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Shop Talk

Rooh-afzaah has become almost emblematic of Ramadan month and Iftaari. For years now this drink has, along with many other kinds, have been used to break the fast of Muslims all over the country. Due to its renowned colour and syrupy taste, it is extra popular among children during the Ramadan month. You can get this drink at about any shop for a good rate starting from around Tk. 100.

Air tight containers
The dilemma faced by all homemakers after each meal is over is definitely 'leftover management', finding the appropriate containers to store excess food have been an ordeal for all. Lock & Lock is a new type of airtight container that has hit the markets recently, in fact most of the departmental stores (the widest variety in Shop 'n Save) are carrying them. The prices start from Tk 100 and goes up to even Tk.1000 or more. You can use these to store food (especially left over iftaaris) and juices (they won't spill) in the refrigerator and even for other dry foods in your cupboard. They come in very attractive sizes and shapes from big to tiny. And best of all these containers are microwave oven proof- now isn't that's something.

Add a touch of decoration and elegance in your iftaari or dinner table by investing in beautiful tablemats. These can be found in an assortment of types. For special iftaari parties, you can buy those made of thicker textile. If you are looking for those easier to clean, buy the ones in plastic with a variety of prints on them. The plastic ones, you can find in any shop, the prices starting from Tk 100. If you want the more formal elegant ones, you can visit Jatra, Aarong or Anannya. These are a little more expensive but can be kept aside for special occasions. You can purchase a whole set from Jatra for Tk450, and in Anannya for Tk 980.

Alarm clock
One item that you will definitely need to keep beside you when you go to sleep, is something to wake you up on time, especially if you don't want to miss your sehri during the Ramadan month is the alarm clock. The price starts from Tk. 100 and can be bought at almost any departmental shop.

Religious Books
Once it was difficult to get good Religious books in English but now you can get them at almost any renowned bookshop from ETC to Words 'n Pages to even Boi Bichitra. The best part is that the prices aren't even so high, prices start at tk.350.

By Chadni Islam

A true taste of Asia

BY Tommy miah

Malaiwali Murgh
Sprinkle chicken with:
1/2 t salt
1 t ground cumin
1/2 t ground coriander
1/4 t ground turmeric
1/4 t cayenne
some black pepper
Set aside for about an hour in a covered dish. Put it in the fridge, obv.

6-7 cloves garlic
1 philadelphia inch ginger
in a blender till smooth. Add about 1/2 C water to facilitate this. Or use a hammer. Brown about 3lb chicken in hot oil till - um - brown. Set aside till they're all done.
Hack up one onion (this is humour) and brown it in the above oil till very dark gold. Add that garlic/ginger paste till the water evaporates and you start to see the oil again. Add some spices:
1 t ground cumin
1 t ground coriander
1/4 t turmeric
1/4 t cayenne
Stir and fry for about half a minute. Add 2 medium sized peeled, chopped tomatoes.
I use a can of them, and whirl them in the blender till they are smoosh.
Turn the heat down to simmer and cook this whole mess for 3-4 minutes, stir in:
4 Tbsp plain yoghurt
Stir this in one T at a time, making sure it's all mixed in before adding more.
Otherwise it curdles. Then add:
1 C water
Any juice that oozed out of the chicken
1 t salt
the chicken
Bring to a boil and cook, covered, till the meat falls off the bones.
Uncover, add:
1 t garam masala
6 TBSP whipping cream
Mix well, then cook uncovered till the sauce is reduced and thickish. There is a lot of goop on the bottom of the pan, stir this up as best you can without slobber.

Shikampuri Kabab
Mutton pieces (from the leg) 1/2 kg,
Chana dal (split gram)1/3 cup,
Ginger-garlic paste 1 tablespoon,
Chilli powder 2 teaspoons or to taste,
Green chillies, whole 3-4 or to taste,
Salt to taste,
Black cardamom 4,
Bay leaves 4,
Cinnamon sticks 4,
Cloves 6,
Yoghurt 1/2 cup,
Garam masala powder 1-1/2 teaspoons,
Green chillies, finely chopped 2-3,
Fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped 1/3 cup,
Fresh mint leaves, finely chopped 2 tablespoons,
Lime juice 3 or 4 tablespoons,
Fresh cream or hung yoghurt 1/2 kg,
Eggs, lightly beaten 2,
Oil or ghee to fry.

Place cream or hung yoghurt in the refrigerator overnight or until firm. Put the meat along with the spices into a pot. Cover with water and boil until the meat is tender and all the water has evaporated. Remove from the pot and discard the chillies and whole spices. Grind the meat to a fine paste without adding water. Add the yoghurt, garam masala powder, coriander leaves, mint leaves and lime juice to the ground meat and mix well. Divide the meat mixture into equal parts (approximately 20 or 22). Take a portion of the paste and roll it into a ball between your palms. Flatten slightly and make an indentation in the centre of the meat, like a small cup. Fill this indentation with a small spoonful of the cream or yoghurt and fold the ground paste over to seal. Make all the kebabs in this way and dip in beaten egg, shaking off any excess, and fry in hot oil or ghee until golden brown.

2 pounds lamp chunks
2 cups water
2 teaspoons Ras El Hanout
1/4cup honey
1/4cup olive oil
1/2 cup whole blanched almonds, toasted
1/4 cup raisins

Heat oven to 345 degrees.
Coat the lamb with Ras El Hanout spice. Place spiced lamb in a 5-quart pot with an appropriate lid.
To the pot, add the water, honey and olive oil
Bake in the oven for about 2 hours until the meat tenderises.
Remove the meat from the pot and keep warm. Remove extra oil.
To the pot, add the raisins. Boil until the raisins are fully cooked and the stew has thickened.
Return the lamp to the stew. Bring back to boil for about 2 minutes.
Decorate with the toasted almonds. Serve with warm bread, or with cooked Saffron rice, Raisins and Almonds.

News flash

Iftar at Sheraton
Enjoy an array of Iftar delights at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel from traditional sweets like Jeelapi, Fruit Rossomalai, Zarda, Payes, Semai, Sandesh, Mousse, Cream Caramel, Pitha to delicious fruits from the selection of sliced fresh seasonal fruit, fruit cocktail, fruit yoghurt, dates, dry apricot, and pears.

Savour the chefs' exquisite Iftar special from the range of Alo Chola Chatt, Chicken Chat, Babaganouj, Khoriatike, Fattoush, Khair Bil Laban, labenh, Mixed salad, Olive Pickle, Achar, Chutney, Rice Puff. Also try our special Halim with garnish, Piazo, Beguni, Pakora, Aloo Chop, Singara, Cutlet, Fried Gram, Dabri or Pindi Chana, Nehari, Mughlai Paratha, Tehari.

The month long buffet Iftar temptation will start from the first of Ramadan and will continue until the end of the holy month at the Bithika Restaurant. Alternatively take away traditional Iftar Boxes are also available. Or you may additionally take away traditional Iftar items such as Halim, Jeelapi, and other delicious items that are available from the Bithika Restaurant.

LS Desk

Hanging out

Hello Fried Chicken
The recent findings of the mobile court have put off many people from eating outside. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try. After all what's the point of living if you are so afraid of dying (from what you eat). With that ominous line in mind check out Hello Fried Chicken. Besides, there are so few places to go to for an adda that a food shop is the best alternative. Also, in Hello you can rest assured that they are serving healthy food or so the mobile court has verified.

The place serves the typical but decent meals regular fast food visitors will be well accustomed to. If you love French fries then don't count on this place to make your mouth water. Skinny fries without much taste. I guess that's what the ketchup is for.

There are regular single meals of chicken broast, rice, burgers or nuggets. When ordering chicken for more than one person check out their 'packages' so to speak. Whereas a single chicken dinner is 185 taka a family meal for three is 520 taka. Do the maths.

They also offer items for the diet conscious. There is the deep fried vegetable burger that you can wash down with a soda. Hmm, doesn't sound too healthy does it? There is a better alternative that includes soup, salad, steamed chicken with yogurt dressing and coffee all for 150 taka. There's another item on the menu you might want called Wonder Salad that has so far remained a wonder. If you are really in the mood to experiment there are also the fish burgers.

There are two outlets of Hello Fried Chicken. One is in Plaza A.R. in Dhanmondi and the other is in the food pavilion in Bashundhara City. The ambience is what you would expect of a fast food joint especially the one located in Bashundhara City. Lots of people creating a loud noisy atmosphere for you to loudly, noisily join in. It's not fancy restaurant cuisine you are having so the ambience is just perfect.

By Ehsanur Raza Ronny


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