Jul 1, 2016 - Recipes    No Comments

[RECIPE] DELICIOUS SANA (CHANA) CHAAT

It’s the final Friday of Ramadan this year! How quickly this blessed month has flown by, subhanAllah! I decided to make Chana Chaat for Iftar today (or as my younger brother likes to call it, Sana Chaat!). I have been making this recipe for years and adapted to my own taste. People are always asking me to make this when they come around, and it is definitely a favourite for me too! The best thing is, it is SO simple to make! Feel free to add whatever ingredients you wish and be sure to let me know how you’ve adapted this recipe!

A mouthwatering, spicy appetizer made with soft chick peas, boiled potato chunks, red onions and a range of spices, topped with mint yogurt and tamarind, and a little crunch! This is the perfect starter to any dish, or if you love it as I do, eat it as a main meal!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Boiled chickpeas – 1 can
  • Potatoes – 2 medium sized
  • Red onion – 1
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Pink Himalayan salt – 1/2 tsp
  • Chaat masala – 3/4 tsp
  • Tamarind (Imli) sauce – 2 tbs for mixture and extra to drizzle on top
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbs
  • Dried parsley – 1/2 tsp
  • Plain yogurt – 4 tbs
  • Mint sauce – 1 tsp
  • Papri to crunch over the top

METHOD:

  1. Peel potatoes and cut into chunks of approximately half an inch. Rinse with water and then place them in a pan of water, ensuring the potato pieces are covered. Boil until tender (approximately 10 mins).
  2. Meanwhile, chop the onion and place aside. Drain and rinse the chickpeas with water. Ensure they are soft enough to eat, you may boil them for 5 minutes to make them extra soft.
  3. Place the chickpeas, chopped onion and boiled potato chunks into a bowl. Add the red chilli powder, salt, chaat masala, dried parsley, tamarind sauce and lemon juice. Mix it up, but not too much to break the potato pieces. Taste and add any spices as required. Place the entire mixture into your serving bowl.
  4. Combine the yoghurt and mint sauce. Add spoonfuls of this to the chaat base in your serving bowl.
  5. Crunch some papri and sprinkle all over.
  6. Drizzle some tamarind sauce over the top and serve!

NOTES:

  • If you would like the recipe for crunchy papri then let me know and I will post it for you!
  • I also like to layer the chaat with yogurt and papri – crunch inside and on top!
  • You can make yogurt with chaat masala or even imli instead of using mint sauce
  • You can add cumin and coriander powder for extra flavour!
  • I sometimes drizzle some green chilli sauce on top for an extra kick!
Jun 17, 2016 - Islam, Parenting    No Comments

Motherhood – Sh Nuh Keller

Dedicated to all those mothers who are working tirelessly for their families 🙂

“When she has her first baby, she must manage for another life even more dependent on her personal sacrifices. By the second, third, or fourth child, her days and nights belong almost entirely to others. Whether she has a spiritual path or not, such a mother can seldom resist a glance at the past, when there were more prayers, more meanings, more spiritual company, and more serenity. When Allah opens her understanding, she will see that she is engaged in one of the highest forms of worship, that of producing new believers who love and worship Allah. She is effectively worshipping Allah for as many lifetimes she has children, for the reward of every spiritual work her children do will be hers, without this diminishing anything of their own rewards: every ablution, every prayer, every Ramadan, every hajj, and even the works her children will, in turn, pass on to their offspring, and, so on till the end of time. Even if her children do not turn out as she wishes, she shall be requited in paradise forever according to her intention in raising them, which was that they should be godly.

Aside from the tremendous reward, within the path itself it is noticeable that many of those who benefit most from khalwa or ‘solitary retreat of dhikr’ are women who have raised children. With only a little daily dhikr and worship over the years, but much toil and sacrifice for others, they surpass many a younger person who has had more free time, effort, and ‘spiritual works.’ What they find is greater because their state with Allah is greater; namely, the awe, hope, and love of the Divine they have realized by years of sincerity to Him.” 

Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Jun 1, 2016 - Islam, Reflections    No Comments

A Test from Allah

Don’t be a downer! This temporary life is going to seem so insignificant, why waste it by being negative all the time? Why think ill of others, or harm them physically or emotionally? Why play with others feelings for your own disgusting enjoyment, or take something from someone which doesn’t belong to you?

With life so short, why waste it by being so motivated by money, fame, perfection and luxury? Money and fame will draw you in, you just want more and more and MORE and before you know it, you’re being lowered into your grave! Perfection and luxury don’t exist in this world, this life isn’t, can’t and won’t be perfect. We will attain that in Jannah in’sha’Allah!

This temporary test is going to affect our eternal outcome, so why are we so blind to the reality? Why let temporary things and temporary people affect your life and your emotions and the peace within you? Do we really have that much time to waste, by interfering with others and talking about them? If someone makes a mistake or does something to you, just shrug it off! Oh well, big deal, we’re all human, things happen, we’re not perfect and we really, really need to learn to forgive and forget. How can we ask Allah to be merciful to us when we can’t show our fellow humans and animals mercy?

Do something kind for someone, pay for someone’s coffee, forgive everyone’s mistake and never say or think bad of anyone. We are all human, we all have our flaws, and we are all the same. In the end, this superficial Dunya is not going to help us.

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