Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Shepherd's Pie Recipe | Easy No-Fuss Recipe


Let’s enjoy this Winter Holidays with this luxurious Shepherd’s pie!



INGREDIENTS:

FOR LAMB MEAT:

  • 600 g lamb, minced
  • 8 small size onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium size carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup green peas, frozen
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 cup (250 ml) vegetable stock or water
  • slurry (1 tbsp cornstarch + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil 

FOR MASHED POTATO:

  • 6-8 medium size potatoes, peeled 
  • 3 tbsp (85 g) butter
  • hand full of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 125 ml milk
  • salt to taste

ADDITIONAL:

  • Cheddar cheese, grated for assembling


DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place the potatoes in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 mins or until soft.
  2. While the potato are cooking, in a large pot over medium-high flame heat oil. 
  3. Once hot add chopped onion and fry for 2-3 mins or until soft and translucent.
  4. Next add minced lamb and cook until browned – breaking up any pieces as you go. 
  5. Add garlic, salt and red chilli powder. Stir well and cook meat on high flame for 5-7 mins.
  6. After that add carrots, peas and vegetable stock or water. Give a good stir.
  7. Cover with lid and let simmer on low flame for 15-20 mins or until meat is tender.
  8. By this time, the potatoes should be cooked. Drain the potatoes and mash using a potato ricer. Add butter, cheddar cheese, salt and milk and mix together.
  9. Now check the simmering lamb uncover and stir well. Add cornstarch slurry to the simmering meat to thicken the sauce. 
  10. Season with oregano, basil and give a last stir. Turn off the heat and use a slotted spoon to scoop out the lamb mixture and place into baking dish.
  11. Top the lamb with some cheddar cheese the mash potatoes, and flatten out with a spoon. Rough up the top of the mash with a fork (so you get nice crispy bits).
  12. Place in pre-heated oven for 20 minutes until the mashed potato is golden brown.
  13. Enjoy warm!



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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Lumpia Shanghai | Halal Filipino Food


A recipe I know all Filipinos are proud of! Lumpia (shanghai type) is a type of egg roll, except it's mainly filled with meat. You could use chicken or beef or both! It's a yummy recipe and great to serve as finger food. VERY EASY!
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Chicken Mozzarella Sticks | STEP BY STEP

These fried chicken mozzarella sticks are very easy to prepare and so good. Filled with good amount of cheese. Enjoy!
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Saturday, 28 July 2018

5 Stuffed Dates Ideas - Ramadan Recipes

For Ramadan 2018 I've prepared something very special; I made an ultimate stuffed and coated date collection that will be a great idea to serve to your guests for Iftar.

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Pancit Bihon Filipino Vermicelli Noodles Recipe



Pancit is one of my favourite Filipino food. It's mainly made with vermicelli noodles, chicken flakes and veggies. Perfect for family gatherings and special parties, this recipe is simple yet delicious! Hope you enjoy it!
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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Filipino Morcon

Morcon is a popular holiday dish and it's basically a beef roll stuffed with boiled egg and vegetables like pickles, carrots and much more.
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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Bhindi Kurkuri


Today's recipe is going to be Bhindi Kurkuri also known as crispy okra fry. If you're a huge fan of lady finger this recipe is for you. This can be serve as a snack or even as a side dish with the combination of daal, rice or roti.

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Friday, 15 June 2018

2 Last Minute Eid Gift Ideas


Assalamu alaykum everyone and Eid Mubarak!

As Ramadan is coming to an end I decide to share my last minute eid gift ideas. If your like me and don't have the energy to go for eid shopping do not worry I have your back.

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Orange and Carrot Smoothie

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Grilled Masala Fish | Healthy Ramadan Recipes


Assalamu Alaykum everyone! Here is a quick and easy healthy recipe for Ramadan.

I am sharing with you the simplest Grilled Masala Fish recipe ever. For this recipe I used the ready-made Laziza Tandoori Malasa Mix. If you don't have one at home you can replace it with my homemade Tikka Masala Mix Recipe.

Check how to make your homemade tikka masala here.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 600g Fish Fillet (any white fish will work)
  • 3 tbsp yogurt
  • half of a lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 2-3 tbsp Laziza tandoori masala
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil,
  • salt to taste,
  • 1 tbsp bread crumbs
DIRECTIONS:
  1. In a large bowl combine yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, laziza tandoori masala, salt. Mix until you obtain a thick paste.
  2. Place in the fish fillet and coat evenly. 
  3. Cover and let marinate for 3-4 hours in the fridge.
  4. After that uncover and add oil, bread crumbs. Mix well.
  5. Place each fish fillet on a roasting tray and grill each side of the fish for 15 minutes
  6. in a pre-hated oven on the highest temperature.
  7. Serve warm with your favourite chutney!


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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Lemon Berry Vegan Cheesecake | Ramadan Recipes


Morning guys! Here's an easy Lemon and Berries Vegan Cheesecake recipe. I made this for my colleagues and they absolutely loved it! Also, it was my first try and I'm probably making this again maybe with different flavours?

INGREDIENTS:

VEGAN CRUST
- 1 cup almond nuts
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 tbsp coconut oil

VEGAN LEMON CREAM
- 2 cups soaked raw cashew nuts
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (chilled over night in the fridge, use just the solid cream part not the liquid)
- 1 lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract - 1/2 cup vegan golden syrup

VEGAN BERRY CREAM
- 1 cup soaked raw cashew nuts
- 1 cup mixed frozen berries
- 1/4 cup vegan golden syrup

DIRECTIONS:

1. Add the almond nuts, pitted dates to the food processor and process until it starts to form into a sticky dough. It will start off crumbly, keep going until it starts to clump together in sticky clumps. Transfer to a pan and smooth it down into a pie crust. Place into the freezer to set.

2. Take your soaked and rinsed cashew nuts and place them into the blender. Add syrup, melted coconut oil, lemon juice and vanilla extract and then blend everything together until very smooth. Stop and give your blender a break as needed as this is a lot of volume to blend up. Pour this over the almond crust and smooth down with the back of a spoon. Return to the freezer to set – about 1 hour.

3. To make the mixed berries cream add cashew nuts, mixed berries in the blender. Blend until very smooth. Again this will take time so have some patience. 
Pour the mixed berries cream on the chilled lemon cheesecake. Decorate with the fresh strawberries. Return to the freezer to set completely - about 4-5 hours or over night.

4. Allow the cheesecake to thaw at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before serving.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Chicken Puff Pastry Ramadan Recipes


Have a busy weeknight and wondering what to make? Here is a great way to use up your roast chicken leftovers.

Of course you could make chicken sandwiches or have cold meat and salad…but if you want to try something a bit more interesting, why not try my Chicken Puff Pastry Recipe!

It's perfect for Ramadan as it can be prepared ahead of time and kept in the freezer for at least 1-2 weeks. Bake them right before Iftar and your are ready to go!

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Sweet and Sour Spicy Noodles Recipe



 Sweet and Sour Spicy Noodles
 
INGREDIENTS:

Sweet and Sour Sauce:
  • 250g chicken, boneless and cut into small chunks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (use any colour)
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 lemon juice 9 tsp 
  • 8 tsp soy sauce
  • 8 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 cup oil
Spaghetti Noodles:
  • water for boiling
  • 300g spaghetti noodles
  • 1 tsp salt
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Place the spaghetti noodles in boiling water. Next add some salt to taste. 
  2. Cook the pasta until al dente.
  3. Once done drain water from the pasta and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile in a large pot or wok add oil.
  5. Once the oil is hot add the chicken. Fry for 2 minutes. Next add 2 teaspoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/2 tsp red chilli powder. Fry for a couple of minutes. 
  6. Next add 2 tablespoon of sugar. Stir well and fry until golden brown and the sugar is fully caramelized. Remove from oil and transfer in a small bowl. St aside for later.
  7. In the same pot or wok add onion and bell pepper and fry for 2 minutes.
  8. Next add the tomatoes and fry for a minute. Add 7 teaspoons lemon juice, 6 teaspoons soy sauce, 6 tablespoons sugar, 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder and salt. Mix and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Next add the prepared spaghetti noodles and chicken. 
  10. Keep stirring and mixing until everything is well combined.
  11. Mix until most of the liquid is caramelized.
  12. Serve warm!
Notes:
To get most of the flavours out season the chicken and the vegetables separately. 
Taste the noodles if it needs more seasonings as needed.


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Friday, 27 April 2018

Bang Bang Shrimp | Ramadan Snack Recipes




Assalam 'o' Alaykum everyone!
Shrimp is one of my favourite seafood. If you are a shrimp lover like me then you'll definitely enjoy this recipe!


Bang Bang Shrimp Recipe

INGREDIENTS:
Shrimp
  • 1 cup plain flour (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 690 lb or 300g shrimp peeled, washed and deveined
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
  • Oil for shallow frying


Bang Bang Sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce


DIRECTIONS:


Prepare Sriracha Sauce: 
In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, sweet chili sauce and sriracha. Mix well with a whisk until everything is well combined. Set a side for later. 

Prepare Shrimp: 
In a bowl combine cornmeal and flour. Whisk well then transfer in a large flat plate. 
Next add salt and black pepper to the beaten egg. Mix well. 
Take the washed shrimps and dip them first in the beaten egg and then in the flour and cornmeal mixture. 
To get a crispier bang bang shrimp do a second coating. Dip them back in the beaten egg and then in then flour mixture. 
In a large pan add some oil for shallow frying. Once the oil is hot add in the coated shrimps. 
Fry each side of the shrimps for 2 minutes or until golden brown. 
Once golden brown remove from oil and transfer onto a paper towel to remove excess oil. 

Prepare Bang Bang Shrimp: 
Take the fried shrimp and add that to the prepared bang bang sauce. Toss to mix well. Make sure all the shrimp is fully coated with the sauce. 
Serve immediately!



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Sunday, 22 April 2018

Mini Apple Pies | Ramadan Snack Recipes

Assalam 'o' Alaykum everyone!

My dad bought a lot of apples and there were too many that we couldn't eat them all. So I had two options: I could either make a jam out of them or bake apple pies. My sister loves my pastries so it was decided.  You can either bake them or use an air fryer.

INGREDIENTS:
  • 4 medium size apples, finely diced
  • 50g butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp cold ice water
  • 150g frozen butter

DIRECTIONS:
 
In a large pan add 50g butter, apple, sugar, cinnamon and salt.

Mix well and stir fry for on medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until the apples are soft and reduced in size. Stir occasionally.

In a large food processor add flour, butter, sugar and process well until it tuns into crumbs. Add ice water and blend until you obtain a dough like consistency.

 Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

Cut dough in half. Working on the first half dough, roll the dough flat with a rolling pin. Make sure it's not too thick nor too thin. Half inch thick flat dough is what you want. Use a circular stamp to create mini circles and then use a small heart-shaped stamp (or any other shape you like). These will be the top part of the mini pies.

Roll the second half dough flat and use circular stamps to make the base of the circle mini pies. Place a table spoon of caramelized apple filling on the base of the mini pies.

  Cover each base with the heart-shaped top part.

 Seal the edges of the mini pies with a fork. This is also a great and easy way to decor your pies.

Egg wash the pies and sprinkle with some brown sugar.

Airfry apple pies for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy warm. I have a shared a short video on Instagram to help you understand the steps more! 


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25 New Ramadan Recipes Ideas 2018 - Iftar Recipes 2018


Assalamualaikum everyone! Ramadan 2018 is just around the corner and to celebrate it, I have 25 Ramadan Recipe Ideas to share with you. Yes, that's right! I'll be uploading 25 food recipe videos to celebrate this blessed month! You can find delicious recipes such as finger foods, refreshing drink ideas, sweets and much more. There are many recipe ideas, I hope you will feel inspired and be able to find what you are looking for in this blog post. I made a master-list with links of all the recipes down below.

This Ramadan Series is actually one of my goals and challenge for 2018. I've been working on this series with my sister since January. My plan was making 30 recipes at first, but I ended up making less. However, there is a saying that goes: "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars". I believe to have achieved something great. Even though I didn't reach my original goal, I am completely satisfied with the outcome. My aim was pretty high to begin with, considering that I have a full time job and only make recipes as a part-time passion. I pushed myself to work hard, beyond my expectations just because I set a goal. So, enough talking and let's go check the recipes!

25 Ramadan Recipes


25. Chicken Chapli Kebab
Easy yet delicious, this chicken chapli kebab has a minty fresh taste that makes it unique. It's a perfect finger food to serve when hosting your Iftar party.


24. Veggie Casserole
If your looking for something healthy you can't go wrong with this veggie white sauce casserole. Made of carrots, green peas, broccoli and potatoes it will keep your family full the rest of the night!

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/05/grilled-masala-fish-healthy-ramadan.html

23. Baked Fish Masala
Sometimes you need a break from meat and have fish instead! This is a very simple yet healthy baked fish recipe. You just have to make a fish marinade and pop it in the oven.

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/07/5-stuffed-dates-ideas-ramadan-recipes.html

22. Stuffed Dates
This is an ultimate collection of my stuffed and coated dates. We served these to our guests and they were  all surprised to see colorful looking dates


21. Mini Apple Pies
A great snack idea to munch after Iftar. I remember when I used to stay the whole night awake, waiting for Suhoor; I would always eat snacks at night and I definitely would have love to eat these, because there are so delicious!


http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2017/10/chicken-shawarma-my-style-easy-recipe.html

20. My Style Chicken Shawarma
This is how I like to make my chicken shawarma. I like using tortilla wrap but if you want you can use pita bread instead. The sauce and filling are so juicy and delicious that it will make your mouth water.

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/03/rice-pakora-recipe-left-over-rice.html

19. Rice Pakora
When you have leftover rice, make some rice pakora. It's so quick and easy and it fills your stomach. This is a great side snack idea to have with your main dish.

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/06/bhindi-kurkuri.html

18.  Lady Finger Kurkure
Another great snack for Ramadan. I personally love lady fingers, and if you give me crisps made out of them I would seriously be the happiest person on earth. 

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2017/12/malai-chicken-boti.html

17. Malai Chicken Boti
Whenever you don't feel like cooking ask your dad or husband to grill some bbq for you. 'these are the best malai chicken boti that I've ever had. I seriously don't like going to restaurants as I believe that nothing can compare to my dad's cooking. 

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/01/avocado-and-spinach-smoothie.html

16. Healthy Refreshing Smoothies
These 3 are my favourite smoothies Blueberry, Orange and Avocado smoothies. They are really healthy and delicious.

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/05/chicken-puff-pastry-ramadan-recipes.html

15. Mini Chicken Pies
These mini pies are perfect for Ramadan as they can be prepared ahead of time and kept in the freezer for at least 1-2 weeks. Bake them right before Iftar and enjoy!


14. Chicken Popcorn
I know that fried food is not the best meal to have during Ramadan. However, I personally feel that if you have a craving it is alright and healthy to enjoy deep fried food at home rather than indulging in greasy takeaway where you have no idea what kind of oil or meat is used.

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/05/3-easy-refreshing-ramadan-drinks.html

13. Easy Refreshing Drinks
These are drink ideas that you can serve during Iftar. These will definitely make you feel refreshed and hydrated.

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/01/baingan-bharta-eggplant-roasted-curry.html

12. Baingan Bharta
Baingan bharta is a typical Pakistani dish. The eggplant is smoked slowly to give the curry a distinctive, but savoury flavour and aroma. It can be served with chapatis, rotis or even parathas.

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2015/05/chicken-bbq-biryani-recipe-step-by-step.html

11. BBQ Chicken Biryani
Here's a different way to cook your chicken biryani. A dish full of spices and barbecue aroma, you should definitely try it!

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/04/hyderabadi-mutton-biryani-recipe.html

10. Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani
For this recipe you will be needing a lot of spices and a lot of patience, but the outcome is worth it. Biryani is one of my favourite dishes, I probably eat it 4-5 times a month. There are so many variations and types of biryani, here I'm sharing how to make the Hyderabadi style.


http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/03/chicken-bhindi-salan-recipe.html

9. Chicken Bindi
I know it's another lady finger recipe, but I just love lady fingers, so I had to put this recipe in this list. I think this is a recipe simple salan to make and I just love how juicy this looks.



8. Crispy Chicken Wings
Chicken wings have always been my favourite, I remember the times during my trip to Pakistan I would always ask my dad to buy me and my sisters fried chicken made by 'bhaiya ji from the bazaar near our house'. However, I think these homemade chicken wings are 10x better, they are crispy outside and tender inside. Go check my dad's recipe.

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/05/sweet-and-sour-spicy-noodles-recipe.html

7.  Sweet and Sour Spicy Noodles
I learned this recipe from my dadi ami. Whenever she would make this for us, we would each have 2 plates full of noodles. It has the right combination of spicy and sour with a hint of sweetness which makes this one of my favourite noodles.

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/01/pizza-pinwheels.html

6. Pizza Pinwheels
This is another way I like to eat pizza. It basically have all my favourite pizza toppings in it and it's so yummy and filling.

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/01/No-bake-cheesecake.html

5. No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
I learned this recipe from my mom, she loves making desserts like me. This doesn't require any baking, so if you don't have an oven don't worry, you can still make a cheesecake and serve it to guests.

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2017/05/cheesy-pasta-casserole-pasta-bake.html

4. Cheesy Pasta Casserole
I am guilty for loving cheese so much. I grew up in Italy so it's no secret that I use cheese in a lot of my recipes. If you're like me then you will love this dish, because who doesn't love melted cheese with pasta?

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/07/filipino-morcon.html

3. Stuffed Beef Rolls
This is a Filipino dish that my mom makes only once or twice a year, so it's really special and I asked her to show you guys how she makes it. It's basically a bunch of vegetable stuffed inside beef stakes and the sauce that my mom makes is one of a kind.



2. Lamb Karahi
This a traditional Pakistani dish that I love eating with roti. This was one of the first Pakistani dishes I first tried when I was a kid.

http://www.hungryforgoodies.com/2018/04/bang-bang-shrimp-ramadan-snack-recipes.html

1. Bang Bang Shrimp
Shrimp is one of my favourite seafood. If you are a shrimp lover like me then you'll definitely enjoy this recipe.
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