Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Almond-Date Smoothie

We are flying to India tomorrow evening InShaAllah.Once when we finished booking our tickets I found there were only a very few days left to go and so much of work to finish starting from purchasing and packing to take to India which has no end till the very last moment. Then finishing off the things in the refrigerator and all that which gets spoiled within one month from the pantry,cleaningwashing and in between some cooking.But actually cooking has reduced a lot; There's only a lunch cooked and the same curry is taken for dinner with Kuboos ( there will be many frown faces at the dining table but no other alternative from my side hehe...)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Chemmeen Petti/Prawns Stuffed Pancakes - Guest Post For Yummy Food

Today I am doing a guest post for one of my favorite blogger Lubna who blogs at Yummy Food.I was so excited when I got an  invitation to do a post on her yearly Ramadan event 'Joy From Fasting To Feasting' which is on its eighth successful year.Who would say ''no'' to this amazing blogger.
       We have almost reached the end of this Holy month.May The Almighty accept all our ibaadah and forgive us our sins.Hope whatever we have charged ourselves good with this Ramadan, light upon us throughout... Aameen.
      Abu Ayyub (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said :"Whoever fasts Ramadan and follows it with six days of Shawwal, it will be as if he fasted for a lifetime."
    With the tight schedule of Ramadan and a maintenance work going around in my house,as mentioned in my previous post,which Alhamdulillah has got over now;I came up with this Chemmeen Petti/Prawns Stuffed Pancakes for Lubna's space.
 During Ramadan apart from Chicken,Beef or Veggies even snacks made with Prawns reach our Iftar table like the Prawns Pakodas Prawns Ada etc...Not too much of snacks are prepared but to please my children there's always a snack at the table.
  Once the filling is ready it's real easy to make this snack.Do visit  Lubna's space for the recipe 
JazakAllah Khairan Lubna for this great opportunity.

For the filling 
Prawns        300 gm
 (Marinate the prawns with 1/4 tsp chilli powder and a little salt.)
Onion              3 (finely chopped)
Ginger paste     1/4 tsp
Garlic paste       1/2 tsp
Green chilli       3 (pasted)
Turmeric powder  1/4 tsp
Garam masala       1/2 tsp
Curry leaves        a few chopped
Salt                 as per taste
Oil                  as needed 
For the Pancakes
All Purpose Flour/Maida   1 cup
Egg Yolks           of 2 eggs
Salt                 to taste
Water            11/2 cup (approx.)
Further Ingredients for frying
Egg Whites       of 2 eggs
Chilli powder    1/4 tsp 
Oil              to shallow fry  
-Heat oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the marinated prawns.Set this aside.
-Now heat another pan,add 2-3 tsp of oil and add the chopped onion.After a minute add the pasted ginger,garlic and the green chillies.Saute well till the onions turn translucent.
-Add the remaining ingredients and saute.Last add the fried prawns,mix well and turn off the flame.
-Now for the batter,first separate the egg whites and yolks as mentioned in the ingredients.Use yolks for the batter and whites for the frying part.
-In a bowl add the egg yolks,salt and the flour.Add water little by little and whisk this well to form a smooth batter without any lumps.The consistency should neither be too thick nor too thin,so be careful while adding water.
-Place a non stick pan on medium heat.When the pan turns hot(not too hot),grease the pan with a little oil and pour a small ladleful of the batter and immediately swirl the pan and make a thin pancake.Just as the top part dries and the sides leave the pan take it out on to a plate.
-Add a little filling at the center of the pancake and fold all the four sides of the pancake inwards in the form of a small box.
-Repeat the same process with rest of the batter and the filling.
-Now take the reserved egg whites in a bowl,whisk it a little adding the chilli powder.Heat a frying pan and add oil.When the oil turns hot dip each of these filled pancakes in the prepared egg mix and fry till both sides are done.Transfer onto a kitchen tissue.
-Ready to serve.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Thari Kachiyathu/Thari Kanji / Semolina Drink

A warm drink is always a must on our Iftar table.Last year I had posted a Nombu Kanji which is sometimes replaced with this Thari kachiyathu.This post was in my drafts from last year.But when Ramadan got over I delayed the post but now again we have reached the last days of this blessed month.With the tight schedule of Ramadan this year we had a maintenance work also going around in and outside my house.The computer connections were sometimes disconnected. Everything has somewhat got over now.All in all,Alhamdulillah I managed to complete one long pending guest post and did a new one too..phew!But somehow I wanted to put this post before Ramadan ended.
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