Sharmila Faruqi's recipe for chicken fillet red snapper is going viral

Sharmila Faruqi's recipe for chicken fillet red snapper is going viral

Lets be honest, this is all of us trying our hand at cooking in isolation...
Updated 03 Apr, 2020

Social isolation has everyone spending time indoors, taking up old hobbies again or learning new skills.

Sharmila Faruqi has been cooking up a storm in her kitchen in lockdown. The politician who, if you're on Karachi Food Diary, you probably know is a big foodie, shared a recipe for banana oatmeal muffins and chicken white karahi on her IGTV and fans were lapping it up.

But her most memorable video seems to have been her first, when she tried her hand at cooking red snapper with a lemon butter sauce.

See, in the start of the video, titled 'Here’s a video of my home cooking made by my maid and house boy!' (we're too tired to dissect this now), Faruqi says, "Today we're making pan-fried chicken fillet," and then picks up some red snapper.

Okay, we think it's a slip of tongue, no biggie.

But she proceeds to pick up the piece of fish and continues to call it a chicken fillet multiple times.

"I'm taking one chicken fillet because I'm just making it for myself...I've taken the chicken fillet and cut off its tail, divided it into two pieces. This is red snapper, it's a white fish, very tasty and we're going to garnish it first."

If you're confused, you're not alone. The clip has gone viral on social media and people have a lot of thoughts.

Ma'am what?

Great content for these lockdown days

It's a rare culinary technique

Eat your heart out, Gordon Ramsay

Talk about throwback

Should we be concerned?

That kitchen though!

Just sayin'

In the end, a lesson was learnt

Faruqi has since posted about all the hooplah surrounding it on Instagram, sharing that she's glad her slip of tongue provided people with some "much needed comic relief in these scary, depressing lockdown days":

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"At first, I was shocked, then amused and now happy. However, I had to request a few blogs to take the video off because of the unkind and derogatory remarks by some of their followers especially men. As a politician, I take that in my stride but my husband or my son definitely don’t. I guess we haven’t learnt much during our quarantine days. We still are so unforgiving to the slightest slip coming from a female more so if she’s a politician. We leave no opportunity to bring a woman down."

We love that she has the ability to laugh at herself and she makes a fair point about cyber bullies who waste no opportunity insulting women.


Zeba Farookhi Apr 02, 2020 05:52pm
I am sorry but is this a joke.
Bhaijan Apr 02, 2020 07:10pm
This is storm in a tea cup. Good job. And it’s OK.
Pakistan Apr 02, 2020 08:38pm
I am a critic of PPP, but excellent job by Sharmila Faruqi!!! We should encourage politicians for anything positive, and please everyone has a life outside their professional life! I have high respect for Sharmila Faruqi for being Creative!
Uzair Apr 02, 2020 08:41pm
Shehzad Ghias Shaikh's comment is right on point.
Raza Apr 02, 2020 08:52pm
She should feel a little compassion in times where a meal on a table for most is the need of the hour this PPP elite is making a joke out of this situation, depicts true feudal mentality.
rashid Apr 02, 2020 09:37pm
I hope the entitled, thankless elite class will have some respect and appreciation for the poor people cooking and cleaning for them everyday on minimum wages when their COVID-19 self-isolation is over.
Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Apr 02, 2020 09:40pm
Nice attempt to stay relevant.
Sami Apr 02, 2020 10:27pm
When does a chicken get its tail?
UFO Apr 02, 2020 11:19pm
Who is she?
Nk Apr 02, 2020 11:29pm
The Chicken Fillet with its tail cut, becomes Fish Fillet in seconds. That is the Hallmarks of total PPP corruption. Anyway Sharmila ji in the lemon butter sauce we normally put some flour too, to increase the taste and volume of the sauce and to get more crumbs.
Dr.Sadaf Apr 03, 2020 01:08am
These are our leaders, lawmakers, wow.
Dr.Sadaf Apr 03, 2020 01:08am
@Zeba Farookhi , no she is making the video very seriously.
Dr.Sadaf Apr 03, 2020 01:10am
Or leaders, cut off from the real world, living in a fantasy world.
Al Apr 03, 2020 02:24am
Seeing what her father ate under nawaz and zardari is visible in her rich kitchen appliances
Arun Apr 03, 2020 02:33am
This is her April Fool prank, isn't it, Sharmila? Imagine such lawmakers, no wonder.....:-(
Ali Turi Apr 03, 2020 04:31am
I do the same when I am a bit tipsy
Concerned Apr 03, 2020 07:16am
And these people have imposed themselves on Pakistanis as their rulers...
Cye Apr 03, 2020 07:42am
Enjoy chicken and snapper from looted money of poor Pakistanis !
LAHORI KID Apr 03, 2020 08:12am
Isn’t this thoughtful, people are worried about their jobs and livelihoods, schools and children, bills and payments, and you want to talk about a foodie and her chicken recipe ?
Torah khan Apr 03, 2020 09:28am
Why this mohtarma saying female/woman at every sentences of her 'perception clear message'? Asking for 'do kodi ki sympathay'? Pakistani quom don't spare any opportunity when it comes to troll. Doesn't matter you're man/woman. Rmember PMIK's 'Ghabrana nehi hay' or Bilawal's 'Jab barish hota hay, tab pani ata hay'. Etc.
medu Apr 03, 2020 12:09pm
Just look at her kitchen, Loot and plunder have given them all militaristic things but common sense cannot be achieved by wealth.
Sharjeel Khan Apr 03, 2020 12:36pm
@Zeba Farookhi The whole party is a joke now
Syed A. Mateen Apr 03, 2020 12:37pm
Preparing food or any kind of dish which every one can't do unless one has the technical expertise in preparing food, except, the professional chefs or the housewives. It will be good if Sharmila Farooqi should take professional training for becoming a chef from a government recognized institute, and thereafter, she can appear on any local TV channel to teach to the housewives as how to make and prepare new dishes and tasty food. Sharmila Farooqi being in politics is a known face and if she will become a professional chef she will gain more publicity which will also be beneficial for her while she will be contesting future general election. Besides being a politician and then turning as a chef she would further enhance the chances of establishing her own restaurant somewhere in an upscale area which will support her in bad times when she will not be taking active part in the politics. I wish her best of luck in her future endeavors and hope that she will consider my suggestions.
Rao Amjad Ali Apr 03, 2020 01:52pm
What do you expect from an "Omni" University graduate?
Jimmy Apr 03, 2020 08:12pm
It would be better if the video was about how to cook food in degh so politicians and rich can learn how to cook food for poor in abundance for maximum beneficiaries. Then perhaps the corona tiger force can get it to the people who need it the most.