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It’s time to be happy again!

Hiya!

Before I celebrated my little bloggie’s first birthday, I was rather despondent. I could blame it on my pms or on something else, but I am doing neither. Instead, I decided to be happy again and put it behind me. 😛

My husband and I are both foodies and we enjoy eating out a lot.  It is also because we get to spend time together. Sadly that hardly happens anymore when we are at home because internet plays the spoiler.  But when we are out and there is no active mobile data, it is just the two of us doing what we love, together. Sometimes I feel we should really be taken and dropped in some prehistoric era for good. I wish! Yes, the two of us share a common love for history, culture and geography too :-).

We frequent Yemeni restaurants a lot. But this time I wanted to get some pics clicked so that I can put it up here on my blog.  Now, what can I say? Yemeni cuisine is healthier, tastier, satiating and yes, affordable! Isn’t that wonderful? 😛

Yemeni restaurants are themed with beautiful landscapes of the historically and culturally rich Yemen. It is disheartening to see lives being taken away or threatened along with our rich past and heritage. And all this in the name of GOD. What a Pity! Sorry for getting carried away, a myriad of thoughts keep fighting for their share of space here. If you have been to a Yemeni restaurant before or if you are a vegetarian you might as well  skip the rest of my post but if you haven’t let me show you how it is, a traditional Yemeni cuisine.

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My Di :-*
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How I love being clicked. And there are cushions too 🙂

Another interesting thing that is the availability of private rooms where we can be comfortable, relaxed and enjoy our food without worrying about being disturbed. Isn’t that great?   People in the Middle East respect food and believe in equality before it. So we eat from one plate and that too with our hand ( I have no complaints at all).

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Ta Da! Ready to gorge.
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On a closer view.

Maraq or lamb broth is always served at the beginning of the meal.  We ordered Chicken Madhbi with rice and dry liver( oops! I forgot the name). There is also the famous Chicken Mandi with rice and Chicken Madfoon with rice. The rice is Basmati  mixed with spices and is same for all the three dishes which differs in the way the meat is cooked. For Mandi, it is cooked in Tandoor, for Madfoon the meat is buried and cooked under coal and for Madhbi the meat is roasted. If you are a gravy person you might  not enjoy it much but it is definitely worth a try.  Sahawiq is a tomato based Yemeni sauce that comes along with the rice. Mulawah, the Yemeni bread was also served along with a salad.  And they were all delicious, even the rice.

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For some more posing 😛
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Need anything? Just ring the bell.

I heard banana with milk is  very popular and so are their desserts. This time we decided to skip the desserts, though. Guilt finally caught up, I say. 😦 How can Arabic dinner be Arabic dinner without the Arabic tea? :-O

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Cheers! 🙂

Oh! The feeling you get after drinking Arabic mint tea, heavenly. Coming from a non-coffee, non-tea person like me it is definitely worth a try. And with this post I am back to being my happy self again. Happy eating! 🙂

Love,

Shruti.

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Yours deliciously, Miss Kanafeh

I feel happy and grateful for the fact that being 27 never stops my friends or relatives from pampering  me with chocolates when they visit. What more can I ask for, the chocolate lover that I am! 😉 .

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The one that’s missing is already in my tummy. 😉

Forgive me for the drifting off topic guys. ‘Happy Shruti’ always gets carried away. Aah! Nevermind 😛

Presenting to you the Levantine Beauty, Miss Kanafeh and her faithful companion, Mr Sugar syrup. I have never tasted anything more divine than the Kanafeh and keep returning for more even though the frequent indulgence costs us a fortune on the health side. Irresistible, that one is! _20150720_085134-2  Kanafeh is basically a pastry which has soft white cheese sandwiched between the two pastry layers. The pastry layers are of three types:

1) Khishnah- made from thin noodle threads

2) Na’ama- made from semolina dough ( choose this if you aren’t the crunchy type)

3) Mhyara- a mix of both Khishnah and Na’ama

The Kanafeh is always accompanied by a thick sugar syrup mixed with few drops of rose or orange blossom water which is then poured over the Kanafeh before just before eating it. There are different variants of Kanafeh, each delicious and distinct in its own way. I have tried only three of them and loved them all. IMG-20150720-WA0000-2 Can you see soft white cheese in the above picture? This Kanafeh was from a Yemeni restaurant, it was slightly burnt though. Nevertheless, it was yummy.

Such savoury delights should never be missed. If you haven’t tried it before, do it the next time you meet Lady Kanafeh and her friend Mr Sugar syrup. I will be back with more beauties to stimulate your gustatory perception, till then eat what you love and always burn them down! Love, Shruti