Ramadan and Eid Treats

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Masoor Dal Pakoras

  • Masoor lentil (Dal) 1 cup
  • Onions 2 (finely chopped)
  • Green chillies 3-4 (finely cut)
  • Coriander leaves A few (cut)
  • Red chilli powder and salt To taste


  • Wash and soak lentils for an hour.
  • Drain the water and grind the lentils in the blender.
  • Add salt and red chillies (as required).
  • Then, add onions, green chillies and a few coriander leaves. Mix well.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Put spoonfuls into the pan, and fry until they are brown and crispy.
  • Drain on paper towel and serve warm.

Yummy Kulfi

  • Condensed milk 1 tin
  • Evaporated milk 1 tin
  • Cream 16 oz
  • Elaichi powder ½ tsp
  • Pistachios 1 oz


  • Blend the milk.
  • Add the cream.
  • Then add pistachios and Elaichi powder.
  • Put in moulds and freeze.

Wealthy Cooking: Monetize Your Cooking Skills

cooking-collegeCooking is not just a daily duty for mummies. It is a passion that has turned into a means of earning money, and has given home to a bunch of enterprising female home-based chefs and bakers. For those Hijabi Muslimahs who love to cook and have taste in their fingers, there is a lot more to do than turning on the stove. Follow your passion and start earning.

Turn your cooking skills into hot profits. Here are some creative ways for you to monetize.

  1.  Start your own ‘pop- up’ restaurant at your  own home. You can be a micro entrepreneur. If you are crazy about baking, then start  baking cakes and deliver home-based cakes, pastries, cookies or chocolates.
  2. Sell your delicious and relishing recipes to Pinterest, and get paid through the advertisements on your food blogs.
  3. Publish cookery books depicting your favourite and most unique recipes, and earn royalty with each unit sold.
  4. You can also earn by catering wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, children parties, baby showers or corporate lunches. Spread the magic of regional cuisines among the foodies. Give innovative names to your dishes like Khashi Biryani (Bangladeshi mutton Biryani); Bhurhani (a health drink made of curd and herbs); Tangy Dangy chicken noodles, Hot and cold vanilla buns etc. and  cook  up a storm at in-house parties or get-togethers.
  5. Sell your home-made Masala, Chutney, pickles, and cookbooks to Amazon and other shopping sites where you get commission for every purchase made.
  6. With App technology build up a cookery App with your name and be a famous chef. It will cost you minimal to build your cookbook app and make it available to the world.
  7. Gone are the days when home delivery of food would only mean regular lunch or dinner boxes. As a home maker, you can promote home-based business by uploading photos of your dishes, writing blogs and communicating with customers via social networking sites. Go for Take-away orders at home to cater for multitude range of customers including corporate, bachelors, students and office-goers.
  8. With Cookbook Café, any home chef or group can publish an interactive cookbook. The first DIY Cookbook Publishing platform that allows anyone to publish, market and sell his/her own cookbook as an iPad App. Simply gather your favourite relishing recipes, upload them to Backspace.com and publish your cookbook.
  9. Build your cooking website with a unique domain, or start a food blog, and start earning with each advertising space you share on your website.

Steak and onions with fried tomatoes

Image courtesy https://cookinginsens.wordpress.com

Image courtesy https://cookinginsens.wordpress.com


  • 3/4 lb. steak meat (beef)
  • 2 big tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • Salt, pepper and vinegar
  • 2 ozs. fat (oil or ghee) for frying


  1. Wash and slice the meat into four pieces.
  2. Beat them with knife on both sides.
  3. Put them into a bowl and pour 3 dessertspoons of vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix them altogether and keep for 1/2 or 1 hour, so that they become soft and tasty.
  4. Slice the onion into thick round pieces and fry till they turn brown. Cut the tomatoes into two and fry. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the fried tomatoes.
  5. Then fry the pieces of meat (all together) in the same Ghee. Turn them over after some time. If the water boils off but the meat is not ready, put some more water. Cover the frying-pan. When it is completely ready, and there is no water remaining, take it off. (Don’t discard the little liquid that has remained.)


Spread the pieces with liquid. On top of them, keep onions and tomatoes.

Super Foods for Ramadan

By Umme Faatimah (B. Dietetics Univ. of Pretoria)

dried fruitsThe modern world has swept us off our feet in so many ways… our dressing, our lifestyles and most noticeably our eating habits. We have so casually adapted the western culture of unhealthy eating, moving further and further away from the Noble teachings of the Quran and Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (sa).

Yet, the newest nutritional research continues to discover the benefits of certain foods, labeled as “Super Foods”. They have also unraveled the great benefits of certain eating habits, such as washing the hands before and after meals, eating with the hands, not drinking with meals…just to mention a few. However, all of this has already been outlined in the Holy Quran and Sunnah more than 1400 years ago.

We are certainly the losers if we do not make an effort to practice upon the Sunnah in our homes and kitchens. What better time to bring about these changes than now? Our beautiful Deen offers us the opportunity during the beautiful month of Ramadan, to bring about positive changes in our lives- changes that benefit us mentally, physically and spiritually which, Insha’Allah, can be sustained for the future.

Physically, fasting gives the digestive system a much needed rest. Energy normally used for digestion is now directed to body detoxification, tissue repair and system healing.

With that in mind I have chosen to highlight just a few of the favourite foods of our Prophet (sa). With the special month of Ramadan fast approaching, we can all ensure we have these foods on our shopping lists. Insha’Allah, by us adopting the lifestyle of the Messenger (sa) we will be rewarded enormously… Ameen.


Dates are the most mentioned fruit in the Quran. They are high in energy, fibre, iron, vitamins and minerals. The Messenger of Allah (sa) said: “The home with no dates is like the home with no food.” (Muslim)

The Messenger of Allah (sa) used to break his fast with fresh dates and a few sips of water. If he did not find fresh dates, he would use dried dates. He (sa) said: “When one of you breaks the fast let him do so with dates, for they are a blessing and if he cannot find dates then with water for it is a purification.” (Tirmidhi)

He often consumed dates with cucumber, butter, cream or bread. A dessert called “Haisa” made with ghee (butter), dates, cheese and yoghurt was also prepared.

Tips: At Iftaar (breaking fast) time, dates can also be used to prepare date milkshakes, date chutney, date desserts as well as sprinkled over salads. For Sahoor (pre-dawn meal), dates can be used as a softened spread over bread or added into muffins, rusks, etc.


Dieticians and nutritionist the world over have been advocating the use of olive oil for its excellent cardio-protective, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Ongoing research is revealing more and more great benefits on the consumption and application of olive oil.

The Noble Messenger of Allah (sa) aid: “Eat the olive and use it as an ointment as it comes from a blessed tree.” (Tirmidhi)

Tips: During Ramadan, olive oil is best used raw as a dip for breads or as a salad dressing. The lighter olive oils are well suited for cooking and baking purposes. Whole olives can be added to salads as well as de-pitted and added to breads, muffins, pies and pizzas.


A recent Readers Digest article highlighted barley as one of the five healthiest foods we tend not to eat. Yet it was barley that was one of the staple foods in the diet of our noble Messenger of Allah (sa). Modern research is discovering that barley has a very high soluble- fibre content. This helps to keep the arteries clear and healthy. It has an extremely low glycaemic index (GI), which means it takes a longer time to digest, keeping one fuller for longer.

It is mentioned that the Messenger of Allah (sa) consumed barley in the following ways:

  • SAWIQ– a coarse broth prepared from ground wheat and barley – very much like a haleem (soup).
  • THARID – Barley bread covered in gravy cooked with meat.
  • TALBEENAH– A porridge prepared using barley and milk.

A Hadeeth in Mishkaat narrates that the Messenger of Allah (sa) never used sifted flour in his lifetime. We should take lesson from this, as we are all moving to consuming more refined and processed foods where all the beneficial nutrients have been stripped off. Allah (swt) mentions in the Holy Quran grains with their husks, amongst His many gifts to us. Un-sifted flour as used by the Messenger of Allah (sa) contains all the valuable nutrients found in the bran and germ layers and has a lower GI.

Tips: During Ramadan, barley can be added to soups and broths or prepared as a drink by boiling and straining mixture. A Hadeeth in Bukhari mentions that the Prophet (sa) consumed “Sawiq” at Iftaar. Barley flour can be used for preparing breads and Rotis. Substitute 1.5 cups barley flour for every 3 cups regular flour. Cereals containing barley flakes like muesli can be purchased, or barley flakes can be added to biscuits, muffins, breads and other cereals.

Barley can be prepared as a filling porridge for Sahoor – Talbeenah. Soak 1-2 tablespoons whole barley overnight in a flask filled with rapidly boiling water. At Sahoor time, strain water out and prepare porridge with honey and milk. (Store bought “pearled barley” has been polished with some of the bran layer removed).


Modern research has been abuzz with the myriad of health benefits associated with honey- anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, energising tonic… to name a few. Our beautiful Deen has encouraged the use of honey 1400 years ago. The Holy Quran mentions: “There comes forth from the bee’s belly, a drink of varying colours, wherin is a healing for men.” (Quran 16:68-69)

The Messenger of Allah (sa) further said: “Make use of two cures – honey and the Quran.” (Ibn Majah)

The Prophet (sa) loved drinks that were sweet and cold and often consumed honey water.

Tips: Honey can be used to sweeten items like tea, fresh juices, milk drinks and cereals, etc. Raw honey, which is thicker and creamier, has a lower GI, and can be mixed with cinnamon and used as a spread on toast for Sahoor.


Grapes have been found to contain resveratrol – a powerful antioxidant that protects the body on a cellular level from damage. The seeds are rich in flavonoids which lower the risk of fatty plaque accumulation on the lining of blood vessels to the heart.

The Messenger (sa) loved eating grapes. Hadeeth in Abu Dawood mentions that the Prophet (sa) often consumed a drink “Nabeez”- prepared from soaked raisins. Nabeez can be prepared by soaking raisins after Esha (evening) prayer in clean water covered with a plate. The following morning the water can be drunk and the soaked fruit eaten or just use the blender to obtain a beautiful cloudy Nabeez. And, if you soak in the morning, drink in the evening. Nabeez should be consumed within twelve hours of soaking to prevent fermentation.

Tips: Nabeez or fresh grape juice can be prepared as a drink after Taraweeh (evening prayer in Ramadan). Grapes can be served as part of salad or dessert. Raisins eaten with nuts can be enjoyed as a healthy munch after Taraweeh Salah.

The Sunnah way of eating is the healthy way of eating. Insha’Allah, let us all strive to revive and bring alive the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (sa) in our homes this Ramadan. I have highlighted just a few. Make an intention to eat on the floor, share eating utensils and to fill a third of your stomach with water, a third with food and a third left for air.

Besides the immense health benefits outlined above our greatest rewards really lie in following the Sunnah, as it comes in Hadeeth mentioned by the Prophet (sa): “The person who follows my Sunnah is the one who truly loves me, and will be with me in Jannah.” (Tirmidhi)

Allah (swt) said to His Messenger (sa): “Say (to mankind), if you love Allah, follow me – Allah will love you and forgive your sins.” (Quran 3:31)

Mouth-Watering Milkshakes

chocolate-milkshakeBy Fatima Sheikhhai

Chocolate Milkshake


  • Chocolate – 1 bar of your choice (Twix, KitKat, etc.)
  • Milk – 2 cups
  • Sugar – To taste
  • Ice-cubes (optional)

Blend all the ingredients. Toss in the ice-cubes and enjoy.

Strawberry Milkshake

  • Strawberries – 8 to 10
  • Chilled milk – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 2 tsp or as to taste
  • Ice-cubes (optional)

Blend all the ingredients. Toss in the ice-cubes and enjoy.

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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.

A Chicken Affair

Vol 6 - Issue 3 Eating HealthyBy Naheed Ansari 

Chicken with Basil

What you need

  • Boneless chicken (cut in small pieces) – 1 kg
  • Garlic (chopped) – 2 tbsp
  • Mushrooms (cut) – 4
  • Green chillies – 3
  • Basil leaves – 1 cup
  • Spring onions (chopped) – 1 cup
  • Oyster sauce – 3 tbsp
  • Soya sauce – 1 tbsp
  • Onions (medium sized / chopped) – 2

What you do

1)      Heat 1 tbsp oil; add onions and garlic.

2)      Fry a little, add chicken and stir fry for 3 minutes.

3)      Add green chillies and mushrooms.

4)      Then add oyster sauce and soya sauce.

5)      Further, add basil and spring onions.

6)      Your chicken is now ready to serve.

Chicken with Lime Spices

What you need:

  • Chicken (fillets / cut in strips) – 4
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Lime (green / marinated) – 1
  • Coriander (ground / pounded) – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric (ground) – ½ tsp
  • Cumin (ground) – 1 tsp
  • Mint (fresh / finely chopped) – 1 tbsp
  • Pita bread (large) – 1

What you do:

1)      Marinate the chicken with lime, coriander, turmeric, cumin and mint.

2)      Fry in a griddle pan with olive oil.

3)      Serve with pita bread and salad.

Chills in Summer

By Naheed Ansari

Fruit Yoghurt

What you need

  • Yoghurt – 1 kg
  • Condensed milk – 1 can
  • Pineapple/mango jelly powder – 1 packet
  • Pineapple/mango cubes – 1 can
  • Cream – 1 box
  • Gelatin – 1 tbsp

What you do

1)      Mix yoghurt, condensed milk, jelly powder and cream. Beat well.

2)      Mix gelatin powder with pineapple juice.

3)      Add gelatin powder and pineapple juice mixture to yoghurt mixture and mix well.

4)      Place it in a mould or dish and put it in the freezer or refrigerator for cooling down.

5)      Serve with pineapple/mango slices.

Blue Colada

What you need

  • Castor sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Blue colour – few drops
  • Pineapple juice – 8 oz
  • Vanilla essence – 1/4 tsp
  • Vanilla ice-cream – 2 scoops
  • Crushed ice – 1/2 cup
  • Cream of coconut – 8 oz tin OR
  • Coconut powder – 2 tbsp

What you do

1)      Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend well.

2)      Serve with pineapple slices.

Thai Fruit Salad

What you need

  • Leeches
  • Mangoes
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon
  • Honeydew melon
  • Papaya
  • Cherries
  • Bananas
  • Lemon juice

For coconut sauce: mix together coconut milk (thick) with 2 oz castor sugar.

What you do

1)      Cut mangoes in half centre side of the stone. Peel and slice in finger style.

2)      Cut bananas diagonally into chunks and toss in lemon juice.

3)      Arrange fruits on a serving platter and pour coconut sauce over them. You can also serve sauce separately either in a bowl or a jug.

4)      Chill before serving. Sprinkle zest of lemon.