Fesenjan ~ Persian Chicken Stew with Walnuts and Pomegranate

  There are times when I wish I can go ahead and do a post without much of an introduction. Just do the post… then I wonder, would my readers accept it? I really don’t know… Many of you are used to reading something or the other to begin a post, and I am used to it too. If I don’t do it, then I feel a pinch of guilt within me for not taking an effort to start the post with a subject. But being human, at times, we are just left to be blank. The mind doesn’t give in. It acts just opposite of the way we want it to be. At that time, the best to do is not to pressurize it, which in turn will put undue stress on our whole system. Does it make any sense? 🙂   Last week, we had some lovely climate… 

Read More »

Yum

Chicken Shawarma

  At times, my mind gets stuck in the past, even though I don’t like it. However good our present may be, sometimes we allow our mind to loiter in those forgotten lanes of memory. The memories may be good and cherished, but those that you wish to keep aside so that your peace of mind is not disturbed is usually the ones that always end up coming to the forefront. Such times, it becomes imperative to remind ourselves that the best weapon during those moments in the remembrance of Allah. Life is definitely not intended to be a catwalk and we have to equip ourselves continuously with what is required to keep ourselves protected from the whispers of the cursed and to keep our faith. Here is an article I found during my casual browsing that will ease up a lot of matters at heart, InShaAllah…   I have been… 

Read More »

Yum

Lahori Chargha ~ Lahori Style Chicken Roast

  I never hinted on the blog that HD has a small restaurant that serves Pakistani food. It is close to our house. But no, I don’t get food from there all the time. He does tell me to order if I feel lazy but I try my maximum to keep it to bare minimum as possible. Also, I am not really keen in being known to his staff. Also clarifying, I have absolutely no involvement whatsoever in that business of his. 😀 The first time I had Lahori Chargha was when he bought a whole fried chicken as a tester when he hired a new cook. The man was quite old but he was really impressed with his cooking. The chicken he bought was amazing. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with generous sprinkle of chaat masala over it, it was amazing to dip it into the… 

Read More »

Yum

Mangalorean Chicken Ghee Roast

  One thing umma was shocked to see was how much fussy my kids are about having onion and tomatoes in their food. Yes, you read it right! Both of them would very diligently pick out the visible skins of tomatoes and separate the onion strands if they can pull it out easily. Umma was comparing them to how we were as kids. She would slice up buckets of onions while making her chicken chukka and still it wouldn’t be enough for us. We would look into the other one’s plate and tell, “Ethrayullo?” (Only this much?) 😉 I now feel we have literally given her a hard time. The kids prefer dishes where there is nothing to throw away, so roasts like these are always welcome.   The recipe is adapted from here. I do already have a ghee roast on the blog, but this one is a totally… 

Read More »

Yum

Saucy Chicken 65

  For me to try out a recipe, there must always be a “pull” factor – some reason to try it. This recipe has been cooked and recooked several times in my kitchen because of this reason. When I saw the recipe on Sadia’s page and read through the post, it took me back to the old times just like it did for her too.   There was a Najaf restaurant at a stone’s distance from the residence we used to stay before. Every Thursday, like a ritual, we would end up there for dinner. It would be the same menu too – their Kerala porottas and a saucy chicken 65. Normally chicken 65 is deep fried and without any gravy, but the one that they used to serve was different. It had a sauce which could be scooped up with the porottas and the chicken was partially fried. Even though, Sadia’s… 

Read More »

Yum

Chicken Samosas

  Normally, I do a year review post during the last post of the year. But this time, I will do it during the second last post of the year. The last day of the year happens to be the last Saturday of the month, so it is for the book review. Not wanting to disturb the schedule, I thought let me keep a day earlier this time. 🙂 So how was 2016 for all of you? As far as I am concerned, it happened to be a year when I did nothing much to improve myself. 🙁 The year came and the year went – that was a synopsis for me. I took off from where I ended last year, and Alhamdulillah, my mind and heart was more settled and at peace with itself this year.   This year, I witnessed the difficulty of moving from a non-veg diet… 

Read More »

Yum

Be My Guest – Chicken Malai Kofta Curry

2016 has been a super-fast year, I feel, whether it is personally or from the blog perspective. This year, I have not concentrated much on the “Be My Guest” segment, yet  I am glad that I have still had some amazing bloggers gracing this space. This happens to be the seventh guest post and the last one for 2016, and I couldn’t be happier. It has been an amazing journey and hopefully, I will have more bloggers joining in 2017, maybe at the similar pace as is now. I am enjoying it more since there is no pressure on me as such to go on posting every month, and I am taking it as and when I get a chance to go on with it.   I am glad that this month, to end the year, I have a new kid-on-the-block, so as to say. Food blogging is becoming a… 

Read More »

Yum

Kozhi Nirachathu ~ Malabar Stuffed and Fried Whole Chicken | My Guest Post for Working Mummy’s Recipes

  Yeleena had asked me for a guest post almost two months back. The only request she had was she wanted something that was “naadan” (local) and a non-vegetarian savory dish. At the time her message came, I was still on my vegetarian diet. So I told her I would try to cook for her once I would be able to make a proper non-vegetarian meal for my family, which she readily agreed. Once back, I procrastinated till the time I was reminded that her post was still pending. Moreover my parents would be arriving in no time, making it difficult for me to cook up something new and click. Normally, when they are around, even though they don’t mind waiting till I finish clicking but I feel really odd. Therefore I tend to cook dishes that I have not cooked for them before but is already there on the… 

Read More »

Yum

Fried Chicken Kebabs

  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! 😕 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… 

Read More »

Yum

Chicken Potato Salad

  While going through the blog and the previous 3-back-to-back series, I realized that my major concentration was on the sweet than savory! Hehe… so like me, I know… 😀 So this time, I purposely decided to choose a theme that is not sweet. After a bit of racking my head, I decided to choose my favorite vegetable – potato! I am not sure if there is anybody who hates potatoes. I used to initially get a cold response from my family but now I have converted them into potato lovers! 😉 Potato is in fact one of the easiest vegetable to cook and can be consumed in so many different ways and so many combinations. I already have a few on the blog and just adding another three more to the list! 😉   The first recipe coming your way is a super easy salad. Protein and vegetables tossed… 

Read More »

Yum

Chilli Chicken Paratha (Cheat version!)

  I am basically a lazy mom. I know – my blog doesn’t show that, but I really am! If one day, I cook up 10 dishes, I can go about without cooking anything for the next 10 days. I don’t know if it is exhaustion or sheer laziness. I have these spikes in my enthusiasm graph which can literally hit the bottom on some days. 😀 Actually, at the stage I am in now, I am literally at the bottom, not cooking much or instead depending on quick fixes. One thing I have come to realize is that my kids tend to like all my phataphat stuff rather than what I prepare with so much elaboration! 😕 I don’t know whether I need to rejoice on it or feel sad – rejoice, yes, as it makes my lazy bone happy, and sad, yes, as it makes the hyper blogger… 

Read More »

Yum

Hara Murg Pulao ~ Green Chicken Pilaf

  This happens to be HD’s favorite rice recipe. He is normally not someone who showers a lot of praises. I have keep my eyes open to see how much he loves what I serve, with the amount that he eats! 😀 There are so many instances where he has eaten very limited and then tells, “It is good”, giving me all sorts of doubts on whether it is actually good enough. But I have cooked this puloa a few times and each time, I have seen him hog and then literally unable to breath. 😀 Maybe, he really loves it… hehe…   The best part about the pulao is the green marinade. It gives a totally lovely flavor to the chicken and the rice as a whole. Try to marinate the chicken for the longest time for maximum flavors. The challenge while making this rice is the water added…. 

Read More »

Yum

Spicy Sausage Salad

  Starting the series of scheduled posts… 🙂   This is one absolutely lazy meal! In an attempt to try make the kids silently eat salad, I tried making this one and what a success it was, whether it was with the kids or the adults! Sausages may not be considered healthy food, but at times I buy the fresh ones with the lower shelf life, as the taste is also much better. Totally packed with a lot of vegetables and some boiled sausages, and topped with very little dressing, this is one of our favorite salads of all times – I guess it is understandable! I love this salad with a big bowl of tomato soup and it makes a nice and cozy filling dinner, with literally no carbs! Off to the recipe…     Spicy Sausage Salad   Save Print Prep time 2 mins Cook time 3 mins… 

Read More »

Yum

Chicken with Kidney Beans

  Blankness seems to be the call of the day. Mostly when I open a blog post, I stare at the screen with an empty feeling, not knowing how to go ahead. Writer’s block, I suppose. 🙂 Or maybe I am just overwhelmed by a lot of things around… hehe… I really don’t know. But since I am not in a mood to keep the blog blank, I will go ahead and do the post for the day.   I love combinations of lentils with non-veg, just like this Murg Chanay. As soon as I saw this recipe on Haffa’s space, I had to try it. Even the name she mentioned was so interesting. But when I searched Google just for my information, I noticed Mexicali Chicken was a totally different dish, so I refrained from using that name, instead just kept it straightforward. Hehe… This is just the type… 

Read More »

Yum

Ambur Chicken Biriyani

  As Ramadan draws to the end and Eid gets closer, many households slowly start the preparation for the festivities. InShaAllah, we are looking forward to a wonderful Eid, with the whole family in place and I guess we are having it this way after many years, so you can imagine the excitement. 🙂 Once we are done with our Eid prayers, we all gather at my aunt’s place to gorge on ela adas, cutlets, continuous cups of tea and unlimited chatter. This is followed by quick trips to my cousin’s place and then we come back to biriyani (mostly this one) and some paal pizhinjathu. We also catch up on some sleep since the previous night is always hectic and we wake up really early to get going to the Eidgah, the big ground where the special Eid prayers happen. The first day of Eid is always within the… 

Read More »

Yum