Bohra minced meat samosas with dhungaar – in Al Arabiya

Sudeshna was writing an article for Al Arabiya English and got in touch with me for her Ramadan special series, documenting how samosas came to become an essential element for iftar feasts. Muslims over the world would agree,  no iftar meal is complete without biting into a hot fried chutney-loaded samosa, inhaling its teasing waft…

Doodhi halwa – a rich dessert from bottle gourd

Dessert has always played a special part in every Bohra community meal. We love it as much as we love Dum Biryani or a plate of raan; so much that we start our meal with a pinch of salt followed by a sweet dish and the main course later. Every time a family member returned from…

Thuli – Bohra sweet dish for special occasions

Bohras have their own accumulation of desserts and one of them that turns up on every Islamic birthday in the family or for the new beginnings is Thuli. This sweet dish has an age old significance of being auspicious, that is being followed as a part of tradition from generations ago. Thuli is prepared from…

Comforting and light soup made from mutton stock, turmeric and milk is strewn in for creaminess and richer consistency, perfect to tend to sore throats and runny noses.

Mutton Khurdi – Bohra’s comforting milk soup.

There’s a slight nip in the air; especially felt during Little A’s evening play time and the early morning school drop. Yes! I can finally feel it and already so excited for the upcoming season. Well, in the desert it is always pleasant; so perfect to cozy up in shawls and sip copious amounts of soup…

Moreish stuffed kebabs with crusty exteriors, silky smooth melt in the mouth cooked meat and a stuffing of onion, coriander, mint and chillies to balance out the textures.These go very popular as a snack on any occasion including tea parties.

Stuffed Minced Meat Kebabs

Happy Islamic New Year everyone and I hope you all are back in force after a long weekend. In a Bohra tradition we keep a grand feast on last day of the year to embark on the coming year and new opportunities where everyone in the family sits around a thaal and eat together. Needless…

delicious stew from mutton and lentils in a Bohri style

Daal Gosht – Bohri way of cooking mutton and lentils

Since Bohri community descended from Yemen and settled in different part of Middle East and India, especially Gujarat (India), Bohri food is an amalgamation of different cuisines. Although the cuisine is dominated by a lot of Gujarati and Mughlai and a rare Middle Eastern connection, yet with all its exotic creations it is distinct from…

Mutton Keema Egg Fry

By now all of you who have been hanging around here for a long time know I fall for recipes that don’t take much of my time in the kitchen. It doesn’t mean I don’t cook lavish meals but on most days you’ll find me whipping up items that won’t take more than 30 minutes. I…

Dabba Gosht – mac, cheese, mutton casserole.

You know what is so fascinating about living in different parts of India? That the essence of food change with every mile in Indian territory  is well known, cultural cuisine play a vital role too. I have grown up in three different cities and collected diversified food memories along the years. However, the meals at…

Kalamra {traditional sweet dish by Bohras}

After posting a picture of  Kalamra on facebook today, I have got a few requests of the recipe so I thought I’d do a quick post for you all.  And here it is, you lovely people. Muslims all over the world are gearing up for the celebration of Holy Prophet Muhammed’s (SAW) birthday this time…

Bohri Khichda {not same as Haleem}

Bohri Khichda is a staple winter dish cooked from lentils and broken wheat, delicately seasoned, with chunks of meat yet silky soft to fall off the bones. Weather is finally cooling down in Dubai, which also means there would be more visits to the park, ditching the malls for good, barbecue sessions, loads of outdoor…

Desi Sloppy Joes {Minced Meat Burger Buns}

Last week was all about experiments in my small kitchen. We ditched our usual menu and went in for fast food right in the comfort of our home and repeated the leftovers on impulse hunger-strikes. It was a relaxed stress-free week to say the least and I kept my research on many world cuisines going strong…