Aalu Shorba or Potato Curry

Guys it turns out that Google is not quite as reliable as I thought. When you google ‘Pakistani food blogs’ it seems like there are hardly any out there. However, thanks to the awesomely named My Ninja Naan I have discovered a whole slew of Pakistani food blogs. She was nice enough to pop by and when I checked her blog out (my way of saying read almost every entry) I discovered many others as well. I have bookmarked many of her recipes to try, but today’s potato curry comes from Ambreen at Simply Sweet ‘n Savory. When I saw this recipe it reminded me of something I had eaten at a relative’s place and really liked and so I thought I would try my hand at it. SO glad I did! It is yummy!!! My usual potato dish is very different from this one – a lot more tomato, curry leaves, etc but this will definitely come into regular rotation. I made some very minor changes to it, but have stayed true to it for the most of it.

By the way you know something has turned out well when half way into your write up about it you find yourself getting hungry and take a break to eat some more!

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Ultrathin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes the pictures in cookbooks really mess with me. Like this one below. See how beautiful that looks?

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Well when my ultra thin cookies came out of the oven they had none of the lacy beauty of the ones above which obviously led me to fervently googling other blogs to see what their results looked like. Apparently many were quite close to mine. After breathing a confused sigh of relief I realized that the picture in the book is the back of the cookie. Oh Alice Medrich you are so sneaky.

Somehow though I forgot to try them (!?!) so I cannot tell you what they are like warm and out of the oven, but I know they are very good that day and the next. It is the kind of thin crunchy chewy cookie that you really enjoy because it is so familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. Thankfully the recipe makes only 15 so the damage to me was limited. Also I did hide them from my 2 year old and then kinda forgot where for a day so I got to spread out the enjoyment!

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Dahi Baray – Lentil Dumplings in a Spicy Tangy Yogurt

You know how you just take some things for granted and don’t think about them very much?

Well, for me Dahi Baras are one of those things. They have been there at every ‘tea’ that I have been to for just about my entire life and my mother makes a variation (Dahi Phulki/Dahi Boondi) but I never thought about how to make them or what goes in and not because I don’t like them. I can certainly polish off an immense amount of dahi baray, especially the savoury and spicy kind. So much so that I am now grateful that I am pregnant and don’t have to justify how much I eat. I just never thought about how to make them because someone else always did.

This summer I decided to be brave and make them for a potluck lunch and playdate a friend was hosting. Is it brave or foolish to try something a little tricky for the first time for a crowd? Let’s just pretend it is brave since that is the kind of thing I do with some regularity.

The good news is that all is well that ends well and to ensure that it was not some kind of fluke I made them again today for a friend who was visiting from out of town. The very empty dish speaks for itself 🙂

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Liebster Award!

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First of all a HUGE thank you to Agata  of Bark Time for generously nominating me for the Liebster Award. I have not been blogging for the last little while so I did see this a little late, but did not want to deny myself the fun of playing along! The Liebster is aimed at start up blogs with less than 200 followers, and it is this simple – you get nominated, you nominate 11 others and then you answer 11 questions that your nominator (is that a word?) came up with and formulate 11 for those you nominate to answer. Sounds fun right?

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Hiatus Explained

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November 11, 2013 is when Zara is expected to join the big sister club. It is also the reason why there has been little to no activity on the blog. I am feeling better now, but still have days when I wish I could lie in bed all day. Not that I can, but no harm in wishing 🙂

I am from a big family and am so excited about us growing our own. If my children can grow up with and experience even half the love and support that I have then I will be a very very grateful Mama. Of course my excitement is nothing compared to Zara’s who has generously offered to clean even the dirtiest of diapers and take the baby to the park. I suspect that when the time comes she may renege on one of those offers!

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Meanwhile here are a few pics of what I have been up to for the last few weeks. Blog posts to follow as soon as I make sure I have the recipes down right. Apparently I thought to take pictures, but not to write everything down which was kinda the point…baby brain?