Maamoul Cookies / Date Filled Semolina cookies

Maamoul cookies or date filled semolina cookies. A famous Arab dessert which is usually made on festival time. Mouth melting, scented and lightly sweetened date stuffed cookies taste divine.

These cookies can be made with different fillings, like dates, pistachios, walnuts, almond or fig. Cookie dough shaped with a wooden mould. And most interesting is it’s shape depends on filling so that people can recognize the filling by it’s shape. Date filled maamoul cookies are flat topped and round shaped, pistachio filled are oval shaped and walnut filled are dome shaped. I don’t have maamoul mould so used my sandesh mould and fork. Place the date filled balls on baking tray and press with any mould or fork to give shape.

But now I have to order a maamoul mould. I will update the pictures when I can get it. You can get some more cookies recipe here.

Ma’amoul (Arabic: معمول‎ [mɑʕmuːl] also spelled m’aamoul, m’amul, m’aamul) is a filled semolina cookie found in Arab regions made with dates, nuts such as pistachios or walnuts and occasionally almonds, or figs. Ma’amoul are usually made a few days before Christmas, Easter, or Eid, then stored to be served with Arabic coffee and chocolate to guests who come during the holiday. It is popular throughout the Arab world, especially in the Arabian peninsula. They may be in the shape of balls, domed or flattened cookies. They can either be decorated by hand or be made in special wooden moulds. Ma’amoul with date fillings are often known as menenas, and are sometimes made in the form of date rolls rather than balls or cookies. Source – Wikipedia

When Kalyani Sri who blog at Sizzlingtastebuds suggested the theme Emirati Eats for this week’s 265 #Foodiemonday bloghop, I immediately decided to share this maamoul cookies recipe. Because it is one of my most favourite cookie. Kalyani has a wonderful blog with many mouthwatering recipes. Her Sweet and salty digestive biscuit and Bangalore bakery style Om biscuits are in my list. I will try these recipes soon. Do visit her space for many healthy and delicious recipes.

As I mentioned above these cookies are lightly sweetened and sprinkled with powdered sugar. But this step is optional. You can enjoy these delicious cookies without sprinkling sugar.

Traditionally these cookies are flavoured with orange blossom water and rose water. But if you don’t have orange blossom water or rose water, you can still make these cookies. I have used rose essence and cardamom powder in the dough and orange essence in date filling. You can use cinnamon powder too. Pistachios, walnuts or fig can be used for filling instead of dates. Traditionally coconut are not used in these cookies but I have used 1 tablespoon desiccated coconut in the filling for taste. You can skip coconut or replace with pistachios or walnuts. I have used homemade melted ghee or clarified butter, you can use butter. If you are using salted butter omit salt.

Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1 & 1/4 cup

All purpose flour or maida – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup

Clarified butter/ghee or butter – 1/2 cup

Salt – a pinch

Milk – 1/4 cup

Rose essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For filling

Dates – 3/4 cup, pitted

Clarified butter/ghee or butter – 1 teaspoon

Orange essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 1 tablespoon, optional

Almond – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. In a large bowl mix semolina or suji, all purpose flour or maida, baking powder, powdered sugar, cardamom powder and salt. Mix with your hand.

2. Now add milk and rose essence. Knead to make a smooth dough. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.

3. Grind the almond. You can dry roast the almonds before grinding.

4. Grind dates into smooth paste. In a bowl mix ground almonds, dates, desiccated coconut, ghee or clarified butter and orange essence. Make small balls and keep aside.

5. Grease or line a baking tray with parchment paper. Preheat the oven at 180°.

6. Make balls with semolina or suji dough. Balls should be double in size than date balls.

7. Flatten the ball with your palm. Place date ball in the middle. Close the edges and make ball again. Press gently with your palm.

8. Arrange the balls on greased or lined baking sheet. Press with a mould to make design or press with a fork.

9. Bake the cookies for 20 – 25 minutes or till the cookies becomes light golden brown. For crispy cookies bake for a few minutes more or let it cool down in oven.

10. Let the cookies cool down completely. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the cookies. Serve or store in airtight container for later use.

Notes

1. Walnut, pistachio or fig can be used for filling.

2. If you have orange blossom water use it instead of orange essence, rose essence and cardamom powder.

3. Butter can be used instead of ghee or clarified butter. If you are using salted butter skip salt.

4. Sprinkling of sugar is optional, you can skip this step.

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Herbed Milk Bread With Honey

Herbed milk bread stuffed with sriracha sauce and Italian herbs. A super soft, flavorful and delicious bread with honey. For a change add grated cheese in the stuffing. You don’t need anything with it. Just slice and enjoy as a snack with your tea or coffee. Or make crisp toast and serve.

I have used warm milk to knead the dough because I love the soft texture of milk bread. But if you want to make it for vegan people use warm water instead of milk. I love this soft spicy bread as a snack. And for breakfast crisp toast.

You may like some more bread recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipes.

1. Focaccia with whole wheat and soybean flour

2. Cheesey bread

3. Whole wheat bread

4. Oats flaxseed whole wheat bread

5. Multigrain bread

6. Zimbabwe cornbread

7. Olive Jalapeno savoury cornbread

8. Gluten free vegan multigrain bread

This post is my contribution to Facebook group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine for Wheat Flour Savoury Baking theme suggested by Sasmita who blog at First Timer Cook. I always love her blog with beautiful pictures. Do visit her space for many healthy and delicious recipes. I am sure you will love her wonderful blog. I recently bookmarked her Eggless chocolate piped cookies and Vegan orange blueberry mini bundt cake to try. Check out the recipes of my fellow bloggers shared for this theme.

This bread is also made of whole wheat flour or atta but I also used 1 cup all purpose flour/maida for better texture. If you like you can skip all purpose flour/maida and use only whole wheat flour. Just increase the amount of whole wheat flour. I have used my most favourite sriracha sauce but you can use any chili garlic sauce or use green chutney or any chutney of your choice. For spreading chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, parsley, rosemary or any herbs can be used over sauce or chutney. Choice is your.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 2 cup

All purpose flour or maida – 1 cup

Dry yeast – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Honey – 1 tablespoon

Salt – 1 & 3/4 teaspoon

Vinegar – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Milk powder – 2 tablespoon

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon + for greasing

Warm milk – 1 & 1/2 cup

Sriracha sauce – 2 tablespoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Dried basil – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Mix yeast in 1/4 cup warm milk. Milk should be warm not hot. Add honey and stir well. Cover and keep in a warm place for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes it will becomes foamy.

2. In a large bowl mix whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, milk powder, salt, vinegar and oil. Mix well. If you want to add cheese in the stuffing then use 1 teaspoon salt only.

3. Make a hole in the middle and pour the yeast mixture and 1 cup slightly warm milk. Mix well. Knead the dough using remaining 1/4 cup warm milk. Add water as require to make soft and smooth dough. Dough will be sticky.

4. Sprinkle little flour on your cleaned kitchen counter and place the dough on it. Knead the dough for 8 – 10 minutes. You can use your kneading machine to knead the dough in less time. It will take 5 minutes in kneading machine.

5. Knead the dough by pressing with your palm and heel of your palm by pushing and stretching. Gather the dough and stretch it again. After kneading well dough will becomes less sticky. Make a ball with the dough and drop few times on the kitchen counter. Don’t use too much flour. Add little oil for easy kneading and make the dough non sticky.

6. Grease a bowl generously. Smear the dough with oil and place in the greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in a warm place for an hour or till the dough becomes double. Timing depends on the temperature of your place. Its summer time here so 1 hour is sufficient.

7. Grease baking pan and keep aside.

8. After 1 hour punch down the dough and knead again.

9. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or your oil greased palm. Roll or press the dough into flat and rectangular.

10. Spread sriracha sauce all over it. Sprinkle oregano and basil. You can use any herbs of your choice. You can also spread some grated cheese. See notes for more options.

11. Start rolling it from shortest side. After rolling pinch the seam well.

12. Turn the roll upside down. Cut the roll lengthwise from the center. Rotate both the pieces to place cut sides facing upwards. Place both pieces side by side.

13. Now make a braid with both pieces by overlapping each other. Place one side piece on other side piece.

14. Repeat the process and pinch the both ends. I have cut the braid into half. You can make half before rolling the dough. Make two separate rolls. Place the rolls carefully in greased baking pan or loaf pan.

15. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes or till it becomes double.

16. Preheat the oven at 190° for 10 minutes. Bake the braided bread in preheated oven for 40 – 50 minutes or bread becomes golden brown.

17. Take out the bread from oven and place on cooling rack.

18. Slice the bread after 1 – 2 hours or when the bread become completely cool.

Notes

1. You can use any grated cheese in stuffing.

2. You can use rosemary, parsley, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, mint or any herbs of your choice.

3. Schezwan sauce, pizza sauce or any chili garlic sauce can be used instead of sriracha sauce. Even you can use green chutney or any chutney of your choice.

4. You can use water instead of milk.

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Soya Nuggets Curry With Poppy Seeds, Coconut And Sweet Corn

Soya nuggets curry with poppy seeds, coconut and sweet corn. A delicious and flavorful curry with protein rich soya nuggets. Different aromatic spices, almonds and poppy seeds made this curry rich and absolutely delicious. A perfect accompany with naan, paratha, roti or any type of rice. You can also make this delectable curry with chicken, eggs or any non vegetarian dishes.

You may like some more recipes with soya nuggets, chunks or granules on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Soya loaf

2. Soya nugget korma

3. Protein rich soya nuggets

4. Spinach curry with corn and soya chunks

5. Soya egg shami Kabab

6. Soya paneer lollipop

7. Soya kofta balls in gravy

8. Oats soya green gram toast

9. Veg calzone

To make this curry you will need onion, garlic, poppy seeds, almonds fresh coconut, sweet corn and some aromatic spice powder. I have used paste of poppy seeds, ginger, garlic, coconut and almond to make thick and rich gravy. Cubed tomatoes made the curry attractive. You can also make this gravy with eggs, chicken or any non vegetarian dishes.

Recipe

Soya nuggets – 1 & 1/2 cup

Fresh coconut – 1/3 cup, grated or finely chopped

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup

Tomato – 2, cubed

Onion – 1, chopped

Ginger paste – 1/2 tablespoon

Garlic paste – 1/2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Clove powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Yogurt or curd – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Boil the soya nuggets with 3 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt. Let it cool down. When it cool down drain the water. Rinse 2 times with fresh water. Drain and squeeze well.

2. Cut the tomatoes in cubes.

3. Soak the almond in hot water. Peel the almonds when cool.

4. Grind the poppy seeds. When it becomes powder add soaked and peeled almonds, fresh coconut and 1 – 2 green chilli. Add 3 – 4 tablespoon water and make a smooth paste.

5. In a bowl mix yogurt, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, clove powder, cinnamon powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder. Whisk well.

6. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan or wok. Add cumin seeds and bay leaf. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add chopped onion and fry till onion becomes translucent.

7. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell goes out and onion becomes brown.

8. Reduce the heat to low and add spices mixed yogurt. Saute till oil leaves the sides. Stir continuously.

9. Now add poppy seeds, coconut, green chilli and almond paste. Saute till the mixture dried up.

10. Add cubed tomatoes. Saute for a minute. We don’t want the tomatoes mushy.

11. Add squeezed soya nuggets, sweet corn and salt. Mix well and saute till soya nuggets coated with spices.

12. Add water and 2 – 3 green chilli. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 15 minutes. If you want thick gravy add 1 cup water only.

12. Remove the cover add remaining 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder, mix and switch off the heat. You can add 1-2 tablespoon fresh cream I didn’t.

13. Garnish with sliced tomato, almond and coconut pieces. You can also garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, roti, paratha, puri naan or any bread.

Notes

1. Cashew nuts can be used instead of almond.

2. Add chilli according to your taste.

3. You can also make this gravy with eggs, chicken or fish instead of soya nuggets.

4. Fresh cream can be used at the end.

This post is my contribution to A to Z monthly challenge. Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every month. This month’s alphabet is letter P. And my star ingredient is poppy seeds.

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Herbal Tea

Herbal tea. Sharing my morning tea recipe today. Black tea with all the immunity booster ingredients. Every ingredient is full of numerous health benefits. You will love the aroma of boiling tea. No negative side effects shown of these common ingredients. But before using these supplements always talk to your doctor.

You can also try two more healthy drink Turmeric shot and Smoothie with turmeric and aloe vera .

These days everyone is taking kadha or different immunity booster food or drink using Ashwagandha, Giloy, Tulsi or Holy basil, cinnamon, nutmeg, raw turmeric, cumin, fennel seeds etc. I don’t have Ashwagandha so I didn’t use it. If you are living in a cold place then you can also add 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder.

I have used Tulsi or Holy Basil, Giloy stem, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, black pepper and lemon juice with tea leaves.

Now let’s see the health benefits of these ingredients.

Tulsi or Holy Basil or Queen of herbs. Yes this herb called queen of herbs. I remember my mother used to give Tulsi leaves juice with honey daily to my daughter and she never had cold or cough.

Many studies support the use of the entire plant of holy basil for human use and its therapeutic value. The nutritional value is also high, as it contains: vitamin A and C calcium zinc iron chlorophyll Holy basil has been shown to boost your body’s health in a variety of ways. It can help protect against infection, lower your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, ease joint pain, and protect your stomach. Source

Giloy

This age-old miraculous herb is also known as “Amrita” in sanskrit, which means “immortality.” In fact, according to the Ayurvedic experts consuming giloy on a daily basis can keep disease at bay. This is the reason why giloy extracts have been used as an active ingredient in several Ayurvedic medicines. Apart from that, giloy is one such ingredient that can be consumed in several ways. However, the stem of this plant has maximum nutrition. This might sound unbelievable, but according to the books of Ayurveda, Giloy can cure as well as prevent hundreds of diseases. Right from seasonal ailments like cold, cough, flu to stomach issues to diabetes to chronic arthritis, giloy has been used for its medicinal purpose since times immemorial. Source

Ginger or adrakh

Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. Ginger is one of the very few superfoods actually worthy of that term. Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. To read all the 11 health benefits of ginger click here.

Cinnamon or darchini

Cinnamon is a highly delicious spice. It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Modern science has now confirmed what people have known for ages. Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits. Source

Green cardamom or chhoti ilaichi

The seeds, oils and extracts of cardamom are thought to have impressive medicinal properties and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Cardamom is an ancient remedy that may have many medicinal properties. It may lower blood pressure, improve breathing and aid weight loss. What’s more, animal and test-tube studies show that cardamom may help fight tumors, improve anxiety, fight bacteria and protect your liver, though the evidence in these cases is less strong. Source

Bay leaf or tej patta

The presence of vitamin A and C along with folic acid and various minerals in bay leaf makes it a nutrient-dense herb. Bay leaves are commonly found in biryani, pulao, soups, curries and most Indian dishes. Also known as tej patta, this culinary herb makes for an integral part of the Indian cuisine, thanks to its distinctive flavour and fragrance. Apart from this, it is also known for its age-old medicinal properties. Scientifically known as Laurus Nobilis, bay leaves are used for treating various health conditions. Source

Cloves or laung

Cloves are best known as a sweet and aromatic spice, but they have also been used in traditional medicine. In fact, animal studies have found that the compounds in cloves may have several health benefits, including supporting liver health and helping stabilize blood sugar levels. This article reviews 8 of the most impressive health benefits of eating cloves.

1. Contain important nutrients.

2. High in antioxidants.

3. May help protect against cancer.

4. Can kill bacteria.

5. May improve liver health.

6. May help regulate blood sugar.

7. May promote bone health.

8. May reduce stomach ulcers. Source

Black pepper or kali mirch

Black pepper is more than just a kitchen staple. It has been deemed the “king of spices” and used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years due to its high concentration of potent, beneficial plant compounds. Black pepper and its active compound piperine may have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Laboratory studies suggest that black pepper may improve cholesterol levels, blood sugar control, and brain and gut health. Read all the 11 health benefits of black pepper here.

Lemon or nimbu

Research shows lemon water has many potential health benefits. Aside from those, adding lemon to your water may help you drink more throughout the day and keep you hydrated. Staying hydrated is critical to good health, so lemon water is pretty much a win-win. Here are seven ways your body may benefit from lemon water.

1. It promotes hydration.

2. It’s a good source of vitamin C.

3. It supports weight loss.

4. It improves your skin quality.

5. It aids digestion.

6. It freshens breath.

7.It helps prevent kidney stones. Source

Why I am sharing my morning tea? Well this week’s 263 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Herbal And Health suggested by Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen. Aruna suggested to share some herbal tea or anything with immunity booster ingredients. Aruna has a wonderful blog with different types of mouthwatering recipes. Her Chocolate and custard jelly cake and Sabudana coconut laddu is in my list to try. You can also visit her YouTube channel for recipe videos.

This recipe is for 3 cup of tea. You can increase or decrease the ingredients. You can also make it without tea and serve hot as kadha. Use black pepper powder or freshly crushed black pepper according to your taste.

Recipe

Tulsi or holy basil – 8 – 10 leaves

Tea leaves – 1 teaspoon

Ginger – 1 teaspoon grated or dry ginger powder

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece crushed or 1/2 teaspoon powder

Green cardamom – 2, crushed

Bay leaf – 1

Giloy stem – 1/2 inch

Cloves – 4 – 5 crushed or 1/4 teaspoon clove powder

Black pepper powder or freshly crushed black pepper – 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Lemon juice to taste

Water – 4 cup

Method

1. Crush the giloy stem with a mortar pestle. You can use 1/2 inch stem more but remember giloy taste bitter.

2. Crush the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. I have used cinnamon and clove powder. You can grind the cloves to make powder.

3. Tear up tulsi or holy basil leaves and bay leaf with your hands.

4. Mix all the ingredients with water in a pan or kettle.

5. Add black pepper powder to taste. I have used 1/8 teaspoon only.

6. Heat the pan or kettle. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Let it boil on low heat for 15 minutes.

7. After 15 minutes add tea leaves and switch off the heat. Steep the tea for 3 minutes. If you like strong tea boil for a few seconds more. Or if you like you can strain the tea immediately after removing from heat. I always steep the tea for 3 minutes.

8. Stir and strain the tea in teapot or cups. Add any sweetener of your choice. You can add jaggery powder, sugar, unrefined sugar, honey, stevia etc. Now add lemon juice and enjoy hot aromatic tea anytime.

Stay healthy stay happy!

Notes

1. This recipe is for 3 cup tea. You can increase or decrease the ingredients.

2. Use black pepper powder or freshly crushed black pepper according to your taste.

3. You can also make it without tea leaves and serve hot as kadha.

4. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon grated or powdered nutmeg or jaefhal.

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