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Monday, May 25, 2015

Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake - My 32nd guest post for Zaiqedaar Pakwan

Another guest post for the month! I have been receiving some requests and I am really struggling to provide them. Somehow the flow of writing is not coming by, but then I don't want to pull out of any commitments that I have already made, amidst a "bail" that I may take my own time! :)

One of them that I received was from Farheen, who started off with an FB page and slowly moved into blogging. I have been a follower of her page from the start I suppose! I feel amazed at her wide repertoire of authentic Hyderabadi meat recipes that I have lost count of how much I have bookmarked from her page and have actually given up on them! Hehe…

After giving a long thought, I decided to give her this delicious pineapple upside down coconut cake, that I had baked from a recipe from my big thick scrap book. I must say that this was one of the best cakes I had baked in a long time. I totally loved how tropical the whole cake tasted! To see the recipe and to read more, do drop by Farheen's space and say a "hi" to her! :)

What makes me even more glad is that it is her 100th post! I feel nice to be in her space on this special occasion... I wish her many many more blog posts and delicious recipes ahead... :)


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Kozhi Varuthathu ~ Malabar Style Chicken Fry

Time seems to fly so fast. I don't think this is the first time I have mentioned this statement as the beginning to a blog post. :) My elder one, Rasha turned 8 on Friday. As every mother would say, it feels like yesterday that she was born. I don't want to say the same thing, it sounds so cliched, though every mother would echo the feeling and every father would treasure it. Being our first child, we carefully named her so after my first two letter and HD's first three letters! :) Her love for cartoons drive me nuts at times, as she can watch it continuously without a break and I am struggling to break the habit. I am sincerely hoping that soon she will get bored of this habit soon! Being our elder child, she does feel at times that Azza takes away too much of the attention, and in fact, Azza is so cunning that she takes every chance to be the limelight. But then this is something that all the elder ones go through, which includes myself! Just like every mother, all I pray for her is to grow up to be a good and responsible Muslim and a human being, nothing more...

A very simple recipe for today - the way we fry our chicken. This is a no-frill attached recipe - just put in all the ingredients for the chicken and get frying! By the way, it is really difficult to find people who love fried chicken! I haven't been frying for quite some time due to the fear of dipping them deep into a huge bowl of oil. But once I got the air fryer, I have been frying chicken on and off. I am already thinking of frying a whole chicken, hopefully soon! :) Till then, moving on to this simple recipe...

Kozhi Varuthathu ~ Kerala Style Chicken Fry
Serves 4

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Spiced Banana Lassi

The last of the 3-banana-smoothie-series... and one with a story!

HD is very rarely at home in the evenings. One such evening, I was staring at the lone banana thinking whether to eat it or blitz it. Most of the nights, I don't have dinner and I was planning to make some lassi for myself. That is when I hear him on a fiery call - so fiery, that I could feel the heat at home. It is always easy not to approach him when he is not in a filthy mood, but I thought a little bit spice in a normal banana lassi would do the trick! I dumped all the ingredients into the blender, poured into the glass, clicked a picture for the blog (as always! Hehe...) and then went into the room, kept the glass in front of him and came back. Once the call was over, I heard some silence and then he walking back towards the kitchen to keep the empty glass back. At least, those horns and those fumes were missing after having this... hehe...

Spiced Banana Lassi
Serves 1

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Banana Kiwi Smoothie

After the Chocolate Banana Strawberry Smoothie, let us move on to an interesting variant...

Would you have thought of mixing up banana and kiwi? Banana is sweet, while kiwis are tart and can be irritating in the form of those mini seeds in them. Kiwi happens to be my sister's favorite fruit, I don't know if it still is! Ahem... so updated I am, hehe... Anyway, I came across this combination while browsing through a cookery magazine. Would you want to know what they called this combination? "Pleasure Smoothie"... While I was sipping into this smoothie, I was trying hard to find the pleasure and definitely it was in that ticklish feel your tongue gets when the kiwi seed bites come in, yet gives you a totally refreshing feel with the flavor of banana. I found it as an apt name, but to keep things simple, let us stick to a straightforward name! Hehe... Off to the way it is made...

Banana Kiwi Smoothie
Serves 1

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