Meat Chickpeas Patties

ย  It is the 10th of the month and it is time for the Muslim Food Blogger Challenge of the month! I love hosting challenges and love it even more when there is healthy participation too. We are now in our fourth month, and Alhamdulillah, things are going quite well with a lot of enthusiasm in the team. I would love to thank each and every member who take the challenge and try to participate as much as they can! ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  For this month, the theme chosen was “Cooking from the Scrapbook“. Being foodies, we all would have at-least one scrapbook. Either it is a scribbled diary during our school days where we noted our Home Science recipes or copied it from the newspaper that our dad would be angry with us if we run the scissors around it. ๐Ÿ˜€ It may be a book with all cut-outs, or… 

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Palak Pakodas ~ Spinach Fritters

ย  At times, the feeling of numbness is intense. It tightens you, it makes you feel so helpless and hopeless. Alhamdulillah, life is good but at times, when you think about certain things, you feel a void in front of you. I am talking about death… not an interesting topic to talk about or hear about, isn’t it? “Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion.” (Surah Aal-Imraan:185) This is a verse we all know, we stick to, and we tell ourselves. During a weekend, when we were on our drive towards Umm-ul-Quwain, we stopped by the mosque to pray Asr. We were surprised that there were many women… 

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Chicken Shawarma

ย  At times, my mind gets stuck in the past, even though I don’t like it. However good our present may be, sometimes we allow our mind to loiter in those forgotten lanes of memory. The memories may be good and cherished, but those that you wish to keep aside so that your peace of mind is not disturbed is usually the ones that always end up coming to the forefront. Such times, it becomes imperative to remind ourselves that the best weapon during those moments in the remembrance of Allah. Life is definitely not intended to be a catwalk and we have to equip ourselves continuously with what is required to keep ourselves protected from the whispers of the cursed and to keep our faith. Here is anย article I found during my casual browsing that will ease up a lot of matters at heart, InShaAllah… ย  I have been… 

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Chicken Samosas

ย  Normally, I do a year review post during the last post of the year. But this time, I will do it during the second last post of the year. The last day of the year happens to be the last Saturday of the month, so it is for the book review. Not wanting to disturb the schedule, I thought let me keep a day earlier this time. ๐Ÿ™‚ So how was 2016 for all of you? As far as I am concerned, it happened to be a year when I did nothing much to improve myself. ๐Ÿ™ The year came and the year went – that was a synopsis for me. I took off from where I ended last year, and Alhamdulillah, my mind and heart was more settled and at peace with itself this year. ย  This year, I witnessed the difficulty of moving from a non-veg diet… 

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Cheesy Rice Cutlets

ย  We had a long weekend, thanks to a public holiday for Miladunnabi yesterday. We didn’t even move out of the house, that’s been the case ever since we have come back from our vacation – yeah, it’s been more than three months, still… ๐Ÿ˜€ On top of that, thanks to see-saw weather, I ended up getting a very bad cold and cough and still struggling with it. Everybody is scaring me saying that whatever is coming now stays for at least a month. I am just hoping it is not that bad. Hehe… The silver lining was the arrival of my parents on Saturday night, Alhamdulillah. As usual, they came along with a lot of luggage and lot of stuff to eat, and I am in a battle with my mind that nothing of all that is mine to be eaten. This time, they will stay longer than the… 

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Baked Mushroom Cutlet

ย  Eating healthy is like a mantra these days. Who won’t tell you to eat healthy? From your spouse to your parents to your colleagues to your friends to your neighbors to everybody you see around are all telling, “eat healthy”. What exactly is eating healthy? It is a very dicey question, the answer of which is different in everybody’s dictionary. While one side will tell you carbohydrates are a big no-no, the other side will tell you to eat your local carbs. While one side will tell you to go on a protein diet, the other side will tell you it will make you look man-like. While one side will tell you to go on a juice diet, the other side will tell you how much such a drastic diet can strip your body of essential nutrients. While one side tells you to go on a plant based diet,… 

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Kilikkoodu ~ Bird’s Nest Croquettes

ย  There is never a dearth of snacks as far as Malabar is concerned. Give them a mystery box and they will come up with ideas that you would have never imagined in your life! I am not so creative, if you really ask me. HD taunts saying that I only know to cook from the book while my BFF (remember her fish thoran? Yum…) tells me that even getting delicious food after cooking from the book is a blessing. I love you dear, you always make me feel good… ๐Ÿ˜€ ย  Kilikkoodu is nothing but croquettes coated with vermicelli, giving it an appearance of a bird’s nest. That is what the name of the snack means too! The filling is normally of cutlet, whichever way you like to make, the only difference is that instead of rolling them in bread crumbs, you roll them into a plate of crushed… 

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Mixed Vegetable Pakodas

ย  Anything deep fried is so synonymous to rains, right? I guess it is the Indian mentality – we want some deep fried goodies and some strong chai to go with the sounds of the rain. ๐Ÿ™‚ Since these posts are scheduled, I am sincerely hoping I get to enjoy some rains. Last year, during this time, it was really bad. Off the 30 days I stayed, I saw good rains for hardly a week. All the remaining days were either moody or just plain hot, with clear skies, making you doubtful if you have landed during the monsoon season. ๐Ÿ˜• My parents were saying about how heavy the rains were in June and my cousins were raving that it was good enough in July, so as this post goes public, I am hoping for the best. ๐Ÿ˜€ ย  Meanwhile, I leave you with these delicious pakodas – one of… 

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Erachi Pola ~ Chicken Cake

ย  It is good to see that the world wants to know more about the beautiful month of Ramadan, especially during a time when Islam is being battered more by its own people than by others, Naoozubillah – May Allah protect us and keep us safe, Aameen… How else would you explain this article that appeared in The Kitchn last week or this one on Huffington Post? ๐Ÿ™‚ It is easier to understand the month when you are staying in an Arab country, since everywhere here it is filled with the “feel” of the month. You are already updated on what not to do, and what you can do. However, when you live in a country where Muslims are in minority, it is a source of amazement as to how we can go hungry the whole day. Even here, my non-Muslim friends and colleagues keep asking me. Yes, it is… 

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Masoor Dal Pakodas ~ Red Lentil Fritters

ย  Ramadan is almost around the corner. I always wonder how quickly it passes from one Ramadan to another. Every Ramadan starts with the thought of taking maximum advantage of the blessed month but as we approach the end of the month and introspect ourselves, we feel that we have lagged from our initial enthusiasm. ๐Ÿ™ I sincerely hope it is not like that this year… One thing I love about this month is the feeling of it – it is the time when we can look more into ourselves, think more compassionately for our fellow beings, sincerely appreciate the blessing that we already have, which we fail to see and accept whatever has passed by. Alhamdulillah for everything, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  This month, till the end of Ramadan, I will be focusing on light meals and snacks for Iftar and Suhoor meals. InShaAllah, I hope you will find some… 

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Be My Guest – Thayir Vadai

You all would have noticed that I am slowing down on my guest series from the beginning of the year. Yes, it has been intentional, I have already made it clear. Somehow, this year, I have been concentrating on doing my own posts and also coordinating for guest posts was taking a toll on me, so I had to take a decision to go a bit slow, though I am not going to let this series die off as such… ๐Ÿ™‚   After two months of silence, today I have one of my favorite bloggers. I know I have introduced many of them this way, and this sweet lady’s blog has been one that I laid my eyes on more than four years ago, when I took genuine interest towards cooking. Why did I like her blog? I love good vegetarian food, and I simply suck at making them –… 

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Chicken Olive Bread Cups

ย  I have kids who have terrible hunger pangs, yet wouldn’t eat anything that is given to them. I am lucky that they eat fruits like apple, banana, pomegranates, etc. and vegetables like cucumber and carrot, but otherwise to get a meal across to them is very difficult, in general. Just the other day last week, I made a simple stir fry of chicken and broccoli, hoping that they would touch the green thing along with the chicken, alas, my plate kept getting flying broccoli pieces landing into it and they quietly finished off the chicken. No amount of screaming, requesting or begging worked. It is always the case… Sometimes it is so nerve-wrecking, but then I remind myself that even we as kids were very fussy with vegetables… ๐Ÿ˜€ ย  This is the simplest snack I have ever made, I guess… Some slices of bread, topping of your choice,… 

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Kheema Tikki ~ Mince Patties

ย  Last week, while I picked up the kids from their babysit aunty’s house and was walking towards our building, Rasha pointed out the recently cordoned section a couple of buildings away and said, “See Ummi, another building is coming up!” I just replied with an hmm. Then the below conversation ensued: Rasha: “We need to ask abba to book a six bedroom flat in that building!” Me: “There won’t be six bedroom flats in that building, dear!” Rasha: (after briefly thinking) “Then abba must take a 6 bedroom villa.” Me: “But why do we need a six bedroom villa?” Rasha: “So that I have one room for me, one room for Azza, one room for you and abba, one room for our guests, one room for keeping all your paathrams (cutlery) and having a table so that you can click your pictures silently…” I was so relieved I had… 

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Croquette De Poisson ~ Fish Cakes

ย  I don’t know why I keep forgetting to record some of the blogger meets I had recently. A couple of weeks ago, Zomato had their first blogger conference in UAE and it was a lovely event filled with discussions and presentation. I attended them along with Huma and Fajee and we had a lovely time along with Anamika. It was nice meeting Fareeha and Razena for the first time. This weekend, Huma and I had the chance to meet up Mayuriji, who was on a holiday in Dubai. We caught up an hour and a half over some coffee and some interesting talks. It is always nice to connect to fellow bloggers over the love for food. HD never seems to understand how I could be meeting with people whom I really do not know, but since they happen to be ladies, ย he is fine with it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย … 

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Chemmeen Kinnapathiri ~ Malabar Prawn Rice Pancakes

ย  A lovely read and a slide I want to save up here… ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  ย  Malabar is so well known for their variety of non-vegetarian snacks. Give the ladies there a bucket of eggs, lots of chicken, meat and fish and they will come up with varieties of snacks you can never imagine! This is one of them. Even though I don’t have prawns, I do make it for my family or when I have relatives visiting. Ever since I saw this video, I was waiting for a chance to make it and the chance came when there was a get together of relatives at my aunt’s house, so I naturally volunteered to carry something along with me. Making this also gave me a chance to pull out my new steamer! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Kinnapathiri is nothing but a steamed flat bread in layers. It is prepared by steaming the batter… 

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