Tabbouleh ~ Middle Eastern Parsley Salad

  This month, being Ramadan, for the MENA Cooking Challenge, we were given a free reign. We were asked to choose any recipe that is normally cooked during this holy month in the MENA region. The first thing that came into my mind was salad – and of course, what better than Tabbouleh!   One good thing about this region is the incorporation of a routine of soup and salad into their daily eating habits. You will see that before every meal, even in restaurants, a small serving of soup and salad is always provided. It is a mandatory part of their eating habit, unlike our Indian style of mostly having only onions as salad and never any soup! I have tried hard this Ramadan to introduce a soup and salad routine, but barring from a day or two, I wasn’t really successful, thanks to the heat in the kitchen… 

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Simple Quinoa Salad

  It is the month end and time for the Shh Cooking Secretly Challenge! This challenge was initiated by Priyaakka and then moved on to be managed by Mayuriji. I must say that she is doing a good job keeping everyone motivated to participate in the challenges, even though the group is small.   This month, the theme is “cool salads” since it is summer in almost everywhere in the world. I am teamed with Priya Satheesh (there are too many Priyas in the bloggy world! 😀 ). I admire her for all the innovative combinations that she comes up with, for almost all her recipes. This is the second time I am teamed with her, the last time being when I made the potato frittata.     The two ingredients she gave me was avocado and tomato. I was fine with the tomato but avocado always gives me nervous… 

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Greek Salad

  One cuisine that I would really love to dabble with is Greek cuisine. If you check out certain recipes of Greece, they have a high Middle Eastern influence in their food, which may be one reason I am so keen to try their food. There are a few that I have in my cut-outs, but when I will try them is to be seen. InShaAllah, hopefully I have many more years of blogging in me so I get to try some! 😉   Meanwhile, as a part of the last recipe in this month’s 3 back-to-back green recipes – the first one was the Coriander Chutney and the second Kiwi Green Grape Juice – here is a refreshing Greek Salad for you. There is nothing much complicated about this salad – lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, olives all mixed up together, some crumbled up feta cheese and a little seasoning… 

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Spiced Chickpea Mango Salad

  Most of my cookbooks are instant purchases. I just flip through and purchase. At least buying that way has given me decent cookbooks compared to some of my online purchases that have literally made me cry once the books have landed in my hand. 😀 I guess I better not talk about them and move on with the book chosen for this month’s book review… 🙂   “Chilli Notes” by Thomassina Miers happens to be the author’s fifth cookbook. And she is no mean one – she is a Masterchef winner. I really didn’t know that when I picked up the book. 🙂 I picked it up from the Borders store at Mirdif City Center, along with the “Low Fat Baking Book” that I reviewed the first in the series. I don’t know what exactly pulled me to buy it but there were surely these factors: Hardcover – I… 

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Purple Cabbage Coleslaw/ Salad

  Somehow, winter is stuck somewhere. It is already beginning of December and we aren’t getting the chills yet. Mornings are cold, but not cold enough to give you a chill across your spine. A drive in the evening still needs the a/c on in the car. It is not cold enough to go inside your blanket while sleeping. We have had an overly foggy morning this Saturday and today as well, so maybe it means that the winters are slowly coming. Last year, we had quite an early start to the winters and maybe that is why the expectation is a bit dampened this year. Since it is not very cold, it is quite comfortable to be outside, for walks, for just those simple outings. At times I wish HD would be fine with going out just like that without an agenda. He feels I am being too nagging… 

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Egg Mayo Salad

  We had the Sharjah Book Fair at the expo center for 10 days. Last year, I had so much of will power that I came out without buying even a single book for myself. To compensate for that, this time, I picked up so many, adding on 13 books to my shelf. 😕 I really don’t know if I need to be going to a de-addiction center to get rid of my cookbook addiction. There was a time when I used to love watches and rings, this has weaned away. Then it became shoes and bags, which then gave way to abayas. Everything has now settled and moved way to a really expensive addiction of cookbooks! Cookbooks in this part of the world don’t come cheap and getting them at a real bargain is a rarity. So you can imagine my excitement when I picked up books like Simply… 

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Chicken Potato Salad

  While going through the blog and the previous 3-back-to-back series, I realized that my major concentration was on the sweet than savory! Hehe… so like me, I know… 😀 So this time, I purposely decided to choose a theme that is not sweet. After a bit of racking my head, I decided to choose my favorite vegetable – potato! I am not sure if there is anybody who hates potatoes. I used to initially get a cold response from my family but now I have converted them into potato lovers! 😉 Potato is in fact one of the easiest vegetable to cook and can be consumed in so many different ways and so many combinations. I already have a few on the blog and just adding another three more to the list! 😉   The first recipe coming your way is a super easy salad. Protein and vegetables tossed… 

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Pomegranate Couscous Salad

  You don’t always buy new ingredients, expecting the folks at your home to accept it wholeheartedly. One such ingredient was couscous. Couscous is a grain like substance made with durum wheat, and is so close to semolina, except that it is in a more rolled form. Many Arab and North African countries use this as a staple in their cooking, instead of rice or wheat. Couscous available now in the market is more of the no-cook variety – all you need to do is to soak it up in hot liquid for sometime and it swells up. It is that easy! I personally feel it is more of an acquired taste.   I bought a small box of couscous out of curiosity and used up the whole thing to make this delicious and easy salad. All that had to be done was to soak up the couscous in hot… 

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Pickled Red Cabbage

  The Naan Berenji post was already typed and kept ready earlier and I just had to hit the Publish button when I had the mood day before yesterday. Finally my vacation came to an end. I returned back to reality by Thursday afternoon. From tomorrow, it is all routine – school, work, home, cooking, blah blah… I wouldn’t say that I had the most relaxed vacation. It was hectic thanks to a lot of things packed in but Alhamdulillah, we had an awesome time. In fact, we were not able to everything we wanted to do. Initially, we had even tried to fit in an Andaman trip, but that was called off since we wouldn’t have much time to for it. 🙁 As days go, I will keep penning a bit about our vacation, and some of our good times too. Meanwhile, I am trying to get myself to… 

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Spicy Sausage Salad

  Starting the series of scheduled posts… 🙂   This is one absolutely lazy meal! In an attempt to try make the kids silently eat salad, I tried making this one and what a success it was, whether it was with the kids or the adults! Sausages may not be considered healthy food, but at times I buy the fresh ones with the lower shelf life, as the taste is also much better. Totally packed with a lot of vegetables and some boiled sausages, and topped with very little dressing, this is one of our favorite salads of all times – I guess it is understandable! I love this salad with a big bowl of tomato soup and it makes a nice and cozy filling dinner, with literally no carbs! Off to the recipe…     Spicy Sausage Salad   Save Print Prep time 2 mins Cook time 3 mins… 

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Peanut Pasta Salad

  We have been eating from out like mad. During these holidays, since we would hit the road early and come back really late, we hardly cooked anything much apart from the biriyani. My sister is already asking me to make her some special since I haven’t made anything much, hehe… I mean, that is true… there is hardly any time to be making specials especially when time is so limited. I am hoping to make at least something before it gets too late, InShaAllah… One request that has come is for this mango cheesecake, which I must get doing soon…   From all the eating, at times we do crave for very subtle meals. This pasta salad is one of them. Last year, we had a small blogger’s meet-up, in which Asiyakka had come with a salad similar to this. It was so delicious that we wiped up the… 

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Fruit Chaat

  “O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may ward off (evil);” (Surah Al-Baqarah:183) This happens to be my fourth Ramadan blogging, Alhamdulillah. Each time the month comes, it gives me an opportunity to let my readers know about the importance of the month. We as Muslims, celebrate this month as a gift from the Almighty, however difficult it may be taking into account the climatic conditions. But it is His Mercy that this month comes across all seasons as years pass by. So during a lifetime of a person, he fasts easily during winters and with a little bit of difficulty during the summers, however with all the benefits of the month. I have already touched upon the month’s benefits in my posts from the previous years, which you can refer to the archives, if you… 

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Corn Avocado Salsa

  Time for the Secret Recipe Club post! This is my second SRC challenge in Group C and I am excited as usual! 🙂   This month , I was assigned “Where is my spoon?”, a lovely blog by Adina. She is a Romanian currently residing in Germany – both beautiful countries indeed! Don’t ask me how I know, Google is helpful enough in that case, isn’t it? 😉 Her recipe index is loaded with a wide variety of recipes, that look amazing yet are very quick to whip up. A few recipes that I noted up while browsing through her blog were the Broccoli Chickpea Soup, Golden Roasted Potatoes with Avocado Dip and Vegan Banana Bread. After a lot of contemplation and because I was in such a mood for a salad one night, I opted to make the quick Corn Avocado Salsa.   I have always loved avocado… 

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Lobia (Black Eyed Beans) Salad

  There was a time when I used to so keenly look out for weekends. But now, even though I love weekends, I have been turning terribly lazy to move out of home off late. With the doctor advising against sleeping in the morning, which means that I must be awake from 5 am even if I don’t have much to do, I feel the days longer and thankfully a lot of my chores finish off in the morning. But waking up early also means sleeping early, but on a weekend it is a difficult thing to happen, so I try my maximum not to go out or if we do move out, we don’t go off to any far off destinations and we are back home in time to sleep early. HD is the happiest, since I have moved from a cranky wife who wanted to go out to… 

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Waldorf Salad

  My first tryst with Waldorf Salad was when my eyes fell on a box of it at a supermarket chain close to our house. They keep on their chiller shelves variety of cold salads and sandwiches and this one immediately caught my fancy. Normally, it is strange of me to be checking the salad chiller for anything interesting, since I would have normally looked at the sweet stuff, but of late, I feel homemade sweets, cakes and desserts are far better in taste. I thought I was the only one who thought so but a lot of bloggers and foodies have confessed that sometimes you order for a sweet with high expectations, and at the first bite, you are like, “Darn, I make better than this!” 😉   Well, coming back to the recipe, to know more about the history of this salad, you can read here. As you… 

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