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Spicy Rice Flour dough balls aka Papri noh loth/atto/khichi 

Salams lovely people, pray u are all well..I guess for some of you the holidays have started. Lucky you!! I’m sadly working throughout. My girls during their holiday tend to give me a list of their fave foods so that they can indulge during their time off and they can enjoy it a bit more than usual..the one thing at the top of their list was something that I really enjoy eating too, and it brings back great childhood memories. This is a traditional Guji thing, the dough is actually used to make rice flour poppadoms which we call Papri, they are rolled out very thin, there’s a special technique and a special steel rolling pan is used to roll them, it’s a long procedure to actually make the papri itself.  Once rolled out they are laid out on some thin fabric and left to dry out in the sun all day..I have fond memories of myself and my cousins helping our mums and aunts lay them out in the garden and also trying to hide or eat the ones that got all crumpled and messed up (oh well, now they know) I, later was promoted to rolling them out once I had mastered it. Once completely dry, they can be stored in air tight containers and you can either fry, grill or microwave them. Well the dough itself, once boiled is yummy scrummy to eat on its own, drizzled with oil or butter it’s just something very enjoyable…and the fragrance while it’s boiling is just amazing. I do hope you try it out. Please let me know if you do make it and how you liked it.

INGREDIENTS:

6 Cups Rice Flour

2 Tbs Sesame Seeds

6 Cups of Cold Water

4 Tbs Green Chillies (Ground)

1 Tbs Cumin Seeds

2 Tbs Carom Seeds

3 Tbs Salt

3 Tbs Papad Kharo (available in Asian grocery stores)

Oil or butter to drizzle on top (optional)

METHOD:

Measure the Rice flour into a large mixing bowl or if u have a stand mixer then into the mixer bowl and add the Sesame seeds.

In a large Saucepan bring to the boil the 6 Cups of water, once it comes to the boil, add the green chillies, cumin seeds, carom seeds, salt and the Papad Kharo and give it a stir, turn the gas to medium and let this simmer for 10 minutes.

After the water and spices have simmered for 10 minutes slowly pour this into the bowl with the Rice flour and sesame seeds. If using a stand mixer then using the dough hook attachment mix on medium speed until the dough has all come together. If doing by hand first mix with a wooden a spoon as it will be very hot, once it starts to come together use your hands to knead it. The dough will be quite soft and sticky. Take the dough out onto the work top or into a large try and knead for a while until it has all come together.

Take a bowl of lukewarm tap water and wet your hands and take small tennis ball sized pieces of dough and roll into a smooth ball and then flatten, poke a hole into the middle of the flattened dough ball making sure the hole goes right through. Lay them in a large tray and cover with a clean tea towel or cling film to stop then drying out.

Now to cook the dough balls, boil water in a kettle and pour into a large saucepan, fill it to around 3/4 full. Turn on cooker to high to make sure the water is boiling, slowly lower around 3 or 4 of the flattened dough balls into the water and turn the gas medium to high, let it boil for around 20 to 30 minutes making sure they are cooked throughout. You can test it by breaking the dough with a fork and checking it’s not raw inside. Remove the cooked dough balls With a slotted spoon and put in a colander to strain for a few minutes.

TIP: Enjoy these spicy dough balls at its best, drizzle some olive oil or sunflower oil on top or you can always have it with a few blobs of butter. Yummy!!!

Enjoy 😇
 Spices needed for the spicy dough balls

 Rice Flour & Papad Kharo (available from Indian grocery stores)
 Bring the 6 cups of water to the boil and firstly add the cumin seeds (whole jeera)
 Add the green Chillies
 Then the Carom seeds (Ajwain)
 Then goes in the Salt
 Lastly the Papad Kharo (looks like salt)
 Give it a stir and simmer for 10 minutes
 It will look like this after its simmered for 10 minutes

 Place the rice flour in your stand mixer bowl  with the sesame seeds (use dough hook attachment)
 Pour the spiced boiled water into the bowl with rice flour and mix


It will all start to come together

 Take out the dough onto the work top and knead with your hands until it all comes together properly
 Dough should look like this, nice and smooth, then make flattened dough balls (wet your hands as dough may be sticky)
 The flattened dough balls all ready
 Carefully place 3 or 4 dough balls in a large saucepan of boiling water and cook for approx 20-30 minutes

 Just check it’s cooked through and not raw in the centre
  Drizzle oil (olive or sunflower) or even some butter and enjoy mmmm

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The beautiful Month of Ramadhan…

Salams all…I pray that all my sisters and brothers are well..The beautiful month of Ramadhan is not far away now…Ramadhan is the month I crave and need.  This month, I feel for myself is a spiritual cleanse..and I’m sure others feel the same.  As humans we become so weak spiritually and we need that boost back. It’s a time to reflect too and I feel it also brings the family closer to each other.

I live in a predominantly Muslim area and the sense of community spirit feels so much more alive in Ramadhan.  Everyone is doing the same…everyone is fasting, everyone praying together, everyone turning towards Allah SWT and repenting.  Although Fasting is the main part of Ramadhan it is also a means of getting closer to Allah SWT.

In the UK the fasts will be longer, but Allah SWT gives sabr (patience) to his servants.  It’s just a month out of twelve months that we need to make a few sacrifices and our reward will be very great Insha’allah.

We all need to try and make the most of this blessed month as only Allah SWT knows if we will get to see it again.

I pray you all have a beautiful Ramadhan and also humbly request you all to remember this servant of Allah and also my family in your precious Duas during this blessed month and you all are in mine Insha’allah.

  

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‘You’d think they would’ve cancelled Monday by now’ 

Salams my fellow cooks…hope you’re all well and ready to tackle this week head on..Monday’s *pffft* *sighs* *huffs and puffs* who even loves Monday’s ??!! I guess I’m not the only one who has a Moany Monday…one of my Twitter followers tweeted ‘You’d think they would’ve cancelled Monday by now’ which I wish would really happen and then got me thinking about this blog post.  Anyways first things first though, deciding on what to cook for the family.  My family Alhumdulillah are easygoing and they do enjoy most foods, it’s just certain ingredients they don’t like.  The hubster doesn’t eat cheese 😱 yes that’s right you did read that correctly ‘who doesn’t like/love cheese?’ I hear u all shout…I, on the other hand adore cheese, I eat it raw, chop a huge chunk from the block and munch on it….mmmmm…this makes it difficult sometimes as I love making and eating pies, pastas, lasagnes and casseroles etc loaded with cheese, there’s so many combinations you can have with cheese.  The girls are usually ok , although they do prefer veggie dishes to the meat ones although I don’t mind either.  I try to vary dishes from week to week, we don’t have a set menu which I know some families do have.  I guess this makes life easier.  I’m pretty spontaneous though, I’ll have an idea pop in my head and then I need to give it a go even if it’s on the same day with not enough time or the right ingredients.  I tend to adapt or use alternatives, yes sometimes things do go wrong but a dash of this or a dash of that soon sorts it out.  Gosh this post has started to sound like my CV, anyways what I’ve decided is that over the next couple of weeks I’m going to post some random recipes for dishes from my Instagram page which I’ve made over the last few weeks.  I’ve had requests for them and it’s been a bit hard for me to get round to sending them individually, hence one of the main reasons I decided to start this blog. I’ll try my best to post them quickly but please be patient with me but in the meantime you can always request them on instagram and Insha’Allah I will send them.

Have a great Monday and rest of the week regardless and Happy cooking 😊