Mehalabeya – a classic Middle Eastern Pudding

Mehalabeya is a classic Middle Eastern pudding that is extremely light and scented with orange blossom & rose water. It’s a perfect treat after a heavy meal. My earliest memories of Mehalabeya are from the iftars sent by our Saudi neighbors. My mother always sent an iftar platter to neighbors during Ramadan. We would happily…

Chicken Shawerma with rice & spicy sumac roasted potatoes

The most spiritual and exciting time for Muslims all over the world is upon us. As the holy month of Ramadan begins, I wish you all the strength and courage to face all the challenges of life. This year Ramadan will be very different. Covid_19 has forced us to stay at home instead of celebrating…

Ramadan with kids!

Ramadan Mubarak! The most spiritual and exciting time for Muslims all over the world is almost here. At sundown tomorrow, the Muslim holiday RAMADAN will begin and continue for a month. Although Ramadan is best known as a time of fasting, there is actually more to this spiritual month. It is a time to reflect…

Dill Chana Daal

Chana daal (Split Bengal gram) is the most versatile and delicious lentil in my opinion. It is also one of the lentils you can make dry and eat it with bread or roti. Once you soak the Chana daal for at least 30 minutes to an hour, it cooks easily within half an hour making…

Gulab Jamun 🌟

Gulab jamuns and I have been in a long term relationship since forever. If any one ever asks me what is my top favorite mithai of all time then without hesitation I will say Gulab jamun. The delicious dough balls drenched in sugary, sticky syrup and perfumed with kewra, rose water and cardamom occupy a…

Classic Blondies

Classic chocolate-chip blondies perfect for some weekend baking. These blondies are soft, chewy and they take less than a half hour to make! Chock full of indulgent chocolate, delicious toasted coconut and crunchy walnuts. Yes, yes and yes! If you love chocolate chip cookies and brownies than blondies are sure to win you over! These…

Pakoray (Fried fritters)

It’s raining, it’s pouring… So we are making pakoras in our kitchen today!  Our family food tradition – whenever it rains, we make these “Pakoras” (deep-fried Fritters) and eat them with chutney and sip on hot tea while inhaling the sweet smell of rain! Pure heaven! Although you can make pakoras from a variety of…

Khaosuey – A delicious Pakistani version of this Burmese dish.

Today really felt like Fall here in Philly with the weather being in the upper 60s. We were shivering in the morning on our way to school dropoff and enjoying the warm afternoon in our cozy sweaters. The sound of the crisp leaves under my boots, and the cold air rustling through my hair made…

Marvel Superheroes Exhibit at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

If you are anywhere on the East Coast and a big fan of the Marvel Superheroes then this exhibit is one you cannot miss out on! It’s an opportunity to totally immerse yourself in the heroes’ origin tales as well as see over 300 original artifacts including costumes, props (Captain America’s shield is one of…

Our favorite Ramadan books

Ramadan is the perfect time to introduce little kids to this Holy month and to help older kids increase their knowledge about Islam and its history. I always hide the Ramadan books and bring them out just before Ramadan begins and the kids eagerly wait to read them. Our book collection has grown over the…