Eid Mubarak’16

Morning people!

Its been long that I’ve written something and no better come back than today’s recipe. Its Eid-Al-Adah today, a festival celebrated by all my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. This is the 2nd Eid of the year and the most important one. Eid-Al-Adah is a sacrifice feast where in it is believed that if you make any kind of offering, you are brought closer to Allah (as per Wikipedia).

It was indeed a great start to the day when my neighbour rang the door bell at 9 am and gifted me a bowl of Sheer Khurma. Here’s a picture of it!

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Sheer Khurma is mughlai dessert specially made during Eid. And believe me, there is no sugar in this delicacy. It is made rich with nuts, milk and it gets all its sweetness from dates.  I’ve made it a couple of times and here’s my recipe. Do try.

  • 1 Litre Full Cream Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Ghee
  • 1 Cup Vermicelli
  • 10 Cashews (chopped)
  • 10 Almonds (slivers)
  • 1 Tbsp Chironji Seeds (Buchanania Lanzan is the name of the tree that produces this wonderful seed)
  • 15 Dates (soaked and made into a paste)
  • 10 Dates (deseeded and chopped)
  • 10 Raisins (Chopped)
  • 1 Tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Rose Water
  • 1/2 Tsp Kewara Water
  1. Heat a heavy bottom pan and add 2 Tbsp of ghee to the pan. Roast the seviyan , dry fruits and chironji till golden and keep aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat the remaining ghee and add the date paste. Saute for a a minute or two.
  3. Add milk to the date paste and allow let it come to a boil. Let the milk simmer for 5-10 mins.
  4. Add the roasted vermicelli and dry fruit mixture to the milk and allow it to simmer till the vermicelli is cooked – another 8-10 mins. The milk will eventually thicken a bit.
  5. Add the cardamom powder for the amazing aroma and flavour.
  6. Remove the pan from heat and cool for 15 mins. Add the rose water and kewara water.
  7. Garnish with silver leaf and few roasted chironji seeds. Serve the Sheer Khurma hot, warm or chilled.

May Allah bless you all with happiness and good health, always! Eid Mubarak!

Sweet Love!

Something’s are best when unchanged. Just like Calcutta’s good old Mishti Doi.

Mishti Doi is synonymous with Bengal and the Bengali’s are renowned world over for this sweet fermented yogurt.

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Many Turkish Delights.

Istanbul is the mystic hallmark that ties Europe and Asia since the ancient times. Without a doubt, Istanbul is certainly one of the most mesmerizing places I’ve seen! I had been planning the Turkey trip for over two years and like they say in the Law of Attraction, it worked… I think, consciously or unconsciously, I only prayed
to go for a holiday, and that too, to Turkey!

From the dipping rock formations in Cappadocia to the ruins of the Ephesus, from the warm thermal pools in Pamukkale to the sandy beaches of Antalya, visiting Turkey has been a surreal experience. Istanbul, in particular, is absolutely breathtaking. It seems like I’ve left a piece of my heart there and I keep going back.

The day used to start with a sandwich breakfast every morning. Bright red ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, variety of cheese, eggs and bread! I usually get bored of eating the same thing again and again. Though the breakfast spread was similar at
all locations; i didn’t get tired of eating even a bit. Take a look at the bright ripe
organic tomatoes… believe it or not, the tomatoes were as big as duce balls. I
was fascinated with these cutie patooties because in India, I haven’t really seen
such huge tomatoes!

 

The Spice Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Vibrant spices along with jewel like Turkish delights, are an eye candy for thousands of tourists and locals who come here every day. I visited this shop called Mis Mis there. The
shopkeeper Akram Sam, a wonderful gentleman who ensured that he kept his
customers happy. I got to taste Baklavas and Fresh Turkish Delights. That one shop was a bazaar in itself – so many varieties of dry organic teas, Lokums (aka Turkish Delights) and spices. I ended up shopping and how!

Let me share few pictures of the specialties that I came across at the Spice Bazaar! 

Spices of course.. 

 

Turkish Delights 

Soft and chewy, Turkish Delights are best when tasted fresh. The most prominent flavours are Pomegranate and Pistachio. Other flavours include Saffron, Almond, Lemon, Chocolate, Figs, Rose and many more.

PS: Do not buy the dry ones. Loaded with confectioner’s sugar and taste bad. 

 

Dry Teas

 

Talking of teas, I miss few moments of silence & calm accompanied by a tiny glass of instant Apple Tea! An all-time classic, sweet with that crusty apple flavour, Apple tea is refreshing and delightful! It makes me happy in an instant.

 

Thank you Turkey, for giving me wonderful memories to cherish and a taste that will linger on for a while.