Marag Alkhadaar~ Kuwaiti Vegetable Stew

  If you regularly read my blog, last year, during this time I had gone for a 10 day treatment for my body pains. I have mentioned it in this post. During the stay, I had become pally with a Kuwaiti lady who had also come for her treatments. I hadn’t seen her during the initial days of my stay, but then I met her at the passage, and we stuck up a conversation. She was so relieved to know that there was somebody who could converse with her in English! 😀 After the initial meeting, whenever she would feel bored, she would knock at my door and get chatting away for at least an hour, till her husband calls from their room. For me, it was a good time pass, since I also had no company other than my books, the phone and the TV.   During our chats,… 

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Cabbage Chana Dal Subzi ~ Cabbage Chickpea Lentil Stir Fry

  Cabbage is a pretty boring vegetable. The only way I like to have it is in the form of this stir fry for rice. Sometimes, I end up buying a big one and then forget about it in the fridge, and one fine day, when it stares back at me, I wonder what to do with it. It was during one such incident that this recipe was discovered. Here is another one to be added onto it when you are looking for inspirations to cook with cabbage…   Channa dal aka chickpea lentils or bengal gram goes amazingly well with any vegetable – a perfect example being the lauki chana dal sabzi. This recipe was a trial in similar lines, just that cabbage is more of a scoop-able vegetable than one that can be curried. I kept the flavors very simple and let the vegetable plus lentil do the… 

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Bangala Dumpa Kurma ~ Andhra Potato Curry

  It is the last Saturday of the month, and here we are with the book review! Since I have quite a lot of cookbooks – small and big – it is a task to select one for the month. This time, I decided to review “Southern Flavors – The Best of South Indian Cuisine” by Chandra Padmanabhan. The reason why I went for this particular book was some very favorable feedbacks from vegetarian food bloggers. They swear by her books for authentic south Indian cuisine. Apart from my own cuisine – which I am still learning! – I do not know much of our neighboring state food apart from the masala dosas, vadas, idlis and sambar, which we have adopted into our eating habits. It was this quest that made me buy this book and make it my own.   I purchased the book through Amazon India and got… 

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Masala Buns ~ Potato Stuffed Buns

  “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)   The holy month of Ramadan has descended upon us, Alhamdulillah. How each year, Ramadan comes and goes, without even us realizing is an enigma. 🙁 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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Patates Lemonate ~ Greek Lemon Potatoes

  Potatoes, being my personal favorite vegetable had to be my next choice for the third recipe – Greek White Bean Soup and Greek Pancakes being the other two – under the theme “Flavors of Greece” in the Blogging Marathon #76. You might be wondering why I did not choose any non-vegetarian dishes to make for Greece. In fact, they have a plethora of lip-smacking non-vegetarian fare especially with meat. However, respecting the general participants of the marathon group who happen to be majority vegetarian, we simply opt out of doing it. Also, it became an excuse for me to be making more vegetarian fare at home. I am trying to restrict our intake of poultry and meat to two days per week and somehow, I am getting some acceptance for it at home. 🙂     The main star of this potato bake is definitely the lemon. My folks… 

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Pasta in a Jiffy

  You might be thinking – what a name! I didn’t know how to name it better than this! 😀 Ever since I discovered this way of cooking pasta, I have left aside the traditional way of making it. The original idea was given by Rini during her cook along segment in the UAE Food Guide. I have twisted and tweaked this recipe in many ways, and this is just one version. I will be giving some versions in the notes section for you to try.   Just keep a few pointers while cooking pasta this way: Know your pasta. Most of the pastas available in the market quick fast. Hence do not even wait for your pressure cooker to whistle. As soon as you hear the “shh” sound, switch it off and allow it to cook in its pressure. I have used Quaker oats pasta here, so I allowed… 

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Aloo Paratha ~ Potato Stuffed Flatbread

  Most of the times, when I am at office, I order aloo paratha for breakfast. We have a little shop just across the street, that sells some amazing parathas. If we need to get the aloo parathas, we need to order them quite early or else we end up getting a gobhi (cauliflower) paratha or mooli (radish) paratha in its name. 😀   I have tried many versions of this favorite stuffed flatbread. However, once I tried this version, I have never gone to try any other recipe. The masala filling is so easy to make. The crushed spices give it a nice intermittent bites, that add to the taste of the parathas. I like it nice and simple, just with some yogurt to dunk in and some pickle. The best thing about this bread is that you don’t need any side to go with it. It is apt… 

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Thenga Urulakizhangu ~ Potatoes with Fresh Coconut

  I guess there are hardly anybody who hates potatoes. I love potatoes… In fact, this is one vegetable I can have in any form at any time of the day. It is also a vegetable I look at when I am really not in a mood to cook anything and want something quick fix. Here are some of my favorite potato curries on the blog…   Naadan Beef Potato Curry Varutharacha Urulakizhangu Curry Aaloo Kheema Aaloo Methi Kashmiri Dum Aaloo Urulakizhangu Ozhichukoottaan (my favorite!!!) Urulakizhangu Musakhan Aaloo Gobhi Puriwala Aloo     I don’t know if you noticed but there was a potato dish peeking from behind the Beetroot Pooris and it was this delicious “Thenga Urulakizhangu”. The name of the dish literally translates as “Coconut Potatoes”. Or let’s rephrase it as “Potatoes with Coconut” for grammar sake. 😉 I adapted this dish from a humongous book called “660… 

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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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