I wanted to save this up as soon as I read it... nothing more required as a reminder... I somehow feel that I end up reading such reminders when my faith shows a little waiver here and there... Alhamdulillah... :)
"He, Allah (swt), subjects you to harm, pain, or discomfort from others so that you do not acquiesce to them, so that you do not depend on them, so that you do not seek them, but you seek Him. He intended that you feel a discomfort in those that are nearest to you let alone those who are distant to you, expect that, but don't respond to it in negative ways, for this occurs between husband and wife, teacher and student, between friends and even from a pet. Respond to it with an awareness as it is a divine expression of life. He (swt) wants to give you Him. If responded to properly, with each feeling of discomfort you experience you lose the attachment to them until you have nothing in your heart but Allah(swt). This discomfort is intended to help you free yourself from distractions from Him until your heart is full of nothing but infinity, for infinity subsumes everything else. This is the ultimate recipe for happiness in this world and the hereafter."
From Zawiyah Institute - Sh. Mokhtar Maghraoui 's recent jumua khutbah at the Plano Masjid in TX
Today's recipe is something that a lot of Indian homes already make. The Green Chutney is a staple - good for sandwiches, as topping for chaat, or just to lick while having your bowl of rice! It is a good way to use up the bunch of mint and coriander leaves which would otherwise go rancid. I have made it slightly less spicy, still I had the whole house sniffing to glory while having it. Hehe! I also share a very quick salad idea, which goes so well with a plate of biriyani! A colleague had suggested this to me when he had it at a friend's home and that got me trying it, though I didn't have it along with lunch and had it as such. It was fiery yet super cooling as well, in every sense!
Green/Hara Chutneyv~ and a salad idea!
Makes a little bottle
1 cup coriander leaves, packed
1/2 cup mint leaves, packed
1 green chilli
1 small pc ginger
1/2 lime's juice
Salt to taste
Grind all ingredients together into a paste. Store in an airtight container. Use within a week.
You can use this to dip your spicy fritter or put them on your toast or use them on your chaat or... open up your ideas!
But looking for an interesting idea? Then chop 3 cucumbers into bite sized pieces and toss with 2 to 3 tbsp of the chutney as per your spice level. Consume immediately or serve as side for biriyani! Delish...