Shahi Tukray

The history of Shahi Tukray goes back to the Mughals, who had dedicated khansamas (chefs/cooks) to prepare delectable dishes for them. The Mughals had a keen interest in fine dining, where the spread was laid to perfection. This dessert is a must serve in family dawats and Eid. Here, I am sharing with you all a super easy, and delicious Shahi Tukray recipe, which we often make at home. 




(Serves 6-8)
Ingredients:

8-10 slices of bread
1 1/2 liters of milk
100 gms Olper's Cream
4-6 Cardamon pods
3/4th cup sugar
1 cup water
a drop of yellow food coloring (optional, I didn't use it)
1 tbsp slivered almonds
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp slivered unsalted pistachios
2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk

Method:

In a pan, add milk, food coloring, cardamon pods, and condensed milk. Mix and let it simmer for a good twenty to thirty minutes, till the milk is slightly thicker (till almost 1 liter remains). Once done, keep aside, add Olper's cream, mix and let it cool. Mix together water and sugar for the sugar syrup and cook for ten minutes. Turn off stove once done. Deep fry the bread slices till they achieve a light golden color. Drain and remove any excess oil. Now place the bread slices in a shallow dish, pour the sugar syrup evenly over the bread slices as per your taste (and the level of sweetness you want). Pour slowly so as not to displace the bread slices. Garnish with almonds, raisins and pistachios. Serve warm or cold!
I know it's odd to see cream in a Shahi Tukray recipe, but it helps in giving a creamy texture to the dish and adds richness.

Authentic Middle Eastern Food @ Paramount Fine Foods!



I recently had a chance to try out authentic Lebanese cuisine at Paramount Fine Foods, in Karachi near Cafe Clifton/Sea View McDonalds. Talking about authenticiy? Purely authentic. Value for money? Great! Taste? Delicious! 
It is the first authentic Lebanese Restaurant that has opened up in Karachi. They have an extensive menu, so you take a good time to decide what to order! (you can view their menu here)
Scroll down for detailed review of all the things I tried!

Top left: Fattoush Salad, top right: freshly baked pita Bottom: Hummus
So far the best hummus and pita I've EVER had! The hummus was creamy and the pita was fresh.


Loved the crispy bits of toasted bread and the tangy-ness of the dressing.



Top left: combo platter, top right: lebanese chicken wrap, bottom left: cheese manakeesh, bottom right: combo platter

The chicken wrap was more like a shawarma, only with a thinner flatbread and less saucy and I looooooooooved it. The cheese manakeesh was okayish, a bit too salty for my tastebuds. Everything in the platter was YUUUUUM. It inlcuded: shish taouk, BBQ Beef Skewers, falafel, beef and chicken shawarma, kafta, spicy bread, tahini and garlic sauce. Loved everything on the platter: meat cooked perfectly, juicy and flavorful. Falafel were not dry, unlike served at many places. Each item on the platter had a distinct flavor. 

Dessert! Top: Assorted Baklava, below: Kunafah, or Knafeh.
Even thought their dessert counter was lined with a lot of pastries, one notices that all of it was freshly made. You could sense it while taking a bite! The baklava were crisp, fresh and oozing with nuttiness. Their kunafah was a disappoinment though, I like the crispier version and theirs was a soft soaked in a syrup version which was a bit too sweet for me!
All in all, Paramount was a scrumptious experience, a place you'd definitely go back to. And last but not the least, I was super impressed by their initiative (an excellent one!) to help those in need: ↓

Paramount Foods have their own bottled water. From each sale rs5 goes to Darul Sukoon.
I'd rate my experience 4.5 stars!



PARAMOUNT FINE FOODS
Phone
+92.21.3585.6815
+92.21.3585.6817

Address
31-C Khayaban-e-Shamsheer,
Saba Commerical Area,
Phase-V, DHA
Karachi, Pakistan










Online Ordering in Pakistan - foodpanda.pk










Last night was special one for our family, and all of us of were getting together so I thought to order from China Ming, our family's favorite Chinese takeaway place. So took my phone out and decided to order via foodpanda.pk, to my surprise, it went quite smoothly, from placing my order to them confirming it! I got the confirmation SMS with estimated time of delivery followed with an email within the next minute I had confirmed my order. So far, so good. Now what remained to be seen was if we got the food on time or not! The time given was 45 minutes I have to admit I was expecting delays and what not but Foodpanda came through for us and the food was delivered to us piping hot and at the exact 45th minute. We had ordered Chowmein, Fried Rice, Beef Chili, Chicken in Szechuan sauce and Chicken Chili with Vegetables. China Ming has been our favorite since the last 8 years or so. However, we were not very happy with their food this time. The chowmein noodles were a  bit mushy, and I couldn't really understand the beef chili flavor. However both the chicken dishes were yum, and the quantity as always was good. China Ming has a huge menu offering a variety of dishes belonging to Chinese and Thai cuisines.

Thank you Foodpanda, we were super impressed with the way the ordering process went. It had been a while since we ordered via them but glad we did. Online ordering wasn't ever this easy and convenient. I am looking forward to order more frequently via them and the deals they offer are super tempting!

Have you ordered via foodpanda? If so, how would you rate their service? Comment below and let me know! 



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