Yup, this pretty much sums up Ramadan. My friend sent it to me and I thought it was funny. Although, no liquid is allowed at all not even Coca Cola. Also there are more requirements than not eating or drinking all day. One must be nice to others as well and abstain from other things they shouldn’t be doing. Lol this pic cracked me up!
So it’s the best time of the year for Muslims officially. It’s taken me a few days to actually blog about it. I feel like I must post food pictures. Ironically, in Ramadan, Muslims are Not supposed to eat all day, but all we think about is food. There is the usual stuff, like thinking about the poor, giving charity, worship and all that. However, food is also an integral part. This food brings people together as Ramadan should. It’s probably the only time of the year I actually have to make it a point in my family to eat dinner with my parents. Sad, I know, but that’s life. I’ve decided I will be posting a series of Ramadan posts, either reminders, or songs that I like and Especially the food I may decide to make. One such food plate is what my family traditionally makes in Ramadan. You see, Muslims come from all walks of life, which for me is the best part. We all break our fast as Muslims but we have our own traditional foods. My family is originally from Pakistan, so that means FRIED FOOD YAY!!!!! I’m so happy! I told myself I wouldn’t eat fried food all month, so much for that idea! hahah! I made a fruit salad which we call Fruit Chaat. It’s basically a bunch of fruit cut up and juice poured in a bowl, any kind of juice will do but I use Orange. Only a little will do. I also put black peppar, sugar and chaat masala. I don’t always put the latter because it causes heart burn unfortunately. The rest is my favorite fried food, we make these wontons called samosa, some people make them from scratch with actual dough but I don’t, I make them using wontons. Makes it so much easier! I fill them with either ground beef or potato and a bunch of spices. The BEST are my pakoras. A pakora is like a hashbrown, it’s made with chickpea flour mixed in water and a bunch of spices and I like to add either potato or chicken and then I deep fry the pakora and samosa. I like to side it with some chutney which I make with mint. I also have dates and nimbo panni which is basically limeade. This is like the best iftar anyone could ask for. This is why we need to remember the poor who can not afford this every single day.
I make the most amazing pasta not gonna lie. I don’t usually brag, but food’s the rare topic that I do have to brag about. I don’t even do anything that difficult with pasta. It’s practically already ready I just add my own spices to the powder that’s already there. I just take one of those suddenly salad boxes and follow the directions on the box for the sauce and THEN the masterpiece begins:
Add these along with some black pepper to the bowl of sauce you just made from the box. A pinch of everything should do it. Note: If you’re making the one that calls for a half cup of mayo, don’t put a half a cup. A few table spoons and some milk should do it.
2. Cut up some veggies. Cut them up like about about inch in size. The tinier the better and crunchier the better.
3. Put them in bowl mentioned above and mix it all together. Use the cheese and fried onions later.
4. Bowl the noodles.
5. Put the noodles in the bowl and garnish with crushed up fried onions and some cheese and there you go, you have a masterpiece. You can also add meat like some crushed up turkey bacon bits or some fajita chicken that can be made with sliced up chicken breast that’s fried in various spices or a cut up boiled egg. I made this one with just raw veggies:
Kebabs are a great snack. There are lots of things you can do with them. You can make them into a fajita or wrap them in a piece of bread or eat them plain. Here I’ve fried up two beef kebabs which were kind of spicy and topped them off with pico de gallo and mozzarella cheese. I also added hummus. All on tortilla bread. Personally I like the beef kebabs better than the chicken. You can either get the kebabs from the frozen section of a grocery store or make them on your own using ground beef/chicken and a series of spices. Any drink can be on the side. Great for when you’ve got a long work day like I did! Enjoy!
Mango lassi is one of my favorite drinks. It’s best in the summer time, but I could honestly drink it all day, everyday. Lassi is a south Asian drink that originated in Punjab and has many variations. Generally it’s made with milk and yogurt, but my favorite is with mango. I’ve also found that it can consist of several ingredients like honey and sugar and salt, but the kind I make doesn’t take very long and has fewer ingredients. You could even add saffron and almonds, but I don’t think that’s necessary. It tastes amazing!
First start out with getting mangoes or mango pulp whichever one you have greater access to is fine. If you have mangoes use about 3-4 sliced up (I generally don’t measure, just to taste). For this I used about a half or even a quarter of container of mango pulp. Add milk and yogurt and mango to a blender. Again, for the milk and yogurt it’s really to taste but a few tablespoons of yogurt and about half a cup of milk should do it. Also take 3 cardomom pods and add the seeds to the blender and then blend it all for five minutes. You can also check after you’ve blended it to see if you need more milk or yogurt. For me, it definitely depends on taste. Add ice to crush in the blender as well. You can also add water to make it not as thick. This is a quick and easy drink that is delicious! There’s nothing else that needs to be added. There is no sugar necessary!
More sandwich ideas are to come. Even though I’m obsessed with fried food, I may throw in the occasional healthy option. For example wheat bread is better for you than white. I’ve also put olive oil mayo instead of regular mayo because it said it had 50% less fat. Let’s see how it tastes on this sandwich with cheese & slices of chicken or turkey whichever is preferred. This is a good light lunch.
So I basically made a heart attack on a plate the other day. It was probably super bad for you, but tasted oh so good. I basically made an omelette with the same spices I used for scrambled eggs, but I cut in half. I then fried slices of turkey bacon and hash browns. I put one piece of the omelet on a piece of bread and then topped that with hash browns and turkey bacon and a slice of cheese. You can use one piece of bread or two to make it a whole sandwich or just a piece of toast. Also, add pico de gallo. I didn’t add it that time, but I want to because it’ll make it amazing. Melt the cheese a little bit, but not too much. The other piece of omelet can be on the side with extra hash browns. This can honestly be made into two meals for people who like or dislike bread in their breakfast. It can also be served with or without turkey bacon. Here’s a pic without the pico de gallo. I will post more pics of food masterpieces later. The pico de gallo should be on top of the turkey bacon or hash browns. If it’s any consolation, turkey bacon I’ve heard is better for you than regular bacon besides the fact that I can’t eat regular bacon anyway, turkey bacon looks like it has less fat. So it was Sort of healthy 😛 haha
I’ve decided I want to come up with an American Halal restaurant. I haven’t decided what it’s going to be called and nor have I entirely decided on the menu. The problem is I just make what I’m craving at that moment. The idea sprung up with my latest obsession with turkey bacon. Turkey bacon is basically the best thing in the world on any type of food. I decided there needs to be an American Halal restaurant because all the Halal restaurants I’ve ever been to my entire life have only ever been either Middle Eastern or Desi. Honestly if you want to bring people together in this country, food is the way to do it. Besides, I’ve had a HUGE pet peeve when it comes to food. I’ve heard people say they like “Islamic food”. Well, what exactly is Islamic food? For me it’s food that simply is halal (or zabiha if you keep zabiha-that’s a whole other discussion) and doesn’t have any pork or alcohol in it. A pizza can be Islamic food as long as it meets that criteria. Islamic Food DOES NOT have to strictly only be Middle Eastern or Desi food. That’s one of the main reasons I want to have turkey bacon in my imaginary restaurant. I also want it so that I can have a place to eat and not have to worry about what has pork and what doesn’t. So far I’ve started with breakfasts. I’m thinking I will post a series of blogs for breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas and maybe even holiday ideas. These foods will be only slightly spicey to combine a sort of Desi flavor with American foods, just so I can add the fusion and some dishes may not. I haven’t decided. I’m also obsessed with all things deep fried. I Really want deep fried food. Besides the fried food, to make myself feel slightly better turkey bacon is better for you anyway because it has less fat so not only would I get the halal factor, it can be for anyone if they choose the less fatty option. Fried food is only an option, but a good one in my opinion. 😛
First breakfast recipe will be posted here:
Beat 2 eggs and add green onions, green chilies that are smashed up super tiny, salt & pepper and a series of other spices. I used this Garlic and Herb spice and a little bit of red chili powder if I want. It really just depends right now. You can add various spices like you don’t really need red chili powder. Garlic and Herb should do it or just Garlic Powder-anything Garlic is amazing. Put that aside.
Take turkey bacon slices and cut them into bits or if you can find turkey bacon bits use those and fry those.
Then add hash browns to that mix and fry that and then add the eggs and some cheese. Fry it all together, not separately and it is DELICIOUS. Mix it all together so the eggs get scrambled.
You can also turn that into an omelette if you want. I have found that cooking it all together is better than frying eggs and hash browns separately because it gets cold. I don’t add milk or anything to the eggs.