Marag Alkhadaar~ Kuwaiti Vegetable Stew

  If you regularly read my blog, last year, during this time I had gone for a 10 day treatment for my body pains. I have mentioned it in this post. During the stay, I had become pally with a Kuwaiti lady who had also come for her treatments. I hadn’t seen her during the initial days of my stay, but then I met her at the passage, and we stuck up a conversation. She was so relieved to know that there was somebody who could converse with her in English! 😀 After the initial meeting, whenever she would feel bored, she would knock at my door and get chatting away for at least an hour, till her husband calls from their room. For me, it was a good time pass, since I also had no company other than my books, the phone and the TV.   During our chats,… 

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Triple Chocolate Pecan Cookies

  Since the main cook (ahem ahem!) has a soft spot towards chocolate, somehow by default it gets selected. I am not someone who likes to make cookies. I feel it is a lot of work. For a cake, mostly you do the batter, pour into the pan and forget it till the timer rings, while cookies need your full attention and time till the whole dough is done. I lack that patience, basically speaking. 🙁 That is why there are very limited cookie recipes on the blog even though there are 1000s of recipes! I wish I could improve on that, but as long as I don’t keep my fixation towards cookies aside, I don’t think the numbers will improve!   OK, let me bring back your attention to these delicious stack of cookies that you are seeing on the page right now. Don’t they look really pretty? I… 

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Aadu Kurma ~ Malabar Mutton Kurma

  It is the tenth of the month, so it is time for the Muslim Food Blogger challenge! There was a little bit of confusion while trying to set this challenge. InShaAllah, it will be Eid-ul-Adha at the end of this month-early September. The slaughtering of an animal is an important part of the festival, as a part of commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and his inclination to accept and execute Allah’s command, despite it being the slaughtering of his eldest son Prophet Ismail (AS), who he was blessed with in his old age. No wonder Allah calls His “Khaleel” (intimate friend) in Surah An-Nisa, verse 125. SubhanAllah…   Since next month would be too late for an Eid post, I thought it was better earlier than later. So the theme for this month is “meat recipes”. During this Eid, since we tend to get a lot of meat from… 

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Paal Sarbath ~ Milk Sarapsadilla Drink

  I never knew what Nannari syrup was till blogging introduced me to it. Trying to find how it tasted, I landed up drinking it mixed with cold water at a relative’s house and my first reaction wasn’t encouraging. In fact, I hated it! So I decided not to give it a try on my own. I am not sure what happened all of a sudden, when I asked umma to get a bottle of the syrup when coming from home. After that, I have been gladly enjoying it on and off, when I want a change from my cold mango flavored Tang! 😉 So I feel it is more of an acquired taste. The kids don’t like them, saying it tastes weird. I don’t blame them, it was my earlier reaction as well!   Nannari syrup is usually served cold, with a part of the syrup mixed with cold… 

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Coconut Water Chia Cooler

  After the Fruity Iced Tea, here is the second in line for the summery drinks in this month’s 3 back-to-back series. I don’t think I have to tell how good coconut water is in sweltering heat. It is one of the most electrolyte filled natural drinks that you will find on the face of earth. I am really not a fan of coconut water but of late, I have come to liking its taste. I know it’s strange for someone who loves coconut a lot, but somehow coconut water never appealed to me since childhood!   I must say this drink changed my perception about coconut water altogether. This drink is nothing much than lemon juice spiked up coconut water with plumped up chia seeds floating all over the glass! The drink in itself is a pretty sight to watch, and then with all ingredients that has gone into… 

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Fruity Iced Tea

  With the summers blazing now in this part of the world, there is nothing more refreshing that cold drinks. The mood is not for smoothies but for water like drinks, that will refresh and rejuvenate. Those who are in the Gulf know how the summers are here. I feel this time it has been extremely hot and uncomfortable, all throughout the day. The day begins with 37-39 degrees, peaking close to 48-50 in the afternoon, and back to around 42 degrees in the evening. It is better not to talk about the humidity. It is so energy sapping that any time you spent outside, you need to replenish your body constantly with water and electrolyte drinks so that you don’t feel giddy or faint.   Every two months, I do the three back-to-back series, so this month, it is a no-brainer – simple drinks that will refresh you after… 

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Eggless Chocolate Tiramisu

  After my 1000th post on the blog, I had stopped counting my posts. WP does tell me how many posts I am on now, but unlike before it doesn’t excite me anymore. I have enough to cover and I would like to go on till I am able to, without really bothering the numbers. But today, there is one reason why I am really excited. I was randomly going through the number of “my recipes” a couple of weeks ago and I noticed that it was almost reaching 1000! Seriously? I really can’t believe the number myself… And today, with this post, the blog hits 1K recipes!   I was never a cook enthusiast… Sure, I love to eat and a good meal satisfies me like anything else. I love sweets that are not high on sugar and enjoyable. I love good company with food. That is basically me…. 

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Event Round-up ~ “My Legume Love Affair” (MLLA) #109

  As you may know, I had hosted the MLLA #109 last month. Thank you Lisa for the opportunity to host the event. Moving on to the delicious recipes I received as entries for this event:   First up was “Ulundu Saadam” by Mildly Indian – a delicious South Indian rice combined with black urad dal, definitely a forgotten, goodness loaded recipe… Thank you for sharing, Seema…     An attempt at making “Handvo” by The Humble Lentil was the next entry…     Who wouldn’t love this “Tomato and Basil Chickpea Burger” by Roast Chicken & A Country Walk… Definitely a meal I would consider digging my teeth into!     This “Zucchini Broad Beans Peas Mint Soup” bought over by Allotment to Kitchen is just perfect for a cold winter night…     And finally my entry into the event – my favorite Chickpea Pulao… 🙂    … 

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Cabbage Chana Dal Subzi ~ Cabbage Chickpea Lentil Stir Fry

  Cabbage is a pretty boring vegetable. The only way I like to have it is in the form of this stir fry for rice. Sometimes, I end up buying a big one and then forget about it in the fridge, and one fine day, when it stares back at me, I wonder what to do with it. It was during one such incident that this recipe was discovered. Here is another one to be added onto it when you are looking for inspirations to cook with cabbage…   Channa dal aka chickpea lentils or bengal gram goes amazingly well with any vegetable – a perfect example being the lauki chana dal sabzi. This recipe was a trial in similar lines, just that cabbage is more of a scoop-able vegetable than one that can be curried. I kept the flavors very simple and let the vegetable plus lentil do the… 

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Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

  Remember my quinoa salad post? I had mentioned in that post that my first experience with quinoa was not really encouraging. It was this quinoa porridge that I had tried first, and I hated it to the core. But I still ate it since I knew nobody would touch it and I don’t like food going into the bin. While eating it, I sat searching on Google as to where did I go wrong, and it was one basic error – not washing the quinoa properly!   Most of the grains doesn’t have any change in taste when washed. It just ensures that the dirt is gone. However, for quinoa you have to wash it as much as you can to remove the bitterness off it. Once you feel that it is good to go, go ahead with cooking it and it becomes a pretty looking pearl texture, ready… 

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Samak Bil Fern ~ Emirati Baked Fish

  I had promised myself I would share one Emirati recipe every month, but then I decided not to pressurize myself by doing that. I already have so many drafts that I am trying to show light on the blog, but for sure, I know it will take me a lot of time, even if I post everyday. Practically, posting every day is not a good thing for the blog. I will feel stressed about the whole blogging exercise and you, my readers, will feel too overwhelmed with too many posts. I do want to slow down and go at a pace I am comfortable with, but at times, I feel I am not even wanting to do it. 🙂   The recipe I am sharing with you is a simple baked fish, Emirati style. The inspiration for the dish came from here. Unlike our Malabar style fish fry, this… 

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Bangala Dumpa Kurma ~ Andhra Potato Curry

  It is the last Saturday of the month, and here we are with the book review! Since I have quite a lot of cookbooks – small and big – it is a task to select one for the month. This time, I decided to review “Southern Flavors – The Best of South Indian Cuisine” by Chandra Padmanabhan. The reason why I went for this particular book was some very favorable feedbacks from vegetarian food bloggers. They swear by her books for authentic south Indian cuisine. Apart from my own cuisine – which I am still learning! – I do not know much of our neighboring state food apart from the masala dosas, vadas, idlis and sambar, which we have adopted into our eating habits. It was this quest that made me buy this book and make it my own.   I purchased the book through Amazon India and got… 

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