Ramadan Meal Planning – Iftar

Yesterday, I did the post for Suhoor ideas, Alhamdulillah, so today I am going to have a look at the Iftar and after-Iftar meals. Iftar happens at the sunset, Maghrib time and just like Suhoor, is another important meal of a fasting day. The Prophet (PBUH) is said to have hastened to open his fast as soon as the call for Maghrib prayer would ring.   Sahl ibn Sa`d (Allah be well-pleased with him) narrates that the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “People will continue to be in a good condition as long as they hasten to break the fast.” [Bukhari, Muslim]   The sunnah of breaking the fast is with an odd number of dates, usually one or three. If not available, then it is to be done with dry dates or water.   At home, we like to keep our meals simple during Iftar. The… 

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Ramadan Meal Planning ~ Suhoor

I have been wanting to do a round up post since long time, but somehow I get so carried away with the drafts that I have. So I keep going on posting whatever I have to, but now I thought, with the month of Ramadan coming, why not I collect a few of my recipes and pool it at one place so that it becomes easier for all of you to find out. 🙂   “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous. ” (Surah Al Baqarah: 183)   Ramadan, I stress is not about eating, rather controlling your food intake for maximum benefit. A heavy Suhoor will not allow you to have a good working day. A heavy Iftar likewise will not give you the energy to go ahead with the long night prayers…. 

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Event Roundup – My Legume Love Affair #103

  The month of January has come to an end, so has the event of “My Legume Love Affair” #103. I would like to thank Lisa for the opportunity to host this month and to all who participated by linking into the event.   Below are some of the beautiful entries that I got linked up as a part of this event:   Chana Palak by Lisa’s Vegeterian Kitchen – nothing like this combination for a cozy winter night, right?     Including sprouts into our diet is becoming imperative due to its health benefits. Here is an interesting “Moong Sprout Dosa” shared by Padmajha.     Horsegram is an ingredient slowly coming back into Indian diets, after almost becoming extinct. Yeleena shares a delicious rasam off it.     In the south of India, there are wide varieities of desserts using lentils and Sandhya shares a drool-worthy Arisi Paruppu Payasam… 

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Event Announcement: My Legume Love Affair (MLLA) #103

  I had hosted MLLA #92 in the month of February and had some heartwarming participation. This event made it even more special by making me win the gift voucher during the MLLA #100 at Siri’s space. So here I am again hosting this event, the first one for the year, for the month of January 2017, and it’s version #103 – that’s a long time, isn’t it! 🙂   Let’s have a quick run-up on the non-complicated rules for this event:   The event is open for the whole month of January. Any recipe where legume is the key ingredient, are welcome to be linked. A legume is normally a dried pulse, lentil or beans, and I am sure many of you are already aware of how to use them up in different formats! 🙂 Entries must be vegetarian – eggs and dairy is allowed. Only one entry per… 

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Event Round-up ~ My Legume Love Affair (MLLA) #92

  Finally the little event that was on my blog has come to an end. It has been an utmost pleasure hosting the Version 92 of “My Legume Love Affair”, conceptualized by Susan and hosted by Lisa. Even though the number of entries were limited, what was found was some wholesome use of the loved lentils. Off to each post one by one:     Rustic White Bean Cabbage Soup by “The Taste Space” With cabbage taking on the mantle of the best vegetable for weight loss, this is such a good way of clubbing up this boring vegetable with some white bean, making it filling and protein laden.     French Lentil soup with Mushrooms, Kale and Sundried Tomatoes by “Lisa’s Kitchen” – our host! Another soup overloaded with lots of flavors, especially that of coconut milk! I must admit that it is the coconut milk that had me… 

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Event Announcement – My Legume Love Affair #92

  It has been ages since I have hosted an event. Somehow during a time when events are not going great guns, it is heart warming to see an event like “My Legume Love Affair“, which is currently being hosted by Lisa, going into its edition #92 on this little blog of mine! The fact that the event has withstood the test of time is a testimony as to the success of the event and I am super excited to be hosting it for the whole month of February!   A few rules to look for participating in the event, though there is nothing much complicated as such! 🙂   Any recipe where legume is the key ingredient, are welcome to be linked. A legume is normally a dried pulse, lentil or beans, and I am sure many of you are already aware of how to use them up in… 

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How to make Ginger-Garlic Paste? ~ Indian Cooking Essential

  There is hardly anything cooked in India without ginger and garlic. Most of the time, it is freshly peeled and pound to be added to the curry or stir fry or for whatever purpose it is being used. Being in a hurry all the time, nowadays a lot of them resort to the bottled ginger garlic paste. I was also guilty of the same. Being a working woman, it was really convenient for me to have a bottle of it in my fridge for my daily frugal cooking during that time. As the kids came along and we started staying with umma, I noticed she had moved on from freshly making to advance ground ginger garlic paste. When asked, she said it was convenient. And yes, it is convenient! The only work involved is the bulk peeling and cleaning. Once that is done, the remaining is a breeze. Not… 

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How to effectively organize a small lunch/ dinner get together/ party?

  The title sounds very intimidating, right? But there’s nothing like that. It is just going to be a long rant post… 🙂 Before I start, a special thanks to HD’s cousin for clicking the pics. I had none and I was worried what I would be sharing in this post… hehe…   We Indians are so used to having guests over for lunch or dinner. Any special occasion, or any special people come over, we have to call them over our home for a “small” meal. When my parents were around, any family that comes for a visit to Dubai is guaranteed to be fed from our home. It was actually a good feel – the panic on umma’s face, the helping her out to cut the vegetables and fruits, to washing plates and waiting for them to leave so that you could eat up all the left overs!… 

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Blogoversary #2… Comes with an Event and Giveaway!!!

“Your task is to start something good. To see it completed is the work of your Creator.” Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani (A notable mystic and a Hanbali jurist, 470-561 H)   I started this blog exactly two years back… on the lazy afternoon of January 17, 2013. From then it has been an exciting journey. For the past two years, I have Alhamdulillah been able to constantly post without breaks, despite the ups and downs of life. I have taken to food blogging as a way of unleashing my frustrations, of improving myself more and more, whether it is on a personal front or on the cooking front. This may be a food blog but more than that, it has been a reflection of my mental being and cooking has been a vital part of it. Whether I am in a good or a bad mood, I have taken to cooking… 

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Jordanian Tomato Rice Soup… & a failure story!

I joined MENA Cooking Club last month and this was what I had done last month. This month, our host is Everlyn, who blogs at Cheap Ethnic Eatz and the country was Jordan. We were given a list of three dishes – started, savory and sweet. My eyes fell on the choice for the sweet – my favorite, Kunafeh/ Kunafa. Kunafa is a crispy layer of vermicelli with a soft bottom layer of cheese, soaked in sugary syrup. Doesn’t it sound sinful? Yes, so full of calories but believe me, once you have it, you crave for it again and again! When I was carrying Rasha, we would go at least once a week to walk around the Global Village, which used to be free during that time. Each time we go, I would stand next to the cart selling kunafe and prompt HD. He would first ignore me but then I would… 

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Saturday Snapshots #5 ~ Lentils

Time for another Saturday Snapshots! For edition 6, Siri gave us the topic of lentils. Since I may not be able to manage in the next month, thanks to our shifting, I so lazily took into doing this one. I chose to shoot urad dal against a black background and here are the snaps: Do post in your comments and suggestions, as to how I can improve (hopefully!)… 🙂 Linking this off to the Saturday Snapshots hosted by Sirisfood and Merry Tummy…



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Saturday Snapshots #4 ~ Whole Spices

I had already mentioned in my pizza post of last week, that I have become a part of this exciting challenge put together by Siri and Shweta, in the name of “Saturday Snapshots”. I joined the group with a lot of apprehension as to how much effort and time I can put into their projects, but let’s see how things go, since I do want to learn and improve my food photography. Whenever I ask my good blogger friends, who are awesome food photographers themselves, the advice they give me is “practice, practice and practice”. I know that’s the main thing required, and I also know that I am plainly lazy to invest my time into it… If I tell you that I don’t get a moment to rest and my whole day, including weekends are packed with something or the other, you all would believe but there is one… 

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WTML June – Event Roundup

It was a pleasure hosting the “Walk Through Memory Lane” event of Gayathri, over the month of June. I sincerely appreciate all the beautiful entries that have come across as a part of this event. This event has a giveaway, in the form of an e-cookbook called Essential Goa Cookbook by Maria Teresa. Do stay tuned to Gayathri’s post declaring the winner once this round up is done. I have received 60 entries as a part of this event. Off to the lovely entries received: 1. Elaneer Nungu Mocktail, Basundi and Orange Basundi, and Oriya Thali by Desi Fiesta 2. Maavilaku, and Onion Rava Roast by Gayathri’s Cookspot 3. Black Forest Cake, Black Forest Trifle, Fruit Custard, and Carrot Stir Fry by Fulls Scoops 5. Methi Soya Chunks Pulao by Sahasra’s Recipes 6. Cracked Wheat Pulao by Traditionally Modern Food 7. Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake, Quinoa Barley Lentils Haleem, Thai Jungle Curry , Marwadi Aloo Pyaj Ki Subzi, Soya Chana Palak Curry, Mango Cheesecake Parfait, Banana Split Milkshake, Badam Kesar Pista Kulfi,… 

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Ahlan Ramadan ~ Event Announcement with Giveaway!

Assalamu alaikum dear friends… The blessed month of Ramadan is almost here. The month when the Quran was revealed to the Muslims as guidance… that is how important the month is. While we spend majority of our time in Ibaadah in the form of our Salaah, recitation of the Qura’an, pondering over the verses, giving Sadaqah, at the same time we give a lot of importance to our food served during the Iftar (fast breaking) and Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) to ensure that enough energy is provided to carry on during the long hours of fasting. As days pass by, the shift is towards healthy eating during the meal times, considering the hazards caused by deep fried and unhealthy foods after the fasting hours. We, Hasna, Humi and Rafeeda are proud to host a 6 week-long event on our respective blogs, looking at options for healthier cooking and feasting. Do you… 

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Bake Fest #31 ~Event Roundup

Time for another round-up! Thank you so much Vardhini for the chance to host the 31st edition of Bake Fest, that was a month long event up on the blog from May 2 to 31, 2014. Having to do the round-up is a challenging task for me, as I have to hold on to all my temptations and go ahead with putting up all the awesome entries that I have received as a part of this event. A hearty thank you to all my fellow bloggers and non-bloggers who have made this event a success!!! I received a total of 51 blogger entries and 2 non-blogger entries. Listing all of the lovely entries that came my way… 1. Chocolate Cake without Cocoa Powder, Eggless Mango Cake, and Eggless Mango Chocolate Marble Cake by Fulls Scoops 2. Eggless Vanilla Sponge Cake by Prachi’s Veg Kitchen 3. Softest Wholewheat Bread, and Peanut Butter Cookies by… 

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