Desi Flavors: Food, thoughts, Music, Tastes Welcome

Various kebab
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Recently I have been reflecting a lot about The Pakistan Forum, mostly about its larger mission for Pakistan and Pakistani culture. I realized that until now we have done a great job of providing good writings about politics and contemporary issues related to Pakistan, but have not really covered the everyday aspects of Pakistani life: food, music and other such things.

I would like to take this opportunity to send my invitation out to the blogosphere: we would be delighted to publish your food ideas, your recipes, culinary innovations, and all other things about tastes, smells, sounds and colors of Pakistan in all its varieties. Not a great cook myself, I would like to initiate this effort by introducing you to a Pakistani cooking blog that I recently encountered and highly recommend.

Run by Rafia Shujaat, Desi Flavors is a wonderful blog that provides quite a few traditional, some fusion, and some very innovative recipes. I could not recommend this wonderful resource enough. I provide a brief excerpt from one of her recipes, but do hope that you would visit her blog often to sample the wide array of recipes and ideas provided on her blog.

Rafia Shujaat’s brief bio:

I am professional writer and blogger. I love to cook and have a creative hand in arts and crafts. I have been a writer for 8 years and been into technical writing, creative writing, and online web writing. It has been a pleasure and I enjoyed doing it. I still am fond of writing, it is a way of expressing myself even if it is only 3-4 lines. Painting glass has been my passion since childhood. When ever there was birthday or Eid celebration I painted glass or fabric and framed it to give to my friends and family. Another passion that I have is cooking. I am so keen to cook new things every day. My cooking is popular among my husband’s colleagues, their wives, my friends, family, and social circles. People come to my house for dinner only to taste my biryani. And I love to serve them the best biryani 🙂 My blogs are my blogs for my three different interests. My blogs are all about my interests. I have three blogs for every activity I do in my everyday life.

Double Chapli Kebab Burger

My family loves chapli kebab. Last weekend we had to go out, so instead of planning to eat something from any restaurant; I decided to make something myself and keep it in the car. I always have chapli kebab masala ready in the freezer. So I defrosted it overnight in the refrigerator. In the noon, next day I shallow fried the chapli kebabs and double layered the buns with tomato slices, chutney and mayonnaise. Nothing could be as tasty as these homemade desi chapli kebab burgers.

Chapli kebab originally come from Afghanistan but we have a Peshawar version in Pakistan as well. They are different in combining the ingredients. They are a whole meal if made the right size. And are perfect with Naan bread or any form of bread.

The ingredients used in making Afghani Chapli Kebab are:

ground beef

egg scrambled

egg whisked

teaspoon salt

teaspoon cruched coriander seeds

teaspoons crushed cumin seeds

teaspoon red chili powder

teaspoon turmeric powder

garam amsala

wheat flour




fresh coriander

green chilies

The recipe is in my upcoming cookbook, “DesiFlavors” at amazon.

So, please feel free to contact us with your food ideas, recipes, music reviews, or just to share some current cultural news with our readers.

By M R

Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Masood Ashraf Raja is an Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature and Theory and the editor of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies.
Raja tweets @masoodraja

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