Friday 12 February 2010

Recipe for Strength

My mum seems to be struggling to recover from the injury to her hand caused by her skip in the recent snow. Her cast is off at last but she is still in a lot of pain and her doctor indicated that her arm would not be the same as before (she broke it, then fell on it again, and then carried her shopping home!)

I decided to take her some chicken soup around and make some of this mixture which a friend reccommended. The friend managed to sustain a nasty head injury when she fell off the back of a motorbike and her mum made this for her to help her recover and to gain strength.

Equals measures of:
Pumpkin Seeds (Char Magaz)
Cous Cous

I used 250g bags of each and ended up with a big batch

Break all of the ingredients down in a grinder and mix so that you have a rough powder.

You can eat it as it is and my friend reccommended that one spoon a day is enough as it is supposed to be strong stuff (and "hot" under the traditional Pakistani way of looking at food, so too much isn't ideal). I found it slightly dry, but decided it was medicinal so this was okay. My husband and mum on the other hand, felt that it needed taste, so mum has added a handful of ground "gur" or raw sugar to the mix.


  1. assalamu alaikum

    Do you mean 'khus khus', as in poppy seeds (in photo)? or couscous as in Moroccan wheat product?

  2. Assalam-alaikam,

    jazakh'Allah-khairun for pointing this out, I have never considered the difference, but you are completely right. Poppy seeds it is.