Pakistan was our second random destination with My Kitchen My World for the month of May. I knew nothing about Pakistani cuisine so this was a fun challenge to see what recipes I could come up with and try out.
I found a recipe for Phool Gobi Mushroom Ka Salan while googling Pakistani recipes, and thought it sounded like a delicious lunch. One of the ingredients, "zeera-rye" had me stumped but after some sleuthing I learned that in Iran and Pakistan, cumin is called zeera. Not sure about the "-rye" -- but I went with cumin.
Phool Gobi Mushroom Ka Salan
adapted from khanapakana.com
1 small cauliflower cut in to florets
200 grams mushroom
2 small potatoes cubed
1 medium tomato cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon zeera-rye (which I think is cumin)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
4 tablespoons vegetable cooking oil (I used some ghee that I made for a curry dish a while ago)
Salt to taste -- I used about 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1. Heat oil (or ghee) in pan, add zeera-rye (cumin) and potatoes.
2. When half cooked, add cauliflower, mushroom, tomato, chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt.
3. Cover and cook on medium low, stirring occasionally.
4. If required add a little water. *I would probably add stock or broth next time.
5. Continue cooking until the potatoes become tender.
6. Decorate with lemon wedges and coriander leaves if desired.
7. Serve hot with rice.
I cooked up some of my favorite imported basmati, doesn't it look so light and fluffy?
All done! What a delicious lunch.
I also made some Chapati Roti, a quick whole wheat tortilla like Pakistani bread.
adapted from Fauzia's Pakistani Recipes
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Knead all ingredients together for about 10 minutes. Let rest about 10 minutes. Break off 1-2 inch pieces and roll or flatten until very thin. I found the best way to do this was between two sheets of plastic wrap sprayed with Pam. Cook over medium high heat on griddle until golden brown spots appear. Flip over and wait for golden brown spots on the second side.
These are really easy to make, very chewy and great to dip up sauce.
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