Menu: Pakistan (& Giveaway)

Whenever I cooked our Pakistani Global Table, our little family was swimming in sweat. Each day soared well over 100F (at times over 110F) and my air conditioner had all but decided to go the way of the puffin. So please forgive me if the menu feels a bit summery – a bit light on, well, cooking. While simmering curries for hours are a wonderful hobby for the bone-cold winters of Pakistan, I still managed to eek out a beautiful Pakistani menu for summer livin’ here in Oklahoma (with the exception being the coffee, if only because it whips up in a flash).

Interestingly, the island nation of Palau (up next week on our Global Table Adventure) eats very similar food, so stay tuned for more options (I’m thinkin’ there’ll be a tandoori dish… and who knows what else!).

All three of this week’s recipes were inspired by Laura Kelley’s Silk Road Gourmet. The recipes and the meal review will be posted throughout the week.

Garlic Basmati Rice with Pine Nuts  [Recipe]
Take everything you love about garlic knots and put it in rice. You’ll get a real garlic kick with this rice dish popular all over southwest Asia…  our variation, cooked with ghee and sprinkled liberally with cilantro, gives it a distinct Pakistani edge.

Pakistani Mixed Bean Salad [Recipe]
You can thank Pakistan for this great potluck dish. Forget the tired three bean salad of canned food fame. This one is bright and just a little spicy – made with chickpeas, northern white beans, chili pepper, onion and cilantro. Finished with bright lemon juice and a dusting of garam masala.

Pakistani Coffee with Cinnamon & Cardamom [Recipe]
Escape to milky coffee bliss, made dreamy with the addition of sugar, cinnamon stick, and fresh cardamom pods. Pakistani coffee involves some frothing, smiling and sipping. (All of those at the mouth, except the first one. Of course.)


Let’s go potluck crazy. It’s that time of year – back to school, back to the grind, back to whatever it is you like to do when summer slides out of sight.

Hopefully among those things you like to do is potluck.

This week, because I love, love, love the color red, I am giving away this beautiful red stoneware Potluck Baker. This rustic lidded vessel with wooden spoon makes it easy to share your favorite Global Table recipes with friends and family. It’s ideal for cooking and taking food to go in rustic style!

Personally, I think our Pakistani bean salad would be just lovely in this red beauty (and,as a bonus, the thick walls would help keep the salad cool).


Simply leave a comment answering the following question:

What international dish would you like to put in this baker and where in the world would you like to eat it?

Perhaps Käsknöpfle (triple cheesy spaetzel), which you could eat in the Alps?

Or maybe our Dhal Baht, which you could enjoy with a few dear friends at the park near your house?

Have fun! There’s no right or wrong answers.

As always, *bonus entries* will be provided for those that tweet this giveaway with hashtag #globalgiveaway and/or share it on Pinterest and Facebook. 


*Winner from this week’s Pakistani Menu Giveaway was selected at random by There were lots of great ideas for how to fill the potluck baker.  Congratulations to Christina, who said:

“If a genie in a bottle gave me 1 wish, I would put Peruvian pollo a la brasa & lomo saltado in it & have a picnic lunch at Machu Picchu or anywhere in the Andes in Peru or Ecuador. A big chunk of my heart got left in Peru & I really, really want to go back. Plus, the food is amazing.”

Please email me to claim your prize.


One comment will be selected at random. Winner will be announced in the Monday Meal Review.  Contest closes Monday morning 8/20/12. Must claim prize by 8/25/12, at midnight. There are no sponsors for this giveaway. I just wanted to share some potluck love, from me to you. Enjoy!


  1. Megan says

    I would put any of your recipes in it! I would like to travel to India or Bali. I read Eat, Pray, Love a few months ago and fell in love with the idea of just getting up and GOING!

  2. Heather says

    Sweet pumpkin porridge with rice balls and red beans right here at home with my family on a cool October day.

  3. Leah Bond says

    Oh! I would love to put any rajmah or bhindi masala, or muttar paneer (oh the options~!) in this beautiful dish and have a quiet dinner at the park with some good friends! (I already have a few friends picked out :D)

  4. Susan Rawlings says

    Kalua Pig and Rice……pot luck style……Hamoa Beach,Hana,Maui Hawaii with great friends and family…ps I make your El Salvadorean Quesadilla for my Salvadorean husband and in laws…they say its the best very authentic thanks…I’ll be sorry when you are all done

  5. Theresa Garton says

    Hmmm, which one? Why of course, I would have to try several of your recipes in that beautiful pot! 😉

  6. elisa waller says

    I think I might potluck the Balkan Baked Beans I love how slow cooked the onions in that dish…with some sides of fresh could be delicious…P.S> this basmati rice dish with pines nuts sounds sooooo yummy..I love pine nuts in almost anything..

  7. annaclarice says

    A beautiful corned beef and cabbage from Ireland, some lovely Korean Short-ribs, a stunning mole from Mexico, and the list goes on.

  8. Marie Delaplace says

    What a beautiful dish. I would serve some Czech Potato and Pickle soup!

    • Marie Delaplace says

      You know, I forgot to say WHERE, and I had my place all picked out! In Grenoble, France. My grandparents have a beautiful house (made of mud, it’s that old) and the soup in the Potluck Baker would fit right in there with them. Bonne chance à tous!

  9. Kendra says

    Any sort of curry – and I would love to be eating my curry in India!

  10. It looks loke a good way to carry any sort of goulash or thick soup (like a good curry soup). If the walls are insulated, it could also carry some ice cream (I happen to have some blueberry cardamom ice cream in my freezer right now. I know that Iceland was a while ago, but the blueberries at the farmers marker were quite recent).

  11. Meghan McCracken says

    A lovely wild garlic and rosemary lamb roast in Selston, Nottinghamshire!

  12. Christina says

    If a genie in a bottle gave me 1 wish, I would put Peruvian pollo a la brasa & lomo saltado in it & have a picnic lunch at Machu Picchu or anywhere in the Andes in Peru or Ecuador. A big chunk of my heart got left in Peru & I really, really want to go back. Plus, the food is amazing.

  13. Tiffany says

    I would fill it with a Tuscan bean and sausage stew and enjoy it in a park near the water in San Francisco.

  14. Leigha Huston says

    Jonathan and I have been talking about making one of your stuffed artichoke recipes (I’m thinking the Italian one). So maybe we could fill this up with a few of those and share with his roomies on movie night!

  15. Jessica says

    Rice. Or rice pudding. Or rice and beans. Or rice and lentils. Notice a theme?! As for where, I would share them with good friends old and new at our annual block party – Smoketoberfest! What a beautiful dish.

  16. Mary says

    That dish looks like winter to me. I would love to serve some beautiful pho broth in it to share with all of my family in the warmth of our home.

  17. Renee Richardson says

    We are trying to buy a house so I would love to eat the Smoked Ham & Green Bean Jollof in the kitchen of our new house with my hubby. Awwww. I’m so sappy but that made me teary eyed. LOL!!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway 🙂

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  18. Toni says

    I would put a Tunisian stew in it – marga – and eat it with my in-laws that live halfway around the world.

  19. Sleepyheadedmom says

    Would love to cook up some Paprikás in that pot and enjoy it somewhere in Hungary with some distant relatives.

  20. Rebecca D. says

    Hi Sasha,
    I would LOVE to eat Italian stuffed artichokes somewhere near the canals of Venice. 🙂

  21. Mama_Z says

    I’d (learn to make) tadig and go to Iran. I have never met an Iranian/Persian that I don’t like. Also, as a Jew I’d be more than pleased to break through the politics and have a visit there.

  22. When I saw this pot, I thought it would be just perfect for cooking a lovely Persian rice dish, with dried apricots, pistachios, and all sorts of wonderful spices.

    As for where I’d like to eat that, I’d dearly love to visit my old friend Shahlo in Kyrgyzstan – her Uzbek cuisine is one of the most delicious I’ve encountered, and it’s hard to stay in touch when she has to rely on Internet cafés to communicate with the outside world.

  23. Bosanski lonac 🙂 (Bosnian pot …basically fall veggies with meat that cooks until the meat is falling apart) and I would eat it on my late grandfathers land with family, while we are camping and making home made raki in the autumn. That is one beautiful pot :D.

  24. Nuri says

    I would love to eat a Moroccan tagine while on a hot air balloon looking out over Morocco. 😉

  25. Hmmm I would have said Saag or Palak Paneer, but I am now totally fixated on Garlic Basmati Rice with Pine Nuts!

  26. Marilyn says

    This gorgeous cooking pot just begs for a delicious one-dish supper! I would either love to make a my chicken, brown rice, black bean, onion and green chile spicy one pot dish we enjoy either as a stew or wrapped in tortillas, OR as Nuri said, a delicious Moroccan deeply spiced and slowly cooked chicken tagine, mmmm…where could be anywhere – I would love to visit Morocco tho’ – definitely! 🙂

  27. Kerryn says

    I would love a big ole pot of traditional butter chicken that I had 11 years ago in Lucknow India. I was there for a wedding and it was steaming hot but the butter chicken was gorgeous… and until then I had no idea that butter chicken didn’t have cream in it… but that the creamyness came from cashews ground and thrown in the sauce. it’s the perfect reminder of so many lifechanging moments that come with your first overseas travel.

  28. Julie Baker says

    I would make Julia Child’s Beef Bourgogne recipe in honor of her 100th Birthday in this beautiful “Red Stoneware Potluck Baker” and we would eat in out on the grass area behind our house overlooking the wonderful lake.

  29. janine says

    Tandori chicken! Can’t wait for the tandori recipie next week! And You know where I would be bringing a potluck!

  30. Joanne says

    I would make and serve Carbonnade du boeuf (Belgium beef stew with beer and onions) Great autumn meal.

  31. Joanne says

    I would make and serve Qaubili Pilau from Afganistan. This was my first meal for my own culinary adventure around the world. It is still one of my favorites. I would eat this great autumn meal right here in the USA, watching the sunset on Race Point Beach in the Cape Cod National Seashore near Provencetown, Massachusetts.

  32. Donna says

    Beef stew made with local beefalo so I guess that would actually be beefalo stew! Off to Germany I would go!

  33. Rebecca says

    Some kind of pasta or rice casserole! I would like to eat it at my grandma’s house.

  34. Heather Bosley says

    Homemade mac-n-cheese in London, after a day wandering and seeing the sights!

  35. Elizabeth Behrens says

    I would make the burmese ginger salad! All those flavors sound like they would be terrific together and something that would be easy to take to a potluck. Which is where I would take that handy-dandy stoneware dish. My friends and I hold potlucks every so often to stay in touch and I love bringing new and exciting dishes. If I could have that potluck anywhere in the world though, it would be in a SE Asian country I haven’t been to. Maybe Thailand or Laos.

  36. Elizabeth B. says

    I’d love to try Chicken Tikka Masala! I’ve never made it before, but I’d love to try it!

  37. Deanna Tirrell says

    The deep red makes me think of fall – wishful thinking in this heat! I have a favorite cassoulet that I love to make when my while family comes to my house! But it would be good in a cabin in the Alps, too…

  38. tami says

    Messir wot…Ethiopian lentil stew to share with family friends. Ideally in Addis, but is still a fun and tasty experience right here at home.

  39. shelby says

    I would love a yummy chicken and curry rice dish served right in the comfort of my own dining room surrounded by my sweet family!!!

  40. Heather Blazier says

    I have a fascination with all things India and have never been. So I would want to make the Saag Paneer (which I have been meaning to make ever since India week) and eat it in India of course.

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  42. Devangi says

    Hi, I would so so love to have a typical vegetarian dish from Gujarat (India) called “Undhiyu”, made with potatoes, sweet potatoes, eggplant lots of other good stuff..perfect potluck dish and enjoy it on any of the beautiful mountains of Alaska! yum! I am off to day dreaming..

  43. I would put either borsch from Belarus or bean soup from Luxembourg. I would love to eat it at the Red Square in Moscow:)

  44. Emily says

    I couldn’t pick just one thing- I would put many different global table adventure foods in that lovely pot!

  45. Leslie says

    So many choices; but for a potluck casserole dish I’ll go with a good and simple Chinese stewed dish. One of the first I learned in college from a neighbor. And since I lived on Sacramento St. right on the edge of Chinatown in San Fransisco, CA. this one is great for a rainy day .’Red cooked spiced chicken’ with plenty of chicken, green onions soy sauce, ginger root, star anise, dried tangerine peel, Szechewan peppercorns, 1 cinnamon stick, sherry, brown sugar( or it should be rock sugar to be authentic), and a bit sesame oil. So fragrant and warming on a cold ,wet day.

  46. Bridget H. says

    I would attempt to make the delicious french dish, Cassoulet. Ideally I would cook it in Paris, so that I could then take it to the Champs du Mars, or some spot over looking the Seine. With my husband by my side et bien sur a bottle of vino, we could eat dirctly from the pot, savoring every yummy bite.

  47. Kelster says

    I’d love some biryani! And funnily enough, I’d like to eat it in Pakistan.

  48. Christine Costa says

    Butternut squash risotto with sage…to eat on a crisp autumn day after lots of fall festivities like apple picking 🙂

  49. The Frugal Gourmet Jeff Smith’s Texas Chili eaten right here in my kitchen with my husband 🙂

  50. Kelly B says

    Definitely mujadarra with some fresh-baked pita up on our NYC roof on a crisp fall night.

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  52. I would put my Turkey Pumpkin Chili in it to serve on a chilly October evening, maybe Halloween! 🙂

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  56. Jennifer says

    I would cook Cracked Wheat with onions, garlic, thyme, chicken broth, and butter. At the end of cooking, add toasted almonds or toasted pine nuts.

    I would eat this dish in Saudi Arabia surrounded by my Arabic friends.

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