Dinner on Second Roza

Zafraani Malai Murgh, Baingan ka Bharta, Tamatar Tuvar dal and Khushka was the dinner today after our second roza الحمد لله. The Iftaar was light~ Khajoor, Aloo Samosa with ketchup and fresh Plums.

Zafraani Malai Murgh – Chicken in Creamy Saffron sauce


Olive oil – 2 tbsp
Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp
Long green chillies – 4, each cut into two
Fried crisp onions – 1/2 cup (store bought)
Chicken/Murgh, with bone – 1150 gms, cut into pieces
Salt – 2 tsp
Yogurt/Dahi – 1/2 cup, lightly whipped
Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Half and Half cream – 1/3 cup (you can also use light cream instead)
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
Saffron threads – one pinch
Slivered almonds – 1 tbsp

Zafraani Malai Murgh


1. Wash the chicken and pat dry. Keep aside.
2. In a saucepan at medium high heat, pour in oil and as soon as it warms up, add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a few seconds. Add the green chillies and fried onions. Mix well. Add the chicken pieces and salt and fry until opaque, around 5-8 minutes. Pour in yogurt, red chilli powder and turmeric. Stir gently to mix and close the lid. Let cook for 5 minutes. Pour in half and half and gently mix well. Cover the lid and let cook for 8-10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Let cook uncovered for a further 10 minutes. Serve immediately along with Parathas or Naan or Khushka.

Baingan ka bhartha – Roasted Eggplants in tomato onion sauce ~ I

Brinjal – 4
Olive oil – 2 tbsp
Onion – 1, large, finely chopped
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds – 1 1/2 tsp
Long green chillies – 4, chopped
Tomato – 2, finely chopped
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder – 2 tsp
Salt – 2 tsp
Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
Cilantro+Mint leaves – 1 tbsp, finely chopped

Fresh ingredients for Baingan ka Bhartha

Baingan ka Bhartha


1. Wash the brinjal and pat dry. Take a rimmed baking sheet and place a large sheet of aluminuim foil on it. Place the brinjal on the foil and place the baking sheet under the broiler-high setting for 15 minutes. Turn the brinjal after 8 minutes. Once the brinjal are evenly black in color, remove from the oven and let cool. Once cool, peel and discard the skin and finely chop the flesh of the brinjal. Keep aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, add oil and as soon as it warms up, add the onion and fry just until soft. Do not let it brown. Add ginger garlic paste, green chillies and cumin seeds and fry them along for furthur 2-3 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes, coriander seed powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix well. Cover the lid and let cook for 5 minutes.
3. Add the chopped brinjal flesh and mix well. Cover the lid and let cook for 5 more minutes. Add garam masala and fresh chopped herbs and let cook uncovered for a few minutes. Serve.


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16 Responses to “Dinner on Second Roza”

  1. Assalam alaikum and Ramadhan mubarak Mona. I like the looks of the baingan bharta. prolly tastes as well, i suppose :).

    Wa-AlaiKum-AsSalaam MJ, Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family too. The recipe for this Baingan ka Bhartha is inspired my cousins’s dadi’s recipe. It sure tastes delicious. Do try. ~Mona

  2. Barta looks so delicious 🙂

  3. Very Ramadan mabrook to all…
    i am thorougly enjoying the recipes and the wishes from you mona. thanks for sharing the wonderful special dishes… i enjoying cooking and Alhumdulillah most of th edishes i try (new recipes) turn out good. thanks and keep them coming.

  4. Asak

    I am glad to view wonderful recipes an enjoy comments of viewers. Its my humble request to all viewers as my name is Hajira please please pray for me in this mubarak aur barakatua ke mahina (Ramzan) as i can conceive all i need is your prayers its my kind an humble request to all viewers and thanks Mona may allah ta allah bless u an ur fly 4 all dat u share ur receipes.

    Tx & KH

    Wa-AlaiKum-AsSalaam Hajira, Jazakallahu Khairun for the appreciation. The dua of a fasting in Ramadan is surely accepted, especially at Iftaar time when you open your fast. Inshallah I will definitely pray for you. ~Mona

  5. Quite a feast Mona and very well-balanced too 😀

  6. Looks very delicious mona…

  7. shaikhmohammed Says:

    monaji, i wud love to know about POTLI KA MASALA. in case of non availbality of this masala in local market how can make at home? will please elabrate on this topic in future>. thanks a lot.

  8. This looks very rich and such a feast to eat yum.

  9. ASA
    I just want to thank you for inspiring us ABCDs to make these wonderful dishes. Your recipes have helped me shock my MIL! May Allah Bless you for that!


  10. Asak Mona, mau Allah swt bless you and your family,
    Have a happy and fruitful ramadhan, hope you get to pray and worship a lot,also include me in your prayers,
    inshallah I will do the same.The hyderabadi round up is delicious.!!cheers!!

  11. hi mona yaar i really love you a lot you saved my life may Allah bless you … my husband never used to eat food made by me but after reading your recipies i tried them and my husband says my wife is the best cook……… BUT I SAY MY MONA IS THE BEST mona please reply to me please send me how to make CHAKNA THAT BOTI KA CHAKNA PLZ

    Nishat, Jazakallahu Khairun for the kind words. I am glad my recipes come useful to you.
    Inshallah I will try and post the recipe for Chakna as soon as possible. ~Mona

  12. assk mona
    this recipe is one of my fav i used to have at my old dear freind but she has moved 4 years back. it reminds of my good old freind.
    only difference is she would add tomato puree also but no onions. i dont remember my freinds entire recipe now.

    so can u suggest at what stage shall i add tomato puree in this recipe, bcos i really want to try this recipe in future.

  13. sorry mona
    i am referring malai murgh recipe


    Wa-AlaiKumAs-Salaam Rizruby, I would not add tomato puree to Malai Murgh recipe, however for a different taste, you can add it after you sauté the green chillies and fried onions. ~Mona

  14. Aslam-u-Alikum,

    Im Saqib from Hong Kong, could you pls suggest me any quick & light dishes to amke in iftaar. As im a jobian & have only 40-45 mins after coming from office to prepare anything.
    So, suggest some light food, in quick time & could fullfill my energy.

    Thanks & Reagrds,

    WaAlaiKumAsSalaam Rai Saqib, you can refer to a range of recipes here: http://zaiqa.net/?p=2600.

  15. salaam. Is this a hyderabadi recipe? I tried it and it turned out so great!

  16. Thank you for this delicious and easy recipe! I made it tonight and everyone in the family enjoyed it. I nice twist on traditional chicken khorma 🙂

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