place can reach the owsumness of these places :P
Gol gappas are the most favorite typical Pakistani people's dish. I don't think any Pakistani wouldn't have tasted it once in life. These foods are our basic needs like water :P :P window shopping is the habit of we friends and when we are tired of it we just sit down somewhere and start eating :P

I am having these gol gappas from 4 years and I love them. No gol gappas tasted like the ones in d ground. Th filling they put in the gol gappas is made up of mashed potatoes, channas (chick peas), onions, tomatoes and coriander and the spices I don't know what they are but they give a slightly more chilly taste . They are medium spicy and the khatta paani server with them has a taatri ( a bitter taste) like taste and it tastes so delicious combined with the gol gappas . I know they sound delicious too  ;) They serve them with two types of chatnees (sauces). The one is white colored chatni made of yogurt and spices and the other one is meethi chatni which tastes somehow sweet and sour. I have no idea what they do to the filling of gol gappas but they taste so good . There are wood benches for sitting and we enjoy gol gappas in open air with the noise of traffic :P This is a must try desi food .

The next food that is tempting to me is the paapri chaat available in a small food stall under Sitara mall beside the parking area. They have made it look like a small restaurant. Sitting area is nice and small. The waiters here are very nice having a good attitude. They have quite a reasonable menu and they offer many dishes but the one I liked the most is their paapri chaat. It tasted too good and it was added in my best snacks as I took the first bite. They mix potatoes and channas with salad in it and some spices and covered all over with the paapar (a crispy thing made of flour). They serve it with the khatta paani as served with the gol gappas and some chatnees. It is spicy somehow but the paapar lessens the spices in mouth and it tastes very nice. A must try food if you want to boost up your energy after shopping ;)

The next favorite of mine are the cutlets I eat every time coming hostel and on my way back home. My mom is a very good cook but she still can't guess the secret ingredient in these cutlets. There is a small stall near a petrol pump and I guess the person's wife make the material of these cutlets for him . I don't know what ingredients they put in the potatoes they taste so good I never have this kind of taste elsewhere .I wonder from where on earth she got this recipe. The mashed potatoes are covered with a mixture of baisan (gram flour) and fried till crispy. Puts them in pieces of paper and my whole family eats them in a desi style with hands during the journey.  I love them really they beat the taste of hi fi expensive restaurants. Eating them with my family makes them more special for me. No science can prove the taste of expensive restaurants recipes with the taste in this poor man's hands . Some things are God gifted and no one can Challenge it !!

Things are getting some serious :p but the things is you ll die of the taste of these dishes when you ll try :P I am not exaggerating :P
That is a fact , Wherever We Pakistanis will go our heart still  remains desi and that is our best quality !! Love Pakistan and Pakistani food too ;)

Take Care xxx :)

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

TABAQ Faisalabad....One good And One Bad Experience !

Goooooooood Morning :P

Before writing something about food I would like to mention some things. I am new to writing basically i did writing before but not this type of writing.... I can't write very well and I am aware of it but I am learning. They say "Reading improves writing" and I completely agree to it. All what I can write at this stage is what i have read before. The point is there is always a room for improvement and I hope you guys will give me a chance to improve myself  :)

Coming towards fooooood ;) Tabaq is a newly opened place in FSD . It has branches in many cities and i heard alot about it before visiting it. I first happened to go there a month ago and It was a very bad experience that i never visited it again till today. It was quite a famous restaurant and I thought It wont let me down but the first impression was not so good.

The environment and ambiance is average. They have the typical red and grey combination in their interior which looks good but not extra ordinary. Sitting arrangement is good and the place is like a puzzle where finding way is not so easy. First when you enter some waiter or the person standing there welcomes you and takes you towards your place. I was not so impressed by the looks too. It is a typical family type restaurant for elders more especially. Youngsters can't have fun eating here. The waiters here in FSD branch are so ill mannered (I can't find another appropriate word other than this). They taunt you and give insulting smiles when you order and say humiliating sentences ( that is my experience may be the one attending me was that type alone).
We ordered charga ( cuz I heard alot about its taste n other branches like in Lahore) , chicken Manchurian and chow mein with some salad, raita and naan . I personally love Chinese :P They served the food after about half an hour . The service was average too. I first tried chicken manchurian that was above average not so good . It was lacking so many things. Then I tried chow mein which were good . The taste was quite well. Then at the last I tried the most famous charga which was too bad it had no taste and it was so hard to swallow due to its dryness...I have never tasted this bad charga before in my life it was a total disappointment. That visit overall was a total waste of money and time. That was the reason I never visited tabaq till today .

One of my friend wanted to go there with us.Scared of the fist experience we just ordered masala rice and Chicken ginger which was a boneless haandi with some raita, salad and naan. This time both the dishes tasted quite good. Masala rice tasted somewhat spicy which was good and the Chicken ginger though having less taste of ginger tasted quite well.  The behavior of waiters was the same this time.  I haven't visited other branches of tabaq but it is quite famous . I can't understand why the FSD branch is not like the Lahore one. They haven't maintained that quality which is not a good thing. They ll loose their fame if they ll not try to improve this branch too.

You should visit this place but be choosy while selecting dishes to eat. Don't try charga here in fsd branch ever according to my recommendation. This place is good if you have to do a dinner with your own family or you can come here with uncles and aunties. If you have young friends don't come here. I am sure if some people from Tabaq will read my blog they will ban me from here :P but that was all about my experience. May be your experience is better than me. Do tell me if you have some experience of eating here.
Have a look at the food and get jealous :P :P

Chicken Manchurian


Masala Rice

Chow mein

Chicken Ginger

Eat More and stay happy :)Take Care