Vegan Papaya Blueberry Smoothie

  Even though I am very well away from my vegan diet, at times, I do go back to them when I feel really bloated. 😀 I am of the belief that our body needs a little of everything to survive and pull on, so you will never see advocating one type of eating habit. Yet, when we go a bit overboard with eating, a raw vegan diet for a few days does really calm your system down. It is only based on my experience and not necessarily it works for everybody. We have to see how each of our bodies react and eat accordingly. I may brag about it but always end up being the last person to do it, though off late I am trying to really watch out what I am eating.   Sharing with you today, a delicious vegan smoothie, that is one of my favorites… 

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Kashata ~ Coconut Peanut Sugar Candy

  Time for the MENA Cooking Challenge! This month, it was Djibouti, as unheard as the Comoros Islands, which was our October assignment. Djibouti is a tiny country located in the Horn of Africa, covering an area of a little over 23,200 cubic km, sharing its borders with Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia, with one side facing the Red Sea. The inhabitants are primarily Muslims and Arabic and French are the major languages spoken, apart from Afroasiatic languages. Due to its strategic location, it is a buzzing commercial hub and is site for various military bases. Djibouti cuisine is highly influenced by foods of Somalia, Yemen, Afar and French cuisine. Meat and fish are a staple part of the food.   We were given three choices to make – Wat: a gravy made of meat and vegetables, Sabayaad: a layered flat bread which looks so close to our parathas and Kashata: a… 

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Urulakizhangu Ozhichu Koottaan ~ Potato Coconut Milk Curry

  I guess I have already mentioned on the blog that umma used to never cook with potatoes. Not because she didn’t like them, but since they are starchy and not good for her diabetes, she would hardly make them. Once when I was watching “Love Bytes by Joey” on NDTV Good Times, she was cooking up a Kerala meal and demonstrated this particular curry. As soon as I watched it, I noted down the recipe and had to make it, since it reminded me of a curry that umma used to make long back. This is one of the easiest curries that I have made. It comes together in no time and is so delicious that even when you are done with your chapathis, you would want to lick the curry. No, I am not exaggerating… 😀 The coconut milk gives an amazing flavor and yes, do not miss the… 

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Nenthrapazham Pradhaman ~ Plaintain Jaggery Dessert

  It is so rare that two festivals coincide together. Eid and Onam have come one after the other back home. While I was returning back from home, all outlets had boards on “Bakreedashamsakal, Onashamsagal” (Eid Wishes, Onam Wishes). For me, Onam is all about the sadya. I wait for a chance to eat the lavish meal on the leaf, where you get to eat so many varieties of food at the same time. Despite being fully vegetarian, it is a play on your taste buds and will leave you full to the brim and ready to doze off! 😀 Here is a very interesting link I found this time, makes a wonderful read and has some basic knowledge of how to lay the leaf, how to put which dish where, etc…. hopefully something that will help me later when I have the courage to make a whole sadya all… 

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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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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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Mango Coconut Milk Pistachio Ice-Cream

  It is time for this month’s Shhh Cooking Challenge. After taking over the reins from Priyaakka, Mayuriji has been doing a fantastic job at ensuring that the challenge moves forward.   This month, the theme was “Mangoes”, as it is the fruit of the season and our partner was supposed to give us two more ingredients to go with the theme. I am paired with Anu this month, and after a brief discussion, she asked me to make something with condensed milk and nuts of my choice. Since I am on a vegan diet and wanted to make something that I could eat too, I requested her if she could change the condensed milk to coconut milk, and I got an instant nod. Wasn’t I a happy soul? 🙂 I was eyeing this ice-cream that Rekha had posted on her blog recently, and what a good time to whip… 

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Pola/ Maida Ottada/ Mutta Pathiri ~ Malabar Style Pancakes

  Today, after the Wholewheat Oats Pancakes and Orange Scotch Pancakes, which are normal pancakes with a little difference in their making, here is the original Malabar style pancake! There are so many names to it, but we call it pola and some parts of North Kerala call it as Mutta Appam or Mutta Pathiri, which just means egg pancakes. 🙂   How strange does it feel when something that you really don’t like is a kid’s favorite? 🙂 My kids love it to the core. In fact when my parents were here, umma would very religiously make this for breakfast every Thursday and Saturday. Rasha would have a couple for her evening snack on Thursday and she would eagerly wait for Saturday morning to have it again. Once they returned back to home to settle, I literally stopped making it even though I had the special chatti that is… 

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Mango Pineapple Colada

  I was wondering why I haven’t posted anything about the weather as such. Hmm… We have had very dicey weather over the past two weeks. We had a day with heavy rains during the evening, and that too on a morning which showed no signs of it! Following the rain, the temperatures went up from below 20s to above it and afternoons have started clocking close to 30 degrees. Even though it is a very pleasant climate with breeze, the temperatures are showing towards summer slowly approaching. Normally, March sees an upsurge in barbeque gatherings and beach outings, which I am sure will be the same this year too, before April gets a bit too much to handle in the outdoors. When Muslimah Bloggers mentioned that the prompt for this month is “colors“, I thought, why not share some of the splashing colors that the sky has been exhibiting… 

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Daal (Lentil) Coconut Milk Curry

  A little reminder for the day… Nothing needs to accompany this already heavy wordings, I think so… 🙂 I have learned it the hard way and Alhamdulillah, I don’t compel myself now to understand why certain things happen, because Allah has no need to explain to us what is happening in our life at the moment. He loves us more when we wait patiently for things to unfold by itself and come up with an answer, InShaAllah… 🙂     Daal or lentils would have featured every other day in my house if the folks were fond of it. 🙁 I love lentils, whole or split, in any form – curries, soups or salads! They are filling and can be tricky to make them appetizing but somehow I am finding ways to make it appetising. Love daals? Then check out this link for various options! This is one variation of daal… 

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Chia Mango Pudding

  Being a food blogger means getting excited while seeing new ingredients online. Just like I got excited about kale, I got excited about chia seeds as well. The whole net went blah-blah about how wonderful and nutritious this seed is. During a casual visit to Spinneys – a supermarket chain I go to only if I want to pick up some expensive “can’t find anywhere else” stuff that catch my fancy! (so that means I don’t frequent them much, fearing my wallet! 😉 ) – I was picking up a box of milled flax seed, when my eyes fell on the box of chia seeds right next to it. My heart bounced with happiness – yaay, I get to try it! I was so excited that I didn’t even check the price. With my prized found, I went to the counter for paying the cash and once the cashier… 

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Healthy Banana Coconut Bread

  A few days back, I saw this little slide shared on FB. Somehow, this Ramadan, I have been specifically asking to Allah for a lot of Sabr – patience to wait, patience to do good, patience to control myself, patience to deal with my children (which I am still trying to learn despite being a parent for more than 8 years), patience to take as things come by, patience to be calm, patience to know where to react and where not to… In fact, it seems to be the only characteristic required for a calm and successful life, yet the most difficult to attain. I was browsing through a few articles and found this one which so nicely explained “Sabr” in a nutshell. I also found another article that caught me at the mention of Asiya (RA), the wife of Pharoah who was shown her house in Jannah while… 

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Corn Custard Pudding

It has been ages since I have shared any slides in here. Since I am losing out on words, let me share one slide here then today, which I am sure you all would agree – that the eyes always speak much louder than anything else put together. A smiling face or a spoken word’s genuineness is of course confirmed by how the eyes beem… 🙂   Sharing with you today a dessert which is so famous in Malaysia and other Far Eastern countries… I guess there is nobody who does not like custard. When I heard this pudding, I was so curious to know how a medley of custard powder, coconut milk and ground corn would look like and that curiousness was what pushed me to make it, though I was not 100% sure whether it would be accepted at home. My concerns were right – not everyone enjoyed… 

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Tropical Overnight Oats

Mango season is already in and everybody is cooking with mangoes! Right or wrong? Oh, I am sorry… First we eat our mangoes and once we get bored of eating them just like that, we look at options of including them into our cooking. I guess, that is the right way! 🙂   Since the mango season is in, I thought, why not doing a 3 back-to-back recipe series on mangoes? Does that sound good? 🙂 I do have some mango recipes on the blog, which I will list up at the end of this post… but till then, let us enjoy this absolutely delicious overnight oats that is so apt for a wonderful morning! Overnight oats has become something that I have at least once a week, as it is a hassle free way of ensuring that breakfast is eaten. For people like me who are always on the… 

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Kozhi Thengapaal Curry ~ Chicken Coconut Milk Curry

There are times I oversleep in the morning… can’t help it, at times the kids just refuse to sleep off and my alarm decides to ditch my over-sleepy mind. On one such morning, I woke up just in time for me to leave for office and had no other option than to not send my younger one to school. Since Rasha goes a bit late, she had to go to school. When I returned back from work, Rasha was whining as to how she always has to go to school and how Azza gets the benefit. The conversation which followed stumped me:Azza: “Thaatha, do you know why I didn’t go to school today?” Rasha: (looking annoyed) “Yeah, because ummi didn’t sent you!” Azza: “No, because Atha’s teacher is not feeling well…” Me: (surprised) “How do you know that your teacher is not well?” Azza: “Teacher was doing like this in… 

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