Chicken Biryani

Saadia Iqbal

For a traditional Pakistani/Indian dish, simmer tender morsels of chicken in a creamy, spicy blend of onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, tomatoes, yogurt, mint, cardamom and cinnamon. Finish by steaming with fragrant saffron rice and potatoes.

Servings: 7


4 tablespoons vegetable oil

4 small potatoes, peeled and halved

2 large onions, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped

2 tablespoons plain yogurt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves

Super simple Banana Pancake Recipe

I got told about this super simple banana pancake recipe at work.

It has only two ingredients - banana and  egg.

You take a banana, peel it, crush the fruit, add egg  (eggs per banana) and whisk before putting it into the pan.

Super simple.

I made it even simpler - instead of crushing the banana and whisking the egg in, why not stick it in a blender?

I did that, made the pancake and then remembered something really really important.

kind of a deal break important really: I am not a fan of pancakes.

Moroccan Lamb Kebabs

Skewered Kebab

Skewered Kebab
Skewered Kebab
Saadia Iqbal

Accompany your spicy grilled lamb kebabs with pitta for a mouthwatering sensation. Serve with fresh green vegetables tzatziki sauce.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cooking Time: 10 Minutes

Ready In: 30 Minutes

Servings: 6


2 pounds ground lamb

1 cup raisins

5 ounces goat cheese

1/3 cup mayonnaise

1 red onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

3/4 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander


Ground pepper


1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil the grate.


Saadia Iqbal

‘When’s Iftari time man??!! I’m starving!’ There’s nothing better than a delicious meal to break your fast now is there? So The Revival has put together some mouth-watering dishes for you to try out this Ramadan:

Chicken Manchurian (Dry)

Prep Time

20 Mins

Cook Time

30 - 35 Mins

Serves 2


Chicken Manchurian is one of the most popular Chinese chicken recipes, but it is usually prepared with a sweet and sour sauce.


Toasty Marshmallow Milkshake

Are you one of those people who perfectly toasts their marshmallows to a golden brown?

How on earth do you do that!? I don’t get it. You must have the patience of a marshmallow saint.

I’m a burn-and-blow kind of guy. Turn the marshmallow into a torch… blow it out… repeat.

The patience technique baffles me. In fact… I secretly looooove to brush my marshmallow torch against the slow rollers and set their marshmallows on fire. They totally hate that.

Marshmallow meets open flame… it’s important in this recipe. I had no idea that this whole Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake was a thing. Amazing. Spike Mendelsohn… that dude from Top Chef invented this thing. Nice work. High five.

Custard Recipe.

Always brilliant with a range of desserts. Especially cake. And disastrous should you get it wrong!


  • 2/3 tsps Vanilla Essence
  • 250ml of Milk
  • 250ml of Double Cream
  • 4 Egg yolks
  • 100g of Golden Caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp of Cornflour.

Step 1: Place the milk and cream into a saucepan and heat. Add the vanilla essence and stir. Bring to a slow boil and then take off the heat.

Step 2: Whisk the egg yolks and caster sugar and the conflour (this is optional for thickness... i like thickness. That sounds wrong :/) until pale and thick.

Chocolate Marble Cake = AWESOME!

Alot of people think the best cake is the chocolate fudge cake, id disagree. Its just too chocolatey to be enjoyed properly.

The best of both worlds. The Chocolate Marble cake. Its not too chocolatey and its not a boring plain cake either. Great for guests if you're looking for a lil something new and different... instead of the boring same old sweet dishes.


-225g butter
-225g caster sugar
-225g Plain flour
-50ml of Milk
-50g of Cocoa powder.
-4 Eggs.
-2 tsp baking powder.
-2 tsp vanilla extract


Step 1: Pre-heat the oven to 180'c and butter the sides of a baking tin. You can also use greaseproof paper (available at your nearest supermarket).

The Revival Feast: Al-Motubug

Irfan Israr Khan

Al-Motubug is a stuffed pastry with a delicious beef, onion and leek filling. It is a very popular and classic Saudi Arabian dish, yet the ingredients required to make Al-Motubug are easily available. If you are ever visiting Saudi Arabia you should definitely try it there as it’s absolutely delicious!

Serves 10


  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 eggs beaten with ½ cup of corn oil
  • 2 bundles of leeks (medium sized)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ lbs Minced beef
  • 3 eggs (beaten)
  • 3 onions (finely chopped)
  • Flour for rolling
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying


The Revival Feast: Musakhan

Irfan Israr Khan

In Palestine, a favourite dish made by the locals is Musakhkhan, a dish that is usually eaten using the hands and which literally means something of which is heated.

The dish is seasoned with sumac, a spice made from the ground dried berries and is sold in Middle Eastern shops, it has a slightly sour and tangy taste.

Musakhkhan is made by cooking chicken until tender and succulent with plenty of onions. You can use more spices, such as allspice or saffron, and garnish the top with fried pine nuts. Once the chicken is cooked, it is wrapped in shrak or marquq which is a type of thin Arabic bread.

Serves 6


  • 1 whole Halaal chicken (about 3 ½ pounds)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


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