Vegetable Pulao

  While I had posted the One Pot Turmeric Veg Rice, I had hinted I would be sharing my version of the vegetable pulao soon. Thankfully, the “soon” has just arrived. 🙂 This rice is something I make whenever we are going out prior to lunch for an outing.   At the moment, it is not advisable to even show your face out in the afternoon, but once October comes by, then majority population will be found at the beaches and parks enjoying their time out. We do not have a friend circle as such, so mostly we don’t move out. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. We do get together for barbecue and lunches with a small group of friends whom HD is comfortable with, otherwise our weekends even during the good months are quiet. I, being a “social” being, crave for more… 

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Chana Pulao ~ Chickpea Pilaf

  The first weekend without the kids passed by, and I must say I managed well, though it was a bit overwhelming at times. Since HD is mostly busy with his work, my company are the girls and I tag them along wherever I go. So driving without them in the passenger seat on Thursday night and at home on Friday evening when HD had gone to finish off some important work, was a little emotional for me. But at the back of my mind, I told myself that this may be something that will happen every summer vacation from now on, as long as I will be working, so I better get used to it.   Yesterday, we had a lovely get together at Huma‘s place for lunch. Ria, Priya (your names seem to rhyme! 😀 ) and Zerin were able to join us. We had so much fun chatting,… 

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Dum Aaloo Biriyani ~ Potato Biriyani

  We are now in the last ten days of Ramadan, which is considered to be the most blessed days of this month. Even though the consensus is bend towards the odd number days to be considered “Laylathul Qadr”, it is recommended that the same level of worship is maintained all throughout the ten days or till Eid is declared. I had already shared some information regarding this night in this post during my initial days of blogging. However, many people still don’t realize its importance and end up spending majority of the days and nights in shopping for Eid. It is something that happens not only where I stay, but back home too.   I always make it a point to finish my Eid shopping before Ramadan begins, yes, with the full thought that we may not even live to see the day! But I also feel it is… 

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Aash-mal-Zaffran ~ Emirati Saffron Rice

  I have been wanting to post more Emirati recipes but that doesn’t seem to be happening. I had initially planned at doing one recipe per month, but things are not going as per plan. I try to keep a healthy mix of all kinds of recipes on the blog, and Alhamdulillah, I feel I am doing a fair enough job. 🙂 I am actually happy with it, since I don’t want to feel any pressure regarding concentrating on one cuisine, especially when you have to be extra careful as to how your folks would react to different flavors. 🙂  But, yes, this year, I have been trying to keep a tap on cooking more local recipes and I am sure I will be able to keep recording them at a good enough pace rather than keep them waiting. 😉   Today, I am sharing a very simple recipe but… 

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One Pot Turmeric Vegetable Rice

  Off late, there is too much floating on the net regarding working mothers vs stay-at-home mothers. When I read some articles, it literally makes my blood boil. Since when have we started questioning mothers at home as to why they are not working? Since when have we started to judge working mothers as to how less they care for their children? With the world changing, our thought process seems to be getting narrower than expanding, without us even realizing it. We judge homemakers (a much better phrase than being called a housewife!) as “lazy”, “not ambitious”, “free all the time”, etc. We judge working mothers as “over-ambitious”, “career oriented”, “not bothered about the kids”, etc. Ever since Rasha was born, I moved from a working woman to a working mother. The past ten years has not been easy, whether it is mentally, emotionally or physically. There are times when I… 

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Zereshk Polo ~ Iranian Barberry Rice

  The first recipe post of the year 2017… Alhamdulillah, I am starting enthusiastically, but how much I will continue that enthusiasm throughout the year needs to be seen. Some excitement coming up on the blog this month – should I say it or should I let it surface by itself? I guess I will go with the later… That will ensure that you all stick to my blog this month… I can afford to be a bit selfish, right? 😉     I have already mentioned how much I love Persian food. I have shared some recipes on the blog too, and having a big list of many many more to try. One of the recipes I really wanted to try was this rice I am sharing with you. Zereshk Polo is basically a pilaf with dried barberries. This was one rice that used to feature for our lunch… 

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Pomegranate Pistachio Pilaf

  I don’t know how many mothers have felt this way, but at times, when I look at my children, I feel, “Are they really mine?” 😀 I always wonder why I feel that. Children are an amazing mish-mash of chromosomes of generations in ourselves that come out in manifestation. Indeed, He is great, Allahu Akbar! Rasha was born looking like HD but now she looks like a splitting copy of me from every angle possible! Even certain mannerisms are like me – laziness, liking the egg yolk and not the white on a sunny side up, etc. 😉 Azza is a literal melting pot of so many people – umma, mattamma, a part of HD… The best part is both of them are as different as chalk and cheese, in every way! Maybe because of the difference, they literally drive me up the wall. Sometimes when they wreck havoc,… 

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Adas Polo/ Pulow ~ Persian Lentil Rice

  Even though rice is a staple for us Keralites, I like to have it twice a week. On Fridays, I cook biriyanis or something on those lines and on Saturdays, it is normal lunch of matta rice, curry, fish fry and vegetable stir fry. On other days, I don’t cook lunch since there is nobody to eat at home nor does anybody want to carry rice in their tiffin, so mostly I make extra dinner to be carried over for next day’s lunch. Most of the time, I like to keep my experiments for Friday lunch and keep it simple on Saturdays, since my kids love a homely lunch and I want to make sure that I give that at least once a week, though at times I hate the work that comes with it – call me lazy! 😉   I have already shared a few recipes that… 

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Nawabi Qabooli Biriyani ~ Chickpea Lentil Biriyani

  Alhamdulillah, today is the day of Arafah. For the people who are Makkah for the pilgimage of Hajj, they will all assemble in the vast ground of Arafah, continuously supplicating and praying to the Almighty for themselves and for all of the others. The Prophet (SAW) said, ‘There is no day on which Allah frees people from the Fire more so than on the day of Arafah. He comes close to those (people standing on ’Arafah), and then He revels before His Angels saying, ‘What are these people seeking.” (Tirmidhee). It is said that He forgives all their sins, even if it is as much as the foam on the surface of the sea, SubhanAllah! How can we count foam? To read more about this day, you can check out this link. For those not on Hajj, it is highly recommended to fast, since fasting on this day with sincere intentions… 

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Thakkali Neychoru ~ Tomato Ghee Rice

  After the Dum Choru and the Sambaar Saadam, coming to the third and final of the rice series! And without realizing much, all three varieties shared seem to be vegeterian! 😀   I have already posted the recipe for Neychoru (Malabar Style Ghee Rice) – prepared normally and using a pressure cooker – on the blog. This is a small variation. I had seen the idea during casual browsing and really don’t remember where I picked up the idea from. The addition of tomato gives a nice list to the otherwise mundane neychoru and takes it to a new level. The best part is that you hardly need anything to go with it – just some raita and chammanthi will do. But then, I am sure many of them have the same problem that I do – if there is no side to this (read as non-veg!), then I… 

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Sambaar Saadam ~ Mixed Vegetable Lentil Rice

  I had plans to post another recipe today, but at the last moment, I changed my plans because I didn’t like the picture though the recipe was an amazing one. Not that my pictures are extra ordinary, but when I know somewhere, I can improve, I guess it is important to give myself a chance. 🙂   After the Dum Choru, here is one rice that is so famous in our neighboring state, Tamil Nadu. I love some of their variations, like rasam saadam, kuska (thank you Jyothi for introducing this one, must try soon! 🙂 ) and birinji, which are like one pot meals in itself. I love sambaar and one day, I had been dreaming about having sambaar saadam, which is basically rice mixed up with vegetables and lentils in a spicy sauce and immediately got myself searching for the recipe. I was disappointed that most of… 

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Dum Choru/ Rice

  Rice is an Indian staple. I don’t think there is any state in India which don’t have rice in one form or the other. Even if we don’t have rice in its complete form, it is either powdered or ground and used up in some or the other form in our cooking. Somehow, though today’s generation is more health conscious and consider rice as being a culprit for weight gain, I feel that the bias towards rice is totally unjustified. Our forefathers have been eating rice and that too in higher quantities than us, but then MaShaAllah they have been hale and hearty. I normally prepare rice only twice a week – on Fridays in the form of biriyanis or spiced rice and on Saturdays at normal matta (brown) rice with curries, fish fry and a stir fry. Since rice is so predominant in our cooking, I thought of… 

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