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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

{Ramadan Special} - Apple Rose Pastry by Wardah of 'Best of Wardah'

The much loved, much appreciated and much adored.....'Joy From Fasting To Feasting - VIII' has come to end....This 32 day long saga is going to end of sweet note...with a humble promise to return InshaAllah....No celebration is complete....until unless a sweet/dessert is served. So for the finale of the event....we have Wardah Arif of 'Best of Wardah'. Creative Wardah has some got many feathers in her cap...Apart from cooking and exploring...she loves to paint Ostrich eggs....Custome made....
"Ramadan all over the world is the most spiritual time in the lives of Muslims. In America, though we may be spread far and wide, Muslims still feel a sense of spirituality and community during this blessed month. On this 29th fast, as we all wait anxiously to hear news about the Eid moon, these apple rose pastries are the perfect treat to pop in the oven. When we are blessed with the news of Eid, we can pass them out to our neighbors and friends so they can share in our excitement. The beautiful appearance of roses is sure to bring smile to everyone's faces this month. I hope you enjoy and good luck in the kitchen!"
Apple Rose Pastry 
(Makes 6)
Source: Cooking with Manuela
  • 1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 2 red organic apples (I used red delicious)
  • half lemon, juice
  • some flour for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons of fruit preserve (I used strawberry)
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • powder sugar for decorating (optional)

  • Thaw the puff pastry if you haven't done so yet. It should take about 20-30 minutes.
  • Prepare a bowl with some water and the lemon juice. Cut the apples in half, remove the core and cut the apples in paper thin slices, as shown in my picture. Leave the peel so it will give the red color to your roses. Right away, place the sliced apples in the bowl with lemon and water, so that they won't change color.
  • Microwave the apples in the bowl, for about 3 minutes, to make them slightly softer. If you prefer, you can also simmer the apple slices in the water in a small pan (on the stove).
  • Unwrap the puff pastry over a clean and lightly floured counter. Using a rolling pin stretch the dough a little, trying to keep it in a rectangular shape. Cut the dough in 6 strips. These are about 2 in x 9 in (5 cm x 22 cm).
  • In a bowl, place three tablespoons of apricot preserve with two tablespoons of water. Microwave for about one minute, so that the preserve will be easier to spread. Spread the preserve on the dough.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Drain the apples.
  • Place the apples on the dough, as shown in my picture. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you'd like.
  • Fold up the bottom part of the dough.
  • Carefully roll, seal the edge, and place in a silicone muffin cup. No need to grease the muffin mold if it's silicone. Otherwise, make sure to grease it.
  • Do the same for all 6 roses. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 40-45 minutes, until fully cooked.

Make sure the pastry is fully cooked on the inside before removing the roses from the oven! If after 30 minutes the apples on top look fully cooked, move the pan to a lower rack in the oven, and wait for 10-15 more minutes to avoid under cooking the puff pastry. Sprinkle with powder sugar and enjoy!

Monday, July 20, 2015

{Ramadan Special} - Chemmeen Petti by Ruxana of 'From My Own Kitchen'

Eid is a three day long affair in my house....For three days my mom makes different sweets and snacks apart from Sheer Khorma to serve the flowing guests. Continuing this trend in our Ramadan event we are having extended celebration....Ruxana of 'From My Own Kitchen' has cooked up a delectable snack, which is quite new to me...Scroll down to check out...
Assalamu Alaikum and Ramadan Kareem to all the readers of 'Yummy Food’. I am here at Lubna's Ramadan event 'Joy From Fasting To Feasting' for the first time. Let me introduce myself. I am Ruxana who blogs at From My Own Kitchen’. A Keralite staying in Qatar with family. I was so excited when I got the invitation for this event. Who would say 'No' to this amazing blogger? Masha ‘Allah...Hats off to you Dear in the continuous effort you take to bring the bloggers round the globe to share their wonderful recipes, during Ramadan. Insha’Allah....Keep going!

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...Ameen. 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, which Alhamdulillah has just got over now; so with the very little time I had, I have come up with this recipe 'Chemmeen Petti /Prawns Stuffed Pancakes’. 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. Now on to the recipe: 
For the filling
  • 300 gms. Prawns      
  • Marinate the prawns with ¼ tsp chilli powder and a little salt.
  • 3 Onions, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp. Ginger paste
  • ½ tsp. Garlic paste    
  • 3 Green chillies, ground to paste
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. Garam masala  
  • Few Curry leaves, chopped
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil as needed 
For the Pancakes
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour/Maida  
  • 2 Egg Yolks    
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 ½ cups Water
Further Ingredients for frying
  • 2 Egg Whites    
  • ¼ tsp. Chilli powder  
  • 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. Sauté 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 centre 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. Serve hot.

If you want you can skip the frying part for a healthier version or use pepper powder instead of the chilli powder. Eid Mubarak to all……

Thank you Ruxana for being part of this 'Global Ramadan Event - Joy From Fasting To Feasting - VIII'.

You can find Ruxana @ Blog|Facebook|Google+.

NOTE: You can find updated list of entries @ Joy From Fasting To Feasting - VIII.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

{Ramadan Special} - Blue Lady Mocktail by Mubeen of Mubilicious (FB Page)

{Day 30}
Allhumdulliah.....finally we are heading towards the end of pious month Ramadan....soon shining silver crescent come smiling on the blue sky....bringing in the happy news of 'Eid'....As you are all geared up to list out Eid special delicacies....don't miss to add this refreshing and beautiful blue color drink by Mubeen of Mubilicious...Mubilicious is loaded with lots and lots of yum dishes....Do stop by...
I felt honored when Lubna got in touch with me to do a guest post for the Ramadan Series, I am Happy to be sharing my recipe here :)

Having lived in UAE since I was a teenager, Ramadan here is the best. Ramadan in UAE is typically cultural, it depends on what background you come from, since UAE has a vast biodiversity in its community and you will find people follow different customs (i.e. Indian, Pakistani, Somali, Emarati, Western etc). Most people spend the early hours of the day resting and sleeping as days tend to be extremely sunny and heated due to the scorching desert sunny weather. People begin their days by late evening reciting The Holy Quran and several prayers and prepare their Iftar meals then do their tasks or chores until their bedtime after early sunrise Suhoor. Others may wake up early motivated for a hardworking day full of spiritual efforts. 

Certain Muslims take Ramadan as a burden to go through with difficulty, but others take full advantage of this month to spread positivity by looking into others’ lives and helping them get through their problems, conducting charitable and eco-friendly events and helping the poor and needy. The last 10 days are meant to be extra spiritual before they wait the big eventful day of Eid. They celebrate the good deeds they've accomplished from this month and how they've improved in letting go of their bad habits by meeting friends and relatives, preparing sweet dishes, dressing well fancy and attending congregational prayers.
Today I would like to share with you all a recipe that’s my family's favourite mocktail especially my kids love it; hope you all to will enjoy this as much as we do.

  • 1-2 tbsp. Curacao Blue Syrup
  • Ice cubes as needed
  • 2-3 tbsp. Sugar syrup (Recipe below)
  • Sprite, as needed
  • 1-2 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • For Sugar Syrup:
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Water
  • Start by making Sugar syrup. Take sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil and mix till sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 5 mins. Switch off the flame and allow it to cool down. Store this in a clean sterilized bottle and keep in fridge till you need it.
  • Now make the mocktail. Take a serving glass; fill it half way with ice.
  • Add in curacao syrup, sugar syrup, lemon juice and sprite
  • Mix this well thoroughly. Serve immediately.
Thank you Mubeen for being part of 'Global Ramadan Event - Joy From Fasting To Feasting - VIII'.

You can find Mubeen @ Facebook.

NOTE: You can find updated list of entries @ Joy From Fasting To Feasting - VIII.
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