Prawn Tempura with Dynamite sauce

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Prawns are my favorite seafood! I am not that fond of having fish, but i love love love prawns! I made these a couple of months ago, but i could not post this recipe then. But as they say better late than never.

So here is the recipe, it is fairly easy. The recipe for the Batter is taken from the famous celebrity chef Shireen Anwers recipe, as her recipes never go wrong, and i didn’t want to take any chances by experimenting 😀 The marination and the sauce was devised by me.

I hope you all try this, do let me know what you want Zainab to cook next 😀

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Chicken Tikka Biryani

When I was a little I would always wait for Sundays, that was the day when my mom would cook biryani. The ultimate comfort food for any Pakistani! Hehe. I love biryani, and I love making it, because of the joy that it brings to my family.

I usually make bombay biryani, but one day I was feeling a bit adventurous so I decided to make Chicken Tikka Biryani. I experimented and came up with this recipe.

Although making biryani is a tiresome, but the end result is always worth it. 😀

Here is the recipe for Chicken Tikka Biryani.

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Dahi Bhallay

Dahi Bhallay is a dish famous in Pakistan, which is a favourite street food of many. It is basically a fried gram fritter; topped with yogurt, chutneys, and different condiments. It is sweet, spicy, and finger licking good!

I remember my mom making Dahi Bhallay for eid every year. The task that used to be assigned to my sister and I was to squeeze out water from the bhallays, after they were soaked in water. I used to look forward to my mother making this delicious snack, so that I can squeeze the water from bhallays, and also because they used to be so delicious. I tried to recreate her recipe using my memory of how she used to make them. Although I will always prefer her Dahi Bhallay over mine, but mine also turned out really well, hehehe!

Here is how you can make them at home.

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Pepperoni Pizza

Everyone loves pizzas, but everyone has has their own preferences when it comes to their perfect pizza. Some like a thin crust, whereas some prefer a thick one. Some like a loaded pizza with different vegetables and meat toppings. While others like a minimalist pizza with basic tomato sauce and cheese.

I like my pizza to have a thin and crisp crust, with just basic toppings of cheese and tomato sauce, and little to no meat topping. I have added pepperoni for my recipe today.

You can add extra toppings to my version to create your own personalized pizza. 🙂 here is the recipe. Do try it and leave your comments below. 🙂

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Spicy Aaloo with Plain Parathas

It is the holy month of Ramadan, the month in which muslims observe a fast from sunrise till sunset. Sehri is the last meal which we have before the sunsrises, which is followed by the fast for the day. The fast is then ended with Iftaar, at the time of sunset.

I like to have a wholesome Sehri that would keep me full for the day while I am fasting. With only potatoes, plain flour and basic spices in the kitchen, I decided to make Spicy Aaloo with parathas. The spiciness of the aaloos and the hint of sweetness from the parathas complimented each other very well. I made this recipe as an experiment, and it turned out so well that i decided to put it up on the blog. 😀

Here is the recipe:

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Paneer Jalferezi

Paneer, also known as Cottage Cheese is made by curdling fresh milk, and separating the whey from the curd. Once the whey is drained fully, the leftover curd which is left is Paneer. It is so versatile that you can make pakoras with it, use in a gravy, or in desserts aswell.

Paneer dishes are not readily available in restaurants in Pakistan, so I decided to make something by myself. Since Palak Paneer and Butter Paneer are so mainstream, I thought of cooking Paneer Jalferezi. It turned out really yummy! And was very quick and easy to make as well.

Here is how to cook it. 🙂

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Chicken Lasagna

Lasagna is my all time favorite dish. It is yummy and so comforting. Although it is a tedious process to cook it, with a long grocery list; but it is so worth it.

Cheesy white sauce, and saucy chicken layered between lasagna sheets. Yum, makes me want to have it again. 😀

This recipe was requested by a lovely follower Naina. If you have any requests, please comment and I will share the recipe with you. 🙂 For now, here is how you make Chicken Lasagna 🙂

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Green Salad with Grilled Chicken

I always used to think that salads are boring and bland. But when unhealthy eating habits results in extra kilos on your body, one has to make healthy choices to shed the weight.

So, I tried incorporating healthy meals in my diet, and I was pleasantly surprised how wrong I was about Salads being boring and bland. They are delicious and filling too.

I made this Green Salad with Grilled Chicken, with the ingredients that I alread had in my kitchen. I was surprised to see that with just a few ingredients how delicious it turned out to be.

If you, like me want to eat something healthy and light, then do try this easy recipe out.

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Qeema Paratha

Parathas are wheat flour flat bread, which has a filling in the middle. The filling can be just anything you like; potatoes, cooked lentils, minced meat or even cheese.

Qeema paratha is a perfect brunch recipe for those lazy weekends, when you wake up late and it is too late for breakfast and too early for lunch.

Also when you have left over qeema, and you don’t want to have it the usual way; so you just roll up some chapatis and have it as a paratha! Sounds delicious, no?

Here is my recipe for crispy Qeema Parathas. I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I do. 😀

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The Saucy Chicken

 

The Saucy Chicken has to be my favorite chicken dish. It tastes tangy, yet so sweet and spicy. This dish is what I call finger lickin’ good. You have to try it to know how good it tastes. 

It is so versatile that you can have it with rice, roti, or just on its own. 

Here is how you can cook it at home:

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Aaloo Samosa

Aaloo samosas take me back in time, to my student life. When Aaloo samosa was my staple meal along with a hot cup of tea. These samosas are filling, easy on pocket, and very tasty too.

Even though you can easily find them in Pakistan, but I love making them at home. I add tamarind pulp in the samosas, which make them chatpatta. 😀

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Greek Lemon Chicken

Greek lemon chicken has to be the best baked chicken that I have ever had. We have it almost every week, because it is so easy to prep and so so delicious!

You can make this for any special occasion, for your guests, or on a lazy day when you just want to relax and not stand in front of the stove mixing and stirring the food.

I usually serve it with broccoli and zuccini salad. I will share its recipe too, soon.

The recipe for Greek Lemon Chicken is as follows:

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Roasted Egg Plant with Spiced Yogurt

My mother used to make this dish for us. In her version of the dish, she would fry the egg plants and serve it on top of the yogurt. But in order to make it healthy, I have roasted the sliced egg plant with very little oil.

I make it when my husband and I have gone overboard with our cheat days, and want to compensate for them by having something healthy and light.

It can be served on its own, as a main course with rotis. Or you can serve it as a side with Biryani or any other Pakistani main course like Qourma or Karhai. I personally like it on its own. 🙂 Here is the recipe:

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Hummus

Hummus has always been my favourite snack. I love to have it with pita bread and baba ganoush. Whenever I would crave for hummus, I would order it from a Lebanese restaurant near my home. Sadly that restaurant closed down. I tried hummus from other restsurants but I never really liked them.

So I thought, “Why not make it at home?”. I bought a can boiled chickpeas, tahini paste and the other ingredients. I was tasting it as i was making it, and after a lot of additions and subtractions I devised my perfect hummus recipe. Here is the recipe for you all. You can always amend the recipe to replicate  your prefect hummus. 😀 Continue reading “Hummus”

Mongolian Beef

Every time I would go to any cafe restaurant, Mongolian Beef would always attract me. But I was always hesitant on ordering it fearing, “what if I don’t like it?”.

But then one fine day I decided to cook it for myself. I found a recipe on the internet which (according to the reviews) was same as the Mongolian beef served at PF Chang’s. I changed the recipe and added a few more ingredients to the original recipe so that it qualifies for my Pakistani taste palette. 😀 The recipe is as follows:  Continue reading “Mongolian Beef”

Chicken and Vegetable Stir-fry

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So here comes my first blog post! Sharing the recipe of this quick and easy, yet so delicious Chicken and Vegetable stir-fry. Made this couple of weeks ago and I loved it. This recipe is perfect for those who want to eat something healthy. i served it with white rice, but you can always serve it with brown rice, noodles, or have it on its own. 🙂  The recipe is as follows:

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Welcome to Zainab Cooks!

Hello Everyone! I am Zainab, and welcome to Zainab Cooks. As the name suggests, this is a food blog. Over here I will showcase what I cook on a daily basis in my kitchen.

Not so long ago, I started to cook for my husband and myself, that is when I discovered that I can cook. And after a lot of thought and ecouragement from people close to me, finally i have put up this page.

I hope you will enjoy reading my cooking stories and the pictures i post here. Feel free to comment, follow, and share. 😀 😀

Let the cooking adventure begin!

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