Friday, 29 August 2014

It is Allah who gives and Allah who takes away... to Him we belong and to Him we return!

by Sister Sunshine Smiles
“Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioon”

Indeed we belong to Allah(SWT), and indeed to Him is our return.
The intensity that this statement offers does not pertain to death alone but different perceptions of loss and intellect that blows my novice mind to amazedness.
A few years back, this phrase came into my existing Dua’ dictionary when my Father introduced me to it as I was unaware on how to react on the news of somebody’s sad demise.
That one unforgettable morning which started with these words on my lips even before the break of dawn, forced my mind to shut down emotionally for the rest of the day.
It is unimaginable how Allah(SWT) finds the perfect reminders to soften our hearts from the deep barriers of hardness that develop around it in the conscious attempt of living up to the ever competing world.
This isn’t another article reminding you that death is inevitable and all that. This one’s about life, creatively wrapped in ribbons of genuineness symmetrically bowed in what we love to call ‘Love’, of which death does hold some significance.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Pepper Fry beef

I learnt to make what I would like to call as pepper fry beef (for the lack of a better name :P) today. This recipe is solely dedicated to Aysha. She's been asking me for the recipe since ages now!! When she visited Bangalore with her hubby and family, my helper prepared this and turned out really good. So I finally got around today to learn how it's made and oh my it turned out soo soo yummy, alhumdulillah. Now without further delay here is the recipe :)

Core Ingredients
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 1 big tomatoe
  • Corriander leaves (about a palm full)
  • 5 Chillies
  • 2 cloves (laung)
  •  3 small cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp pepper powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp corrionder powder
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 kg beef
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 3-4 tbsp oil
  • 2 cup water

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Prawn Masala

I have been learning few recipes every weekend. Yesterday I made prawn masala which turned out fairly good, alhumdulillah. I have also included in the post what I learnt while trying out this gravy! :) I didnt click a picture so will update this post with a pic next time I cook the same ;) inshaAllah


  • 26 medium sized prawns (Yes I counted the prawns but dont know how much they weighed :P)
  • 6 medium size onions 
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1.5 tsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tsp corionder powder (dhanya)
  • 2 full chillies (just cut a lil on top vertically such as to open it)
  • 1 glass water
  • about 15 tbsp oil (yes i counted that too! :D)