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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Kilikkoodu ~ Bird’s Nest Croquettes

  There is never a dearth of snacks as far as Malabar is concerned. Give them a mystery box and they will come up with ideas that you would have never imagined in your life! I am not so creative, if you really ask me. HD taunts saying that I only know to cook from the book while my BFF (remember her fish thoran? Yum…) tells me that even getting delicious food after cooking from the book is a blessing. I love you dear, you always make me feel good… 😀   Kilikkoodu is nothing but croquettes coated with vermicelli, giving it an appearance of a bird’s nest. That is what the name of the snack means too! The filling is normally of cutlet, whichever way you like to make, the only difference is that instead of rolling them in bread crumbs, you roll them into a plate of crushed… 

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Carrot Pola – Malabar Carrot Egg Cake

  For the past couple of days, it has been a disturbing time for a lot of bloggers. It was noticed that a very popular food blogger, who got her popularity in just around a year, was copying content from many successful bloggers, who have worked hard for the popularity they have now. None of us are walking encyclopedias – we all learn from each other and from many people around who influence us in many ways. Always give credit and never copy what belongs to somebody else… It hurts when your effort is taken and used by somebody else for their own benefits. Definitely, these incidents are not going to go down much, but hopefully bloggers will be more careful on what they do… Hopefully… 🙁   Coming to today’s post… A pola is, I feel, the easiest Malabari treat. All you need is loads of eggs and any… 

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Ethapazham Madhuracurry ~ Ripe Plantain Lentil Sweet Curry

  As we roll into the last days of this precious month, it is a two fold feeling – the sadness that Ramadan is leaving us this time and the excitement that Eid is coming. Eid-ul-Fitr is Allah’s way of giving us relief from the tough days of Ramadan that we have had, at the same time, for some serious stock taking of how much we have learned from the month and how much of it can we move forward with during the rest of our life. It is a festival where we thank Him for giving us the strength, perseverence and willpower to submit to His Will. However, just like I stated, it is also a time for us to consider continuing the work that we carried out during Ramadan till the next Ramadan, InShaAllah… How easy it is to do, is totally upto us but with His help,… 

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Podipola/ Kumsi ~ Malabar Plain Cake: “Joy from Fasting to Feasting IX” for Yummy Food

  Today we are on day 10 of this precious month. That is the first part getting over by today evening. The Prophet PBUH has said, “It (Ramadhan) is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness and its end, emancipation from the fire (Hell)” The days of mercy are coming to an end and we move into the days of forgiveness. He is always ready to accept us, as long as our intentions are clean. May Allah have mercy on us and make us among those who receive His forgiveness… Aameen…   This is the fourth time I am being featured on Lubna’s Ramadan event, which is entering into its ninth edition this year, MaShaAllah… I cannot express how happy I feel each time she invites me over this lovely space of hers. I still remember how much I couldn’t believe myself when she invited me the first… 

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Erachi Pola ~ Chicken Cake

  It is good to see that the world wants to know more about the beautiful month of Ramadan, especially during a time when Islam is being battered more by its own people than by others, Naoozubillah – May Allah protect us and keep us safe, Aameen… How else would you explain this article that appeared in The Kitchn last week or this one on Huffington Post? 🙂 It is easier to understand the month when you are staying in an Arab country, since everywhere here it is filled with the “feel” of the month. You are already updated on what not to do, and what you can do. However, when you live in a country where Muslims are in minority, it is a source of amazement as to how we can go hungry the whole day. Even here, my non-Muslim friends and colleagues keep asking me. Yes, it is… 

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Chakkakuru Unda ~ Jackfruit Seeds Sweet

  This weekend, we took the time to complete off our Ramadan grocery shopping. Though not much, it is still a task in itself. During the month, normally our visits to the supermarkets go to the minimum since there will be hardly time to adjust in between. As we picked up what was required and was waiting at the counter, the family in front of us had already put in their groceries on the till and were waiting for their bill. They stood in the line with the trolley, then a pram, and the ladies of the family (a mother and a daughter) behind it. Their billing was already done, the grocery was packed, the gentleman was paying the bill, yet nobody took care to move a bit ahead to put the grocery back into the trolley and make way for the others in the queue, since there were already… 

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Chemmeen Kinnapathiri ~ Malabar Prawn Rice Pancakes

  A lovely read and a slide I want to save up here… 🙂     Malabar is so well known for their variety of non-vegetarian snacks. Give the ladies there a bucket of eggs, lots of chicken, meat and fish and they will come up with varieties of snacks you can never imagine! This is one of them. Even though I don’t have prawns, I do make it for my family or when I have relatives visiting. Ever since I saw this video, I was waiting for a chance to make it and the chance came when there was a get together of relatives at my aunt’s house, so I naturally volunteered to carry something along with me. Making this also gave me a chance to pull out my new steamer! 😉 Kinnapathiri is nothing but a steamed flat bread in layers. It is prepared by steaming the batter… 

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Fish/ Meen Cutlets

  How does it feel to miss a marriage in the family? Awful? Well, being an NRI does mean missing on a lot of marriages in the family. My cousin’s marriage happened yesterday and I had been wanting to go so much that I even enquired the tickets and almost got ready to getting them, when the school told me that I should be more concerned about the kid’s exams rather than the wedding time. So I had to put my plans to rest. All my uncles and cousins, and B has travelled for the marriage, since this is one happening within our family after almost 4 years. Each time I called umma last week, she would talk about the arrangements about the food, the salkaarams, with a remark, “Ninakkum varaamaayirunnu…” (You also could have come…), so as to rubbing salt on my wounds! Not that I love weddings, but… 

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Chemmeen (Prawns) Cutlet

  After the parippu vada and pazhampori, my eyes searched through my drafts and locked itself up on this post. I have to post this, I said to myself. My regular readers may already know my allergy towards prawns so I would never make them on my own. Apart from this Elaneer Pudding, this is another delicacy my sister had made during our vacation. I had to post this before I go on my next vacation! 😉   HD’s uncle knows how mad my sister is for fish. Each time my family visits HD’s house, they are always treated to loads of seafood, since his uncle gets some fresh catch. Last vacation, when his cousin and uncle were leaving me home, they bought a lot of prawns so that she could enjoy some. Yeah, I know, that’s very sweet of them! 🙂 She ended up making some prawn biriyani, prawn… 

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Pazhampori ~ Ripe Plaintain Fritters

  There is nothing more that I can think of that has to follow the parippu vada, than this pazhampori. Pazhampori is Kerala style ripe plantain fritters. You go to any road side eatery there and you will undoubtedly find this. I think it can easily be crowned the “national four o’clock snack”. Plantains are so frequently available back home that this is the first snack that gets made when a guest suddenly comes in. Prepare the batter, cut, dip and fry. You are promised not to get back even a single leftover in the plate! 😉   Normally, the batter is made with all purpose flour, and some add a little bit of rice flour to give it some crunchiness. I always make pazhampori with a mix of wholewheat, all purpose and rice flours. The idea of adding chickpea flour (besan/ kadalamaavu) was given by my colleague, S. I… 

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Parippu Vada ~ Chickpea Lentil (Chana Dal) Fritters

  Just like I did three back-to-back hot drinks at the end of last month – Moroccan Mint Tea, Aaatta Ka Doodh and Masala Chai – I thought the next back-to-back would be the most appropriate if we include some tea time snacks! What say? 🙂 In Malayalam, we call them “naalu mani palahaaram” (4 o’clock snacks!) 😉   When the weather is cold and cozy with those occasional outbreaks of rain, the first thing that comes to any Indian’s head is some hot snacks, deep fried and accompanied with a hot cup of tea! Deep frying may not be considered healthy, especially since now many are being so health-conscious but once in a while, the craving is always there! I rarely deep fry at home, because as I mentioned, it scares me and then the kids nor the men are not so keen to eat them, except for if they… 

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Eylanchi ~ “Love Letters”

I was wondering why this snack never appeared on the blog! Hmm… this happens to be one of HD’s favourite chai time snack. I don’t know how much he loves it but whenever we have sudden guests and he runs down to the restaurant to get some snacks, he would pick up a few of these. The restaurant ones would be so sweet that the guests wouldn’t eat it much, however once they are gone, he would happily sit and have them.   Umma would also make them each time she would run out of ideas for tea snacks. I don’t understand why they have a tag name “Love Letters” – may be it is because of the sweetness hidden inside a normal cover! 🙂 There is another interesting name for  this snack in my place – mayyithappam. “Mayyith” actually means dead body… grrr… I would always tell umma not… 

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Kinnathappam (Jaggery Egg Pudding) – My 31st guest post for Remya’s Baking and Cooking

I was really happy when Remya approached me for a guest post. I must admit that she is one of the simplest characters I have come across in blogging. No frills attached, and I literally mean it. She is a person of few words, though I love that she is very frank with her comments on the blog. She comments on almost all my  blog posts and that too very generously. I must admit that because of this character, I have a little soft corner to this beautiful lady!   I wanted to make something traditional for Remya and I sincerely appreciate her patience to wait for almost three months to decide what to make for her. In our area, “Kinnathappam” is usually an egg based pudding, though in majority of Kerala, this name is used for a cake like disc made of ground rice and other ingredients, made either sweet or savory. I searched… 

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Pazham Varattiyathu ~ Roasted Plaintains in Coconut

Having mentioned many times how fussy my kids are when it comes to eating, some dishes really excite me since I know I will not get any negative remarks. Rasha is someone who keeps comparing my cooking to umma’s and keeps telling me that though my food is tasty, it is not upto umma’s cooking. I feel jealous while hearing that comment, but can’t ignore it too! Umma is a person of few dishes which she would make perfectly while I try to incorporate something new into food every now and then. Somehow, I feel the kids are not being able to accept that trend, which is why nowadays I am cooking off my known repertoire and experimenting less on food. Thankfully, I have amassed a lot of drafts in this period, so I can conveniently go on with this particular phase…   This is one snack that the kids… 

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