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When masala tv started broadcasting, it changed the whole concept of the food industry in Pakistan,It basically gave access to someone sitting at home , who had no idea about cooking , a "how to" manual about anything and everything food related.Nothing was off limits any more.I swear, no where in the world has chicken been cooked in so many different ways ;)
When i was in middle school i was a very chubby kid.In fact my nickname was "moti" (or fatso).... ;)I hated that nickname with a vengeance but i couldn't do much about it as i loved to eat(and also i had not yet been introduced to the concept of starving my self to death in the name of dieting).In time i lost most of my baby fat and Allah gifted me with a metabolism that is too fast for my weight to catch up:) But my love for food is still there in all its glory.I am a junk food addict (literally). I can eat from food stalls on my street for the rest of my life and not complain.
My mom is a great cook(as all Pakistani moms are). I always wanted to cook like her but for some reason i could never get quiet the flavor profile that she has in her food. Pakora's are the first thing i learned to cook exactly like her.So i am really proud of this recipe.
Recipe courtesy of videojug.com on youtube.
Link to original recipe:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFFGgBVrlnI
Zarda or sweet rice is one of my most fav dishes.Its economical,easy to make and tastes wonderful:)So today i am sharing my version of Zarda with you.Hope you enjoy it as much as i do:)
Recipe by Shireen Apa from Masala channel
Butter:8 oz or 200g
Caster sugar: 8 oz or 1 cup
Flour:8 oz or 2 cups
Vanilla essence: 1 tsp
Milk : 1/4th cup
Baking powder:2 tsp
Butter: 3/4th cup or 170 g
Sugar: 1 1/2 cup or 330g
Vanilla essence: 2tsp
Flour: 3/4th cup
Coco powder: 1/2 cup or 50g
Baking powder: 1tsp
"Sooji" or semolina is used in Pakistan to make a very delicious dessert called "sooji ka halwa". It is usually made during religious festivals and eaten as it is or with "poori" which is made of flour.
It is very easy to make and really tasty.Particularly the breakfast of "halwa poori" is very famous and a lot of hotels and vendors sell it piping hot for their early morning customers.