RoohAfza is a thirst quencher and a great addition for mocktails and desserts. Apart from cooling, it possesses many health benefits. There are no artificial elements used in this syrup. Made with all natural ingredients like flower, roots, herbs, fruits, veggies, RoohAfza have a very energetic and refreshing effect in hot summer.
So, today in our Ramadan Special segment, glittercut.com brings to you a very commonly consumed drink, especially in Ramadan. RoohAfza.
Any snack if made right, could prove to be a beneficial catalyst in your struggle for weight loss along with many other enhancement to your health.
Chickpea chaat / Kabuli Chana Chaat / Garbanzo Bean Snack comes to your screens by glittercut.com in its Ramadan Special segment, making a valued addition to your many easy-peasy recipes.
Chickpea chaat loaded with protein and fibre is decadent and dripping delicacy which can make anyone go weak in the knees.
So, here it is:
Chickpeas (soaked overnight) 250 gm
Yogurt 250 gm
Cumin powder / zeera powder 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar 2 – 3 Tbsp
Apple 1/2 cup (chopped)
Pomegranate 1/2 cup arils
Mint leaves 1/4 cup (chopped)
Tamarind Chutney / Imli ki chutney (optional) for recipe, click here.
Wash and soak chickpeas in water overnight. Boil the chickpeas with some salt in a pressure cooker till tender. It should take around 15 -20 minutes to pressure cook. (NOTE: The cooking time may vary.). Once done, drain the chickpeas and set aside.
In a bowl, take yogurt add sugar, salt, cumin powder and mint leaves – mix it all well.
Just before serving, add the mixed yogurt to the chickpeas along with the chopped fruits.
Yes, you read it right. glittercut.com, in its Ramadan Special segment, brings to you your very own recipe of ice cream which is fried: fried ice cream :-p
This enticing recipe, I had first tried it at a sea side restaurant in the city of Athens, Greece. The hot and cold jolt of the dish was as hypnotizing as I found its name to be attractive on the menu card. And, the dish was beyond our intrigue and expectations, it was just outstanding.
However, over the years after the trip, I have now mastered the knack of fried ice cream.
Rich in nutrients, yogurt is a dairy product which has ‘n’ number of benefits. Be it weight management to protection against osteoporosis, yogurt does it all as it improves the immunity system of the body.
Yogurt intake combined with fruits, is a bonus. It becomes the source of high quality protein and has a synergistic effect on health as it combines various vitamins and minerals.
(Lassi, a sweet or savory Indian drink made from a yogurt or buttermilk base with water.)
Today, on glittercut.com, for our Ramadan Special segment, we have the easiest recipe for mango lassi.
Ingredients: serves 3
Yogurt 2 cups
Milk 1 cup
Mango 1 (peeled and cut)
Honey 1 Tbsp
Sugar 3 Tbsp
Vanilla essence 1 Tsp
Cardamom powder 1/2 Tsp
Ice cubes 4 – 5
Dry fruits chopped
In a blender, add mango, milk, yogurt, vanilla essence, sugar, honey, cardamom powder and ice cubes and blend till the ingredients turn into a thick smooth liquid.
Your lassi is ready.
Serve it in a glass and garnish it with dry fruits and sprinkle a pinch of cardamom powder at the top.
All over the world regardless of the ongoing season or the weather conditions, our desires, our wants and needs pay no heed. Rising with passing time, quenching the craves becomes a task. Feasible at a click of the button for some, while, regulating for the vital supply itself gets crippling for some.
The ratio of the crippling is way more than the haves.
Instances of both classes are spotted in our vicinity. At times, the contrast is distinct, but, many times to differentiate the indigent is confusing.
Shielded amour-propre refrains the impoverished from imploring, while expectations soaring their speculation of acquiring aid.
While the secret desire of the deprived remains cloaked, the glare of the leisure blocks the effluent from spotting the needful.
On the contrary, the benevolent irrespective of their financial holding selflessly reach out to the needy with available means, winning the ‘philanthropist’ title.
Helping comes with the pleasure of its own, the realization of the wonders every good deed can do.
Various channels of approaching the unfortunate are accessible. Charitable organizations or charitable events, they all aim to provide for the needy and deal with poverty one man at a time.
However, we don’t need to bank on such events or organizations entirely for helping the deprived.
Apart from dropping a dime in the charity box at the mall, or spending on a charity coupon, ways like feeding the poor, giving old clothes, distributing blankets or other essentials, setting up a water cooler in the neighborhood add to the list of admired charitable ways.
At times, the deserving may be contiguous to us in relation or distance. Mindfulness to their needs is what it requires to make the first step forward to provide support.
Upon giving alms, the giver is not helping the needy, but, instead is helping himself to become a better person, to be more empathetic, and helps himself to be more generous while expecting null in return. However, the sanctification of giving charity and the elation of easing the misery of a soul is indescribable. Yet, some boastful individuals brag about their blessed cause and let the value of the deed go in vain.
Negligent of the scar left on the hearts of the receiver by their hurtful act.
The mortified receiver strained by the circumspect acceptance of funds, already burdened by the affliction and compromising their dignity, generally, expect the giver to be attentive of their emotions.
All form of charity is a component of many religions and culture. Hence, being taught and inculcated in the young minds from an early age, building a sense of service to humanity.
Similarly, in Islam, charity throughout the year is instigated while in the holy month of Ramadan, charity by the name of Zakat has been made obligatory. Zakat, the third out of five pillars of Islam, is a term used for the 2.5% of the wealth, investment or savings to be paid to the poor and needy. (to know more about the Zakat and its terms and rulings, click here). Economists have confirmed the fact that if each believer makes the due payment of zakat and does not withhold it, poverty will surely be eradicated from the face of the Earth. Sadly, that is not the case yet.
There are various types of people in need depending on their situation, hence, broadening our opportunities for charity.
Generosity could be in the form of giving wealth, clothing, essentials, groceries and many other desired objects which eases the gainers’ situation to some extent.
However, it does not remain restricted to the same. If you possess knowledge of any kind, sharing it is charity. Helping any seeker in any manner without expecting any returns while not boasting is also a form of charity. To smile at someone is charity. Clearing the pathway of any obstacle to ease the passage for others is charity. Charity is also when you help a blind man cross the road. Showing directions to the lost is as well a form of charity. Helping out animals is also charity. planting trees as well is charity and the list goes on.
So, for reaching out and helping, you need not be rich or have a huge bank balance. Without these also you can be charitable and earn the rewards and be blessed.
Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allah said :
“Your smiling in the face of your brother is a charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is a charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is a charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is a charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is a charity for you.” Reference: Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1956, In-book reference: Book 27, Hadith 62, English translation: Vol. 4, Book 1, Hadith 1956
No good deed is small. A deed which may be minuscule for us might make an enormous difference in the life of the beneficiary. So, never belittle any act of help and seize every opportunity which comes your way, doing your part in making a life lead to a better future.
What are your thoughts on charity, and is there anything you would want to add to our post, let us know in the comments below?
I am nominated for the Vincent Ehindero Blogger Award by Shweta Suresh, creator and writer of Mr Random Ramblings. Short stories, tiny tales along with her many blogging recognition add to her successful persona. Visit her blog to know more about her. You will be dazzled as well. I can’t thank you enough. ❤
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Answer to Shweta’s questions:
What’s the last movie that you watched?
Miracle in cell no. 7
What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
Walk on the beach while getting wet in the rain.
What are you doing to beat the lock-down blues?
Workout, read, pray, cook and blog.
How long can you go without using your phone?
Only for the time I’m asleep while setting my phone on silent mode.
What do you most value in your friends?
Trustworthy and supportive
Do you have a favorite fictional character? What makes her/him your favorite?
Genie, from Aladdin has a great sense of humor while he is always by Aladdin’s side and supports him in every possible way with all his powers and charm.
Winter or Summer?
What is love, in your point of view?
Love, it can only be with a living thing, with objects, it is being merely materialistic. Love makes you want go out that extra mile and take that chance for the sake of keeping the spark burning. Love is accepting the complete package of and about the other person without any discretion.
What is your favorite movie or TV show?
Dynasty / Nailed it / 4 more shots please / Band Bajaa Bride
If you could time travel, where (when?) would you go?
I would want to go back to the time when I delivered my son and relive the moment as I really miss his initial 2 years and I feel I did not enjoy it as much I should have. Now he is growing up too quickly.
While being nominated for the award, I would like to nominate my blogging friends for the same;
‘An apple a day, keeps the doctor away’ – a quote we have been well versed with since decades.
As apples are extremely beneficial to us, being rich in fiber, minerals, vitamin C, antioxidants and potassium, it is most affiliated to cancer cures, cutting down on diabetes, helping with digestion and many more.
Keeping the same in mind, today, on glittercut.com we have prepared a light, flavorful apple milk for our Ramadan Special segment.
Ingredients (serves 3)
Apples 1 (cut into cubes)
Vanilla ice cream 2 scoops
Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
Sugar 2 Tbsp
Milk 1 1/2 cup
Vanilla essence 1/2 tsp
Rooh afzah (a concentrated fruit squash) 1 Tbsp (optional)
Rose water 1 Tbsp (optional)
In the blender, ad the cut apples, almonds, milk, sugar, Rooh Afza, cardamom powder, vanilla essence, and rose water. Blend all the ingredients really well till the fruit and the almonds are completely mixed with the ingredients without leaving any lumps in the drink.
Your drink is ready to serve.
If you do not have rooh afza, add sugar as per your taste. The rooh afza just adds the light pink tinge to your drink along with sweetening it.
You can peel the apples and almonds if your like it that way, however, I did not peel any of them and yet, the drink turned out to be delightful.
Do let us know in the comments below, if you have a new recipe to share with us.
Bananas when combined with milk is loaded with amazing nutrients, minerals, fiber and basic sugar. As bananas are a rich wellspring of nutrient B6, folate, nutrient C, magnesium, potassium and sugars. A glass of banana shake is sufficient to keep the stomach full for quite a while. Moreover, it comes with additional beauty enhancing benefits for our skin and hair.
We add chocolate to our banana shake as it makes it more delightful and is a treat for our taste buds.
So, today glittercut.com brings to you a very tempting, yet an easy recipe for Banana Shake.
Ingredients (Serves 1)
Milk 1/2 glass
Vanilla ice cream 3 scoops
Ice cubes 3 cubes
Vanilla extract 1/2 tsp
Rose water 1 tsp (optional)
Date honey / Honey 1 Tbsp (optional)
For garnishing (any one of these would do)
Dry fruits (chopped)
Chocolate syrup / chocolate sauce
Chocolate (of your choice)
To the blender, add milk, banana, ice cream, ice cubes, vanilla extract, rose water and date honey, and blend it all until the banana and all other ingredients form a tempting smooth drink.
In the empty serving glass / jar / mug, drizzle the chocolate sauce to the sides of the jar from inside and then pour the drink in it. Top it off with dry fruits, and finish the look by fixing a chocolate bar / piece into the shake sticking out a shown in the image above.
Is this the way you have your banana shake? let us know in the comments below.
In a bowl add all the chopped fruits, mix well while making sure you do not smash the fruits in the process. (you wouldn’t want to end up making a fruits puree out of all the vigorous mixing :p)
Once the fruits are mixed well, add the half cup of milk along with the cream or condensed milk. Dry fruits can also be added to the dish as per your preference.
Your fruit salad is ready.
Serve the fruit salad in the serving bowls or dishes, then top it off with a scoop of Vanilla ice cream, drizzle 1 tspn of Rooh Afzah syrup and on top of it all drop the pomegranate arils (seeds) and dry fruits. This makes the fruit salad look tempting, colorful and irresistible.
In your fruit salad, you can add any fruits, but, you can avoid watermelon, as it will make the fruit salad very watery and loose its authentic taste. Also, avoid guava as its seeds can be an impediment in relishing the dish.
Adding milk to the fruit salad keeps the apples and the bananas from turning black.
You can add condense milk or sweet cream depending how much more flavor you prefer to add.
Ice cream need not necessarily be vanilla, it can be any ice cream of your choice, but, it goes best with vanilla ice cream.
Fruits salad is best enjoy when had immediately, it can however refrigerated for a day or two.
Do let us know if you are a fan of fruits and how do you like to have your fruits, in the comments below.