Going Mangoes for Pakistan

The mention of summer brings up a lot of images for many people. Long lazy sunny days, ubiquitous pool parties, fun beach outings and yearned-for cold treats are some of the most frequent and anticipated. Yet for the common Pakistani, the most familiar association with summers is not really the generally unwelcome sun or the slightly more pleasant activities. It is simply tons and tons of mangoes! These little juicy

10 things I love about Pakistani Food

We Pakistanis love eating! Everything we do is associated with eating. When we go out to someone’s place, we eat When we hang out with friends, we eat Weddings are all about “khana kab khulay ga” You stay in and watch a movie, you order food or get a take out You visit family, you eat And why not?! Our food is AMAZING! I love Pakistani cuisine. It’s the best

You can Eat Beef and Still Keep Your Blood Pressure Under Control

We have been told over and over that red meat is bad for the heart. The saturated fats in red meat are considered to be a contributing factor to high blood pressure. Now, after hearing all the bad press about beef and other red meats, what if someone told you that you can keep your blood pressure under control and also eat beef. A little skepticism is understandable but you

Pakistani Breakfasts: Fit for a King

Pakistan is one country that seems to have taken the phrase “Breakfast like a King” literally to heart. From urban centers to rural outskirts, privileged families to struggling households, and low-calorie diets to binge, unapologetic indulgence, breakfasts across the country are something to behold. They are a treat for the taste buds, and a feast for many. Whatever the situation, the quantity, quality and variety of the menu are certainly

Crepes, Crepes and More Crepes!

Today we’re going to explore the wonderful world of crepes. Up until a couple years ago, crepes were not very popular in Pakistan. However, you now see them in fancy restaurants and even delivery services. Though crepes originated from France, they are however now enjoyed in all parts of the world. Crepes are essentially a very thin pancake wrap with either sweet or savoury fillings. Tools for Making Crepes If

Are Pakistanis Really That Fat?

Oh yes we are!!! According to a new international study. There are not a lot of studies that cover Pakistan unless they are related to poverty or terrorism or women’s rights. However, recently a very interesting study with a slightly different focus was conducted which also included Pakistan. It was a study on obesity. This the Global Burden of Disease Study, which covered 188 countries, was carried out by and published

Thandi Thandi Chiku Barfi

An exceptionally sweet tropical fruit with a grainy inner flesh, chiku adds a special sweetness to milkshakes and smoothies. However, its sweetness can also be explored through a simple, yet mouth watering ‘chiku barfi’. And, since this fruit is almost out of season…. here’s a good way to preserve its flavor! Ingredients: Here’s what you are going to need: 8 tsp Sugar 2 tbsp Ghee 1 cup Khoya 4 cups

Fruit Fritters for Ramadan

Everyone is familiar with pancakes but most people aren’t aware of fritters which are very similar, but deep fried and filled with either vegetables or fruits. This versatile dish is super easy to make and is the ideal accompaniment to your next iftar this Ramadan. Fritters are present in European, American and Asian cuisine. They can be savoury using corn or potatoes and can also be sweet by using a

Beat the Heat with Healthy Summer Smoothies

Go online and google ‘smoothie recipes’ and you’ll literally get hundreds of recipes for making drinks to beat the heat. Sadly, many of them include ingredients we don’t get in Pakistan, or forget to use fruits that are our specialty in the summers. Below you’ll find three smoothie recipes which will cool you down, keep you healthy and make your tummy happy all at the same time! You’ll note that

Cuisine in Pakistan

The basis of Pakistani cuisine comes from the spreading of the Islam religion, starting in 700 A.D.  The arrival of Islam within South Asia greatly influenced local cuisine.  Since Muslims (who practice the Islam religion) are forbidden to eat pork or consume alcohol, Pakistanis focus on other areas of food such as chicken, lamb, beef, fish, vegetables, fruit, and dairy. Pakistani cuisine is well-known for its richness and flavor.  Preferences