Ramadan Meal Planning – Iftar

Yesterday, I did the post for Suhoor ideas, Alhamdulillah, so today I am going to have a look at the Iftar and after-Iftar meals. Iftar happens at the sunset, Maghrib time and just like Suhoor, is another important meal of a fasting day. The Prophet (PBUH) is said to have hastened to open his fast as soon as the call for Maghrib prayer would ring.   Sahl ibn Sa`d (Allah be well-pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “People will continue to be in a good condition as long as they hasten to break the fast.” [Bukhari, Muslim]   The sunnah of breaking the fast is with an odd number of dates, usually one or three. If not available, then it is to be done with dry dates or water.   At home, we like to keep our meals simple during Iftar. The… 

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Ramadan Meal Planning ~ Suhoor

I have been wanting to do a round up post since long time, but somehow I get so carried away with the drafts that I have. So I keep going on posting whatever I have to, but now I thought, with the month of Ramadan coming, why not I collect a few of my recipes and pool it at one place so that it becomes easier for all of you to find out. 🙂   “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous. ” (Surah Al Baqarah: 183)   Ramadan, I stress is not about eating, rather controlling your food intake for maximum benefit. A heavy Suhoor will not allow you to have a good working day. A heavy Iftar likewise will not give you the energy to go ahead with the long night prayers…. 

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Checkerboard Cake with Ermine Frosting and Chocolate Ganache Drip

  Today happens to be my elder one Rasha’s tenth birthday. Double digits… It is giving me goosebumps already. She has been excited since the beginning of the year, saying that she is going to be a teenager, but I corrected her saying she will not be one till the number changes to reflect the teen. She gave me a stare and accepted the fact that she has to wait a day shy of three years to get to that number. I thought as the girls grow up, it will get easier for me, however, that is not what is happening. As days pass by, I find them to be more demanding on me physically and emotionally. It makes me realize what I had thought till now was wrong. Just like every parent would do, all I can do it to tell her the way I can about life in general… 

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Be My Guest – Lahm Ajeen

Coming back to this segment after four months… 🙂 I am more relaxed now. There is no pressure on me to feature a blogger every month and ever since I have done this, I feel that it is the best thing I have done. It is not that there aren’t any bloggers who fall in my favorite category. There are many in fact, who I would like to come over and grace my space, but I thought I should give time for myself and have them around slowly, InShaAllah…   With Ramadan coming, I thought it is apt to feature a Muslimah blogger in this space. And all I could think of this time was Shanaz, who blogs at “Love to Cook“. I got hooked onto her blog quite recently, maybe a year or so. She has some amazing recipes, and is now more into making crisp videos that are… 

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Patates Lemonate ~ Greek Lemon Potatoes

  Potatoes, being my personal favorite vegetable had to be my next choice for the third recipe – Greek White Bean Soup and Greek Pancakes being the other two – under the theme “Flavors of Greece” in the Blogging Marathon #76. You might be wondering why I did not choose any non-vegetarian dishes to make for Greece. In fact, they have a plethora of lip-smacking non-vegetarian fare especially with meat. However, respecting the general participants of the marathon group who happen to be majority vegetarian, we simply opt out of doing it. Also, it became an excuse for me to be making more vegetarian fare at home. I am trying to restrict our intake of poultry and meat to two days per week and somehow, I am getting some acceptance for it at home. 🙂     The main star of this potato bake is definitely the lemon. My folks… 

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Tiganites ~ Greek Pancakes

  I love pancakes for breakfast. It is one of the easiest recipes to cook for a hale and hearty breakfast. Wouldn’t you agree with me? You can serve them plain, with a sprinkling of sugar, a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce… whatever you may fancy it with. While searching for recipes for the Blogging Marathon #76 under the theme “Flavors of Greece”, I had to check for pancakes and yes, there were! Tiganites or Greek Pancake are simple pancakes that are made in every Greek household in their own variation and is normally served with a drizzle of honey and crushed walnuts. More than the pancake recipe, it was the servings that excited me and got me into trying the recipe. 😀       Even though Google gave me variety of recipes that looked like normal pancakes with milks, eggs and baking powder, I… 

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Lefki Fasolada ~ Greek White Bean Soup

  Starting the next round of the Blogging Marathon #76… This time, I chose to explore Greek cuisine, under the theme “Flavors of Greece”. The only Greek recipe I have is an obvious Greek Salad! If you go through their food, the flavors are so similar to the Mediterranean cuisine that I was very sure I would have an accepting bunch at home for the food that I would cook from this cuisine. Considering my lack of time as I mentioned in this post, I decided to go for some very easy recipes to try. My pins kept growing since there were quite a lot of simple and straightforward recipes in this cuisine. Do search around for yourself for some amazing ideas!   The first recipe I chose to cook was this flavorful white bean soup, which I adapted from here. As I ran through the ingredients, I was wondering… 

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Orange Chocolate Chip Biscotti ~ Guest post for Priya’s Kitchenette

  I must say that I can’t sit properly on my chair while typing this post – I am really excited! 😀 Maybe because I am on the space of somebody who has been super sweet and supportive of me for a long period of time… 🙂   Today, I am on Priya’s space. My interaction with Priya started when she went on with the posting-one-recipe-a-day as she started her little space called “Priya’s Kitchenette”. Everybody keeps asking me how I post so frequently, but if you check out my blog, I really can’t do long stretches like she did – posting every single day of a year! Not surprisingly, her hard work was discovered and recognized by the Limca Book of Records. After this year, she concentrated on growing her blog and now she has her own event firm, which makes me feel proud of having a friend like… 

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Molokhia/ Mlukia ~ Chicken Jute Leave Stew

  After a few months of hiatus, the MENA Cooking Club is back with a bang! I am so glad that the challenge is back into its feet and hoping that it continues without any hitches in the future, InShaAllah… You can refer to my previous MENACC posts here…   This month, we were asked to explore Jordan. Originally known as “The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”, this beautiful country shares its borders with Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Palestine and is blessed with the two seas – the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. The country is a haven for people who love to learn history. The changes in the kingdoms over the centuries has made the country rich in the historical sense. Jordan is considered to be one of the safest countries in the world and has a thriving tourism industry, which unfortunately due to the unrest of its neighbors… 

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Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

  I happened to come by this statement sometime back. And it got me thinking… do we all stay in each other’s life forever? People whom I knew in school or college are no longer in touch with me. Some people, who I thought were lost, have come back to me. Some people, who I thought were mine, have been lost. We always live in the thought of losing some or the other relationship. This world is such that nothing is stable. When the Quran tells you that even your spouse and children are our enemies (refer Surah At-Taghabun: 15 and Al Kahf: 46), I like to believe that nobody in this world is ours to say. As much as you need to love and respect all your relations, within home and outside, we have to always know at the back of our mind that anything can happen to take… 

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Salata Hara ~ Arabic Spicy Tomato Dip

  Many of us are fond of pickles, in some way or the other. I am not a pickle fan, though I have a little while eating biriyani. Hehe… If you buy rice from the Arab restaurants here, it comes with a runny and spicy tomato relish along with it. Since the rice is normally bland without much spices, this sauce gives it a nice kick. I never knew what it was called and thankfully, blogging has taught me its name.   “Salata Hara” literally means “hot salad”. But actually speaking from Indian tongue perspective, it isn’t really hot. It is mildly spiced but so flavorful that it can give a plain dish a much given boost. What more, it is no-cook! All you need to do is to blend all ingredients and store it up for the flavors to mingle. The main base of this relish is tomatoes, though… 

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Musaara Varakiyathu ~ Malabar Wheat and Bengal Gram Pudding

  The Muslim Food Blogger’s Challenge is 6 months old! Alhamdulillah… it feels great to be going on. The group maybe small but we have a really enthusiastic bunch, that keeps the challenge alive. I am sure you will all agree that enthusiasm and interest is what drives everything ahead, and I thank Him for this little bunch of bloggers who make my life so easier to go on… 🙂   This month, we reverted back to trying from a blog and we chose to cook from “Shab’s Cuisine“. This blog is one of them that I started following when the cooking bug hit me around 7 years ago – yes, my cooking passion is pretty young, you see! 😉 I totally love her blog since she had some very simple recipes plus her blog was a treasure of Malabar recipes. I guess I don’t need to mention the amazing… 

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Pasta in a Jiffy

  You might be thinking – what a name! I didn’t know how to name it better than this! 😀 Ever since I discovered this way of cooking pasta, I have left aside the traditional way of making it. The original idea was given by Rini during her cook along segment in the UAE Food Guide. I have twisted and tweaked this recipe in many ways, and this is just one version. I will be giving some versions in the notes section for you to try.   Just keep a few pointers while cooking pasta this way: Know your pasta. Most of the pastas available in the market quick fast. Hence do not even wait for your pressure cooker to whistle. As soon as you hear the “shh” sound, switch it off and allow it to cook in its pressure. I have used Quaker oats pasta here, so I allowed… 

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Simple Tuna Stir Fry

  I have yet not recovered from the overdose of cheesecakes of the Blogging Marathon. 😉 At times, too much sweet can also cause you lethargy and laziness. Even though I am still the “BST”, I am trying to reduce my sugar intake gradually, taking into account my constant weight gain over the past few years. I don’t know if I need to “thank” blogging for that, but to an extend, I must say “yes”. Even though I make very small quantities of dessert, it somehow ends up majorly into my system and considering that I have a super cooperative metabolism system helps in adding up the flab all over. You will still keep seeing a lot of posts, since they are all from my drafts. I am on a mission to go on slow as far as my cooking escapades are concerned till I shed off a little extra… 

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Mini Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

  For those who asked me what I baked on our wedding anniversary, this is the answer. With the Blogging Marathon #76 being themed “I love, you love Cheesecakes!”, I had to make sure I did a cheesecake for our anniversary. 😉 And this was what I made. My original plan flopped so bad that I didn’t want to look at it for the whole day. We were left on our anniversary with no dessert/ cake. 🙁 Since HD isn’t a sweet tooth, I had no issues with not having any. We don’t make it evident to the kids about that it is our anniversary, so they were also not aware of the day. Strange parents, aren’t we? 😉 It was only in the evening when we were out for a drive did the girls realise and Rasha was like, “Ummi, why didn’t you make a cake then?”    … 

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