Day 9 of the month of Ramadan 

Vegetable Pilaf

Rice pilaf's are quick to make, cheap and really tasty, I can't believe this is the first time I have ever made one. It is also a great way to use up the dregs in the vegetable drawer. Like a frittata or a casserole a pilaf is a flexible dish that lends itself to loads of different things. I have been meaning to make Spanish Rice for awhile and the success of this will definitely encourage me even more. Another great variation on this method is Coconut Rice.

Vegetable Pilaf with Parsley and Walnuts (serves 4)

1 small onion, small dice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 stalk celery, diced
2 small carrots, diced
½ green pepper, diced
1 tomato, de-seeded and diced
¼ cup fresh peas, shelled
1 cup basmati rice
2 cups chicken stock
salt and pepper
⅛ cup toasted walnuts
¼ cup parsley, chopped

1. Sweat the onion in the butter and oil over medium low heat until it begins to become translucent - about 3 minutes. add the carrot and celery and continue for another 2 minutes.
2. Add the rice and salt and pepper. If you are using bought stock go easy on the salt. Toast the rice for 3 minutes stirring regularly. Add the pepper, peas and tomato and stir together to heat then add the chicken stock.
3. Bring to a boil, cover, turn down to low and cook for 15 minutes.
4. Fluff with a fork, taste for seasoning and done-ness. Stir in walnuts and parsley and serve.


(23) Narrated 'Aisha: (The tribe of) Quraish used to fast on the day of Ashura' in the Pre-lslamic period, and then Allah's Apostle ordered (Muslims) to fast on it till the fasting in the month of ramadan was prescribed; whereupon the Prophet said, "He who wants to fast (on 'Ashura') may fast, and he who does not want to fast may not fast."  (Book #31, Hadith #117)

Wise Sayings 

There is no good in extravagence, however, there can never be extravagence in good deeds.


Today's Quran
Juz’ 9 – Al A’raf 88 - Al Anfal 40

Islamic Phrases

 "In the name of Allah."
We say this before bathing, praying, eating, drinking, cooking, or beginning any other activity.

Duas from the Quran.

Our Lord! Behold we have heard a voice calling us unto faith: "Believe in your Lord" and we have believed. (3:193)


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