Bhoonofy: Frying, stirring occasionally, until all the water evaporates and the oil runs clear, accompanied by a ‘roasted’ aroma.
Chaat: A savory snack.
Dahi barey: Dumplings made with ivory white lentils and served in a yogurt sauce.
Desi: Slang, for the people, and everything related to the people of the Indian sub-continent and their diaspora.
Haleem: A dish made with a combination of pulses and rice.
Halwa: A dessert, usually made by stir frying the main ingredient in oil and sugar. Nuts and milk may also be added.
Hifz: Memorization of the Holy Quran in Arabic.
Karahi: A thick, wok shaped cooking pot.
Khatam: Occasion marking the completion of the reading of the Quran for the first time by a child. Also refers to an occasion when any number of people get together to finish reading the Quran in one sitting.
Kheer: A dessert similar to rice pudding.
Masala: Mixture of spices.
Milaad: Birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) marked by gatherings where stories from his life are narrated and poetry is recited.
Mithai: Traditional South-Asian confection.
Mash Daal: Ivory white lentils.
Nihari: A kind of thick, spicy beef stew.
Poori: A light, puffy flatbread made by deep frying dough.
Shahi tukray: A dessert made by frying bread and soaking it in a milk custard.
Tandoori: Made in a traditional clay oven, a tandoor.