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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce ~ Microwave Cooking

Being the hyper blogger I am, I have decided not to keep this blog inactive, even though I will not be much involved with it till early September, as I travel to my home country to relax, just like I already mentioned in my last post! It is after almost four years that I am going on a long break of 5 weeks - all my previous visits including last years was maximum upto 2 weeks - so you can imagine I am pretty excited about the same! :)

In between, I had started sharing a few microwave recipes, which you can refer to here. This is the last meal I cooked in the microwave, after which I have not tried because I found it easier to cook on the gas stove than otherwise. However, with the summers peaking and the kitchen becoming really uncomfortable to stand in, maybe I should be thinking about getting back to it! This is a delicious curry that doesn't at all look or feel like it has been cooked in the microwave. It is delicious and would pair really well with a bowl of fried rice... Off to the way it is made...

Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce ~ Microwave Cooking
Serves 3
Recipe adapted from here

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Eggless Milk Powder Cake with Mango Yogurt Frosting

At times, I wonder why do I blog. Alhamdulillah, as of now, after starting this blog two and a half years ago and standing at the moment with post number 650 today, I am asking myself this question again. Many times I have pondered over the same question before while posting each of my milestone posts but somehow, I continue asking myself the same question again and again. Just like every food blogger, I have gone through the slack - in fact I am going through one, but maybe I am not making it evident much here! - where I can't get myself to cook or to write something to start a blog post. I have so much in my drafts, and I continue to cook, but I just don't have the push to write. In front of my eyes, I see seasoned bloggers abandoning their blogs due to lack of interest or for new hobbies and interests. I never knew there were a lot of technicalities behind having a blog, talking about SEO and stuff like that, which I am completely blank about still, despite trying to study about the same. The hits on my blog have been very steady, going nowhere above from what it has been for the past two years - but thinking of that, it simply tells me that I have a little bunch of people who do keep coming on the blog and check out the posts, which is a positive point as far as I am concerned. Before I used to wonder why I am not getting much hits but then slowly that matter left itself off my mind and I am really not bothered about the numbers now.

So I haven't still got to the point - why do I blog? Because I love to, at least for the time being. I have a lot of drafts to post, but I do not want to post them without any introduction as I am so used to it and I don't want to change it. Ever since Ramadan started, I have been going back to my old favorites from the blog and cooking them since I didn't want to try anything new - still I did make a few new dishes just to satisfy the cook in me, despite the sweltering heat. The baking has been nearly nil, because even though I have had the itch, I knew I would not be able to finish off it all and I wanted minimal wastage during the month. But even then, I have saved "Allah-knows-how-many" recipes in my to-do list and have collected all the recipes, cut outs and even cook books as much as I could possibly hoard. I know that going back home, I am going to do the same of buying whichever books I see in sight, irrespective of whether I use it or not. I still drool at food, love to eat food but somehow the push to try new foods is not very high these days. Now I am going off for around 5 weeks and then coming back to the kitchen after having a total breaker is also not going to be easy. Somehow I have been a sucker for the saying, "Make hay while the sun shines!" and Alhamdulillah, I have enough hay till my cooking sun shines, hehe...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Saffron Egg Pudding

A little slide that I saw on Yasmin Mogahed's FB page and thought made a lot of sense...

Some recipes tempt you to try them immediately as you see them. One of them is the recipe I am sharing with you today. Having to visit a cousin and a cousin's wife, both of whom were pregnant at that time, I was lost as to what to make and take for them, as they normally enjoy anything sweet that I make. That was the time when I saw this recipe and it just stayed at the back of my head. An easy recipe to put together, the only minus point is the waiting time for baking and cooling! Totally delicious, I packed 80% for the expecting moms who loved it and we at home fought over the 20% that I had hidden in the fridge. Time to bake a batch today I suppose... :)

Saffron Egg Pudding
Serves 6-8
Recipe adapted from here

Monday, July 20, 2015

Koosa Pulinkari ~ Marrow Buttermilk Curry

When did Ramadan start and when did it end! :( At times, it is so difficult for all of it to sink... The month flew off in full speed and Eid also came to an end in an equal speed... We had a relaxed Eid this time with not much travelling, thanks to the horrible weather we had in this part of the world. It was really humid - something which kept itself away during the whole of Ramadan thankfully - and so, it was not the best time to go for long trips. We had more of a relative time on the first day and on the second day, we went for a short drive, not taking much time outside, but still enjoyed ourselves. Now we are in the month of Shawwal, and for my Muslim readers who don't know, observing six days of fasting during this month, after the whole month of Ramadan is equivalent to having fasted for a full year. You can read more about it in this article.

Now that it is time for the normal routine, I am sharing with you a delicious curry that goes so well with rice. The first time I made it, I couldn't click it but what I got back was an empty bowl. We had HD's assistant for lunch and he couldn't stop raving about it, saying, "Etha, curry nalla rasamundu!" (Sister, the curry tastes too good!") After that, I have already made this a couple of times for our Saturday lunches. The original recipe uses yam (koorka or chinese potatoes) but since I have never cooked with them, I cooked it with marrow. You can substitute any quick cooking vegetable like bottle-gourd to make this delicious and quick curry. Off to the recipe...

Koosa Pulinkari ~ Marrow Buttermilk Curry
Serves 4
Recipe adapted from "Malabar Pachakari Vibhavangal" by Ummi Abdulla