Chicken and Corn Quesadillas

  The second country I chose to cook from under the “Oceanic Cuisine” theme for the Blogging Marathon #78 was Mexico. The cuisine from this country is so well accepted, thanks to the Nachos and Tacos that do rounds at almost all food courts! The world is coming to like the Mexican twist of adding chilli to chocolate (like this hot chocolate and these shots!) and not to mention, the Dulche De Leche!   I have been wanting to try quesadillas (read them as ke-se-di-ya) for quite some time, considering how easy it is to make them. I really wanted to make the tortillas (read them as to-ti-ya)for scratch, but as the dates for the publishing approached, I gave up on myself and relied on making them from store bought tortillas. There is one thing you must never miss in your quesadillas and that’s cheese! It must have cheese. The… 

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Easiest Chicken Fry

  Continuing from where I left yesterday, we landed in Muscat at around 10:30 pm. You can understand the excitement, that despite being so tired, I was not ready to settle down, so much that I started dozing in between speaking to her at around 2:30 am and she pushed me off to sleep. 😀 Oman celebrated their Eid on Monday, so her family all went off for their Eid prayers while we caught up with some sleep. After waking up, again we had a lot of chatting before we pushed off to their friend’s house for lunch. Even there, we wouldn’t stop talking and our host was surprised that we have known each other since school days, that is almost 25 years of our life! 🙂 I didn’t want to leave so soon, but then, we have to be thankful for the little we get, right? I am thankful… 

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Arseeyah ~ Emirati Rice Chicken Gruel

  I was ready with the Samak Koufta and Shorbat Adas well before in time, however this dish had to wait till the start of Ramadan to be made. Arseeyah is considered to be one of the Emirate’s comfort food. What is not comfort in it? Rice, chicken and some simple spices amalgamate into a wonderful dish, so very close to Harees. During my casual browsing, I landed up on this blog and it was love at first sight. It was one of the few blogs on the world wide web which had some Emirati recipes. I wish she would have continued blogging since the blog hasn’t been updated since Ramadan 2013. 🙁 Anyway, it is a treasure trove of a lot of simple recipes and I have almost bookmarked the entire blog to try! 😀 The one recipe that did pique my interest instantly was this dish. I did go… 

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Molokhia/ Mlukia ~ Chicken Jute Leave Stew

  After a few months of hiatus, the MENA Cooking Club is back with a bang! I am so glad that the challenge is back into its feet and hoping that it continues without any hitches in the future, InShaAllah… You can refer to my previous MENACC posts here…   This month, we were asked to explore Jordan. Originally known as “The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”, this beautiful country shares its borders with Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Palestine and is blessed with the two seas – the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. The country is a haven for people who love to learn history. The changes in the kingdoms over the centuries has made the country rich in the historical sense. Jordan is considered to be one of the safest countries in the world and has a thriving tourism industry, which unfortunately due to the unrest of its neighbors… 

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Majboos Dejaaj ~ Emirati Chicken Rice

  Did you miss the book review last month? Or you haven’t? If it’s the second case, then you haven’t been reading the blog properly. 😛 Jokes apart, last month, I gave this segment a miss since the Blogging Marathon post collided with the last Saturday. Since I had to choose BM over the book review, I let it go for the month. Here I am this month, making sure that I don’t miss it. 🙂   I am pretty much excited about the post I am doing today. As you know, I am on a mission to collect as much as local cuisine as possible. Having resided in the UAE my whole life, I feel ashamed that I haven’t been accustomed to local cuisine as much as I would have wanted to. But those who have come here would agree to me that local food is not readily available,… 

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Bakmi Goreng/ Mie Goreng ~ Indonesian Fried Noodles

  We are on the tenth of the month, so time for the Muslim Food Bloggers Challenge of the month! The way days fly from one tenth to the other is unbelievable. Sometimes I feel we have enough time to handle things, but this time, it came to a point that I had to whip up something so quick so that I could at least be a part of the challenge. It doesn’t happen to me usually. I like to plan and be prepared in advance, but sometimes things just don’t work out in your favor and plans keep getting postponed, only for the deadline to be staring at you. Alhamdulillah, still I was ready a week ahead, not too late I suppose. 😉   This month, we explore Indonesian cuisine. Why, you may ask. Indonesia happens to be the largest Muslim country in the world, accounting for 20% of… 

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Cheesy Chicken Pizza with Wheatgerm Crust

  There is one thing I am slowly convincing myself – that I can’t escape from night photography. Period… I have always wondered if people would stop reading my blog if I don’t improve my pictures. Would you? Please do tell me… 🙂 Once during a casual conversation, Lubna had mentioned that the pictures on the blog reflects the nature of the blog. If the concentration is on food photography, then there will be lesser posts, but if the focus is on recipe sharing, then the number of posts will be more. It actually made a lot of sense to me.   I never started the blog to focus on food photography. It was more to keep me motivated to cook, since I know the type of character I am. 😀 I can have long stretches of no-cooking days when we live off the fridge. I don’t want to blame… 

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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… 

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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… 

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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… 

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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… 

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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… 

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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… 

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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… 

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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… 

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