Gothambu Kanji ~ Broken Wheat Gruel/ Konji

  Season of flu is here! As much as I love the winters, I dread the illness which comes with it. Alhamdullillah, so far,  I have never had any drastic issues as such at home and I sincerely hope it continues the same way, InShaAllah. “Kanji” or gruel is a dish made very frequently if you have illness loitering in the house. It is calm on the tummy, digests very fast and keeps your system clean.   Mostly we make it with broken rice, and I have already shared this version previously. But at home,umma makes kanji with broken wheat as she is diabetic. The kids are so used to it that they love this version more than the original one. For umma, it’s an easy dinner, when she gets bored of eating chapathis. I was never fond of this earlier, but now I have gone to liking it, thanks to… 

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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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Hearty Bean Barley Soup

  Time for the Secret Recipe Club reveal day! I must admit this is one challenge I am so happy to be in! Every month, once our reveal is done, I eagerly wait to see which blog is assigned for the coming month. A food blogger never gets tired of going through another food blog. The only issue is that it gives a feeling that there is still so much to try! 😀 I don’t think that is bad at all. As long as we realize that cooking is a continuous learning process, it will make you feel fine. 😉 The blog assigned to me for this month was “Our Eating Habits“. The owner of the blog, Jamie is the mother of three lovely kids, who are home-schooled, and she absolutely enjoys cooking for them. It is so well evident on her blog. The range of recipes on the blog is… 

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DIY: Dulche De Leche in Pressure Cooker & DDL Coffee

  I have written about DDL in detail in the previous posts. Dulche De Leche is nothing but condensed milk cooked to make it caramel like. This is one of the best discoveries when I fell in love with cooking. Adding DDL to a dessert just lifts it to another level. A few recipes on the blog that already use up this wonder ingredient: Mexican Flan Banoffee Pie DDL Ice Cream DDL Bundt Cake DDL Brownies – my absolute favorite! DDL Baked Cheesecake   Making DDL from scratch is actually a tedious process. It is no fun cooking the tin for a few hours – 3 to 4 hours – soaked up in hot water on low flame. Instead, I use my trusted pressure cooker to do the job for me. It gets done so easily and you just need to leave it overnight to cool completely, to make it… 

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Lauki Chana Dal ~ Bottlegourd Chickpea Lentil Stew

  Last week saw some awesome movement on the blog. All I did was share the Chocolate Biscuit Pudding on a few FB groups and what happened was the least that I expected! The day it was posted and the next day showed some really good hits on the blog, in fact last Wednesday showed the highest hits ever since I started the blog. The other time I got close to it was when I shared the Fluffy Biscuit Pudding. I get asked by all as to how to keep a blog running. In fact, there is no formula for it. If you are ready to spent a lot of time looking at ways to emaciate your blog in the way of social networking and otherwise, and if you are lucky, you will get in a healthy amount of hits. It is a lot of work. But more than work,… 

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Irachi Varattiyathu ~ Roast Meat with Coconut Peices

  Last Thursday, my parents arrived. Alhamdulillah, the feeling of having them back even though for a little time is priceless. There is a little extra joy coming ahead as my sister and her boy will join us this Thursday evening for a couple of weeks, InShaAllah… Looking forward to a fun filled Eid… 🙂 Ramadan is moving at a dizzying pace and somehow I am not able to keep up the pace. No wonder it is said, that “Ramadan is like a rare flower, that blossoms once a year. Just when you begin to smell its fragrance, it disappears for another year.” Whoever said this, has said it so true… 🙁   As I was going through the posts over the past few weeks, I have not posted any “serious” recipes as such. They have all been quick fixes – like juices, and snacks. I must say that when… 

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Harees ~ Emirati Wholewheat Mash

  Ramadan is incomplete in this part of the world without a regular supply of “Harees”. I bet anybody who has been here will agree.   “Harees” is nothing that whole wheat slow cooked along with mutton and bones till nicely mashed. Umma would say that in those days (early 80s), she has seen the maids at the Arab houses would have a huge pot outside the house kept on a makeshift stove, with fire from dried date palm or wood and they would stir in once in a while to ensure it doesn’t stick. The harees would be cooked for hours till you are unable to distinguish the whole wheat nor the mutton. The bones that would be floating on top would be fished out and then the harees would be packed in casseroles with a generous topping of ghee, called as “smen”. These are then distributed to the… 

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Koonthal Porichathu ~ Squid Fry

  Even though I love fish, the folks at home are not very fond of it. This includes the kids. It’s not they don’t eat, but fish alone as a meal does not satisfied them in any way. With the goodness of fish, this should be a meal I should be trying to be including at least once a week, but most of the time, that doesn’t happen. 🙁 Especially with me on a vegan diet, the cooking of fish has literally gone to zero. I am somehow surprised that none of my umma’s genes have gone to the kids. Umma and my sister are fish crazy. Umma seems to have mellowed down with age but my sister would eat fish morning, afternoon and evening. After moving to US, due to the lack of fresh fish, she has limited her eating but once she comes home, she fills herself with… 

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Chicken Giblets Fry

  Almost this month is finishing. Wow, four months over! Before we even know Ramadan will come, Eid will come and go and then InShaAllah would be going home in August so the next four months are bringing in a lot of excitement, hopefully… I was wondering, whether this super fast pace of life is a reminder for us in some way or the other… I guess over thinking is also not good… What we need to do is to make the best out of the limited time we have…   Just like having some giblets… Giblets for me reminds me of the breakfast at wedding homes back home. If chicken biriyani is on menu for lunch, then breakfast is a guaranteed porotta and parts (wings, neck, giblets and liver) curry. 🙂 I am not a fan of liver but I love to have giblets and absolutely love its chewy… 

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Raarha Ghosht ~ Special Mutton Curry

  Somehow, good days always seem to come to an end much faster than you would like it to. My parents went back after a month’s stay yesterday morning and dreading going back home, I took the kids out to their favorite play area, and then got a few things done for the car plus a little bit of shopping. Nothing really helped me actually – a lot of things are very peripheral, you think they would help you overcome when they really don’t! 🙂 It took me time to go off to sleep but then I told myself that I am not alone as far as not having parents close by is concerned. All those who stay abroad miss their parents irrespective of how your relationship is with them… Also I consider myself unromantic, as seeing a lot of red all around thanks to February 14 being Valentine’s Day… 

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Aatunthala Curry ~ Goat Head Curry

  Even though we are not used to any “exotic” kind of foods except chicken liver or giblets occasionally, this is one thing I used to eat when I was small. D would sometimes bring aatunthala (goat head) when he finds a good one in the near butcher shop and umma would make this simple yet super tasty soup like curry with it. My sister would not touch even a bit, and that would only make me happy. Just like how this recipe phased out till I forced umma to make it for the blog, this one also had gone into oblivion. Since I am wary of buying from butchers, I normally don’t prepare it. I always believe that it is better for the men to get things like these for us to cook, since the men on the other side will be wary of giving bad stuff to them!… 

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Cherupayar Parippu Pradhaman ~ Kerala Moong Dal Kheer

  Last week, I happened to read this article. As soon as I started reading it, I related it to myself. I always have doubts about how I am doing, what am I doing, and so on and so forth. Each and every word seemed to just point at me and the checklist in that article, SubhaAllah, was a total eye opener. I would suggest my dear readers to go through it too, maybe it will answer a lot of questions for you, just like it did for me, Alhamdulillah… JazakAllah Khair to that sister who did the post… 🙂   It is not that I always crave for cakes and desserts… sometimes I crave for our humble payasam. Somehow, I don’t make the best payasams… I am more confident when it comes to baking or making continental desserts, but if someone asks me to do a payasam, I somehow… 

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How to make corn in a pressure cooker?

  Already two days of the hyped long weekend is almost getting over. Nothing of my plans happened though… I was wanting to clean the whole house inside out, but I have not even started. Friday and Saturday is going to fly off in a jiffy and it’s back to office and school. Sigh… It has been a horrible week for those in Chennai due to the heavy rainfall obstructing life and bringing it to a complete halt. Things don’t look so good, though the news say that the rains have halted and hopefully things will get better. It is Allah’s tests in many ways – how much we wish for rain, but when it continuously rains, the way it can dislodge life is unimaginable. My thoughts are with all my blogger friends who are struggling to get back to their normal life schedules soon, InShaAllah….   I have not… 

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Sharba Libiya Bil Dajaj Walzaatar ~ Libyan Chicken Thyme Soup

Each time the MENA Cooking Club challenge is declared, my eyes first go on to the soup before any other recipe! Somehow, if you go through the challenges I have participated so far, I have been doing majority soups, and here is one more to add to it!   This month, the country that was chosen was Libya. Just like all countries in the Gulf, Libya is rich in its own way as far as history and culture are concerned. However, for the past few years, we have been seeing some disturbing trends as far as the liberation of this beautiful country is concerned. You can read some of the news here. It is testing times in all ways… Innalillahi wainna Ilaihi raajioon (We are from Allah and unto Him we return), we pray that this country unites and finds peace in the best way possible.   From the recipes… 

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Kozhi Thengapaal Curry ~ Chicken Coconut Milk Curry

There are times I oversleep in the morning… can’t help it, at times the kids just refuse to sleep off and my alarm decides to ditch my over-sleepy mind. On one such morning, I woke up just in time for me to leave for office and had no other option than to not send my younger one to school. Since Rasha goes a bit late, she had to go to school. When I returned back from work, Rasha was whining as to how she always has to go to school and how Azza gets the benefit. The conversation which followed stumped me:Azza: “Thaatha, do you know why I didn’t go to school today?” Rasha: (looking annoyed) “Yeah, because ummi didn’t sent you!” Azza: “No, because Atha’s teacher is not feeling well…” Me: (surprised) “How do you know that your teacher is not well?” Azza: “Teacher was doing like this in… 

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