Jeeway Pakistan, Pakistani Mela 2014 in Rotterdam

Amanat Ali

Amanat Ali at the Pakistan Mela in Rotterdam

On Sunday 8th of June 2014 was the Pakistani mela in Rotterdam, entrance was free, and families basked in the sunshine, to celebrate our culture, food, art and entertainment.

The Festival  provided a opportunity to Pakistani and other communities living in the Netherlands to come together, to have a family day-out, to promote inter-cultural understanding through a fun-full day of culture, food and music, and project the positive image of Pakistan in the Netherlands.

Chai ka dhaba garam chai ki pyalli

Pakistani chai ka dhaba

The Mela was organised very well, they had set up a nice program and to top it all, even the parking was free! You could smell the bbq wih chicken tikka and seekh kababs. Continue reading

Chatpatay Pakoray

Pakora recipe

Pakora, learn how to make it!

Ingredients:

Oil/ ghee 3 cups /200g
Green chilies 1 – 2 chopped
Onions, medium 2, sliced
Green coriander Few leaves, chopped
Pakora Mix 1 Packet

Cooking Instructions:

  1. You can make Pakoras/Fritters of various vegetables: Onion rings, Sliced Potatoes, Amchoore / Green Mango, filled Green Chilies, Spinach leaves, boiled Chicken beef cubes, etc. My personal favourites are thin cut potatoes and green chillies filled with chat masala and lemon juice.
  2. Add 1 cup if water to one packet of Pakora Mix.
  3. Mix thoroughly to make a smooth batter.
  4. Set aside for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Drop a spoonful of the batter in hot oil and deep fry until golden.
  6. Dip the vegetables in the batter and deep fry.
  7. Mix 1-2 tablespoons chat masala in a cup of boiled and chopped potatoes and press it into balls.
  8. Dip in the Pakora batter and deep fry.

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Barish, pakora aur ek garam chai ki pyali

 

Pakora garam chai ki pyalli

Pakora

“Barish aur pakora”,That is the something we have been listening to for generations now. It has become a tradition and a culture. We desis are very different towards our food, we do not eat to satisfy our hunger and taste buds but it is our way of socialize. We want to sit with family while it’s raining outside Continue reading

99 things we desi people do!

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  1. You unwrap gifts very carefully, so you can save and reuse the wrapping and especially those bows.
  2. You have a vinyl table cloth on your kitchen table.
  3. Your stove is covered with aluminum foil.
  4. Your kitchen has a sticky film of grease over it.
  5. You use the dishwasher as a dish rack.
  6. You have never used your dishwasher.
  7. You eat all meals in the kitchen.
  8. You save grocery bags, tin foil, and tin containers.
  9. You use grocery bags to hold garbage.
  10. You always leave your shoes at the door. Continue reading

Desi Blog

My growing interest in Desi culture, Desi food and Bollywood has meant that for the first time I am going to write a blog about desi stuff, under the heading ‘garam chai ki pyalii blog’. My first blogs are about Desi chai and about the movie ‘Gunday’ of Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. My next topic will be Salmaan Khan in the film ‘Jai Ho’, I will also blog about the Desi kitchen and Bollywoodshows.