Dilbar Kebab


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Ramadan Mubarak to everyone 🙂 Here’s a simple recipe for Iftar.

dilbar kebab noorsrecipesIngredients

  • Kheema/ minced lamb meat – 1/2 kg
  • Finely chopped onion – 4 tbsp
  • Finely chopped garlic – 4 cloves
  • Green chilies – 5-6
  • Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup
  • Besan/ gram flour- 4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds -1 tsp
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Garam masala powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Egg – 1 (optional)
  • Oil – 2tbsp + for shallow dry
  • Salt – as required

For stuffing

  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Finely choppedGreen chilies – 3-4
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves – 1/4 cup
  • Finely chopped ginger – 2 inch piece

Method

  • Heat oil in a pan. Add bay leaf, then add onion and garlic, fry lightly, add cumin seeds and green chilies
  • Now add kheema and fry well. Add the besan, mix well and allow to cook
  • While the kheema is getting cooked, prepare the stuffing. Mix all the ingredients for…

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Dal Makhni


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Ingredients
  • Black Gram / Urad whole – 1 cup
  • Finely chopped onions – 1 large
  • Tomatoes – 2 medium
  • Ginger-garlic paste  – 1 tsp
  • Slit green chillies – 3
  • Cumin seeds / zeera – 1tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Kasoori methi – 3/4 tsp
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Fresh cream – 1/2 cup + 1 tsp for garnish
  • Butter – 4 tbsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
Method
  • Wash and soak black gram over night. Pressure cook with 2-3 glasses of water for about 2 whistles. Do not over cook unless you like it that way
  • Add 3 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp oil (adding oil helps the butter from burning) in a kadai
  • Add cumin seeds, once it crackles add the onions and fry till slightly brown. Meanwhile dice the tomatoes and make a puree
  •  Ginger-garlic paste to be added now and fried till the…

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Why education is the best gift you can ever get.


It’s Sept 5th — Teacher’s Day, and what better blog than a one on how education will always remain the best gift.

Whatever I am today, I owe it to my mother and nobody else. She was the driving force behind me all through and stood by me through thick and thin.

Sometimes I wonder, what would I be without her. Without her unconditional love, the determination to see her children succeed, and her perseverance to give her children the most amazing gift of all time – EDUCATION.

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It’s a wonderful and precious gift, the value which one realises as we grow, learn, and take on new challenges in life. Here’s what education has taught me in life:

Makes you a better person

‘Being Human’ is not an easy task. We all have our imperfections and that’s what makes us beautiful. But, education attempts to correct your imperfections. It gives you a sense of being, it teaches you to value those around you, to be grateful, and to be kind. When you are a better person, your worst temptations are kept at bay.

You’re more tolerant

Education just doesn’t mean studying in the best institutions, though it does play a great role in how we turn out as people. With education, you undoubtedly learn tolerance toward people who are different from you, no matter caste, creed, race, religion, and gender. You weigh the circumstances and learn to control your reactions that can put you in hot soup. Rather you accept people the way they are. In today’s world, we meet a multitude of people, and we just learn to accept people the way they are without being too judgemental.

To be grateful

We don’t realise how being grateful can help us realise the value of life and our dear ones. When we are grateful, it reinforces untold trust, and respect with the other person. Being thankful for life’s simplest pleasures and joys is matchless to say the least. So, take time to thank those around you 🙂

Boosts your confidence

We are all chasing our dreams every single day – big or small.  You don’t let things bog you down, you keep going, and that’s what makes you confident — to take on anything that life throws at you. You learn from mistakes, and take it as a stepping stone to success. Confidence makes you fearless. And life is about facing your fears. Right?

Thank You Mum, for all beautiful things you taught me.

For giving me the right to education, to be a working woman, and more importantly, to be sane in an insane world!

I can’t thank you enough!

Facebook – More than a social network.


Social Media is no more a buzz word. It’s an integral part of our personal and professional life. From breaking news to sharing your holiday pictures, Social Media usage has grown in leaps and bounds. One such social network that has changed the way we use the internet is ‘Facebook’.

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Mark Zuckerberg got it bang on right with a social platform that is working wonders for individuals and businesses in every nook and corner of the world. Yes, you heard it right! ‘Businesses’.

Facebook is big business. Consider the below statistics:

  • 1 billion total monthly active users
  • 600 million monthly active users on mobile
  • 1.5 million total number of monthly active Facebook advertisers
  • 92% of social marketers use Facebook advertising

Advertisers and brands are thronging to Facebook to create Pages/Apps hoping they will be the talk of the town. What started in a college dorm, has transformed the way the world connects to its customers. I don’t view Facebook as just another social network. It’s a platform where advertisers ‘buy and sell’. The purpose of Facebook is connecting individuals to what they want best. You ‘Like’ what you see and, you see what you ‘Like’. It’s a custom world out there. And Facebook is your very own online newspaper.

Businesses are tapping into Facebook’s advertising potential like never before. With its many advertising options, Facebook seems the preferred choice of vehicle for marketers.

Being into Social Media Marketing for the past 4 years now, I can vouch every client wants to be present on Facebook and know what’s in store for them. With Mark Zuckerberg releasing new features by the day, brands are tapping and exploring its many options to connect better with its customer base.

Facebook is more than your personal profile and those hundreds of friends you add. It’s a goldmine of data sitting to be tapped, explored, and connected!

What are your thoughts?

Source for Facebook statistics

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Ramzan Special – Delectable Shami Kebab!


Posting from Noorsrecipes.com Blog dedicated to mum and her love for cooking! It’s the month of Ramzan – the month of peace, prosperity, and good food! This Ramzan, we are trying our hand at some of Mum’s yummiest dishes. Try them out and make your Iftar all the more special. Get set on a gastronomical adventure!

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It’s the month of Ramzan – the month of peace, prosperity, and good food!

This Ramzan, we are trying our hand at some of Mum’s yummiest dishes. Try them out and make your Iftar all the more special.

Get set on a gastronomical adventure!

noors recipes shami kebab

Ingredients

  • Mutton Kheema – 2 cups
  • Chana dal – 1/2 cup
  • Egg – 1 large
  • Ginger garlic paste – 2 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp Pepper corns – 10-12 Green chili – 4-5
  • Coriander leaves – handful
  • Mint leaves – 15 leaves
  • Oil – 2 tbsp + for frying
  • Salt as required

Method

  • Pressure cook the Channa dal for 2 whistles using little water
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a Kadai. Add ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute
  • Add the washed and drained kheema and…

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Cracking the Facebook News Feed algorithm


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Fall of Facebook Organic Reach
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Facebook has over 1.32 billion users! The social networking giant dominates the internet space with 33% of all users.
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With these mind boggling statistics, it’s hard to ignore this magic platform for your business.

But once you are on it, what will keep your mind ticking is the ever changing and tricky, Facebook News Feed. By now, you are very well aware of Facebook’s algorithm called ‘EdgeRank’ which pushes content that a user wants in his/her News Feed.

The three variables that EdgeRank considers are – Affinity, weight, and time decay.

So yes, organically if you want to reach more users and customers, it’s a tough nut to crack. The way to get going on Facebook is to push content that is well-written and eye-catchy on a user’s News Feed.

With more and more users, changing their News Feed settings, and choosing on what they would like to see and read, getting on your user’s News Feed is the key to Facebook marketing.

Taking the paid route is an easy way to control your user’s News Feed, but once you are there, what matters is your CONTENT. Content is the only recipe to success on Facebook.

Many users think organic posts by most businesses are very promotional – most Pages brag about their business/product/service/contests. To make your content credible, it is important that you follow the 80/20 rule – dedicate 80% to content that engages your audience and 20% to promote your brand.

By doing this, you strike a balance and reach users that want to see and hear more of you. This way they build a history of interaction with your Page and content.

Facebook’s new update to the News Feed means, less of content that is promotional will be shown to users beginning January 2015. The way to Organic reach is only getting complex.

Invest in a paid way or a content strategy that will get you the far-fetched ‘Reach’ you are chasing.

Read more on the update to News Feed

To Mum, with love


As a child, I was extremely attached to my mother. Her presence gave me a sense of security and kept my fears at bay.
Even when she was in the company of friends/relatives, I would go every now and then to catch a glimpse of her.
That was Mum. Simply magical!

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There is no person who can understand and forgive you for all your disobedient behavior but a mother.
Unconditional love and care is what a mother showers all her life – the two ingredients to happiness in life.
What strikes you about a mother are innumerable qualities but her enduring quality is her strength to love despite all the odds and pain in life.
Her ever-smiling face and forgiveness melts your heart away.

I remember reading Mitch Albom’s ‘For One More Day’, where Charley Benetto yearns to spend a day with his mother who died eight years earlier.
Micth portrays a mother with all her innocence and confidence that everything is going to be all right. Here, Charley remembers the times when his mother stood up for him and he let her down. It’s a beautiful journey of each one of us. It reinforces the fact that it is love that makes the world a safer place. Charley wants to turn back time and seek forgiveness for all his follies as a child and a young man.

We are all like Charley; we have an urge to set things right so life can be little happier and less stressful but forget that it all begins at home with our parents.

I miss my Mum and wish for a day, a moment with her to seek forgiveness for my childish behavior, tantrums and selfishness.
But a mother is ever forgiving. She has a big heart and loves you for what you are – the imperfect person that we all are.

I love and miss you Mum, each and every moment.
Get hold of Mitch Albom’s ‘For One More Day’ and read the most beautiful relationship and story of all our lives.

Fighting Cancer


After a long gap, I’m writing a new Blog post. It’s the New Year and 2012 ended on a sad note for me.
Having lost my Mother to cancer, my dreams came crumbling down. Life seems clueless but I have to bring it back on track.
I want to do my best to spread awareness on the killer disease that can devastate the individual and the family.

Image Courtesy: Pinterest
Image Courtesy: Pinterest

When the news of my Mother’s illness broke, I was reduced to tears. I cried buckets and still do. It was my Mum’s spirit to fight cancer and her positive attitude to life, that made me stronger. But, the disease overpowered my Mum’s willpower and determination.

I urge all women to make health the top most priority in their life. No doubt, a woman is the pillar of strength to her family but health is vital.
A woman’s body is ever changing. Despite the episodes and significant events in her life, (Eg. Childbirth), there are many a women who take health as a setback in life.

My Mother lost to breast cancer, the second most debilitating cancer in women after ovarian cancer. According to studies, one in 2,000 women will develop breast cancer by the age of 29, one in 22 will have had it before they hit 60. Hence, self examination will help diagnose cancer early on.
The five most common signs of breast cancer include lumps, change of skin texture, rash or crusting, change in appearance of nipples and nipple discharge.

Five steps for breast self-examination: (Source: breastcancer.org)
– Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. If you see any changes, such as dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin, redness, soreness, rash, or swelling, visit the doctor at the earliest
– Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.
– While you’re at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).
– Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast
– Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting.

Health checks for women if they notice any breast changes is necessary and should not be delayed.
Women ages 40 to 49 should talk with their doctor about when to start getting mammograms. A woman aged between 50-70 years, should have a screening mammogram (breast x-ray) every two years.

Please pass the information and sound advice to all women you know.
As they say, prevention is better than cure. There are cancer survivors across the globe but after having seen a close and loved one, lose to cancer, the pain and suffering is unimaginable.

Let’s do our best to educate people on matters of health.

You can follow my board on Pinterest called ‘Fight Cancer’ at http://pinterest.com/raziakuvale/fight-cancer/

Children and happiness, ingredients for a happy life!


There is no greater joy than the twinkle in a child’s eye, and the ringing laughter that can make your day as bright as ever. They give you unconditional love and are oblivious to sadness. Being with a child makes one forget the mundane things in life.
But, we have ridiculous incidents of child battering in our society, which is horrifying and only leads to anger.

Picture this, Major (retd) Lalit Balhara and his second wife Preeti Balhara are guilty of battering a minor boy and trying to kill him after the victim’s mother, herself an Army captain, had died in 2000. The boy now 13 is a victim of ‘battered baby’ syndrome.

The monster parents have been sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment but will it bring back little Shaurya’s life? His childhood has been tarnished leaving dark tales and horrifying situations.

This is one of the few shocking incidents that children are subjected to in our society. When parents become monsters, it’s but a tragedy for the child whose innocence and childhood is taken away and dreams smashed. It leaves you stunned and stoic. In a society like India, we look upon parents as Gods, who have the right to our life and life’s important decisions. Yet, we fail to realise the effect that this glorified status leads to.

Children are victims of physical and sexual assault, which leaves them depressed and deprived of love and care. They are tormented and need a whole lot of love and time to recover from the past. A child is raped by her father, and tortured for personal and monetary pleasures. Yet there is no severe punishment meted out. No stringent laws to safeguard a child’s right to live.

Does this leave you fuming? Does the anger lead to laws that help children live a life free of greed and hatred? These are but the follies of man, in a society that has been plagued by evil.

Let’s make the world a beautiful place for our children. Let there be bursts of laughter and broad smiles on every child’s face 🙂