Thakkali Thokku ~ Spicy Tomato Relish

ย  If you had seen something red peaking out in my Ari Dosa post, then it was this delicious “Thakkali Thokku”. Thakkali Thokku is basically a tomato chutney prepared in parts of South India – not Kerala though ๐Ÿ™‚ – and goes amazingly well with anything – chapathis, as side for rice, with dosas and idlis. You name it, it goes really well with it. I am not a tomato fanatic but somehow blogging tempts you into staring at certain recipes and it keeps replaying in your head till you make it. That’s how the Thakkali Thokku happened and now keeps happening when tomatoes are available at a good price. I don’t need to tell you how expensive these red roundels have become off late! ย  ย  The best part about this recipe is its adaptability. I have kept it as mildly spicy as possible for my whole family to… 

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Pakistani Mint Cumin Raita

ย  Each time you go to a Pakistani eatery here, there is something standard that will come with everything that you order. The best part about it is that you can dip all your food in it, pour it over your curry to mellow down the heat, or have it just like that. It is my favorite thing to have whenever I go to any eatery. Just try dunking your kebabs in them – they taste amazing. ย  During my initial days of blogging, I had received a request from a fellow blogger asking if I knew how to make the raita we get from Karachi Darbar. This chain of restaurants is one of the most well known Pakistani food chains here. We used to absolutely enjoy the food, but off late, ย I have not been liking their food, so it’s been a long time since we hopped in. ๐Ÿ™… 

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Cheera Upperi ~ Amaranth Stir Fry

ย  Moving to the final recipe for the Blogging Marathon #74 under the theme “Quick and Easy Stir fries”, I chose to post this super simple yet goodness loaded amaranth leaves stir fry aka “Cheera Upperi”. ย  I have always said that I feel blessed to stay in a country like UAE where you get abundant supply of produce any time of the year. Umma would wait to come here to have her share of amaranth leaves. Amaranth is said to be power house of iron and is have a lot of vitamins and minerals in it. Back home, she says that the leaves are so heavily sprayed with pesticides that you can’t eat them at all. Attempts to grow them in our backyard have been futile too. D is trying his best to turn the barren land around our house into a little patio. So far, he has had… 

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Vendakka Upperi ~ Ladyfinger Stir Fry

ย  ย  In yesterday’s post, I explained the difference between an “upperi” and a “thoran”. While yesterday’s was a thoran, today’s is an upperi – a quick, simple stir fry of ladyfinger without any coconut. This is the second of the three back to back recipes, as a part of the Blogging Marathon #74, under the theme “Quick and Easy Stir Fries”. ย  The slimy ladyfinger is always a pain to cook. If there is a little water in it, it spoils up the entire appearance of the dish. What I normally do is wash the ladyfinger in warm water and then spread it out on a kitchen towel or handtowel. Once most of the water is drained, I wipe off each one of them individually. Yes, it is a lot of work, but you will thank yourself for doing it. ๐Ÿ˜€ Then I get to cutting it. This vegetable… 

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Achinga Payar Thoran ~ String Beans Stir Fry

ย  We are a family who loves stir fries. And I would say, Alhamdulillah for that. All the folks needs with rice is some simple curry to go with it and loads of “upperi”, as we call it. ย When umma was here, she used to make lunch and she would ask D to cut the vegetables for making the stir fry, since a minimum of a kg would be required to be made and still it wouldn’t be enough. ๐Ÿ˜€ The girls don’t even need fish but they would eat their rice well if they have a vegetable stir fry by the side. Usually it is beetroot, carrot or cabbage and for me, it’s always got to be french beans! ย  In Malayalam terminology, “upperi” or “mezhukupuratti”, simply means stir fried vegetables in some oil, with minimal seasoning. It may or may not include coconut. But when you say “thoran”,… 

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Meat Chickpeas Patties

ย  It is the 10th of the month and it is time for the Muslim Food Blogger Challenge of the month! I love hosting challenges and love it even more when there is healthy participation too. We are now in our fourth month, and Alhamdulillah, things are going quite well with a lot of enthusiasm in the team. I would love to thank each and every member who take the challenge and try to participate as much as they can! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  For this month, the theme chosen was “Cooking from the Scrapbook“. Being foodies, we all would have at-least one scrapbook. Either it is a scribbled diary during our school days where we noted our Home Science recipes or copied it from the newspaper that our dad would be angry with us if we run the scissors around it. ๐Ÿ˜€ It may be a book with all cut-outs, or… 

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Thenga Urulakizhangu ~ Potatoes with Fresh Coconut

ย  I guess there are hardly anybody who hates potatoes. I love potatoes… In fact, this is one vegetable I can have in any form at any time of the day. It is also a vegetable I look at when I am really not in a mood to cook anything and want something quick fix. Here are some of my favorite potato curries on the blog… ย  Naadan Beef Potato Curry Varutharacha Urulakizhangu Curry Aaloo Kheema Aaloo Methi Kashmiri Dum Aaloo Urulakizhangu Ozhichukoottaan (my favorite!!!) Urulakizhangu Musakhan Aaloo Gobhi Puriwala Aloo ย  ย  I don’t know if you noticed but there was a potato dish peeking from behind the Beetroot Pooris and it was this delicious “Thenga Urulakizhangu”. The name of the dish literally translates as “Coconut Potatoes”. Or let’s rephrase it as “Potatoes with Coconut” for grammar sake. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I adapted this dish from a humongous book called “660… 

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Varutharacha Sambar ~ Malabar Style Mixed Vegetable Lentil Stew

ย  I would really call sambar as the ultimate comfort food of a South Indian. Why not? We would have sambar with everything. Recently, I discovered that sambar went amazingly well with porottas too! If you are wondering what a “sambar” is, it is a South Indian stew made with lentils, mixed vegetables and lots of spices. ย  I had mentioned in this post that I am not fond of store bought sambar powders. Each brand tastes different and somehow I don’t seem to like any. I prefer to make my own little batch each time I make my sambar. When I discovered that we had our own version of making sambaar using roasted coconut paste, my joy had no bounds. Umma was never aware of a version like this, so I never grew up with one. I have adapted this recipe from many sources so can’t pinpoint just one…. 

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Fried Chicken Kebabs

ย  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! ๐Ÿ˜• 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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Uralakizhangu Musakhan ~ Malabar Potato Fry

ย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  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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Muringayila Parippu Upperi ~ Drumstick Leaves with Lentils

ย  Allah has His own ways. Each time, my blogging enthusiasm starts taking a downturn, He immediately surprises me with something that helps me take the U-turn, Alhamdulillah. ๐Ÿ˜€ I have had two things happening over the weekend, the smaller one is winning a gift voucher from Siri’s space and the big one was a mighty surprise: a feature on Manorama Online as one of the six Malayalee foodie accounts to follow on Instagram! It was a real surprise, since I feel I pushed behind a lot of well deserving foodie accounts, but it made me a stronger believer on His Will that may have caused me to be in that list in between all top shots! So rest assured, I am not stopping my blogging in the near future, InShaAllah… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย  I did a little story on “Muringayila” or drumstick leaves when I had done this post. Drumsticks… 

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Green Apple Raita

ย  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. ๐Ÿ™ 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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Mathan Vellapayar Erisseri

ย  The feel of calm after a storm is different. I really don’t know whether I like it. When life is a bit topsy-turvy, our mind is full on at work – looking for signals of any more trouble coming, being content if there is nothing coming, getting tensed when something comes by, not mentioning the constant pain and heart aches which comes along with it. But once that phase passes by and things come back to normal, there is an eerie emptiness. All of a sudden, you feel that the moment passed by, even though it has taken ages to move on. Fighting that emptiness and filling up your time with worthy hobbies is what is then required. No wonder why He tells us, “Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find peace.” (Surah Ar-Rad:28) Irrespective of whether we are going through turbulent times or peaceful times, keeping… 

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Chakkakuru Pachamaanga Curry ~ Jackfruit Seeds Raw Mango Curry

ย  I miss my stock of chakkakuru (jackfruit seeds) this season. ๐Ÿ™ I had an uncle who flew in last week and I received a parcel from umma, but unfortunately it didn’t have any seeds in it. When I asked her, she said he already had too much weight and she couldn’t send any. Now I guess I need to get some from the supermarket, but the way those seeds look, I wouldn’t even want to buy them! ย  I prepared this curry with the last bit I had of what umma send me last year. The combination of the slightly sweet seeds and the tangy raw mango gives a nice punch while having rice. I am not a fan of raw mango or its tanginess, so normally what I do is to squeeze the mango into the rice and discard the skin. I mix it in and have it… 

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Chakkakuru Muringakaya Parippu Curry ~ Jackfruit Seed Drumstick Lentil Curry

ย  Each time I get my stock of jackfruit seeds or chakkakuru like we call it, I would always convert into this stir-fry, definitely my favorite way of having it any time. I would always wait for the time of the year to arrive so that umma would send down some of the dried seeds that she manages to keep. Nobody seems to like it anytime, it is always me who is finishing it off. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was surprised to see recently that the local supermarket close to my house was selling these seeds in the vegetable section! Even though it is pricey, buying it once in a while wouldn’t hurt, right? At least I don’t have to wait for umma to send some. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  This is another favorite way of having this curry. Umma used to make this often, but as usual I had not noted it down… 

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