The most exciting thing about Dubai is that it is a melting pot of international cultures. You find all kinds of communities here. Not surprisingly, Indians make up most of the population here, but you also have Filipinos, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Britishers, Spanish, etc. So, when it comes to eating out – the options are varied – from local Emirati food all the way to a Jamie’s Italian or Gordon Ramsay’s latest – you have everything here.
One of my favourite cuisines is Pakistani food. Its a little different from our North Indian food in that the use of spice is more subtle, the oil a little more than usual (but who cares when the food’s so delicious)! Moreover, while most of the ingredients are familiar to the Indian palate, the combinations can vary with each dish. One of my Pakistani friends here gets a rather unusual combination of ingredients – cauliflower with chicken, brinjal with mutton and the likes – but they work like a charm!
One of my favourite Pakistani bloggers is Shayma Saadat of The Spice Spoon – her stories, the recipes and photos are simply gorgeous! She is an international figure when it comes to showcasing the beauty of Pakistani cuisine. So one day, (embarassingly, last year!) I casually went through her blog and found the recipe for Shayma’s kofta curry and tried it out. And it was beautiful – clean, tangy flavours from the tomato complimented the soft koftas (meatballs) quite well. The recipe has been suited to my taste – a little more spicy than usual – and the ingredients I had at hand. The description below states what the original recipe requires.