Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

  Last month, I decided to give the book review segment a miss as the last Saturday coincided with the starting of Ramadan. We are almost ending Ramadan now, and looking forward to Eid – which basically means the morning prayers, the get-togethers, the family meetings and lots of good food. 🙂 While we look forward to it, I thought let me leave you all with the review for this month, while InShaAllah, will come back with more recipes after our little break.   We all love small treats once in a while, don’t we? Especially when we crave for a cake, but don’t want to make a whole cake or share it with anybody else, then we do prefer going for mug cakes. They are really quick to make, satiate your cravings without tempting you to go for more again, which isn’t the case if you make a whole… 

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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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Apple Dates Muffins

  Schools just opened for the girls on Monday and that marks the start to another strenuous academic year. As the girls move up grade after grade, it comes with a sense of pride marked with a tinge of sadness… that very soon, our children will cease to be kids and be grown ups in their own right. Rasha will be soon entering her dual numeric age and she is so excited about it! She keeps telling me that she is going to become a teenager and while that statement does give me a mini heart attack, I remind her that teenage sets in only once the numeric age name ends with teen, so she still has another three more years to go. 😉 That did upset her a bit, but gave me a little relief too.   As they grow up, it does get a little difficult to handle… 

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Thenga Urulakizhangu ~ Potatoes with Fresh Coconut

  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…   Naadan Beef Potato Curry Varutharacha Urulakizhangu Curry Aaloo Kheema Aaloo Methi Kashmiri Dum Aaloo Urulakizhangu Ozhichukoottaan (my favorite!!!) Urulakizhangu Musakhan Aaloo Gobhi Puriwala Aloo     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. 😉 I adapted this dish from a humongous book called “660… 

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Puriwala Aloo ~ Easy Potato Curry

  I was added to a Whassup group recently by an FB friend, where the person who started the group gives audio classes about Surah An-Noor thrice a week. Since listening at home is out of question thanks to the noise pollution I endure, I usually hear the lectures on my metro trip. Having only covered a part of this chapter, but the number of times Allah has reminded of His immense mercy is amazing. “…for indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Part of verse 5) “And if not the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy… and because Allah is Accepting of repentance and Wise.” (Verse 10) “And if it has not been for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy in this world and the Hereafter, you would have been touched for that (lie) in which you were involved by a great punishment. (Verse 14)… 

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Cheesecake in a Jar ~ Microwave Cheesecake

  Did the title intrigue you? Yes, today I am going to share how to make a baked cheesecake in a microwave! Isn’t that interesting? A cheesecake is something that I avoid making just because I am scared of the calories that come with it. Not that I am really bothered as such, but still… There is something addictive in a cheesecake, that you feel like having more and more of it. So when I saw this cheesecake in a little book called “Mug Cakes”, I had to try it. And boy, wasn’t I happy? This tastes as good as any baked cheesecake! The only thing you have to be careful is about the microwave time – do NOT microwave it at one stretch, instead you do it in batches, so that you have your microwave in one piece! Since it has egg in it, it can built up a… 

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Tomato Fish Curry

  I first tried this curry from a Lakshmi Nair cookbook when I was hit by the cooking bug.  Lakshmi Nair is an iconic name among Malayalees. I guess you can credit her show on TV that made Malayalee housewives move out of the cocoon of cooking only Keralite dishes and trying out variety in food – and that list includes my umma as well, somebody who hates to try something new. 🙂 Every household would have at least one of her book as a reference if they want to try something new. From whatever I have tried from her books, you can follow the recipe without making too many adjustments and it comes out really good. I already have a few recipes on the blog which is courtesy of her:   Potato Tomato Masala Chicken Kadai Mutton Thengapaal Curry Simple Butter Chicken Cabbage Capsicum Masala   Somehow anything with… 

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Carrot Pistachios Mini Cakes

  My last two posts were typed and scheduled in advance. I was somehow sure that the long weekend would leave a hangover on me and I wouldn’t want to do live posts. So the hyper blogger is me just typed it out and placed it on schedule. 😉 I wouldn’t say we had a fantastic Eid. We were mostly at home. The day of Eid was loaded with cooking, since HD decided to call in some impromptu guests and I was caught off guard. With just a couple of hours and a little more to finish the whole process, it was indeed a struggle but thankfully HD was of good help too. A big pot of Thalassery Mutton Biriyani, along with a roast chicken, and the normal sides – raita, chammanthi, onion soaked in vinegar and store bought pickle, since my trial of Kadumaanga (a Malabar raw mango pickle)… 

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Irachi Varattiyathu ~ Roast Meat with Coconut Peices

  Last Thursday, my parents arrived. Alhamdulillah, the feeling of having them back even though for a little time is priceless. There is a little extra joy coming ahead as my sister and her boy will join us this Thursday evening for a couple of weeks, InShaAllah… Looking forward to a fun filled Eid… 🙂 Ramadan is moving at a dizzying pace and somehow I am not able to keep up the pace. No wonder it is said, that “Ramadan is like a rare flower, that blossoms once a year. Just when you begin to smell its fragrance, it disappears for another year.” Whoever said this, has said it so true… 🙁   As I was going through the posts over the past few weeks, I have not posted any “serious” recipes as such. They have all been quick fixes – like juices, and snacks. I must say that when… 

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Orange Walnut Blondies

  I love bakes which have fruit and nuts in it. Just like this one… After baking the cakey brownies in the Fat Witch Bakery cookbook, the next one I had my eyes set on were on these orange walnut blondies. After these blondies, it had been long since I had baked one so it was the best opportunity to take it up. I always feel baking is a bottomless pit – you never finish trying new varieties of bakes! There are so much to try – my pins, my bookmarks, my printouts and my cookbooks are filled with many many bakes, waiting for me to lay my hands on. Since I have been off butter, somehow I don’t have the mood to bake with butter as such. I don’t know whether to call myself selfish… 😉   OK, coming back to this bake… If you love orange bakes, then… 

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“Fat Witch Bakery” Cakey Brownies

  A long weekend literally means a sluggish mind. I am not joking! Instead of feeling refreshed, I feel totally tired. I wanted to relax the maximum but the three day break started with scrubbing the kitchen from top to bottom – not a good start, isn’t it? 😉 It took me around five hours to finish off the whole thing, thankfully the day was not so hot otherwise I wouldn’t have managed. After finishing it off, all I did was slouch on the couch till I slept off. On Friday, we had a long awaited family gathering, so I made a good enough batch of chicken cutlets. We had a nice time, especially renewing long forgotten relationships and getting to know people who I have never met before or have a fleeting remembrance. In this busy world life of today, everybody has a hard time keeping in touch with… 

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Orange Scotch Pancakes

  Ready for the second pancake after the Wholewheat Oats ones? 🙂   My craziness for cookbooks knows no bounds, just like how I love to collect props. How much ever I try myself not to, I still keep adding on. Most of the time, I don’t buy them physically, I get them online and it feels like I am getting myself a gift each time I get one through the post! 😉 One such book I landed up with during one of my browsing was the beautiful looking “Mary Berry’s Simple Cakes“. I don’t think Mary Berry needs any introduction. As a cookbook author in her own right and the judge of the “Great British Bake-Off” since its inception, she has a name of her own. I had always heard of the show but since I never had BBC at home, I never watched it till the last time… 

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Chocolate Chip Cookies – Back in the Day Bakery Style

  Yes, I know… I normally don’t blog on Saturdays. But sometimes, seeing a recipe tempts you so much that you instantly decide to do a bake along and participate without delay. Normally, I am good at keeping my temptations at bay, or I make what I wished to make but seeing these cookies on Zoe’s space, I just couldn’t hold myself. And I got myself baking them yesterday morning and here, they are on the blog, in time for the closing of the link in! 🙂   Every month, Zoe along with Lena and Joyce do an event called Bake Along, which is posted towards the end of every month and they keep open a linky for those who are interested in joining in. Zoe’s blog is one that I drool upon endlessly and I am so fed up of keeping bookmarks on her blog that I have literally… 

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Coorg Beef Curry

  There are days when I feel like leaving all and just running away. Aren’t their days when we all feel like that? At times, the determination is sky high – that I am going to overcome everything, come what may be, while some days are just the opposite – everything feels like a deck of cards! I have this habit of sitting in the dark once the whole house goes to sleep, with the dim light in the passage on and the whole house silent. Somehow, Azza does not like me sitting alone, so she came and disturbed my silence the other night. Irritated, I commented, “I am going to put both of you at a school back home. You people go and stay with uppa and umma (my parents)” Initially, she looked excited and in a matter of seconds, she coiled down onto my lap and stayed silent…. 

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Dum Choru/ Rice

  Rice is an Indian staple. I don’t think there is any state in India which don’t have rice in one form or the other. Even if we don’t have rice in its complete form, it is either powdered or ground and used up in some or the other form in our cooking. Somehow, though today’s generation is more health conscious and consider rice as being a culprit for weight gain, I feel that the bias towards rice is totally unjustified. Our forefathers have been eating rice and that too in higher quantities than us, but then MaShaAllah they have been hale and hearty. I normally prepare rice only twice a week – on Fridays in the form of biriyanis or spiced rice and on Saturdays at normal matta (brown) rice with curries, fish fry and a stir fry. Since rice is so predominant in our cooking, I thought of… 

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