Bombay Masala Toast Sandwich

ย  I would have never known of this simple yet delicious sandwich, had it not been the little food joint opposite to our office lane. Usually, I order food through our office boy. He knows what I like to eat, so he asks me and orders accordingly. One day, he suggested me to try the “Bombay Masala Toast” from this outlet and I didn’t know what to expect. I went by as he suggested. I didn’t find the sandwich so intriguing but as per my colleague P, it is one of the most sought-out street food in Mumbai. I was surprised to know that and then slowly got to knowing about the sandwich more. ย  The next time I ate it, I carefully dug into it seeing what each layer had in between it. One very important factor of this sandwich is the butter used. It always has to be… 

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Cabbage Pakoda ~ Cabbage Fritters

ย  This month, for the Shh… Cooking Secretly Challenge, the theme chose was “Fried Snacks”. What better time it could have been! It has been raining cats and dogs back home in India and it was Ramadan during the month, when I guess most of us fry and bake the maximum amount of snacks in a month, more than what is combined during the whole year! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was paired up with Avin, who blogs at “The Yellow Daal” and she gave me the ingredients of besan (chickpea flour) and chillies. ย  That was quite an easy one, I felt. Using both the ingredients, I made these pakodas with a small piece of cabbage, which was threatening to wilt in the fridge. The best thing about pakoda is that you can make it with any vegetable in your pantry. Since cabbage is a very tasteless vegetable, the pakoda does need… 

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Kaala Chana Chaat ~ Black Chickpeas Chaat

ย  HD has this annoying habit of bringing in fried snacks from the nearby restaurant just before Iftar time. His intention is good – to give me relief from having to make something for tea time. But normally, I never do unless there is a request from the girls for something. They are not too much into fried snacks, and their liking is very limited to a small variety. When he buys, he brings in quite a lot and you end up over eating without even realizing it. ๐Ÿ˜• The only thing I used to like of what he brings was this simple Kala Chana Chaat, which I now end up making it at home when I crave for it.ย This year, after so much coaxing, he has almost stopped bringing in snacks – such a relief! – though a couple of times he decided he must get some. ๐Ÿ˜€ ย … 

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Samak Koufta ~ Emirati Fish Cakes

ย  It is always nice to come back to my 3-back-to-back series. It has always received a lovely response from all of you, and it keeps me motivated to choose the themes based on the ongoing season as well, Alhamdulillah… ๐Ÿ™‚ After all, the major motivation for us bloggers is definitely our enthusiastic readers who come to check out and keep track of what we post, and even trying them out and forwarding us pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚ Since it is the holy month of Ramadan and I am taking advantage of it in a beautiful country called UAE, I decided to keep the theme as “Ramadan Specials of the UAE”. ย  Those who have observed their sawm (fasts) in UAE very well know how the feeling is. The whole country gets a spiritual lift during this blessed month. You can see tents sprouting up everywhere that provide Iftar meals to each… 

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Masala Buns ~ Potato Stuffed Buns

ย  “The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.” (Surah Al-Baqarah: 185) ย  The holy month of Ramadan has descended upon us, Alhamdulillah. How each year, Ramadan comes and goes, without even us realizing is an enigma. ๐Ÿ™ We are passing through difficult times in all ways, whether it is globally or on personal fronts for many of us. I only pray that He makes this Ramadan… 

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Be My Guest – Lahm Ajeen

Coming back to this segment after four months… ๐Ÿ™‚ I am more relaxed now. There is no pressure on me to feature a blogger every month and ever since I have done this, I feel that it is the best thing I have done. It is not that there aren’t any bloggers who fall in my favorite category. There are many in fact, who I would like to come over and grace my space, but I thought I should give time for myself and have them around slowly, InShaAllah…   With Ramadan coming, I thought it is apt to feature a Muslimah blogger in this space. And all I could think of this time was Shanaz, who blogs at “Love to Cook“. I got hooked onto her blog quite recently, maybe a year or so. She has some amazing recipes, and is now more into making crisp videos that are… 

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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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