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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Esh asaraya Recipe (Qatari Sweet bread with cream) | Al Rangina Recipe ( Sweetened Buttered dates) ~Qatari cuisine

Qatar dessert Recipes

For today's letter q I chose qatar as we don't have much option for this letter. The cuisine here is not much familiar , the only thing I know about qatar is the airways they have. The cuisine here is much similar to other arab countries and they have  the famous arab recipe like hummus, falafal also popular here. When  researched for recipe for this country I found two delicious desserts again which interested me.  Esh asaraya is an cheese cake dessert which was so very delicious and the second dessert is a simple and quick one with dates. Dates is one of the major food grown in qatar and they make this simple sweet treat which is just super flavorful.Loved both desserts from this country a lot.Am so happy that I have been successfully posting for the mega marathon till now hoping to get all the letters done this time .. Let move on to the recipe..

Arabian cream cheese dessert Recipe

Middle eastern desserts

Recipe Source: Here

Esh asaraya 

                                                    Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   20 mins

Dessert recipes  Ingredients
  Bread slice - 6 nos
  For syrup
  Sugar- 1 cup
  Water- 1/2 cup
  Rose essence - few drops
  For cream
  Heavy cream - 2 cups
  Sugar - 3 tbsp
  Pistachios - few Crushed

  • Trim the brown sides from the bread  and crumble them in a cookie tray.
  • Heat the oven at 350 F and roast the bread till light brown color.
  • Whip the heavy cream with sugar , till it attains soft peeks.Keep it aside.
  • In a sauce pan put sugar and water.
  • Boil them till the sugar dissolves and syrup becomes sticky. Add rose essence to the syrup.
  • Add the roasted bread in the boiling sugar syrup and mix them well.
  • Cook them till the sugar starts caramelize and the bread become little golden in color.
  • Now in a bowl transfer the  bread mixed in syrup and press them to form a layer.
  • Next spread the whipped cream and spread it evenly on the bread crumbs.
  • Garnish with crushed pistachios and nuts.

Arab dessert Recipes

Cinnamon sauce on dates Recipe- Arabian date recipe

Recipe source : Here

Al Rangina

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
5 mins
5 mins


  Dates -10-11 Nos ( pitted)
  Butter - 1/4 stick
  All purpose flour - 4 tbsp
  Cinnamon pd - 1/4 tsp
  Confectioner's sugar - For dusting

  • In a serving plate first arrange the dates.
  • In a sauce pan heat butter and after they melt, add flour and roast it for a while.
  • Then add cinnamon pd and mix them well.
  • Cook them till the flour roast well for about 3-4 minutes in simmer.
  • Once done drizzle the sauce on the arranged dates.
  • After the sauce cools a bit dust the confectioners sugar and serve them.

qatar dates recipe with cinnamon sauce.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sorullitos de Maíz Recipe (Corn Fritters)| Refresco De Tamarindo ( Tamarind drink)~Puerto rican Cuisine

Puerto rican recipes

For P I had decided to make dishes from Puerto Rica which is officially called as common wealth of Puerto Rica. Its located in the Caribbean east of Dominican republic. As they had a Spanish invasion before centuries the islands culture and cuisine is highly influenced by them.The language spoken here is Spanish but people even talk English. I would like to mention the style of dance from this country which was very nice to watch the Bomba y plena,while researching about the country I happen to see a bomba style of dance in you tube and I liked the style a lot. Puerto rican cuisine has influence from the European , African  cuisines ad also the ingredients used for preparing a dish are influenced bu United states too. Puerto rican dishes have some flavorful spices and herbs added making the the dish aromatic. If you remember me making blancmange for Haitian cuisine they same pudding is made in puerto rica but obviously the name is different , it is called Tembleque ( coconut pudding). I am glad to know most of the countries share same recipes in different names. 

I chose a fantastic fritter breaking the dessert marathon i was doing and made a  delicious fried snack from the country. Sorullitos are cornmeal fritters which is a very easy to make snack and very delicious to taste. The dip used for this fritter is mayo ketchup dip which tastes fantastic with this. Puerto rica is famous for its tamarind tree and so the cuisine include the tamarind is different forms mainly in drinks.They make a refreshing drink with tamarind which is like a aam pana to taste, It is similar to what we rajasthan's have in summer. When I was a kid during summer holiday we used to go to rajasthan and there  in my native they serve a tamarind drink to go with a meal which is called amalvan and I just loved it a lot and after making this drinking from puerto rica it reminded me off amalvan which is similar to this drink but some extra spices are added to it.This is a perfect refreshment for summer heat.Lets move on to the recipe..

Puerto rican fritters

Corn fritters Recipe

Cornmeal fritters

Sorullitos de Maíz

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
10 mins
10 mins
Fritters recipe
  Cornmeal - 1 cup
  Water - 2 cups
  Sugar - 3 tbsp
  Butter - 1 tbsp
  Salt - 1/4 tsp
  Oil for frying

  • In a sauce pan put water, sugar, salt and butter.
  • Let the water boil, and once it boils simmer the flame.
  • Add the corn meal while mixing with a ladle simultaneously.
  • Mix them till they combine well and get them cook well.
  • After some time it will begin to thicken and cook them them till its very thick.
  • Turn off the flame and let it cool till you can handle the dough.
  • Divide the dough to equal parts and roll them to a cylindrical or elongated shape like a roll or stick.
  • Heat oil in a pan and when it is hot enough slide the shaped sorullitos .
  • Fry them till golden brown from all sides.
  • Serve them warm with mayo ketchup dip.

Tamarind Drink

Puerto rican Tamarind juice

Refresco De Tamarindo

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
5 mins
5 mins
Tamarind Juice recipe  Ingredients 
  Dried tamarind - 1/2 cup ( remove the shell 
  and seeds)
  Water - 3 cups
  Sugar as needed
  Ice cubes - Few


  • To remove the seeds from the tamarind you can soak them in water for a while and remove the seeds.
  • In a blender put the tamarind , water  and sugar.
  • Pulse the blender till they combine well.
  • Strain the juice using a strainer and serve them chilled with lots of ice cubes.

Tamarindo recipes

Halawet Ahmad Recipe| Zeinabs Fingers Recipe~Omani Cuisine

Omani cuisine Recipes

For my next letter O I chose Oman , there is No other go I was surprised to see there is only a single country starting with letter O. Oman is another Arab state  in southwest Asia which is officially called Arabian peninsula.The cuisine here is influenced by the neighboring middle eastern countries and have some similar dishes prepared here.Here the staple food is curry, cooked meats , rice  and vegetables.The main meal is had in the mid day and dinner is usually lighter.A Omani table is said ti be not complete with seafood, the cuisine is similar to Asian and so you can see biryani's famous here even. Again I chose two fantastic dessert as Arab countries are famous for their varieties of sweets and desserts they relish. I chose one fried and one non fried dessert from omani cuisine which a very popular in the country  and most popularly prepared for ramadan  . Zainabs fingers are generally made with samosa pastry sheets  here I have made with the filling inside but they are also made with out filling in lebanese cuisine too. They make a separate kind of dough for without filling one and give the impression on a strainer. I also made halawet ahmad which is some what similar to our semiya kesari But the addition of almond pd and coconut makes is sure super sinful. I used colored vermicelli to make them but you can also use the plain normal ones. My H loved both the sweets a lot and he enjoyed them a lot, he liked the zeinabs Fingers a lot more where as I like the halawet ahmed..Lets move on to the recipes now. I adapted both the recipe from Nestle

Oman recipes

Traditional omani recipes

Omani sweets recipes

Omani vermicelli halwa

Halawet Ahmad

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
5 mins
10 mins

halwa recipes   Ingredients

  Vermicelli - 1/2 cup
  Butter - 1 tbsp
  Almonds pd - 1 tbsp
  Grated Coconut- 1 tbsp
  Condensed Milk -1 cup
  Crushed Pistachios - For garnish

  • In a sauce pan melt butter and add vermicelli .
  • Roast the vermicelli till light brown.
  • Add 1/4 cup water and cook the vermicelli till it is half done.
  • Add condensed Milk, almond pd and coconut.
  • Mix them well and cook it till the mixture comes together and vermicelli cooks. Don't over cook the vermicelli.
  • Once the mixture thickens a bit and vermicelli is cooked turn off the flame and let it cool before you transfer it to a mold.
  • When it cool downs a bit but still warm take a bowl and press the vermicelli in it.
  • Invert the bowl in a serving plate and garnish it with Crushed Pistachios.

Omani recipes

Omani cuisine Recipes

Omani desserts

Zeinabs Fingers

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
30 mins
15 mins

Easy Snacks Recipes  Ingredients 
  Samosa pastry sheet- 15 sheets
  For syrup
  Sugar - 1 cup
  Water - 1/2 cup
  Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
  Saffron strands - few ( optional)
  For filling 
  Condensed Milk -1 cup ( more if needed)
  Cream cheese- 3/4 cup
  Corn flour - 4 tbsp
  Water - 1/4 cup
  For sealing 
  All purpose Flour - 2 tbsp
  Water- 4 tbsp
  Oil for Deep Frying

  • For the syrup in a sauce pan take sugar and water and boil them till the sugar melts and the syrup starts bubbling.
  • Add lemon juice and saffron to it, mix well and keep it aside.
  • Now to prepare the filling Mix condensed Milk , beaten cream cheese and mix them well.
  • In a bowl mix corn flour and water and dilute them.
  • Add the cornflour mixture to the cream cheese mixture and simmer.
  • Mix them well till the filling thickens, stir them constantly and then turn off the flame.
  • Cool the filling well.
  • Prepare the sealing paste by mixing all purpose flour with water.
  • Now its till to fill the samosa pastry and roll them.
  • Take a sheet of pastry and add 1 tbsp of the filling on top center.
  • Fold the edges as shown and roll them gently to form fingers.
  • when the roll is about to get the end apply some all purpose flour so that it will act as glue to stick the edges well.
 Zeinabs Fingers Recipe with step by step pics
  • Roll all the pastry sheet the same way and keep ready.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and once hot fry the shaped rolls without over crowding the oil.
  • Fry them them till they turn golden brown.
  • Serve them with some sugar syrup drizzled o them.

Fried snacks Recipes

Omani zeinabs fingers

Oman is famous for its special onami halwa I have shared the recipe earlier . The halwa is served to all their guest show the hospitality.

Omani halwa sweets

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Julekage (Norwegian Christmas Fruit Bread) |Rommegrot (Norwegian Cream Pudding) ~ Norwegian Cuisine

Norway Recipes

 Norway is a European country which is called the kingdom of Norway officially again comes under Scandinavian  peninsula.Its been 15 days already and so happy that I done this mega marathon post on time without any delay , even though I have been cooking and posting the same day. Today we move on to letter N and for N I chose Norway and the cuisine is called Norwegian cuisine.Norwegian cuisine traditionally is based on the ingredients available in the mountain and coast regions. The have 3-4 meals a day, breakfast starts with a cup of coffee for lunch they have some cold meal and hot dinner meal in a day. They have some traditional recipe here which I wanted to give a try the first one is the Julekage bread which was so soft and yummy bread .. This is Norwegian Traditional Christmas bread. we love this bread a lot it was super soft Unfortunately I did capture the cut piece of the bread as my camera battery drained off. Again an dessert Bug has bitten me and I couldn't stop making a pudding from Norway ;)  A very traditional and cream pudding which tasted so delicious and sinful. We just love having the dessert, the cinnamon flavoring in this dessert really goes so well. Loved making and tasting both the recipes from Norwegian cuisine. Without any further delay let me move to the recipe.

Norwegian Christmas fruit bread

Norway Bread recipes

Christmas recipes

Recipe Source : Roxana Home Baking


                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
2 hr
45 mins
Bread Recipes
  All Purpose Flour- 2 cups
  Water- 1/3 cup
  Butter- 1/4 cup
  Salt - 1/4 tsp
  Sugar -2 tbsp
  Cardamom - 1/4 tsp
  Instant yeast - 1 1/2 tsp
  Golden raisins - 1/4 cup
  Candied fruits / Tutti frutti - 2 tbsp
  Milk evaporated - 2 tbsp + 2 tsp
  To brush
  Milk -1 tbsp
  Sugar - 1/3 cup
  For Icing 
  Milk - 3 tbsp
  Sugar- 1 cup
  Softened Butter- 2 tsp

  • In bowl take flour, salt, sugar,cardamom yeast and mix them well.
  • In a sauce pan put butter, milk, water and just heat them till they appear to start boiling.
  • Mix the milk mixture in the flour and knead to a smooth dough.
  • Grease the  bowl the dough well, cover it and rest it to double in volume for 30-45 mins.
  • Once it rises well punch the dough and knead them well.
  • Preheat the oven at 350 F.
  • Add the raisins , tutti frutti's or candied cherries miv them well till they combine.
  • Rest the dough for 10 more minutes and then shape the dough like a bun ad place it on a greased cookie tray.
  • In a bowl mix milk and sugar well and brush it on the dough before baking.
  • Bake the bread at 350 F for 30-40 mins or till the crust turns golden brown.
  • For Icing Mix sugar , Milk and butter well.
  • Top it on the bread once it cools down a bit.

Norwegian Porridge recipe

Norwegian Traditional recipes

Recipe Source: Here


                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
10 mins
10 mins

Norway Dessert recipes  Heavy cream - 2 cups
  Softened Butter  - 4 tbsp ( at room temperature)
  All purpose flour - 5 tbsp
  Evaporated Milk - 2 cups 
  (adjust to dilute the pudding)
  Sugar - 1/4 cup
  Cinnamon-1 tsp
  Sugar - 1 tbsp ( for dusting)

  • In a sauce pan heat heavy cream but now boil it.
  • Add butter, all purpose flour little by little and mix them constantly.
  • After some while it will thicken and leave the sides of the pan.
  • Now add sugar and mix them well.
  • Add milk and mix them well till dilute .
  • Cook them till the pudding not to thin nor thick.
  • Transfer the pudding to a bowl and dust cinnamon and sugar on top.
  • Traditionally a tsp of butter is even added on top the pudding.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Arroz Verde Recipe ( Green rice) | Doce de Abóbora com Côco ( Pumpkin Jam With Coconut) -Mozambique/Mozambican Cuisine

Africa cuisine

Today's Letter is M to break the desserts I have been making last week I made a main dish and preserve start with this week. For M i chose Mozambique. Mozambique cuisine is highly influenced by Portugal cuisine as there was colonization by Portuguese in this country. Mozambican cuisine is rich in meats , seafood and the Hot piri piri sauce is also famous here and used in Mozambican cooking method.Curries or also known as Caril here are prepared hot and people love spicy food here. They have some tradition similar to Portuguese like every Friday's are ,meatless they don't eat meat I remember some of tamil friends to saying Friday's they don't eat meat so this custom is followed in India too.

I chose a main dish to which the a rice dish which is similar to our Indian cooking method, Do you like kothamalli sadham / coriander rice it is similar to our Indian coriander rice but with very less spices add the flavor of coriander really pops up very well in this rice. Today I made this for dinner with some braised pumpkin which is even and  a Mozambique specialty But i guess I made it very less  Couldn't click it as my HD had it all after he was home from office. I will make it sometime and post it in a separate post. I made a jam from this country which will really interest you all. A jam with Pumpkin I have never tried and seriously it tasted delicious spread on a bread slice :) . And you will not believe it is jam but it is made super quick... Lets move to the recipes without further ado.. I adapted both recipe from Cook guru

Portuguese Green rice

Mozanbique Green rice

Arroz Verde

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
10 mins
20 mins
Arroz verde recipe
  Rice - 2 cups
  Coriander leaves - 1 bunch 
  Oil - 1 tbsp
  Onions- 1 no
  Garlic - 2 cloves 
  Green or red pepper- 1 no
  Salt to taste
  Pepper to taste

  • Wash the rice well and drain the water.
  • Grind the coriander with water to form a puree.
  • In a sauce pan heat oil, add minced garlic and saute for a while
  • Now add chopped onions and saute them till they turn translucent.
  • Then add chopped peppers and saute them for a while.
  • Add the coriander puree and cook it foe 2-3 seconds.
  • Transfer the coriander mixture to the washed rice and cook the rice in a rice cooker or pressure cooker. You ca even cook them o stove but I prefer in rice cooker.
  • Add 2 cups water to the rice and turn on the rice cooker or if using pressure cooker cook it for 2-3 whistles till the rice is done ( this depends on the pressure cooker you have).
  • Once the rice is cooked mix well from bottom so thats it combines well but don't break the rice.
  • Serve it warm.

Coriander rice/ kothamalli sadam Recipe

Mozambique Pumpkin jam with coconut

Pumpkin jam recipe

Doce de Abóbora com Côco 

                                  Recipe Category
    Preparation time
   Cook Time 
10 mins
15 mins

Jam/ preserves recipes

  Pumpkin / Butter squash - 1 cup heaped 
  (large chunks)
  Sugar - 1/4 cup
  Grated Coconut - 1tsp

  • Cook pumpkin / squash with very little water till they cook well and are soft.
  • Mash them well .
  • In a sauce pan put the mashed , sugar and cook them well till it thickens a bit.
  • Add coconut  and mix them well.
  • Cook them well stiring continuously till is thick but not dry.
  • Transfer it to a jar and store it in airtight container.

Bread jam recipe

Mozambican Pumpkin jam