Haleem – Made Easy

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Haleem, an extremely popular dish especially during the month of Ramadan is here to keep you drooling. Every bit of this dish reminds me of all those beautiful Ramadans I have spent with my family back home in India, spread with divine happiness of worship and the various deliciously tasting foods. I remember my little nephew insisting on observing fast for the first time just to enjoy these delicacies :) Aaahhh!! What good days were those! :)

So here’s how I make it the easy way! :)

 Ingredients:

  • Mutton – 1/2 kg (boneless)
  • Wheat suji – 1 cup (soaked in water for 2 hours)
  • Onion – 1 (thin slices fried until golden brown)
  • Cashew – 1/4 cup (also 4-5 fried until golden)
  • Almonds – 1/4 cup
  • Mint leaves – chopped
  • Coriander – chopped
  • Garam masala powder – 2 and 1/2 tea spoon
  • Cardamom – 2-3 whole
  • Cinnamon – 1 (small) whole
  • Long – 2-3 whole
  • Shazeera – 2 tea spoon whole
  • Kabab chini – 1 tea spoon whole
  • Black pepper – 1/2 tea spoon whole
  • Green chillies – 1-2 chopped
  • curd – 1 cup(small)
  • lemon juice – 3-4 tea spoon
  • water – 2-3cups for mutton , 3-4 cups for wheat suji
  • salt – as per taste
  • red chilli powder – 1 and 1/2 tea spoon
  • oil – 4 table spoons
  • ghee – 2 table spoons

Method:

Step 1: In a pressure cooker and add mutton, water, oil,salt,ghee, red chilli powder and allow to cook till the mutton is tender (4-5 whistles
approx).
Step 2: After bringing the mutton to room temperature, blend it in a food processor without any water (do not make a fine paste).
Step 3: Take the soaked and drained wheat suji in a thick bottomed pan or use a wok(kadai). Add water, stir continuously as the wheat
is more likely to stick to the bottom, add some more water if required, let it cook till the wheat granules are soft.
Step 4: Put the spices cardamom, cinnamon, long, shazeera, kabab chini, black pepper, garam masala, green chillies, in the wheat suji
and allow to cook.
Step 5: Add the mutton blend, curd, lemon juice to the wheat mixture
Step 6: Grind the almonds and cashews
Step 7: Put the almond-cashews mix and fried onions to the cooking mutton-wheat mixture
Step 8: Stir in between and cook for 30-50 mins with closed lid.
Step 9: Garnish with chopped mint, coriander, fried onions, boiled egg(optional) and lemon pieces.

** Please note that this is not the authentic recipe for making Haleem. I have simplified this royal dish to suit our lifestyle and timing. But I bet it will taste amazing and you will enjoy it! :)

What’s your simplest Haleem recipe?? Let us know in the comments down below!

 

 

 

Rubbabu Magnetic Alphabet Set Review

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I have always loved finding bright, colourful fun toys for our girls and one day I happened to come across this company named “Rubbabu”. And frankly speaking I loved the name! It’s new, stylish and sound funky. But when I heard they make ‘foam’ toys! I was rather puzzled! I mean we never had a ‘foam’ toy set! It’s always been plastic or wood or fabric! But nothing in foam!

So I decided to do a little research on this company before I was flattered at the way their cute toys looked. And I was beyond thrilled when they agreed for a review! Plus the folks at Rubbabu were so lovely to me, that they sent me a complete list of their collection of toys and let me chose whichever I wanted to! And I’m so so glad I chose this alphabet set!

And expected one lovely afternoon a huge mail arrived at my door, in it came these loveliest and the cutest addition to our girls’ toy stash! We received three different set of toys! And this magnetic alphabet set was the first one we opened and I just loved watching the kids go bouncers over these beautiful and bright letters!

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The very moment I received this lovely set I was so so impressed with the quality of these toy letters. This alphabet set is made of 100% natural rubber which makes them the best bet for little kids. These are extremely soft and squishy that our girls have loved playing with them all the while. Given that we did not own such a huge upper case alphabet set or anything similar to this one. So this amazing toy letter set has just perfectly filled in the void we had in our toy stash.

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All the 26 letters come picture-perfectly arranged in this cardboard tray that slides inside the outer packaging shell. These letters have been given a good sizing, which is not too big, neither too small for the tiny tots. Also I must mention the bright and lively packaging of the set!

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Oh my God! Just look at those bright colours! The Big Thing is buzzing around while I opened it for her. And was

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Another thing I must not forget to mention is  that once we opened it I could never ever tuck them all back in just the way they had come in. These letters are not just the Big Thing’s favourite but also make a wonderful toy even for the Little Thing. She loves squeezing and throwing them at her big sister. And I don’t have to worry about any of them getting hurt because they are ultra light and super soft.

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Apart from being squeezable, soft and bouncy, these letters have a tiny circular magnet embedded in them. Kids can just put them on a metallic surfaces and learn while they play. We had a little meet-up at home and other kids just loved them as much as ours. And couldn’t help their parents notice the simplicity and the liveliness of these toy letters. :D

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I could just not resist myself from having some fun with them! So this is what I did!! :D

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This Rubbabu Alphabet Set is great for children of all ages. Younger tots will crawl and reach for them. Older kids will learn spelling small words, recognizing letters and play with them. These bright colors, soft textures, and a super squishy and bouncy make help these letters truly unique. And since the Big Thing has already learnt her letters. I will be saving these for the Little Thing.

And if you are a mom like me who is always looking for little special things that make your babies happy and cheerful, then I strongly suggest you to get them this lovely alphabet set for them because this is one such ‘toy’ that will keep them engaged for hours at a stretch, letting you catch up with your own stuff.

So go check out their website Rubbabu and connect with them on their Facebook page

** We were sent the Rubbabu Alphabet Set in exchange of a fair and honest review. All the opinions and images are my own.

Soul Ring Sling Giveaway Winner

And I’m super excited to be here to the Soul Sling Giveaway winner!

 Thank you all for taking time and entering the contest.

Let’s find out the winner!

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Smitha: “I am very new to baby wearing and have been wanting to try one for my Lo so all excited to try it out!! My LO is now 4months so I feel its perfect time to do a kangaroo carry and love the color in the giveaway its beautiful”  :)

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Congrats Smitha! I hope you love it as much as I do! Just email me (hfareen@gmail.com) your mailing address and I’ll have it shipped to you ASAP.

Thank you so very much to Chinmayi from Soul for offering this giveaway.

Cheers! X

haajra

ReeBaby Diaper Bag Review

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Not many of you know that I love bags! I know every Mommy does! But for someone like me with children so close in age, a diaper bag is always an extra thing to carry along with your regular purse, which only adds to your sorrow! Imagine handling two monsters,  a fully-loaded diaper bag plus a huge purse for your own essentials! So save all the trouble I like to carry one ultimate bag every day for months at a time, but then the search for ‘the perfect diaper bag’ is really a never ending quest. Plus, as your needs change, your perfect diaper bag’s features change as well.

Right now I’m a mom of an ‘almost’ 3 year old preschooler and a one year old toddler. And since I’ve had only one vintage diaper bag (gifted to me by one of my lovely aunts when we were expecting the Big Thing), I found myself yearning for yet another new diaper bag, much to the Husband’s chagrin. We’re still carrying around two separate bags when we’re out and about with both kids, so my diaper bag is basically for all the primary stuff. I was getting sick of transferring my personal items from diaper bag to purse and vice verse, so I really wanted a beautiful bag that I could carry as both a diaper bag and a purse.

I’d never heard of this company before, but while browsing diaper bags on an online shopping website I was struck by how chic it looked. And this awesome beige colour just caught me atttention!  I thought it was just the bag I have been wanting to get myself. And two weeks later, I opened the box and unwrapped my perfect diaper bag.

It really is as perfect as it’s going to get for the stage I’m in right now as a mom, and I’m so in love with it that I just had to write this in-depth review. There are so many little details I love about it, so here we go.

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I’ll say it up front: this is a huge bag. And I knew it’s going to weigh heavy, but thankfully it’s super compact and light in weight. Plus I’m an over-packer so it needs to be this big to accommodate everything that I want to carry day to day.

The material is sturdy and the stitching is impeccable. It really looks and feels like a high quality bag. The top handles are absolutely amazing. They’re just the right length to fit over your shoulder, but it’s also extremely comfortable to wear it in the crook of your elbow. The very, very subtle yet extremely adorable– it reminds me that even though this is a very elegant bag, it’s still a diaper bag! :)

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There is a shoulder/messenger strap that attaches to the bag. It’s SO comfortable on your shoulder, no matter how heavy the bag is. I don’t like using backpacks and I don’t like wearing bags messenger-style, so I’m always looking for styles that can be worn as a shoulder bag. The shoulder straps are wide enough so there is no problem of them constantly slipping off my shoulders. I keep it at a short length and it hugs the bottom of the bag nicely when not in use.

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The sides of the bag has pockets so you can stuff it with keys, pacifiers etc. The bag also has outside pockets on both sides. These pockets are quite roomy. Another thing I like about this bag is that there’s specific place for diapers, wipes, and changing pad. Meanwhile did I mention that this lovely diaper bag comes with a matching changing pad and a feeding bottle cover? Ahh! I love it!

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The inside lining of the bag is also beige-ish in colour. There is one large bottle pocket made of this lining, and it’s elasticized at the top. During the outings I use this pocket for my cell phone and other things I want to be able to grab easily. There are loads of other pockets for wipes, diapers, and for whatnot. It also has room for my wallet and iPad! Ta-da!

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It also has a advantage of converting into a stroller bag. This velcro strap can be put onto the handle of the stroller and it only get simpler for assessing things while you are on a walk!

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There is also a zippered pocket on the inside so things like keys and lip gloss easily slip in. I love using these pockets for things that are essential to have in the bag, but not necessarily used every day– such as extra baby clothes, medicine / band aids, emergency snacks for the Big Thing etc.

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Last but of course not the least.The closure! It’s a simple yet strong zip that hides off everything from the world.

All in all, I am so thrilled with this bag that I am sure I will use this long after my girls is out of diapers!

P.S: Just yesterday one of my sisters exclaimed..Wow! How pretty she is!! Well she was talking about my new diaper bag! And I thought…! Anyways this bag is the most chic diaper bags/purses of mine! And I’m surely going to take it along everywhere I go, at least for an year or two!

** We were sent the ReeBaby diaper bag for the purpose of a fair and honest review. All the opinions and images are my own.

 

 

Let’s Meet on Happy Parents Junction

I’m so happy to announce it to you that Bella Happy Baby India is hosting a Facebook event for all the mommies and daddies to help them get all of their parenting questions answered. Remember I did a review of the Bella Happy Disposable Diapers here on The Mommy Blog? If you haven’t read it yet then so can do it now! :)

And the best part of the event is that I was approached by the Bella Happy Baby team to be one of the Chief Blogger Advisers for this wonderful event! And I literally did a little happy-dance and instantly said “Yes”! What better can I wish for? Alhamdulillah!

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So here I’m sharing the details of the events, so you can come over and get your questions answered!

It’s a 3-day Facebook event named “Let’s Meet on Happy Parents Junction” hosted between 2:30 to 3:30 PM from 11/9/2014 to 13/9/2014. You can tune in to Facebook and ask your questions on diet, cloth diapering, baby food, toddler tantrums, and anything baby!! We will be more than happy to serve you!!

So all lovelies be there tomorrow at 2:30 PM to enjoy together, this new adventure called ‘parenting’!

See you there!! Cheers X

haajra

Handmade Gift for Teacher’s Day

The Big Thing was very excited about her first Teacher’s Day. Especially since she got a whole set of ‘new/first’ teachers for her life, who she completely adores! We planned this a couple of days in advance. Though I could not decide on any thing in particular. I had a bunch of ideas in mind!

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So the first thing we decided on were the beautiful handmade flowers that were made by one my co-sisters. The Big Thing loved them so much that she wanted to give them to her teachers. And I thought it would be a wonderful idea if she could write notes for her teachers, that could go along.

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Instead of having a plain white paper with regular brown envelope. I decided on getting her some coloured paper stocks so she could make them some handmade cards. Out of 6 teachers, she shortlisted to only 4 including his class teachers.

As for me, I intend to experiment with something new and decided to make paper bag from a normal envelope. So on Thursday I started making envelopes while I waited for the Big Thing to decorate them and write notes for her teachers.

When she was back from school. We both sat together and I helped her write down the notes and she loved decorating the envelope in her own way. She’s being taught ‘shapes’ at school so she made different shapes.

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{Inside: A Handmade Card, some chocolates and a handwritten note}

And here’s the finished product!

We also made this special little card for her first class teacher.

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Since this is an annual event. I’m sure she will be able to do it better the coming year Insha’Allah! Until then let’s love our teachers for loving us so much!

 

 

 

Four Photos | August 2014

This series Four Photos reminds me of taking more and more pictures every month. And I’m sure I will cherish all these moments for years to come.

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^^ I took this snapshot from our television when both the girls were busy watching ‘Tangled’. And since we don’t watch too much of TV. It was a wonderful two-on-one time with the girls.

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^^ This month we got to attend one beautiful wedding and I just tried to capture this row of lights while the Big Thing was busy playing around.

P.S: I also got myself a beautiful picture with our ‘I-don’t-like-to-look-in-the-camera/I-hate-smiling-when-you-are-photographing’ daughter, which is an achievement indeed!!

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^^ Oh! This! I just got a bit ‘more’ creative with these Rubbabu Toys we were sent for a review. The review will come up soon, until then let’s spread “L O V E”.

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^^ And how can I forget this one?? The Husband gifted this to me! Alhamdulillah! It’s so wonderful and chic! I’m just loving this baby to bits! ( I know that’s what is called bad editing but excuse me, I was trying to use Photoshop for the first time)

 I strongly suggests all of you to try and capture little moments in life, so you can look back to see how much fun you have had while snapping them. So go get your cameras and start making some memories!!