Thai Beef Chilli Recipe

Remember that Pad Thai recipe I shared a few weeks ago that had me squealing with delight? This one is another favorite I stole from the chef. It is beyond delicious. Usually I taste my food and toot my own horn. So, for your benefit I pulled my best friend from Pakistan into the camera frame and shoved a spoonful of the Thai-spiced beef in her mouth telling her what to say. WATCH THE VIDEO!

Thai Beef

My friend sold it pretty well. The Thai Beef Chilli is indeed really delicious. And for a dish that comes together in less than 20 minutes, you have no excuse but to make this. It’s my go-to when I’m pressed for time and don’t want to grab processed fast food or even greasy Asian take-out. Because guess what? The only greasy take-out that I’m going to be eating would be taken out of my kitchen! HAH!

Thai BeefHere’s the recipe for ya!

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Thai Beef Chilli
 
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A quick Pakistani Thai fusion beef chilli
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup peanut oil (flap meat/undercut)
  • ½ pound beef cut in strips (flap meat/undercut)
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • ½ onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce + 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp garlic chilli paste
  • 2 serrano chillis sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced
  • 2 basil leaves chopped
Instructions
  1. In a preheated wok, add ¼ cup of peanut oil and let it heat for 30 seconds.
  2. Next, add the beef and let it brown on high heat.
  3. Add chopped galic, the sliced onion and green chillies and stir.
  4. Next, pour in the oyster sauce mixed with water along with the sugar and garlic chilli paste.
  5. Let the sauce evaporate until the oil starts to release. This will take about 10-12 minutes on high heat.
  6. Once the liquid has evaporated, add the sliced green bell peppers and the basil leaves.
  7. Stir for a few seconds. Serve over white or fried rice.

Namkeen Lassi Recipe


Can we agree that lassi is the ultimate cooling drink this summer? It’s refreshing and at the same time has tons of benefits for your digestive tract which, if you’ve been traveling and eating like me you definitely need to clear out. The best part is you only need yogurt, milk, salt and pepper and tons of ice!

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Lassi (Salty Yogurt Drink)
 
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Lassi is the ultimate drink in Pakistan!
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Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: Pakistani
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ⅔ cup whole milk
  • ⅛-1/4 tsp crushed cumin seeds
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add yogurt, milk, cumin, salt and pepper to the blender and blend for 30-40 seconds until frothy. Dring up!

Guava and Cheese Pastry

Right when I discovered my love for coffee, I discovered Tierra Mia. It’s my second home. You’ll usually find me there in the evenings either typing at my laptop to edit these videos, or sitting across from a new face. I love meeting people for the first time over a good cup of latte.

But of course this video is not about that Cubano Con Leche I have the baristas make piping hot for me; this video is about the delicious accompaniment to that latte. The cheese and guava filled pastry is a popular dessert in Latin America. Porto’s Cafe has a similar version. But that doesn’t matter because mine tastes so much fresher and better simply because that pastry is going from the oven straight to my mouth. It’s warm, flaky and that guava gives it such a delicious kick. And I didn’t lie when I said “I’m bagging these up and taking them with me to Tierra Mia,” because I did!

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Channa Chaat -Pakistani Chickpeas Salad

Channa Chaat is nothing short of super food! Chickpea is Channa in the Urdu language and chaat is any snack that’s spicy and has the wonderful tang from tamarind. You’ll find Channa Chaat in the streets of Pakistan, and on the Eid and iftar tables. Since Ramadan started, I have been making a big bowl of this Channa Chaat for iftar. It also doesn’t hurt that it literally comes together in 10 minutes.

Channa Chaat
I’d be more than happy to toss myself a salad for iftar, but when your parents are in town, you just have to don on the dupatta and feed some desi appetite. Speaking of parents, my dad loves hanging out at the grocery store more than I do! Let’s just say my pantry is bursting with canned chickpeas and my fridge has never looked this full since I moved into my apartment.

Channa Chaat

I hope you guys give this nutritious, delicious, full of fiber, protein and gas (ahem) Channa Chaat a try! Ramadan Mubarak to all those observing the month! I feel you bruh… 16 hours is no joke.

 

Channa Chaat -Pakistani Chickpea Salad
 
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This is how Pakistanis turn chickpeas into a delicious tangy salad!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Pakistani
Ingredients
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans
  • 1 small onion, chopped (¾ cup roughly)
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium potato, boiled and chopped
  • 1 serrano chili, finely chopped
  • Cilantro, a handful
  • 2 tsp Chaat Masala or Channa Chaat spice mix (you can find this at any Pakistani/Indian grocery store)
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • ¼ cup Tamarind pulp (you can find this at any Pakistani/Indian grocery store)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Dump beans, onion, tomatoes, potato and green chili in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Sprinkle chaat masal and garam masala. Toss.
  3. To make tamarind chutney, add tamarind pulp, sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan and let this come to a boil. Continue cooking for 10-12 minutes or until the pulp breaks down. Use the back of the spoon to help the process.
  4. Next, strain the tamarind liquid into a bowl. Make sure to press down on the pulp with a spoon to extract as much juices as you can. Discard the pulp (I chew on it:p).
  5. Now pour the liquid back into the saucepan and cook for another 5 minutes. The chutney will be very liquidy.
  6. Remove from stove and let the chutney cool. as it cools it will thicken.
  7. Pour the cooled chutney into the chickpea salad and toss.
  8. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro leaves and serve.