Salata Hara - Middle Eastern Chutney

Salata Hara ia s a famous Middle Eastern Chutney... Spicy with a hint of sourness... They are served with all Rice n Meat dishes such as Mandi, majboos, Buhkari rice..... Arabic Rice dishes are full of flavour but quite bland unlike our spicy biryani.... This Salata Hara adds the spicy twist to it...
Very simple to make and it goes well as an accompaniment to our Indian dishes as well....
       Learnt this recipe from a friend of mine who is more like a sister to me... Her version is much flavourful... compared to what i used to make before...  The ones the restaurants serve is more of a puree but i like it little chunky.. to add texture.... I make them in my small chopper.... making them in food processor will also turn good.. If you are making them in your chutney jar... Operate them in pulse mode to maintain the texture.  This recipe calls for 2 chilli... if you  like it more spicy you can add another.



You need:

Tomato( medium)                       2 nos*
Onion (small)                             1/2 nos
Green Chilli                                2-3 nos
Coriander leaves                         a small handfull
Lemon Juice                               1/2- 3/4 tsp
Ginger                                        1/2" piece
Garlic                                          1 clove**
Salt

Preparation:

Roughly chop the onion, tomato, green chilli , coriander leaves, ginger , garlic
In your chopper add the ginger garlic onion n green  chilli and grind them for about 30 seconds..
Now add the tomato n coriander leaves  n grind them for 30 seconds - 1 min... depending on how you want them chunky or coarse chutney.
Add 1/2 - 3/4 tsp of lemon juice ( always add little n check for taste then if needed only add more) and salt. give a quick mix n Serve.
You can also store them in airtight container n keeps fresh for 2-3 days

Note:
*The tomato used should be ripe
** I ve used a big clove of garlic... if the garlic pod is small use 2 nos

Sunshine Smoothie

The Perfect Smoothie for Brekkie when you are in no mood to cook or you are in a rush.... Loaded with goodness of fruits.. oats.. flaxseed... A big glass of this smoothie will keep your tummy full for 4-5 hours. The Golden kiwi added gives an extra dimension of taste. You can also substitute milk with almond or soy milk. With not much story lets move on to the simple smoothie




You need:

Apple                                      1 nos
Orange                                    2 nos
Golden Kiwi                           1 nos
Oats                                        1/4 cup
Flax Seed Powder                   1 tbsp + for sprinkling
Sunflower Seeds                     1 tbsp
Agave Syrup / Honey              1-2 tbsp
Cold milk                                1 1/4 cup
Cinnamon powder                   a small pinch
Ice Cubes

Preparation:

De-seed the apple n remove the core... similarly prep the orange.... peel the skin of kiwi
Chop the fruits.
In your blender add all the ingredients n blend well.... Check the sweetness... I have a less sweeter tooth.. so please adjust according to your taste buds.
Pour into glasses .. sprinkle with  flaxseed powder n serve immediately.
Serves 2 for tall glasses or Serves 4 for regular ones

Dreams do come true!!

After hundreds of failure  attempts to type a post..... I know it sounds awkward..... after my fathers demise just couldn't gather courage to do a blog post.... every time I sit in front of the laptop the thoughts revolve around my father who has always been my support for blogging.... he would constantly ask me .... guide me ... search facts for me ... all these thought come and then I stop typing....   trying one more time to do a blog post after much hesitation... hoping to complete it...
 
      Right from the age of 14 the time I started to cook... when my I would burn my dishes sometimes... food that I cooked would taste okay .... he was always there to encourage and fill me with positivity... that I can cook.... I can cook...
     6 years of blogging I have had a quite a lot of happy moments... my recipe being published a couple of times... have won a cookery contest and even had an opportunity to put a up a small food stall here....  but this year got a bigger chance .. yeah... got a chance to do a small cookery workshop for 30 people... It was a wonderful experience.... taught them to make  coconut basboosa .... gave a small talk on food and its nuances.. my blog and its experiences  and finally gave them few recipe tips. Though nervous at the beginning I was quite happy with the end result...


           The Coconut Basboosa we made for the workshop..... made two batches of it
   
        Then again a chance to put up a stall in a charity fair.... had to cook food for nearly 600 people... thats a huge oppurtnity for a blogger like me... Me and both my sisters geared up for the big event....
Planning the menu... buying things and arranging everything... Planning the menu was the hardest... cooking for a big crowd.. needed to cook something thats out of the box... something thats unique and would attract the customers.
    The menu we decided was Roti jala Chicken Murtabak,, Mutton Samosa , Chinese Dipped Chicken,, Chatty Fish ( Both my mom's own creation),, Saffron pudding, Broken glass pudding & coffee pudding..... Coconut Basboosa.. Mars Chocolate cupcakes... Suji Crystal cookie which was named after us---Yanani Cookie  .. and last for Limited Edition we had Lebanese Baklava Rolls.

                                Our stall in the fair .....with a beautiful blue background

    A lovely friend of mine helped us with the designing and packing.... friends n relatives helped us a lot in right from purchasing... cooking.. packing n execution.... It was really a fun time... relationships came closer... got new friends... When the 'D' day came..it was all butterflies in the stomach .... after spent around 36 hours in prep n packing...We made 50 Jalar murtabaks.. 50 homemade samosas... 30 dipped chicken... 25 fish.... 600 cookies.... 60 baklavas....75 basboosa...150 puddings... 50 chocolate Mars...


          The puddings , basboosas, on the table....couldn't click the rest as the day went busy



                                       Cookies.. baklavas...all packed n ready to sell...

       With the grace of Almighty.. Alhamdulillah  the day went off great.... Sending plates n plates of hot food out... n cold puddings was an amazing experience.... Met my school mates... longtime friends.... and by 5 in the evening we managed to sell almost all except for a few puddings.... as we were about to windup n enjoy fair gotta call from home at 6 that there is around 20 boxes of cookies that were somehow left in the house... we were gobsmacked...received the boxes with half n hour left we were literally screaming at the top to sell the boxes at half price..... and Alhamdulillah we manged to sell off everything with the nick of time..... It was just crazy time ... At the end of the day we left the fair dead tired.. but with lots of memories to cherish.... really missed my father that day who was not there with me when my small dream came true .... and also my husband  who supported me in achieving it....
   With lots of inspiration n moral support hope to achieve my goals In Sha Allah......


 



4- Ingredient Banana Oat Bars

I know I am very late in posting this got busy with personal commitments, but better late than ever.... Have always wanted to bake oat bars but never inclined towards it but when Rafeedha of the big sweet tooth gave lovely oats recipes for home bakers challenge I immediately wanted to make this easy Banana Oat Bars.... it was yummm. They are very easy to make and they are loaded with nuts dates oats .....  this recipe is from: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-4-ingredient-banana-oat-bars-snack-recipes-from-the-kitchn-156571



You need:

Very Ripe Bananas                       2 nos large
Vanilla essence                             1 tsp
Rolled Oats                                   2 cup
Salt                                                1/2 tsp
Dates (pitted n chopped)              1/4 cup
Chopped Nuts                               1/4 cup ( walnuts /, hazelnuts,/ pecans)
Cinnamon powder (optional)

Preparation:

Preheat the oven at 175*C . Grease a 9*9 inch square baking pan with olive oil or butter.
Peel the bananas and mash them well with a fork .. there should be around 1-1 1/4 cup of mashed bananas.
Add the rest of the ingredients except for cinnamon .
Pat the thick mixture in the pan and if desired sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely . Slice them into bars and enjoy with milk.
They can be stored at room temperature for 5 days.

Mini Basil Pesto Puri

After a long time participated in Shhhhhh cooking secretly challenge and this month my partner is Mayuri Patel of
Mayurisjikoni and she gave me two interesting ingredients Basil and lemon.
I chose basil as that's one ingredient I have not worked with but then thought how to mask them checked out so many recipes for inspiration but couldn't land on any.
The one recipe that came across was basil pesto and thought how to mask it as it is used in either pasta or as spreads.  Then all of a sudden thought why not make chapati then started the prep  and made pesto recipe from here.
Made only little quantity about 1 1/2 tbsp
And started making the dough. Then my mind changed and thought of making mini puri because I wanted my kids to eat
Voila then made mini puri which was devoured within minutes and I am excited because till now the secret ingredient had not been guessed correctly  by my fellow friends.
***my card reader not working currently so basil pesto photo is stuck there. will post it as soon as it gets fixed***
Let's proceed in making this mini basil pesto puris



You need:

For pesto:
Basil leaves.          1/3 cup
Walnut                   3 pieces(toasted)
Garlic clove.           1/4 of a clove
Olive oil.                  1 1/2 tbsp
Salt

For puri :
Atta flour.               1/2 cup
Basil pesto.             1 1/2 tbsp
Water
Oil for frying



Preparation:
Grind all the ingredients given under for pesto to a fine paste.
In a bowl add the flour and pesto and enough water to make a dough.
Rest them for 10 minutes
Roll them into a big circle. It should neither be thick nor very thin 
With a circle cutter cut them into small circles.  Use all the dough and cut out circles.
In a separate kadai heat the oil. Test whether the oil is heated enough by putting a small piece of dough in oil.
Keep the flame in moderate heat and fry the puris one by one . Press the puri in oil then only they will puff up. 
Remove them with slotted spoon
Serve them hot.  

Notes:
You can make them as regular sized puris too.
Suits best for kids lunch box. Allow them to cool a little before packing so that they don't turn soggy.