Meen Masala ~ Fish Masala

  I wish I could eat fish whenever I wish for. When umma is around, fish is a part of lunch every weekday but I am normally not present during that time. I can’t say I am crazy about fish but I get bowled over by a good fish fry or a delicious fish curry. I guess it can be the signs of a Keralite. 😉 Here are some of the fish recipes on the blog, if you would like to refer back to… Tomato Fish Curry Meen Thoran ~ Fish Scramble Fish Makkanwala ~ Creamy Fish Curry Kerala Style Fish Masala Meen Arappu Roast ~ Fish Roast in Coconut Milk and Masalas – one of my favorites!   This Fish Masala is cooked in a shallot based gravy and enriched with some tomato paste instead of whole tomatoes, to give it a nice pop of colors. Apart from the peeling… 

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Fesenjan ~ Persian Chicken Stew with Walnuts and Pomegranate

  There are times when I wish I can go ahead and do a post without much of an introduction. Just do the post… then I wonder, would my readers accept it? I really don’t know… Many of you are used to reading something or the other to begin a post, and I am used to it too. If I don’t do it, then I feel a pinch of guilt within me for not taking an effort to start the post with a subject. But being human, at times, we are just left to be blank. The mind doesn’t give in. It acts just opposite of the way we want it to be. At that time, the best to do is not to pressurize it, which in turn will put undue stress on our whole system. Does it make any sense? 🙂   Last week, we had some lovely climate… 

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Chicken Shawarma

  At times, my mind gets stuck in the past, even though I don’t like it. However good our present may be, sometimes we allow our mind to loiter in those forgotten lanes of memory. The memories may be good and cherished, but those that you wish to keep aside so that your peace of mind is not disturbed is usually the ones that always end up coming to the forefront. Such times, it becomes imperative to remind ourselves that the best weapon during those moments in the remembrance of Allah. Life is definitely not intended to be a catwalk and we have to equip ourselves continuously with what is required to keep ourselves protected from the whispers of the cursed and to keep our faith. Here is an article I found during my casual browsing that will ease up a lot of matters at heart, InShaAllah…   I have been… 

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Lahori Chargha ~ Lahori Style Chicken Roast

  I never hinted on the blog that HD has a small restaurant that serves Pakistani food. It is close to our house. But no, I don’t get food from there all the time. He does tell me to order if I feel lazy but I try my maximum to keep it to bare minimum as possible. Also, I am not really keen in being known to his staff. Also clarifying, I have absolutely no involvement whatsoever in that business of his. 😀 The first time I had Lahori Chargha was when he bought a whole fried chicken as a tester when he hired a new cook. The man was quite old but he was really impressed with his cooking. The chicken he bought was amazing. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, with generous sprinkle of chaat masala over it, it was amazing to dip it into the… 

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Mangalorean Chicken Ghee Roast

  One thing umma was shocked to see was how much fussy my kids are about having onion and tomatoes in their food. Yes, you read it right! Both of them would very diligently pick out the visible skins of tomatoes and separate the onion strands if they can pull it out easily. Umma was comparing them to how we were as kids. She would slice up buckets of onions while making her chicken chukka and still it wouldn’t be enough for us. We would look into the other one’s plate and tell, “Ethrayullo?” (Only this much?) 😉 I now feel we have literally given her a hard time. The kids prefer dishes where there is nothing to throw away, so roasts like these are always welcome.   The recipe is adapted from here. I do already have a ghee roast on the blog, but this one is a totally… 

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Macarona Bel Bechamel ~ Egyptian Macaroni with Bechamel

  After taking a month off last month, we are back with a bang with the MENA Cooking Club challenge! This month, we are cooking from Egypt.   Egypt needs no introduction. The land of the Nile and the Pharoahs, that’s how everybody knows it to be. It is a country that everybody would want to visit at least once in their lifetime, and that includes myself as well. For this month’s challenge, we were given three options: Macarona bin Bechamel – a macaroni dish, with beef and with bechamel sauce;  Touly – also called the Egyptian ratatouille and Fateer, which is a delicious layered Egyptian bread.   Fateer is something that we buy from Union Co-op at times and eat it just like that. The bread is really greasy but you can’t stop it at one bite. I wanted to try it but looking at the amount of butter/ghee… 

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Saucy Chicken 65

  For me to try out a recipe, there must always be a “pull” factor – some reason to try it. This recipe has been cooked and recooked several times in my kitchen because of this reason. When I saw the recipe on Sadia’s page and read through the post, it took me back to the old times just like it did for her too.   There was a Najaf restaurant at a stone’s distance from the residence we used to stay before. Every Thursday, like a ritual, we would end up there for dinner. It would be the same menu too – their Kerala porottas and a saucy chicken 65. Normally chicken 65 is deep fried and without any gravy, but the one that they used to serve was different. It had a sauce which could be scooped up with the porottas and the chicken was partially fried. Even though, Sadia’s… 

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Chukandar Ghosht ~ Beetroot Mutton Curry

  Something I like about our neighboring country’s cuisine is that they include vegetables in their meat curries. You will find spinach in their mutton curry, methi in their chicken curry, etc. I guess some of the influences are found in some of our North side states as well, though I am not very well aware of the same.   I found “Chukandar Ghosht” in a group mainly of Pakistani members. The color and the recipe allured me. I am sure all of you agree how beautiful the color of beetroot makes any dish look. Just giving you some examples, like the Beetroot Raita and the Eggless Red Velvet Muffins. I had to make it somehow, since my kids are very fond of beetroot. This is such an easy-to-put-together curry, with no tough ingredients and tastes amazing with some hot naans or simple steamed rice. Try to use tender mutton… 

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Kozhi Nirachathu ~ Malabar Stuffed and Fried Whole Chicken | My Guest Post for Working Mummy’s Recipes

  Yeleena had asked me for a guest post almost two months back. The only request she had was she wanted something that was “naadan” (local) and a non-vegetarian savory dish. At the time her message came, I was still on my vegetarian diet. So I told her I would try to cook for her once I would be able to make a proper non-vegetarian meal for my family, which she readily agreed. Once back, I procrastinated till the time I was reminded that her post was still pending. Moreover my parents would be arriving in no time, making it difficult for me to cook up something new and click. Normally, when they are around, even though they don’t mind waiting till I finish clicking but I feel really odd. Therefore I tend to cook dishes that I have not cooked for them before but is already there on the… 

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Shepherd’s Pie

  When winter arrives, all you need is comfort food – food that can be put together easily but is so good to settle down your coldness and hunger too! Winter in UAE is never so cold that you get a chill on your spine. I love winters here, since you can move out in your normal clothing plus a Kashmiri shawl or a thin sweater. The days are short, the nights are long and it all feels cozy outside. Even though you always feel hungry, food tastes the best during this time, as water won’t interrupt frequently! 😀 Last year, we had pretty decent showers so this year we have to wait and see what is there in store for us, InShaAllah…     The second one in line of 3 back-to-back potato recipes after the Chicken Potato Salad, is the Shepherd’s Pie. This recipe is just as good… 

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Chilli Chicken Paratha (Cheat version!)

  I am basically a lazy mom. I know – my blog doesn’t show that, but I really am! If one day, I cook up 10 dishes, I can go about without cooking anything for the next 10 days. I don’t know if it is exhaustion or sheer laziness. I have these spikes in my enthusiasm graph which can literally hit the bottom on some days. 😀 Actually, at the stage I am in now, I am literally at the bottom, not cooking much or instead depending on quick fixes. One thing I have come to realize is that my kids tend to like all my phataphat stuff rather than what I prepare with so much elaboration! 😕 I don’t know whether I need to rejoice on it or feel sad – rejoice, yes, as it makes my lazy bone happy, and sad, yes, as it makes the hyper blogger… 

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Kunjipathil/ Kakkarotti/ Erachi Pidi ~ Rice Dumplings in Meat Stew

  I feel it’s been long since I have done a totally Malabar style recipe post on the blog. So let me break the delay now… 🙂 Kakkarotti, also called as Kunji Pathil (literally translates as small disks) or Erachi Pidi (literally translates as meat and dumpling) is nothing but dumplings made with rice flours, dunked into a spicy meat stew. It is a little bit of work, like many traditional Malabar recipes are, but the end result is so delicious that you will see your family literally licking the plates that it is served in! The cooking is involved into two stages – one, making the pathil or dumplings and the second making the thick meat stew and finally you mix all of them up, simmer and then temper them to make a complete meal. The ingredient list may look long and the process cumbersome but if you plan out… 

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Fish Potato Pie

  At times, all we need is some comfort food for lunch or dinner. Even though I am always at loggerheads whether the folks would love it, I have always get good responses from them to my utter surprise. Taking from my experience of making the potpie and seeing how much the folks enjoyed – and even requesting it several times – I wanted to try this pie as soon as I saw it in a Vanitha Pachakam magazine I picked up while coming back from home last year. There is nothing in it – very straightforward, easy to make and very filling too! With a bunch of fussy eaters at home, I hardly had any leftovers for this. Go ahead, and make this for some comfort food. This would be amazing with a fresh salad on the side, but nobody had the time to wait for the salad and… 

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Malabar Chemmeen Roast ~ Malabar Prawns Stir Fry

  The feeling of wanting to go on leave has never been so high in many years. Even though it is hot here during summers, I am fine with the weather, however this year has been the height. With summers coming late, only by early June, we thought it should be fine but it has been really unbearable. The humidity is at its sticky best, the air is thick with dust and standing in the kitchen or moving out in the mornings is a literal nightmare. While I hear that it is heavily raining back home with some respite here and there, I can’t but wait to go back and have my lazy days. However, past experience has shown that the rains tend to run away by the time I reach home. 😕 Today’s call to D only aggravated my fears of seeing minimal rains. But still, as long as… 

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Chicken with Kidney Beans

  Blankness seems to be the call of the day. Mostly when I open a blog post, I stare at the screen with an empty feeling, not knowing how to go ahead. Writer’s block, I suppose. 🙂 Or maybe I am just overwhelmed by a lot of things around… hehe… I really don’t know. But since I am not in a mood to keep the blog blank, I will go ahead and do the post for the day.   I love combinations of lentils with non-veg, just like this Murg Chanay. As soon as I saw this recipe on Haffa’s space, I had to try it. Even the name she mentioned was so interesting. But when I searched Google just for my information, I noticed Mexicali Chicken was a totally different dish, so I refrained from using that name, instead just kept it straightforward. Hehe… This is just the type… 

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