Raagi Puttu ~ Finger Millet Steamed Hot Cake

  I can’t but think to myself how much we need to be thankful to Allah for all the people in our life. After the parents, sister and nephew left Wednesday night, the house has suddenly become so silent. The kids miss them badly. Though they don’t make it evident, we still understand it, right? Azza, as has been the scene each time they come and go, cried her lungs out at the airport wanting to go with umma. The drama goes on for around 15 minutes and then she is back to normal, as though nothing happened. Thursday was better but yesterday, the emptiness was eerie. I couldn’t even get myself to cook anything new to add to my overflowing drafts, thanks to the heat in the kitchen. But then I tell myself that there’s hardly any more days to go on leave and this time, I am really… 

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Nenthrapazham Puttu ~ Plantain Steamed Rice Cakes: Guest Post for Halal Home Cooking

  As soon as I saw Umm Hamza’s post regarding her absence from her blog and her invitation for guest posts, I decided to jump at the opportunity. First of all, I totally adore her space mainly because of her simple yet tempting bakes and some very unheard of traditional recipes from Algeria.  I am sincerely happy to be filling up while she, InShaAllah, has a lovely time with her in-laws… I chanced upon her blog during our interactions from the MENA Challenge and then on, it has been a warm relationship…   Deciding what to give to her was a little tough. After thinking a lot, I decided to ask her myself. She suggested me to share with her a Malabar recipe. I thought I must share a recipe close to my heart. All in my family has a soft corner for puttu so it is made at least… 

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Pola/ Maida Ottada/ Mutta Pathiri ~ Malabar Style Pancakes

  Today, after the Wholewheat Oats Pancakes and Orange Scotch Pancakes, which are normal pancakes with a little difference in their making, here is the original Malabar style pancake! There are so many names to it, but we call it pola and some parts of North Kerala call it as Mutta Appam or Mutta Pathiri, which just means egg pancakes. 🙂   How strange does it feel when something that you really don’t like is a kid’s favorite? 🙂 My kids love it to the core. In fact when my parents were here, umma would very religiously make this for breakfast every Thursday and Saturday. Rasha would have a couple for her evening snack on Thursday and she would eagerly wait for Saturday morning to have it again. Once they returned back to home to settle, I literally stopped making it even though I had the special chatti that is… 

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Puttu (Kerala Steamed Hot Cake) using leftover cooked rice

Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an – the month that marked the beginning of its receipt onto the earth and in the form that we all read it today, Alhamdulillah… I used to always wonder why I have to read the Qur’an to strengthen my inner resolve, but from whatever I have heard as advice or otherwise, I have come to know on a daily basis how much it is affecting me in a good way, especially when positive approach towards life is concerned. A couple of days before, during my mandatory recitation in the morning, which I do just before I start to work, I was going through the last part of Surah Al-Ankaboot (The Spider). The previous day, I was anxious about a lot of things… matters that may not be too important, yet affects a major part of my life. This is what I read: “Every soul… 

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Raagi Puttu ~ Finger Millet Flour Steamed Cakes (Using Leftover Rice)

Girls are girls, aren’t they? As we set up and get settled into our new abode, I once very subtly reminded HD that we should be getting a little mirror for the kids’ room. He gave me an odd look, “A mirror? Why?” “Simply, because they are girls!” A little hint to Azza that she is looking beautiful – I would say, “Umminte kutti chundariyayitundallo…” (Ummi’s darling is looking beautiful…) and immediately she would want a couple of clips on her head and her eyebrows to be drawn, something she would not be bothered till then! Last week, I noticed Rasha had drawn her eyebrows. Since it was looking out of place, I thought it was HD who had done it. Upon checking with her, she remarked, “I only put, ummi. I have to get used to this, right?” I was just short of gasping! The other day, we were… 

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Kooka Nenthrapazham Kurukkiyathu ~ Arrowroot Plaintain Relish

Can I tell all of you a secret? If I publish it here, then it ceases to be a secret, right? Hehe… this recipe that I am posting today is one of the oldest recipe on the blog. Initially, when I started blogging, I was copying and pasting the recipes that I had already done on my old dead blog – sniff! Now, when I thought of publishing this recipe, I stared at the picture for long. I really hated it, though my pictures were no first class that time, nor are that good now as well! But still that feeling held me from posting this recipe till date. It is recently that I got some stock of arrowroot that I made them again and clicked the picture – still not 100% happy! I love to make this for breakfast. First of all, it is really quick, hardly needs any… 

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Puttu – Kerala Steamed Rice Cakes

    Before I proceed with this post, let me tell you – I have won my first giveaway through blogging!!! 🙂 🙂 When Vineetha from Malabar Ruchi announced her first giveaway after five years of blogging, I gave her a very honest feedback. As far as blogging is concerned, I really feel that the content of blog is always the choice of the blogger. I should say that I absolutely love her blog, for its simple contents, lovely pictures and most of it all, for the lovely person she is!!! When she messaged me mid July that I was the winner of the giveaway, I was really thrilled. She couriered it to my home address in Kerala and eagerly waiting for my B, who was on his little vacation enjoying the rains at home, to come back so that I could get hold of that lovely thing. And it… 

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Kichari/ Kichadi ~ Sweet Rice Lentil Mash: My 1st guest post on “Cooking with Thas”!!!

  I am so excited. I just had to come online at this time to share it with all of you!!! 🙂 I am sure everybody might be aware of the blog called Cooking with Thas. When she published her invitation for guest posts, I just jumped at the opportunity. I went ahead and sent her our family recipe called Kichadi, which is a staple during Friday breakfast. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that it would be featured immediately!!! It also happens that I am the first one to put across the guest post. Here is her tried version as published on Facebook. For the recipe that appeared on her blog, you can click here. Thank you all for your best wishes and continuous support. I would have never gone ahead with so much confidence if it were not for all of you… 🙂   * Updated on Nov 1, 2015: I hadn’t realised… 

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Chakkara Gothambu – Wholewheat in Jaggery

     Actually speaking, breakfast is one meal which we do not have that heavily in this part of the world. With traffic starting as early as 6:30, you are forced to rely on quick fixes like oats, upma and the like to fulfil your breakfast necessities. It is only during the weekends that breakfast is lavish, but still it’s never the dosas and the idlis, but more filling variety, you can say. One of my mom’s favorite breakfast meal is what I am featuring today. Due to the ease of making it, it’s my favorite too. The thing is that you have to remember to soak the whole wheat the previous night and the remaining process is a cake walk, thanks to pressure cookers. I always wonder, what I would have been without a pressure cooker!!! OK, without much ado, off to the recipe…     Updated on February… 

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