Eid Treats


Spicy Meat Balls


  • Minced Lamb 450g
  • Salt ½ tsp
  • Ground Cumin 1 tsp
  • Ground Coriander 1tsp
  • Garam Masala ¼ tsp
  • Cayenne pepper ¼ tsp
  • Green coriander 2 tbsp fresh (finely chopped)
  • Natural Yogurt 3 tbsp


  1. To make the meatballs: combine all the ingredients for. Dip your hands in water whenever you need to and form about 30 meatballs.
  2. Put all the meatballs in a single layer on a greased oven tray and place into a preheated oven for about 15 minutes. Serve hot

Coconut Pistachio Barfi


  • Coconut grated fresh (or desiccated) extra for coating 60g
  • Caster sugar 55g
  • Milk 125ml
  • Butter 1tsp
  • Green cardamom seeds ¼ tsp (ground)
  • Pistachio nuts(chopped) ¼ cup

For the topping

  • Milk chocolate 100g
  • Double cream 30ml


  1. Place the coconut, sugar and milk in a small non-stick pan. Bring gently to boil and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add butter, ground cardamom and chopped pistachios; continue to cook for a further 3-4 minutes or until the mixture is sticky to touch but still moist and it starts to come off the base of the pan in a ball.
  3. Remove from the heat and scrape the mixture onto a plate. Set aside until it is just cool enough to handle.
  4. Form the mixture into little balls or ovals and coat in extra grated fresh coconut or desiccated coconut and place into cake cases.
  5. For the topping, melt together 100g milk chocolate and 30ml double cream. Cool slightly and spoon over Barfi balls. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and serve.

Book Reviews (Youth Issue)


Title: “Gems and Jewels”
Author: Abdul 

Malik Mujahid

Publisher: Darussalam Publishers and Distributors
Available at: Darussalam outlets

Do you want to peruse an interesting book that is dotted with captivating incidents in the form of short stories? Are you tired of books written in heavy language? If that is the case, “Gems and Jewels” is the book for you. It contains loads of stories that are short, to the point and extremely light to read. Reflecting the life of the Prophet (sa), his companions and their noble predecessors, these incidents will hold your interest from the first to the last page. This is an ideal book to read while travelling or before bedtime. An audio DVD is available for the younger readers as well. If you want to opt for the Urdu version, the title is “Sunehray Awraaq”.

Title: “Women Around the Messenger”
Author: Muhammad Ali Qutb
Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House
Available at: Dawah Books, DHA, Karachi

This book details the life and times of the various female family members of the Prophet (sa) as well as the female companions around him. The different sections in this book include the mothers, the wives and the daughters. It is significant to note that the author has beautifully presented all the personality traits as well as the incidents. This book is a delight to read, because it not only provides knowledge about our history, but also presents some inspiring female role models for us to emulate.

Title: “The Youth in Islam”
Author: Dr. Wahba Zahaili
Publisher: Darul-Ishaat
Available at: Darul-Ishaat, Urdu Bazaar, Karachi

It is quite unfortunate that very few books are written to address the youth. This book is one of the very few, which sheds light on the importance and role of the youth in the betterment of society. The first section deals with how parents need to set the right stage for youth through proper upbringing from childhood. The second section deals with the youth itself. The second segment deals with the importance of youth and specific Islamic commands for the youth. This is a brief, yet very enlightening read.

By Hafsa Ahsan