Monthly Archives: September 2013

Celebrating Eid-Ul-Adha Around the World!

Eid-ul-Adha is the Muslim festival that marks the end of the pilgrimage to Makkah known as Hajj. Eid-ul-Adha is also known as the “Festival of Sacrifice” and it commemorates Abraham’s faith and devotion to God.

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Eid-ul-Adha is an Islamic holiday that is celebrated around the world with prayer, sacrifice, and food.

In the United States: Many Muslims are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha in United state by going to usamorning prayers at a mosque without eating breakfast. After the morning prayers they went to animal slaughtering shop for sacrificing an animal according to the Islamic instructions and share this meat with friends, family and poor they also celebrate feast with their family and friends, and they enjoy being together and sharing.

In Egypt: Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated by morning prayers and feasting, but it is referred to as “Eid egyptel-Kibr.” Morning prayers at a mosque and a sermon are the tradition of Muslims during this holiday, and after their prayers they meet with their friends and family for a celebratory feast. During this Muslim holiday the wealthy and charity organizations give beef and other foods to the poor in honor of the sacrifice associated with this holiday.

 

In Pakistan: Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated as a 4 day event in Pakistan; during this holiday stores are closed, and Muslims attend morning prayers and a sermon. After this Muslims will attend a great feast, and those who can afford it will sacrifice an animal to honor god, and they will share the meat with their friends, family, and the poor.
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In Morocco:  Eid-ul-Adha is celebrated as a 3 day festival, and it is celebrated similarly to other locations. The morning starts with prayers and a sermon at the local mosque and then they goes for sacrifice of a cow, lamb…etc in the honor of God. The meat from the sacrifice is distributed among the poor people of the area, and the celebration of feast among friends and family.

Eid-ul-Adha in Bangladesh:  it is mandatory that an animal is sacrificed, and the animal’s age and health is important. An unhealthy animal is considered an imperfect sacrifice. The sacrifices start during morning prayers, and they continue for three days during Eid-ul-Adha in Bangladesh. Feasts and prayers are similar in Bangladesh as they are in many other countries, except the sacrifice is extremely important. Eid-ul-Adha is a special time for Muslims around the world; it is a time where they honor God by showing their faith and devotion through sacrifice, feast, and prayer. Kfoods offers so many Bangladeshi recipes  for this day, This Muslim holiday is celebrated around the world, and some traditions are slightly different, but the devotion and honor of God remains the same during Eid-ul-Adha around the world.

Essential Pakistani Kitchen Items!

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Pakistan inhabitants who are cooking freaks must be aware of the most typical cultural item in a Pakistani culinary. Of course, if you have a fully functional kitchen already, it must be equipped with all the kitchen tools you need for your regular and usual cooking. However, for women who are in the process of setting up their kitchens and need a checklist of kitchen tools they will essentially require, here is a comprehensive list of items that kitchens in every Pakistani household requires.

tawaTawa:
Perhaps no Pakistani kitchen would be considered complete if it did not have a tawa, usually a black-colored round metallic plate, which is used to make our staple food items like chapati and paratha roll recipe. The kind of tawa you see in the picture is also used for frying things like kebabs and eggs in many households. Some Pakistani homes make roti on ulta tawa, which looks like an upside down black metallic bowl.

 

chimta-5-e1363567701934Tongs (Chimta) :
More commonly known as chimta locally, a tong is almost as important as important as a tawa since it is used to flip roti and paratha when they are being cooked. Usually, made of metal, tongs are available in different sizes, with the larger ones usually reserved to make chapati while the smaller ones are used for frying items like pakoras.

large-rolling-pin-hardwood-24-x-3--e1363568046236Rolling Pin:
If you have a tawa and a tong but no rolling pin, you might as well say goodbye to your plan of making a chapati. Rolling pin, or bailan, is used to spread out the flour dough to give it the shape of round flat bread and is a kitchen tool that you will need every day. Those who are interested in baking things like cookies and pies will also need a rolling pin to roll out cookie dough or pie crust.

BLENDERBlender:
Ginger and garlic pastes are among the most essential ingredients used in Pakistani cuisine and majority of Pakistani women prefer making these at home. With the sil batta used by our grandmothers almost obsolete now, they have been replaced by the much more efficient and speedy kitchen gadgets we all know as blenders. Apart from grinding masalas, blenders can also be used for making chutneys, liquefying fruits to make juices and smoothies and even make milk shakes.

In recent years, the introduction of hand blenders have made the blending and grinding tasks much easier, so much so that you can even grind vegetables or haleem right in the saucepan.

cuttin boardCutting Board:
Although women who are experts at cutting vegetables may still prefer to use their hands, using a cutting board makes the task much easier, especially when cutting chicken and meat. Moreover, a cutting board helps in chopping salad items with greater efficiency. You can get cutting boards in materials like wood and plastic, with wooden cutting boards being the more preferred among the two since it is considered to be safer and more hygienic.

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Although peelers are not exclusively used in local households, they are a must-have for your kitchen as they reduce the frustratingly long time consumed in peeling the skin off different vegetables with knives. In fact, peelers work with much more precision than a knives, ensuring less wastage alongside.

 

WhiskWhisk:
No matter how perfect you consider yourself to be at beating an egg and making an omelet, you can never create the perfect frothy egg mixture with a fork and, therefore, need a whisk. Whisks and beaters are also necessary for mixing cake and pudding batters.

 

img73b-e1363609387332Measuring Cups, Spoons and Scale:
If you love baking then measuring cups and spoons are going to become your best friends. Without accurate measurements as stated in the recipe, baked items like cakes, pies and puddings can turn into a disaster. They come in handy especially when following a recipe from a cookbook or television channel.

It is also recommended for you to get a kitchen scale that can help you determine the exact quantity of ingredients required for a recipe. For instance, it is difficult to measure 250 grams of butter using a spoon, but the task becomes simple if you have a measuring scale at hand to help guide you.

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Those households where rice is the main staple food can vouch for the importance of strainers. Strainers are also required to discard water used to boil items like vegetables and spaghetti. Additionally, they can be used to wash vegetables and meat. You can easily find metal or plastic strainers in the market. It is usually better to buy metal strainers since there is always a risk that plastic might melt if it comes in contact with boiling water. You will also need a small-sized strainer as it is essential for making tea.

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Having storage containers and Ziploc bags at hand is very important because they help in storing leftovers as well as frozen items such as kebabs and samosas. They help you organize your freezer and refrigerator efficiently. Make sure you buy storage containers in various sizes to store different quantities of leftovers. Moreover, while bigger Ziploc bags are excellent for storing frozen foods, smaller bags can be used to pack school lunches for your kids.

Top 5 Secrets to Beautiful Long Hair!

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Many of women dream of having long swishy hair but many of women don’t know how to get it. Despite the ever evolving trends of short and stylish hair, you can’t deny the beauty of a full head of gorgeous locks. To have great long hair means a big responsibility. If you want to have gorgeous long hair, here are five secrets that will help you in getting gorgeous long hair.

1. Proper diet
To have gorgeous long hair, only external care is not necessary. Intake of necessary vitamins and proteins is vital that contributes a lot in making your hair long and healthy. If your intake of protein is limited then you can’t have gorgeous long hair.

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It is essential to add protein and vitamin in your daily routine. You can intake protein in the form of egg, meat particularly as red meat and chicken. If you are vegetarian, protein can also be found in beans and lentils.

2. Massage on scalp
scalp-massage-benefitsMassaging is very important if you want to have long hair. When you massage your scalp you will feel a tingling sensation. This will increase circulation and blood flow to your follicles and boost growth of your hair. When you apply shampoo on your hair, massage at least for thirty minutes. It is often suggested by experts to brush hair every night.

The truth behind this fact is that when bristles of brush come in contact with your scalp, they stimulate blood flow which leads to growth of your hair. But this all depends only on bristles. Natural bristles are gentler than damaging metal and other synthetic version.

This soft and natural bristles will prevent your hair from breaking and splitting. Lavender oil can be apply to scalp for massaging as it is said to be very effective in promoting hair growth.

Wash-your-hair-and-condition-Step-23. Wash less and use quality products
Go for more natural products. Always avoid the hair products that have excessive chemicals like silicon. Use silicon free shampoo. Never compromise your hair health. Always use best quality shampoo or conditioner that suits your hair.

Wash your hair too often strips off the natural oils that are essential for keeping hair strong and healthy. Stripping off natural essential oils from hair can lead to dryness and frizz. Only wash your hair every few days and use dry shampoo in between washes.

hair-trim4. Trim your hair once a month
Get your hair trimmed about once every three months. Trimming hair is vital as it cut off the damaged bits otherwise you will end up with long hair that feels and look like straw. It is hard to trim your hair when you wish to have long hair and trying to grow it.

But trimming will remove split ends and makes your hair look fresh and healthy. Protect your hair from UV damage. Use special sprays to help protect from damaging sun rays while go out.

13-Tips-on-How-to-Prevent-Gray-Hair-45. Keep your hair hydrated
In hot sun, wind and air conditioned and heated tools hair become dry. Moisturizing the scalp is crucial as we moisturize our skin. Pump hydration back to your hair with regular application of leave in treatments. Dry hair breaks and split more easily and therefore will not go length. Drink plenty of water to keep you and your hair hydrated.

World’s Largest Cheesecake | Guinness World Record

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There’s a new Guinness World Record for the world’s largest cheesecake! At the ninth annual Cream Cheese Festival (because of course that exists) of Lowville, N.Y., Philadelphia Cream Cheese created a 6,900-pound cheesecake. It was 90.25 inches in diameter and nearly 31 inches deep –that’s about 24,533 servings! The cake was unveiled by pastry chef Duff Goldman.

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The previous record clocked in at a mere 4,703 pounds.
In festival, approximately 10,000 attendees ate some cake, and the remaining servings were donated to the Lowville Food Pantry and The Watertown Salvation Army Soup Kitchen.

The filling was made with Philadelphia cream cheese and sugar, with a crust of graham cracker crumbs and butter.

News Reference: huffingtonpost.com

Mirage Buffet – Do Darya Restaurant Karachi!

 

Mirage Buffet Restaurant Karachi offers the delicious taste of Soup, Bar-B-Q, Chinese & Thai foods, Pakistani & Mughlai Cuisine, Snacks, Salad & Chatini, Desserts and many more under a very vibrant calm and attractive environment with quick services and educated staff. It is situated at 2 Darya, Food Street Devils Point, Phase 8 D.H.A Sea View, Karachi.

Mirage Buffet offers Dinner Buffet in just Rs. 1100 including tax and Kids (3 to 7 Years) in Rs. 650 including tax. Timing: 7:30pm to 12:30am.


You may enjoy all variety of Pakistani traditional cuisine and lots of more lip smacking dishes that ensure your meal perfect for your health. We have enjoyed there a lot with our friends infect it’s a good place for eating out with your friends, families and with beloved. So let’s move towards Mirage Buffet and eat delicious foods from the menu Timings 7pm to 12:30am

5 Things you Must Know About Eyelash Extensions!

lashThere is something or tips that you really wanted to know about the extension of eyelashes. More or less every woman wants long and thick eyelashes due to these they use different types of things. Fashion or overall beauty seems incomplete without long and thick lashes. It has become part of fashion. From mascara to lengthening serums and re-usable fake lashes, there are a plenty of eyelashes extension products in markets.

But they are used as a temporary. For the permanent solution most of women are opting these days is eyelash extension. It is a new technique that will help you out in extension of your lashes to make your eyes to look stunning. There are some things that you must know about eyelashes extension before you are going to adopt this technique.

1. First of all you must know what actually eyelashes extension is. Lash extensions are synthetic lashes glued individually to your natural lashes to enhance thickness, length and color. Synthetic lashes are made up of synthetic like mink, silk and even human hair. Use of fake lashes is not a o-EYELASH-EXTENSIONS-facebooknew thing but the difference between old and new technique is that in new technique of extension, lashes are glued with your natural lashes instead of skin giving you long lashes, you are looking for. Unlike traditional fake lashes they don’t come in a strip or use any adhesive harmful glue.

2. If you are going for lash extension, then you must know how long they lasting do. These lashes usually lasting between 2-4 weeks or can be lasting for 6 weeks if you take exceptionally good care of them.eyelash-extension-pic

3. Eye lash extension will not result in falling out your natural lashes. It has no side effects. You have to be extra careful about lashes. After getting eyelash extension, it is necessary to prevent contact with water in the first 24 hours in order to set lashes properly.

4. The question that may click in your mind is that what happens if glue gets in your eyes during lash extension. Since your eyes are shut the whole time lash extensions are being applied so no glue will get into your eyes. Before getting ash extension, make sure that glue which is being used in this extension is safe for your eyes.

Make sure that glue is free from all harmful chemicals that can damage your eyes such as formaldehyde. You may get allergy by the glue but it is not infection. An experienced and licensed lash extension technician will not let any infection to occur. There are different types of glues used in this extension depending upon one’s sensitivity.

5. After extension, you should avoid mascara. After extension you may not need to use mascara. If you can’t resist yourself to use mascara then it should not be oil based because this can affect the glue utilized to bond the actual extension to the natural eye lashes.  Don’t use eyelash curler on extensions. If you want it then consult your extension technician. And if you want to pull off your synthetic lashes then don’t try it yourself. Go to your professional who applied them to remove.

Chalay Halwa Puri Khanay – Aaj Choti Hai

halwa_puri3Halwa Puri Cholay is the Pakistani traditional Breakfast, used all over Pakistan. It is a delicious combination of sweet halwa, spicy chick peas and hot crunchy puris. I love to have Halwa Puri Cholay on Sunday and enjoy as a Sunday brunch.

In Sunday, mostly people of different cities of Pakistan, like Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad get up around 10 or 11 o’clock in the morning and go to the Halwa Puri places  for buying special Sunday Nashta. There are many different places in Karachi from where you can easily buy the best quality of Halwa Puri some of them are:

Dilpasand Halwa Puri:
Dilpasand Restaurant is well known place for Sunday Halwa Puri,  you may enjoy the Sunday Halwa Puri with Sundy breakfastneat and clean environment with your friends and family.

Puri Rate = Rs. 15
Halwa 1 Kg = Rs. 400
Tarkari = Free
Address:
NORTH NAZIMABAD:
Opp. Matric Board Office, Block-A, N.Nazimabad, Karachi
Phone: (021) 36722441-7

Dhamthal’s halwa puri:
Dhamthal is a mithai shop located at Ayesha Manzil they offer halawa puri on every weekend.Dhamtqal

Puri Rate = Rs. 15
Halwa 1 Kg = Rs 240
Tarkari = Free
Address:
Gulshan-e-Ali, No. 2, Ayesha manzil, Fedral B. Area, Block-7, Karachi
Phone: +92-21-36330774-5

Nasir Sweets Halwa Puri:
Nasir Sweets provide the best quality of sweets to the customers and Halwa Puri is the best mainnasir sweets dish of Nasir Sweets.

Puri Rate = Rs. 17
Halwa 1 Kg = Rs 400
Tarkari = Free
Address:
FB AREA Block 14
Phone: 0092 21 342 986 89

And many other halwa puri shops such as
Nawab Sweets- Nanakwara
Mulla Halwai- Sarafa Bazar
Haji Siddique Halwai- Cloth Market
Burns Road- Fresco (Only on Sundays):
Bahadurabad- S.Abdul Khaliq:

Photos of Masala Family Festival 2013 in Lahore

After Karachi, the most exciting family festival held in Lahore. From food stalls to chefs recipes, jewelry to outfits, shoes to accessories, books to play areas, you can enjoy almost everything in Masala food festival 2013 in Lahore. Masala food festival 2013 is all about fun specially for Lahoris because Lahori people are crazy about these type of events.

A Record Broken Event of Masala Family Festival 2013 in Lahore – Management of Expo Center said that they have never seen this much crowd in Expo Center.

5 Foods Dentist Suggest to Avoid!

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Among various food items there are few that can be damage teeth and are avoided by all dentists. Dentists avoid such foods because they are well aware about their teeth and also suggest their patients not to eat them to keep their teeth healthy.

If you will not care your teeth then at the end when your teeth will be damage then for reducing the pain we use the procedures of filling and root canals that is not good for sustaining a long time so try to avoid such a those foods that can be damage your teeth.F1000004

There are many foods item that people should avoid if they want to keep their teeth in good shape and healthy. Here is a list of some food items that dentist suggested to avoid.

1. Canned fruits
Fruits are essential for health. Sometimes canned fruits are used as a regular eating foods. But the fact is that canned fruits are full of delicious but destructive sugar. Sugar sticks to your teeth and strengthen bacteria to grow and spoil your teeth.

These bacteria live in your mouth which gets tasty nourishment via canned fruits to thrive on. Canned fruits not only empower bacteria but also contain acid in them. The acid in canned fruits can be harmful for teeth enamel which results in staining and discoloration of teeth.

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Sugary soda is one of the foods that dentist avoids. Most of the soda contains acid which weaken tooth enamel. Soda is highly being criticized by dentists and many other medical experts because they are total smile saboteur. If you can’t resist by drinking sodas then you must use straw to drink to limit the soda contact with your teeth.

3. Chewy candies
Chewy candies are not good for teeth as these candies get stuck between teeth which allow plaque to build up.

4. Snacks
Crispy and crunch potato chips tend to linger in your mouth. These chips are crunchy at first and then gummy post chewing and particles get stuck between teeth which increasedental-4 the risks of teeth decay. It leads to non-stop production of acid in teeth.

5. Dried fruits
Dried fruits like fig and dried apricots are bursting with nutrition. They are also contains non-soluble cellulose fiber, a dense dose of sugar which can bind and trap teeth.

Lahore Food Street Where you love to Eat!

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Lahore is very much famous due to its scrumptious traditional foods. It desi cuisines like karrahi, makhani daal, saag with makai ki roti, sweet lassi…etc and continental cuisines such as shrimps with a bowl of avocado salad or the Italian Lasagne but the best till now the best running outlets in Lahore are those who serve local cuisines.

The most famous and the ones in Old Food Street are Anarkali and Gwalmandi. There are many tumblr_ltl62rqRF11r06zkvo1_500foreigners and the people from different social backgrounds are come because of its best quality of traditional cuisines under a very attractive traditional environment. The street full of aromas of exotic spices rising from dhabas. And of these are available in affordable rates.

The foreigners are looking interesting just to know about Brain masala, chicken malai tikka (barbecued chicken hearts), chapli kebabs…etc. Lahore’s well-known Shahi Mohalla serves up phajjhe ke pai, a broth made with goat’s head and feet.

Halwa puri and nihari is the Lahori’s most favourite naashta (breakfast or brunch), while the biryani-qorma combo together with zarda or kulfi or gaajar ka halwa are a common man’s standard wedding reception menu.North-Indian-Street-Food

The Walled City is also famous for chikkarr chholay, hareesa, bong, haleem and smoothies like sattu (a refreshing drink made with whole grains and brown sugar) and Falooda (a thick, almond-milk shake). Mochi Gate has produced lal khoo ki barfi and besan ki mithai, while Lohari Gate is famous due to Tikka and Sardar Machhli.

Cooco’s Cafe offers a delightful rooftop dining experience, in addition to an awe-inspiring view of the majestic Badshahi Mosque it is little bit expensive but if you can afford to splurge and is in a mood to go celebrity-spotting, this is the place to be. Regulars include Ali Zafar, Shaan, Meera among other top artistes.

The M M Alam Road is all about high-end posh outlets. Starting with Salt ‘n’ Pepper Village — a popular family joint — to Zouk, Jammin’ Java and Hot Fuzon these restaurants are popular with the ‘hip’ crowd.