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Breakfast Dessert Uncategorized

Umm Ali

Umm Ali is an Egyptian dessert with minimal ingredients yet so delicious. It’s similar to bread pudding. Very few ingredients are used to prepare this. This easy dessert can be prepared using puff pastry sheets, croissants or bread. Recipe method remains the same for all.

Preparation time : 5 minutes

Cooking time : 40 minutes

Ingredients :

Puff pastry sheets – 4, thawed

Chopped mixed nuts – 1/2 cup (almonds, cashews, raisins, pistachios )

Desiccated coconut – 1 tablespoon ( optional )

Milk -2 cups

Sweetened condensed milk -1/2 tin or sugar -1/2 cup

Thick cream – 125 ml

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon ( optional)


Bake the puff pastry sheets in the oven at 200 degrees for 15-20 minutes. ( skip this step if you already have ready plain puffs or croissants)

In a milk pan, heat 2 cups of milk till boiling point, add condensed milk/ sugar and thick cream, cinnamon powder. Stir well on medium heat for couple of minutes. Keep aside.

Place the puffs on the oven safe baking dish. Crush them with hand and place them evenly as base.

Add all the chopped nuts and coconut over the crushed puffs.

Pour milk over the nuts.

Bake it in the preheated oven for 10 minutes at 200 degrees. Then broil it for 5 – 10 minutes to get the golden crust on top.


Remove the tray from oven. Let it cool for few minutes. Serve the umm Ali warm.

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Breakfast Dinner ifthar snacks Kids meals Snack Uncategorized

Mutabbaq or Martabak

Mutabbaq or Martabak is a Saudi traditional street food. Its very simple, easy recipe . Its kind of Indian stuffed bread. My recipe has a twist. I used the store bought mutabbaq leaves. and filling recipe is not traditional. I have given Indian touch to them 🙂 Its best for breakfsts, lunch box , snack time as well ifthar.

Traditionally this dish is prepared by kneading dough using all purpose flour, then cooking minced meat, cool them and add egg , then fill in the thinly spread bread and cook on a pan. Will post this traditional method too, next time.

Preparation time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 20 minutes

Ingredients :

Chicken – 500 gms, boneless , minced

Onion – 2 large. finely chopped

Carrots, beans – 1/2 cup, finely chopped ( optional)

Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 th teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Pepper powder- 1 teaspoon

Coriander leaves – few, finely chopped

Eggs – 3

Salt – to taste

Mutabbaq leaves/ spring roll leaves – 8

Butter – 4 tablespoon

All purpose flour – 2 tablespoon ( to make glue)

Method :

Heat a pan, add 1 tablespoon of oil, add finely chopped onion and saute till soft. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell goes. then add veggies (optional), minced chicken, salt, pepper, garam masala powder, turmeric and saute well. Close the lid and cook chicken till done. Do not add water, as chicken leaves its moisture. Switch off the flame. Let the masala cool down and keep aside. ( Make sure its completely cooled down)


Note : If you already have any samosa masala filling , then can use it instead of preparing the above filling.

In a bowl, whisk eggs, add little salt, pepper, coriander leaves, cooled chicken masala and mix well.

In a small bowl, add little water to all purpose flour and mix well to form a thick lump free paste just like how you do for samosa.

Note: You can prepare the mutabbaq sheets by kneading all purpose flour, salt and oil to form a soft dough. Then roll thin breads of this dough like chapati and place the filling in middle, fold the sides to form a square shape.

Take a mutabbaq/ or spring roll sheet. place the egg mix on the sheet in square shape. Apply the all purpose flour paste on the all the sides . place another sheet on them and press it on the sides.

Grease some butter on the heated pan, cook the mutabbaq on both sides till light brown.

Cut them into smaller squares.

Chicken mutabbaq is ready to serve. You can prepare the filling with any meat.

We have a collection of other Ifthar snacks . Try these delicious recipes and enjoy with family 🙂

Breakfast Dinner Lunch


Phulka is prepared in almost every house in India. This roti is made from whole wheat flour (atta). Phulka is a hindi word , which means “to puff”. The roti gets puffed up when exposed to direct flame. The phulka can be served with a variety of Vegetarian and Non vegetarian curry ! Here ,phulka is pictured with Soya Chunks masala .



  1. Atta – 3 cups
  2. salt – 1/2 teaspoon
  3. water – as required to knead
  4. ghee – 1 teaspoon

Method :

Step 1: Take a mixing bowl. Add atta and salt. Add water gradually and knead it into a soft dough. apply ghee all over the dough. Let it rest for 20 minutes (optional)


Step 2 : Make small to medium balls.


Step 3 : Flatten the balls to the desired size.


Step 4 : heat a tawa. put a roti . cook one side.


Step 5 : after a while, (when it is 1/4th cooked) , flip it over. Cook it on this side until well done.



Step 6 : Now turn the roti again and hold it directly on the flame. the roti will puff well.


Step 7 :Remove from the flame. Apple ghee (optional).

check out our collection of Roti/ Paratha Recipes !



Breakfast Dinner Lunch

Soya Chunks masala

Soya chunks masala is a tangy – spicy masala. Soya chunks are healthy and rich in protein . It is rightly considered as ‘vegetable protein ‘ or ‘meat analogue’ as many use soya chunks as an alternate to meat . Soya chunks are really easy and quick to cook. It can be served with Rumali Roti , Bhatura , Phulka etc


Preparation time : 20 minutes( soaking) + 7 minutes

Cooking time : 25 minutes

Ingredients :

  1. Soya chunks – 100 gms
  2. onion – 3 medium (chopped)
  3. ginger (chopped)- 1 tablespoon
  4. garlic (chopped) –  1 tablespoon
  5. tomato – 2 medium (make puree)
  6. red chilly powder – 1.5 teaspoon
  7. coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
  8. garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  9. turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  10. soy sauce – 2 tablespoon
  11. vinegar – 1 tablespoon
  12. ketchup – 1 tablespoon
  13. chilli sauce – 1/2 tablespoon
  14. sugar – 1 teaspoon
  15. coriander leaves – to garnish
  16. oil
  17. salt

Method :

Step 1 : Soak soya chunks in lukewarm water for 20 minutes. drain it. Heat enough oil in a skillet and deep fry these until golden brown. keep it aside.

Step 2 : Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. saute chopped garlic and ginger for a couple of minutes . then saute chopped onions until it turns golden.

Step 3 : Add spices – red chilly powder , coriander powder , garam masala powder , turmeric powder- and salt. Combine well.

Step 4 : blend tomatoes in a blender / grinder without adding water. Add this tomato puree to the above . give it a good mix. saute for a couple of minutes

Step 5 : add soy sauce, vinegar ,ketchup, chilly sauce and sugar . stir well.

Step 6 : Finally, add fried soya chunks and stir it well. cover and cook for 2-4 minutes on medium heat. Garnish it with coriander leaves.

Serve it hot with roti / phulka.

Also, check our collection of Veg Curry / masala / dry recipes



Millet Dosa

Dosa is undoubtably the most popular South Indian Breakfast meal. Millet Dosa is a healthy alternative to normal dosa . Millet is a good source of fibre, protein and minerals. It helps to reduce cholesterol levels in the body. It helps in keeping a check on diabetes and blood pressure too.

Check our blog for more dosa recipes –

Masala dosa

Neer dosa

ragi dosa

Egg & cheese dosa


Preparation time : soak (overnight) +fermentation (6-7 hours)

Ingredients :

  1. Millet – 1 cup
  2. white rice – 3/4 cup
  3. urad dal – 1/2 cup
  4. poha / beaten rice – 1/4 cup
  5. fenugreek seeds – 1 teaspoon
  6. salt.

Method :

Step 1 : Clean and soak millet , white rice-fenugreek seeds , urad dal  over night in separate containers. Soak poha for 10-15 minutes prior to grinding. (you may also soak it overnight)

Step 2 : grind them all together with salt and water to the consistency of normal dosa.

Step 3 : Leave it to ferment for 6-7 hours.

Step 4 : Heat a pan. Pour a ladle of batter and spread it as thin as required . Cover and cook for a couple of minutes.

Serve it hot with your favorite Veg curry , Non veg curry or Chutney

Note : The millet that i have used here is Proso Millet. however you may use barnyard or foxtail millet too.


Breakfast Snack

Pazham pori| Banana fritters

Pazham pori is all time favourite food of Keralites and Mangaloreans. As the name says pazham means banana , its a popular kerala snack made with ripened banana, coated in maida batter and deep fried.

Many have it for breakfast too. We can say it is one of the most favourite snacks among the south Indians. Here is the recipe for the yummilicious pazham pori.

Cooking time : 10 minutes

Serves : 4

Ingredients :

Banana – 2, Nendra banana

Maida/ all purpose flour – 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 2 tablespoons

Sugar – 2 teaspoons

Turmeric power – a pinch

Salt – a pinch

Water – required for making batter (approximately 3/4 cup)

Method :

In a bowl, take maida, add rice flour, turmeric, salt, sugar and mix well. Add water to make a thick batter. If the batter turns thin then add little more maida to make a smooth thick batter without any lumps. Keep aside.

Peel the bananas. Cut into half. then slice them vertically and thin.

Heat oil for deep frying. Dip the banana slices in the batter, coat them well and deep fry on both sides till light golden brown on medium flame.

Serve hot with tea and enjoy with your loved ones 🙂