Here’s what was on the menu:
Starter – Courgette & Aubergine Pakoras
Main – Prawn Yakhni
Accompaniments – Channa Daal, Cucumber & Tomato Raita
Dessert – Carrot, Coconut & Pistachio Halva
I have to admit that I’ve never cooked Pakistani food before, so I was a little worried I’d muck it all up, but sheer determination took over and I got to work. As I was at the office on Friday, I prepped my onions, weighed my spices and made the Halva and Raita on Thursday afternoon, meaning I had much less to do on Friday after work.
I didn’t find any of the dishes too hard to make, my only problem was keeping track of all the spices I was using! The Daal, Halva & Raita were the easiest dishes to prepare, followed by the slightly more difficult Yakhni and finished off with the Pakoras. For me they were the hardest as I hate frying things in oil and it all got a bit smoky!
I served the Pakistani feast to my parents and boyfriend and they all seemed to enjoy it, with the Daal being a particular favourite. We all liked the carrot Halva but agreed it was very rich and you wouldn’t want much more than we had (and I’d halved the recipe!)
Overall I think it was a success and I’m looking forward to bringing out the spices more often in my cooking, and I’m excited to see where Kitchen Nomad will take our taste buds next!