Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Broccoli Soup (Dairy Free)

This is my first Autumn here in Ireland. I am in love with the scenery around me. The shades of trees from,green to the different hues of orange adorning the streets are a thing of beauty. And the falling leaves scattered around made me want to bring some home and photograph it. Which I did.The photo is in my Instagram feed.

The days are short and weather is getting colder. And I crave more warmth and often find myself in front of the heater or making something hot to drink or eat.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fish Curry Recipe

Looking at this fish curry,evokes the memories back in the day . Specially tuna, it had to be my favorite fish. Because it resembled meat,sturdy and held it's shape. I despised fish of all sorts except this. I hated the tiny long bones fearing that it would get stuck in my throat and the fish smell . I've always been a meat girl. Chicken was very rare those days, you get to eat it only on special occasions. It was always beef and fish on rotation.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Homemade Rice Crispy Bars

Kids,they always seem to be hungry."Mama,can I have something to eat?" or "Mama,can I have a snack?" are often repeated words in our house. I've tried all sorts of things to keep their hunger at bay till the next meal time. Some stick.Some don't.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beef & Rice Conjee/Porridge

After a long silence in my blog,here I am reviving it again. Come what may,I realized I couldn't abandon my blog. I sincerely thank all my readers who messaged me,inspiring me to keep the blog alive. Also a shout out to my husband who designed this lovely header. Felt like coming back to a newly decorated, good old home filled with memories. A lot happened during the past year,and I thank the Almighty for giving me courage and keeping me going.

It's the blessed month of Ramadan. A month of fasting,not feasting. This year,Alhamdulillah,I made a resolution to keep our meals to a bare minimum. Not that we had extravagant meals all these years,but the focus was always been on food rather than more on worship. It's always been what to cook for Iftar(Breaking fast),what to make for Suhoor(Early Morning meal),how many iftars do I have to organize and so on and so forth. But starting my higher studies on Islam, getting myself bombarded(in a good way) with all the updates about the true essence of Ramadan by the social media and various groups that I'm part of, helped me realize the true spirit of this blessed month.

Now in Srilanka, the staple Iftar meal is the Conjee or the rice porridge. This is what we've been having for Iftar plus dinner every day. The snack and the fruit juice will vary every other day. This is a simple dish that doesn't require much time. I make it for 2 days and refrigerate minus the coconut milk. If you want to keep a portion aside,after you boil the rice you take a portion of it and refrigerate. For the remaining rice portion you add the coconut milk and consume it that day. Freshly squeezed coconut milk is what we always use for this but a lot of us here in Gulf are unable to get fresh coconut. So substitute coconut milk powder diluted with water or canned milk.

Beef and Rice Conjee
Serves 4

1/2 cup white raw rice
150g beef cut into small pieces/small bones can be added too
1 small carrot julienned/cut into strips
1 small leek chopped or green onion chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 small tomato chopped
3 cloves garlic,peeled and cut into half
1 inch piece ginger
few curry leaves
1 piece pandan leaf/rampe
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
salt to taste
3 cups water

1 cup coconut milk
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
few peppercorns

In a pot add rice,beef,ginger,garlic,curry leaf and pandan leaf,the spice powders,fenugreek seeds,chopped carrot and leek,chopped onion and tomato with water.Add salt.
Do not cover while boiling.Boil on medium to low heat,till the beef gets cooked and rice becomes mushy.
Switch off the fire and mash the rice with the back of a big spoon.
Add the coconut milk bit by it and mix it with the rice,getting a smooth consistency.
At this stage,the porridge will be thick.You need to add 1 cup of water or more to dilute it. It should be in the consistency of a slightly thick soup.
Add more salt.
Keep the conjee on fire again and heat it. Crush the cumin seeds and peppercorn using a mortar and pestle to a fine powder.
Sprinkle it on the conjee and mix it.
When the conjee is heated and bubbles start to appear on the sides take it off from fire.

You can garnish it with fried onions.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Kiwi Mint Lemonade

 Zespri Arabia did it again, that is to send me another box of kiwis. This time it was a pleasant surprise, in the form golden kiwis. I have never tasted golden kiwis before. Eagerly, I cut open a kiwi,scooped out the golden flesh and started devouring. The note of lemonade hit me sharply as I was warned. It was still not fully ripe. I gave it a few days and since the Ramadan started the box of kiwis was not disturbed very much.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Chicken and Veggie Pie

Here's wishing all my readers a blessed Ramadan. This holy month is a time to look inwards, cleanse our soul, connect with Allah and hopefully continue to do the same for the rest of the year. This is also the time where we turn into our favorite comforts foods. These food adorn our Iftar table every single day and we take immense pleasure in making and serving it to our friends and family. One such meal that me and my family come to love is this simple chicken and veggie pie.

I submitted this post to a lovely food blog Yummy Food by Lubna who is hosting the event "The joy from fasting to feasting" where she features recipes from Muslim food bloggers around the world this whole month of Ramadan. Now that's something worth checking out.

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