Monday, June 1, 2009

My Kitchen My World -- Pakistan

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

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.

Getting steamy...

Getting spicy...

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.

Chapati Roti
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.

If you'd like to cook along with us as we travel the globe, check-out My Kitchen My World :)


Natashya said...

I should have done this, just posted a couple of days later. The thought never even occured to me.

Dinner looks great! I love how smooth your chapati look, I need to get an elecric griddle, such even heating.

I think you are right with the cumin, because is is jeera in some Indian stores.

natalia said...

Ciao ! This dish is very tempting !! It must have smelled wonderful !

Debinhawaii said...

This looks delicious--so spicy and good especially with those perfect looking rotis. Yum!

Flourchild said...

Wow does this look good. I would love to try it someday. Maybe when base ball season is over and I have more time to cook! RIght now it's crockpots, pizza and McDonalds!

Anonymous said...

It all looks wonderfully delicious and very flavorful.

Anonymous said...

the food of my people! this translates easily into a North Indian dish, which is where my family hails from. looks like the kind of food I used to dread my mom serving and now I crave/make myself!

Leticia said...

Oh my goodness this looks so yummy. I will definitely be making this tonight!

Andrea said...

Thank you all for the comments!

If you plan on trying the cauliflower recipe, I'd suggest adding a little broth or stock where it says to "add water if required," to get a saucier dish. I will do this next time :)

Michele said...

Your meal looks just amazing. I think this group sounds really neat and I'll have to join!

samia said...

I am thrilled to find your blog and your attempts at cooking alloo ghobi.. well done!! this looksamazing!!! n you have made wonderful chapatis.. somethig which evn I as a native pakistani finds difficult !!! you have no idea how pleased our mothers and grandmothers would be.. do visit my site for the love of food for some more pakistani dishes.. which l be posting in near future.. happy cooking

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naeem said...

Its a great blog.
if you want to send cake to pakistan
i suggest u a great website. which have mouth watering variety of cakes and other gifts items.,,

shayma said...

it's so nice to find others blogging about Pakistani food (I am Pakistani). zeera is cumin and 'rye' is actually brown mustard seed in Urdu. but with our without 'rye'- your dish looks scrumptious. x shayma

Muhammad Atif said...

I love how smooth your chapati look, people love to Send gifts to Pakistan from UK.

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