Shakshouka

Shakshouka is a Tunisian / Arabic dish of poached eggs in a spiced sauce of tomatoes and onions. My hubby loves this. I usually make it for dinner for him and a bit extra for a one time breakfast. See the picture below and I know you would be salivating.

shakshouka

shakshouka

The dish is very easy to prepare. The only time to be careful is in getting the egg whites cooked completely and at the same time, the yolk should be firm but running when you break into it. Have it with any bread. I usually served it with garlic bread. This time it was a sliced herb-ed footlong.

shakshouka with sliced herbed footlong

shakshouka with sliced herbed footlong

 

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Marble Cake

Marble cake is one of of the few sponge cakes I like. I’m totally a cake person with layers of thick chocolate icing. But this cake definitely is the perfect partner to tea. Actually, its an anytime cake

marble cake slice

marble cake slice

I made this cake for a friend as she likes only sponge cakes! I made it in a heart shape and then we sliced it up as we ate. I made this cake after about 4 years, but fingers-crossed, it turned up perfect. Yay!

McCain Potato Cheese Shotz

I bought a packet of these sometime back. I was having a party and wanted something that was cheesy and could be hussled up in a hurry – didn’t want to waste time in the kitchen when I had a group of about 1o guests to mingle with.

Potato Cheese Shotz - pack shot

Potato Cheese Shotz – pack shot

I tried these out a few days before the party, just to be sure they were tasty. Glad I tried them out before the party – the shotz were sooooo average.

A packet of 250 gms for Rs. 110. Reasonable.

Potato Cheese Shotz

Potato Cheese Shotz

So, for my party, I bought 3-4 large packets of McCain Smiles and they were a hit with the group.

Shan – Bombay Biryani Masala

Shan - Bombay Biryani Masala

Shan – Bombay Biryani Masala

Made mutton biryani recently with this. Turned out very good. Its easy to make and turns out really good. Like it mentions, it really does serve 6-8 persons.

Mutton Biryani - using Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

Mutton Biryani – using Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

 

Brand: Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

Net weight: 60 gms

Price: Rs. 60

Validity: 3 years

Rating: 4 on 5

Mutton Biryani

My hubby loves mutton Biryani – who doesn’t?

I took the easy way out this time. I used Shan’s Bombay Biryani Masala. (See following post to know more about the masala). The result –

Mutton Biryani - using Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

Mutton Biryani – using Shan Bombay Biryani Masala

To cook the mutton, it took an hour but must say that the result was good. I got an 8 on 10 from hubby dear for this. What I liked about making with this ready masala was that it was easy to make and the biryani was not dry. It had a good thickened gravy-finish. Served it with kachumbar raita.

Mutton Biryani with kachumbar raita

Mutton Biryani with kachumbar raita

Bhee (lotus stem) Aloo

Bhee Aloo

Bhee Aloo

The above is a dish Sindhis prepare often. Bhee (lotus stem) is an ingredient used by both Sindhis and Punjabis, but Sindhi’s use it in many dishes and cook it in a variety if ways. Punjabi’s mainly make pakodas from bhee. Bhee needs to be eaten a few times to relish its taste. I enjoy the thick gravy dish with either chapati, rice or even pav!

Saboodana (Sago) Khichdi

saboodana khichdi

saboodana khichdi

I absolutely love Saboodana (sago) khichdi. Its almost soul food for me – almost. I try and restrict this dish to just twice a month.

What I love about this khichdi and even a poha is, that they taste divine and yet are so simple to make. Saboodana khichdi takes just under 10 minutes to prepare (saboodana has to be soaked 4 hrs prior to cooking) and tastes best eaten fresh and hot.