Dessert & Greetings

Warning- For those with a sweet tooth this post will increase your cravings immeasurably.

This Eid we decided to try possibly the richest dessert known to Indian Food.

Hears what the Shaahi Tukda consists of:

Its white bread fried in clarified butter, drenched in sugar syrup…

Garnished with almond slivers cooked in clarified butter andbaked in sweetened evaporated milk.

How can one go wrong with this combination?

Eid Mubarak!

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Ramadan Cookies

We got inspired by our friend and fellow blogger’s Eid cookies post and decided to bake some for our neighbors too. And this led to Ramadan Cookies being born..Though the cookie making process was a whole day affair, it was well worth it. We enjoyed this process so much that we decided to share the recipe and some tips on when and if you want to make a batch of your own. Below are a few pictures of the cookies packed and ready to be given out.

Maamoul Recipe

Prep Time- 9 hours

Cooking Time- 20 mins

Total time- 9 hrs 20 mins

Ingredients:

3 cups smolina

1 cup flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 cup + 3/4th cup butter

3 tea spoons or less cookie spice (Habash)- add according to your preference

1 cup warm milk

2 packs date filling it can also be substituted by walnut or pistachio.

And a mamoul mold (you can get it at a local arabic store)

The process:

Combine semolina, flour, powdered sugar in a large bowl.

Add the butter. Mamoul tend to be buttery therefore the amount.

Mix well and add milk little by little and stop once the dough is moist enough.

Leave the mamoul dough overnight at room temperature.

How to incorporate date and the rest of the ingredients you ask!

Heres a video :

Bake for 20 mins at 350 F or till the cookies are light brown in color.

(Recipe courtesy our friend Saba K)

This post might be slightly long…

but it’s about Ramadan, guavas and soul mates. Read on.

Mr. Muzzylim writes

When our first Ramadan rolled around we had been married about eight months. Up to this point I had been away from the Ramadan culture of the Middle-East for almost a decade. That meant no planning ahead for ifthaar schedules, Tharaweeh sounds from multiple masajids, Eid shopping and certainly no samosas, spring rolls or (the dreaded!)Falooda.

For this reason when Mrs. Muzzylim piped up and began attacking Ramadan cooking with hours upon hours of food prep it was a shock to my ‘open the fast with some dates and pizza’ sensibilities. I didn’t realize how serious she was until I was on the phone with the local asian grocery store asking if they had Guava in stock. After trying 4-5 of them (both by phone and in person) we finally found them! This meant that Ramadan could officially begin with the obligatory Fruit Chaat.

The point of this, I realize now, isn’t that Ramadan is about certain foods – it’s about coming together, acknowledging each others traditions and building our new home together. Like most things in marriage. Making what is important to the other person important to you is easier said than done. But once you accept that there is history, significance and love in each other’s cultures you might get closer to a place of understanding.

This year we haven’t been making nearly as many spring rolls, samosas or Dahin Vadas. But fortunately we’re making it to Tharaweeh more frequently, meeting more muslims from our community and taking part in cooking ifthaars for other people. I think is because we’ve come to see Ramadan tradition as being together first and foremost – and less about the percentage of our meals that are fried.

But of course we still have our fruit chaat. 🙂

My version

For me (mrs.muzzylim) coming from a south asian background Iftar was synonymous to the food my mum cooked every single ramadan. It consisted of fruit chaat (or fruit salad), dahi bade (gram flour & lentil balls in yogurt), samosas, onion/spinach/lentil pakodas, choley (chickpeas), black chickpeas curry and more. This isn’t even the full list!

So last year when Ramadan was around the corner, I had my list ready of all my mums food that I would like to recreate, my own humble versions. First on the list was Fruit Chaat, with the guava being one of the necessary ingredient (fruit chaat without guava. gasp.blasphemy) the mere task became herculean. After searching high and low my man in shining armor got me some guava lovin and I happily continued to cook Ramadan meals. Last year was about the food and still new in our marriage we both were discovering what the holy month really meant to each other and ways of making the most of it. Though we didn’t have a super productive Ramadan last year, we did vow to make this years better.

This year with the move to a small town and the muslim community being small, and close knit we found ourselves befriending people, getting involved in the community iftars, going for tharaweeh prayers and keeping the rest simple. Thus creating our own memories and hopefully pushing each other to make the most of this blessed month. Heres hoping that with each Ramadan we all find ourselves on the path of betterment and above it all may God accept all that we try and do in His path. Amen.

*Just to let you all know folks the posts were written separately. I know right!! what are the chances!! Told you we are soul mates.*

This is coming a little late but…

Ramadan Kareem.

“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous … The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it.” – The Quran Surah Al- Baqarah, verses 183-185.

Blogging Bliss

Mrs. Muzzylim: “We should start a blog!”

Mr. Muzzylim: “Ok – about what?”

Mrs: I don’t know. Us!

Mr: But what about us is worth reading about?

Mrs: I don’t know. Anything… and everything!

Mr: :-/. ok.

When you get married you get used to these kinds of conversations. Two people rarely start off on the same wavelength about anything. It’s just not possible. The long and windy paths you traveled to get to be married mean that the way you process has to be different. Someone really smart once said “All marriages are a marriages of two cultures”.

And that’s where this blog comes in.

Me and Mrs. Muzzylim have been married for a little over a year and half. We both grew up as Mid-Desis (people from India/Pakistan/Bangladesh raised in the Mid-East), now live in a small south eastern town in America. We realized that every relationships journey is interesting. The way you build a bridge between the two different ways of seeing the world, and figuring out what you want to get out of it is a common experience and is one we would’ve love to have had as began our marriage.

We’re both practicing Muslims and are constantly looking for ways to be that much better in our faiths. One of the ways we’ve grown together is realizing we share a similar perspective on Islam. We love how this is a faith embraces being part of the world you live in. And if you do your job right – improve it as a result of your being Muslim. In this day and age we’re constantly seeing people discuss what it means to be Muslim and how to preserve that identity. We’re definitely not equipped to engage in that conversation from a scholarly perspective. But in our own clumsy way we’re working on our own identities – ones we’re not taking too seriously – thus Muzzylims.

We hope you enjoy this blog – we’re not sure what it’s going to evolve in to but we do hope that it’s another way for Mrs. Muzzylim and me to bridge the two cultures, celebrate our marriage and reflect on the journey of being Muzzylims in the world today.