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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Mujadarah ~ Arab Style Lentil Rice

  Holidays come and go in full speed. Four days, I did get but then I did hardly anything I had planned for. We did spend our time well… I had my share of shopping and the kids had their share of playing, so Alhamdulillah it was a well spent holiday, even though at the end of it, I did wish for an extra day off! 😉   I love Arabic food and I love to keep trying various varieties of their cuisine. Mujadara has been a dish I have wanted to try for so long,. The trigger came from this post and finally when I made it, it needed nothing much to go by it’s side. It’s a protein packed meal in itself thanks to the lentils, and so flavorful, that it can stay on its own. HD had taken three servings and was totally lost as to how… 

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Birinji ~ Bay Leaf Flavored Rice

  It has been long since I have not shared any quotes for quite some time, though I have been saving up a few to share here for myself and for all my lovely readers… The slide that I am sharing you doesn’t need any additional thoughts from my side… 🙂 Moving off to today’s recipe, “Birinji” was a discovery for me. Umma would always use this word but she would use it for overcooked rice. I was also under this impression till I saw a recipe for this in one of my cookbooks. Then I started checking around the net and found that Birinji is basically rice flavored with bay leaf, mainly from Tamil Nadu. There are so many variations to this rice – I have cooked it with whole spices and with coconut milk, but you can add a pinch of turmeric to make it yellowish in shade,… 

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Kashmiri Pulao

When occasions like Eid approaches, the first people you start to miss is your family. This is not the first Eid I am without my parents, but this time we are all fragmented. We are here, my parents are home, my sister is back to the US and B is travelling to Europe with his friends – yes, going to have fun! Somehow, it feels sad, yet I remind myself that the loneliest Eid I had and console myself that Alhamdulillah, all is much better now. When I was carrying Azza, that was five years ago, D and umma got their chance to go for Hajj. Naturally, umma was excited as well as worried from one side. I would be towards the fag end of my pregnancy when they would be travelling. On top of that, HD had check-ups back home which he could just not avoid. While sending off… 

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Malabar Vegetable Biriyani – My 33rd guest post for Merry Tummy

                                  My interaction with Shweta started with my participation in the Saturday Snapshots. From then on, it has been a very cordial and warm relationship. I have always liked her frank comments for my photographs, whether positive or negative. She always would give ideas to improve on the overall blogging experience. I was very happy when she asked me for a guest post – especially when I love her pictures and I feel inferior as far as mine is concerned! I always feel that my pictures are very normal, especially knowing how lazy I am to improve on them. I know that if I put my heart in, I would be able to improve quite a bit but somehow my laziness and lack of time creeps in. So when she asked me for a guest post, I was determined to try to do the… 

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Special Ghee Rice

Sometimes, the itch to write just disappears. That is when I really feel some slides come in and just make up for what I am not able to express. A beautiful one for keeps…   I guess neychoru or ghee rice is something that a lot of Malabaris love with their spicy non-veg gravies. Even though I am not a fan of it, I make it on and off as HD loves it. I have already shared the recipe – as prepared normally and pressure cooked, however both the instances I have used basmati rice. As you go towards the northern side of Kerala – Thalassery, Kannur and likes – they use a smaller variety of rice which is called Jeerakashala. The grain is small but it has a special taste and smell, which makes it stand out when made into neychoru or into biriyani. Today’s recipe is just a decked… 

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Middle Eastern Yellow Rice

Playing up and down with my drafts made me realize that I had promised to post this recipe in my Margat Bamia post way back in December and I am yet to post it! Sheesh… Sometimes, managing drafts becomes slightly a bit tricky. Not that I am complaining because I like the fact that I have enough to bank on, that I can afford a slack time in between or even pull down a recipe just because the picture was not good enough and can be made better. But when I give a peak of something in one recipe, I guess I must make it a point to post the recipe within a time frame rather than too late… Hmm…   Without any more delay, let me post this very simple rice dish for you, which I have adapted from here. A mild spiced rice, colored with turneric with the… 

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Carrot Pulao

As I sit to do this post, I am reminded of a little slide I saw some time ago: Is forgiveness an easy trait? It isn’t – in fact a lot of times, we would never want to forgive the person who hurt us or went against us. Why? Because he or she failed to act and understand what we required, he or she hurt our ego, he or she made a mistake which was not expected from his or her side… But what we fail to understand that the person in question is a human just like us – a human created with imperfections, created to err… Maybe if we were in their place, what is the guarantee that we would not have acted as per that? During tough times, I have been asked questions from my dear ones, “How could you do this?” Yes, how could I do… 

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Tomato Rice

I was just wondering how fast time flies. The summer vacations for the kids are almost over. They gear up for their next term at school from Sunday onwards, which means that my routine also goes for a change. Now starts early sleeping, early waking up, racking my head over the snack box and breakfast, uniforms, books, studies, traffic, etc… the 18 hours awake will be a test of patience! With two going to school and with different timings, it gets all the more difficult. Without my usual support of parents around, it is time for me to set up schedules and have time tables for each and every activity from now on for the kids and myself. Both of them are excited about going back to school with their books and to meet their friends, which is such a relief, however the thought that Rasha will be having her… 

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