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Recipes I've Shared:

Mango Yogurt smoothie

Delicious and healthy summer fruit and yogurt breakfast.

Zucchini and potatoes (Aloo Kuddu)

Pakistani style potatoes and zucchini

Cucumber apple salad with honey mustard dressing

Fresh cucumber salad with sweet and tangy dressing.

Mediterranean influenced tuna salad

Mayonnaise free tuna salad with olives, peppers and cucumber.

Cholay (Chick peas) in tomato sauce

Classic Indian or Pakistani dish made with white or black chick peas. Eat with rice or chapati.

Snack-time Trail Mix

My own blend of trail mix to pop in m y purse. I eat about 40 grams for a snack. Less than 200 calories and plenty of protein and good fats.

Chick pea and cucumber salad with honey mustard dressing

Chop cucumber, peach and cabbage. Slice onion and green pepper thinly. Add to a mixing bowl and toss. Drain and rinse can of chick peas and toss into salad.
Mix honey, vinegar, mustard, seasonings ans salt and pepper to taste. Mix well, pour over salad and toss.

Scrambled eggs for dinner

Nothing to eat? Try this easy to make a very tasty egg and ground beef dish with a kick.

Beef and pumpkin stew

Use any vegetables you like, but pumpkin and potato are a must. I've listed the vegetables that were in my fridge at the time I made the recipe. Use the type of seasonings that you like. Fresh herbs would be very good, but not available where I am. Can be made in a crockpot too.

Chicken with zucchini

Simple and tasty dish. Serve with rice.

Saturday Brunch

My kids love this recipe and ask for it every Saturday. You can use any kind of spiced meat. I use beef sausages, removed from the casings and browned before adding the the rest of the mixture.

Sweet and sour pumpkin chicken

I love pumpkin and curry. They complement each other so well. I make similar dishes to this quite often according to the seasonal veg available.

Kudoo Gosht (summer squash with beef)

This typical Indian/Pakistani dish can be made with nearly any vegetable.

Sweet and spicy summer stir fry

I love cooking with fruit. It gives a sweet and tangy kick to Chinese and Indian dishes. This dish can include just about any veg or fruit. Serve with basmati rice. I usually eat with 2 servings of rice. (1 c. cooked)

Cabbage stir fry

Simple stir fry cabbage and squash. Good over rice or alone.

Bhindi Gosht (Indian Okra with beef)

Very simple and tasty dish. Can be eaten with chapatti or as a side dish.

Chana ki daal (Slpit yellow peas)

Oh so easy split yellow peas (Chick peas). Can be served over basmati rice or as a soup. Can be made in a crock pot or pressure cooker. Cooking time in pressure cooker is about 20 minutes. In crock pot about 3 hours.

Indian potatoes with eggplant (Aloo Bangan)

My variation of this simple and traditional Pakistani / Indian dish. Not as spicy and the vegetables are still al dente. This is one of my favorite dishes, but it's not my kids' favorite.

Vegetable and lentils sauté

* I use split white lentils in the recipe as they cook faster, but you can use any dried variety. If using whole lentils, rinse and soak about 20 minutes then boil in lightly salted water for about 10 minutes. Drain and add to the rest of the ingredients. If using canned lentils, rinse well before adding.

You can also use any other squash or zucchini, which ever is in season and available.

You can also use any other squash or zucchini, which ever is in season and available.


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Summer vegetable curry with mango

I live in Pakistan so I use the vegetables and fruit in season here, but you can use just about any that you like. Peaches and apples are very tasty in this dish too.


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Cucumber cumin raita

A classic Indian yogurt dressing which can be used with rice, salad or just about any meat dish.

Indian style rice with beef

This recipe is for a large family and serves upto 12 people. You can substitute any Indian spices for the spices listed below. It seems like there is a lot of oil, but it is a large recipe.

Mayonaise free Tuna salad

Using yogurt as a subsititute for maynaise gives this tuna salad a tangy and fresh taste.

Chicken Karhi

Classic Indian chicken dish. Use 2 teaspoons of Indian spice mixture instead of above mentioned spices if you choose. This redipe can feed a family of 6.

Great with Indian chapati or Basmati rice.

Veg and Macaroni stew

Easy vegetable stew for whole family. This recipe uses all natural ingredients, nothing canned or frozen therefore extra salt and prep time is needed.



Recipe Collections I've Shared:

    Maren's Somewhat Pakistani Cookbook
    As an American living in Pakistan, I have developed many classic Indian/Pakistani recipes to my own liking. Here some of them. These are my own variations on traditional Pakistani recipes with less oil and less spice. Hope you enjoy.