Greek Salad

  One cuisine that I would really love to dabble with is Greek cuisine. If you check out certain recipes of Greece, they have a high Middle Eastern influence in their food, which may be one reason I am so keen to try their food. There are a few that I have in my cut-outs, but when I will try them is to be seen. InShaAllah, hopefully I have many more years of blogging in me so I get to try some! 😉   Meanwhile, as a part of the last recipe in this month’s 3 back-to-back green recipes – the first one was the Coriander Chutney and the second Kiwi Green Grape Juice – here is a refreshing Greek Salad for you. There is nothing much complicated about this salad – lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, olives all mixed up together, some crumbled up feta cheese and a little seasoning… 

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Kothamalli Chutney ~ Coriander Chutney

  Did you miss the 3 back-to-back post series last month? 🙂 I didn’t miss it. Instead, I felt I had taken a little break. My mind is relieved and InShaAllah, I already have set up in my mind what I would be doing at least till mid of the year. After that, will see… 😉   This month, I chose the theme “Green”, so you will see three green colored foods being featured back-to-back from today. Isn’t green a very fashionable food color these days? With more focus on healthy eating, anything green is coming back into favor. So, green it is, and let’s move on to the first one in the series…   The first recipe I choose to feature is our humble coriander chutney. For our idlis, we normally prefer the white thenga chutney. Even when we go to restaurants for vegetarian food, the kids wipe out… 

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Beetroot Pooris ~ Beetroot Deep-fried Flatbread

  In December, the Sshhh Cooking Club decided to take a break, and now we are back with our new challenge for this month. The theme of the month was anything “red or pink” considering the upcoming “month of love”. I always feel that love is something to be cherished and nourished all through out the year. I don’t believe in the policy of going out and gifting a loved one on one specific day. It is more of a business trick that anything else. I am a person who likes to gift off my whim – when I feel like, I get something for HD, the kids, my parents or my friends, not being specific on dates. The Prophet (PBUH) asked us to “exchange gifts, as that will lead to increasing your love for one another.” (Sahih Bukhari) Therefore I rest my case… 😉 I know people feel gifting… 

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Spiced Chickpea Mango Salad

  Most of my cookbooks are instant purchases. I just flip through and purchase. At least buying that way has given me decent cookbooks compared to some of my online purchases that have literally made me cry once the books have landed in my hand. 😀 I guess I better not talk about them and move on with the book chosen for this month’s book review… 🙂   “Chilli Notes” by Thomassina Miers happens to be the author’s fifth cookbook. And she is no mean one – she is a Masterchef winner. I really didn’t know that when I picked up the book. 🙂 I picked it up from the Borders store at Mirdif City Center, along with the “Low Fat Baking Book” that I reviewed the first in the series. I don’t know what exactly pulled me to buy it but there were surely these factors: Hardcover – I… 

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Varutharacha Sambar ~ Malabar Style Mixed Vegetable Lentil Stew

  I would really call sambar as the ultimate comfort food of a South Indian. Why not? We would have sambar with everything. Recently, I discovered that sambar went amazingly well with porottas too! If you are wondering what a “sambar” is, it is a South Indian stew made with lentils, mixed vegetables and lots of spices.   I had mentioned in this post that I am not fond of store bought sambar powders. Each brand tastes different and somehow I don’t seem to like any. I prefer to make my own little batch each time I make my sambar. When I discovered that we had our own version of making sambaar using roasted coconut paste, my joy had no bounds. Umma was never aware of a version like this, so I never grew up with one. I have adapted this recipe from many sources so can’t pinpoint just one…. 

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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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Sweet Potato Moutabbel ~ Sweet Potato Dip

  Moutabbel is a Levantine style dip, made with roasted aubergines, and mixed with some tahini (sesame paste), yogurt and a bit of spices to make a creamy dip. Moutabbel is always mixed up with Baba Ganoush, which is also a dip made with aubergines, but without the tahini. It has a dash of pomegranate molasses, some parsley and some chopped onions and tomatoes folded into it. You can say, it is basically a vegan dip. 🙂 I was browsing through Google and I could see many recipes actually using both the names interchangeably. Even I was under the same impression till I read about the difference!   I have not been successful with the original moutabbel. The aubergines always give up on me! 🙁 It either doesn’t get cooked or it gets too charred, so on and so forth. But when I spotted this recipe in a recipe cut… 

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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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Gothambu Kanji ~ Broken Wheat Gruel/ Konji

  Season of flu is here! As much as I love the winters, I dread the illness which comes with it. Alhamdullillah, so far,  I have never had any drastic issues as such at home and I sincerely hope it continues the same way, InShaAllah. “Kanji” or gruel is a dish made very frequently if you have illness loitering in the house. It is calm on the tummy, digests very fast and keeps your system clean.   Mostly we make it with broken rice, and I have already shared this version previously. But at home,umma makes kanji with broken wheat as she is diabetic. The kids are so used to it that they love this version more than the original one. For umma, it’s an easy dinner, when she gets bored of eating chapathis. I was never fond of this earlier, but now I have gone to liking it, thanks to… 

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Cheesy Rice Cutlets

  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… 😀 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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Aloo Gobhi ~ Potatoes with Cauliflower

  During my vegan days, the biggest appreciation that came to me was how vegetarians are able to make their mind towards cooking variety and delicious food. As carnivores, our mind is always centering around non-vegetarian dishes, which are easier to cook, I feel. When I couldn’t have them, my challenge was to get the folks at home to eat what I was cooking. I would limit my non-veg cooking to once a week and somehow they accepted it, even though they weren’t happy with the same. I am still trying to do it, but not with the same level of push. I have always cribbed how difficult it is to make my folks have vegetarian food, even though I feel now with my constant effort, things are changing for good, Alhamdulillah and I am sincerely hoping it gets better… 🙂   Aloo (potatoes) and gobhi (cauliflower) are both vegetables… 

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Purple Cabbage Coleslaw/ Salad

  Somehow, winter is stuck somewhere. It is already beginning of December and we aren’t getting the chills yet. Mornings are cold, but not cold enough to give you a chill across your spine. A drive in the evening still needs the a/c on in the car. It is not cold enough to go inside your blanket while sleeping. We have had an overly foggy morning this Saturday and today as well, so maybe it means that the winters are slowly coming. Last year, we had quite an early start to the winters and maybe that is why the expectation is a bit dampened this year. Since it is not very cold, it is quite comfortable to be outside, for walks, for just those simple outings. At times I wish HD would be fine with going out just like that without an agenda. He feels I am being too nagging… 

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Uralakizhangu Musakhan ~ Malabar Potato Fry

  It’s the last Saturday of the month, and I am here with a book review! InShaAllah, I am trying to make this segment as regular as possible, so that my ever increasing collection of cookbooks are touched and cooked from. 🙂   Being from the Malabar side, I have always been intrigued to learn more about the cooking there. As I have always mentioned, the cooking done in my part of Malabar is very limited. When I got married and moved to Payyoli, I was surprised by the different types of food they would cook up in a matter of minutes! I still haven’t posted many of what I have learned from there, but as time goes by I will cook it up and feature them on the blog, InShaAllah. It is a passion of mine to collect as much as sources I can of Malabar cooking as available…. 

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Baked Mushroom Cutlet

  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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Muringayila Parippu Upperi ~ Drumstick Leaves with Lentils

  Allah has His own ways. Each time, my blogging enthusiasm starts taking a downturn, He immediately surprises me with something that helps me take the U-turn, Alhamdulillah. 😀 I have had two things happening over the weekend, the smaller one is winning a gift voucher from Siri’s space and the big one was a mighty surprise: a feature on Manorama Online as one of the six Malayalee foodie accounts to follow on Instagram! It was a real surprise, since I feel I pushed behind a lot of well deserving foodie accounts, but it made me a stronger believer on His Will that may have caused me to be in that list in between all top shots! So rest assured, I am not stopping my blogging in the near future, InShaAllah… 😉   I did a little story on “Muringayila” or drumstick leaves when I had done this post. Drumsticks… 

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