Accompaniments

Kashmiri Chai (Pink Tea)

Kashmiri (the original leaves originate in Kashmiri) or Gulabi (Pink) Chai (Tea) is a savoured delicacy and the process to get the correct pink coloured milky liquid into a fine bone china cup is unlike any other.  Copious amounts are literally downed in the Punjab over the cold winter months especially in cities like Lahore and Islamabad. The UK is now catching up ‘on this winter ‘addiction, and you can…

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Accompaniments/ Starters/ Vegetarian

Salad inspired by Tashas

Salad is salad! For years we have been serving salads as a side dish with no dressing making it a challenge to swallow! Having lived in the West and also travelled to many corners of the world, I have now realised that a good dressing is all it takes to make the salad appetising. Following on, its all go at sabihaskitchen – Salad Department, been dressing the salad and guess…

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Snacks/ Starters

Chicken Pasta Soup with Coconut

This is one of my most recent ‘acquisitions’! A very talented lady who is an amazing cook, served my lovely Pupho Maryam and ‘us’ as part of our recent lunch invite. The soup was so tasty and warming I can’t even remember what else was on her brimming table. As always it’s no good being Sabiha of sabihaskitchen.com if you not going to ‘doctor’ newly learnt recipes right? So here…

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Main Dishes/ Starters

Bhuna Chicken 95

I saw this recipe from Masala hut online, made it once loved it and then adjusted it to our tastebuds, hence the name change to Bhuna Chicken 95 – courtesy of my husband.  Its a dry roast chicken and should be served as a starter with a salad, if serving as part of a main meal, then I would suggest serving with sweet potato mash and sweet corn kernels. Serve…

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Main Dishes

Chicken/Kuku Pilao

Pilao/Pilaf/Pilaff you spell it how you like! This is a dish of rice and meat, it is milder than a biryani, but with an unusualy aroma of spices.  Pilaos are made all over the world with chicken, lamb, beef or even vegetables.  I believe the first written recipe was by a Persian/Iranian!  As with any popular dishes, there are many ways in which pilao is made. My recipe is from…

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Main Dishes

Tagiatelle/Fettuccini Pasta with chicken in cream sauce

So finally mooching around on Facebook has paid off! I saw this recipe lurking on someone’s post and it looked so simple.  On impulse, I made it with trepidation for my family who are quite fond of Italian food and some class themselves as Pizza Express experts – like that’s Italian!  The trial went well, with feedback that mushrooms should be included with the chicken.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and chillie…

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Main Dishes

Tawa Chicken Roast

Tawa – is a griddle/frying pan/flat piece of metal with very low walls, sometimes convex, it is usually made of iron sheet or cast iron, but also comes in steel, aluminium and with non-stick coatings.  It is widely used in the East for making naans or chappatis. There are two kinds of tawa foods, one is boneless pieces of chicken/ lamb marinated in spices and then cooked on the tawa,…

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Main Dishes

Nihari

Nihari was a dish created for kings, nawabs and emperors but also served in huge vats to the workers in eras gone by. Rich in meat content, light on spices but very satisfying.  My first encounter was via our friend Mrs Ghauri, she sent a bowlfull for us to enjoy as a family.  We looked at it right and left up and down, not knowing how and what to eat…

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Snacks/ Starters

Chicken & Sweetcorn bake

This recipe is a cross between East and West brought to our palate by one of my mum’s friends in the UK.  Every 27th night of Ramadan, aunty would send her son to deliver this really huge baked chicken and sweetcorn tray.  My children would demolish half of it at iftaar (opening of fast) time and save the rest for sehri (beginning of fast) time. This tradition was carried on…

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