Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Meethi roti (sweet flat bread)

This is the favorite of my youngest one,whenever he sees me making roti's he surely ask in his cute little voice"can I have some meethi roti "

I think all the kids in desi(Indian or Pakistani) families must fan of this roti!! I also enjoyed these when I was young:))

Lets make some meethi roti

Ok you will need

Soft dough made with whole wheat flour

Ghee,butter or oil

Sugar


Recipe


Make a ball a little bigger then golf ball




Roll it out about six inches



Spread a little ghee, oil or butter on your rolled bread

Then sprinkle sugar evenly on it



Now cover half way through from top and bottom



And then on the sides making a square



Press it down and roll out a square roti



Cook it on a heated griddle using oil to fry it la little





Serve warm to your little kiddos and I hope they surely will enjoy!!!



Chana Daal (yellow chickpea lentil) poori

Assalamo alaikum,

These amazing and delicious poori were introduced to me by my dear ammi (mother),she make really good one , I tried copying her recipe and to my delight they came out really good.

I'm sharing this recipe and so you can also enjoy these delicious poori's

I made a lot of these poori ,you can always half the recipe for your desired amount!!

Ingredients:

3 cups Chana daal

6 cups durum Atta (whole wheat flour)

1 onion sliced and crisp golden browned

Zeera (cumin seeds) 2 tsps

Crushed red chilli pepper flakes 3 tsp

Ground black pepper 1/2 tsp

Ghee or butter 1/2 cup

Water to make the dough

Salt to taste

Vegetable oil for deep frying

Recipe:

Boil channa daal until tender,and grind into fine paste.

Add spices,salt and brown onion ,mix well.



Add flour to this daal mixture and then add ghee mix well to make a soft dough ,use water if needed.

This dough in the picture needs a little more kneading)

Let your dough rest for fifteen minutes


Heat oil in a deep wok,now at this point you can decide if your health conscious , to shallow fry or cook your poori on a heated griddle using little or no oil ,it will definitely not as tasty as fried version but it will be guilt free!!!

Ok then make golf ball size ball out of your dough and roll it out about 1/4 inches thick poori and deep fry on both side until golden brown on edges and middle,
Drain and serve with nothing !!yes this one is good on its own, but you can definitely serve it with sunny side up eggs on a delightful Sunday mornings and enjoys!!















Oatmeal cookies

Assalamo-alaikum,

Finally I'm baking something,I have been wanting to bake oatmeal cookies long time .These cookies are amazing as they are yummy and healthy also ,my kids are not oatmeal fans (breakfast kind)so i can get some oatmeal in their tummies by making these cookies,they love these cookies .

Resource: joyofbaking.com

Here is the recipe

Ingredients:Oatmeal Cookies:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 large egg


1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

Oatmeal Cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F,In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth (about 2 - 3 minutes).



Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt,. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat until incorporated. Stir in the oats.

For large cookies, use 1/4 cup of batter (I like to use an ice cream scoop) and space the cookies about 2 inches (5 cm) apart on the baking sheet.

Then wet your hand and flatten the cookies slightly with your fingers so they are about 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick.Bake the cookies for about 12 - 15 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges but still soft and a little wet in the centers. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.



Makes about 20 - 24 large cookies

Hope you'll enjoy!!!







Thursday, October 18, 2012

First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

First Ten Days of Dhul-Hijjah

Ibne Abbaas (ra) relates that the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam said:

“Good deeds performed on other days are not superior to those performed on these (first ten days of Dhul Hajjah).” The companions (ra) inquired: “Not even Jihaad?” He replied: “Not even Jihaad, except for that person who goes out putting himself and his wealth in danger and does not return with anything.” (Bukhaari)

Fasting on the day of Arafah:



Hadrat Abu Qatada (ra) reported, the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said (An excerpt from a long hadith):

"I seek from Allah that fasting on the day of Arafah (i.e. 9th of Dhul-Hijjah) will atone for the sins of the preceding and the coming year" [Sahih Muslim, The Book of Fasting]

Takbeeraat-e-Tashreeq



It is Waajib for every adult Muslim to recite the Takbeeraat-e-Tashreeq audibly after every fardh Salaat from the Fajr of 9th Dhul-Hijjah to the Asr of 13th Dhul-Hijjah (i.e. total of twenty three fardh Salaat). Women should not recite it loudly but silently.




Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Wa lillahil Hamd.



Things to do on the day of Eid

On the day of Eid-ul-Adh'ha the Prophet Muhammad (saw) used to do the following things.

- To adorn oneself as permitted by Shari'at.

- To take a bath.

- To clean the teeth with Miswaak.

- To wear the best cloths that one has.

- To use perfume.

- To rise early in the morning.

- To go to the Eid Gaah very early.

- To avoid eating before going to the Eid Gaah.

- To offer Eid prayer in the Eid Gaah, that is not to offer it in the mosque of the locality without any legitimate excuse.

- To go to the Eid Gaah by one way and to come back another way.

- To recite Takbeer slowly on the way to the Eid Gaah






“Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laa ilaaha illallahu Wallahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar , Wa lillahil Hamd."




"Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest. There is no deity besides Allah and Allah is the greatest. Allah is the greatest and all praises are for Allah only."



Qurbaani

The Sunnah of Ibraahem alayhi salaam - the Qurbaani. It is to be performed on 10th, 11th or 12th Dhul-Hijjah.



Regarding Qurbaani, the Prophet saIlallahu alayhi wasallam said:



"There is nothing dearer to Allah during the days of Qurbaani than the sacrificing of animals. The sacrificed animal shall come on (the Day of judgment) with its horn, hair, and hooves (to be weighed). The sacrifice is accepted by Allah before the blood reaches the ground. Therefore sacrifice with an open and happy heart." (Tirmizi, Ibne Maajah).



Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Chicken corn soup

Assalamo alaikum

When I was waking my hubby this morning ,he was a having a bad cold and he wanted to take a day off and get some rest.I decided to make some chicken corn soup and ginger tea for him so he could feel better soon inshallah (by the will of Allah)

Let me tell you about the ginger tea,my mom use to give it us when we had cold and it work great and makes you feel a lot better

Ginger tea:

Boil together 1 inch piece of ginger,4 whole black pepper corn and 3 cups of water

Cook it until its reduce to one cup , add some honey as sweetener and throat soother.



Back to my chicken corn soup

Ingredient:

Chicken piece about 5-6

Garlic cloves 5 whole

1 cup corn kernels

Vinegar 2 tsp

2 eggs

2 tbsp cornstarch

Water

Salt to taste

Recipe:


Boil chicken pieces in water and add garlic cloves and salt.Cook until until chicken is tender



Strain chicken,place broth back in the pot on simmer.

Shred chicken when cooled

Chop corn in a food processor,don't purée it very fine.

Put corn and shredded chicken in the broth ,bring to boil and add vinegar





Mix together cornstarch and water to make a smooth paste, add this mixture to boiling broth and cook until soup thickens





Now add beaten eggs to your boiling soup ,stirring constantly for for 5 secs until mixed thoroughly

Serve hot with soya sauce,vinegar ,hot sauce and enjoy!!!!





Monday, October 8, 2012

Chicken Chinese curry

Assalamo alaikum,

Yes curry can be Chinese if I'm in the kitchen ,it was yet another day me thinking what to cook for dinner I didn't want something traditional ,so I thought nice day to do some experiment and was I lucky !!! It came out really good tangy ,sweet and yet tasty curry ,I hope you will surely try it and its seriously original (all rights reserved to me)yeah !!!

So here goes nothing

Ingredients:

3 pd chicken cut into small pieces

1 tsp Garlic powder

2 tbsp Soya sauce

2 tbsp duck sauce

1/4 tsp Black pepper

1/2 cup tomato ketchup

1 onion sliced

1 tbsp oil

2 tsp honey

1 tsp crushed red chilli flakes

2 tsp cornstarch

1/4 cup water

Recipe

Heat oil on medium high in heavy bottom pot and add sliced onion cook a little more until its soft ,










then add chicken pieces fry until lightly cooked





Add garlic powder , black pepper and crushed red chilli flakes fry a little more until fragrant,now add soya sauce fry some more .





Now add honey, ketchup and duck sauce fry a little bit more add water enough to just cover the chicken,cover and cook until tender

Now check for salt ,add salt if needed and turn up the heat until the curry is boiling ,now mix 2tsp cornstarch and 1/4 cup water .Add this to your bubbling curry cook until thick and shiny.





Serve with boiled white or brown rice and Enjoy!!!!



Sooji Halwa(semolina dessert)

Assalamo alaikum

In my last post I shared with you poori (puffed flat bread) recipe,today to go with those puffed up goodness I'm sharing the recipe for Sooji halwa,actually Sooji halwa is made in different styles in Pakistan ,back where I was born and brought up.This particular halwa is famous with poori ,sold all over Karachi for breakfast ,it's sweet ,smooth and melts in your mouth,it's that good!!!

Here is my way !!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Sooji (a little goes along way)

1 cup sugar (increase or decrease sugar to adjust for sweetness)

1/4 cup butter

2 tsp oil



1/8 tsp orange food color


2-3 cardamom pods
2-3 cloves
1/4 inch cinammon
Chopped almond and pistachios (optional)
Water

Recipe:
Heat a flat bottom sauté pan on medium low heat add butter and oil ,then add your whole spices cook a little until butter is melted and you can smell the spice a little ,now add Sooji cook it until fragrant and little change in color.keep stirring


Add sugar cook it by stirring it constantly you don't want to burn it ,






now add water enough to cover the Sooji and sugar mixture ,add food coloring and cook on high until bubbly ,





then lower you heat and cook it cover until all liquid is absorbed and you see a glossy shine on the halwa,it will still a little watery as it is suppose to be like that





garnish with nut (optional ) ,I don't do that as my kids don't like it that way .

Serve it warm or cold (both ways it delicious) with hot poori and Enjoy!!!!







Poori(fried puffed flat bread)

Assalamo alaikum

Saturday and Sunday mornings are very special in our family .Everybody is home and in a relax mood ,we enjoy sitting together eating warm and traditional breakfast i.e Poori, Sooji (semolina) halwa and garbanzo beans curry.Whenever I don't make this my daughter comes to me all sad and saying "it's Weekend why we are not having halwa and poori ( her favorite part)"

I want to share my poori recipe with you guys I hope you all will enjoy and next I will be posting Sooji halwa also.

Ingredients :

4 cups flour

2 tbsp oil

1 1/2 tsp salt or to taste

Water

Oil for frying

Recipe:

first mix dry ingredients that is salt and flour .Now thoroughly mix 2 tbsp oil into dry mixture.After that add water 1/2 cup at a time mixing well with your hand and or in a food processor that what I use to make my dough ,it cuts my job in half .Mixing little water at a time make you control how soft or hard you want your dough to be and this recipe we are looking for a soft dough.Ok now your dough is ready cover and let it rest for 15 mins or so .

Heat your oil in a deep wok on a medium high heat.After the dough is well rested make golf ball size balls out of dough

 

and roll it out into a six inch circle .

 

Test you oil by putting a small piece of dough in it ,if it turns brown right away your oil is too hot, lower the heat a little bit and after 1 or two minutes add your rolled out flat bread in the oil ,it should start bubbling from the side with a flat spatula push your poori down it will make your poori puff up ,pushing it down from all sides so its completely puffed up and then turn it over fry until. Light golden specs appear on your poori .

 

 

Take out in a strainer so excess oil can come out .

You can make your Poori ahead just don't fry them lightly cook them on both side in flat pan ,spread them on a tray ,when cool stack them and freeze .Whenever needed defrost in room temperature and deep fry them in heated oil.

Enjoy you poori with omelette, Sooji halwa and garbanzo or potato curry.