Mixed Vegetable Pakodas

18. Mixed Veg Pakoda

ย  Anything deep fried is so synonymous to rains, right? I guess it is the Indian mentality – we want some deep fried goodies and some strong chai to go with the sounds of the rain. ๐Ÿ™‚ Since these posts are scheduled, I am sincerely hoping I get to enjoy some rains. Last year, during this time, it was really bad. Off the 30 days I stayed, I saw good rains for hardly a week. All the remaining days were either moody or just plain hot, with clear skies, making you doubtful if you have landed during the monsoon season. ๐Ÿ˜• My parents were saying about how heavy the rains were in June and my cousins were raving that it was good enough in July, so as this post goes public, I am hoping for the best. ๐Ÿ˜€ ย  Meanwhile, I leave you with these delicious pakodas – one of… 

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French Yogurt Cake ~ Gรขteau au Yaourt

17. FYC1

ย  If I tell you this is the easiest cake I have baked, would you agree? I guess you have to try it to agree to me on this! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  The French Yogurt Cake is the first basic cake that is taught in a French household. It is said that this cake is made by using a 125 ml can of yogurt and everything is measured in it, ie. 1 measure of yogurt, 3 measures of flour, 2 measures of sugar and 1 measure of oil, thereby making it easy to remember the proportions. Even though I got the idea of this cake from David Lebovitz’s book “The Sweet Life in Paris“, I referred to a lot of posts on Google, especially on this one and totally loved how homely this bake is. ย Especially when you have guests coming in unannounced or if you want a no-nonsense simple tea… 

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Hara Murg Pulao ~ Green Chicken Pilaf

9. GCP1

ย  This happens to be HD’s favorite rice recipe. He is normally not someone who showers a lot of praises. I have keep my eyes open to see how much he loves what I serve, with the amount that he eats! ๐Ÿ˜€ There are so many instances where he has eaten very limited and then tells, “It is good”, giving me all sorts of doubts on whether it is actually good enough. But I have cooked this puloa a few times and each time, I have seen him hog and then literally unable to breath. ๐Ÿ˜€ Maybe, he really loves it… hehe… ย  The best part about the pulao is the green marinade. It gives a totally lovely flavor to the chicken and the rice as a whole. Try to marinate the chicken for the longest time for maximum flavors. The challenge while making this rice is the water added…. 

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Custard Pudding Cake

5. CPC1

ย  I had actually thought I would have no sneaky posts in between… hehe… And I had told myself not to disturb the schedule. Alas, I couldn’t control myself when I got the opportunity to be doing a post, since I have a lot of leisure time and some wi-fi at hand! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am writing this post not from my home town or HD’s place but from a corner of the Venice of the South, Kochi. Those who are regular on this blog know that I am on a vegan diet – though the blog doesn’t show so! ๐Ÿ˜‰ – and Ayurveda medication due to body pains and as per the doctor’s suggestion, I decided to take up the 10 day body treatment to speeden up the recovery. I had no better time than now, since HD is yet to come and I have my parents to take care… 

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Chia Oatmeal with Cinnamon Apples

13. COCA1 (1)

ย  Even though I am not a fan of oats as such, most of the time I resort to it as it is the easiest breakfast that you can make and ensure that you have some. With so many reports emphasizing on how important breakfast as a meal is for our overall health and weight maintenance matters, it becomes imperative to have a filling breakfast, how much every fast life may be. That reminds me how breakfast is a lavish affair back home, and how sometimes meals are divided into two – a glass of sulemani with ripe plantains, boiled eggs and biscuits to begin with and moving onto a spread which can be a full meal in itself. In a fast paced life like that of UAE, we are mostly dependent on quick fixes like cereals and oats. ย  Sharing with you today, a vegan breakfast which is easy… 

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Spicy Sausage Salad

15. SS1

ย  Starting the series of scheduled posts… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  This is one absolutely lazy meal! In an attempt to try make the kids silently eat salad, I tried making this one and what a success it was, whether it was with the kids or the adults! Sausages may not be considered healthy food, but at times I buy the fresh ones with the lower shelf life, as the taste is also much better. Totally packed with a lot of vegetables and some boiled sausages, and topped with very little dressing, this is one of our favorite salads of all times – I guess it is understandable! I love this salad with a big bowl of tomato soup and it makes a nice and cozy filling dinner, with literally no carbs! Off to the recipe… ย  ย  Spicy Sausage Salad   Save Print Prep time 2 mins Cook time 3 mins… 

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Naaranga Soda ~ Lime Soda

30. Naaranga Soda

ย  This drink gives me a lot of nostalgia. I remember having said it in one of the posts recently that HD is really fond of naaranga soda. The first time we went home after our marriage, it was peak of summer and since we weren’t used to the climate, we used to get tired immensely in between all the relative visits and walking. Even though I used to crave to have some exotic juices (read avocado or chickoo) or atleast a karimbu juice, he would always settle for this. He would tell me, it is cheap and best. ๐Ÿ˜€ And yes, it is! In front of your eyes, the “kadakkaaran” (shop keeper) would squeeze lime into the glass, add in sugar or salt as per preference, or both like I have mine, and then pour cold soda over it till the glass brims and sometimes some spill out too…. 

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Malabar Chemmeen Roast ~ Malabar Prawns Stir Fry

26. CR1

ย  The feeling of wanting to go on leave has never been so high in many years. Even though it is hot here during summers, I am fine with the weather, however this year has been the height. With summers coming late, only by early June, we thought it should be fine but it has been really unbearable. The humidity is at its sticky best, the air is thick with dust and standing in the kitchen or moving out in the mornings is a literal nightmare. While I hear that it is heavily raining back home with some respite here and there, I can’t but wait to go back and have my lazy days. However, past experience has shown that the rains tend to run away by the time I reach home. ๐Ÿ˜• Today’s call to D only aggravated my fears of seeing minimal rains. But still, as long as… 

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Aish el Saraya ~ Lebanese Bread Pudding

2. AS1

ย  Time for the Shh Cooking Secret Challenge for this month! I am paired with Priyaakka, who runs two blogs, her ever-popular one and another evolving one – I don’t need to say how excited I am to have her as my partner. Despite being such a seasoned blogger, she is a down-to-earth humble soul, who is always willing to help. In fact, she was one of my inspirations to start blogging. Of late, since she is looking out for her career, her blogging is a little slow, still she blogs at least four times a week. Prior to this, I would suggest to just take a look at the amount of recipes, especially her breads, she has on her blog – simply mind-blowing! I wish I would have the same zest to continue cooking and blogging just like her, InShaAllah… ๐Ÿ™‚ The theme for this month was “Monsoon Treats”… 

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DIY: Peanut Butter | Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

29. Homemade Peanut Butter

ย  After the almond milk and labneh, today is something we so frequently use – peanut butter. Peanut butter is considered to be good. While on my weight loss mission – that feels like ages ago now! ๐Ÿ˜• – one pre-gym snack that my instructor used to advise, apart from a banana, used to be 2 tbsp peanut butter spread across a slice of brown bread. It is considered as good protein. I am really not a fan of peanut butter but I like to have a pack anytime in my pantry, in case when the craving strikes. But ever since I have learned that home made peanut butter tastes good enough and is preservative free, I prefer making a small batch that gets done within a few days and then make a fresh batch whenever I feel like. ย  ย  Normally I love it slathered in bread, but even… 

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DIY: Labneh | Cucumber Labneh Sandwich

22. L1

ย  Coming to the second post after the Almond Milk… Yes, Labneh is not vegan, and I am not using it at the moment, but I do make it for the kids at times when I am in a mood for making shawarmas. ๐Ÿ˜€ OK, please don’t search for that recipe, it is not yet on the blog, but hopefully it should appear soon – how soon, I don’t know. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  Labneh is a staple in Arab cooking. You will see a lot of recipes using this ingredient in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and a big part of of Arab and North African countries. What is labneh? Labneh is nothing but strained yogurt. Once yogurt is strained off its whey, it attains a cheesy texture. The use of salt gives it a cheese feeling and keeps it staying fresh in the fridge for at least a week. You can… 

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DIY: Almond Milk | Biscoff Almond Milk Pops

29. AM1

ย  Time for this month’s 3 back-to-back! I have decided I may leave the series for next month and maybe even September since I may be in the hangover of coming back after vacations. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just an excuse, you see… Hehe… I guess you would have got it from the title of today’s post about what the theme is going to be – yes, it is going to be some DIYs that you can make at home plus a recipe that uses it. Sounds good? Like receiving a bonus, right? ๐Ÿ˜€ ย  The first I decided to do was how to make almond milk. Almond milk never occurs to you till you have a problem where you can’t have milk. I love milk, whether it is cold or added into tea or into my smoothies. Even though I don’t have any addiction, but I love my milk in any way…. 

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Mixed Berry Smoothie

5. Mixed Berry Smoothie

ย  Happened to read this quote somewhere during my casual browsing: “Nothing much teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.” There are times when I try not to ponder over that little part of mine that I have put to rest. How much ever fulfilled our life maybe, there is always a little emptiness. There is always a feeling of incompleteness, there is always a thought of something missing… That little space will continue to haunt us unless and until we teach ourselves to fit it with dependence on the Almighty. A belief in destiny and a faith in His Power will only help to lighten the feeling, that can get to gnawing us if we don’t learn to control it. Alhamdulillah, at times while thinking about the past, I can feel how much I have grown off… 

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Raagi Puttu ~ Finger Millet Steamed Hot Cake

19. RP1

ย  I can’t but think to myself how much we need to be thankful to Allah for all the people in our life. After the parents, sister and nephew left Wednesday night, the house has suddenly become so silent. The kids miss them badly. Though they don’t make it evident, we still understand it, right? Azza, as has been the scene each time they come and go, cried her lungs out at the airport wanting to go with umma. The drama goes on for around 15 minutes and then she is back to normal, as though nothing happened. Thursday was better but yesterday, the emptiness was eerie. I couldn’t even get myself to cook anything new to add to my overflowing drafts, thanks to the heat in the kitchen. But then I tell myself that there’s hardly any more days to go on leave and this time, I am really… 

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Strawberry Almond Galette

13. SAG1

ย  Let me start off by sharing what I read first thing in the morning today… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  Sometimes you dream a lot and then finally gather up your courage to make it! Hehe… That is the story of making a galette… Galette is nothing but a free form tart. The base is the same as a tart, the fillings are put in the center and then just folded in, and then baked till done. There is no blind baking and double baking like you do for a tart, just straight and simple… ย  ย  I am thankful to Him for making me stay in a country that has supermarkets blessed with strawberries abundantly. Thanks to my Azza’s obsession with pink, strawberries always make it to my shopping cart if it is on special offer. Most of the time we eat it up and sometimes it gets spoiled too. ๐Ÿ™… 

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Chicken with Kidney Beans

11. Chicken Mexicali

ย  Blankness seems to be the call of the day. Mostly when I open a blog post, I stare at the screen with an empty feeling, not knowing how to go ahead. Writer’s block, I suppose. ๐Ÿ™‚ Or maybe I am just overwhelmed by a lot of things around… hehe… I really don’t know. But since I am not in a mood to keep the blog blank, I will go ahead and do the post for the day. ย  I love combinations of lentils with non-veg, just like this Murg Chanay. As soon as I saw this recipe on Haffa’s space, I had to try it. Even the name she mentioned was so interesting. But when I searched Google just for my information, I noticed Mexicali Chicken was a totally different dish, so I refrained from using that name, instead just kept it straightforward. Hehe… This is just the type… 

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Tropical Sunrise Muffins ~ Vegan!

13. TBM1

ย  Time for this month’s Secret Recipe Club post! To review all my previous posts and read about them, you can check out here. I have enjoyed each and every post that I have been working on and this one was no different. Since I am moving for my vacation back home next month, I wanted to make sure that I participate in this month’s challenge. If you would love to join the challenge – which I would highly recommend! – then do hop on to their page and submit your blog. I am sure that you will enjoy the ride once you hop in… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  ย  This month I was assigned the blog, Cook with Sara. She is a Midwestern American blogger, who has been blogging for the past eight years, so you can imagine how much of a treasure trove her recipe index is! The very first… 

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Salted Cucumber Lassi

28. Salted Cucumber Lassi

ย  I can literally feel my energy levels down. In so many years, I have never witnessed summers like that of this year. The temperatures look normal – 43 to 46 degrees but the humidity is sapping. There is hardly any breeze and once you are out of the house or the car, immediately you feel as though a tap is on. With my family going by this weekend, we have been out for the past three days and it has been really tiring. We are not able to keep track of how much water we have been guzzling during the day. The weather forecast says the humidity would make it “feel like 65” :O I can’t even imagine what “that” feels like! May Allah make it easy for all of us… At least I am telling myself I am going to be off from here in a little more… 

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Green Baked Salmon

4. GBS1

ย  Life has been a mad rush for the past couple of weeks. Long drives, lot of moving around, lack of sleep coupled up with work is not helping me much, but I am enjoying the time till it is around. Sometimes, we appreciate what was ours only once it is passed, right? Having learned that lesson several times, trying to make the best of the day with the whole family around and making it as much enjoyable as I can… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  I love salmon, even though it is comparitively expensive to other fish. Once in a while, I buy fillet and sear it with salt and pepper, and have it loaded up with lots of salad – totally delicious. But as soon as I saw this post on FB by one of my favorite blogs, Blessings From My Kitchen (she had done a guest post for me eons… 

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Carrot Pola – Malabar Carrot Egg Cake

30- CP1

ย  For the past couple of days, it has been a disturbing time for a lot of bloggers. It was noticed that a very popular food blogger, who got her popularity in just around a year, was copying content from many successful bloggers, who have worked hard for the popularity they have now. None of us are walking encyclopedias – we all learn from each other and from many people around who influence us in many ways. Always give credit and never copy what belongs to somebody else… It hurts when your effort is taken and used by somebody else for their own benefits. Definitely, these incidents are not going to go down much, but hopefully bloggers will be more careful on what they do… Hopefully… ๐Ÿ™ ย  Coming to today’s post… A pola is, I feel, the easiest Malabari treat. All you need is loads of eggs and any… 

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Peanut Pasta Salad

33. PS1

ย  We have been eating from out like mad. During these holidays, since we would hit the road early and come back really late, we hardly cooked anything much apart from the biriyani. My sister is already asking me to make her some special since I haven’t made anything much, hehe… I mean, that is true… there is hardly any time to be making specials especially when time is so limited. I am hoping to make at least something before it gets too late, InShaAllah… One request that has come is for this mango cheesecake, which I must get doing soon… ย  From all the eating, at times we do crave for very subtle meals. This pasta salad is one of them. Last year, we had a small blogger’s meet-up, in which Asiyakka had come with a salad similar to this. It was so delicious that we wiped up the… 

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