I thought it was about time I dusted the cobwebs off the blog and posted a recipe, plus 96% of you requested this recipe on my Instagram story poll. And this is a great one. Quick, easy and just 5 ingredients! I’ve been watching Jamie Oliver’s Quick and Easy Food TV show recently and it inspired me to create this dish for dinner. If you haven’t heard of the show or watched it, I suggest you drop what you’re doing right now and check it out. He shares insanely easy meals, that are all 5 ingredients (plus some pantry basics) and all pack a good hit of flavour. The recipe I’m sharing today, was inspired by his baked rice and tikka roast chicken. One of the things I like about the show recipes is that he’s not afraid to use short-cuts in the recipes, I know that can be a no-no for some, but we’re all busy people and this makes the idea of cooking achievable. His mission is to make eating real food easier for everyone and I think this show (and book) does the trick.
It’s always difficult finding something the kids will eat, but this one definitely ticked all the boxes. This Tandoori Chicken Rice was a hit, we ate it for dinner, lunch and dinner again the next day. Yay for leftovers! It has 5 main ingredients and is quick to throw together. I used a store-bought tandoori paste for this recipe, but if you prefer you can make your own. The other 4 ingredients are rice, red onion, chicken and frozen peas, it also contains some pantry staples like salt, water and oil.
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This dish is best made before you plan to eat it, as reheating the rice in the oven or keeping it in there for too long will dry out the chicken. So I recommend starting this 30-40 minutes before you serve. If you do plan to cook this earlier, you could leave the baking stage until the very end or reheat in the microwave or stovetop with some additional water.
Pre-heat your oven to 180c.
Cut your chicken into 1inch cubes, keeping them all a similar size.
Follow your tandoori paste instructions to marinate your chicken (in my case it was 4 tablespoons of tandoori paste to 500g of chicken, I used the Patak’s brand).
Set your chicken aside to marinate as you prepare the other ingredients.
Finely chop your red onion.
Place the oil in an oven-safe pan.
Add your onion to the pan.
Cook the onion until it starts to soften.
Add the chicken to your pan and brown on all sides,
Once the chicken is browned add in your rice and salt.
Give this a quick stir through and add 3 cups of water.
Place your pan on a high heat and bring the water to a boil.
Once your water starts bubbling, add in your peas.
Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until the rice is cooked through and fluffs up.
Serve as is or with some greek yogurt.
If your children don’t like peas, you can swap this out for another vegetable. You can also cook this on the stovetop, by following the directions of cooking rice with the absorption method, which should be on the packet of rice. You can top the rice with some greek yogurt tanginess.
Ever since I created my Chocolate Cookie Masjid I’ve been wanting to create a vanilla version. I had decided that when the time came, I would design (or have designed) a new template so that it would be an all new cookie masjid version.
Recently, my friend Zayneb over at zedandq.com launched ‘The Play Masjid’, a wooden play masjid for kids. Zed&Q is a company which creates products aiming to inspire and educate minds through faith. Founders Zayneb and Sidqie have a passion for making learning fun, which brought their idea of The Play Masjid to life. When I saw it, I just knew I wanted to recreate it as a cookie. Zayneb kindly created the cookie template for me.
After much recipe testing, creating and design revisions, the Vanilla Cookie Masjid was born. This one is a little trickier than the Chocolate Cookie Masjid, but hopefully, with all my tricks and tips, it should be achievable. If you’d like to try something a little easier, then do give the Chocolate Cookie Masjid a try.
I didn’t think I’d be able to get up any more posts before Eid, but as it turns out I had something to offer at the very last minute.
I made mini sticky date cakes for friends and family this year. They were really well received, so I thought they would make a nice addition to our Eid breakfast as muffins. It’s a great way to use up all those excess dates after Ramadan and make something really yummy in the process.
This recipe is based on the Mini Sticky Date Cakes I made for Eid gifts. I adapted the recipe a little to work better as muffins. A little extra flour creates a sturdier cake, perfect as a muffin. I mixed some of the left-over butterscotch icing from the mini cakes into some cream cheese and topped these babies with it. I have to say it is the perfect accompaniment.
I don’t know why I do it to myself, but every year I decide to make something homemade for Eid gifts. This year has been especially tough, with all of us being sick at one time or another throughout the month. And for one week we were all sick at the same time.
I don’t know why, there’s just something about a home baked treat and despite the craziness, illness, and all the general busyness that is Ramadan I still wanted to make something. I found super cute mini round paper baking pans at Aldi – they actually had these in their store a little while ago. I was lucky to find the last few floating around their store. They make the perfect size for a gift. I wish I had found more cases and was having a better run, I would have liked to gift these to more people. But I kept it simple and easy and only ended up gifting them to family and close friends.
Let’s talk about these cakes, they’re sticky date cakes. I mean come on, it’s Ramadan, what better way to finish than with date cakes. They’re sticky, they’re moist, they’re delicious, they’re full of flavour and they’re drenched in butterscotch sauce.
I wrapped them in a cellophane bag and added a simple Eid Mubarak Tag, you can download yours here free.
I know, I know! Fried Chicken!! I pride myself on being healthier than most in Ramadan, we barely veer off our usual dinners and just add in a savoury starter here and there. Even our added starters are healthier, I bake things that should be fried. I go all out to ensure we don’t go overboard. But… Fried Chicken! Who can resist fried chicken?
My Pasta and Bean Salad was featured in this Buzzfeed Community Round Up of Healthy Iftar Ideas recently. Of all the delicious looking things on the list, I knew the baked chicken tenders would be one of the first to try. And try it I did, the only problem was a lack of time and planning (need to work on that) forced me to fry the chicken instead of bake it. Needless to say, the fried version was amazing. I’m sure it would be just as good baked, I’ll have to try it someday. If you’d like to try it for yourself, check out the full recipe on My Ninja Naan.
I have to admit, things have been super busy lately, but when Henna asked me to guest post on her blog I couldn’t refuse. It’s the least I could do for such a good friend. It’s amazing the connections we can make while miles apart. Be sure to check out Henna’s Blog, she has amazing makes and bakes sure to tantalise your taste buds.
Things have gotten a little quiet around here and I wanted a way to still be able to share all the amazing things I come across, from products to recipes and anything else interesting along the way, hence the start of a monthly favourites post. My hope is that these monthly posts will let me have a space to share some of my ideas and finds with you without me having to go through the effort of writing full-length blog posts, which I don’t have time for these days. I’ll also include links to recipes, where to purchase or just for viewing where necessary. Some of these links may be affiliate links.
Cakes and cupcakes
I had gone a little cupcake crazy in April. The month started with a woodland themed baby shower for my cousin in law, I made lilac coloured blueberry cream cheese vanilla cupcakes and chocolate mint cupcakes. The mint was an absolute hit. I used a few drops of peppermint oil (I used Oil Garden Aromatherapy from Go Vita Myer Centre, Brisbane) in the buttercream instead of essence which contains alcohol. The mint themed continued with mint cupcakes for my sister in law and my in-laws as they have birthdays close together in April. The cupcake theme was rounded off early May with my mum’s birthday, again another lot of choc mint cupcakes with a rose buttercream piped top. It was the first time I used this rose piping technique. The effect is so beautiful yet so easy to achieve
It didn’t stop there, my in laws offical birthday cake was a piece of luggage since they travel often and for Mr Munchies I made a chocolate covered superman logo cake filled with coffee cheesecake and a surprise inside. April is a seriously crazy month with baking, way too many birthdays!
My favourite chocolate cupcake recipe is a one bowl wonder by Sweetapolita.
Muslim Kids Guide
One of the reasons I’ve been so busy lately is because of my work on Muslim Kids Guide. It’s a new site founded by Peter Gould, co-edited by myself and Razeena of READ Little Muslims. It really is a one-stop shop for finding all the great things out there for Muslim Kids (or at least it will be insha Allah). It’s only in the beginning stages but we’ll get there.
I have been reading a little more than I should lately, I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed reading. I’ve been using an app called Borrow Box which allows you to borrow books via the app using your library membership. There are different types of apps used with library memberships, Borrow Box is just one of them, you might have to check with your local library to see they type they use. I also use the Kindle App on my iPhone to read books I’ve purchased on Amazon.
I have yet to start any preparing in terms of food for Ramadan, but I have been preparing in other ways. I have started making up my missed fasts, I’m really hoping to tackle them all by the end of this year insha Allah. I dug up my 49 ways to Kids Involved in Ramadan post from last year and have started circulating it again, I need to sit down and give it a good read so I can make sure the kids are well prepared too. My first plan will be to start reading Ramadan books to the kids.
49 Ways to get Kids involved in Ramadan
I hope you enjoyed the first post in my monthly favourites series. What were you up to in April?