Puriwala Aloo ~ Easy Potato Curry

  I was added to a Whassup group recently by an FB friend, where the person who started the group gives audio classes about Surah An-Noor thrice a week. Since listening at home is out of question thanks to the noise pollution I endure, I usually hear the lectures on my metro trip. Having only covered a part of this chapter, but the number of times Allah has reminded of His immense mercy is amazing. “…for indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.” (Part of verse 5) “And if not the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy… and because Allah is Accepting of repentance and Wise.” (Verse 10) “And if it has not been for the favor of Allah upon you and His mercy in this world and the Hereafter, you would have been touched for that (lie) in which you were involved by a great punishment. (Verse 14)… 

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Kothu Parotta

  I discovered that there was something called “Kothu Parotta” when I started browsing through food blogs a few years ago. Though it did awaken my interest, I never got to make it myself until very recently. Kothu Parotta literally translates to torn or minced parotta. This is supposed to be a very famous street food in the streets of Tamil Nadu. It is basically a mishmash of parottas, which are ripped to glory and mixed up with a curry base, to make it a complete meal in itself. The beauty of this dish is that you can have it anytime of the day – it can be breakfast, snack, lunch or dinner! Very few foods fall into that category, isn’t it?   During an afternoon when B was off from work, he ordered a parcel of Kothu Parotta for himself from a Tamilian restaurant close to our house. It… 

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Lauki Chana Dal ~ Bottlegourd Chickpea Lentil Stew

  Last week saw some awesome movement on the blog. All I did was share the Chocolate Biscuit Pudding on a few FB groups and what happened was the least that I expected! The day it was posted and the next day showed some really good hits on the blog, in fact last Wednesday showed the highest hits ever since I started the blog. The other time I got close to it was when I shared the Fluffy Biscuit Pudding. I get asked by all as to how to keep a blog running. In fact, there is no formula for it. If you are ready to spent a lot of time looking at ways to emaciate your blog in the way of social networking and otherwise, and if you are lucky, you will get in a healthy amount of hits. It is a lot of work. But more than work,… 

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Thareed Alkhadaar ~ Middle Eastern Vegetable Stew

  MENA Cooking Club is back! In fact, it returned back last month with a bang with Algeria, but I couldn’t participate since I was leaving on vacation and there wasn’t enough time to cook for it. From now on, there is a slight twist in the mechanism. We are still given the country and three dishes to select what we want to try, but this time, we are given a secret ingredients which needs to be a part of the dish cooked. Now isn’t that interesting? In case you are interested in joining us in the fun of cooking up some delicious Middle Eastern food, then do check out the link at the beginning and let’s get it started from there!   This month, the country in question is Bahrain. Bahrain is a tiny island in the Persian Gulf, sharing proximity with Saudi Arabia and Qatar. It happens to… 

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Palak Daal ~ Spinach Lentil Gravy

  Galloping towards the fag end of the precious month… and not feeling good at all! 🙁 Alhamdulillah, we are having a lovely time with my parents and InShaAllah, tonight my sister and her boy will join us, so we are all excited about the few weeks that are coming up. Time with family is always welcome and especially, when you have festivities coming around… Even the hot summers don’t seem to affect the spirit, isn’t it? 🙂   I totally love lentils. For me, it is a totally comfort meal. Normally, in Malabar cooking, the use of lentil is very minimal, like using it in masala vada or in this aubergine curry. Umma doesn’t like much of daal, so she used to hardly make them at home but once I was in charge of the kitchen, I started cooking it at least a week – yeah, I know my… 

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Poori Bhaji ~ Deep Fried Indian Flatbread and Potato Curry

  I had promised myself I would include a few flatbreads into the blog during the chapathi post. I am still not sure how much I can fulfil that. I will never blame it on my working situation, because there are many working mothers that are so good at bringing in a full spread on the table despite their hectic schedule – and that can include a flatbread or a stuffed one, along with a curry and a side! I am not one of those. I am a normal human being, whose charge hits the red while I reach home, and I need a strong cup of chai to recharge myself to at least half. Most the time I end up cooking a curry and ordering a khuboos (Lebanese flat bread) from the supermarket or toasting a few Malay frozen paratas. Sometimes, when I have some extra energy, that is… 

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Beans Paruppu Usili ~ Tamil Style Beans with Lentil Paste

  It feels odd that this is the most awaited weekend in quite a long time. Of late, weekends had lost its charm. Being a working mother, I definitely would crave the weekend to come as fast as possible but since we never have any activities planned over weekends, I always feel that excitement is missing! Somehow this week has been very stressful, whether at work and otherwise. I wish I could relax and rejuvenate, but most of the time, it never ends up that way! Let’s see how far it will help me freshen up… 🙂   Off to today’s post… Beans is my favorite vegetable – french or string, I don’t mind. I can eat bowls and bowls of it, just cooked this way. And actually speaking that’s the only way I know how to cook this vegetable too, or more specifically saying, I am so happy with… 

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Kashmiri Dum Aaloo ~ Kashmiri Style Potato Cury

  Something to ponder over for you for the day… Sometimes, some incidents need to happen in your life to make you realise what is hidden in you, whether it is potential, strength or sensitivity. Whenever we doubt ourselves, a self introspection will help in a lot of ways to assure yourself of how much you have bettered in life as a person and how much more you can travel ahead to get better and better, InShaAllah…     Coming to today’s post… I love potatoes though I don’t cook it much at home thanks to the folks who don’t enjoy it. Very rarely,  I find baby potatoes and each time I see it, the only thing that comes to my mind is Dum Aloo. I had made this curry long back, even before blogging so once I found these cute little ones on the vegetable aisles, I knew I… 

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Shahi Bhindi ~ Creamy Ladysfinger Curry

  During our casual chat, my sister commented that I hardly post any “serious” recipes. She was like, “you have too much sweet stuff on your page!” I actually wanted to laugh at that comment. If you really go to see, I have been posting a sweet and a savory, taking turns each time I post. Sometimes they do get a bit mixed up, but I try my level best not to make it too “sweet” all the time. In fact, I also feel that too much sweetness is not good for your health! 😉 I believe I have enough recipes that can ensure you cook up a decent meal – whether it is rice, vegetarian or non-vegetarian. InShaAllah, I have some good curry recipes also lined up for you, which will keep appearing when the time comes. To keep myself true to my blog name, I will never stop… 

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Aloo Methi ~ Potatoes with Fenugreek Leaves

  You may be knowing from my blog and my Instagram feed how much I love watching the sky. So much so, that now my colleague, who accompanies me to office, is also forced to join in! Hehe… Today, it was my turn to drive and my eyes were partly – well, mostly – fixated on the sky. There was this huge batch of birds that was going through a trail, to a land known only to them. For the fifteen minutes I was on top of the bridge, I watched how the birds were following each other in groups, some even very playfully sliding down and going back so as to keep themselves entertained. There were so many groups following and it was only in one particular way. The rest of the sky was clear with no birds in sight. It left me amazed. Aren’t they so well versed… 

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Carrot Dal/ Lentil Curry ~ No Onion-No Garlic

  Since my head is blank with regards to ramblings, I thought I will share this very good article regarding stress management on an Islamic context. Everybody in this world, and that includes myself, go through various levels of stress and tension on a daily basis and most of this stress is directly linked to our mental health. SubhanAllah, after going through this, I realized how knowingly or unknowingly I was already following a few of the suggested methods, Alhamdulillah… More and more on a daily basis, I realize how the test has helped me change my attitude even without me knowing about it! I have started looking at matters on individual basis, keeping quite where I need to, suppressing pain knowing that the One up there will take care and divert my mind to better things. Alhamdulillah…   Being a working mother, I always want to spend minimum time… 

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Be My Guest – Methi Malai Paneer

Just like when every guest post is done, today also I am very excited. Why am I excited? Today, I have a blogger with me who is famous in her own way. First of all, she is record holder for posting a recipe a day for one year. Secondly, her blog was the “Best Food Blog 2014” awarded by BlogAdda. A peep into her achievements and you would be awed. However, the best part about her is that success has not reached her head. She is a humble person who has learned to take it in her stride and be the person that she is and has to be.   I guess I have given the hint to all on who is my guest for this month. Yes… none other than Priya, who blogs at Priya Kitchenette. Despite being a pure vegeterian, she always keeps hoping on to the blog… 

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Chilli Cauliflower

  Last week, Azza was insisting that I tell her a story to put her off to sleep. I was terribly tired and had absolutely no energy to speak. My mind was totally focused on sleeping, but she wouldn’t listen. Despite begging and pleading and threatening, she still wanted to hear a story. Finally, I started, “Once upon a time, there was an ummi (that’s what my kids call me). She would wake up at five in the morning. She would finish her prayers, warm milk for her two naughty girls, and then pack their lunch boxes. She would then wake them up….” I continued describing how my routine is in the form of a story. As soon as she heard it, she was continuously giggling and finally when I reached the part “where the ummi comes back from office and has to make dinner…” she said, “Eni ummi urangikko…”… 

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Hyderabadi Dahi Bhindi – Okra in Creamy Yogurt Sauce

I just realised I didn’t blog anything about the Eid celebrations which came and went. We had four days off from office, the day of Arafah, the day of Eid and then the weekend. Somehow, the four days just flew by. Eid was silent this time. The previous day, we fasted, so made some Unnakkayas for Iftar. I was so lazy that I ordered in lunch and went ahead making the normal Eid delicacy, the Chicken Cutlets, which I had to take to my aunty’s house for the Eid day breakfast. By the time I was done with the dipping and rolling, and then the cleaning, it was almost 12 and I slid off to sleep. The next day morning, I was up early to fry them, and then we rushed for Eid prayers. Alhamdulillah, we had a nice time for breakfast at my aunty’s house after which we left… 

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Lobia Rassedar

Straight true words… with nothing else needed to elaborate: “Of all the barriers that keep us from connecting to our hearts and to Allah, there is one I find most often: the masks of false images which society or family or self pressure command us to wear. We can never reclaim our hearts until we put these masks away. We cannot really connect to Allah or to people, until we connect to our true selves. Without masks. Until we can be honest and real. And there’s nothing more beautiful than a person who has the courage to be real.” Sister Yasmin Mogahed Moving on… I have always documented my struggle to put across vegetarian meals on the table that will be accepted. Most of the time, I prepare them so limited so that I don’t have any leftovers. Lobia or black eyed beans is one lentil that I absolutely love…. 

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