I really haven’t felt this empty in the near future. My head is just refusing to cooperate with my fingers, it feels. The current situation on the world, thanks to all the violence and virus, makes the mind feel disoriented. Is it just me, or do you all feel the same? When such instances happens, it points out to the fact again and again that we as humans are just helpless. There is a limit to what we can do. We may go on and on about the strength of the mind and the infinite capabilities of human beings, but when it comes to something as minute as a virus, we are nothing in front of it. We do not have the eyes to see it nor the capability to feel it. Anybody can catch it.
The irony of the situation is that there are much more deaths happening thanks to other factors like poverty, diabetes, cancer and heart attacks. But the way this virus has send human beings on frenzy, so much that schools are closed, travel plans are being cancelled, stocking and hoarding of sanitizers, masks and wipes happening on large scale, just to name a few. The situation has also added undue work pressure due to consignments not arriving on time. I better not go into it. I am just trying to breathe in and reminding myself of Allah’s infinite powers, and it just takes Him moments (something we can’t fathom or calculate) to change the situation. What makes me feel sad is that despite everything happening, the seething hatred and blatant disregard to fellow human beings is on a rise for trivial matters like religion, the way they dress or their social status. I am just reminded of the below, and may I leave this as a reminder for myself and my readers:
“And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth. Verily, Allaah likes not any arrogant boaster. And be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking, and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is the braying of the asses” (Surah Luqman: 18-19)
Coming to the last post for this week’s theme of “Middle Eastern” in the Blogging Marathon #110, I chose to make this super easy Koftes or Koftas, that I made along with the Moutabal and the Falafels. Koftes is a dish which is a part of so many countries like Turkey, Lebanon and all other Middle Eastern countries, with some little variation here and there. We even make them in our own cooking, isn’t it? I am reminded about this delicious curry I shared ages ago, which definitely needs to be remade soon, I guess. It simply shows the wide influence culture has on cuisines across the world. I thought, still let me include it as a part of this week’s post, since it is a major dish made in this part of the world.
Usually these bites of goodness is made with red meat, but I went ahead and made with chicken, since that is what we usually like to eat at home. The beauty of this little nuggets is you can either eat it as is, with some dip to go with it, or wrap them up into pitas with loads of salad, some mayo, ketchup and whatever you fancy, and you will have a super filling meal in your hand. What I totally loved about this that it was so easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes and gobbled up in no time. The ingredients used are just off your pantry, and can be adjusted to your taste level, ie. you can skip or add any spice of your choice.
Before hoping to this simple recipe, let me apologize if you felt my start to this post was really heavy. I couldn’t help it. Somehow, I feel I may just go ahead with the remaining week of Blogging Marathon for this month and one more challenge post and call it a day for this month, considering how hectic life is getting just because of this thing that doesn’t meet our eye… May the Almighty protect all of us and bring things back to normalcy… Aameen….
Kofte Dejaaj | Middle Eastern Chicken Meatballs
- 500 gm chicken mince
- 1 slice brown bread
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 small onion
- A handful of coriander leaves refer notes
- 1 tsp sumac
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Olive oil for shallow frying
- Combine all the ingredients except oil in a food processor. Blitz the mixture till everything is blend and forms like a dough. Divide the dough into 12-15 balls.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet and cook the chicken tossing in between, till done.
- Serve hot with sides of choice.