Dragon Fruit Smoothie

  I pick up a dragon fruit once in a while. Not that I love the fruit, but at times when I see the pretty fruit, I feel like picking it up. A good way of eating it is with a sprinkle of salt and sugar. It really spikes up the fruit. Another way I like it is when it is made into a smoothie with coconut milk. Somehow I don’t like it with milk, the fruit literally spoils the milk! But with coconut milk, it tends to gel so well. The little seeds also give the smoothie a pretty look, just like how kiwis do.   If you like dragon fruit, then here are other recipes on the blog for you: Dragon Fruit Pudding Dragon Fruit Milk Pudding Off to this simple recipe…       Dragon Fruit Smoothie   Save Print Prep time 2 mins Cook time 1… 

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Ari Dosa ~ Malabar Thin Rice Crepes

  Some recipes tend to delude you, irrespective of how much ever you try. One such recipe is the thin rice crepe that we all make in Malabar. Mine would always crack, always… How much ever I follow the instructions, when I finally pour the batter on my pan, it ends up with cracks. 🙁 There is nothing more irritating than that. That is when I landed up on this link and how much it has helped me improve my dosa after so many trials!   The interesting thing is that the Mangalore Neer Dosa is so similar to our neriya (thin) Ari Dosa. It can be because the only difference happens to be a border. I have heard how similar Mangalore style food is to our Kerala cooking, and that was proof enough when I tried this delicious sukka my colleague P had shared with me. Anyway, I somehow wanted… 

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Chocolate Honey Granola

  The tenth of the month, it is, and time for the Muslim Food Blogger Challenge! This month, the theme chosen was “Cooking with Honey”. We all know what honey is and how, just like coconut oil, it has gone from being super-food to notorious food back to “good food”. Did you know there is a chapter in the Quran called as “An-Nahl” (Chapter 16)?   Your Lord revealed to the bees: “Build dwellings in the mountains and the trees, and also in the structures which men erect. Then eat from every kind of fruit and travel the paths of your Lord, which have been made easy for you to follow.” From inside them comes a drink of varying colours, containing healing for mankind. There is certainly a Sign in that for people who reflect. (Surah An-Nahl:69)   While reading through, I found some very interesting articles about the mention… 

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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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Qamardeen Tea Sorbet

  Once Ramadan is over, most of the households in the Middle East would have a leftover pack or half pack of dried apricot sheets, after making the Qamardeen drink. At least, I do. Most of the time, I end up drinking all of the leftover juice, so I make it in small batches to avoid over indulgence. Hehe… I find Qamardeen a very addictive drink, since I love apricots, whether ripe or dry. So it was no surprise when this trial of making this Qamardeen Tea Sorbet was really loved by me and even the kids!   Instead of just making it a normal sorbet, I spiked it up with some black tea, that was  cooled and then blitzed along with the soaked qamardeen sheets. The tea gave it a very subtle taste. After all, I consider sorbets as a very guilt free dessert, since there is no diary… 

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Bombay Masala Toast Sandwich

  I would have never known of this simple yet delicious sandwich, had it not been the little food joint opposite to our office lane. Usually, I order food through our office boy. He knows what I like to eat, so he asks me and orders accordingly. One day, he suggested me to try the “Bombay Masala Toast” from this outlet and I didn’t know what to expect. I went by as he suggested. I didn’t find the sandwich so intriguing but as per my colleague P, it is one of the most sought-out street food in Mumbai. I was surprised to know that and then slowly got to knowing about the sandwich more.   The next time I ate it, I carefully dug into it seeing what each layer had in between it. One very important factor of this sandwich is the butter used. It always has to be… 

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Vegan Banana Chia Biscoff Muffins

  I don’t know if I really love Biscoff. If you ask me, I would say a “no”. But I don’t hate it, I just like it. 😀 Even though I love sweets, I find Biscoff and its Lotus biscuits overwhelmingly sweet. I can’t go beyond one little spoon of Biscoff or two little biscuits at the same time. But I can vouch for one thing – that both these ingredients make amazing desserts! If you love Biscoff, then here are a few recipes on the blog that you could try: Cookie Batter Granola Biscoff Almond Milk Pops Biscoff White Hot Chocolate Vegan Biscoff Cheesecake   I am now going to add one more to the list… 😉 These vegan banana muffins are spiked with Biscoff with an added crunch and goodness of chia seeds. Just like all the banana bakes I have made and cherished, I ended up eating… 

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Madakku Chapathi ~ Layered Flat Bread

  The girls left for their vacation yesterday early morning. Once they boarded the flight, I came to work directly. It was a normal day, till I reached back home in the evening. Every day there is a tussle between me and HD as to who will go and pick up the girls. I feel really tired after work and the laziness creeps in, so I always keep jostling HD to go bring them back home. Yesterday, we stared at each other. We weren’t coaxing each other any more. The house looked all neat without them, but didn’t feel like a home. Something just felt amiss. I couldn’t talk much to them since they seemed so excited about landing there and I didn’t want to spoil the excitement for them by sounding very sad. While lying down, I felt like my hands were cut off, not having them around to… 

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Thari Unda ~ Malabar Semolina Laddoos

  Malabar has so much variety of food that sometimes it is so difficult to bring all in one fold. Despite blogging for four years, my aim at collecting as much as Malabar recipes at one place seems to be moving at a snail pace, mainly because there is too much to explore! It seems to be a never-ending pit, however since I have taken the dive, let me go deep into it. 😉   Thari Unda is nothing but Malabar style semolina laddoos. While the North Indian version is loaded with ghee, this version is without even a drop of it! These undas are made by mixing roasted semolina into sugar syrup and rolling them into balls before the mixture hardens. The process is a pain. The heat of the mixture can cause burned hands, so it is something that is not very frequently made at home.   I… 

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Event Announcement – “My Legume Love Affair” #109

  I am glad to be back hosting the lovely event “My Legume Love Affair” again this year, after doing it in January. This is the edition #109, successfully being carried forward by Lisa, while the event was started by Susan. This is a very straightforward event, so do cook up your favorite dish where the lentil is the star and link it into here!   Quickly running through the easy rules to be a part of the event:   The event is open for the whole month of July. Any recipe where legume is the key ingredient, are welcome to be linked. A legume is normally a dried pulse, lentil or beans, and I am sure many of you are already aware of how to use them up in different formats! 🙂 Entries must be vegetarian – eggs and dairy is allowed. Only one entry per participant is allowed…. 

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Cabbage Pakoda ~ Cabbage Fritters

  This month, for the Shh… Cooking Secretly Challenge, the theme chose was “Fried Snacks”. What better time it could have been! It has been raining cats and dogs back home in India and it was Ramadan during the month, when I guess most of us fry and bake the maximum amount of snacks in a month, more than what is combined during the whole year! 😉 I was paired up with Avin, who blogs at “The Yellow Daal” and she gave me the ingredients of besan (chickpea flour) and chillies.   That was quite an easy one, I felt. Using both the ingredients, I made these pakodas with a small piece of cabbage, which was threatening to wilt in the fridge. The best thing about pakoda is that you can make it with any vegetable in your pantry. Since cabbage is a very tasteless vegetable, the pakoda does need… 

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Mango Kesari ~ Mango Semolina Sweet

  Mango season is slowly disappearing and I am really feeling sad about it. What is making me even more sad is that I have not been able to eat the best of mangoes. Somehow the produce that have arrived in the markets this year haven’t been really nice. Either the mangoes looked raw or they looked sad. 🙁 The only mangoes I really relished were a couple of batches of Badami ones that I got from our nearby hypermarket prior to Ramadan. We are slowly starting to get Pakistani mangoes and I am really looking forward to eating some of it, to make my soul happy… hehe…   I love kesari, so I had to try making kesari with mangoes. I have to first invite your attention to the color. The brightness of the yellow for your kesari will purely depend upon which mango you use. I have used… 

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