Today is Ramadan 17 – the day when the Battle of Badr happened. This war had a lot of significance as being the first major battle with the Quraysh and despite being a small group, they emerged victorious.
“Remember when you [O Muhammad, peace be upon him] were saying to the Believers, ‘Is it not enough for you that your Lord will reinforce you with 3000 angels sent down?’ Of course [it is enough for you]! [In fact,] if you all are steadfast and God-fearing, and they rush in attack towards you, then your Lord will reinforce you with 5000 angels bearing distinguished markings.” [Surah Aal Imraan:124-125]
The main stress is on being “steadfast” and “God fearing”. The victory was a testimonial that if you have both the characteristics, the help of Allah will surely come in some way of the other. I don’t think I need to dwell too much on this subject…
Meanwhile, today my Rasha has completed 12 and officially enters the teens. I don’t want to get excited about it, even though she just can’t wait to declare to the whole world that she is thirteen. There is always a thrill attached the teens, isn’t it? I am trying to be as calm as possible but with the way sometimes she really takes me for a ride, I am just wondering what is in store. Or maybe I am thinking too much… 🙂 May Allah protect you always from evil eye, make you sensible and steadfast, and continue to keep you helpful and cheerful always… Aameen ya Rubb….
Coming to today’s recipe… After Iftar, I need something hot to go into my system. Not something immediately, but definitely prior to Isha and Tharaweeh prayers. It actually keeps me awake an adds a lot of energy, or so I feel. 🙂 It has to be my cup of chai but at times I do crave for something different. Once in a while, I make the coffee tea and sometimes it is this chocolate tea, which is one recipe I discovered in the course of blogging.
Chocolate tea is said to be very famous in Ooty. I am ashamed to say I haven’t been to Ooty yet. We planned several times but it never happened. 🙁 Anyway, it is said that it is their specialty and you get even sachets of pre-made mix for this tea. Being a chai cum chocolate lover, I had to try this. I would say that it is an acquired taste. I am a big lover of Mocha, but can’t say the same about this drink. But surely once in a while, it is a refreshing drink to have. The main spice is cinnamon – do not skip it. The cardamom is optional though. Another suggestion is to have it as soon as it is made. And one more – do not add more cocoa powder. Its bitterness surely doesn’t gel with tea! Off to this simple recipe…
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- A dash of cinnamon powder
- A dash of cardamom powder
- 1 tsp tea powder
- 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
- Sweetener to taste
- In a saucepan, add all the ingredients except the sweetener,
- Bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally to ensure that the cocoa powder is dissolved.
- Once the mixture is boiled, keep on simmer for a couple of minutes.
- Drain into a cup, add your preferred sweetener (I added honey) and enjoy hot!