Roasted Butternut squash soup (Pumpkin soup)

Roasted butternut squash soup

Soup is there on my menu at least twice or thrice in a week especially during these winter days. We really need a bowl of soup to warm ourselves up.Butternut squash is in season and this soup comes very often now a days on our dinner table.

Even without adding any cream or dairy, this soup is really velvety and creamy, highly satisfying and healthy too. Roasted butternut enhance the flavor for sure, the smell of roasted squash will tempt you to have couple of spoon soon after coming out of the oven. I had few table spoon before adding them to the soup ;-).It taste great if properly seasoned. I really love pumpkin/butternut squash, either its in sweet or savory. You can see some of my favorite pumpkin/butternut squash recipes here. They are really high in fiber and nutritional bomb.

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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

Lets see the recipe!!

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Fatayer with Spinach and Feta (Middle eastern triangle pie)

Spinach and feta fatayer (Middle eastern triangle pie)

Fatayers are famous middle eastern snacks prepared with pizza dough filled with different delicious fillings. Meat, spinach and cheese fillings are commonly used. As promised here is my fatayer recipe.I have made Spinach and feta combination and it became our favorite filling now for fatayer.Spinach and feta fatayer (Middle eastern triangle pie)

By making all lots of non veg items for Iftar, I thought of giving a vegetarian touch to my Iftar table. Vegetarian savory dishes pop up very rarely during this month here. So I thought spinach is by all means a healthy choice.Spinach filling paired very well with my Homemade Pizza Dough as well. Hubby is not a Pizza fan, but this little spinach triangle pie disappeared easily from here.

Addition of feta cheese really took the taste to the next level, those toasted walnuts added the crunch.These are not loaded with spices, so it was very comforting savory snack for Iftar!!

After my third attempt, I got those pies unopened after baking!! It’s really very important to squeeze out the moisture from the spinach and make it dry. Otherwise by the time your pies are baked … all those naughty little ones would have opened… haha….I was able to eat those…but were not good enough to present in front of you guys ;). Do you know I was waiting near the oven very curiously to see whether they are being naughty again!!! Childishness in me came out when I made this. It was funny too! Spinach and feta fatayer (Middle eastern triangle pie)

So squeeze spinach as hard as possible….. it will be a stress buster exercise tooo ;-). Don’t worry, follow exactly all steps as given…You can also make half-moon shaped pies, that would be really easy in fact, you can follow the steps here. Share with me your experience in comments, would love to hear from you!!!

Lets see the recipe!


Serves ; 20 to 24 Fatayer


Ingredients :-

  1. Pizza Dough
  2. Spinach – 2 cup chopped
  3. Oil – 2 tea spoon
  4. Onion – 1 small
  5. Garlic – 2 cloves
  6. Parsley – 2 table spoon chopped
  7. Chilli powder – 1/4 tea spoon
  8. Cumin powder – 1/4 tea spoon
  9. Walnut – 1/4 cup chopped
  10. Feta cheese – 100 g (3/4 cup  crumbled)
  11. Salt & pepper – to taste
  12. Egg – 1 small (for egg wash)

Direction :- Spinach and feta fatayer (Middle eastern triangle pie)

  1. Prepare the  Pizza Dough and keep it ready or you can use store-bought as well.
  2. Add little salt to chopped spinach and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes. Then take the spinach in muslin cloth and squeeze out the water from it.
  3. In pan add chopped walnut and dry roast until just it changes color slightly.
  4. Heat oil in the same pan, add chopped onion and grated garlic, saute until onion became translucent.
  5. In a bowl add spinach,sauted onion,parsley,cumin,chilli and mix well.
  6. Then add in crumbled feta cheese and walnut. Add salt and pepper to taste (remember you already added salt in spinach, so add if only require).
  7. Preheat your oven at 180 ° C.
  8. Now roll the pizza dough about 1/8 inch thickness and cut using around 4 inch diameter cutter. (Please keep unrolled dough close with kitchen towel to prevent from drying out)
  9. Now add 1 tea spoon filling at the centre of the cut dough (make sure not to touch the filling on the sides where you gonna punch together. If your filling touches the edges it will be difficult to stick together and will open up while baking).
  10. Now bring together two sides of the dough until centre and take third portion and pinch towards centre. You will get a triangle shape as in the picture.Close them and punch them firmly and well. Repeat the process with rest of the filling and dough.
  11. Place prepared fatayer on baking sheet.
  12. Beat the egg with a tea spoon water, brush it evenly on top of prepared fatayer (Egg wash gives shining and nice golden color).
  13. Bake it in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until bottoms are lightly golden color. Then turn the grill/broiler mode and keep for 3 to 4 minutes just to get the golden brown color.(don’t keep more, it may tend to burn).
  14. Serve hot.

Tips & Tricks :-

  • It’s really very important to squeeze out excess moisture from the spinach.

Spinach and feta fatayer (Middle eastern triangle pie)

Mini Kunafa/Kanafa with home made Kunafa Dough

Mini Kunafa/Kanafa with home made Kunafa Dough

Kunafa is a delicious cream and cheese filled middle eastern dessert. This sweet dessert is called by different name like Kanafe,  Knafe, Kunafa, or Kanafa. Some call it as Queen of middle eastern dessert. No wonder why Kunafa called so…. it is sooo scrumptious dessert which you can’t stop having it.They are prepared stuffing the shredded phyllo dough(Kataif) either with cheese or cream or with combining both cream and cheese.

Arabic desserts are very comforting during Iftar and most of the time my sweet dish used to be some middle eastern dessert. Best thing about arabic dessert is that they are very easy to make and taste sooo delicious.

Since I couldn’t find Kunafa dough here, to satisfy my kunafa carving I put my hands on making dough at home itself. Believe me they are easy to make with very simple ingredients! This dough can be prepared in advance, it will freeze well. Then I filled it with both homemade cream and mozzarella cheese. Traditionally Akawi cheese is used, since mozzarella is easily available ,I used that. You can also use ricotta cheese or fresh home-made cottage cheese too.After baking poured the simple syrup to sweeten them which is flavored with rose-water and orange blossom water. Hmmm they were smelling amazing!!!!Contrary to the traditional one big round Kunafa,  I made it in little muffin tray which looks so cute and easy to serve individually.

Amaze your guests and family with this delicious and cheeselicious Kunafa. shhhh don’t tell them that Kunafas are soo easy to make ;)….. Serve it with some hot black tea or coffee. They gonna love you even more!! Here is the recipe….

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Rajma Masala (Kidney bean in coconut cream)

Kidney beans in aromatic indian spices and coconut cream is one of our way to enjoy vegetarian dish which appear on our dinner table at least once in a week. I make sure those beans/lentils are included in the menu while I am planning for the week. This creamy kidney bean curry we loves to enjoy with white rice, putt (Kerala steamed rice cake) or any Indian bread

Being a non veg fan, vegetarian dishes are accepted rarely by my man here. But this rajma masala is both of us favorite.If I am making this curry for the dinner with putt, that day is a peaceful day for me….once I soaked this in the morning, curry will be ready in no time and there is no such effort for making Putt as well. We ladies always look for easy and delicious way to cook right??? Here is one among them!!!

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Creamy Carrot Soup

creamy carrot soup

This creamy carrot soup is healthy & delicious, and absolutely easy to prepare. This became our favorite soup ever since I started preparing it. This soup is soo creamy and velvety, not added any kind of cream though! Beautiful root veg soup is very satisfying as well. Perfect for your autumny,wintery,springy seasons!!

My hubby wants something soon after he comes from the work. So if soup is ready I can do my dinner preparation very calmly. Soup will make him satisfy his hunger and he will start rolling through news channels and Indian politics. Favorite time of his and hatest of mine. (I mean to say when he start watching news, he wont even realize there is someone around him 🙁 , I will be blabbering and he wont be hearing anything. After everything he will ask, did you say something??!!! mmm poor me 😉

Coming to the soup, you don’t even need any fancy ingredients as well to make this delicious soup. Lets see the recipe.

 

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Pumpkin Payasam Panna Cotta

Pumpkin payasam panna cotta

Another really simple dessert – Pumpkin Payasam Panna Cotta, Indo-italian Fusion Dessert. Sounds interesting right?? Yes, fusion of two of my favorite desserts, Payasam (Kerala Special dessert) and Panna Cotta (Italian Dessert).

I love the veggy Pumpkin and it goes very well with both sweet and savory dishes. Very first post of my blog is also with pumpkin, that was Pumpkin curry, a savory version which I always used to make when I get the pumpkin. And also made few other Sweet recipes with pumpkin (Check it out).

Back home when Mom buy pumpkin, usually we demands for pumpkin payasam, it is really delicious.Sweetend with jaggery and flavored with cardamom powder and taste of coconut milk gives this Panna cotta a real Kerala traditional taste. Gave a topping of cashew and coconut crumple, that gave this creamy Dessert a real crunchy delight.

When I was thinking of a dessert for weekend, happend to watch my favorite channel Living Foodz and inspred by show hosted by chef Rakhi Vishwani’s Payasam Panna Cotta. We enjoyed this creamy sweety dessert after our weekend lunch. Hope you too gonna love this.

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Rava Laddu/Thari Unda (Semolina balls)

Rava laddu / semolina balls/ truffles

Rava laddu/Thari unda is a evening tea time snack made with Rava/semolina or can have as a dessert after a heavy meal. This laddu is prepared with very little ingredients and can put together easily within no time. You can get different varieties of laddu in Indian markets.

Ghee roasted semolina gives this sweet balls very nice and mouth watering aroma, with the flavour of coconut and crunchy cashew nuts and chewy raisins.

I made rava laddu in kerala style and thats how we make at home. My hubby loves this sweet snack and often demands to make this. This laddus can be stored in airtight containers for 2 to 3 days, but I am sure it will vanish before that if you have a  sweet tooth at home 😉
Anyways,lets see how this sweet balls are made.

 

Pumpkin curry

Pumpkin curry (Kerala style pumpkin curry)

Pumpkin cooked with flavorful coconut milk and lightly spiced and finally topped with mustard seeds and coconut oil Tadka.

I always prefer to make veg varieties for our sunday lunch…mostly our kerala style dishes with hot rice.
I usually cook with the ingredients available,rather than taking recipes and find the ingredients.when winter starts,we get alot of pumpkin here in tashkent with so many varieties – in different colors and style.So this sundays menu,i added my all time favorite dish – pumpkim curry.

My mom used to make tasty pumpkin curry…and this is her recipe. We enjoy it with hot rice and spicy beef….Usually she used to make it on fridays because in our place in kerala…we get fresh beef on fridays…..omg its really yummmy.

We can make so many sweet and savory dishes with pumpkin, and check out my Pumpkin & Dates Halwa , Pumpkin Payasam Panna cotta,  Pumpkin Soup,and Pumpkin Pie.

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