food – HTV https://htv.com.pk Tue, 11 Aug 2020 08:15:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Here Is How You Can Help This World Food Day https://htv.com.pk/taste/world-food-day Wed, 16 Oct 2019 12:06:40 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=54746

World Food Day is observed globally on October 16. It’s an initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize that 820 million of the world population suffers from hunger and many more are malnourished due to lack of access to food. This year the FAO looks towards advocating for […]

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World Food Day is observed globally on October 16. It’s an initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize that 820 million of the world population suffers from hunger and many more are malnourished due to lack of access to food.

This year the FAO looks towards advocating for zero hunger along with creating awareness about healthy eating habits to counter the problem of obesity and overweight. The idea is to ensure enough nutritious food for everyone, everywhere.

And as a country that ranks 94 among 117 countries in the Global Hunger Index, Pakistan needs to do more and play its part in eradicating hunger and malnourishment. While the major responsibility lies on the government, we too can play our part because every little counts.

Related: Why Mothers Are Finding It Difficult To Breastfeed Their Infants In Pakistan

Here are four things we can do to help eradicate hunger in Pakistan:

  1. Hand Out Food Boxes

One in five people in Pakistan are malnourished. We see them on the streets every day or in our homes, doing menial jobs. This World Food Day we can give out food boxes and pledge to carry on this work throughout the year.

  1. Don’t Throw Away Leftovers

Many of us have the privilege to afford food and sustain a healthy living. However, owing to the easy access to food we have, we sometimes don’t think twice before wasting food. An estimated 36 million tons of food is wasted in Pakistan every year.

This food can be used to feed those who do not have the same access to food as we do, even though it’s a basic human right. We can hence, do as little as not throw away leftovers and instead hand them to those who need it.

As for restaurants and wedding halls, there are organizations like the Robin Hood Army that collects leftovers. All you have to do is call them and they will send in their trucks to collect food. One call can make a huge difference to the lives of those who sleep hungry, almost everyday.

  1. Eat Healthy

The World Food Day doesn’t only look towards eradicating hunger but also obesity. There is an increasing instance of obesity in Pakistan, with nearly 9 million adults being obese.

Our eating habits directly affects our lifestyles and perhaps it’s time to change them for the better.

  1. Pledge To Contribute To A Charity

There are many not-for-profit organizations that work towards feeding homeless or underprivileged people in Pakistan. If we can’t do as much as go out ourselves and hand over food boxes, we should donate to such charities, like the Saylani Welfare Trust, who would do that for us.

A little monthly contribution can go a long way.

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How to Avoid Falling Sick During a Vacation https://htv.com.pk/health/sick-during-a-vacation Tue, 25 Jun 2019 13:15:53 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=45105

Going on a vacation comes with a lot of anxiety. Packing, unpacking and packing again. Making sure all our travel documents are in order. Making an itinerary we know we won’t follow. And if you are traveling with kids, then boy is that a whole different level of anxiety on its own! Not even going […]

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Going on a vacation comes with a lot of anxiety. Packing, unpacking and packing again. Making sure all our travel documents are in order. Making an itinerary we know we won’t follow.

And if you are traveling with kids, then boy is that a whole different level of anxiety on its own! Not even going to go there.

But one other thing that stresses us out is the ‘what-if’ of falling sick. We pack antibiotics and other anti-allergy tablets to avoid falling sick and ruining our vacation. But what if we can avoid falling sick all together.

Here are some easy tips that can help you can steer away from catching that bacteria:

Prep for the vacation

Preparing yourself for your next big (or small) vacation doesn’t just mean packing the right things but also preparing your body for it. Sleep for at least 8 hours for nights before you leave. Drink lots of fluids to keep your body hydrated.

And if you are leaving the country then don’t forget to get recommended vaccinations before you travel.

Related: Beat Stress By Taking A Mini Vacation To These Places In Pakistan

Wash your hands

We know, we know, this is something we have been told ever since we were little but the problem is that we still tend to forget this.

So, while we may be lazy in our own homes or country, it is important to remember to wash our hands in a foreign land. And no just simply using that hand sanitizer you bought from that fancy place isn’t enough. The good old sabun is the real deal. Rinse. Scrub. Repeat.

Drink bottled water

Some countries pride themselves for being clean and hygienic. They may also have potable water fountains. While all that is good, we suggest drinking bottled water to avoid falling sick.

Related: 7 Vacation Destinations In Pakistan That You Just Can’t Miss

If you are living in a hotel then the room service will fix your bottled water supply every day. You can carry these bottles wherever you go or perhaps purchase them, and consider the amount spent on taking care of yourself.

Because we know us desis spend huge sums on trying exotic cuisines abroad but become stingy when it comes to paying those extra dollars on a bottled water. Got to stop that.

Pro tip: Drink lots of fluids and stay hydrated.

Sleep enough

Most of us believe in tiring ourselves out when at a vacation because we want to be on the move all the time. While it is important to keep tabs of that check-list we have of places to visit and things to do, it is also important to give ourselves some time out.

Tiring our body and mind only makes us vulnerable to falling prey to bacteria in the air as our body’s defense mechanism weakens. So, let’s give ourselves some time to sleep for at least six hours per day as white blood cells in our body increase while we are asleep.

Don’t eat everything

As much as we know that part of traveling is having that wholesome street food at a local market, more often than not, that same food makes us sick.

So be mindful of what you eat and avoid having contaminated food. This means try and ensure, as much as you can, that whatever you eat is fresh, cooked properly and served hot.

If you have any other helpful tips, please share them in the comments below.

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What Is A Picnic Without Great Food? Here’s What You Need https://htv.com.pk/taste/picnic-basket-essentials Thu, 20 Jun 2019 11:54:18 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=45045

It was International Picnic Day this week- and us Pakistanis, we love a good picnic. Granted that our picnics are perhaps a tad bit more elaborate than a regular picnic in the park, but that doesn’t change the fact that a picnic is all about the food. Based on the food pickings of your average […]

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It was International Picnic Day this week- and us Pakistanis, we love a good picnic. Granted that our picnics are perhaps a tad bit more elaborate than a regular picnic in the park, but that doesn’t change the fact that a picnic is all about the food. Based on the food pickings of your average Pakistani and the fact that it’s most likely going to be hot- we’ve put together a list of goodies that won’t spoil too quickly and will be enjoyed by everyone, just in case you’re celebrating over the weekend!

Bakery Chips and Salsa

But of course! They’re the simplest yet most essential combo snack in any picnic/party. Get a couple of jars of local salsa (as good as the fancy imported ones) and pop them open once you’re at your destination. Chips are a running item throughout any picnic.

Also Read: 10 things that make us desis happy on the inside

Sandwiches

No picnic is complete without sandwiches. You can make them as gourmet as you like or keep them simple. There are three things you need to consider when making sandwiches: the bread, the filling and durability of the filling.

Here’s a simple table you can follow to create the sandwich best suited for you:

How to make the perfect sandwich for the summer

Fruit

Take fruit that does not need to be peeled or cut in advance. Something that has its own casing- bananas, apples, pears, oranges, mangos, apricots are good options. Avoid grapes, plums and berries as they’re softer and can go bad quickly. If you have a cooler for drinks, then it’s a good idea to store your fruit in it too.

Plain Tea Cake

NO FROSTING. Hate me for saying it but you’ll thank me later when you’re mess-free and don’t need a thousand tissues, disposable spoons, etc. just for a bit of cake. Opt for mess-free options like: pound cake, marble cake or banana bread.

Lemonade

No amount of soda is going to quench your thirst on a hot day. So make some lemonade and freeze your bottles the night before so it stays nice and cool for your picnic.

Related: 5 healthy drinks that will have you pumped for the summer

Roast chicken

The thing about roast chicken is that you can make it a day in advance and keep it in the fridge. Slice it or keep it whole for your picnic- but rest assured that it’ll be an absolute hit. Try not to keep fried chicken, considering it’ll be an oily, soggy mess by the time you get to eat it.

Baked Spaghetti

Another filling option you can opt for is baked spaghetti. Make a normal batch of spaghetti with marinara sauce, top with cheese and bake. What happens when you bake spaghetti is that the pasta release some of its starch and holds the sauce together. So when you serve it, it’ll more or less hold its shape and not be a sloppy mess that you can only eat with forks on a table. Plus, it’s delicious.

What essentials do you take for picnics? Let us know in the comments.

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Easy Recipes To Make For Your Children While You’re Fasting https://htv.com.pk/healthy-recipes/easy-recipes-for-children Wed, 15 May 2019 06:36:34 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=44538

The perks of Ramazan are plenty. One of them is that your day doesn’t have to be as fast-paced as it usually is. You can sleep in a little, work a little less and generally unwind- just a little. Right? Sure, as long as you don’t have kids. Kids tend to make sure that you […]

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The perks of Ramazan are plenty. One of them is that your day doesn’t have to be as fast-paced as it usually is. You can sleep in a little, work a little less and generally unwind- just a little. Right? Sure, as long as you don’t have kids.

Kids tend to make sure that you do not get any lazy days, and add the fact that school is off- you have yourself a regular day of regular chaos, only in Ramazan when you happen to be fasting. #Blessed.

RELATED: 5 Activity Ideas Mothers Can Enjoy With Their Kids

The one thing that seems to be of most inconvenience is whipping up breakfast/lunch/snacks in the heat when you’re feeling a little woozy. So we’ve put together a list of quick, kid-friendly dishes (and tips) that will be your saving grace this month.

*Remember, the key here is to make sure your kids are fed with minimal effort- not how to get the maximum amount of Vitamins A, B and C, iron, fiber and calcium into one meal.

What you can do in advance

  • Shred a LOT of cheese and freeze in a Ziploc bag.
  • Marinate boneless chicken with tikka masala, or a tandoori chicken masala; divide into smaller servings and freeze.
  • Buy fish fillets, clean and freeze. All you need to do with these is dip in flour, egg and seasoned breadcrumbs and fry.
  • Stock up on frozen parathas- whole wheat parathas are also available in the market now which may be a preferred choice for parents.
  • Stock up on other frozen foods: fries, frozen vegetables, chicken chunks, etc.
  • Buy uncooked pasta: macaroni, spaghetti, etc.
  • Buy marinara sauce or tomato puree for a quick sauce.

RELATED: 6 Innovative Toast Recipes To Help You Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle On A Budget!

Frozen parathas FTW

Frozen parathas and I are the best of friends this month. They offer a great base for many dishes and are good with some reheated salan from the night before. Here are some things you can whip up using frozen parathas:

  • Pizza paratha: pizza sauce (ketchup works too), shredded cheese, chicken chunks (use from leftovers or defrost some ready-to-eat chunks), any veggies you have available in the fridge. Throw everything on top of the paratha, fold and leave in the frying pan over low heat until the cheese melts. Et Voila!
  • Paratha rolls: Use the chutney you’re going to prep for iftar anyway. If you took the time to marinate some tikka chunks, pan fry them and add to the paratha; you can use pre-made seekh kababs too. Roll it up. Hand it to your child and take a nap.
  • Paratha, nutella, banana, nuts- don’t judge.

Eggs for days

I will refrain from the number of typical phrases that people use when talking of eggs: (anday ka funda, eggcellent, eggsactly, eggcetera). Wow, I really couldn’t help it.

Anyway, eggs are great. Especially because you don’t need to defrost them and they have a cook time of two-minutes. Here’s what you can do:

  • Anda paratha
  • French toast
  • Egg sandwiches with cheese
  • Khageena– add whichever veggies you have on hand. Spinach is a great choice.
  • Cheese omelette- always a winner

Read: The Best Recipe For Khageena- Pakistani Style Scrambled Eggs

Pasta la vista baby

Pasta is one of the most versatile ingredients to work with. It can be fancy-gourmet, or super simple. Here are a few ideas on how you can make pasta with the least amount of effort:

  • Spaghetti, doused in ready-made marinara sauce. All you need to do is boil a small serving of spaghetti, and toss in a few tablespoons of heated marinara. Add olives and cheese, chicken chunks or ready to eat meatballs.
  • Mac and cheese: butter, flour, milk, mustard powder, salt, pepper and cheddar cheese- that’s IT. Boil some macaroni and fold through, maybe add some broccoli if you’re feeling a little extra. Even better, blend some steamed broccoli and mix in the sauce- they will never know.
  • Chow mein: egg noodles cook faster than regular spaghetti. Carrots, cabbage, a few typical Chinese sauces and you’re out of the kitchen before you know it. (side note: fried rice is equally easy, using leftover rice). Get a bag of frozen veggies and use them for chow mein and fried rice.

Read: Pakistani Style Chicken Chow Mein Recipe

Sandwich it

  • Shami kabab sandwich
  • Cheese sandwich
  • Faux club sandwich (a quick omelette for one layer, some tomatoes and chicken spread on the other)
  • Peanut butter and banana sandwich
  • French toast sandwich
  • Hunter beef sandwich

You get my point. Use brown bread, I’ve noticed that kids don’t really notice the difference (unless it’s multigrain, then you’re in trouble mama)

 

What do you guys whip up for your kids when you would much rather be asleep? Let us know!

 

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5 Food Blogs You Need to Follow This Ramazan https://htv.com.pk/taste/food-blogs-ramazan Mon, 29 Apr 2019 07:05:44 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=44069

The one thing I look forward to in Ramazan is all the food I’m going to eat. As oxymoronic as that is, don’t judge me because I know you do too! Iftar is an opportunity to try all different kinds of mouth-watering delights and eat until you can’t anymore. So, I’ve scoped through all our […]

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The one thing I look forward to in Ramazan is all the food I’m going to eat. As oxymoronic as that is, don’t judge me because I know you do too!

Iftar is an opportunity to try all different kinds of mouth-watering delights and eat until you can’t anymore. So, I’ve scoped through all our local food blogs to bring you the best ones. Whether you are looking to try cooking new things or just eat them, here are five blogs you don’t want to miss out on this Ramazan!

@TheSpaghettiBlog

Not only does this blog have incredible aesthetics, Sanodia, the person behind this blog, tries out yummy new recipes that you can make in less than half an hour AND brings you authentic food reviews. One could scroll down this blog for hours and not get tired. Just hungrier and hungrier.

@Recipe52

If you don’t particularly like cooking, but end up having to do it, this blog is for you! It has quick and incredible, authentic, desi recipes (along with many others), easy picture tutorials with step-by-step instructions and fulfilling results that leave you wanting more even if you can’t take any!

Related: How To Avoid Indigestion During Ramadan

Pro tip: Their chapli kababs are the best thing you will ever make! Tried and tested.

@ThisMuslimgirlBakes

While not based locally, she is a Pakistani girl bringing us baked wonders that we definitely do not want to miss. She bakes the perfect blend of South Asian and continental, but you will also find original desi and non-desi recipes on her blog! My personal favorite is her quick and easy recipe for quiches which is perfect for Ramazan!

@GhazalaKePakwan

This blog is perfect for you, if you’re looking to step out of your comfort zone and try out some authentic Pakhtun dishes! Ghazala, an incredible chef, wife and mother, makes Pakhtun cooking look easy with step-by-step videos. She also posts about yummy quick snacks you can make and share with your family!

@KarachiFoodTales

If you’re the type that doesn’t like to cook and just eat instead, then this blog is tale-ored just for you. A literal Karachi food guide for those looking to eat out for iftar this Ramazan, it brings you all the best and worst places to eat along with how much of a dent it’ll cause in your pocket!

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📍Hot n' Pepper 🍢Reshmi Kababs 📊9/10 💰Rs.370 Sometimes the best desi food are found on the roadside and Hot n' pepper is a living proof. Reshmi kababs in its true desi form- tantalizing aromas and perfectly balanced spices incorporated into that juicy succulent meat. Hot n' pepper is easily our go to bbq place, super delicious and easy on the pocket! Now on a hunt for a good Nihari place, drop your suggestions in the comment section below☺️ P.S This place does not have any sitting area, you'll have to gobble it all up in your 🚘 . . . . . . . #food #foodporn #foodie #blogger #blogging #pakistan #f4f #instagood #picoftheday #karachi #eat #cuisine #burger #cheese #chicken #beef #desi

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Related: Ramadan Tips: How To Keep Yourself Hydrated All Day Long

This is our list but we would like to hear from you as well. What food blogs do you love to follow? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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