Monday, 15 September 2014

Turkish Simit - BP Challenge

Simit , the word comes from the arabic word  samīd (سميد), meaning flour. Traditionally sold around the streets , it is one of national food of of Turkey aside baklawa. Simit origins goes back to Ottomam empire, during which this bread was widespreadly eaten for breakfast, lunch.


Coated with grape molasses followed by seasame seeds, this bread is usually eaten at  breakfast with cheese , fruit preserves & finished off with tea.



Monday, 1 September 2014

Stove Top Swiss Roll

With the passing days, we have accepted the truth of  ammi's and papa's health and trying to move forward to normalcy of life. Though there's a constant thought at the back of my mind the suffering ammi is going through. She has lots on her palate. Dealing with her illness along with constant worry about papa. After a her illness news ,nearly three months gap I met her and was amazed to see her strength. Tried to remain calm on  outer side greeting her  with a full smile continuously praying to Allah and his Rasul  that she doesn't see my inner turmoil.  
As usual she  hugged me tightly with the warmest smile with the unspoken words that everything is fine and we will deal and overcome with it together.  She had lost weight and the signs of chemo had started showing. Its hard to see your loved ones deteriorating day by day. Hard too hard...
On my visit she asked me to prepare a daily chart for her to eat when she is hungry. She is avoiding sugar . And some foods are giving her a nauseous feel. So I am trying to form a daily food regime about liquids and the dishes she can eat , prepared with minimum fuss and quick to prepare. As my eldest sister is with them 24X7, it is a challenge for her to take care of both my parents together and feeding them with nutritious food. She is our family's soup queen preparing delicious soups. So with one soups, we are trying to have one side dish too and an array of snacks with some quickie lunch ideas.
Today I have brought my mom favorite Swiss Roll. Came across this recipe few months back on my dear friend Rafee space and I knew ammi would love it. Made one alteration. Omitted sugar and replaced with same amount of honey. Not a bit difference in taste or texture. Flavored with my homemade strawberry conserve

To the recipe

Ingredients

For the roll
2 eggs
2 tbsp honey
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp of vanilla essence
4 tbsp plain flour

Filling


3 tbsp strawberry conserve or strawberry jam

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  1.   Crack the eggs in a bowl  & add  pinch of salt 
  2.    Beat for about 30 sec till foamy.
  3.    Add in two tbsp of honey and beat on high speed till double in volume
  4.   Add in vanilla essence and flour.
  5.  Beat till all is mixed.
  6. Grease the non stick pan. Pour the prepared batter on it. Cover with a lid
  7.  Now put the prepared pan on the lowest gas flame for about 5 -6 minutes.
  8. When the batter does not stick to your finger it is ready


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  1.   Remove the prepared roll on a tissue paper.
  2.  Spread the strawberry conserve /jam on it 
  3. and roll it.
  4. Keep for 5 to 10 mins and cut & serve.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Winners for Ahlan Ramadan - The Healthy Way

Thanks Hasna for handling  our event and giving us a delicious roundup of the recipes of the participants.  Please check below the details for the winners and the entire roundup.

It's time for winding up the 'Ahlan Ramadan-the Healthy Way' event. We had a wonderful time hosting this event & giveaway. Inspite of all our busy schedules, we managed to handle this event quite nicely. Thank you Rafeeda and Hasna for being such wonderful co-hosts. 

We did receive 112 entries from bloggers and 6 from non-bloggers. Recipes are so good and I kept staring on all the pictures while I was working on the round-up . Thank you all who took  few minutes from your busy schedule to link in recipes and make this event a big success! We couldn't include a few recipes in this round-up as some blogs do not have option to save their pictures and we didn't receive any reply for our messages also. We shall update this page as soon as we get those pictures. If there is some entries that I missed or did some mistake with the names or link, please do send me a message or mention in the comments below so that I can rectify. I can't conclude without mentioning a few names who linked in most number of entries to this event; Priyas easy N tasty recipes, Delectable Flavors and Babi's recipes ; Thank you girls !

There were 1140 Rafflecopter entries and three Lucky winners among them are:

1.  Sujitha Sasikumar won USD 15 gift card from Amazon.com. 

  
2. Lucky winner  for Amanda Rettke's Surprise-Inside Cakes Book is 

Rukhsar Nadiadwala of Sasumma's Recipes 

 2.  Shamla Jaheer is free to choose one among these gorgeous suits from Nav Varn



Congratulations Winners !!


Entries linked in to the Event:

1. Shepherd's Pie from Suji's Cooking Lab
2. Baked Meduvada with Tomato Chutney from Home Cook Food
 3, Mango/Pineapple Coolatta from Home Cook Food
                                      



4. Summer Pudding from My Style of Recipes

5. Apple Pola from Fam's Culinary Recipes

 6. Kebab-e-murgh from Ainy Cooks

7.  Stuffed chicken Cheese Bake from Ainy Cooks

8. Wholewheat Cinnamon Rolls from Recipes Mine
  9. Peanut Balls from Priyakitchenette

10. Masala Cups from Febi's cookbook
11. Paneer khurchan from Priyakitchenette

Entries from Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes 


 13. Amla Rose Punch
14.  Mango Chaat
 15. Coriander Coconut Milk Paratha
 16. Eggless Barnyard Millet Pancakes
 17. Green Gazpacho
 18. Grated Gooseberry Pickle
19.  Greenpeas, Potato & Puffed Lotus seed in Green Gravy
 20. Karunkuruvai Rice Dosa
 21. Kattuyanam Rice Idli
 22. Lime Clementine Mocktail
 23. Green Peas Masala Sundal
 24. Pina Colada Mocktail
25.  Little Millet & Black Urad dal Dosa
 26. Soya Sauce Cauliflower Steak
 27. Tofu Pad Thai noodles
 28. Kodomillet Curd Rice
 29. Wheat Flakes Chivda



30. Cookbook Paratha by Priya Kitchenette
 31. Nombu kanji from From My Own Kitchen
 32. Wheat Samosa from Fam's Culinary Recipes

Entries from Babi's Recipes

34. Bread Bajji
35. Chettinad Pavakkai kuzhambu
36. NO bake Mango cheesecake
37. Onion Poha
38. Chickpeas Pulao
39. Eggless Kulkus
40. Cabbage Kofta Curry
41. Gulkhand Ice tea
 43. Dried Peas Chaat
 44. Bread Pizza

 46. Mirch ka saalan
 47. Colorful Capsicum Rice
 48. Chicken Kurma
 49. Mango Phirni
 50. Raagi Banana Eggless Muffins


51. Chicken spring roll from Tasty Dining

 52. Chana Dal cake from Tasty Dining
 53. Chicken Majboos from Fam's Culinary Recipes

 54. Bottlegourd cowpeas curry from Sara's Tasty Buds

55. Barnyard mililet pongal from Priya kitchenette

 Entries from Delectable flavors

56. Chettinad Kheema Podima 
 57. Chettinad mutton curry 
 60. Chettinad Prawn biryani
 61. Tangdi Kebab
 62. Veg. Fried Rice

63. Kodo millet dumplings from Priyas kitchenette


65. Corn Puttu from Priyas Kitchenette
 Dahi Papdi Chaat from Priyas kitchenette

66. Dahi Vada from Faji's hotpot

67. Chicken Puttu from Shabbu's tasty kitchen

68.  Kadala Curry from Priya Kitchenette



69. Karimeen fry from A Bowl of curry

70. Peas Mutta Fry

71.Prawns Packet from Febi's cookbook

Entries from Mayuri's Jikoni


73.Eggplant Subji

74.Beetroot Ice creams

75.Custard Cookies

76.Mooli parathas

77. Corn and Beans Quasedilla

78. Orange Basil Juice




80.Braided Pesto Bread


82.Soyabean Drink from Abby's space

 83.Mixed Biriyani from Fam's Culinary Recipes

84.Healthy Barley Porridge from Abby's spice

85.Pasta with veggies from Abby's spice




Some more from Delectable Flavours






Entries from Cutchi Kitchen


98.  Shish Tawouk

99. Chicken Fajitas
 100. Kaale chane ke kebab


102.Badam Pista Ice-cream from Cookbook Jaleela






Non-bloggers entries:

103.Egg Chutney Kebab from Sufaija Zainuddeen

Recipe for egg chutney kebab
    Ingredients:
  1. Eggs,hard boiled and cut lengthwise- 5 nos
  2. Egg white,lightly  beaten-2 nos
  3. Oil- for shallow frying
For coconut chutney: 
  1. Grated coconut - 1 cup
  2. Green chilies-3 to 4 nos( according to taste)
  3. Ginger-1/2" piece
  4. Garlic- 3 cloves
  5. Curry leaves-1 sprig
  6. Coriander leaves,chopped-2 or 3 tbsp
  7. Lemon juice- 1 tsp
  8. Salt-to taste
Instructions: 


Combine all the ingredients listed under ' For coconut chutney' in a blender and grind to a paste.
Cover each egg piece with the prepared chutney.(over the cut surface.)
Evenly dip this in egg white and shallow fry carefully.

Serve with tomato sauce.

103. HANDVO from Sufaija Zainuddeen



  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup chana dal
  • 1/4 cup urad dal split with skin
  • 1/4 cup toor dal
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • About 1 inch piece ginger chopped
  • 1-2 green chili adjust to taste
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons salt



  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup laucki shredded (opo squash, bottlegourd, doodhi)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Eno fruit salt

  • For Seasoning
    • 1 tablespoon oil
    • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
    • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida
    • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
    Also need
    • 2 teaspoon oil to grease the baking pan
    • 8×8 baking pan, for this recipe I prefer glass baking pan
    Method
    1. Wash and soak rice, chana dal, toor dal, and urad dal in about four cups of water for at least four hours.
    2. Drain the water and blend soaked rice, lentil, ginger, green chili to lightly coarse texture, (try not to use any water). I prefer to use food processor, add yogurt, turmeric, salt, sugar and asafetida, blend it again for few more seconds. Transfer the dal mix into a bowl and let the mix ferment for about 10 to 12 hours.
    3. Add the opo squash, 2 tablespoons of oil, lemon juice to the fermented dal mix and mix it well. Add ENO to the mixture and mix, this will make the handvo mix light and fluffy.
    4. Grease the 8×8 baking pan generously and pour the handvo mix into the greased pan. Tap the pan; it will help spreading the mix evenly.
    5. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the handvo batter.
    6. Heat the oil for seasoning in a small pan over medium heat, after oil is moderately hot add the mustard seeds and asafetida as mustard seeds crack, turn off the heat.
    7. Drizzle the seasoning over the top of the sesame seeds.
    8. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place the pan on middle oven rack and bake at 350 degree F, preheated oven for 20 minutes.
    9. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes until top of the handvo is light golden brown or until knife inserted in center of the cake comes out clean.
    10. Let the handvo cool off for about 15 minutes. Cut them in sixteen pieces. Handvo is ready to serve.
    104.Banana chocolate chip baked Oatmeal by Sufaija Zainuddeen tried out from here


    105.Mutta Adukku by Farisha TP
    Ingredient
    For batter:
    Maida -2 cups
    Egg -5
    Milk – 1cup
    Salt – as required
    For masala:
    You can use samosa filling or any other masala. Here I used chicken masala.
    Chicken breast -2
    Onion -1 chopped
    Ginger- garlic paste – 1tsp
    Garam masala- ½ tsp
    Green Chilly- 1 (finely chopped)
    Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
    Salt & pepper
    Oil
    Coriander leaf
    ginger&garlic paste-1 tsp
    Method:
    Cook the chicken breast with salt and pepper and shred. Heat oil in a pan and saute ginger garlic paste.  when the raw smell goes add onion, green chillies and sauté well until it change the colour. Now add all masala powders and then chicken pieces. Mix well and add coriander leaf.
    In a bowl add maida, milk, beated egg and salt and make it as dosa batter (if required add more milk). Heat dosa tawa and brush some ghee on it.  Pour dosa batter, it should not be too thin. When it is half cooked put masala on one half of the dosa, and cover it with other half. Press the ends carefully.  Apply ghee in the remaining side of the tawa and pour the batter from the center of the cooked dosa to the remaining side.  Now when it is half cooked, put masala on that side and carefully  turn the dosa (already cooked half).  Again apply ghee in the blank side of tawa and repeat the above procedure. You can prepare lots of layers, it is up to you. Serve it hot.

    106. Easy Haleem by Farisha TP
    Ingredients
    1. Boneless Chicken/ Mutton/ meat -100 gm
    Onion -1 (chopped fine)
    Ginger –garlic paste – 2tsp
    Green chilly paste -1tsp
    Coriander leaf paste -1tsp
    Cardamom -1 or 2
    Cinnamon – 1 small piece
    Glove-2
    Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
    Yogurt – 1tbsp
    Salt & pepper powder –as required
    2. Wheat powder -3 tbsp
    Coconut milk – 1 cup
    Salt –as required
    For Garnish
    Ghee
    Onion - ¼ cup
    Raisin
    Cashew
    Lemon -1
    Method:
    Marinate Chicken (I used chicken here as considering healthy recipe. you can use mutton/ meat) with the ingredient 1 for 20-30 minutes and cook well with enough water. When it is cooked keep the stock aside and once it is cooled grind / shred the pieces.
    Mix wheat powder with ½ cup water and salt without lumps. Now in a pan add coconut milk and wheat powder and cook in low flame. Stir continuously, otherwise it will stick into the bottom.  When it is cooked properly add chicken stock and ground/ shredded chicken (meat) and continue to cook another 15 minutes.
    Fry onion, raisin and cashew in ghee. Put the haleem in serving dish and garnish with fried onion, raisin and cashew, add ghee also (optional). Serve it hot with lemon.

    107. Pakistani haleem by Amreena 

    Ingredients
    Ginger garlic paste 1tbsp
    Onion chopped 1/2 cup
    Rose petals 1/4cup
    Green chilly 5
    Ghee 1/2 cup
    Dalia (broken wheat) 1/2cup
    Oats 1/4 cup
    Almonds 6
    Chana daal 1 tsp
    Masoor daal 1 tsp 
    Urad daal 1 tsp 
    Sesame seed 3 grams
    Cumin seeds 4 grams
    Cloves 2 grams
    Pepper corns 3 grams
    Cinnamon sticks 2 inch
    Cardamom 8
    Shahi jeera 2 grams
    Kabab chini 2 grams
    Chicken 750grams
    Milk 1 cup
    Salt 
    Fried onions 1/2 cup
    Curd (optional) 2 tbsp
    Coriander 1/2 bunch
    Mint chopped 1/2 bunch
    Direction
    1.take a bowl add kabab chini,shahi jeera,green cardamom,cinnamon sticks,pepper corns,cumin seeds,moong daal,chana daal,almonds,oats,broken wheat,mix this all togather put it into the blender and make a powder
    2.heat ghee in a pressure cooker,add ginger garlic paste,saute it and add chicken pieces,add chicken stock,mix it well,add fried onions,rose petals,curd,green chilly,chopped coriander,chopped mint,salt and add prepared powder,mix it well and put lid on and let it cook for 2 whistles in a high flame and reduce flame n cook it for 40 minutes in a slow flame.
    Then take potato masher and mash it like a paste,add ghee,mix it and switch off the flame and add lime juice.mix it well.serve hot.

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