Ma’amoul ~ Middle Eastern Date Filled Cookies

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  We have a small group of enthusiastic bloggers called the Muslim Food Bloggers. Last month, we decided that we would go ahead and do a challenge every month. We will be doing various challenges over the month to avoid the monotony. I am really excited to be starting this event and hosting the event. Sincerely hoping that we will be able to make the event a regular and long running event, InShaAllah… 🙂 We will be working on a theme every month, that will be posted on the 10th of every month and will be linked in for everybody to see all the participating posts. This is just a humble beginning. May Allah bless us in this little activity and strengthen our bonding, Aameen… 🙂   To start with, the first challenge is to try a recipe from the blog of a very famous blogger, who is so well… 

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Herbed Focaccia

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  Even though I love baking with yeast – it has been very kind to me and I have hardly had any failures – I try to restrict working on it. I think I will blame it on lack of time. Even though I love the process of seeing a tiny dough bloat up into double or triple the size, I don’t have the patience to wait for it. 😀 Only if I have enough time at hand (which is never enough for me in reality! 😕 ) do I go ahead with baking with yeast. That explains why I have very limited yeasted bakes, and I feel ashamed to say that I am yet to try my hands at baking a home made loaf of bread. 🙁   But I have baked this delicious Focaccia studded with olives and sprinkled with Italian herbs a few times. Why? Just because… 

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Aloo Gobhi ~ Potatoes with Cauliflower

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  During my vegan days, the biggest appreciation that came to me was how vegetarians are able to make their mind towards cooking variety and delicious food. As carnivores, our mind is always centering around non-vegetarian dishes, which are easier to cook, I feel. When I couldn’t have them, my challenge was to get the folks at home to eat what I was cooking. I would limit my non-veg cooking to once a week and somehow they accepted it, even though they weren’t happy with the same. I am still trying to do it, but not with the same level of push. I have always cribbed how difficult it is to make my folks have vegetarian food, even though I feel now with my constant effort, things are changing for good, Alhamdulillah and I am sincerely hoping it gets better… 🙂   Aloo (potatoes) and gobhi (cauliflower) are both vegetables… 

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Apple Peanut Butter Milkshake

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  Sometimes I wonder why as a blogger, I need to be in pressure to start my posts with introductions. Sometimes, my mind is blank but I still want to go ahead and do a post since I feel very uneasy if I don’t attend to my blog regularly. I am so used to doing it now, that keeping it empty for too long a time is not in my mind at the moment. It doesn’t mean that I will be able to keep this pace till my blogging passion lasts. It just means that when I have the opportunity to continue with it, I would like to keep going on with it with His Grace. Life is never meant to be in the same pace all the time. Alhamdulillah, even with the ups and downs life gave me, I was able to keep blogging. Maybe I must rephrase it… 

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Purple Cabbage Coleslaw/ Salad

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  Somehow, winter is stuck somewhere. It is already beginning of December and we aren’t getting the chills yet. Mornings are cold, but not cold enough to give you a chill across your spine. A drive in the evening still needs the a/c on in the car. It is not cold enough to go inside your blanket while sleeping. We have had an overly foggy morning this Saturday and today as well, so maybe it means that the winters are slowly coming. Last year, we had quite an early start to the winters and maybe that is why the expectation is a bit dampened this year. Since it is not very cold, it is quite comfortable to be outside, for walks, for just those simple outings. At times I wish HD would be fine with going out just like that without an agenda. He feels I am being too nagging… 

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Fried Chicken Kebabs

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  It shook me a lot when I thought to myself that we are already on the last month of 2016. I thought that only I was the one who had the thought, but then almost everybody I spoke to felt this year was super fast. I really don’t know what I have achieved this year except for getting a year older and putting on some weight! 😕 It has been a very frustrating year as far as the latter is concerned but sometimes I feel I have to just take the pressure off myself and try it slowly and steadily. On the other hand, if I don’t keep the pressure on myself, I tend to let myself too loose too. So I am not sure which way I should be moving… hehe… Nonetheless, coming to how fast time is flying, this reminds me of the tiny yet power packed… 

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Chebaab ~ Emirati Cardamom Saffron Pancakes

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  Today happens to be UAE’s National Day #45. Having lived in this country for almost all my life, it gives me a lot of excitement when this day comes by. The whole country gets into a festive mode. The streets are lit, cars are decked up, everybody takes to the roads to celebrate, irrespective of your nationality. Compared to back home where our independence day is celebrated in a mild way, it is totally different here. At least a month before, you start seeing merchandise all over the place – stickers, flags, caps, clothes, what not! It is actually a site to see. When my parents were here, umma would somehow drag us all for a drive to Abu Dhabi to see the festivities at the corniche. I seriously miss those days. Not that I used to enjoy the pathetic traffic that we would start facing as early as… 

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Daal Paratha ~ Lentil Flatbread (with leftover daal!)

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  It’s been sometime since I participated in the Shh Cooking Secretly Challenge, I guess. When was the last time? My last post was this delicious dessert way back in July. Then vacation and hangover came into play and finally I gave myself in to make it up for this month’s challenge. The theme for the month was “Breakfast” and I was paired with Mayuriji for the secret ingredients.   As we all know, breakfast IS most important meal of the day. If you don’t eat well then, you may have a haphazard day to follow. I am not somebody who has a heavy breakfast but I ensure to eat something good enough to keep my energy levels on for the whole day. I have already shared a few breakfast ideas that I resort to on the blog. So when Mayuriji gave me my ingredients as wholewheat flour and methi… 

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Cheesecake in a Jar ~ Microwave Cheesecake

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  Did the title intrigue you? Yes, today I am going to share how to make a baked cheesecake in a microwave! Isn’t that interesting? A cheesecake is something that I avoid making just because I am scared of the calories that come with it. Not that I am really bothered as such, but still… There is something addictive in a cheesecake, that you feel like having more and more of it. So when I saw this cheesecake in a little book called “Mug Cakes”, I had to try it. And boy, wasn’t I happy? This tastes as good as any baked cheesecake! The only thing you have to be careful is about the microwave time – do NOT microwave it at one stretch, instead you do it in batches, so that you have your microwave in one piece! Since it has egg in it, it can built up a… 

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Coffee Walnut Mug Cake

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  Coffee is a close second when it come to baking, after chocolate. I love anything with coffee in it. If it has both, then nothing like it! 😉 Coming to our second recipe in the 3 back-to-back microwave treats after the bread pudding, here is a delicious coffee mug cake studded with the crunchiness of walnuts. This is apt for a lazy breakfast, or a quick treat that you do not want to share. I have this problem that when I crave, I make my little treat and try to eat it as quickly as possible, only to see one of the kids coming into the kitchen at that time, when my mouth is fully stuffed. Azza somehow doesn’t bother since she is not much of a foodie, she takes what she wants and moves out. But Rasha will be all inquisitive, “Ummi, are you eating something?” “Why is… 

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Microwave Bread Pudding

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  Alhamdulillah, so far I have been having a good time organizing the 3 back-to-back posts. I am glad I have received some very good responses for the series as well. Since from last month, I have started the book review series too, I am planning to space out my series from the new year, InShaAllah. I may move the 3 back-to-back to becoming a bi-monthly series and making the book review a monthly one so that my books move in the shelves and don’t rot! 😉 Let’s see how it goes…  I would love to keep my blogging journey as stress free as possible, so I have to make sure that I don’t fall into too many plans at the moment! 🙂   OK, so what do we have in store for this month? I guess when you saw the title of today’s post, you must have got a… 

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Uralakizhangu Musakhan ~ Malabar Potato Fry

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  It’s the last Saturday of the month, and I am here with a book review! InShaAllah, I am trying to make this segment as regular as possible, so that my ever increasing collection of cookbooks are touched and cooked from. 🙂   Being from the Malabar side, I have always been intrigued to learn more about the cooking there. As I have always mentioned, the cooking done in my part of Malabar is very limited. When I got married and moved to Payyoli, I was surprised by the different types of food they would cook up in a matter of minutes! I still haven’t posted many of what I have learned from there, but as time goes by I will cook it up and feature them on the blog, InShaAllah. It is a passion of mine to collect as much as sources I can of Malabar cooking as available…. 

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Persimmon Pistachio Lassi

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  My favorite fruit is back in season! But I always wonder why I have so much difficulty finding it in the markets here. 🙁 Usually HD’s staff goes to the main fruit and vegetable market to get stuff but despite explaining it to them, they were not able to trace this fruit. A couple of weeks back, I found it in one hypermarket which is quite far away from home. I had to go there for checking something, but didn’t find it, but that disappointment was offset when I found a big box of persimmons staring at me while simply loitering in the supermarket. Hehe… I must admit that I ate almost the whole box all by myself. HD must have eaten just one and B didn’t even bother to eat it, even though he likes this fruit. Two got pulsed into this delicious lassi as well. All you… 

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Tomato Fish Curry

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  I first tried this curry from a Lakshmi Nair cookbook when I was hit by the cooking bug.  Lakshmi Nair is an iconic name among Malayalees. I guess you can credit her show on TV that made Malayalee housewives move out of the cocoon of cooking only Keralite dishes and trying out variety in food – and that list includes my umma as well, somebody who hates to try something new. 🙂 Every household would have at least one of her book as a reference if they want to try something new. From whatever I have tried from her books, you can follow the recipe without making too many adjustments and it comes out really good. I already have a few recipes on the blog which is courtesy of her:   Potato Tomato Masala Chicken Kadai Mutton Thengapaal Curry Simple Butter Chicken Cabbage Capsicum Masala   Somehow anything with… 

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Coconut Pistachio Biscotti

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  Everything has to come to an end, right? That is the policy of life. I had joined the Secret Recipe Club in June and was really enjoying my monthly assignments, when Sara declared last month that the SRC was winding up for good and November would be the last month. The monthly participation was dwindling and according to her, the club would be better off ending on a high note rather than allowing it to die. All of us agreed to it. I have been a part of a lot of challenges previously and it is heart breaking to see how the initial interest just goes down and then it goes into a natural death stage. The SRC is a highly successful event that has been going on for a few years now, so the decision she has taken was for good. I would have started in January, had not… 

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