DIY: Peanut Butter | Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

29. Homemade Peanut Butter

  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! 😕 – 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.     Normally I love it slathered in bread, but even… 

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DIY: Labneh | Cucumber Labneh Sandwich

22. L1

  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. 😀 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. 🙂   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

  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. 😉 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? 😀   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

  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

  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

  Let me start off by sharing what I read first thing in the morning today… 🙂   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…     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. 🙁… 

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Chicken with Kidney Beans

11. Chicken Mexicali

  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. 🙂 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.   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

  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… 🙂     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

  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

  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… 🙂   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

  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… 🙁   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

  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…   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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Mango Juice

35. MJ1

  Back after a long weekend… Eid has also come to an end. Everything just went on at a blink of an eye. The day before Eid is always tight, with hardly any sleep. We all pushed off to the Eidgah and the day was really humid that we all wanted to just go back into the car! After having our breakfast with relatives at our place, once they all dispersed, the kids and the men went into deep hibernation while umma, me and my sister started our biriyani preparations slowly while catching up on some talk. However, the excitement was broken with D breaking the news of the death of umma’s cousin’s husband the previous night. May Allah bless his soul and provide him relief in this afterlife, Aameen… In the mood-off, we managed to finish off making the lunch, which was fish biriyani and settled for a sober… 

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Mast-o-Khiar ~ Persian Cucumber Yogurt Dip

21. Mast-o-Khiar

  Today is Ramadan 30 – after long, we seem to be having a full month this year in this part of the world. The past week has been depressing. The Turkey Airport attack, the suicide bombing in a busy market place in Iraq, the Dhaka cafe attack, and then the two attacks in Saudi Arabia – one in Jeddah, and the most painful one in Madinah. All we can be reminded is of these verses from the Holy Quran: “And surely We shall try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives and crops; but give glad tidings to the steadfast, who say, when a misfortune strikes them: Indeed, we are Allah’s and indeed, unto Him we are returning.” (Surah Al-Baqarah:155-156) All we can do is make sincere dua to give all those who have been affected by the trials with patience, and ourselves… 

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Ambur Chicken Biriyani

3. ACB1

  As Ramadan draws to the end and Eid gets closer, many households slowly start the preparation for the festivities. InShaAllah, we are looking forward to a wonderful Eid, with the whole family in place and I guess we are having it this way after many years, so you can imagine the excitement. 🙂 Once we are done with our Eid prayers, we all gather at my aunt’s place to gorge on ela adas, cutlets, continuous cups of tea and unlimited chatter. This is followed by quick trips to my cousin’s place and then we come back to biriyani (mostly this one) and some paal pizhinjathu. We also catch up on some sleep since the previous night is always hectic and we wake up really early to get going to the Eidgah, the big ground where the special Eid prayers happen. The first day of Eid is always within the… 

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Ethapazham Madhuracurry ~ Ripe Plantain Lentil Sweet Curry

22. EC1

  As we roll into the last days of this precious month, it is a two fold feeling – the sadness that Ramadan is leaving us this time and the excitement that Eid is coming. Eid-ul-Fitr is Allah’s way of giving us relief from the tough days of Ramadan that we have had, at the same time, for some serious stock taking of how much we have learned from the month and how much of it can we move forward with during the rest of our life. It is a festival where we thank Him for giving us the strength, perseverence and willpower to submit to His Will. However, just like I stated, it is also a time for us to consider continuing the work that we carried out during Ramadan till the next Ramadan, InShaAllah… How easy it is to do, is totally upto us but with His help,… 

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Palak Daal ~ Spinach Lentil Gravy

13. Palak Daal

  Galloping towards the fag end of the precious month… and not feeling good at all! 🙁 Alhamdulillah, we are having a lovely time with my parents and InShaAllah, tonight my sister and her boy will join us, so we are all excited about the few weeks that are coming up. Time with family is always welcome and especially, when you have festivities coming around… Even the hot summers don’t seem to affect the spirit, isn’t it? 🙂   I totally love lentils. For me, it is a totally comfort meal. Normally, in Malabar cooking, the use of lentil is very minimal, like using it in masala vada or in this aubergine curry. Umma doesn’t like much of daal, so she used to hardly make them at home but once I was in charge of the kitchen, I started cooking it at least a week – yeah, I know my… 

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Rose Lassi ~ Rose Flavored Yogurt Drink

16. RS1

  During this Ramadan, I discovered this sister’s FB page. I must say that after sister Yasmin Mogahed, she is slowly becoming my favorite. After having lost her husband tragically at the helm of their beautiful life together, she has managed to channel her pain into finding solace with the Almighty. Do read through her page through some soulful insights. Nobody in this world is guaranteed a life without pain and many of her writings gives you a lot of positivity and hope. I sincerely pray that this sister overcomes her pain and Allah provide her what is due for her. This one comparing the fasting of Ramadan and the tragedies of life was just so apt… InShaAllah, planning at getting her book soon…   I must confess that after starting my vegan diet, the other thing I miss terribly after tea are lassis. You just need to put lassi… 

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Irachi Varattiyathu ~ Roast Meat with Coconut Peices

29. Irachi Varattiyathu

  Last Thursday, my parents arrived. Alhamdulillah, the feeling of having them back even though for a little time is priceless. There is a little extra joy coming ahead as my sister and her boy will join us this Thursday evening for a couple of weeks, InShaAllah… Looking forward to a fun filled Eid… 🙂 Ramadan is moving at a dizzying pace and somehow I am not able to keep up the pace. No wonder it is said, that “Ramadan is like a rare flower, that blossoms once a year. Just when you begin to smell its fragrance, it disappears for another year.” Whoever said this, has said it so true… 🙁   As I was going through the posts over the past few weeks, I have not posted any “serious” recipes as such. They have all been quick fixes – like juices, and snacks. I must say that when… 

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Vegan Wholewheat Oats Chocolate Loaf

12. WOCL1

  We are now on the last leg of this holy month. I have already mentioned in a lot of detail in my earlier posts on the blog, which you can read here. This month is believed to be the month when the Qur’an was sent down to the earth, and the last ten days of Ramadan witnesses a night that is better than a 1000 months, so Muslims stay vigil at night praying to the Almighty from His bounties. Unfortunately, I have noticed that many of us take to finishing off or even starting our Eid shopping during these precious nights, that shouldn’t be wasted at any cost. It becomes imperative on us to educate our brethren the importance of these days and how we must limit our other activities during this time. May He give us the strength and faith to make us among those who see the… 

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Creamy Mushroom Soup

32. Mushroom Soup

  Last week, I had the opportunity to host a week long of recipe sharing for a very dynamic group. The UAE Food Guide has been active on Facebook for the past three years and now they have moved to having their own page to promote their activities. It is a group of enthusiastic people, who have bound on the common love for food and bring in more interest in the name of food. From being a small group, it has grown to a strong 9K+ member community. The group committee is now into recipes, restaurant reviews and discussions related to food. To make Ramadan interesting, the committee decided to invite four foodies to host a week each, sharing their recipes to the group, giving ideas to the group members for Iftar and Suhoor. I am glad to have taken up the opportunity and interacted with the members of the… 

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