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Friday, July 25, 2014

{Ramadan Special} Guest Post: Spicy Egg Pancakes from Laiji of Laiji's Creative Corner

Salam and Jumah tul wida mubarak.....Jumah tul wida means last Friday to Ramadan before Eid ul Fitr......It also brings in the hint that Eid is round the corner and so our event Joy From Fasting To Feasting is going to come to last.....It's pleasure to introduce to you all Laiji of Laiji's Creative Corner. I came across her blog through Halal Crescent Rating....The first thing which attracted me in her blog is her step-wise recipe pictures for almost every recipe....I know how tedious job is that. Laiji is from India leaving in Oman since her toddler days....loves to travel, cook and photography is something she adores....Do stop by at Laiji's Creative Corner for droolicious recipes....Thank you Laiji for taking out time and sending across such a wonderful post. Over to Laiji's Ramadan celebration and recipe.....
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Ramadan Mubarak to all from "Laiji's Creative Corner" :)

Extremely pleased to be part of Lubna's venture "Joy of fasting to feasting" and appreciate her wonderful attempt in bringing together bloggers from across the globe, to share their Ramadhan experiences, stories and recipes! :) Jazhak'Allah khairan Lubna! :)

The happiness and peace, the month of Ramadan brings along with it, is something beyond putting down to words. It's more of a spiritual bliss and a purification of one's body, mind, soul and surroundings.. To enumerate my ramadhan experience from this part of the world, I got to start by saying a little about my background.. :) I am basically a Keralite (Indian). But, have lived almost my whole life in Oman. I have spent a few days of Ramadan outside Oman, couple of them in Kerala. But, Ramadan for me and my family isn't complete unless we are in Oman! Well, our Ramadan is less of feasting and more of prayer, learning the Holy Quran, charity and family time.

Preparations for Ramadan starts a few weeks ahead for us. It's that time of the year, when dresses and other items to be donated are segregated and packed; when the whole house is cleaned and reorganized; when the kitchen shelves are emptied, cleaned and stocked with Ramadan friendly food; when most works of a whole month are set aside for maximum utilization of time for prayers, for reciting and learning the Holy Quran; and last but not least, it's that time of the year, we calculate our share of Zakat and list out the most needy in the family and around, and reach it out to the most deserving the whole year through, starting from each Ramadan..

Living in the middle-east, gives an added benefit of having a 'ramadhan atmosphere' everywhere. The days are more calmer and quieter, the evenings busy and there's the smell of food fuming out of every home, and people flooding out to masjids for prayers and the recitation of the Holy Quran everywhere. Best of all, lesser working hours, brings all members of each family together during iftar time. :)

At my house for iftar, we often have along one or two close relatives who live away from family (rather bachelors) or travelers. We will all be gathered at the table waiting for the magrib adhaan and open our fasts with dates and water. Followed by a bowl of fresh fruits salad and there will be one item of fried, steamed or baked snack. Then the men leave to the masjid for prayers, and the women pray at home. By the time the men are back, tea would be ready and dinner is served. One item of curry, one item of bread or rice and most often there's 'JeerakaKanji' a kerala Ramadan special rice porridge. Once, dinner is done, everyone is busy freshening up and getting ready to go for tharaweeh. That's another beautiful advantage here. Almost every masjid has place for women. After the tharaweeh prayers, we are all back home, sit together for a while, have something very light and then everyone disperses off for some Quran recitation and then sleep. Then, everyone is up again for suhur. It's usually leftovers, or some like cereals, or just fruits and nuts. Once again prayer and Quran time and then everyone is off for a short nap before going for work. Work, prayers, reciting of Quran, cooking and settling down for iftar and that's how the cycle goes for those thirty beautiful days of Ramadan. :)

Now for the recipe.. :) While scrolling across the recipes shared by other bloggers at Lubna's "Joy of fasting to feasting" since the last six years, seemed like someone or the other had covered almost most of the common Ramadan recipes I had in mind ;) So, I decided to put up something of my own invention, which could possibly not have been put up anywhere so far.. ;) It's a very simple recipe, that's both easy to make and light for the fasting stomach. :) You could have it either for iftar, dinner or suhur. Come follow me to my kitchen.. :)
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  • Onion

1 large

  • Tomatoes

1 medium sized

  • Green chilli

1 or more (depending on your preference)

  • Fresh ginger

1/2 inch piece (skinned)

  • Cilantro / Coriander leaves

2-3 stems

  • Curry leaves

Couple of leaves (if you like)

  • Salt

To taste

  • Cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon (Roasted)

  • Turmeric powder

1/4 teaspoon

  • Fresh eggs


  • Whole wheat flour (Aata)

1 cup

  • Water

3/4 cup

  • Oil

1 tablespoon for batter and as needed to grease pan

  • Into a chopper, add all ingredients and give a couple of blitz.
  • We need a batter that's smooth as well as, has chew able bits of the veggies in it.
  • Heat a pan, grease it on low heat and pour two ladles of the batter and spread.
  • Oil the top and sides and turn the pancake over and oil the other side as well if required.
  • Cook until both sides begin to brown and the ends slightly crisp. Fold into two or three and its ready to be served.
  • This is a snack by itself. But, you could also serve it with curry. As easy as that! :)

Once again, Ramadan Mubarak to all from Laiji's Creative Corner! :)

You can find Laiji @ Blog|Facebook.

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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{Ramadan Special} - Guest Post: Fried Sweet Potato Balls from Tika of Cooking Chapter

In today's guest dear bubbly and cheerful buddy Tika from Indonesia is sharing with us her Ramadan favorite recipe. Despite of being busy with much important family affair....Tika took out time to send across this wonderful. Thank you so much for that Tika....Tika's blog is a eye candy blog loaded with extremely yum recipes....both traditional Indonesian recipes and recipes from her day to day cooking....Do stop by at Cooking Chapter to know more about Indonesian food....Read out what Tika has bought in for us....
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Alhamdulillah. All praise to Allah who has given us a chance to meet again with Ramadhan this year. May Allah guide us through this holy month and accept our fasts, prayers and may Allah forgive our sins. Aamiin. As in previous years, I'm happy to be able to participate again in Lubna's Ramadhan event, Joy From Fasting to Feasting. Thank you for the trust you have placed in me (again), Lubna.

How quickly time goes by and Ramadhan come again, greeted joyfully by all Muslims around the world. My family alsowelcomes the holy month with joy. We assume Ramadhan as special moment to increase our worships and faith and it starts within the family. Because parents are partner in the learning journey of their kids. So let us take a full advantage of this sacred time by learning how to forgive, share, patience and sacrifice. 

For this special post for Joy From Fasting to Feasting VII, I made a deep fried snack which is very easy as one two three. In fact, in where I live, Jakarta, Fried Sweet Potato Balls can be found at any time. Some fritter street vendors sell many kind of fritters with cheap price and these Fried Sweet Potato Balls are one of them. But you have to make sure that the food you give to your family is made from best ingredients, guaranteed hygiene and good quality which you can only get by make your iftar snack at home.

These balls have smooth surface, crunchy outside and chewy inside with slightly sweet aftertaste. Made from humble ingredients, Fried Sweet Potato Balls can be a perfect starter to Ramadhan Iftar tasty snack. I came up with quick and time saving idea, because normally mothers cook many food for sahoor and iftar meals. Due to the easiness of the cooking process, you can avoid from washing a sink full of dirty dishes, especially when you don't have dishwasher like me. ;p
  • 500 gr sweet potato, wash 
  • 65 gr tapioca flour
  • 50 gr caster sugar
  • vegetable oil for deep-frying
  • Steamed sweet potato for 25 minutes until cooked through, remove from the heat  Peel the skin off and mash the sweet potato using masher until smooth. Add in tapioca flour and caster sugar. Mix lightly with your hand to get soft dough and until the dough no longer sticky to your hand. Divide dough into small, equal, portions and roll them into balls. 
  • Heat up oil in a wok with medium low heat. Deep fry sweet potato balls until golden brown, remove and drain on a paper towel. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or serve with maple syrup.
Cook's Notes:
- You can keep the sweet potato balls for later use (for example, you make the balls in the morning and fry them in the afternoon). And if you do so, place the balls on a plate and cover with plastic wrap.
- I use less sugar in the recipe because I like to eat the balls with powdered sugar sprinkle on top or with maple syrup. So, if you want only the balls without powdered sugar or maple syrup, then use 120gr caster sugar for the recipe.

Last year from Tika - Sweet Potato Balls in Coconut Sugar Syrup

You can find Tika @ Blog | Facebook.

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

{Ramadan Special} - Guest Post: Avacado Milkshake from Aish of Spices in the Cookie Jar

The first and may be the one and only one drink of this season of Joy From Fasting To Feasting - VII. As Ramadan has fallen in the month of July...where the climate in southern parts of India is still hot....a refreshing and rejuvenating drink like this totally welcoming.....isn't it??? Aish of Spices in the Cookie Jar is serving this chilled Avacado Milkshake this Ramadan....Do stop by at Spices in the Cookie Jar for tasting some authentic Kerala recipes along with yum fusion recipes.
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Ramadan Mubarak to all! Time just seems to fly and here we are celebrating yet another Ramadan. A holy month for Muslims all over the world, a month of worship, a month of being closer to Allah. It presents the perfect opportunity to cleanse our mind and soul, to share with those in need, to rekindle and re-balance our lives away from materialistic things and lead us towards spiritual awakening.

While the focus of Ramadan isn't necessarily food, it still ends up getting most of the attention. Well, it's definitely not a bad thing as it's also a time to be grateful for what you have and also share your bounties with those in need. I am sure we all have fond memories of Ramadan associated with food. 
Today I am sharing a recipe I made during Ramadan when we were in Singapore - Avocado milkshake!! I had some overly ripe avocados on my hand and had no idea what to do with them. So I searched online and found a simple recipe with just 3 ingredients. The recipe has evolved since then and has been a part of my Ramadan specials...
  • 1½ Avocado
  • 2 cups Skim milk
  • 1.5 cups Cold water
  • 5 Mint leaves
  • ¼ tsp. Cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp. Nutmeg powder
  • ¼ cup Condensed milk
  • Ice cubes - as required
  • 2 scoops Vanilla ice cream (optional)
  • Wash the avocados and cut them in half, remove the seed and scoop the flesh using a spoon. 
  • Place all the ingredients in a blender except the ice cream and blitz until smooth (you can use a hand blender to do the job as well.)
  • Transfer to a bowl and keep in the refrigerator to chill. 
  • Pour into glasses when ready to serve and place a scoop of the ice cream on top.  
You can substitute condensed milk with honey and also add flax seeds for a more healthier version.

Last year from Aish - Unnakaya from Aish of Spices in the Cookie Jar.

You can find Aish @ Blog | Facebook.

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