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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Two Pakistani Savoury Recipes That Will Have You Drooling & Dare To Think Different

Cleaning of Mosque's carpet in anticipation for Ramadan

In yesterday's post I had explored Ramadan in Pakistan with the UK-based food writer Sumayya Jamil. Sumayya was very generous to share with us three of her family Recipes for Pakistani dishes popular in Ramadan. I had shared the first, a desset (Pakistani Seviyan) in yesterday's post, and today I will share the remaining two savoury recipes: Vegetable Pakoras and Kachumber Bejeweled Salad to give you a taster of Ramadan in Pakistan.

For more recipes and Pakistani flavours, make sure to drop by Sumayya's blog at www.pukkapaki.com, and try out her mouthwatering dishes posted there.


Chai & Assorted Vegetable Pakoras
Photo by Sumaya Jamil

Assorted Seasonal vegetable pakoras
Ready in: 15 minutes
Serves: 2-3 people

" To me, pakoras are one of the key dishes that celebrate the joys of Ramadan in Pakistan.

A match made in heaven, a simple pakora batter made from chickpea flour and a little rice flour for crispiness and can be used to adorn any seasonal vegetable of choice. Traditionally made with thinly sliced potato, onion rings, aubergines or green chilies. 

These can be fried until golden and crispy, these are healthy (slightly!) if shallow fried!"

You Need
For the batter
100 grams chickpeas flour
50 grams rice flour (not ground rice)
1 tsp dry roasted cumin seeds
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp red chili powder
Tap water
Vegetable oil to shallow fry
5-6 slices of aubergines, halved
4-5 okra, sliced into 4 pieces horizontally
Half a red onion, cut into thin rings

To garnish
1 tsp finely chopped mint leaves
1 green chilli, sliced thinly
1 tsp chaat masala



Whip up the batter ingredients into a thick batter by adding water slowly.

Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan (use as much as you like, I prefer to shallow fry). Keep the oil on medium heat.

Dip each slice of vegetable in the batter until coated evenly, dip into hot oil and fry either side until light brown.

Drain on kitchen paper and serve garnished with chopped mint leaves and sliced green chili and chaat masala (substitute chaat masala with a sprinkling of red chili powder and ground cumin)


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Pakistani Kachumer Bejeweled Salad
Photo by Sumayya Jamil, taken by Joanna Yee

Pakistani Kachumber Bejeweled Salad 
Ready in: 10 mins
Serves: 2-3 people 

"This is a real celebration of freshness, spice and a balance of flavours; this was always a firm favourite accompaniment on our Ramadan table in Pakistan. Whereas not always a traditional accompaniment during Ramadan, in my home this was omnipresent! 

Simple to make and with real Wow factor! Served with rice dishes, pakoras, currys - anything!" 

You Need
½ medium size red onion, finely chopped
2 large tomatoes, deseeded and finely chopped
½ cucumber, deseeded, finely chopped
4 tbsp pomegranate
1 tsp dry roasted cumin seeds
4-6 mint leaves, finely chopped
½ bunch of coriander, finely chopped
1-2 thin green chillis, finely chopped
1 tsp Chaat masala (substitute with ground pepper red chilli powder + coriander powder)
Juice of half a large lemon or one lime
½ tsp sugar
Salt to taste


Combine all the ingredients above and allow to marinate for about 30 minutes before serving


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Both recipes and their photographs, are provided by Sumayya Jamil and are her property. They are published on this blog with her permission. Please do not copy or use them without her permission.


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Food For Thought
"People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but one thing you can't do is ignore them! Because they change things." - Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is one of the most inspirational people of our time. Listen to his speeches and read his book because this is a man who went against all odds and whose choices could have been very different given his life's circumstances. Blaming life for our choices is yet another choice, and the difference between people and great people is a choice.


Hope you have enjoyed learning Sumayya's family recipes and that you will give them a try.

Ramadan is about to be over soon, I would love to hear your thoughts about this year's Ramadan Special, what you think of it so far, how you like or dislike its topics and if you found the information useful and interesting. Share your thoughts with me as they help me see these posts from your perspective and help me better plan next year's Ramadan posts :) So do please leave a comment giving me your feedback...


Come back tomorrow for
Ramadan in Palestine :)


The world is beautiful, all its people are beautiful, all cultures equally important, and all the same in the end - all out there for us to explore...
Ramadan Kareem

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