Balaleet ~ Emirati Vermicelli Egg Breakfast

  While I posted the Chebaab as the National Day special, I had mentioned that I would try to recreate Emirati dishes in my kitchen. So far, the process has been slow but steady. I am slowly trying a few new dishes, but not clicking them, since I would like to make them again for the blog and click them well. InShaAllah, slowly you will see a fair amount of Emirati dishes featuring on the blog this year. 🙂   I was introduced to Balaleet by this post of Fami’s. Till then, I was unaware of it’s existence. I was really not sure of how the combination of sweet and salt would co-exist. That was when the breakfast at Logma happened and I got my first taster of this dish. I ended up eating that little portion all by myself without sharing with my friend. 😉 From then, I had… 

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Wholewheat Date Cocoa Muffins

  Time of the month for posting the challenge for the Muslim Food Bloggers! Last month, if you remember, we had started a new challenge among a small group of bloggers, and my first post was the Ma’amoul that I tried from the blog that was assigned for that month. This month, the challenge was to cook with a particular ingredient and the ingredient that was provided to our team of bloggers was “DATES”.   We all know how important dates is to a Muslim. There are so many mention of this humble fruit in the Qur’an and Hadith, so much that dates are considered one of the fruits of paradise. Dates are the best substance to open your fast with. Dates was what, when our revered Maryam (AS) suffered from birth pangs while carrying Isa (AS), she was offered to ease her pain. “Shake the trunk of the palm toward… 

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Chebaab ~ Emirati Cardamom Saffron Pancakes

  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!)

  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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Blueberry Chia Overnight Oats

  The days are literally dark now. The morning prayers – Fajr – is almost around 5:30. While it is time to send Rasha off to school, it is just like evening, the sun is not to be seen and the light is all faded away. It is getting cozier so waking up in the morning is getting tough and since the sun sets too fast, all I want to do is to go off to sleep once I land home, without even eating anything. But then you can’t do that when you have family to feed, right? 🙂 I totally love this season irrespective of the flu bouts going on. I love the cozy feel of this climate. Can’t wait for it to roll on completely…   Till then, sharing a super easy breakfast for you. Overnight oats is usually my go-to breakfast at least once a week, since… 

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Orange Honey Bread

  I have a lot of cookbooks. I don’t know if it is a big collection, but yes, from my perspective, it is quite a lot. I keep adjusting space to accommodate them in the little book shelf that HD got done to keep mine as well as the kids’ books, but with the way it is going, I may have to ask him to make another one for the kids. 😛 As of now, I have literally put a stop on my buying. In the past three months, I have bought only one cookbook, which is an achievement, taking into account how impulsive I am. 😀 The Sharjah Book Fair is coming up next month and I am chanting to myself – “no more cook books”!!! Hehe…   That was when I thought, why not I do cookbook reviews? I have enough of them to do for a few… 

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Grilled Pineapple Pecan Overnight Oats

  Time to write about the weather! Come October and my favorite part of the year starts. This month and the next are the best for all sorts of outdoor activities – barbeque, beach, road trips, just about anything. You can shun the malls and be out more. The sun doesn’t hit you hard even in the afternoons, which is such a joy and relief, Alhamdulillah. Even though we haven’t moving out much recently thanks to HD’s packed schedules, I am already looking at options to go on for the coming months – some long drives and trips that will keep the kids engaged and will free up our minds too. InShaAllah, let’s see how it goes… 🙂   Meanwhile, coming back to one of my favorite lazy breakfast – the overnight oats. I have already shared a few on the blog previously and today what I have is just… 

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Classic Pancakes

  At times I go through my old posts, especially when I am trying to align the recipes for all, still 2014 is pending to be completed. 😕 While I read through them, I always wonder at my mental thought process while penning them down. One thing I have learned and I am 100% sure of – it is only when our souls feel crushed do our mind open up. If our lives move on in the same pace all the time, we would never value what we have in our life. Unless we get tested and we are on the verge of losing something that we never thought we would, we would never wake up from our slumber. During that time, it is difficult to hold ourselves together and sometimes not blame ourselves for whatever happened. But the only way forward is forgiving ourselves and taking refuge in His… 

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French Yogurt Cake ~ Gâteau au Yaourt

  If I tell you this is the easiest cake I have baked, would you agree? I guess you have to try it to agree to me on this! 🙂   The French Yogurt Cake is the first basic cake that is taught in a French household. It is said that this cake is made by using a 125 ml can of yogurt and everything is measured in it, ie. 1 measure of yogurt, 3 measures of flour, 2 measures of sugar and 1 measure of oil, thereby making it easy to remember the proportions. Even though I got the idea of this cake from David Lebovitz’s book “The Sweet Life in Paris“, I referred to a lot of posts on Google, especially on this one and totally loved how homely this bake is.  Especially when you have guests coming in unannounced or if you want a no-nonsense simple tea… 

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Chia Oatmeal with Cinnamon Apples

  Even though I am not a fan of oats as such, most of the time I resort to it as it is the easiest breakfast that you can make and ensure that you have some. With so many reports emphasizing on how important breakfast as a meal is for our overall health and weight maintenance matters, it becomes imperative to have a filling breakfast, how much every fast life may be. That reminds me how breakfast is a lavish affair back home, and how sometimes meals are divided into two – a glass of sulemani with ripe plantains, boiled eggs and biscuits to begin with and moving onto a spread which can be a full meal in itself. In a fast paced life like that of UAE, we are mostly dependent on quick fixes like cereals and oats.   Sharing with you today, a vegan breakfast which is easy… 

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Raagi Puttu ~ Finger Millet Steamed Hot Cake

  I can’t but think to myself how much we need to be thankful to Allah for all the people in our life. After the parents, sister and nephew left Wednesday night, the house has suddenly become so silent. The kids miss them badly. Though they don’t make it evident, we still understand it, right? Azza, as has been the scene each time they come and go, cried her lungs out at the airport wanting to go with umma. The drama goes on for around 15 minutes and then she is back to normal, as though nothing happened. Thursday was better but yesterday, the emptiness was eerie. I couldn’t even get myself to cook anything new to add to my overflowing drafts, thanks to the heat in the kitchen. But then I tell myself that there’s hardly any more days to go on leave and this time, I am really… 

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Tropical Sunrise Muffins ~ Vegan!

  Time for this month’s Secret Recipe Club post! To review all my previous posts and read about them, you can check out here. I have enjoyed each and every post that I have been working on and this one was no different. Since I am moving for my vacation back home next month, I wanted to make sure that I participate in this month’s challenge. If you would love to join the challenge – which I would highly recommend! – then do hop on to their page and submit your blog. I am sure that you will enjoy the ride once you hop in… 🙂     This month I was assigned the blog, Cook with Sara. She is a Midwestern American blogger, who has been blogging for the past eight years, so you can imagine how much of a treasure trove her recipe index is! The very first… 

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Baked Egg Toast

  We are almost approaching the mid of the month. Saying “so quick” sounds like a cliche. Every good thing in life tends to move faster than we would want it to. Each year, I feel a lack of energy as far as cooking is concerned! I guess this year, I have been limiting myself to making very basic meals and not testing any new recipes, despite having ample sunshine to click in. When I see pictures of huge Iftari tables floating on FB, I start thinking if something is wrong with me. 😀 And I realise I am fine… I am not used to making a lot of food, not even frying stuff every single day and the folks at home are absolutely fine with it. Just to ensure that they don’t get a feel that I am not putting in any effort, I try to make something simple… 

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Cookie Batter Granola

  A month after the other seems to come in full speed, and I guess it comes faster when it is for something exciting! Even though I am very new to the Secret Recipe Club – this is my third post, I am seen excitedly waiting for the email to come and start my browsing through the assigned blog for the recipe of my choice to try! So here I am with this month’s post… 🙂   I was assigned a blog with a very interesting name: Join us, Pull up a Chair. Heather, who runs the blog, basically asks us to get comfortable, feel at home and to read on. 🙂 I loved the name, seriously! 🙂 She has a variety of interesting recipes on the blog and since I was somehow fixated at wanting to make some granola, since it has been a long time since I had… 

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Nenthrapazham Puttu ~ Plantain Steamed Rice Cakes: Guest Post for Halal Home Cooking

  As soon as I saw Umm Hamza’s post regarding her absence from her blog and her invitation for guest posts, I decided to jump at the opportunity. First of all, I totally adore her space mainly because of her simple yet tempting bakes and some very unheard of traditional recipes from Algeria.  I am sincerely happy to be filling up while she, InShaAllah, has a lovely time with her in-laws… I chanced upon her blog during our interactions from the MENA Challenge and then on, it has been a warm relationship…   Deciding what to give to her was a little tough. After thinking a lot, I decided to ask her myself. She suggested me to share with her a Malabar recipe. I thought I must share a recipe close to my heart. All in my family has a soft corner for puttu so it is made at least… 

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