Gothambu Kaachiyathu/ Ooral Kaachiyathu ~ Malabar Wheat Drink | “Joy from Fasting to Feasting X”

  Some posts come with a tinge of sadness. I remember when I was just months into my blogging journey. A message popped up on my FB messenger from Lubna, asking me to do a guest post for her Ramadan series, which she so lovingly calls “Joy from Fasting to Feasting”. Being a newbie, that message from a seasoned blogger gave me goosebumps. I really didn’t know how to react but finally I got back to my senses, and I said a “yes”. Luck was not in my favor and I was not able to give her a proper post, but she assured me that the post had done really well.   After that, I have been a regular fixture at her space during all the Ramadans. I have excitedly worked on each post, and Alhamdulillah, she has always loved it. So this time, I was really waiting for her… 

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Ustad Hotel Sulaimaani ~ Spiced Black Tea

  Seriously speaking, I was in no plans to do any post today. I had already scheduled the post for tomorrow, InShaAllah and was planning to go ahead with it. But the climate today… A change from what it was over the last few days! We have had hot days but cozy nights and the fluctuation is wrecking havoc on everybody’s health, it looks. It has been on and off cloudy with hardly any rains. So yesterday evening, when I saw the thick clouds and the drizzle, I wasn’t expecting it to shower heavily. But He had other plans.   It rained heavily late night messing up all around the building.  My car is stuck in between a little pond. If I have to take it out, I have to push through it. On top, I woke up with a sprained neck, which isn’t really helpful. I had to take… 

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Adeni Chai ~ Yemeni Milk Tea

  Tea is my favorite beverage, if made properly. An improper tea peeves me off. I guess it runs in the family. It’s with my parents, it’s with HD as well. We prefer having tea from street side restaurants rather than homes most of the time, since many just can’t make a proper cup of tea. 🙁 I feel really bad to say this, but it is from experience. There are very rare times when I have really liked the tea from somebody’s house. I feel people make coffee better, since it is more easier to do so I always ask for it. Hehe…   Like tea? Then here are some that are already on the blog – not the sulamani types! 😉 My way of making chai Burma Chai – for people who love tea with just milk! Kashmiri Chai Teh Terik – Malaysian Milk Tea Yuan Yang – Coffee… 

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Naaranga Sulaimaani ~ Lime Black Tea

  A sulaimaani is just that – a dreamy concoction. At any point of time, I prefer my paal chaaya, but at times I do get a bit fed up of it and get myself a small glass of sulaimaani. Normally, I make it this way with a dash of cardamom, but at times when I need a little kick, or when the meal has been too heavy, then a black tea with a nice squeeze of lime does the trick. While doing this post, I remembered this one that Sona (I wish she revives her blog for which I did a guest post sometime back…) had shared on her timeline…     I like this quote, though I have no clue how much I will stick to this. Improving ourselves is an ongoing process but I have never felt like giving it time and concentrating on it. I don’t know if it… 

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Vegan Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

  After the Mint Hot Chocolate and the Biscoff White Hot Chocolate, here comes the third one!   Since I have gone through the difficulties of having some of my favorite food during the vegan days, I had found ways to go about it. I still like to look back and take around the lessons and still crave for good vegetarian food rather than non-veg after that little phase in my life! 😀 Something I used to crave so much for was hot chocolate and somehow I was really not liking too much dark chocolate. On top, I am really not a fan of hot chocolate with cocoa powder, but then you need to adjust as per your circumstances, right? 🙂 That is when this hot chocolate was born.   Since I used to keep making almond milk, in order to finish them soon, I used to end up making… 

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Biscoff White Hot Chocolate

  After the minty hot chocolate, here’s the second one. Biscoff White Hot Chocolate is simply a white hot chocolate spiked up with some Biscoff! How does that sound? I got the idea during my Google searches and was really smitten by the idea. The Biscoff goes amazingly well with the white chocolate, in fact I believe this combination would be much better than the combination of milk chocolate with Biscoff. I have already posted a white hot chocolate before on the blog, which also had a spike of cinnamon. Similar to that one, this one also has a sprinkle of cinnamon powder at the top and it gives a very homely feeling to the drink. Off to the recipe… and I hope you will keep waiting for what is going to appear tomorrow as the third recipe… 🙂       Biscoff White Hot Chocolate   Save Print Prep… 

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Mint Hot Chocolate

  I guess I mentioned it last month, but mentioning it again today… InShaAllah, in 2017 the 3 back-to-back will be done every second month than every month, so that it will make it easy for me to work around a theme and follow it too. Till now I was able to do it without much hassle, but since I don’t want to put a lot of pressure on myself, I am letting it go a bit loose. 😀 But don’t worry, we are at the end of this year and I do have a 3B2B this time, which is going to amaze you… Ready? OK, then, read on…   I guess looking at the picture and the title of today’s post, you maybe thinking that I am featuring warm drinks. Yes, it is winters, there are some cold winds, all you need is some blanket all over you and… 

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DIY: Dulche De Leche in Pressure Cooker & DDL Coffee

  I have written about DDL in detail in the previous posts. Dulche De Leche is nothing but condensed milk cooked to make it caramel like. This is one of the best discoveries when I fell in love with cooking. Adding DDL to a dessert just lifts it to another level. A few recipes on the blog that already use up this wonder ingredient: Mexican Flan Banoffee Pie DDL Ice Cream DDL Bundt Cake DDL Brownies – my absolute favorite! DDL Baked Cheesecake   Making DDL from scratch is actually a tedious process. It is no fun cooking the tin for a few hours – 3 to 4 hours – soaked up in hot water on low flame. Instead, I use my trusted pressure cooker to do the job for me. It gets done so easily and you just need to leave it overnight to cool completely, to make it… 

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Oats Kanji ~ Oats Milk Drink

  As much as focusing on our inner balance during the coming holy month, it also becomes imperative that we have good nourishing food to keep us going for the whole day. Nowadays, there is so much emphasis on what to eat and what not to eat. This left me intrigued as to how were the fasts during those days of the Prophet – when there was hardly any food to eat. There is emphasis on two foods – dates and water. Dates is a super-food that nourishes the body and brings it back to its normal state after fasting, without causing any disturbance to the balances. Water is also the same. There is no mention of any other kind of food – they used to eat whatever was available. And we plan and plan on what to cook and eat. I guess we need to reflect on the irony…… 

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Habbat Al Hamra ~ Custard Asario Seed Drink

  Have you had cases where you go on to make a recipe, having no idea how it is going to taste like?   A couple of weeks ago, when I pulled out B for a drive towards Fujeirah on a rain drenched Saturday, we were having our lunch at an Afghani eatery. As we gorged on the pulao and the kebabs, he said, “Thaatha, have you ever tried Habbat Al Hamra?” To the question like look on my face, he said, “It is a yellow thick drink, with red color sago like balls floating in it. It tastes like custard and those balls are just like those falooda thing, it just tastes so good…” And he stopped it at that. We proceeded with the drive back home, but that description stuck to my head… As per him, he had relished this several times at a small joint in Sharjah,… 

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Masala Chaai ~ Spiced Indian Tea

  “When something proves to be so difficult or you keep seeing obstacles instead of progression, it may mean you need to try harder. Or it may mean it’s just not meant to be.” (Sister Yasmin Mogahed)   The last moments of 2015 is coming through. I never used to think about my year before, maybe because I thought there was nothing much to it. But in the past few years, particularly after I started blogging, I have been looking back to my year. 2013 was a fantastic year, which ended very badly, and 2014 was a very testing year for me. This year started with a lot of questions and a lot of hits to my conscience, and Alhamdulillah, this year, I did what I really wanted to do. It was definitely not easy – at times, you feel from one side that what you are doing is OK… 

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Aatta Ka Doodh ~ Wheat Flour Drink

  Something I read on Zakiya Usmani’s page, which makes a lot of sense especially since we are almost ending the year, InShaAllah…   START OVER When you’ve trusted Allah and walked His way When you’ve felt His guidance lead you day by day But your steps now take you another way – Start over! When you’ve made your plans and they’ve gone awry When you’ve tried your best and there’s no more try When you’ve failed yourself and don’t know why… – Start over! When you’ve told your friends what you plan to do When you’ve trusted them and they didn’t come through And you’re all alone and it’s up to you… – Start over! When you’ve prayed to Allah so you’ll know His will When you’ve prayed and prayed and you don’t know still When you want to stop cause you’ve had your fill… – Start over! When you think you’re finished… 

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Moroccan Mint Tea

  Hitting towards the end of the year – and doesn’t it haunt us? 2015 has been a super fast year, in all sense of the word. As far the blog is concerned, it has been a fair year. That includes a makeover and a migration, which seems to have affected my blog slightly, nevertheless I am loving the change that I so badly wanted for the blog and it happened this year, Alhamdulillah. Apart from that, it has been a calm and quite year as far as the stats on the blog are concerned, but I have been able to post regularly, except in August when I had gone on vacation. I would love to try and post regularly in the coming year as well, InShaAllah. With the amount of drafts just growing, I feel I would need to hasten up my posting, though actually speaking the volume of… 

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Badaam Paal ~ Almond Milk

Should I say I am feeling odd? After having worked on Blogger for so long, moving this blog to WP is making me feel jittery. Actually speaking, moving the blog was never part of the original plan. I was only looking to revamp the site which I thought was becoming boring. That is how it started. Let me give a big shout out to the dearest Priya for helping me out with this whole process in first place. From her reference, everything started, and here I am. I have literally eaten the head of the designer, who was extra decent and patient, and I am satisfied with how it looks now, though you know, at times it is difficult to convince that all is OK. Hehe… Hope you all like the new look and will take time to explore the page… 🙂 As usual, new beginnings have to be with… 

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Honey Almond Hot Chocolate

Life is really busy these days. The kids are on vacation, it is Ramadan – though ending, sadly, despite shorter working times, the chores at home are just hectic as it can get, the daily night prayers and late night sleep… Alhamdulillah, I hardly have time to think much about anything. Yet, as I sit on my prayer mat, my heart weeps. Though I know from my heart that my Rubb is the Most Forgiving, yet forgiving ourselves sometimes becomes the toughest part. I am still learning to forgive myself and take life in my stride, though at times, I really wonder why I am not able to do it 100% as I would love it to be… Just a little slide to keep me motivated…   Off to the recipe for the day… You may have noticed that almost all coffee chains have a habit of springing up new… 

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