Pakistan In Fusion with Spices

                                                           foodflag-pakistan                                     “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” 

Oscar Wilde,

Writing about food is one of the toughest thing if one is  sitting in hostel without a spicy plate of Biryani, few Pakoray or Nihari because the  enzymes in our stomach are more active than love signals our heart gives when  we see our first crush.

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I often find myself more attracted to food and that makes me doubt if  I will be forever alone or will have food as my companion forever.

 One cannot complete her/his day without some spicy biryani, mouth-watering gol gappay and crispy samosay.

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 It’s said that human beings eat because they need to live, however I feel we live  because we need to eat and that’s what makes our taste towards food so enriched       and  exotic.  A good thing about ur food is the Desi touch which can never be enjoyed better than  Dhabas and the Desi hotels.


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For us, food is not something we eat to survive only, it’s something we use to       socialize, talk about when we don’t know the other person and be the best hosts of course  because  I feel foreigners love our Pakistani food.

Our food is more like a cultural construct to us, something which unites us together  while we don’t  give up  on dividing  ourselves  on  different  basis our  food is the only one thing  which is diverse yet almost similar with same taste and   spices. I feel our food is actually something we feel happy eating unlike eating bread  with curry  and noodles with curry which one needs because they feel   hungry,  our food is something we eat because we cannot resist it.

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The food we cook has many criticism attached to it because of the enriched  flavors            ,  spices and plenty of oil with hours of cooking which doctors claim  doesn’t  leave it healthy and nutritious anymore, however I believe the healthy food                doctors  recommend is so impossible to survive on.

                                  “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
Virginia Woolf

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Pakistani Traditional Food

Hello everyone! Today I felt an urge to write about Pakistani food. Every country has its own taste and style of food. Pakistan has a rich culture. Our traditions and norms are very similar to India. Many of the recipes of our dishes are similar to them. Despite that the flavors and spices of a particular region add their own touch. Every province in Pakistan has its own special regional dishes.

Punjab is the hub of meaty and spicy food. Be it tandoori, gravies, desi ghee delicacies or vegetables (esp. sarsoon ka saag) the Punjabis are true to their roots. Though the new generation is into fast food and Chinese, you will always find the mutton gravies, parathas, haleem and Bar B.Q beside them in a buffet style dinner. Punjabis and especially Laborites are famous for their appetites of desi food.                                                          2014-11-13_22.35.12

Even their breakfasts are an elaborate affair. Halwa puri, Nehari, Hareesa, siri pai, Nan Chaney and pathoray are only some of the dishes they offer. On the other hand the list of sweet dishes also goes on and on. Rus malai, jalebi, kulfa falooda, kheer and firni are their summer offerings. Winter brings along different types of halwas, sweet rices and gajreela. Sweetmeats are an all year round treat.            2014-11-13_22.36.34

The food in KPK is influenced by their neighboring country Afghanistan. Their namkeen lamb, Afghani pulao, huge chappal kababs and dry fruits are legendary. The tikka they cook over open fires add smoky flavors to the ready items and this tradition may have originated from necessity when hunters found it hard to cook without proper stoves.

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Baluchistan on the other hand found ways to use the hot desert sands as desi ovens. Their widely known dishes Sajji and Dumpukht were once cooked over time in the hot sand. Though modernized in the hotel kitchens today, the true tradition continues in their far-fetched areas.

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This brings us to Sindh which also provides us with a diverse variety of foods and flavors. Believe it or not it is from where all types of biryanies originated. Sindhi biryani, meiman biryani, pulaos, tikka biryani and so on and so forth, all came from this region. Hyderabad was the centre of the most sophisticated mughlai foods. The different types of seafood like prawns, crabs, finger fish etc. are also their forte. Now a day, other regions might claim fame but hey give credit where it’s due.

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As you can see Pakistan has a vast variety of foods and cultures to offer. We only have to explore them. Now I am going off to investigate what’s cooking in my own kitchen. Happy foraging!!

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Written by Ali Nawaz

Eating is a necessity but COOKING IS AN ART!!!

Hurray!!! Finally I made custard without lumps. This was my feeling at the age of seven when I made perfect vanilla custard for the first time in my life. Undoubtedly this was a great feeling of achievement. After so many tries I was finally able to prepare the perfect custard. This feeling of achievement was something which influenced me to learn advanced cooking.

I started cooking at the age of seven and my inspiration was my talented mother who used to be praised by our family and friends for the recipes she made. She cooked amazing recipes which were not only visually appealing but were palatable. As a child I grew eating her recipes and getting inspired by her day by day.

“Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don’t fall at least 10 times,
then you’re not skiing hard enough.”
By: Guy Fieri

Today after so many years I am still cooking and for me it is not just a habit or hobby but it is something which gives me pleasure and mind relaxation. It would not be wrong to say that I am obsessed with my cooking talent and now I am on a stage where I admire my own hands for creating wonderful dishes.

The talent of cooking is something which differentiates me from many other people of my age. Now a day’s when it is considered that an educated girl cannot cook well, it gives me great gratification that I am the one breaking this stereotype. I am not only educated but I also cook well.

There are several ways in which people define Cooking. For some it is the practice of preparing food by mixing, heating and combining ingredients and for others it is the act to satisfy their basic need of hunger. But cooking for me is an art by which I can create whatever I want with anything available in my kitchen. It gives me great pleasure and pride to think that my hands can create an extraordinary dish out of such ordinary ingredients.

Cooking is also a way to satisfy hunger. Hunger is a state of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food consumption. This is a feeling which is common in every living thing. We have this feeling everyday and to satisfy this feeling we try to eat best food possible which is not only nutritious but also tasty. To create this type of delicious food we need to cook.

There are people around me who love eating but hate cooking. For them cooking is hell of a task. They think it is irritating and annoying to cook just because they cannot cook. I would just like to say that hating cooking is just their way to protect themselves from the hard work or determination required to learn this art. For me those people lack creativity but everyone have their preferences.

Back then some people were criticized for being chefs. But I happily consider the fact that the trends have changed. Now more and more people are becoming chefs and are earning even more money than bankers or businessmen. Lastly to motivate all those who like cooking but are afraid to take it as a career I would like to say people can survive without a well settled business in recession but they cannot survive without food. Regardless of the economic condition cooking is a type of career which will continue to excel day by day and it is a safer career option for all those who know and love cooking.

According to George Bernard Shaws:
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more
honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing
nothing”
By: George Bernard Shaws

I truly believe in this quote and I try to follow what he said we learn by making mistakes and for all those who want to excel in cooking do give a try maybe this mistake makes your life more honorable.

For those interested in cooking a short recipe is given please do try it and give your feedback about it.

Scotch Eggs

Ingredients:
Potatoes (Medium Sized) 2
Cheddar Cheese (Grated) 2 Tablespoon
Egg 1
Hard Boiled Eggs 2
Flour 1 Tablespoon
Breadcrumbs 1 ½ cup
Oil 2 Cups
Salt and Pepper ¼ Teaspoon each

Accompaniments:
Bread Slices 4
Tomatoes 1
Lettuces 2 – 3
Carrot 1

Method:
1. Boil Potatoes and Eggs separately. And mash the potatoes.
2. Now add grated cheese and seasonings and mix well.
3. Shell the hard boiled eggs and coat with flour.
4. Divide the mash potatoes mixture into two halves and mould around the eggs.
5. Dip in the beaten eggs and coat with crumbs.
6. Shallow fry in oil and cut into two halves.
7. Serve with accompaniments.

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