1 cup yogurt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 tablespoon Tumeric 2-3 tablespoons Tandoori Masala 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger 4 teaspoons salt, or to taste one Whole chicken or cut into smaller pieces 3 clove garlic, minced 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons paprika 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Cut chicken on its bones and in a bowl soak in with some salt and vinegar for 30 minutes. Mix all ingredients together in a separate bowl. Drain out chicken and towel dry. Marinate the chicken with the paste for 30 minutes and place it inside the fridge. Pre-heat the oven at 400C, place the chicken in your cooking dish and cover it with aluminum foil with some vents and leave it inside the oven for 50+ minutes till it’s nice and tender. Place it on your serving dish and garnish it with some fresh cilantro.
Pro Tip: Remove the aluminum foil just after 40 minutes so the chicken is nicely golden.
1 cup milk 1 cup oil 1 tablespoons baking powder 3 eggs 2 cups sugar 3 cups baking flour 1 tablespoon black seeds 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Mix all ingredients together, spray oil your cooking dish (flat rectangular/round oven dish) place the mixture in your cooking dish. Making sure it’s all even. Add 1-2 tablespoons of milk on top so it covers the top. Sprinkle poppy seeds and Black seeds. Preheat oven 350C and place it for 30-40 minutes until it’s nice and golden. Leave it to cool down, cut them into smaller portions and decorate them in your serving dish.
Ramadan Kareem! Ramadan month is here and we all tend to make the most out of this month with spiritual growth, prayer, as well as a reflection to our soul, body and mind. For the past couple of years, I have managed to make the ifter easy and healthy for myself and my family. It does sound impossible to stay away from fatty and fried foods after a long day but it feels really good once you put in those real nutritions inside you + slowly you will notice that your body will function better. Many of you showed interest in the cooking session with me and this year I took time to bring some ease for you in terms of sharing some cooking recipes. I will be sharing more recipes and cooking sessions on my Instagram account, so make sure to follow me along there.
First thing first, juicing fresh fruits and veggies during Ramadan has become a ritual for me. It’s easy to make yet you get that energy you need for your body to run for the entire month. I also found most of the time I wasn’t getting enough of my veggies + fruits because I would feel full after eating my full meal in the iftari and I wasn’t feeling good to go to sleep full stomach. At the same time it’s important to take some nice warm water going into your system and if you break your fast with some infused warm water it’s a perfect way to break your fast. Up next I try to make something healthy like soup – any kind of soup that I would be able to make (I will share some of my favourite ones). And by this meal, I already feel full and I have everything I needed to take for my body. Usually, it’s better to take a rest by finishing up your prayers or getting time to get some family time. For me, it takes around 30 – 40 minutes and then I get in a full meal.
There are few steps and a little control that you need to implement in your routine and it gets easy every single day. I have learned if I get the mean meal first then I wouldn’t be able to get in all my veggies and fruits afterwords. I have some recipes ready for you that I will share followed this post + a full video on my Instagram IG for you. And of course, the entire month doesn’t look like this I do induce some pleasures foods from time to time before covid it was iftar gatherings. Usually, I used to host iftar dinners at my place which seems impossible at this time for all that’s going on. But I tried to make the first day of Ramadan joyful by setting up a nice table for all of us especially Yousuf who’s fasting for the first time.
I hope this month will bring you all joy, health and prosperity. For me its a time that I want to connect to my soul and my creator. Plus each year I try to become a better version of my self my avoiding a habit for the rest of the year.