Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Trip to the Veggie Market and a Recipe for Masala Garbanzos


Hi all you lovely people out there!

Guess what? I've come to stay with my Mommy dear, not feeling very well so Mommy's making sure she pampers me to the core! :p

I went to the Local Vegetable Market with my mom and her friend. The sight of fresh Veggies and Fruits all around was so refreshing! :)

Fresh Lady Finger/Okra

Coconuts
Fresh Spinach
  
Onions

Potatoes
Radish

Cauliflower


Chillies

Peppers

Indian Cucumbers

Carrots
Bananas

Sprouted Beans

Anyways, I want to share a Quick recipe with you all. Hope you all like it!

Masala Garbanzos

Ingredients:
Garbanzos, 1 Cup (You can use them straight from the can or just boil Chickpeas)
Onions, 2, finely sliced
Tomato, 1, finely chopped
Ginger Paste, 1/2 Tsp
Garlic Paste, 1 Tsp
Boiled Potato, 1 Medium, Peeled and Cubed
Coriander Leaves/Cilantro, 2 Tsp, Chopped
Oil
Salt

Method:
1) Heat some oil in a sauce pan or a wok.
2) Saute some oil in it till it becomes tender.
3) Add the Ginger Paste, Garlic Paste, Chopped tomatoes and Potatoes. Saute for another 5 minutes.
4) Add the Garbanzos (Boiled Chickpeas) and stir well.
5) Cook for a few minutes and Garnish with Coriander Leaves!
6) Serve Hot.
Enjoy!


Well, all you guys have fun and I'm gonna enjoy my time with my Mom!

Love u all!

Alia

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cute Book Labels for Kids

Hi Everybody,

How are you all today??

With Ramadan on, I'm so very busy these days, but I do have something for you guys! Guess what?? Book Labels for Kids!! I made them in a hurry, but they are not that bad.

You can find them here.



Hope you like them!

I'll post a recipe soon.

Love you all!

Alia


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Friday, August 12, 2011

Quick Kebabs from Burger Patties

Hello, all you lovely people out there!

Today I have a quick, yummy recipe for you - Kebabs from Burger Patties! Very easy and very tasty!

Well, here's the recipe:

Kebabs from Burger Patties:

Ingredients:
Burger Patties - 4
Onions - 1 big, ground
Garam Masala - 1/2 Teaspoon
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 Teaspoon
Cilantro/Coriander Leaves - 2 Teaspoon, Chopped
Yogurt - 1 Tablespoon
Salt -  To Taste
Oil

Method:
1) Defrost the Burger Patties.
2) Add the Yogurt, Ground Onion, Garam Masala, Ginger Garlic Paste, Cilantro and Salt. Mix well
3) Shape them as desired. I made them round.
4) Fry and serve hot!



Hope you guys like it! :) Enjoy!!

See you soon!

Love ya all!

Alia

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Quick Crispy Veggie Fritters and some Old Projects



Hi everybody,

How are you all today? Well, I'm still in Mumbai (Bombay). Thankfully, the rains have taken a break and the warm sunshine has made me a little cheerful again! :)

Well, I made these Veggie Fritters the other day - Very Modest ingredients, Very Quick, Very easy to make and Surprisingly Crispy and Yummy! I want to share the recipe with you. Hope you guys like it!

Veggie Fritters:

Ingredients-
Cabbage (Medium): Half
Carrot: 1
Capsicum / Green Pepper: 1
Onion: 1
All-Purpose Flour: 1 Cup
Salt: To taste
Water
Oil: For Frying

Method-
1) Finely Chop all the Veggies together. You could chop them all together if you want.
2) Add the Salt and Flour to it.
3) Add Enough Water to make the mixture sticky. Mix well.
4) Deep Fry till they turn Golden.
5) Serve with Tomato Ketchup.

Trust me, its very simple to make and very yummy! Very convenient when you have unexpected guests over!


Sorry for the poor picture quality. I was in a real hurry so I took this pic with my cellphone....I know, I'm Pathetic! :p

Anyways, I want to share a few projects that I had done in the past. I came across these pics and just couldn't resist myself from posting these.

This was a Cross Stitch Pattern that I had done when I was in School (Grade 5, to be precise). I was 10 at that time. My mom has still kept it safe in a bag (Aren't Mom's the greatest?)


I loved it so much that I actually wrote my Name and Class on the sides so that incase I lost it somewhere in school, it could be found and returned back to me! :p

 


And now these flowers, these aren't that old. I made them last year, some from Crepe paper, some from Stockings. Aren't they beautiful?? 

   
 

Anyways, I hope you guys didn't find this post boring :P

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Loads of Love,
Alia





Thursday, July 14, 2011

Prayers for Mumbai...Say No to Terrorism!

Dear friends,


Mumbai was once again in sorrow as terror hit the city, yet again! 3 Bomb Blasts ripped across the city yesterday, Thursday, 13th July 2011. Here is some footage from the Blasts. 


















I came to Mumbai 4 days ago and as if the Constant Drizzling wasn't enough to be depressed, when this happened. Atleast 21 people were killed and 141 were injured in this terrible incident. Yet, the Resilient Spirit of Mumbai stood firm and minutes into the blasts, people offered help in the form of food, medicines, transport, blood donation and more. 





Its so shocking, I don't know what to say. I don't know what thrill people get out of killing others, I mean do these terrorists have a heart? All we can do is pray for those who were killed, for their families and for those were injured.


Thats all for now Folks! I just don't know what to say!


Alia






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Saturday, July 9, 2011

....And I'm back!!! :) Life in Chennai and A Recipe for Egg Curry!

Hi Guys!


How have you all been?? Long time, eh?? Well, I'm in India, trying to set up my cozy li'l flat, its so much fun, trust me! Well, its more homey now, after all, a Woman makes a House a Home! ;)


So far, I'm loving Chennai (Madras)...Its so much better than what I had expected! The people here are so warm and friendly! :) The only thing I hate about this place is the water! It has ruined my hair :( My hair has never looked so bad before! Luckily for me, I got a jar of Schwarzkopf Conditioner from Saudi Arabia, I managed to fish it out from my bags and lets see, I'm hoping for a  miracle here! ;)


So, let me tell you guys a li'l about the flat we've rented. Well, since we're gonna stay here for just about 6 months, my husband insisted on getting a small one. Its tiny but real cozy, it has a living room, a bedroom, a Kitchen, a Utility Room and a Bathroom. But I am not very fond of the landlord, he's strictly prohibited us from re-painting the walls, drilling holes on walls to put shelves or even nails, changing the light fittings etc. I mean what am I left with now? Decorating this place is gonna be such a tough task! :(


Anyways, you can always tell that a woman lives in a house when you see:
1) A Clean Kitchen Top :p

2) A Well Made Bed





3) Cosmetics :)



4) And Fresh Veggies!



Lols...Anyways, I made an Egg Curry-Indian Style and surprisingly, it was really good! :) I wanna share the recipe with you all today.

Egg Curry-Indian Style

Ingredients-

Boiled Eggs - 3 or 4

For the Gravy:

Tomatoes, Ground or Very Finely Chopped - 2
Onions, Sliced - 3
Garam Masala - 1 teaspoon
Ginger Paste - 1 teaspoon
Garlic Paste - 1 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder - 1/4th teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Green Chillies, Slit - 2
Oil
Salt
Cilantro, for Garnishing

Method:

1) Heat some oil and fry the Sliced Onions till they turn golden brown.

2) Add the Chopped Tomatoes and saute on medium heat for about 5 min.

3) Add the Ginger Paste, Garlic Paste, Garam Masala Powder, Turmeric Powder, Red Chilli Powder and Salt and stir well. Saute for another 5 minutes.

4) Add about a quarter cup of water and stir well, let the gravy cook on medium heat for a few minutes. The raw taste of the spices should fade away. Add some more water if you want the gravy to be of a thinner consistency.

5) Add the Boiled eggs into the gravy. Add the Slit Chillies. Stir well. Simmer over low heat for 2-3 minutes.

6) Garnish with some freshly chopped Cilantro.




Well, that's it for now.

Love you all!

Alia

Monday, June 20, 2011

I Miss my Bro...and a Recipe for Chickpea Flour Pancakes and Baked Beans with a 'Zing'...

Hi everybody!

So, how are you all today?

I'll be leaving for India by the end of this month, as soon as my husband gets back from Singapore. He got transferred to Chennai (Madras) and I'm so excited...I mean I get to decorate the new apartment!! Yippee!! In the meantime, I'm chilling out in Saudi Arabia with my Mom n Dad.

My bro left for India and its so lonely without him! :( We went to tons of places, had BBQs, gorged on Shawarmas, Falafels, Burgers, Cheesecakes and what not! We had such a Great Time here!

I also helped him shoot a Stand Up comedy Skit for a contest. Its was soooo much fun! I hope he wins, I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

This is my him adjusting his mic before shooting

This is him asking me if he looks Ok :)
Lols...He soooo gonna kill me for putting his pics! :p

Ok, lets move on!
Today I want to share two very simple, very quick vegan recipes with you.

1) Chickpea Flour Pancakes
Ingredients:
Chickpea Flour - 1 Cup
Finely Chopped Onions - 1/2 Cup
Finely Chopped Tomatoes - 1/4th  Cup
Turmeric Powder - 1/8th Teaspoon
Chopped Cilantro - 1/4th Cup
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 Teaspoon
Chopped Green Chillies, Optional
Salt, to taste
Oil or Butter

Method:
1) Mix all the Ingredients, except oil, together.
2) Add some water, just enough to get Pancake Batter like consistency.
3) Stir well.
4) Heat 1 Tbsp of oil or butter in a non-stick pan.
5) Drop about a ladle full of batter into the pan. Spread it evenly. Make sure it isn't very thick.
6) Add a few more drops of Oil or butter if required.
7) Fry both the sides till it becomes Golden Brown.
8) Serve Hot



And now for some Baked Beans...
Are you tired of eating the same old Baked Beans from the tin?? Lets add some 'zing' to it!

2) Baked Beans with a 'Zing'

Ingredients:

Baked Beans - 1 Tin
Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1 Teaspoon
Onion - 1, Finely Sliced
Garam Masala - 1/2 Teaspoon
Mango Juice - 4 Tablespoons
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 Teaspoon
Cumin Powder - 1/8th Teaspoon 
Oil

Method:

1) Heat about 1 Tablespoon full of Oil in a Saucepan.
2) Put in the Sliced Onions. Saute till they turn Golden Brown.
3) Add the Ginger Garlic Paste, the Garam Masala, Red Chilli Powder, Cumin Powder and saute for another minute or so.
4) Add the Baked Beans and Mango Juice and stir well.
5) Let it simmer for 2-3 Minutes on a low flame.
6) Serve Hot

This tastes really good with Nachos and Tortillas.

If you want the Recipe for Garam Masala, click here.



Hope you try these out and like them!

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