Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Hammus Recipe

Hammus is a very popular middle eastern/Mediterranean dip, which is very healthy and super delicious. They are commonly made using cooked chick peas. (Here is a Video recipe to perfectly cook and store Chick pea at home).

I have flavored classic hammus with sun dried tomato.We love tangy and smokey flavor which gives to our hammus. You can simply opt them out if you dont want to use it. I have used Home made tahini which gave my hammus lot more fresh taste and healthier than store bought one.Creamy sun-dried tomato Hammus recipe with home made tahini

We love to have hammus with as a dip for our veggies. You could use them as spread on your bread for sandwiches as a healthy and vegan alternative to your mayonnaise.

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Meat and rice Dolma with Vine leaves

Meat and rice Dolma with Vine leaves

Dolma is one of the very popular dish in Central Asia, Eastern Europe and middle east. Grape leaves  stuffed with meat and rice filling, lightly spiced and cooked to perfection. Other veggies like Zucchini, bell pepper, cabbage, eggplants are also used instead of grape leaves. I became fan of Dolma after coming to Tashkent. All these years, from UAE, I never dared to taste Dolma, somehow in my mind that was some weird snack, which is not suitable for my taste buds.

Once my friend here brought me piping hot Uzbek dinner, two types of Dolma (with grape leaves and bell pepper Dolma) and Uzbek Samosa and some sweets. When I opened the box first I saw was grape leaves Dolma. My face became 🙁 immediately. Hubby started eating that one after another. I just looked at him and asked –  is it that tasty you are enjoying it like anything??! In my life, first time I tasted Dolma on that day!!! Since then I decided never prejudice anything as I did with Dolma!!! Sorry Dolma for underestimating you 😀

I was waiting for summer to get fresh grape leaves. You can also use canned vine leaves which will be available in most of the Middle eastern/Asian stores. You can also get them online.

Filling can be adjusted as per your family preference. It can make without meat for Vegetarian/vegan version. Carrots, minced cabbage, mushrooms etc can also be used. There is no strict rules how the filling should be.

I cooked Dolma with Chicken stock which I had in my fridge. It definitely enhanced over all flavor. Dolma with dollop of sour cream were sooo good, as we enjoyed it for our Iftar. It can be used as snack/appetizer or serve it as your dinner.

If you had pre-judged Dolma as I did, I strongly recommend you to try this at least once. Lemme know how you enjoyed them.

 

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Baked Qatayef Recipe with Nuts filling

Baked Qatayef Recipe with Nuts filling

One of the most famous ramadan treat,Middle eastern sweet snack – qatayef.  Yeast pancakes are filled with simple and delicious nuts mixture, baked/fried to perfection an d dipped in flavored sugar syrup and devoured!!!

Can you believe we are at the last 10 days of Ramadan now??!! I din’t even know how these beautiful days flied. Alhamdulillah went well so far. I delayed Ramadan posts till these days, because of blog back end work. Hope you all liked our new theme and please let me know if you face any issues.

During Ramadan one or the other Middle eastern desserts hold my Iftar table everyday. Some how those sweets call for Ramadan for me. When comes to savory snacks, no choice other than our very own Malabar snacks.

Best part of qatayef is they will freeze very well. I have added  pine, walnut and coconut mixture. You can use your choice of nuts mixture. And instead of those nuts filling, you can also fill them with cheese of your choice. Sometimes I used to fill both cheese and nuts together. Back home everyone is fan of cheese qatayef. Baked Qatayef Recipe with Nuts filling

Hope you will love this recipes as much as we did. Lemme know what filling variation you did and how you enjoyed it. Always love to hear from you.  Lets see the recipe……….

 

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25+ Ramadan/Iftar Recipes (Both sweet & Savory)

25+ Ramadan/Iftar recipes round up (both sweet and savory)

Ramadan is just around the corner and hope you all might have started preparing for it both physically and mentally. Me slowly started doing it, but not so much excitement and feel of Ramadan as we have back home. How about your Iftar menu plan?? I know you all might have book marked bunch of recipes already and still looking for something more exciting recipes….right??? So I thought to do a round-up of Iftar special recipes, it will be little easier for you to add few more recipes to your menu ahead and do shopping and prepare for it. Doing prayers are more important on coming days. To spend more time to do prayers and other things, I have included  freezer friendly and easy to prepare recipes below.

Do you like sweet dishes or savory for Iftar?? Here Hubby want only savory snacks and I am a sweet tooth girl any time of the day. So most of the time I prepare both sweet and savory snacks. This time I am thinking to go little healthier during Ramadan. Don’t know if it will work, but insha allah gonna try.

So here is my suggestion for Iftar menu planning, hope this gonna help you.

Nombu Kanji (Rice & Greengram porridge with Coconut Milk)

Nombu Kanji is one of the comforting and unavoidable dish to make during Ramadan.  From this simple porridge, you will get protein and other nutrients from green gram, carbs from rice and healthy fat from coconut milk . A perfect way to get nourished.

Nombu Kanji (Rice & greengram porridge with coconut milk)

 Paalooda – A classic malabar drink (Cardamom flavored cashew milk)

Hot beverage – a milk based drink enriched with the goodness of cashew nuts and flavored with cardamom powder. Very simple drink, lightly sweetened and perfect to make during Ramadan! You can prepare this delicious drink in no time. Palooda (A Classic malabar drink - cardamom flavored cashew milk)

Strawberry Iced Tea

This fresh fruit infused tea is something which you can’t stop drinking!! Good alternative for all tea lovers to get refreshed after breaking fast. Perfect to beat the summer heat too with the goodness of strawberry. Strawberry iced tea

Almond Muhallabia (Middle Eastern Ground rice & Almond Pudding)

This is one of the easiest and yummiest middle eastern dessert, which can be prepared for Iftar. After a long day of fasting,this mildly sweet and delicate dessert gives so much comfort.This will be ready in 15 minutes and you just need to chill it in the refrigerator for an hour or two.

Almond Muhallabia (Middle Eastern Dessert)

Hazelnut praline Custard /Pastry cream

Since it is super simple to make custards at home, most of the time custards took its own special place on Iftar table.To make this humble dessert extra special, I have added hazelnut praline to it.  Fruits and nuts can also be added instead of Hazelnut praline.Hazelnut praline custard/pastry cream

Lemon Curd

As it looks, they are so creamy and satisfying with vibrant lemony flavor. With the power pack of Vitamin C, lemon also helps to balance the body’s PH balance. You can have them by its own, or use as dip or topping to other desserts.

Easy homemade lemon curd from scratch

Mini Kunafa/Kanafa with home made Kunafa Dough

If I served only this for Iftar, there won’t be any complain from hubby. He used to request to make Kunafa on special occasion as well.You can either make the dough at home ahead or if you are lucky enough, get the kunafa dough from the store. I made it in little muffin tray which looks so cute and easy to serve individually.

Mini kunafa with homemade Kunafa dough

Aish el saraya (Middle eastern pudding with bread and custard)

Another really easy middle eastern dessert perfect for Iftar.This scrumptious eggless bread pudding is flavored with rose-water and orange blossom water, topped with lots of chopped almonds and pistachios which for sure give this creamy and smooth pudding something to get crunched.  Aish el saraya (labanese bread pudding) - middle eastern dessert

Luqaimat (Middle Eastern Sweet Dumplings)

These fried sweet dumplings are a must on Iftar table at least once during Ramadan for us. Once you have a platter full of luqaimat in your hand, I bet you won’t stop eating them. They can be prepared with very easily available ingredients. luqaimat recipe (middle eastern sweet dumplings)

Umm Ali (Egyptian Dessert)

Iftar dish can’t be easier than this. This eggless dessert made with puff pastry and topped with creamy milk and nuts of your choice. This can be served hot or cold.Umm ali (Egyptia dessert with puff pastry)

Layali Lubnan (Lebanese Nights) – Semolina Pudding Pie

Middle eastern desserts are one of my favorite on Iftar table. You can’t go wrong with this creamy dreamy dessert. I have given nut layer in between semolina pudding and whipped cream topping to get extra crunch.

Layali Lubnan (Labanese nights) - Semolina pudding pie

Pumpkin Payasam Panna Cotta

Another really simple and delicious Indo-italian Fusion Dessert. This can be prepared ahead, so that you don’t need to rush at the last-minute before Iftar.

Pumpkin Payasam Panna Cotta

Malabar Wheat pudding (Nasara)

This is one of the age-old Malabar recipe, which is my all time favorite.  Can be prepared with very little ingredients.

Malabar wheat pudding (Nasara)

Kayi Ada/Unna Kaya (Stuffed Plantain-Fried)

This is one of the most popular Malabar snack, I have been enjoying them my whole life. Mashed plantains are stuffed with sweet filling, either coconuts or eggs, or else by mixing both of them. The best part of this snack is, it will freeze very well.Kayi Ada/Unna Kaya (Stuffed Plantain-Fried)

Panineer Petti (Crepe stuffed with sweetened mixture)

This is one of the usual item on Malabar iftar table. You can prepare this very last-minute if you fail to plan anything ahead. Stuffed with sweetened coconut/egg mixture and poured with sugar syrup, to sweeten it even more.

Panineer petti (Malabar snack - Crepe stuffed with sweetened mixture)

Sweet chatti pathiri with Apple and cheese filling (Atti pathil/Atti pathiri)

I have given a twist with apple pie and cheese filling to Malabar’s very own chatti pathiri. Take my words, you must try this combo at least once in your life time. They are soo delicious.

Sweet chatti pathiri with apple and cheese (Attipathil/ chatti pathil)

Savory Chatti Pathiri (Atti Pathiri/Atti Pathal)

Another very popular Malabar special dish. By its look, chatti pathiri is very similar to Italian Lasagna. Crepes are  layered with meat fillings and cooked in lowest flame or baked in the oven. I have given very delicious fried chicken filling in this. They are very filling too.

Savory Chatti Pathiri (Atti Pathiri/Atti Pathil)

Fatayer with Spinach and Feta (Middle eastern triangle pie)

To give a vegetarian touch to Iftar table, here is one delicious option. Since it was not loaded with lots of spices, very comforting savory snack for Iftar! This snack too will freeze well.Spinach and feta fatayer (Middle eastern triangle pie)

Baked Falafel with Tahini Sauce

Another vegetarian middle eastern snack, which I baked instead of deep-frying to make it more healthier. Served with very delicious tahini sauce.Baked falafel with Tahini sauce

Lahmacun / Lahmajoon

Both of us favorite dish lahmajun appear on our Iftar table many times during this month. Its filling and so much comforting dish for us. You don’t miss to try them.

Lahmacun / Lahmajoon (Turkish Pizza)

Egg and cheese breakfast roll

Combination of egg, cheese and  bechamel sauce rolled into a crepe is simply amazing. Best part is that this roll freezes well.

Egg and cheese breakfast rolls

Minced meat Lavash Roll (Kheema Roll)

Lightly crispy exterior and juicy meat filling inside is family favorite. You can make a big batch of them, freeze and enjoy them through out the month.

Minced meat lavash roll (Kheema roll)

Spring Roll – Malabar style

This one is a usual item made in every Malabar kitchen for iftar during Ramadan. You can either fry them or oven bake for guilt free version. This rolls too freezes very well.

Spring roll (Malabar style)

Baked Erachi Ada (Malabar style Meat Pockets)

Without this crescent-shaped snack, no Malabar Iftar table would complete. Very rarely hubby request for some particular dishes, and this one is one among them. I baked erachi ada instead of deep-frying, to have them without much guilt. They too freezes well.Baked Erachi Ada (malabar Style Meat Pockets)

Unakka chemmeen Unda Putt Recipe (Kerala Style Dried Prawns Stuffed Steamed Rice Balls Recipe)

This snack is another family favorite. Since it is steamed, very healthy to serve for Iftar. You can definitely change the filling as per your preference like Kallummakaya, Kakka erachi etc.

Chemmeen Unda Putt Recipe (Prawns stuffed steamed rice balls)

Egg Bonda/Pakora (Egg Fritters)

If you are not prepared in advance for Iftar, this is the snack which can prepare at the last-minute with easily available ingredients in you kitchen.Egg Bonda/Pakora (Egg Fritters)

What are the dishes must on your Iftar table??? Which is your most favorite dish out of it?? Do you love to try new recipes??? Lemme know in the comments.

Egg and cheese breakfast roll

Egg and cheese breakfast roll

Breakfast without egg…..I feel like incomplete!!! And anything with cheese – written my name on it. Further more, make a head breakfast!!! yes please…. nothing makes me happier than that. Easy and super delicious egg and cheese rolls have everything I said above.

Fluffy scrambled egg and melted cheese with delicious french sauce – bechamel sauce (white sauce) is a pure bliss. Rolled them in crepes which is flavored with chopped parsley. All in all, they will simply melt in your mouth. Best part is they freeze really well. Just you need to fry them or pop them into the oven before serving. You can also add bit of chopped ham or sausages if you like. Sun dried tomatoes also would have given a flavor punch, I had no stock so didn’t use them. If you love its taste, go ahead and add some.

Whats say about breakfast for dinner??? This rolls goes well along with your soups as well. No big deal, this can be served at any time of the day. We both loved them to the core, hope your family would enjoy them too. Lets see the recipe….

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Hazelnut praline Custard /Pastry cream

Hazelnut praline Custard /Pastry cream

Custard or pastry cream is the most decadent and easiest pudding you can ever make….do you agree??  Vanilla custard with fruits salad is the pudding mostly made during my childhood. More than the fruits, our eyes would be on those pastry creams and we used to enjoy every bit of it. At that time they used to make with the custard powder we can get ready from the super markets. I think still back home everyone using that easiest short cut for making custard. Here I made using the egg yolks, which was really creamy and luscious.

And when I added delicious hazelnut praline to this most humble dessert, which for sure took them to the next level. Oh that caramely and nutty goodness….yummmm. And can you go wrong with the hazelnuts???  I doubled the recipe of praline than I need for this recipe, thinking that I can store them for other recipe which I was planning to do after 2 days, but guess what? half of the portion I just had as it is….. If hubby were at home at that time, we both would have finished them off. It was too good to have by its own.

Even though you can enjoy this pastry cream just the way it is, it can be used with your eclairs, cream puffs, as filling to your cupcakes or to frost your cakes as well. It will be sooo good with your Crepe  for breakfast as well!!!

You will have those 4 egg whites after making this!!! You can use them to make healthy omlet for breakfast yea!! Or why don’t you try Financiers.…it will be so yummm with your evening cup of coffee. Left over egg whites will freeze well too.

What are the other ways do you use custards with?? Let me know in comments :).

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Lemon Curd Recipe

Lemon Curd Recipe

Hello friends…. I am back after a small break with a very delicious and easy recipe – Lemon Curd from scratch. Was on vacation and couldn’t be active and look after my blog. This recipe was prepared and thought to post a month back, but you know how the situation will be when you go back home for vacation??!! Mind was not at all up for blogging from there! Hope now on I will be able to post regularly.

Lemon Curd is very delicious and velvety dessert spread, which is very versatile goes well with your Scones, toasts,cookies, filling for your tarts, or as topping for your Cheesecake or simply delicious by its own. You can make very tasty lemon curd easily at the comfort of your kitchen with this simple recipe. Ingredients for the lemon curd you can find easily in your pantry. So now on,no more preservatives added store bought Lemon curd ;).

Preparing lemon curd was in my to do list for long. When I wanted my cheesecake a citrusy topping, I did not think much. Put my hands on long awaited Lemon curd. If you are a fan of lemony flavor, this is for you. I really love lemon flavor. Really miss my “Lemon puff biscuits” which we get back in Abu Dhabi, one of my favorite biscuits it is, unfortunately I couldn’t find em here so far :(. This lemon curd really satisfied me…. I did spread them on salty crackers too…it was really yummy!

So here is incredibly delicious and easy lemon curd recipe for you to try….

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Paalooda – A classic malabar drink (Cardamom flavored cashew milk)

Palooda - a malabar classic drink (cardamom flavored cashew milk)

Hot beverage – a milk based drink enriched with the goodness of cashew nuts and flavored with cardamom powder. Very simple drink, lightly sweetened and perfect to make on any occasion! You can prepare this delicious drink in no time.

This is a very first guest post since I started my blogging journey, and I am so glad that I did it. When Lubana of Yummy food send me a message asking me to do the guest post for her annual event “Joy from Fasting to Feasting, I didn’t think twice to say “Yes”. Thank you so much Lubna for inviting me to be part of it.

She has a very wonderful blog with beautiful photography and mouth-watering recipes. So much inspired by her space. Find her here.

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Aish el saraya (Middle eastern pudding with bread and custard)

Aish el saraya (Middle eastern pudding with bread and custard)

Here is another Middle eastern dessert – Aish el saraya which literally means “palace bread”. The bottom layered with bread and topped with milk pudding/ custard. This luxurious Lebanese treat can be prepared with simple and easy steps and minimal ingredients. A perfect summer dessert too.

Eid is already at the door step and muslims all around the globe is waiting to celebrate after a month-long auspicious days of fasting. Ladies must have started thinking and arranging the menu for the Eid day and here is a small treat from my side to make your life easier, a delectable dessert – Aish el saraya. You don’t need to put all your energy and time to make this melt in your mouth dessert, prepare the day before eid and you can spend your rest of the time in prayers and other things, Insha allah!

This scrumptious eggless bread pudding is flavored with rose-water and orange blossom water and it is simply comforting dessert. Topped with lots of chopped almonds and pistachios which for sure give this creamy and smooth pudding something to get crunched. Aish el saraya (Middle eastern pudding with bread and custard)

Contrary to the usual square piece Aish el saraya,  I made it in round removable bottom dish which alot resembles the cheese cake. It will look great and appealing on your Eid table for sure.

Here is some more Desserts Recipes  which you may like to prepare on Eid day.

  1.  Mini Kunafa with home made Kunafa Dough
  2. Dulce De Leche Cheesecake and Almond crusted Pie
  3. Honey Cake (Medovik)
  4. Payasam Panna Cotta
  5. Layali Lubnan (Lebanese Nights) – Semolina Pudding Pie
  6. Molten Lava chocolate mug cake

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Minced meat Lavash Roll (Kheema Roll)

Minced meat Lavash Roll (Kheema Roll)

Do you know why I love minced meat?! They are so versatile and gets cooked easily. Throw in some simple ingredients and you are good to go. This easy filling which I made is very delicious and can have by its own, or side to any other bread or even rice.

When I asked hubby to get spring roll sheet,he bought a bunch of lavash. I wanna use up those, hence decided to try this way. It didn’t go wrong. light crispy exterior and flavorful and juicy meat paired very well. You can also use your Home made pastry leaves  or Store bought spring roll sheet. Making simple Crepes and fill this minced meat masala would be great idea too. Make a big batch and freeze it…Isn’t that so cool?!

If you are not in a mood to make rolls with minced meat you have in your freezer, why don’t you try Meat balls in white creamy sauce or you want something Indianish?! Here is Kheema Dhal recipe which is very delicious! Lahmajoon would be another best option too!!!

Lets see how this simple, yet delicious Minced meat Lavash roll is prepared.

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