Monday, December 30, 2013

How to Make Quick Chinese Fried Rice

 
Theres several recipes out their across the web, and worldwide for Chinese Rice. Everyone has their own unique recipe..  The type of Chinese Rice I make personally is so Fluffy, Warm, tasty and Quick... This Is a perfect meal for dinner I usually fix up about once a week for the family.. "plus my kids love it because its not too spicy like regular pilau or Biryani or my Beef and Egg Fried Rice" and they get their grains, from the rice, their protein from the beef, and egg.  plus all the veggies too...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Crunchy Flaky Butter Cookies

I'm always hunting for quick, and easy cookie recipes, especially ones that taste buttery.. I love the flavor of butter in my cookies, and cakes..

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Moistest Cinnamony Carrot and Apple Cake

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If you love Carrot Cake, and IF you love Apple Pie Then Its your lucky day!!! Because Today's Recipe is for a Moist, Fluffy, sweet, and soft Cinnamon Carrot and Apple Cakee.. Full of carrots, and apples to give it that unique taste.. The apples give the cake that apple pie taste, with all the cinnamon. While you still get the taste of  the yummy carrots.. If you've tried my

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Iron Is A Tailors Best Friend

My iron is my Best Friend.  Ironing is a very important part of sewing. The Iron is a Tailors best friend..
Its like a extra pair of hands. It helps your fabric stay in place, and keep the seems flat and smooth, and of course its perfect for fold and hems. I cant live without my iron. I will not sew for a minute without having my iron on sitting next to me.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Salwar Kameez Measurement Chart Introduction Before Cutting Sewing

The first very important part of sewing is  Cutting, and Taking Measurements... To Achieve the perfect fit, size, length, of your clothing you have to be very good at taking measurements and cutting the clothes correctly.. I'm not saying this is hard, because if I could do it, You sure can.. And always remember Practice Makes Perfect..

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Refreshing Salad With a Splash of Olive Oil

 
 
Vegetables play a vital role in our diets, as they support the normal functioning of the different body systems. They do so by providing our cells with vitamins, minerals, fiber, essential oils and phytonutrients. While eating cooked vegetables is healthy for you, in certain instances it is advantageous to eat raw vegetables. This is because cooking destroys essential nutrients such as vitamin C and also kills vital enzymes that help your body to digest such foods.

Friday, December 6, 2013

You Can be a Expert Seamstress in No time

 
 
 
Did you ever look at someones dress and wish you can make one or have one???Are you tired of paying so much money to the Tailor for stitching your Clothing??? Are you fed up with a fit of your dress, blouse kameez your not happy with??  Do you want to Stitch a stunning salwar kameez you've seen on a Bollywood Actress like Kareena, Or Aishwariya???..

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Low Carb Healthy Fiesta Soup

 
Fiesta Style, so delicious and festive you can almost call it Comforting food...
 
I was invited to a friends wedding today, and she asked me months ago to help get the bride ready on the day of the wedding... So I did!! Got ready myself, and headed on over to her place with my makeup box and curling iron, hair straightener bla bla bla!!! Well the bride turned out so beautiful, she had beautiful skin so the makeup looked so natural and professional, for the hair I did her a medium size puff, and had all the hair coming to one side curled... looking like a beauty queen, wish I could have shared a pic with you guys:( 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Baking Tips and Tricks You'll love to know about

Everyone has their own unique ways of baking  Here are a few baking tips and tricks... That have really helped me along my journey of baking, to achieve perfect results...I hope that these tips will be useful for anyone that has love for baking like I do.:)
"Scroll down, and don't forget to click on the pics if you would like the recipe for any individual Cake"

Monday, December 2, 2013

Crispy Spiced Cat Fish


Crispy Spiced Cat Fish, is a all time favourite in our home... WRONG!!! Im not a big fish fan.... Theres certain kinds of fish I like, like salmon, or tilapia..

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Easy Meatball Manchurian

Last week I made some of my Quick Chicken Manchurian, and I couldn't stop thinking about it...  I was thinking about it all week, night and day I thought of that yummy Indo Chinese dish, that was so mouthwatering good,  The fun part was eating It with my family, all gathered around the dinner table while my boys had their own little Story's to tell. I was so excited because my kids absolutely loved the Meatball Manchurian.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Quick Chicken Manchurian With White Rice


 If  you love  Chinese food, and haven't tasted Chicken Manchurian, then "you are so missing out."  Hot steamy boiled rice, With a Sweet and sour thick gravy. full of Chicken, carrots, bell peppers, and oriental flavors... We usually  have CHINESE FOOD about once a week in my family... I cooked  some of this yummy goodness for dinner tonight, and couldn't wait to share the recipe with all of you. xoxo

Sunday, November 24, 2013

White Hot Chocolate

 
Im sure many of us  have probably tasted hot chocolate at some point in our life...But could you imagine White Hot Chocolate.... Its tastier creamier and is Super Di Duperly Delcious..Made with just the right ingredients of spices and sweets that will warm your heart on a cold winter day.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Vanilla and Chocolate Marble Cake


This Recipe Calls for just a few simple Ingredients.. and is definitely a crowd pleaser.. The Marble cake turns out Tall, Moist, and fluffy every time I  bake it for the kids.. This yummy  Marble Cake is a combination of vanilla and chocolate batters that are swirled together just before baking to give  it that wonderful marbled effect. Its so fun and easy to bake..

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Beef and Egg Fried Rice made Easy




I'm sure everyone that loves Chinese food, has had the regular egg fried rice!
Well it gets even better! because I make Beef and egg fried Rice..... So explosively delicious.. Bringing even more flavors and seasonings using the BEEF..
A very quick, and convenient Oriental Rice Meal made in no time, that the whole family can enjoy..
Heres my quick Recipe

prep time 15 minutes
cook time total about 45 minutes including the rice.
stove top cooking
Servings for 4

2 cups  rice
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chinese salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon red chili sauce
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 large egg or 2 small eggs
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup green onions
1 cup green capsicum peppers
1/4 cup of soy sauce

Method:


First start of with your rice. Add about 6 cups of water in a pot or vesel, add salt according to your taste
with 1 teaspoon of chinese salt and one teaspoon of oil. once water comes to a boil add
your rice, and cook for about 12 to 14 minutes, once you see the rice is half way done,not completly done
halfway remove from heat immediatly, strain in a strainer and put to aside.


Using a nonstick or any frying pan, add your oil, beef, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder, stir fry for about 6-8 minutes

In the same frying pan , push the beef to aside, and break in your egg, you can addd a pinch of turmeric on the egg if you want a more yellow color.
Scramble the eggs, cooking on medium flame
Now add your green onions, bell peppers, carrots, chili sauce and soy sauce mix together for about6-8 minutes and  add your boiled rice, mix the Rice together, add a few more strokes of soy sauce. Cover with a tight lid so the rice can get evenly steamed, and heated through,  have the flame on very low for about 15 minutes.

Serve hot with your favorite side dishes,  or chutneys and Sauces.
and Enjoy...

I hope everyone enjoys this quick and simple recipe.. If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them, so drop them below... Love Naz

Friday, November 15, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How To Make Resturant Style Hush Pupies

I'm sure most of us have had hush Puppies at some point of our food eating life... Their crispy little balls of Savory flavors. So crispy and coarse from the outside yet soft  and tasty from the inside..

Monday, November 11, 2013

Quickest Simple Recipe for Beef Kabobs/Patties

Beef Kabobs taste great as a appetizer, snack or for any time of the day... Their are several different recipes out their, and everyone has their very own unique way of makeing them... The kabobs are made out of Ground lean beef, onions, tomatoes, peppers, green onions Even spinach and seasonings, and spices... Then their fried until their Crispy brown... You can serve them with salads, chutneys naan, rice or have them in bread, like a sandwich which is my familys  favorite..

Friday, November 8, 2013

Copycat KFC Coleslaw Quick and Easy

Coleslaw, a quick fix salad made out of fresh cabbage and Carrots. to go with your favorite meals, As a kickin side dish. I know many of you have propably tasted the coleslaw at KFC, It is absolutely DELISH.... So creamy, sweet, tangy with a great Crunch every time you take a bite.
This Tangy Coleslaw takes no long preparation... and is made in just minutes.. Great for the whole family.. Definitely a crowd pleaser... Your kids will even love it... Mines do I served it with chicken, and potato pilau..

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The New Oriental Style Beef Salan

Tired of the same old Keema (ground beef) ?? Then this is a great twist of  flavors, To give you that oriental taste, yet still having the Desi flavours.. I know our desi husbands will eat some of our favorites a couple times a week, but no matter what they MUST have their desi, salans, currys etc..
(My hubby will be nice a few times I cook pizza, spaghetti's, casserole's but it wont last that long)

So Instead of making the Beef as a simple salan to serve with Naan, I add some Capsicum Peppers (bell peppers) and Carrots to it when its halfway done.. I even add in a few Teaspoons of Soy Sauce and Chinese salt...("youre hubby wont even know lol") By doing so it doesn't taste like curry instead it tastes like your eating out, or like your eating some delicious Chinese Food Especially if your going to serve the meal with WHITE RICE.
 So all the ladies out there that don't have a clue of what to cook for their so called Desi hubbys. This is a great idea! Its cooked in just no time and you're whole family will enjoy the Meal..xx

Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Servings 4-6
stove top cooking

Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large onion Finely diced
3 medium tomatoes finely diced
2 green chilis finely diced
1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon red chilli pepper (or according to taste)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 capsicum peppers sliced lengthwise
2 Carrots cut into bias pieces
1/2 teaspoon Chinese salt
3 teaspoons soy sauce
4 teaspoons of cooking oil


Method:
1. In a wok, or pan add oil when the oil is hot add in your onions, stir fry for about 2 minutes.
 Add in your beef, Garlic, tomatoes, peppers, salt, Chinese salt,  pepper, chilis, and turmeric.
2. Cover and cook on medium flame for about 10 minutes (always keep water handy just incase your curry's start to stick)
3. add 1/4 of a cup of water and cover again and cook for 6-8 minutes, Once you see the gravy releasing oil add in your Capsicum peppers,  carrots, and soy sauce.
4. Cover and cook again for 10 minutes.
5. add 1/2 cup of water Cover and simmer for 2-4 minutes.
6. Garnish with green cilantro or green onions (optional) and serve with  Pipeing Hot Naan or White Rice.. and Salad.
6. ENJOY............

I hope this recipe, and post was helpful and hope that it could bring a oriental twist of flavors to the same old boring curry's.... If you have questions, comments, or suggestion's I would love to hear them...So drop them below.. P.s Don't forget to follow me on facebook and subscribe for new posts straight to your email or inbox.. Naz xx

Friday, November 1, 2013

Mouthwatering Koftas in Yogurt gravy...

 
  This Recipe is for Mouthwatering Koftas in yogurt gravy (salan)
Koftas are spicy beef meatballs fried, and then put into a special yogurt gravy.. Served on special occasions, such as  Eid, festivals, and party's.. or you can have them for any simple day..

Their are thousands of recipes out there.. but everyone has there own unique way of cooking them.. I tend to fry the koftas instead of cooking them in the gravy because I don't like Raw Meat, and my experience is finding the koftas that are not fried to end up soggy and kind of raw..
So I have been making this particular recipe for many years.. The meatballs are not hard, I mean their coarse or hard when their fried, but once added to the gravy and covered and simmered in the gravy their so moist, juicy, and perfect!
This Recipe calls for a Food processor, because you want to have a smooth textured gravy. Koftas serve great with white Naan, or Chinese fried rice, or just plain old white rice..
 
So get ready for my simple Recipe for Mouthwatering Koftas.......
 
prep time 25 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
stove top cooking
serves 4-6 hungry people
 
Ingredients:
 
For kofta meatballs:
1 lb pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon crushed coriander (dania)
1 egg
1/2 cup of white all purpose flour ( maida)

Method:
Put all the ingredients except for the egg, and flour into your food processor and mince for about 1 minute... Put into a mixing bowl and mix, add in the egg and the flour mix with your hand. Knead the beef using your hands, and palms like you would do for mixing (atta) or flour. Once completely mixed  start performing 1 inch tall and 1 inch wide meatballs... and arrange in a plate, in the meantime preheat your oil ( it should be clean oil that has not been used for frying before) fry on both sides mixing them around in the oil to get completely covered.. Remove from heat once their a brown color, and place on a paper towel to absorb oil...
 
 
 
 
 
For the Gravy
1 large onion
4 medium sized tomatoes or 1 cup of pure tomato sauce
1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon red chili peppers
 1 cup of yogurt
1 teaspoon crushed cumin (zeera)
1 teaspoon crushed coriander(dania)
1/4 cup of cooking oil

Method for the gravy...
Heat oil in a large cooking pan, add onions and fry until they turn light golden brown.
Put the tomatoes, ginger garlic paste, salt, chili pepper cumin and coriander in a
food processor, and blend on high for 1 minute.. It should be a liquidy paste.. add the paste mixture, to the onions
Cook on high flame for 15 minutes.. adding a bit of water if it starts to stick..
then pour in your cup of yogurt stir, and cook again for 10-12 minutes.
Once you see the  yogurt gravy releasing oil add 1 1/2 cups of water
cook the gravy for 6-8 minutes.. Throw in your meatball Koftas cover again and cook for
10 min.. Then  put the flame on very low (simmer), and keep covered. The gravy will release the oil,
your color of the koftas will turn beautifully red, your koftas will be as soft as ever..
garnish with green cilantro, ginger, and green peppers, Serve with Fried Rice, White Rice,  or My step by step recipe for perfect Naan
Hope you guys enjoy this simple recipe! I would totally love to hear your comments below...Naz

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Classic Lemon Tea Cookies

I'm sure most of you that have been sticking around or have been following me for a while now can tell im obsessed with something to go with my tea.. Something like cookies, cakes, pastrys, etc..

So Today I made some good old Classic lemon Tea Cookies. The reason why their named Classic lemon Cookies is because my mom used to make these when we were little kids so the recipe has been in our family forever..
These little sweeties taste great with a cup of hot tea or coffee. You can even eat them as a snack.. I love to have cookies on hand for when I have unexpected, guests or friends that stop by.

 There even great for dunking with a glass of cold milk.. The lemon cookies are soft from the inside and crunchy from the outside, you can even put them under your broiler for a few seconds to get even crunchier, crispier cookies. I topped mines with some coconut before I put them into the oven.. You can  be creative and top them with sprinkles, nuts walnuts, or even make a glaze to go on top.. The Classic lemon cookies can even be stored in a airtight container for weeks in your refrigerator, even freezed, and then tawed for upto 1 month...
Heres the quick Recipe

Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes per batch
Oven 350- 170 cellius
Makes about 40 cookies

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter or margarine ( or you can use cooking oil if you don't have either)
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
1/3 cup milk
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

Method:
In a large mixing bowl beat butter and sugar on low speed with a hand mixer or with your regular wisk for about 1 minute.  Now add egg and vanilla mixing well. Then add your milk, and mix again.
 
In a separate mixing bowl add your flour, baking powder, baking soda, and mix well.
Make a well in the middle and add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and mix together to perform a smooth texture dough.
 
Using your spoon, or you can use your hands like I did. Place
 1 inch drops of the cookie dough on your greased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart, and place in your preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes per each batch. Or when you put a toothpick in the center of a cookie and it comes out clean.
You can sprinkle your cookies with coconut, or nuts, at this time... I used coconut
These are the tea cookies when their done. You can place them under your broiler again for another 2-3 minutes to get crispier cookies..
 
My 3 year old son couldent wait for the photo shoot, so he tried  sneaking one until I caught him while taking a picture.. lol
 
Annas couldent get enough of the sweet treats..
 
A close up of the pic so you can see how perfect the cookies are, so crispy from the outside, yet so moist, lemony and soft from the inside...
I hope you all enjoy this recipe.. Please leave your questions, comments or suggetions below, and I will get right back to you ...Naz

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

How to make The Best Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamuns are sweet delicious yummy balls that just savour in your mouth when you bite into them. Especially when there home made. In India or Pakistan you can find lots of gulab jamuns all over the place but when your over seas, or in the States it can be hard to find these yummy treats.. So making them your self is just a wonderful feeling, and there just made with some simple ingredients in no time...Your Guest will be shocked.. Stop buying the Gulab Jamuns at the shop! and make your own fresh Jamuns at home today..

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Naz's Fiesta Style Beef Patties


I love burgers, hamburgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers, sandwiches, the list can go on forever!!
So today I made some of my famous beef Pattie Burgers, That were so lip smacking good.
You don't need to go out and barbeque, you can cook or grill them straight on your stove top
and you still get the mouthwatering spicy, exotic taste every time.

With a side dish of sauted veggies, to go into your burger/sandwich or to eat with a fork on the side.
That are so raw, yet juicy, crispy and fullfilling.. These Patties are Great for fiestas party's get together's or you
can use the recipe for barbequing ( make sure to line the grill with foil).. and Have Fun..

Prep time:20 minutes
cook time: about 8-10 minutes for a batch of four
Stove top cooking
Recipe Source: Naz's Kitchen fiesta

Ingredients: Servings For 10 Beef Patties
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 table spoons garlic powder
2 table spoon onion powder
2 table spoons grounded black pepper
1 table spoon salt (or according to taste)
2 eggs
1/4 cup of barbeque sauce
1 tablespoon of red chili powder for taste(optional, i like my food hot and spicy)
1 teaspoon Chinese salt
1 cup of crushed bread crumbs
1 large slice of bread
Oil and skillet, or tava for shallow frying, (or you can use a nonstick cooking Spray)


For the sauted veggies:
2 medium sized zucchini washed and cut
2 medium sized onions
2 bell peppers

For the garnishing:
10 hamburger buns
3 tomatoes
Naz's Ramadan Dip( the yummiest juiceiest dip ever)
cheese optional

Step by Step Method:
In a large mixing bowl add the garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt, Chinese salt, barbeque sauce, eggs, chili pepper, egg bread crumbs,  and slice of bread. Mix everything together with your hands, Mushing it good so the bread including all the other ingredients will be nicely mixed. Put to aside
If your out of bread crumbs or don't have them on hand.. Don't Panic" get 4 slices of bread and put them 3,4 inches from your broiler in your oven, or you can use a toaster oven, and toast them well until they become coarse, and crispy..
 
Wash and Cut your veggies, I like to cut them round but, you can slice them as well.
Sprinkle them with a pinch of salt, and black pepper.
 
This is the skillet I used to make the patties.. My sister bought it for me as a gift from Target.. You can find one in any general store like Walmart etc. Or just use a simple tava if you don't have one.
 
Grease your Tava or skillet, with oil, or cooking spray. Make a Pattie 1 inch tall and 3 inches wide. and shallow fry the patties on each side for about 5 minutes..

when there nearly cooked, brush barbeque sauce on both sides gently using a pastry brush.
 
The Patties should look like this when their done (yum)
 
Once the patties are done. In the same cooking oil place your veggies in the skillet, and cook for just about 3-5 minutes stirring occasionaly..
 
 
Now assemble your bread, or your buns, add some of my Ramadan Dip ( or any mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup you preffer) add the sauted veggies, a slice of cheese, and ENJOY.......
Don't forget to leave your questions, comments, or suggestions below! I would love to hear them.
P.S if you liked this recipe im sure you will love my Quick Fix Kabob Burgers for the Kids!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

A Perfect Cinnamon Tea Cake

I am a tea lover, and by being so I got my husband to love tea as well.. Especially in the colder winter days, you want to just snuggle with your ipad, or a book and drink your tea or cup of hot coffee.. That's not all I like to spice things up with a Tea Cake to go along with that perfect cup of Chai...or Tea.
Even if I don't feel like it my hubby will convince or push me to go bake a tea cake.. So I have a recipe for the Perfect Cinnamon Tea Cake! So simple, sweet, satisfying and darn good... Full of Cinnamon Spice making it the perfect cake to warm you up on a cold winter day.. I even add a couple of teaspoons of lemon juice to zing things up.. You can use any toppings of your choice, nuts, almonds, coconut, or sprinkles I even add a cinnamon glaze. So get ready for a warm, moist heavenly tea cake..

Naz's Tips:
Dip your knife into warm water or under your faucet, before you cut this or any particular cake, to prevent cake from cracking or flaking.

Make sure your oven is not too hot otherwise, you will get a cracked cake, make sure its not to cold other wise the cake will be coarse.

Make sure you have the correct measuring spoons/cups for accurate results otherwise you will have a fail recipe.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Baking time:30-35 minutes
Oven: 350 degrees
Ingredients:
3 cups all purpose flour (maida) sifted
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground Cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (optional)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup of butter, margarine or cooking oil
2 eggs at room temp
2 teaspoons vanilla

Method:
  1. Grease a 13 inch Baking pan set the pan aside
  2. In a mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.(making sure there are no lumps of any of the ingredients
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, Beat eggs, butter or oil, brown sugar, lemon juice,vanilla, and milk for a good 2 minutes. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, mix until well combined.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan, cook in a 350 oven for 30- 35 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.( not everyones ovens are the same so please check up on the cake every 10-15 minutes so it doesn't burn or over brown)
  5. Cool cake on a wire rack, remove from pan after 15 minutes, serve warm... with your perfect cup of Tea (Chai) and coffee..
For The Cinnamon Glaze:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup of milk
Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and cook for about 1 minute stirring. add milk lower flame and simmer for 30 seconds, and pour glaze over your cake, and top with your favorite toppings such as nuts, or sprinkles coconut etc.
 
I hope you all enjoy this recipe.. If you have any questions or comment's I would love to hear them, so please take a minute to drop them below.. and don't forget to follow me on facebook. love Naz

P.s if you have enjoyed this recipe, you will love my Moistest Banana Cake Ever!!