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Cardamom Smoothie/Lassi

Lassi is a traditional Pakistani drink made of yogurt, which translates into the English version Smoothie. It’s made in both sweet and salty versions. I prefer sweet lassi and I had often heard/read about adding cardamom to it. And honestly, I always thought the combination of cardamom with yogurt in lassi was strange. Today I just felt experimental and decided to try it. It was SO extremely refreshing! The burst of fresh flavor with sweet, smooth and silky blended yogurt! I am thinking here why didn’t I ever try it before! It seems that I’ve been missing on such a great treat in my entire life till now. It was just SO good that I couldn’t stop drinking it. You can’t get to the bottom of this flavor without trying it. I mean don’t repeat my mistake, you just have to try it. It’s like the best summer drink ever!

Ingredients:

yogurt one cup
milk one cup (the milk-yogurt ratio depends on how thick you want the lassi to be and how thick your yogurt is)
sugar 4 tbsp (or to taste)
cardamom 1 pod
salt 1/4 tsp
ice as required (I used about 1/2 cup)

Method:

The easiest method ever. Remove cardamom seeds from the pod and with everything else throw into a blender and blend till smooth and creamy. It makes one whole tumbler serving of 2 cups, but you can cut all the ingredients in half easily and make a smaller serving. You may use cardamom powder if you have on hand however, the powder won’t give the same flavor as fresh pods. If you may want to take the extra step and grind fresh powder then by all means go ahead. If you have a powerful blender it will crush the seeds altogether anyway, even if it doesn’t, they didn’t really bother me as they settled down at the bottom. Once again I would say, you must try this cool drink and it will addict you to itself-just like it did me!

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I am re-posting this recipe for this Eid, and also to participate in the Eid Eats 2014 hosted by dear fellow bloggers Flour & Spice and Chocolate & Chillies.

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This is my most favourite dessert! I wish there was a healthy version of it that I could eat everyday. But since there isn’t till now, I make it only on Eid, and I can never get enough of it! The name comes from persian which literally means “The Sweet Lips” and it sure makes your lips sweet! I can eat loads of it and not feel guilty because I keep my mind on the fruits and nuts in it, not on the sugars =D

Some people use canned fruit cocktail for a quick version of this recipe, but in my opinion it’s still not quick because it needs chilling time, and I love the flavours, aroma and texture of fresh fruits. I also don’t believe in short-cutting of recipes to save time and sacrifice flavours and health, I’d rather spend some more time in the kitchen and make a healthier, tastier dish than save time. So here is my most treasured dessert and recipe, shared with you all!

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Yum yum! I want to dig into it right now, don’t you?

Ingredients:
Oil/ Ghee: 3 tablespoons
Coloured seviyan (vermicelli): 1 cup {Note: Vermicelli is not the kind used for decorations on cake etc, it’s the kind which is similar to spaghetti but very fine. You can use regular vermicelli if you can’t find colored. Looks like this:
colored: rainbow vermiccli
regular: 
Milk: 4 cups
Sugar: 5 tablespoons (or to taste)
Vanilla Custard powder: 4 tablespoons (dissolve in a little cold milk)
Cream: 200 ml
Condensed milk: 1 tin (397 grams)
Bananas (finely sliced): 1 cup
Grapes (halved): 1 cup
Apples ( finely chopped): 1 cup
{or pineapple, strawberry, mango etc. any soft fruit you like, total fruit should be approx 3 cups. I like to use as much fruits as I can}
Pistachio and almonds, silvered (or any nuts): 1/4 cup (or as desired)
Jelly: 1 packet (If you want to use more than one color then adjust quantity accordingly)
Rosewater: 1-2 tablespoon

Method:
Fry vermicelli in oil, for a few seconds, don’t let it turn golden. Add milk and boil until vermicelli turns soft then add sugar and custard powder (dissolved in cold milk) and whisk till it becomes thick. Remove from heat and keep stirring occasionally until it is cooled to room temperature, whisk in cream and condensed milk. Add in the prepared fruits and nuts (save some for garnish of desired) and refrigerate until chilled.
Prepare jelly according to directions on package and chill until set. Cut in small cubes and refrigerate until serving time.
When chilled well, stir in rosewater and mix in a few jelly pieces. Garnish with nuts, jelly shapes, extra fruits and serve immediately.

P.S.If it feels too sweet, add a little chilled milk to lessen the sweetness, taking care not to thin it down.

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Young People Wanting To Be In Love

Z. Saeed:

Every girl needs this advice

Originally posted on Think & Be Positive:

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This is the same advice I gave to my younger sister who is no longer “young” and my younger cousins:

If you are 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, there is no need for you to be in a relationship. All that will do to you is break your heart over and over and over again, only for you to grow bitter in age, become insecure and hurt yourself in the process. At the same time, you expect these men after them to fix what has been broken and that is your mind and especially our heart. Not a single individual in this world can fix that for you except Allah and yourself. At such a young age, there is only a need to work on yourself and nobody else. You have so much potential at that age that can be ruined because of a man whose only need at that…

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The Ever-lasting Delight

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ لَذَّةَ النَّظَرِ إِلَى وَجْهِكَ وَالشَّوْقَ إِلَى لِقَائِكَ
“O Allāh, I ask You for the delight of gazing at Your Face and the eagerness of meeting You.”

Aameen!

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Powerful Memories of the Shanāqitah tribe of Mauritania [Mashaa'Allah]

Z. Saeed:

May Allah SWT grant us the company of those who are strong adherents of the Sunnah and give us the opportunity to learn from them. Aameen!

Originally posted on Grasping onto the Handhold that never breaks...:

A discussion regarding the powerful ability to memorise of the Shanāqitah tribe of Mauritania, with Sh. Muhammad Hassan ad-Dido ash-Shinqeeti.

Ustadh used to speak highly of Mauritanians and their phenomenal memories not just of men but of women too , who had memorized dictionaries such as Al-Qamoos in their old age! I’m surprised at women making such an effort because usually one would not expect a woman to find it beneficial or even worth the time to do that. Ustadh also used to mention how the air of Mauritania is so pure and if there’s one place on the earth where people are closest to the Sunnah in terms of their simple minimalistic lifestyle, that would be Mauritania. The Shaykhs there teach in tents and you have to go through a lot of struggle to be able to learn. The kind of people who study there and come out as…

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