Wishing everyone a very happy and blessed Ramadan’09 ~ Ramadan Mubarak!
Moments before Iftaar time at ‘MASJID-AL-NABWI~The Mosque of PROPHET MOHAMMED (صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ) in Madinah Al-Monawwarah, KSA~The place in the entire world that is very dear to me only next to Makkah.Source
May our prayers be answered, our fast accepted and our homes blessed with Allah’s (سبحانه وتعالى) mercy inshallah, Ameen.
“Call on Me; I will answer your Prayer (Quran – 40:60)
Ramadan (Sawm) is the ninth month of the Islamic Calender, a solemn time of prayers and reflection, when the holy book of Al-Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad (ﷺ). Month long fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam, is observed from sunrise till sunset, on every day of Ramadan. The meaning of Sawm is ‘to abstain’. Abstinence from bad behavior and bad language, sensual pleasures, hunger and thirst is a requirement of a proper fast. Ramadan teaches us moderation and spiritual discipline. Paying Zakat, or alms, to the needy or poor, is another of the five pillars of Islam, is essential during Ramadan.
During Ramadan, we basically have two meals, the Iftaar and Suhoor. Iftaar is after the sunset, when we break our fast eating a few dates, fruits or light Iftaar snacks, a drink or water, and then offer our evening prayers and have a bountiful dinner later. Suhoor, usually lighter than Iftaar, is had before the daybreak. Al-Quran is read with much regard and special lengthy prayers in the night called Taraweeh are observed. The du’as of a person who is fasting is never refused.
Life during Ramadan is slightly harder for us all Muslims living in non-Muslim countries I believe. In most Islamic countries, the whole daily routines of the general population changes to accommodate the observance of fast. Offices and work places open late and close earlier. Nevertheless, the Islamic spirit during Ramadan is the same throughout the world. Everyone shares Iftaar, either by sending what they have prepared to the local mosques, or sending a share to the fellow neighbors.
Ramadan is the best time to be in Hyderabad. The city seems to be abounding with food and people buying food from street vendors and road side food stalls from later afternoon to late in the night or until early mornings.Some typical Hyderabadi foods and dishes associated with Ramadan are: Haleem, Dahi wade, Fruit salads, Khatti Chane ki dal, Samosa, Cholay, etc.
I thank all the participants~bloggers as well as non-bloggers, for taking time out to participate and share their yummy Ramadan entries with us all.
Here’s presenting you all, the roundup of ‘The Hyderabadi Ramadan Food Festival ‘09‘. Hope you all enjoy the delicious recipes sent by my friends and beloved readers. May god bless you all!
1. Rizruby, one of the readers of my blog has shared with us all some of the delicious Ramadan dishes that she prepares for her family. These include~Haleem, Chicken 65 with gravy, and Cherry IceCream cake. Lets go through her recipes in her words:
This is my mom’s recipe. I get many complements from family and freinds. It is a bit lengthy procedure, approx 2-3 hrs of cooking time but worth it. I do not add many dals, and usually like the taste and consistency of bawarchi/sherewan haleem back home in Hyderabad.
To prepare Daliya:
Daliya/Cracked wheat – 2 cups (8ounce size each)
Split and husked Black gram~Mash/Urud dal – 1/3 cup
Cooking oil – 1 tsp
Black peppercorns – 1 tsp
Caraway seeds/Shahzeera – 1 tsp
Loung/Clove – 4
Elaichi/Cardamom – 4
Cinnamon Stick – 1/3 inch
Wash wheat and dal. Add to pressure cooker. Add oil and rest of the above ingredients. Add water about your index finger level and pressure cook on med-low for 1/2 hour. Make sure wheat is cooked and soft when done.
Potli Masala packet (available in Hyderabad stores)
To prepare Masala water curry:
Potli masala bag -1 (You get Potli Masala packets in hyderabad stores)
Yogurt – 1/2 cup
Red Chilli powder – 1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 1/2 tsp
Oil – 4 tbsp
Take a sauce pan add 7 cups water. Add raw potli masala bag contents. Do not add any powder from bag. Boil for 20 mnts. Strain and reserve the water and keep aside. Take saucepan . Add oil and fry ginger-garlic paste. Later add salt and red chilli powder. Add yogurt and cook for 5 mins on low heat until yogurt is evaporating. Add drained potli masala water and cook for 10 mnts on med flame. Once done, remove from heat and keep aside.
To prepare Mutton gravy:
Mutton, with bone – 2-3 pounds (I use ribs and patla ghost mostly and regular ghost)
Ginger-garlic paste – 2 tsp
Caraway seeds/Shah zeera – 1 tsp
Loung/clove – 5
Elaichi/Cardamom – 5
Cinnamon Stick – 1/3 insh
Garam masala powder -1/2 tsp
Cooking oil – 2 tbsp.
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Take a pressure cooker and add the above ingredients. Pour 1 1/2 cups water and pressure cook meat till is very tender and falls off the bone. Feel with your hand if u can seperate meat from bones~if yes, let mutton cool down and remove the meat from the gravy into a bowl. Seperate meat from bones using your fingers. I do not prefer using boneless mutton and grinding, this kills the taste of haleem. So use your hand, its worth it. Keep aside the meat. Do not dry leftover gravy in cooker. Remove from heat and keep the gravy aside.
Haleem, in the cooking stage
Add 1/3 amount of cooled potli masala water to cooked cracked wheat. Blend the mixture and keep adding another 1/3 amount of potli water during grinding process. Do not blend to fine paste but keep it a bit coarse. Keep aside remaining 1/3 potli masala water.
Haleem, served in individual platters
Take 2 average size onions and slice them thin. Fry till golden brown in oil. Keep aside.
Take a heavy bottomed 8 quart size non-stick sauce pan. Add blended wheat and cook for 10 mnts on low flame. Keep stirring every 2 minutes. Add remaining 1/3 amount of potli masala water and cook for 5 minutes. Now add pulled mutton, the mutton gravy and cook for 10 minutes on low flame. Keep stirring as mutton usually sticks to bottom. Also add finely chopped cilantro~1/2 cup, garam masala powder~1/2 tsp ,and the fried onions.
Remember~try to adjust cooking time according to consistency you like~thick or thin or average.
Keep tasting in between always. Never add raw red chilli powder to haleem at this stage. You can add black peppercorns~1 tsp according to your tastes if required .
Now add 3 tbsp cooking oil and keep on dum/cover lid and cook for next 5 minutes on low flame. Then remove pan from stove.
Garnish every serving with minced cilantro, mint, lime juice and fried onions.
I usually freeze leftover haleem sameday in freezer in ziploc bag or yogurt cups. You can freeze for 2 weeks. It helps to save time in parties or when family or friends drop in.
When reusing from freezer, thaw for four hours at room temp and microwave later. I have already done the same for coming ramazan.
Servings – 5-6
Boneless chicken – 1 pound , cut into 1 inch size pieces, I use breast chicken meat
Salt -1/2 tsp
Ajinomoto salt -1/2 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
Shan tandoori chicken powder – 3/4 tsp
Lime juice – 1/2 tsp or white vinegar 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp
Corn starch powder – 1/2 tsp (do not use plain corn powder paste, starch powder makes chicken crunchy)
Egg white, beaten – 1 egg, no yolk
Salt free soya sauce – 1/2 tsp (optional)
(no coloring agents please)
Chicken 65, in the cooking stage
Take a mixing bowl. add above ingredients . add chicken pieces and marinate for 1 hr.
Take a non stick pan/karhai. Add 4 tbsp oil and let it warm up. Add marinated chicken and stir fry. Cook on medium flame for 15 -20 minutes till chicken is tender.
Yogurt – i/2 cup whipped
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Zeera/cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
Slit green chillis – 4-5
Curry leaves – 10 leaves
Cilantro – 1/4 cup for garnishing
Shan tandoori chicken masala – 1/4 tsp for coloring
Ginger-garlic paste -/2 tsp
Remove chicken from pan. Add 1-2 tbsp oil if necessary to pan and add green chillies, ginger garlic paste and fry. Now add curry leaves and when u smell the curry leaves add yogurt first, salt and zeera powder. Stir fry and saute for 7-10 minutes on medium flame. Add chicken and cook for more 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.
Serving suggestion – Rumali roti. I use ‘Tortillaland’ brand uncooked wheat tortilla. I buy from smith grocery stores, it really tastes like homemade Rumali rotis. I never liked other brand of tortillas.
Cherry Icecream Cake
I always loved backhomes cakes from bakeries. Because they are soft and made with icecream, yummy.
I find very few choices in USA because of halal and wine factor. and also I do not like caramel and dark chocolate. So I tried this recipe recently and boy it was yummy, very tasty.
I usually love cakes from wholefood market stores and smith grocery stores. You can use any cake mix and icecream for this recipe, like strawberry cake and dark cherries icecream, and fresh strawberries or peach or berries. One tip~do not add cut fruits to icecream but to cake mix.
Cherry Icecream Cake
Calories – approx 150 -200, from fat -60 %
Two cakes, baked in aluminium trays
Bettycrocker cakemix- supermoist cherry flavor -1/2 box (this is halal and I got from walmart. You can use any flavor preferably supermoist variety)
Fresh cherries – 1/2 cup, cut into 1/4 pieces size
Fresh cherries – 1/4 cup pureed in blender (Add 1 tsp sugar if a bit sour)
Sliced almonds – 1/5 cup (I use readymade cut almonds from indian/desi store)
Eggs – 2
Olive/Canola oil – 1/4 cup
Water – 2/3 cup
Regular frozen Icecream – 1 1/2 or 2 cups (I used strawberry+vanilla combo)
Cakes sandwiched with the cherry Icecream
Take a mixing bowl. Add eggs and whip using a beater. Add oil and whip. Now add betty cake mix and water and whip for 2 minutes. Add sliced almonds and cut cherries to cake mix and mix. Take 2 aluminium foils trays, 12 inch size square, or as u wish. Aluminium foil is always good for baking. Grease them with oil lightly. Pour the mix in 2 separate trays equally. Bake together in oven at 325°F for 25 minutes. Now remove the cakes and cool them for 10 minutes. Place both trays in refrigerator (not freezer) for 1 hour. After 1 hour, blend the remaining cherries. Take icecream and make it smooth with spoon, making sure you do not melt icecream so that u can spread evenly on cake. Add blended cherries to icecream. Now spread soft icecream evenly on top of cake in 1st tray. Spread only on top not sides. Now remove cake carefully from 2nd tray and place above icecream in 1st tray. Freeze cake tray in freezer for 2 hrs. My freezer temp is 0°F. After 2 hrs remove and ice the cake with store bought icing and cherries and nuts. This is optional. I do not do because of the calories it adds. Cut the cake into slices and enjoy.
You can store the leftover cake in fridge, and not in freezer.
A slice of Cherry IceCream cake
You can use this recipe for birthdays or any occasions, I usually bake my biryani and cakes together and save time.
- Lamb Shorba
- Lentils and Broken wheat Soup
- Almond Stuffed dates
- Dahi Vade\Bade
- Okra Fritters(Bhindi Pakoda)
7. Not to forget, the following the my entries for the event:
- Blueberry Lassi~Smoothie
- Palak ki Pakodi along with Til ki Chutney
- Marag – Rich and Aromatic Chicken soup
- Mirch Bhajiye – Stuffed deep fried Green chillies
- Wada – Spicy Indian Donuts
- Aloo Bonda – Potato Croquettes
- Spicy Black Chickpeas – Chatpate Kale Chane
- Qimah Bhare Aloo Cutlets – Potato Cutlets/Cakes stuffed with Minced meat
- Shakkarpaare – Sweet Bites
- Spring Rolls
- Baingan Bhajiya – Eggplant Fritters
- Dahi-Wade – Lentil balls in Yoghurt relish
- Spicy Groundmeat/Kheema Samosas
- Potato Cutlets/Tikki/Cakes
- Chanay ki Dal – Boiled Lemony Bengal Gram
- Daliya Soup – Broken Wheat and Lentils Soup
- Haleem – Slow Cooked Lentils, Wheat and Meat/Vegetables Porridge
- Minty Strawberry Banana Lassi~Smoothie
- Qimah ke Luqmi – Minced meat parcels
- Ande ke bhajiye – Egg Fritters
For more choices, refer to the Recipe Index on my blog.
All those who were unable to send me their entries this year, feel free to send me your Hyderabadi Ramadan delicacies for the coming Ramadan 2010 inshallah.