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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Mango Melon Juice

16- Mango Cantaloupe Juice

  As much as I would love to write something in every post, at times I feel like giving my head a breathing space. During Ramadan, your mind is normally packed with so many matters that writing an introduction to a blog post becomes the last preference. 😀 So please, let me skip it for today and head on straight to this delicious juice!   I guess I am going crazy with a lot of drinks on the blog. 😀 I totally love blitzing different combinations and if it turns out well, then it is clicked and uploaded on the blog for all of you, as well as for me when I want to refer to later. Yes, the blog turns out to be a diary of reference all the time, and I guess that is how many of them start their blogs initially. 🙂 With mango and melon both… 

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Baked Egg Toast

11. BET1

  We are almost approaching the mid of the month. Saying “so quick” sounds like a cliche. Every good thing in life tends to move faster than we would want it to. Each year, I feel a lack of energy as far as cooking is concerned! I guess this year, I have been limiting myself to making very basic meals and not testing any new recipes, despite having ample sunshine to click in. When I see pictures of huge Iftari tables floating on FB, I start thinking if something is wrong with me. 😀 And I realise I am fine… I am not used to making a lot of food, not even frying stuff every single day and the folks at home are absolutely fine with it. Just to ensure that they don’t get a feel that I am not putting in any effort, I try to make something simple… 

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Cookie Batter Granola

20. CBG1

  A month after the other seems to come in full speed, and I guess it comes faster when it is for something exciting! Even though I am very new to the Secret Recipe Club – this is my third post, I am seen excitedly waiting for the email to come and start my browsing through the assigned blog for the recipe of my choice to try! So here I am with this month’s post… 🙂   I was assigned a blog with a very interesting name: Join us, Pull up a Chair. Heather, who runs the blog, basically asks us to get comfortable, feel at home and to read on. 🙂 I loved the name, seriously! 🙂 She has a variety of interesting recipes on the blog and since I was somehow fixated at wanting to make some granola, since it has been a long time since I had… 

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Be My Guest – Bread Butter Pudding with Caramelized Nuts

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Hasn’t there been times when you are so excited that you are unable to sit steady on your seat? I am in exactly that situation right now… 😀 I am not able to start up an introduction as I am so excited about the blogger who is on my space during this blessed month!   I came across her profile in Instagram in the beginning. Such mouthwatering pictures and that too mainly of desserts – so that’s definitely the space for me, right? 🙂 Even I don’t make such sinful desserts since I am so worried about my ever increasing weight, plus the thought about the look of disapproval on the face of HD is a deterrent in itself. But that wouldn’t stop me from gawking at her pictures… I never knew she had a blog till I commented on one of her pictures and then man, the journey started… 

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Podipola/ Kumsi ~ Malabar Plain Cake: “Joy from Fasting to Feasting IX” for Yummy Food

22. Podipola

  Today we are on day 10 of this precious month. That is the first part getting over by today evening. The Prophet PBUH has said, “It (Ramadhan) is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness and its end, emancipation from the fire (Hell)” The days of mercy are coming to an end and we move into the days of forgiveness. He is always ready to accept us, as long as our intentions are clean. May Allah have mercy on us and make us among those who receive His forgiveness… Aameen…   This is the fourth time I am being featured on Lubna’s Ramadan event, which is entering into its ninth edition this year, MaShaAllah… I cannot express how happy I feel each time she invites me over this lovely space of hers. I still remember how much I couldn’t believe myself when she invited me the first… 

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Pomegranate Lemonade

16. PL1

  “O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire where the fuel is men and stones, over which are set angels strong, severe, who resist not Allah in that which He commands them, but do that which they are commanded.” (Surah At-Tahrim:6)   As much as Allah mentions Jannah (paradise) to us, He mentions Jahannam (hell) as many times – 77 times. As much as the Qur’an instills into us a positivism about life, it equally wants us to be responsible for each of our actions. Yes, things do happen as per His Qadr and He forgives us if we sincerely repent, but once done, it becomes imperative for us to think twice or thrice till your conscience makes it clear to you that what you are doing is not going to anger the Lord. There is another verse about hell, each time I hear… 

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Fig Date Smoothie

30. Fig Dates Smoothie

  ” I do not acquit myself. Indeed, the (human) soul enjoins unto evil, except those upon which my Lord has mercy. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.” (Surah Yusuf: 53)   Beautiful verse, isn’t it? A verse filled with remorse, with an understanding that the human being is inclined towards sin. If you go through Surah Yusuf, which is in fact one of the most fascinating history mentioned in the Quran, this was the statement made by the wife of Prophet Yusuf’s master, when she admitted of her sin of trying to seduce him. There are a lot of lessons from that incident that we can learn, including the statement that Prophet Yusuf made (Verse 23 in the same chapter) while trying to escape her advances. As much as we be ashamed of our sins, big or small, it becomes imperative to be positive about the Mercy of our Lord…. 

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Qamardeen ~ Dried Apricot Leather Drink

17. K1

  “(Musa AS) said, “No! Indeed, with me is my Lord; He will guide me.” (Surah Ash-Shura:62) This is the statement that our dear prophet made when he was a crossroad – literally. As he ran with his followers to escape from the clutches of the Phoaroah and reach the sea, which is obviously the dead end, everybody panics and he assures everybody of the help of Allah. How many of us have such stern faith, that His help will come irrespective of whatever is happening in our life? It is not easy, yet not difficult too. Even though we may never reach the level of resolute His prophets had, we are given the choice of always keeping them as our role models to turn our lives towards complete “Tawakkul”. I myself struggle a lot, in every sense. Frustration, irritation, helplessness always seeps in – that is the way we… 

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Bathakka Edichathu ~ Mashed Watermelon

34. Bathakka

  We are already on day 5 today. As usual, Ramadan seems to be flying in full speed. The summer is at its best – really hot and humid at times making the time spend in the kitchen very uncomfortable. I haven’t been frying anything off late, just the fruits and the dinner, nothing more.  Alhamdulillah, so far it’s been good and hoping that it gets better. The kids and I am really excited that my parents and my sister will be joining us soon by end of this month, InShaAllah… 🙂   This is a hardly a recipe I am posting today. Just another way of having your watermelon! I thought this was the way done in my house, especially with B – he loves to scoop out from a big bowl and have it this way rather than bite into a big slice of watermelon. I seriously don’t… 

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Harees ~ Emirati Wholewheat Mash

13. H1

  Ramadan is incomplete in this part of the world without a regular supply of “Harees”. I bet anybody who has been here will agree.   “Harees” is nothing that whole wheat slow cooked along with mutton and bones till nicely mashed. Umma would say that in those days (early 80s), she has seen the maids at the Arab houses would have a huge pot outside the house kept on a makeshift stove, with fire from dried date palm or wood and they would stir in once in a while to ensure it doesn’t stick. The harees would be cooked for hours till you are unable to distinguish the whole wheat nor the mutton. The bones that would be floating on top would be fished out and then the harees would be packed in casseroles with a generous topping of ghee, called as “smen”. These are then distributed to the… 

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Banana Date Crumble {No Sugar!} ~ Ramadan Guest Post for Muslimah Bloggers

32. Banana Date Crumble

  I am very excited, Alhamdulillah to be on the Muslimah Bloggers as a part of the month long Ramadan series, where you will find Muslimah bloggers from all over the world, chipping in with their views and their insights about this holy month. It makes me feel honored to be posting on this lovely platform that unites a niche yet strong base of bloggers, dabbling with a variety of subjects in a Halaal way. May Allah make your endeavor successful and everlasting, in this world and the Aakhirah… Aameen…   They had invited guest posts for this month and I quickly volunteered to post for the second of the month, which is today, Alhamdulillah. While trying to figure out what to give, my eyes fell on this “too-easy-to-believe” sort of a dessert. A healthy crumble, with two of my favorite fruits, and what more – no added sugar! To… 

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Fruit Chaat

11. FC1

  “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may ward off (evil);” (Surah Al-Baqarah:183) This happens to be my fourth Ramadan blogging, Alhamdulillah. Each time the month comes, it gives me an opportunity to let my readers know about the importance of the month. We as Muslims, celebrate this month as a gift from the Almighty, however difficult it may be taking into account the climatic conditions. But it is His Mercy that this month comes across all seasons as years pass by. So during a lifetime of a person, he fasts easily during winters and with a little bit of difficulty during the summers, however with all the benefits of the month. I have already touched upon the month’s benefits in my posts from the previous years, which you can refer to the archives, if you… 

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Erachi Pola ~ Chicken Cake

19- Erachi Pola

  It is good to see that the world wants to know more about the beautiful month of Ramadan, especially during a time when Islam is being battered more by its own people than by others, Naoozubillah – May Allah protect us and keep us safe, Aameen… How else would you explain this article that appeared in The Kitchn last week or this one on Huffington Post? 🙂 It is easier to understand the month when you are staying in an Arab country, since everywhere here it is filled with the “feel” of the month. You are already updated on what not to do, and what you can do. However, when you live in a country where Muslims are in minority, it is a source of amazement as to how we can go hungry the whole day. Even here, my non-Muslim friends and colleagues keep asking me. Yes, it is… 

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