Pakistani Pakora (Potato Fritters, Pakistani Style) | Becky Keeps House This Pakistani pakora recipe makes crunchy, spicy, buttery delicious pakoras (potato fritters). The best you've ever eaten, guaranteed!

Pakistani Pakora (Potato Fritters)

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Ahhh the Pakistani pakora!

Because it doesn’t get any more Pakistani than pakoras, my friends. With the rainy season upon us, the most Pakistani thing to do is eat pakoras and drink chai.  It’s practically our patriotic duty.  In commemoration of our beloved country’s 70th anniversary of Independence, I’d like to share with you a recipe near and dear to my heart: my Pakistani pakora recipe.

Vegan Mango Milkshake | Becky Keeps House - This vegan mango milkshake is also paleo, gluten free, and so good you’re going to want to lick the blender. What are you waiting for? Make this now.

Vegan Mango Milkshake for Mango Season

This vegan mango milkshake is perfect for mango season.

Mmmm mangoes.  Beautiful, fragrant and oh so tasty.  They’re practically nature’s candy.  If you know anyone from Southeast Asia (aka a “Desi”) you know that we are seriously obsessed with mangoes.  You want to make a Desi happy?  Buy him/her a crate (pethi) of mangoes.  Best.  Gift.  Ever.  You will make a friend for life.  I actually know a girl whose husband initiated his proposal for her hand in marriage by sending her family two crates of mangoes.  What a “sweet” proposal!

Besan Ki Mithai | Becky Keeps House - Besan ki Mithai is an irresistible Pakistani sweet made from semolina and gram flour. Easy to make and perfect for tea parties, family gatherings and Eid!

Besan ki Mithai (Gram Flour Sweetmeats)

My mom and I made besan ki mithai for Eid-ul-Fitr this year, and it was a great hit with our guests.  The adults loved it, the kids loved it, and even the most health conscious members of our family were grabbing an extra serving.  The funny thing is that it wasn’t at all what I had planned for this Eid and almost didn’t happen.

Ramadan Weight Loss Diet Plan | Becky Keeps House - This is the Ramadan Weight Loss Diet Plan that I used to help me lose an average of two pounds per week in Ramadan. Healthy eating helped me lose 17 pounds!

Ramadan Weight Loss Diet Plan

Okay you guys, it’s here: The Ramadan Weight Loss Diet Plan. Whattttt!  *Makes various gangsta-style hand gestures* Sorry, I’ll stop now. So anyway, in my last post (Green Tea Metabolism Booster), I talked a bit about my weight loss journey.  I told you guys about how I decided to take better care of my health […]

Green Tea Metabolism Booster | Becky Keeps House - This all-natural green tea metabolism booster recipe helped kick-start my metabolism and curbed my cravings, helping me lose seventeen pounds!

Green Tea Metabolism Booster

Are y’all ready for this green tea metabolism booster?

Technically, I can’t claim credit for this green tea metabolism booster recipe, because it was actually given to me by my nutritionist (although I have tweaked it a bit, as you’ll see later on). The great thing about it is that it’s all-natural, so you can serve it to the whole family. PLUS you can enjoy its other health benefits, such as it’s antioxidant power and immune system support. Score!

So before I get into how to make and use this green tea metabolism booster, I want to talk about what I was doing in a nutritionists office, and why I even needed to lose weight in the first place.

Best Loose Leaf Chai Tea | Becky Keeps House - This is the best loose leaf chai tea for that authentic, Desi taste. It’s smooth, with just the right amount of strength.

Best Loose Leaf Chai Tea

We had guests over, and I was nervous. This was not unusual. I was always nervous when guests come over. But what was not usual was the news we received that morning.

My mother-in-law’s test results were back, the cancer had returned with a vengeance. The original tumor in her large intestine regenerated, and so had the metastasised legions in her liver. The prognosis wasn’t just bad, it was freaking catastrophic.

But we didn’t have time to discuss the results, or even to mentally process them. My mother-in-law’s cousins were expected to come over within half an hour, so it was imperative that we get everything prepared for tea as quickly as possible. While they were my mother-in-law’s first cousins, they lived abroad and so rarely came to our home that this was considered a formal occasion. I wanted to make sure everything was perfect so that, at least with this visit, she could be at ease. They did not know about her illness, and she wanted to keep it that way.

Authentic Chicken Curry with Desi Chicken | Becky Keeps House - This authentic chicken curry recipe uses domestic chicken for a traditional, home-cooked chicken curry, perfect for family dinners or for unexpected guests.

Authentic Chicken Curry with Desi Chicken

In Pakistan, I was introduced to the concept of a heart-attack guest. Okay, so nobody else calls them that except for me, but a heart-attack guest is basically someone who drops in unexpectedly around a meal time. I used to panic over whether or not I’ve made enough food, and whether or not the food is good enough to serve to guests and that is from whence the “heart-attack” comes.

Everything Bagels: New York City Style | Becky Keeps House - This recipe uses easy-to-find ingredients for the best copy of genuine, New York City Everything Bagels. Authentic taste with a much shorter wait time!

Everything Bagels: New York City Style

Whenever I’m pregnant (which has only been twice in my life, but whatever, let’s make this a rule), I crave everything bagels with cream cheese. I think it’s the American imperialist in me, it’s like I need to encode the baby with half of my New Yorker DNA via bagel. So here I was, in my first trimester of pregnancy, and craving everything bagels so bad I could (and did, actually) cry.

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sticky Fingers | Becky Keeps House - These Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sticky Fingers are a tastier version of Street 1 Cafe’s Sticky Fingers. Crispy baked chicken fingers tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce, served with a garlic mayo dip. The perfect appetizer for your meal, or a tea time treat!

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sticky Fingers

Sweet and spicy chicken sticky fingers are basically breaded chicken fingers that are deep fried, then tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce (the sugar in the sauce makes them sticky). They are often served with a ranch dipping sauce. I really loved their taste and I was sure I could figure out how to make them.

Spicy Pizza with Chicken Fajita Topping | Becky Keeps House - This spicy pizza recipe makes delicious, Brooklyn-Style homemade pizza a snap, even if you don't have a pizza stone or peel!

Spicy Pizza with Chicken Fajita Topping

It was my first year in Pakistan after getting married, and I was expecting our first child.  It was the month of Ramadan, and the doctor had imposed a strict, no-fasting rule due to complications with my pregnancy.  I was depressed enough about being left out of the spiritual experience of fasting, but compounding that was an awful homesickness.  After ten months of being in Islamabad, I was missing my mom and I was missing the familiar taste of home.  In particular, I was missing hot, spicy pizza.