Kothamalli Chutney ~ Coriander Chutney

  Did you miss the 3 back-to-back post series last month? 🙂 I didn’t miss it. Instead, I felt I had taken a little break. My mind is relieved and InShaAllah, I already have set up in my mind what I would be doing at least till mid of the year. After that, will see… 😉   This month, I chose the theme “Green”, so you will see three green colored foods being featured back-to-back from today. Isn’t green a very fashionable food color these days? With more focus on healthy eating, anything green is coming back into favor. So, green it is, and let’s move on to the first one in the series…   The first recipe I choose to feature is our humble coriander chutney. For our idlis, we normally prefer the white thenga chutney. Even when we go to restaurants for vegetarian food, the kids wipe out… 

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Sweet Potato Moutabbel ~ Sweet Potato Dip

  Moutabbel is a Levantine style dip, made with roasted aubergines, and mixed with some tahini (sesame paste), yogurt and a bit of spices to make a creamy dip. Moutabbel is always mixed up with Baba Ganoush, which is also a dip made with aubergines, but without the tahini. It has a dash of pomegranate molasses, some parsley and some chopped onions and tomatoes folded into it. You can say, it is basically a vegan dip. 🙂 I was browsing through Google and I could see many recipes actually using both the names interchangeably. Even I was under the same impression till I read about the difference!   I have not been successful with the original moutabbel. The aubergines always give up on me! 🙁 It either doesn’t get cooked or it gets too charred, so on and so forth. But when I spotted this recipe in a recipe cut… 

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Green Apple Raita

  There are only three people in the bunch of folks who love green apple – umma, Azza and our parrot Mimmi. OK, I guess, I never spoke about Mimmi. Long back, I had mentioned about getting some finches home. Within a year, all passed away. 🙁 They gave so much of joy to the kids and us and were a very chirpy bunch. Alas, they didn’t last for too long with us. The cage was left empty for almost four months till HD decided to get a parrot. First he wanted a cat and I screached – no cat, either it’s me or the cat. I am not good with pets, unfortunately. I love to see them, but apart from that, I am no good. The kids were upset that I vetoed the cat. And without me knowing, the parrot appeared inside the house one night and the kids… 

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DIY: Labneh | Cucumber Labneh Sandwich

  Coming to the second post after the Almond Milk… Yes, Labneh is not vegan, and I am not using it at the moment, but I do make it for the kids at times when I am in a mood for making shawarmas. 😀 OK, please don’t search for that recipe, it is not yet on the blog, but hopefully it should appear soon – how soon, I don’t know. 🙂   Labneh is a staple in Arab cooking. You will see a lot of recipes using this ingredient in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and a big part of of Arab and North African countries. What is labneh? Labneh is nothing but strained yogurt. Once yogurt is strained off its whey, it attains a cheesy texture. The use of salt gives it a cheese feeling and keeps it staying fresh in the fridge for at least a week. You can… 

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Mast-o-Khiar ~ Persian Cucumber Yogurt Dip

  Today is Ramadan 30 – after long, we seem to be having a full month this year in this part of the world. The past week has been depressing. The Turkey Airport attack, the suicide bombing in a busy market place in Iraq, the Dhaka cafe attack, and then the two attacks in Saudi Arabia – one in Jeddah, and the most painful one in Madinah. All we can be reminded is of these verses from the Holy Quran: “And surely We shall try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives and crops; but give glad tidings to the steadfast, who say, when a misfortune strikes them: Indeed, we are Allah’s and indeed, unto Him we are returning.” (Surah Al-Baqarah:155-156) All we can do is make sincere dua to give all those who have been affected by the trials with patience, and ourselves… 

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Burani Raita

  This is beautiful, isn’t it? 🙂     Coming to today’s recipe, if you really glance through it, you may think, is it a recipe? I had this raita the first time at my cousin’s house when her sis-in-law made it as a side for her fried rice. I mean, when we think of a raita, it needs to have at least an onion cut up in it, but this one had literally nothing, just plain yogurt with a lovely tinge of orangish red (if that’s a color!). The raita was soon getting over when the men were feeding themselves so I rushed to inform that we should be doing an extra batch. That is when I saw her putting it together again and I was surprised. So easy, so simple, yet so delicious! I love recipes like that – which has hardly any work but tastes out of… 

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Thenga Chutney ~ White Coconut Chutney

  Today seems to be a dark day. The sky has been thick of rain clouds since morning and there has been heavy rains with thunder and lightening in some parts. Our neighboring country Oman seems to be having a tough time due to the rains. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has said, “Two types of dua are not rejected: dua during prayer and dua during rains.” (Abu Dawud) May Allah give us the opportunity to make most of this rain and also let us say the below dua so that we are protected from the perils of heavy rains as well, InShaAllah…     After posting the Idlis last week, I was wondering how I wouldn’t post the chutney that we make with it. 🙂 Normally, everybody loves to have idlis with sambaar (one version on the blog is here) and chutney, which is a ground thick dip made of… 

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Bessara ~ Moroccan Fava Bean Dip

  I have a confession to make – I would have never picked up these wide boring looking beans, also called as ful, if not for blogging! I know so many foodies who pick up all sorts of ingredients to try and cook for their equally foodie family, but since I have a very dicey set of tongues (repeating the same dialogue umpteenth number of times!!!), I am very wary of picking up and trying new ingredients. Most of the time, it happens that I only end up eating them, because everybody frowns and that can be plain frustrating. Thankfully, after a lot of hard work, I can say that HD and B have converted, though not 100%, into eating whatever is on the table. In fact, umma was pleasantly surprised when B said that he wanted chickpeas salad for his lunch takeaway to office, considering that he has always… 

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Pomegranate Raita (Yogurt Dip)

  Sometimes, you learn a lot of lessons the hard way. Just sharing one of those lessons… It is a quote that I don’t need to even add any two-cents of mine, it is that crystal-clear… 🙂     I guess for every Indian, any heavy meal, especially something like biriyani, a raita or a yogurt dip is a must. The easiest one that we always make is the cucumber onion one and of late, I have started making beetroot raita, as it just pairs so well with really spicy biriyanis. The kids love it too. Another raita that the kids really adore is this one which has pomegranate seeds in it. It may be cumbersome to pull out the seeds from this lovely fruit, but it is always worth the effort, I feel. 🙂 I am one lazy head so I try to run away from buying pomegranates, but… 

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Green/ Hara Chutney ~ and a salad idea!

I wanted to save this up as soon as I read it… nothing more required as a reminder… I somehow feel that I end up reading such reminders when my faith shows a little waiver here and there… Alhamdulillah… 🙂 “He, Allah (swt), subjects you to harm, pain, or discomfort from others so that you do not acquiesce to them, so that you do not depend on them, so that you do not seek them, but you seek Him. He intended that you feel a discomfort in those that are nearest to you let alone those who are distant to you, expect that, but don’t respond to it in negative ways, for this occurs between husband and wife, teacher and student, between friends and even from a pet. Respond to it with an awareness as it is a divine expression of life. He (swt) wants to give you Him. If… 

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Green Peas Hummus

Somehow I am not liking the weather now. The transition from winter to summer is taking too long and causing a havoc all over. The mornings, when I go to leave the kids to their school bus, is nice and cool. Even when I go for work, it starts getting warm only after 8 am. When I drive back, the car is literally a mini-furnace from the afternoon heat! Nights are cool as well. I guess this topsy-turvy climate is not really helping. I have been having a clogged nose, with throat pains for the past two weeks, and even though it calms down at times, it just doesn’t leave me completely. It is not a comfortable feeling, but then we have to go through this without much complaints. After all, this Hadith (prophetic saying) is always a calmer when the irritation of illness seeps in:   “No tiredness, exhaustion,… 

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Be My Guest – Date Chutney

Another beautiful Saturday with a beautiful lady!!! 🙂 My tryst with Lail started rather recently. I have been hopping to With A Spin on and off to have a look at the gorgeous pictures that she puts up along with the detailed recipes. I absolutely fell in love with the decorated swiss roll cake that she had done for Mother’s Day. With detailed steps, I am really going to go back to that post when I get my swiss roll pan for sure! This is just one post that I dot on her space. Recently, I was on her space for two reasons – for a guest post as well as to be a part of her virtual Ramadan Potluck party. Both the occasions, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed my interaction with her. Since we are just a little far away from Eid and the month of Shawwal… 

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Simple Strawberry Jam

Jam is something which is always in our fridge. I guess when you have school going kids and are working parents, jam, cheese and butter are a staple, for those morning rushes! During our initial days, when the kids were in heaven, we used to have bread, butter and jam every second day. My HD loves his toast that way, which made my life really easy. It was only after having the kids and moving to be with my parents, that habit of his was curbed to a certain extent, thanks to my umma’s daily fresh, hot piping breakfast, very unlike her lazy daughter! 😉 Strawberries are now slowly going off season, however still available in the market. One thing I like about UAE is that you get all fruits and vegetables through out the year, fresh on the counter, though the prices may really vary depending on the place… 

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Cucumber Onion Raita

I know I have not been doing too much of writing these days… And I am sure that readers who are regular on this blog, can feel that there is something wrong… Hehe… it’s just that I am in no mood to do elaborate write-ups before starting my posts these days. Maybe,  I will call it “the writer’s block”. I have been cooking and clicking a lot these days as my parents are not around and I am free to experiment, and that is kind of increasing my list of drafts to as much as possible. However, that also gives me the freedom to take a cooking break for some time and still ensure that the blog is not hungry! That is a good sign in itself, right… 🙂 I have posted so many biriyanis on my blog, yet, never posted the recipe of a raita. All of them have… 

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