Thai Mango Pudding

  After sitting out of the Blogging Marathon last month, here I am participating in two weeks this month. Since I will be travelling back home next month, I thought of not missing it this month. The first theme I have chosen for the Blogging Marathon #78 was “Oceanic Cuisine”.   Oceanic countries are basically countries which are surrounded by two or more oceans. I did skim through the list several times to decide on which country to cook from. Although my head had millions of ideas, I settled down for the easiest options that I could search for. 😉 Here goes the first one…     The first country I chose to cook from is Thailand and since mangoes are still available, I decided to make this delicious mango pudding with a coconut milk base. Searching on Google gave me several options of puddings set with agar agar/ China… 

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Mango Kesari ~ Mango Semolina Sweet

  Mango season is slowly disappearing and I am really feeling sad about it. What is making me even more sad is that I have not been able to eat the best of mangoes. Somehow the produce that have arrived in the markets this year haven’t been really nice. Either the mangoes looked raw or they looked sad. 🙁 The only mangoes I really relished were a couple of batches of Badami ones that I got from our nearby hypermarket prior to Ramadan. We are slowly starting to get Pakistani mangoes and I am really looking forward to eating some of it, to make my soul happy… hehe…   I love kesari, so I had to try making kesari with mangoes. I have to first invite your attention to the color. The brightness of the yellow for your kesari will purely depend upon which mango you use. I have used… 

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Cassata Ice Cream Cake

  As we bid farewell to this blessed month and move on to Eid-ul-Fitr, it is more like stock taking of what we have achieved in the month. Ramadan is a month where there are a lot of restrictions – whether it is food, water or relationships; when there is more emphasis on giving away a part of your wealth to charity – compulsory and otherwise; when there is the requirement of keeping a tab on our habits and characters. Eid ul Fitr marks the removal of all those restrictions, however it points out to another fact – that if we will, we can stick to a lot of self discipline in our lives. If we will, we can give up our bad habits and grow on the good habits inculcated during this month.   This festival, though is marked by sadness of the disappearance of immense blessings of the… 

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Be My Guest – Vermicelli Cups with Kesar Rabdi Mousse

It is the third Saturday of the month. Days are being replaced by weeks and weeks by months in quick succession. It is with a tinge of sadness that the days of Ramadan are moving at such a quick pace, that you wish you could hold on to it for longer. Alas, that’s not the case… We are now in the throngs of the final ten days and very soon it will be time for celebration, and then… the feeling that follows is an unexplained emptiness, as though something precious has just left from our hands… We all go through this every year during Ramadan and this time, it is not going to be different…   Prior to Eid, I thought why not have somebody to come over on this space. I felt nobody was as apt as Nusrath, who blogs at “The Food Factory“. If you remember, I had… 

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Jelly Custard Cups

  For this month’s Muslim Food Bloggers Challenge, the theme selected was “Ramadan Memories”. When the post is happening in the midst of this beautiful month, there is no better theme to be chosen. While generating the theme, there was only one recipe on my mind and it was “Jelly Custard Cups”.   There is nothing fancy in this recipe, it is always custard topped with jelly or viceversa. The very first time I had it was when we went to a family friend’s house for Iftar as kids. This was one of the dish served during Iftar time and I ate around two cups of it shamelessly! 😀 I am sure they didn’t mind it since I was small at that time. As fate is, this family ended up being related now, when umma’s cousin’s daughter got married to their son! I don’t have to tell you how surprised… 

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Orange Chocolate Chip Biscotti ~ Guest post for Priya’s Kitchenette

  I must say that I can’t sit properly on my chair while typing this post – I am really excited! 😀 Maybe because I am on the space of somebody who has been super sweet and supportive of me for a long period of time… 🙂   Today, I am on Priya’s space. My interaction with Priya started when she went on with the posting-one-recipe-a-day as she started her little space called “Priya’s Kitchenette”. Everybody keeps asking me how I post so frequently, but if you check out my blog, I really can’t do long stretches like she did – posting every single day of a year! Not surprisingly, her hard work was discovered and recognized by the Limca Book of Records. After this year, she concentrated on growing her blog and now she has her own event firm, which makes me feel proud of having a friend like… 

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Mini Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake

  For those who asked me what I baked on our wedding anniversary, this is the answer. With the Blogging Marathon #76 being themed “I love, you love Cheesecakes!”, I had to make sure I did a cheesecake for our anniversary. 😉 And this was what I made. My original plan flopped so bad that I didn’t want to look at it for the whole day. We were left on our anniversary with no dessert/ cake. 🙁 Since HD isn’t a sweet tooth, I had no issues with not having any. We don’t make it evident to the kids about that it is our anniversary, so they were also not aware of the day. Strange parents, aren’t we? 😉 It was only in the evening when we were out for a drive did the girls realise and Rasha was like, “Ummi, why didn’t you make a cake then?”    … 

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Gulab Jamun Cheesecake Shots

  As the email from Srivalli came at the end of March, regarding participation for Blogging Marathon #76 for the month of May, I looked through excitedly and selected my themes. Once I confirmed to her, and got to planning how I go about cooking the dishes, a rude shock awaited me. I soon realized that I had hardly 16 days to finish cooking the dishes instead of more than a month, since we were having guests staying over at our house for a month and I wouldn’t be able to do too much of experimenting. You all know how it is when you have guests – you will have to stick to more routine cooking and do out-of-the-box only when they are willing to try. The first set of dates I selected, ie. from today to fifth would coincide with their stay. The second set of dates is immediately… 

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Aamras ~ Sweetened Mango Puree

  After the Mango Custard Verrines, I thought of choosing a very traditional and simple recipe. Aamras is nothing but mango puree. In the north, during the mango season, mango is pureed and stored in order to use it for the future. Aamras is usually served as a dessert or even as a part of a main meal. My colleague P (do check out her Bombay Chicken Biriyani and Mangalore Chicken Sukka!) would tell how amazing a combination aamras is with pooris. Yes, I have heard about it too, but somehow was never convinced, thanks to my South Indian roots. 😉 We can never mix sweet with savory. But since we had the Balaleet experience and were converted, I was somehow confident that this would work too.       Aamras is the best to be made the day before. Allow it to cool and the flavors to mingle, to taste… 

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Mango Custard Verrines

  It feels like ages since I have done my 3 back-to-back recipe series! I don’t know why. Even though I did the blogging marathon last month, I did miss my series, since the pressure is on me to decide the theme and do the posting based on that, without any outside influence. 🙂 So after February, here I am this month…   It was not difficult to choose what to do this month. With the king of fruits slowly coming into the market, what better time than to indulge in some treats? So this time, I am coming with three back-to-back mango treats, which are simple yet delightful to your tastebuds…     The first one is a super simple “Mango Custard Verrine”. What is a verrine, you may wonder. Verrines are normally layered food in see-through shot glasses. It can be sweet or savory. You may wonder how it… 

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Dulche De Leche Shrikand ~ DDL Yogurt Dessert

  I was just thinking to myself how long it has been since I have shared some motivational quotes or even thoughts on the blog. Sometimes the head doesn’t work, as simple as that. Especially when things are going smoothly, Alhamdulillah. At times, we feel routine is boring. We wish something extraordinary would happen. Good surprises add joy to the otherwise mundane life, but what if the surprise decides to take an ugly turn? Nobody would like it. Nobody would be able to accept it as soon as it happens. Once it slowly settles down, then you start absorbing it and accepting it, believing that things will turn better. So till I don’t have any surprises, good or bad, I am Alhamdulillah happy with my life. Frustrations are there – very human like – but I try for it not to interfere into my current thought process. 🙂   Sharing… 

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Lemon Cream Cheese Pudding

    This recipe is quite special to me. Why, you would ask. A reader of this blog, Shinaz from Abu Dhabi had shared this picture on an FB group sometime ago. If you really watch out my space, I don’t have much of fruity desserts apart from a few trifles and a banoffee pie, among the very few, and not a single “citrusy” dessert. Most of the them are chocolate based. It is not that I don’t love them. It is just that my mind is fixated with chocolate as dessert and always end up giving it my first preference. I don’t know if it is a good habit. 🙂   OK, coming back to the story, I ended up asking her for the recipe, which she messaged me. I rubbed my eyes twice while going through the list. So easy! All you need is 3 main ingredients and… 

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Chocolate Croissant Pudding

  After the Mango Coconut Milk Pudding, here is the second one for the “Are you Pudding Me?” theme for Blogging Marathon #74. This easy yet delicious Chocolate Croissant Pudding is quite like a bread pudding but with croissant in it.   If you have school going children who are picky about their boxes, then I am sure one of your grocery purchases is a box of croissants. I buy a box at least once a week so that the box for one of the days is sorted out. Sometimes I end up picking up from a different store and the kids just don’t touch it. This recipe is a savior when your croissants threaten to go stale. 😉 What more, the base is a chocolate custard, with even more chocolate chips sprinkled, so it is a totally chocolate treat. A bread pudding is best had warm, so that is… 

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Mango Coconut Milk Pudding

  Many bloggers would be aware of this awesome group of bloggers, coordinated by Srivalli, that runs the Blogging Marathon month after month. I have always been wanting to join them, but was not sure how much I could keep up with them, since I cook more on my whims rather than by following a theme. Ever since the beginning of the year, I have been looking to get back my blogging mojo and nothing better than doing a trial to see how I fare in this lovely event!   The Blogging Marathon is now in its edition #74 this month. That’s quite a long time, isn’t it? 🙂 From the themes for the month, I decided to choose “Are you Pudding me?” for these three days. Pudding – something that I love, isn’t it? 🙂 And I didn’t have much difficulty finalizing what I should be sharing over the… 

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No-Bake Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake – Guest post for Ashee’s Cookbook

  A request for guest posts always excite me. I don’t know why, but I love the feeling of being asked for a guest post. It feels like a virtual invitation to their home, and I always love visiting homes, that you know you will feel great as a guest. 🙂 Thank you Asheera for your warm invitation… 🙂   Since my parents were around, I did ask her some time to work on her post, so when I got free, the first thing I did was to see what I can give her. My mood for cooking is just slowly starting to kick in but I didn’t want to delay her. That is when my eyes fell on this lovely and pretty looking cheesecake that I had made sometime ago when the whole family was around. I have hardcore cheesecake lovers in the family and whatever cheesecakes are there… 

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