Hyderabadi Kheema Biriyani

  I normally don’t post on Fridays unless they are challenge posts. But this time, thought of giving that rule of mine a little miss. 🙂 Today is our anniversary #13. This is the fourth anniversary we are celebrating on the blog. 😀 At times I really wonder how much effort it takes to make a marriage work. One or the other spouse does a lot of adjustments, forgiving and forgetting the small and large mistakes. Why do we do it? There is something more than love that keeps a marriage going. I have realised that every day of my life. I am quite a moody person and one small thing can push me off a corner. HD is just the opposite. Maybe that’s why we are still together in it despite every odds. He is not a romantic that gives me surprises off the hook, or makes me feel… 

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Thalassery Chemmeen Biriyani ~ Thalassery Style Prawn Biriyani

  The feeling of achievement is immense, isn’t it? I am glad that my little attempt to bring together a small group of bloggers is faring fairly well. We are in the third month of our challenge and I am sincerely hoping that we continue moving forward well, InShaAllah… 🙂   For this month’s Muslim Food Blogger Challenge, the challenge was to make “Biriyani”. Alhamdulillah, after trying so many versions, I can confidently handle a biriyani, though there are times when I conveniently screw it up too. 😀 Those are called “bad biriyani days (BBD)”. 😉 A biriyani is usually a very intimidating dish for many, but let me tell you, once you get a hang of it, it is quite easy to make. One major thing you need to learn is to how much to cook the rice. The rice is never cooked fully in the first stage, it… 

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Hara Murg Pulao ~ Green Chicken Pilaf

  This happens to be HD’s favorite rice recipe. He is normally not someone who showers a lot of praises. I have keep my eyes open to see how much he loves what I serve, with the amount that he eats! 😀 There are so many instances where he has eaten very limited and then tells, “It is good”, giving me all sorts of doubts on whether it is actually good enough. But I have cooked this puloa a few times and each time, I have seen him hog and then literally unable to breath. 😀 Maybe, he really loves it… hehe…   The best part about the pulao is the green marinade. It gives a totally lovely flavor to the chicken and the rice as a whole. Try to marinate the chicken for the longest time for maximum flavors. The challenge while making this rice is the water added…. 

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Ambur Chicken Biriyani

  As Ramadan draws to the end and Eid gets closer, many households slowly start the preparation for the festivities. InShaAllah, we are looking forward to a wonderful Eid, with the whole family in place and I guess we are having it this way after many years, so you can imagine the excitement. 🙂 Once we are done with our Eid prayers, we all gather at my aunt’s place to gorge on ela adas, cutlets, continuous cups of tea and unlimited chatter. This is followed by quick trips to my cousin’s place and then we come back to biriyani (mostly this one) and some paal pizhinjathu. We also catch up on some sleep since the previous night is always hectic and we wake up really early to get going to the Eidgah, the big ground where the special Eid prayers happen. The first day of Eid is always within the… 

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Meen Choru ~ Malabar Style Fish Rice

  Including more fish into my family’s diet is something that I am struggling with, just like how I struggle to include vegetables! Even though I have a carnivorous bunch, they are more bend towards chicken, and then comes mutton and beef. But fish is not something they like. 🙁 I prefer fish more than the other non-veg but I don’t like to make it alone for me, so find ways to incorporate them somehow and make them eat.   Today’s recipe is the Malabar style fish pilaf – I have already shared two versions of this rice: one with meat and the other with chicken. So this is the last version available, till I hopefully discover more such similar rice recipes. 😀 I have tried this rice with fresh fish and frozen fish fillets for ease, and I must say that fresh fish wins the battle hands down. It… 

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Kozhi Choru ~ Malabar Chicken Rice

  Last week has been difficult. My hands and legs have been constantly stiff and it was really draining off my energy. A drive to the office would leave me with stiff legs and back that I would require at least a couple of minutes to start moving. Waking up in the mornings were becoming a pain since my neck would just have a catch, so on and so forth. Being close to mid 30s cannot be counted as “old”, right? 😉 Blaming it on time and on my hectic schedule, I just left myself like that till I couldn’t take my lack of energy any more and decided to pay a visit to the doctor. He asked me to go on empty stomach yesterday morning. Since the treatment mode is Ayurveda, I have to now go on a full vegan diet – no non-veg, no diary, no eggs – till the… 

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Pakistani Chicken Pulao

    Remember about a rice that I had mentioned in the Sambaar Saadam recipe? It was this one! I hated the initial picture I had taken for this delicious dish. After contemplating for quite long, I decided to put this recipe on hold till I cook it again and take decent enough pictures to accompany the post. So here I am with better enough pictures – this is only my opinion, I hope you share the same too! 🙂   As soon as I saw this recipe here, I had to make it. It was the first time I was cooking with black cardamoms so I was pretty much excited about it. It looks and smells different from the normal green cardamom that I so extensively use in my cooking. I then came to learn that this spice is extensively used in Pakistani and North Indian cooking. Hoping to use… 

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Malabar Chemmeen (Prawn) Biriyani

It has been more than a week since my vacation ended and still I get questions like, “You must be still in that hangover!” Being a working mother who arrived the previous day before the school opens, I do not have the option to stay in the hangover for too long! The most interesting fact is that kids get adjusted to their life much faster than we adults do. We tend to sulk a lot when our situation changes. Yes, it did take me a couple of days to sink into reality but the four days I had before the start of work helped me a lot to get back to work much faster than I expected, Alhamdulillah. Yes, I still go into the hangover at times, thinking how alone my parents must be feeling and getting that pinch that every grown-up child must be facing thinking of that situation…. 

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Travancore Style Chicken Biriyani

Following yesterday’s Pineapple Sago Kheer, I have to post a biriyani, right? Eid is never complete without a biriyani. How much ever tired we may be, we still put up a lavish biriyani lunch, which will be finally washed down by cups of paalu pizhinjathu… This time, I am coming with you with a very interesting biriyani, which I had bookmarked ages ago, but once I got the chance to try it, I was wondering why I had not tried it earlier! The ingredient list may look really long – I mean, really really long, but believe me it takes more or less the same time as every other biriyani tastes and I must say that making the garam masala from scratch in this recipe makes it “a-must-try-at-least-once” biriyani!   Travancore or “Thiruvithankoor”, if you want the tongue twister name in Malayalam, is the southern part of Kerala just like how… 

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Omani Mutton Kabouli

I am so glad to say that I am hosting the MENA Cooking Challenge this month, and the country for the month is Oman. I have gone to Oman only two times in my life – one to Salalah when Rasha was just a year and a half and the other in 2013 to Muscat to see my BFF after 15 years! Both the trips, unfortunately were too much in a hurry and I am waiting for a chance when HD will have at least a week to spare to go visit both the places separately – so in fact I should be getting two weeks of his time. Still waiting for my appointment… hehe…   The Sultanate of Oman is a monarchy, sharing its borders with the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. I must say that this big nation is blessed by nature – surrounded with a lot of… 

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Hokkein Fried Rice ~ Fujian/ Fukien Fried Rice

I can’t believe this – I haven’t posted a single fried rice recipe till date and what I am posting is what I have chosen to make from this month’s International Food Challenge! One reason why I never posted fried rice is because I have still not got the trick of it… InShaAllah, hope to learn it soon, till then let’s go to this post… 🙂   Our host for the month is Anu and the chosen cuisine was Fijian. Just taking from Anu’s word’s regarding this interesting selection: “Fujian (conventional Fukien) region is a province in southeastern coast of China. Fujian cuisine is also known as Min cuisine and it is one of the eight major cuisines of China. This coastal province of Fujian is famous for its seafood dishes. A famous dish of this region is Fotiaoqiang, usually translated as “Buddha Jumps over the Wall” which contains over… 

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Bombay Chicken Biriyani

I am always on the lookout for new ways to cook any ingredient I get in my hand. I have already mentioned before, if it turns out really good, it immediately appears on the blog and if doesn’t, I still jot down the recipe to improve it in my next trial. Most of the time, Alhamdulillah my first trials have always been good. For me, cooking is all dependent on my mood. If I am in a really good mood, whatever I cook, even if it is a simple dish, it comes out well, but if I am lousy, I just prefer keeping myself away from cooking rather than trashing the food, as simple as that… I love it when my colleagues share their recipes with me. It gives the cook in me a push. I have already posted a couple of them that were passed onto me by my… 

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Hyderabadi Mutton Dum Biriyani

Post #450 – I know it’s not easy to accomplish these many posts in less than 2 years of blogging, but Alhamdulillah, it has happened. I was expecting myself to slow down the pace of blogging however that has still not happened. As I have written in all my milestone posts before, this would not have been possible if it was not for all of you. The hits, the comments and the kind gestures from my beautiful viewers have kept me going despite all the odds. Alhamdulillah… Allah has given me this blog and everything that has come by it as a way to keep me strong and believe in His Will… InShaAllah, as I say always, I would love to continue till it is possible for me with all my strength… Another Eid-ul-Adha has dawned upon us. Many of our Muslim brothers and sisters are performing Hajj. Though I… 

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Fried Chicken Biriyani

Ramadan 29… the day when the moon plays peekaboo and the whole Muslim Ummah waits to see it it will be Shawwal 1 tomorrow or the day after, which marks our first Eid, Eid-ul-Fitr. This time, Eid is tinged with some sadness. On a personal level, it’s the last Eid we spend with my parents here… InShaAllah, if they are able to come later on visit is a different case but for now, it is their last… On a global level, the attacks on Gaza this Ramadan has been heart breaking. The number of children being killed is way beyond our normal sense of apprehension – I mean, which man with a normal functioning heart would be able to kill children that are just days, weeks, months old in the name of terrorism? I found this status by Sheikh Yasir Qadhi very apt, so sharing it… The videos circulating around… 

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Biriyani ~ Version #2

I am in a mood to go back into my shell. A butterfly never goes back to its cocoon, right? But sometimes, everybody likes to retreat into its own self. Many a times, people like me who love to talk and be around people all the time do not realize the importance of having some quality time with self – absolutely going to say, some serious soul searching. It shocks me beyond words as to how your closest people can get you out-rightly wrong and think about you in a way which you could never ever have imagined. It gets me thinking then, either they are taking me wrong or I have projected myself in a wrong way. As I look forward to Ramadan to get into some internal assessments and modifications, even though I have no intention of changing the way I am, maybe a little more polishing of… 

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