Monday, December 22, 2014

Savory Semiya

A beautiful poem that I came across last week, so worth of posting it here... and reading it again and again...


Making something interesting for dinner is always a challenge. And to make something that will finish in less than 30 minutes is a bigger challenge. After coming back from work, most of the time I feel so lazy to make something. All you want is to laze around, but then that is not something we can do, considering that eating outside food is really not a good option all the time. There were these packs of Pakistani vermicelli - the thin ones - that were lying in my pantry. I have this habit of stocking items like macaroni and vermicelli packs during the Ramadan promotion. With our consumption, they normally last with us till the next Ramadan. We always buy the normal vermicelli but somehow, by mistake I picked these up and they were just lying. That is when I decided to utilize it towards making something for our dinner. Glad I did. The cooking was done in less than 30 minutes and since this was made a little before our shifting, I was able to empty all the vegetables from the freezer as well. Hehe...

Savory Semiya
Serves 4


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Be My Guest - Daal Ghosht (Mutton with Lentils)

So quickly this year came to an end! I started off the year with Sharanya and now as the last guest post of this year, I have Razina with me. I must sincerely thank each and every beautiful blogger who has been a part of this amazing journey this year. I am not expecting anything for the coming year, but definitely if the response is good, I will continue with this series of mine, since I enjoy each and every moment from the up and down emails to the guest posts to the tweaking, to the preparation of the post, scheduling and eagerly waiting to see how it fares, since it is a win-win situation for both the involved bloggers and after all, what we are doing is a common passion, right... :)

I guess Razina and I started blogging at almost similar time, so I know her blog from the beginning. I have always loved the traditional recipes that she shares, especially her non-vegetarian fare. Her Awadhi Mutton Biriyani is one of the bookmarked recipes that I am very keen to try on very soon, InShaAllah. Though it is cold here, her Doodh Ka Sharbat does not fail to tantalize my taste buds and make me weak. I love flavored milk and this one definitely sounds really well. Having spent a good part of her life in the UAE, I can feel her "homesickness" of having left this country. I perfectly understand how much this country attracts people and make you feel as though you are leaving a part of yourself while leaving from here. Keeping that aside, let me welcome my guest for the day with her delicious dish...

Over to you, Razina...



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Strawberry Oats Smoothie

Weekends are always a relief, in the sense that the tension of the morning chores are literally absent. However, I always have loads of matters to take care of during weekends. Having my parents around now, weekends are really loaded with activity, however I am enjoying it nevertheless. I love it when I am packed... I love it when I have no time to unnecessary ponder over unwanted matters... I love it when the heart and mind feels settled to the hurry-burry... The kids are going to have their two-week winter break and are definitely going to drive their grandparents nuts! After all, what are grandchildren for? ;)

Every time I make oats for breakfast, I am guaranteed remains. I just don't know why. I bring some for myself to the office and I always make minimal, just enough for HD, B and the kids to have, but still they ensure that there is some leftover. I hate it because I have to look at ways to somehow finishing it off. Trashing it is never an option! After all, it is food...As of now, I look at processing it and making it a smoothie so that I have something to drink once I am back from work. This is one that I got to click, when I tried. I have to say that one cup is more than enough to fill you up for dinner as well... Or the best breakfast smoothie as well...

Strawberry Oats Smoothie
Serves 2


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sambaaram ~ Spiced Buttermilk Drink

What a depressing couple of days it has been! The Sydney Seige and the Peshawar school shooting has touched and disturbed a lot of minds world wide. It is a shame to even compare the people behind these barbaric acts to animals! Animals have much more thoughts and emotions than a hard-hearted human being will be having. This is a test of our times... After all, Allah has reminded us in several places in the Holy Qura'an that He will continue to test us in various forms, to differentiate the good from the bad...

“And We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives and the fruits (of your toil) but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who, when misfortune strikes them, say: ‘Indeed we belong to Allah and to Him is our return. Those are the ones upon whom are blessings and mercy from their Lord and it is those who are rightly guided.” 
(Sûrah al-Baqarah:155-157)

All we can do is to pray for the humanity who suffered. May Allah give them the patience to bear the loss and give them His glad tidings... Aameen...

Off to today's recipe... this is basically a summer thirst quencher that I am posting at the wrong time, as far as the weather is concerned here! But still, I make this at times for a biriyani lunch like a washdown, basically! Sambaaram is a spiced buttermilk drink that is famous in many parts of Kerala. Not much known towards the side I come from though, I have had this from restaurants whenever we have been on road trips back home. Even though I wouldn't say I love yogurt, anytime I would land up with sanbaaram, I would wipe it clean. It basically calms down all the heat that you feel on a hot day. There are two ways of having it like I mentioned in the notes, either you gulp it down and chew the bites, or blitz and have it like a juice. I am posting the first version here and this is what I like to have. When I decide to blitz it, I will post that one as well... hehe...

Sambaaram ~ Spiced Buttermilk Drink
Serves 3