Rose Flavored Yogurt Mousse

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  One of my favorite things to do now is pulling out a random cookbook and going through it during my sleep time. Once the kids are tucked into their bed – that’s a different story altogether! – I look into my bookshelf and pick up one, it maybe a full fledged cookbook or a magazine that I purchased sometime back and then take that along with me to my bedroom. I spend 15 minutes browsing through and folding up pages of recipes to try soon. Those folded pages are alas getting more and more day by day, hehe…   Talking about putting kids to sleep – I sometimes wonder why kids don’t love to sleep these days. True, during those days, our alarm – read, my umma 😉 – would ring up by 9:30 pm, pushing us off into the washroom to wash ourselves and change and by 9:50… 

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Kilikkoodu ~ Bird’s Nest Croquettes

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  There is never a dearth of snacks as far as Malabar is concerned. Give them a mystery box and they will come up with ideas that you would have never imagined in your life! I am not so creative, if you really ask me. HD taunts saying that I only know to cook from the book while my BFF (remember her fish thoran? Yum…) tells me that even getting delicious food after cooking from the book is a blessing. I love you dear, you always make me feel good… 😀   Kilikkoodu is nothing but croquettes coated with vermicelli, giving it an appearance of a bird’s nest. That is what the name of the snack means too! The filling is normally of cutlet, whichever way you like to make, the only difference is that instead of rolling them in bread crumbs, you roll them into a plate of crushed… 

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Sweet Melon Milkshake

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  Haven’t shared any quotes for so long… Here is one for today, which is really beautiful… I am sure all of you would appreciate reading through it… 🙂     Sweet melon, or “shamaam” as it is called here, is a fruit that the men in the house love. HD always makes it a point to bring it when he is sent for grocery and B also tends to bring one whenever he gets a chance. But somehow, the kids nor I are a fan of it. Azza eats it once in a while, but not Rasha. I prefer more in the form of this milkshake, so each time they bring it, I blitz up a part for myself. Normally I add milk in most of my milkshakes, but for shamaam, I prefer adding heaps of milk powder, since it gives a nice flavor and completely masks the fruit… 

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Pomegranate Couscous Salad

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  You don’t always buy new ingredients, expecting the folks at your home to accept it wholeheartedly. One such ingredient was couscous. Couscous is a grain like substance made with durum wheat, and is so close to semolina, except that it is in a more rolled form. Many Arab and North African countries use this as a staple in their cooking, instead of rice or wheat. Couscous available now in the market is more of the no-cook variety – all you need to do is to soak it up in hot liquid for sometime and it swells up. It is that easy! I personally feel it is more of an acquired taste.   I bought a small box of couscous out of curiosity and used up the whole thing to make this delicious and easy salad. All that had to be done was to soak up the couscous in hot… 

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Strawberry Jelly Pudding

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  It is the third Monday of the month and time for the Secret Recipe Club post! I didn’t participate in the August month challenge due to my vacation. When the challenge was emailed for this month in August, I had all the time to go through the blog assigned for me, “The Gluten-Free Smith“. Tina, a Portland based blogger who went gluten-free for health reasons, makes her blog speak for itself, with some delicious gluten-free eats and treats and how much she loves cooking for her grandchildren – I somehow agree to that statement, since umma loves cooking for the kids and they adore her food a lot, even making comparisons of my food to hers!  After going through almost the whole blog, I finalised on these brownies and these amazing looking waffles.   Once I was back from my vacation, I kept procrastinating on making one of them…. 

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Carrot Pistachios Mini Cakes

6. Carrot Pistachio Mini Cakes

  My last two posts were typed and scheduled in advance. I was somehow sure that the long weekend would leave a hangover on me and I wouldn’t want to do live posts. So the hyper blogger is me just typed it out and placed it on schedule. 😉 I wouldn’t say we had a fantastic Eid. We were mostly at home. The day of Eid was loaded with cooking, since HD decided to call in some impromptu guests and I was caught off guard. With just a couple of hours and a little more to finish the whole process, it was indeed a struggle but thankfully HD was of good help too. A big pot of Thalassery Mutton Biriyani, along with a roast chicken, and the normal sides – raita, chammanthi, onion soaked in vinegar and store bought pickle, since my trial of Kadumaanga (a Malabar raw mango pickle)… 

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Thareed Alkhadaar ~ Middle Eastern Vegetable Stew

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  MENA Cooking Club is back! In fact, it returned back last month with a bang with Algeria, but I couldn’t participate since I was leaving on vacation and there wasn’t enough time to cook for it. From now on, there is a slight twist in the mechanism. We are still given the country and three dishes to select what we want to try, but this time, we are given a secret ingredients which needs to be a part of the dish cooked. Now isn’t that interesting? In case you are interested in joining us in the fun of cooking up some delicious Middle Eastern food, then do check out the link at the beginning and let’s get it started from there!   This month, the country in question is Bahrain. Bahrain is a tiny island in the Persian Gulf, sharing proximity with Saudi Arabia and Qatar. It happens to… 

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Nenthrapazham Pradhaman ~ Plaintain Jaggery Dessert

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  It is so rare that two festivals coincide together. Eid and Onam have come one after the other back home. While I was returning back from home, all outlets had boards on “Bakreedashamsakal, Onashamsagal” (Eid Wishes, Onam Wishes). For me, Onam is all about the sadya. I wait for a chance to eat the lavish meal on the leaf, where you get to eat so many varieties of food at the same time. Despite being fully vegetarian, it is a play on your taste buds and will leave you full to the brim and ready to doze off! 😀 Here is a very interesting link I found this time, makes a wonderful read and has some basic knowledge of how to lay the leaf, how to put which dish where, etc…. hopefully something that will help me later when I have the courage to make a whole sadya all… 

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Nawabi Qabooli Biriyani ~ Chickpea Lentil Biriyani

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  Alhamdulillah, today is the day of Arafah. For the people who are Makkah for the pilgimage of Hajj, they will all assemble in the vast ground of Arafah, continuously supplicating and praying to the Almighty for themselves and for all of the others. The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘There is no day on which Allah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ’Arafah), and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” (Tirmidhee). It is said that He forgives all their sins, even if it is as much as the foam on the surface of the sea, SubhanAllah! How can we count foam? To read more about this day, you can check out this link. For those not on Hajj, it is highly recommended to fast, since fasting on this day with sincere intentions… 

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Kheer ~ Indian Rice Pudding

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  We are having a long weekend in this part of the world. The government departments and schools reopen only by next Sunday, so that’s 9 long days, though I, like many working in the private sector, go back to work on Wednesday. Since it’s just two days, I don’t think many would mind it. 🙂 Since holidays are very rare here, everybody looks forward to them, to plan their travel trips. Many go home, many go for a quick vacation, and many more enjoy staycations over here itself. With the climate getting slightly better, everybody is looking at taking maximum advantage of these days. From my side, we have no plans. Somehow I feel that’s also good. Yesterday was super boring. The kids and I were at home. Though I planned to finish up the laundry, we ended up watching long hours of Food Network and then finally slept… 

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Green Apple Raita

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  There are only three people in the bunch of folks who love green apple – umma, Azza and our parrot Mimmi. OK, I guess, I never spoke about Mimmi. Long back, I had mentioned about getting some finches home. Within a year, all passed away. 🙁 They gave so much of joy to the kids and us and were a very chirpy bunch. Alas, they didn’t last for too long with us. The cage was left empty for almost four months till HD decided to get a parrot. First he wanted a cat and I screached – no cat, either it’s me or the cat. I am not good with pets, unfortunately. I love to see them, but apart from that, I am no good. The kids were upset that I vetoed the cat. And without me knowing, the parrot appeared inside the house one night and the kids… 

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Sweet Punjabi Lassi

16. Punjabi Sweet Lassi

  Having come after vacation, the feeling of loneliness is on a high. Life in a metro city is always fast paced. People are all running behind a lot of things in their lives – important or not, is not the matter. Anywhere you look, everybody is busy. From stay-at-home mothers to businessmen… Nobody has time. Our connections are all becoming virtual, with hardly anytime for personal interaction. Even back home, life is moving towards the same style in cities, however the village sides are still catching up on it and I sincerely hope they really don’t, but considering that mobile networks are becoming better, it will be a case in the near future. The feeling of having a human to fall on when you need support is precious, which technology cannot replace. No wonder why stress and anxiety related disorders are on a high now…   By the way,… 

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Kunjipathil/ Kakkarotti/ Erachi Pidi ~ Rice Dumplings in Meat Stew

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  I feel it’s been long since I have done a totally Malabar style recipe post on the blog. So let me break the delay now… 🙂 Kakkarotti, also called as Kunji Pathil (literally translates as small disks) or Erachi Pidi (literally translates as meat and dumpling) is nothing but dumplings made with rice flours, dunked into a spicy meat stew. It is a little bit of work, like many traditional Malabar recipes are, but the end result is so delicious that you will see your family literally licking the plates that it is served in! The cooking is involved into two stages – one, making the pathil or dumplings and the second making the thick meat stew and finally you mix all of them up, simmer and then temper them to make a complete meal. The ingredient list may look long and the process cumbersome but if you plan out… 

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Orange Carrot Juice

10. Orange Carrot Juice

  I am still in the vacation hangover. The climate this time was Alhamdulillah, amazing. Unlike last year, where there was a literal heat wave during the same period, this time saw intermittent rains and sunshine. Mornings would be dry and clear, making it easy to move around, though it did make life a little difficult, but it would rain consistently during the nights and early morning, making you want to make your bed and blanket your best friend. A couple of days before we came back, specifically speaking, last Tuesday, we had amazing rains that lasted more than 12 hours. It wasn’t heavy but it was non-stop. We had gone for a drive to Kakkayam during that time and I must say, it was truly amazing. The greenery and the mist just gave such a beautiful dimension and the rain just added to it. We had a long walk… 

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Vegan Wheatgerm Brookies

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  I have this bad habit of picking up stuff I may or may not use and then panic about what to do to finish them off! 😀 I call it the con of going grocery shopping alone. If HD would come along, I wouldn’t pick up anything extra, forget about unknown products. I am glad to have discovered milled flax and chia among a few of them, and the next finding was wheat germ. What is wheat germ? It is said to be the sprouted part of a wheat kernel, that gets separated in the milling process. It is in fact the most healthy part of the wheat, loaded with vitamins, proteins and minerals, but unfortunately gets left out during the making of wheat flour. The proportion of wheat germ is only 2.5% of a kernel of wheat, so it is a very miniscule portion. To read the health… 

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Pickled Red Cabbage

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  The Naan Berenji post was already typed and kept ready earlier and I just had to hit the Publish button when I had the mood day before yesterday. Finally my vacation came to an end. I returned back to reality by Thursday afternoon. From tomorrow, it is all routine – school, work, home, cooking, blah blah… I wouldn’t say that I had the most relaxed vacation. It was hectic thanks to a lot of things packed in but Alhamdulillah, we had an awesome time. In fact, we were not able to everything we wanted to do. Initially, we had even tried to fit in an Andaman trip, but that was called off since we wouldn’t have much time to for it. 🙁 As days go, I will keep penning a bit about our vacation, and some of our good times too. Meanwhile, I am trying to get myself to… 

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Naan Berenji ~ Persian Rice Flour Cookies

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  A little while ago, I had an FB conversation with Lubna. I was actually frustrating at my lack of understanding of the basics of photography. How much ever I try, I feel I am not hitting what I want to or maybe I have hit a plateau. I am not able to get rid of my habit of clicking night pictures, since most of my best cooking happens at night. I know there is no point in me running behind sunshine at a time when I am just tired from work, and I try to limit my cooking over weekends not to overdo myself. Those are my shortcomings – I cannot go without it so I have to learn to live with it. She asked me just one question – what do you intend with the blog? Is it a recipe blog or is it a food photography blog?… 

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Fish Potato Pie

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  At times, all we need is some comfort food for lunch or dinner. Even though I am always at loggerheads whether the folks would love it, I have always get good responses from them to my utter surprise. Taking from my experience of making the potpie and seeing how much the folks enjoyed – and even requesting it several times – I wanted to try this pie as soon as I saw it in a Vanitha Pachakam magazine I picked up while coming back from home last year. There is nothing in it – very straightforward, easy to make and very filling too! With a bunch of fussy eaters at home, I hardly had any leftovers for this. Go ahead, and make this for some comfort food. This would be amazing with a fresh salad on the side, but nobody had the time to wait for the salad and… 

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