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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Zereshk Polo ~ Iranian Barberry Rice

  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? 😉     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

  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?” 😀 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. 😉 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

  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! 😉   I have already shared a few recipes that… 

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Nawabi Qabooli Biriyani ~ Chickpea Lentil Biriyani

  Alhamdulillah, today is the day of Arafah. For the people who are Makkah for the pilgimage of Hajj, they will all assemble in the vast ground of Arafah, continuously supplicating and praying to the Almighty for themselves and for all of the others. The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘There is no day on which Allah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ’Arafah), and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” (Tirmidhee). It is said that He forgives all their sins, even if it is as much as the foam on the surface of the sea, SubhanAllah! How can we count foam? To read more about this day, you can check out this link. For those not on Hajj, it is highly recommended to fast, since fasting on this day with sincere intentions… 

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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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Kanjiyum Chammanthiyum ~ Rice Porridge with Coconut Chutney

  Aren’t there meals that we crave for, even though as children we may have hated it? Then that is what kanjiyum chammanthiyum is for me! Whenever the feeling of illness creeps in, a Keralite soul would yearn only for a big bowl of salted kanji and the spicy chammanthi to go along with it.     When we were kids, we used to hate kanji. Whenever D would go for work late evenings after office hours, we would get irritated that he was not taking us out. His standard comment would be, “Kanji kudikkande?” (Don’t we need to have kanji?) It literally means that he has to earn so that we can have our food. Hehe… And we so nastily would just reply back, “Kanji venda, biriyani mathi.” (We don’t want kanji, we want biriyani!) 😀 Such is the fixation with kanji in our side.   Kanji is basically… 

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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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Idli ~ South Indian Rice Cakes

  If there is a meal that I am assured my kids will wipe clean, then it is idlis with a simple white coconut chutney. Now those who are Indians, will already know what is an idli, and somehow, idli seems to be making its way into the culinary “hall of fame” for its simplicity! 😉 As usual, Wiki has its share of information about idli, so you can go ahead and read it… That is in case you don’t know what is an idli… 🙂   I used to always shy away from making idlis at home. I preferred having them from restaurants, especially our favorite vegetarian eatery called Sangeetha’s in Qusais. The kids would order and eat them as if there is no tomorrow and that is when I thought I must be mastering the art of making this at home. If the soaking, grinding and fermenting times… 

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Thakkali Neychoru ~ Tomato Ghee Rice

  After the Dum Choru and the Sambaar Saadam, coming to the third and final of the rice series! And without realizing much, all three varieties shared seem to be vegeterian! 😀   I have already posted the recipe for Neychoru (Malabar Style Ghee Rice) – prepared normally and using a pressure cooker – on the blog. This is a small variation. I had seen the idea during casual browsing and really don’t remember where I picked up the idea from. The addition of tomato gives a nice list to the otherwise mundane neychoru and takes it to a new level. The best part is that you hardly need anything to go with it – just some raita and chammanthi will do. But then, I am sure many of them have the same problem that I do – if there is no side to this (read as non-veg!), then I… 

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Sambaar Saadam ~ Mixed Vegetable Lentil Rice

  I had plans to post another recipe today, but at the last moment, I changed my plans because I didn’t like the picture though the recipe was an amazing one. Not that my pictures are extra ordinary, but when I know somewhere, I can improve, I guess it is important to give myself a chance. 🙂   After the Dum Choru, here is one rice that is so famous in our neighboring state, Tamil Nadu. I love some of their variations, like rasam saadam, kuska (thank you Jyothi for introducing this one, must try soon! 🙂 ) and birinji, which are like one pot meals in itself. I love sambaar and one day, I had been dreaming about having sambaar saadam, which is basically rice mixed up with vegetables and lentils in a spicy sauce and immediately got myself searching for the recipe. I was disappointed that most of… 

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Dum Choru/ Rice

  Rice is an Indian staple. I don’t think there is any state in India which don’t have rice in one form or the other. Even if we don’t have rice in its complete form, it is either powdered or ground and used up in some or the other form in our cooking. Somehow, though today’s generation is more health conscious and consider rice as being a culprit for weight gain, I feel that the bias towards rice is totally unjustified. Our forefathers have been eating rice and that too in higher quantities than us, but then MaShaAllah they have been hale and hearty. I normally prepare rice only twice a week – on Fridays in the form of biriyanis or spiced rice and on Saturdays at normal matta (brown) rice with curries, fish fry and a stir fry. Since rice is so predominant in our cooking, I thought of… 

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Mujadarah ~ Arab Style Lentil Rice

  Holidays come and go in full speed. Four days, I did get but then I did hardly anything I had planned for. We did spend our time well… I had my share of shopping and the kids had their share of playing, so Alhamdulillah it was a well spent holiday, even though at the end of it, I did wish for an extra day off! 😉   I love Arabic food and I love to keep trying various varieties of their cuisine. Mujadara has been a dish I have wanted to try for so long,. The trigger came from this post and finally when I made it, it needed nothing much to go by it’s side. It’s a protein packed meal in itself thanks to the lentils, and so flavorful, that it can stay on its own. HD had taken three servings and was totally lost as to how… 

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