Shahi Tukray – The Royal Dessert

Shahi Tukray is a very popular and deliciously rich dessert that has its origin in the Mughal rein (Shahi means Royal and Tukra means piece). This is the traditional Indian cousin to the American bread pudding. Bread is deep fried in pure ghee and then soaked in a reduced milk mixture flavored with fragrant cardamom…

Falooda – the summer drink

Summer for me means “Falooda” for dessert every other day as this is easily one of my top favorites!! This sweet ice cream drink/dessert is very popular in the South Asian cuisine. It’s also a very refreshing drink with soaked sweet basil seeds & a cooling rose syrup – making it perfect to be enjoyed…

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…

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…

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…

Beautiful Eid Cards

When our arms can’t reach people Close to our hearts, We always hug them with our prayers. -Unknown It’s almost time for Eid! It’s so strange but every year we witness how Allah helps make Ramadan so easy and wonderful when before the start of this month, we all wonder how are we going to…

The delicious Date fruit

Date fruit, one of the sweetest and oldest fruit around, is the product of the date palm tree and cultivated since approximately 6000 B.C. They have been a part of the staple diet in the Middle Eastern countries and hold a certain reverence for Muslims around the world. It was one of the favorite fruits…