Vegetable Pulao

ย  While I had posted the One Pot Turmeric Veg Rice, I had hinted I would be sharing my version of the vegetable pulao soon. Thankfully, the “soon” has just arrived. ๐Ÿ™‚ This rice is something I make whenever we are going out prior to lunch for an outing. ย  At the moment, it is not advisable to even show your face out in the afternoon, but once October comes by, then majority population will be found at the beaches and parks enjoying their time out. We do not have a friend circle as such, so mostly we don’t move out. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. We do get together for barbecue and lunches with a small group of friends whom HD is comfortable with, otherwise our weekends even during the good months are quiet. I, being a “social” being, crave for more… 

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Ari Dosa ~ Malabar Thin Rice Crepes

ย  Some recipes tend to delude you, irrespective of how much ever you try. One such recipe is the thin rice crepe that we all make in Malabar. Mine would always crack, always… How much ever I follow the instructions, when I finally pour the batter on my pan, it ends up with cracks. ๐Ÿ™ There is nothing more irritating than that. That is when I landed up on this linkย and how much it has helped me improve my dosa after so many trials! ย  The interesting thing is that the Mangalore Neer Dosa is so similar to our neriya (thin) Ari Dosa. It can be because the only difference happens to be a border. I have heard how similar Mangalore style food is to our Kerala cooking, and that was proof enough when I tried this delicious sukka my colleague P had shared with me. Anyway, I somehow wanted… 

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Chana Pulao ~ Chickpea Pilaf

ย  The first weekend without the kids passed by, and I must say I managed well, though it was a bit overwhelming at times. Since HD is mostly busy with his work, my company are the girls and I tag them along wherever I go. So driving without them in the passenger seat on Thursday night and at home on Friday evening when HD had gone to finish off some important work, was a little emotional for me. But at the back of my mind, I told myself that this may be something that will happen every summer vacation from now on, as long as I will be working, so I better get used to it. ย  Yesterday, we had a lovely get together at Huma‘s place for lunch. Ria, Priyaย (your names seem to rhyme! ๐Ÿ˜€ ) and Zerin were able to join us. We had so much fun chatting,… 

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Dum Aaloo Biriyani ~ Potato Biriyani

ย  We are now in the last ten days of Ramadan, which is considered to be the most blessed days of this month. Even though the consensus is bend towards the odd number days to be considered “Laylathul Qadr”, it is recommended that the same level of worship is maintained all throughout the ten days or till Eid is declared. I had already shared some information regarding this night in this post during my initial days of blogging. However, many people still don’t realize its importance and end up spending majority of the days and nights in shopping for Eid. It is something that happens not only where I stay, but back home too. ย  I always make it a point to finish my Eid shopping before Ramadan begins, yes, with the full thought that we may not even live to see the day! But I also feel it is… 

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Arseeyah ~ Emirati Rice Chicken Gruel

ย  I was ready with the Samak Koufta and Shorbat Adas well before in time, however this dish had to wait till the start of Ramadan to be made. Arseeyah is considered to be one of the Emirate’s comfort food. What is not comfort in it? Rice, chicken and some simple spices amalgamate into a wonderful dish, so very close to Harees.ย During my casual browsing, I landed up on this blog and it was love at first sight. It was one of the few blogs on the world wide web which had some Emirati recipes. I wish she would have continued blogging since the blog hasn’t been updated since Ramadan 2013. ๐Ÿ™ Anyway, it is a treasure trove of a lot of simple recipes and I have almost bookmarked the entire blog to try! ๐Ÿ˜€ The one recipe that did pique my interest instantly was this dish. I did go… 

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Majboos Dejaaj ~ Emirati Chicken Rice

ย  Did you miss the book review last month? Or you haven’t? If it’s the second case, then you haven’t been reading the blog properly. ๐Ÿ˜› Jokes apart, last month, I gave this segment a miss since the Blogging Marathon post collided with the last Saturday. Since I had to choose BM over the book review, I let it go for the month. Here I am this month, making sure that I don’t miss it. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  I am pretty much excited about the post I am doing today. As you know, I am on a mission to collect as much as local cuisine as possible. Having resided in the UAE my whole life, I feel ashamed that I haven’t been accustomed to local cuisine as much as I would have wanted to. But those who have come here would agree to me that local food is not readily available,… 

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Hyderabadi Kheema Biriyani

ย  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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Today is our anniversary #13. This is the fourth anniversary we are celebrating on the blog. ๐Ÿ˜€ 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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One Pot Turmeric Vegetable Rice

ย  Off late, there is too much floating on the net regarding working mothers vs stay-at-home mothers. When I read some articles, it literally makes my blood boil. Since when have we started questioning mothers at home as to why they are not working? Since when have we started to judge working mothers as to how less they care for their children? With the world changing, our thought process seems to be getting narrower than expanding, without us even realizing it. We judge homemakers (a much better phrase than being called a housewife!)ย as “lazy”, “not ambitious”, “free all the time”, etc. We judge working mothers as “over-ambitious”, “career oriented”, “not bothered about the kids”, etc. Ever since Rasha was born, I moved from a working woman to a working mother. The past ten years has not been easy, whether it is mentally, emotionally or physically. There are times when I… 

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Thalassery Chemmeen Biriyani ~ Thalassery Style Prawn Biriyani

ย  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… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  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. ๐Ÿ˜€ Those are called “bad biriyani days (BBD)”. ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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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Zereshk Polo ~ Iranian Barberry Rice

ย  The first recipe post of the year 2017… Alhamdulillah, I am starting enthusiastically, but how much I will continue that enthusiasm throughout the year needs to be seen. Some excitement coming up on the blog this month – should I say it or should I let it surface by itself? I guess I will go with the later… That will ensure that you all stick to my blog this month… I can afford to be a bit selfish, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย  ย  I have already mentioned how much I love Persian food. I have shared some recipes on the blog too, and having a big list of many many more to try. One of the recipes I really wanted to try was this rice I am sharing with you. Zereshk Polo is basically a pilaf with dried barberries. This was one rice that used to feature for our lunch… 

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Pomegranate Pistachio Pilaf

ย  I don’t know how many mothers have felt this way, but at times, when I look at my children, I feel, “Are they really mine?” ๐Ÿ˜€ I always wonder why I feel that. Children are an amazing mish-mash of chromosomes of generations in ourselves that come out in manifestation. Indeed, He is great, Allahu Akbar! Rasha was born looking like HD but now she looks like a splitting copy of me from every angle possible! Even certain mannerisms are like me – laziness, liking the egg yolk and not the white on a sunny side up, etc. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Azza is a literal melting pot of so many people – umma, mattamma, a part of HD… The best part is both of them are as different as chalk and cheese, in every way! Maybe because of the difference, they literally drive me up the wall. Sometimes when they wreck havoc,… 

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Adas Polo/ Pulow ~ Persian Lentil Rice

ย  Even though rice is a staple for us Keralites, I like to have it twice a week. On Fridays, I cook biriyanis or something on those lines and on Saturdays, it is normal lunch of matta rice, curry, fish fry and vegetable stir fry. On other days, I don’t cook lunch since there is nobody to eat at home nor does anybody want to carry rice in their tiffin, so mostly I make extra dinner to be carried over for next day’s lunch. Most of the time, I like to keep my experiments for Friday lunch and keep it simple on Saturdays, since my kids love a homely lunch and I want to make sure that I give that at least once a week, though at times I hate the work that comes with it – call me lazy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย  I have already shared a few recipes that… 

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