I Need A Favor, Guys!

expatblogcoverI am soo excited to tell you guys that the blog is now listed on the Expat Blogs directory! YAYYYY!!!!  I cannot thank you guys enough for supporting and liking the blog so much.. BUT wait.. I still need a BIG favor from ALL of you! PLEASE READ ON!

Expat Blogs is an international directory of all the blogs of expats, listed by countries they live in.This is an awesome site, if you want to look for local bloggers in your country. I am now (very proudly) listed as a Pakistani -Qatar Expat Blogger.


And that is why you must have noticed this Expat Blog Featured Blog badge on my website.badge-featured-blog-dblue-125

So, here is what I need your help with.. Please click on the link below.. and leave your rating and comments for the blog there!  You will see a comment box like this on the page (you will have to scroll a lil down )screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-10-29-51-pm

Do you think my blog has what it takes to be listed at the top of the Qatar blogs?

Please, please , please (ok enough of begging and pestering you guys, sorry for that), but please take the time out to leave your feed back here. It will mean SOOO much! Lets GO! GO! GO!

Here is the link….


P.S.  I love you all!😉

Recipe Of The Week – Mirchoun Ka Saalan

mirchoun-ka-saalanIf you have ever attended a Pakistani wedding, you must have tasted this finger licking ‘Mirchoun Ka Salan’, usually as a part of a the salad bar. Now you can make it at home.. It is super easy and adds a kick to any meal, be it a simple Daal Chawal or any fancy dinner party.

This recipe made its way to our home, all the way from Abu-Dhabi… from my cousin, who lives there… (I told you guys before.. my maternal side of the family lives to EAT!). So that’s all I know about the whereabouts of the origins of this recipe.. but it is one heck of a yummy mirchoun ka saalan, so I tired it and HAD to share it!mirchounkasalan7

Mirchoun Ka Saalan


  • 250 gm Green Chillies (Whole with a little slit in the middle, so the masala can go in)
  • 250 gm Onion (Finely sliced)
  • 125 gm Tamarind Pulp (Imli…, you can adjust it according to your taste)
  • 2 tbsp.  Whole Coriander Seeds (Sabut Dhanaya)
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Seeds (Zeera)
  • 3 tbsp. Ground Coconut (Fresh or dry, both would work)
  • 3 tbsp. Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 tbsp. Roasted Almonds
  • 1/4 tsp. Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
  • 1 tbsp. Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 Cup Oil (You can use a bit less too,I used about 3/4 cup and then took the extra out after cooking..)


  1. Fry the green chillies in oil till they become a little soft. Take them out and keep them on the side. (If the green chilies you are using are very spicy, you can discard the seeds..)mirchounkasalan1
  2. In the same oil, fry the onions till they turn brown in color.
  3. Add a cup of water to the onions and add the ginger garlic paste, salt and haldi to it. Cover it and let it cook on low for about 20-30 minutes on low flame..mirchounkasalan2
  4. In the mean time, roast the dry ingredients (Sabut Dhanya, Zeera, Coconut, Peanuts and Almonds) and then grind them into powder.mirchounkasalan3
  5. Once the gravy is a lil done and looks like the below, puree it with a blender (I use a hand held blender – just make sure that you take the pot off the flame when you do that..)mirchounkasalan4
  6. Add the roasted ground masala to it and let it simmer so the oil comes up (At this point, I discarded some of the oil, as it surfaced on top…).mirchounkasalan5
  7. Add the fried green chillies and tamarind pulp and simmer for a little more.mirchounkasalan6
  8. You can add curry leaves if you like.. its optional.. (I didn’t add them).

Wasn’t the easy? It is definitely a MUST try!  And by the way, this was my first attempt at, and it turned out perfect!




So enjoy this yummy tangy Mirchoun Ka Saalan…

and have a great weekend!



1st Birthday Giveaway – With Bear and Bee,Qatar

contestThe Blog turned ONE last week (read here if you missed that post) and I promised a SURPRISE for you guys!

So here it is…the Blog’s First Birthday Giveaway !!! In the last week’s post about Bear and Bee, I mentioned about a Giveaway that has been sponsored by the lovely Jasmin and here it is..dsc_0030

All you need to do to WIN this Handmade Sign by Bear and Bee, Qatar:

  1. LIKE this post
  2. Tag 3 friends in the ‘COMMENTS’ section


The contest is open only to the:

  • Facebook Followers (so if you haven’t liked it already go ahead and like https://www.facebook.com/diaryofaPMPmom AND https://www.facebook.com/BearAndBeeQatar/)
  • Followers in Qatar ( though you may enter the contest if you have someone who can collect the giveaway for you .. sorry ladies ..no shipping yet!) 

The winner will be drawn on Tuesday 18 October 2017 at 9:00 PM (GMT+3), only those who have completed ALL the giveaway steps will be entered into the draw.

Best of Luck!!!

Share if you know some one who might be interested.

UCI Doha 2016- Women Elite Race , Through My Lens…


Since it was the weekend, my daughter (who has recently taken the training wheels off her bicycle), wanted to go and watch the cycling championship. Coincidently, today was the Women Elite Road Race (about 135 Km) from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm.. So we both ventured downstairs to catch the excitement!  (If you missed my post on how the races are affecting the Pearl Residents, read it here..)dsc_0258

Though it was quiet hot during the afternoon , my daughter insisted that we stay and watch the race till the end. Worked well for me as it served my “hidden” parenting motive behind bringing her there.. inspiring her with these amazing women…dsc_0382There was such a fun vibe there, with lots of supporters wearing funky outfits, cheering and singing and shouting for the riders from their countries! (We supported everyone!) Such an energizing, electrifying and exciting afternoon it was!dsc_0390


dsc_0391We were 100 meter away from the Finish Line, and while there were so many people clicking their cameras away (including me), there was a very talented artist capturing the whole scene on his canvas! This just put so much soul (for me) to the whole afternoon! dsc_0393


So here are the pictures of the race that I captured.. Enjoy!













The next picture is what I captured, 100 m before the Finish Line of the Final lap.. and you can see that Denmark’s rider Dideriksen is just behind Netherland’s rider Wild.. and this is where the game changed and Dideriksen overtook Wild and became the World Champion of the bunch sprint race today!

The last 100 m, which was the game changer…


And then of course, how could we miss the award ceremony…




You can catch the highlights of the race HERE

P.S. I must confess that during this whole cycling event, all that kept popping in my head were the songs from the Bollywood movie, “Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander” (Lol,  I loved that movie … I know I know I am quite filmi, Tunna!).

UCI,Road World Championship Doha 2016@ The Pearl, Qatar


Last, week I was invited By WHATS UP DOHA team for their segment Breakfast with Zunira, which provides a platform for women from various fields and backgrounds to connect.WHATS UP DOHA is Doha’s First Social Media Networking site, which provides insights into the current events happening around Doha and much more!

Me, with the lovely Zunira Malik , the founder of  WHATS UP DOHA

I wrote a blog post about the current UCI World Championship in Doha and it has been published by WHATS UP DOHA on their site.

Here is the link to my view on the current Cycling Championship, as a resident of Pearl, Qatar.



Until next time…