Showing posts with label vegetarian. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vegetarian. Show all posts

Monday, January 22, 2024

Malaysian Vegetarian Korma Curry: A Culinary Harmony of Homegrown Flavors

Can I express how the aromatic wafts of Korma Curry permeate my home with a delightful warmth? Well, it's not merely about preference; it's a culinary delight, especially for my significant other, who has an insatiable craving for curry. Thus, approximately every two months, I embark on crafting a Korma dish, each time experimenting with a different twist (Muglai Style Vegetarian Korma). The variety comes not from drastic changes but subtle tweaks to the ingredients, creating a unique Korma experience on every occasion.

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Plant-Based Nasi Ulam/Herbs Rice: Culinary Sustainable Living at Nava's Zen

In the current global shift towards healthier living and sustainable practices, the spotlight on plant-based foods has intensified. Beyond our collective concerns for Earth's well-being and the urgent need to address climate change (Human Impact:Climate Crisis), plant-based living has emerged as a pivotal aspect of this transformative movement. This dietary choice (Lemongrass Rice) not only aligns with ethical and environmental considerations but also embodies a profound commitment to personal well-being.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Effortless and Flavorful: Easy Potato Sambal/Sambal Kentang Senang

Let's talk about potatoes - a versatile ingredient that offers countless cooking possibilities. Potatoes hold a special place in my household. Whether they're added to curries (Drumstick Potato Curry), stir-fried (Indonesian Potato Tauchu), or prepared as the beloved Potato Sambal, they are always a top favorite, especially on our meatless or vegetarian days. In a previous post, I shared my recipe for Vegetarian Potato Sambal. Today, I'm offering an even simpler version of this delicious vegetarian dish, designed for minimalists like me who prefer using pantry-friendly ingredients.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Rotkohl (German Braised Red Cabbage)

As the founder of Nava's Zen, I've often been asked about sharing recipes on our blog. While some may question my qualifications to speak about food and nutrients, let me assure you that I've extensively studied eating for the mind and happiness. You can check out my credentials on my Facebook or LinkedIn profile. Now, let's talk about Rotkohl, also known as German Braised Red Cabbage. You might be wondering if this dish is healthy for you, and it certainly can be! Even if you're new to German cuisine, Rotkohl's deliciously complex flavors are sure to win you over. I've even tweeted my version of the recipe, which has become a household favorite. Pair it with pork sausages or grilled pork chops for an authentic German experience. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for taking this culinary trip to Germany right from your own kitchen!

Monday, May 1, 2023

Thai Basil Tofu Stir-Fry (Vegetarian)

Looking for a tasty and healthy vegetarian recipe that is easy to make? This Thai (Vegetarian Thai Style Eggplant) Basil Tofu Stir-Fry is the perfect dish for you! This recipe is inspired by the classic Thai dish of Basil Chicken, making it a perfect meal for vegetarians (Vegetarian Thai Tomato Soup) and non-vegetarians alike. The secret to this delicious stir-fry is the combination of fresh ingredients that come together to create a complex and savory flavor. The tofu, a great source of protein, takes on the flavors of the aromatic basil, making it a well-rounded and satisfying meal. Additionally, Thai Basil Tofu Stir-Fry is incredibly versatile and can be customized to your liking, whether you prefer a spicier or milder flavor.

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Nyonya Vegetarian Pineapple Curry

People I know, those who started blogging at the same time as myself, are no longer blogging. They obviously have withdrawn from the blogging sphere for making their presence known in social media sites. Obviously, it is the trend. No two ways about it, mind you. I'm there as well. For me, social media sites are the jiffy for keeping my followers and fan updated on, basically, my life and style. Blogging on the other hand, is about nurturing my writing skills and also my stress buster. I will, for as long as I can, continue embracing this previous space of mine. The point to note, blogging is the go-getter for improving my writing skills. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Malay Style Turmeric Rice/Nasi Kunyit

Malay Style Turmeric Rice, the comforting to the soul dish, has been available on my YouTube channel for the last two years. But you see, the thing is? Not everybody prefer video recipes. Some, I believe, prefer a written recipe. Pretty much, summing up, why people like Ms.Nava are still blogging. I am and I stand by my opinion that recipe blogging is still relevant. Relevant and relevancy in my opinion. Correct me if I am wrong. Of course, you can correct me. Please go ahead. Meanwhile, while waiting for your reply whether you agree with my opinion or not, please allow me to proceed with the said recipe. Thank you millions.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Plant Based/Vegetarian Tofu Rendang

Namaskar Loves, no, I have not ditched my cooking segment, neither any of you who are my ardent fans of my recipes. Just that, gosh, let me not start again, on being fully occupied with my time. No need, and lets get to the recipe. Plant Based/Vegetarian Tofu Rendang. To tell you the truth, I'm a major, massive lover of tofu. I love, love, sincerely love tofu. Affordable, for the varies types of tofu as well and tofu, easily converted to a dish. However, bear in mind that, tofu by itself can be rather bland. Henceforth, we need to uplift the taste of tofu alongside other ingredients. Neh, not a major brain cracker and for the ideas, please refer to these recipes of mine - Vegetarian Tofu Sambal, Mapo Tofu, Tofu Katsu, Masala Tofu & Tofu Curry

Monday, December 12, 2022

Vegetarian Devil/Debel Curry

Its the devil! Hahaha! No, no, not like some of the human devils we know or we bump into. This one, Vegetarian Devil, aka Debel Curry is a fiery, spicy and thundering with lotsa of flavors Portuguese/Eurasian curry. Remember, if you still recall, even if you can't, let me attach those non-vegetarian devilish Portuguese/Eurasian dishes. Here we go - Mutton Devil Curry, Devilled Prawns & Chicken Devil Curry. This latest devil, the vegetarian devil, trust me, believe me - is my own invention. I created this Vegetarian Devil/Debel Curry. Ditto. Enough said, to the recipe now.  Oh, by the time you read this recipe pitching of mine, I will off for my solo travel, the first after the pandemic. See all of you loves sooner or later. Take care!

Update - I'm back home and once I returned home, all hell broke loose. I will tell you which hell it was, in the next pitching. 

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Vegetarian Tofu Sambal (Malaysian Style)

Hi loves, 
How are all of you doing? I bet  you are doing well and good. As for me, as I have repeated myself, over and over again, its packed to the rim, from the ground for strengthening my business, Nava's Zen (Sun Dried Mango Vegetarian Curry & Drumstick Egg Masala Curry). Nevertheless some things have been put into perspective and one of it, dang, my YouTube Channel, which has been giving a facelift. Of course, there is much room for further improvement and enhancement, without a doubt. For the time being, it is my sincere hope that the facelift will attract you further to return to my YouTube Channel for checking out, what is "Nava's Cooking" latest recipe.  

Now, let me usher you back to this, another precious space, like Nava's Zen, of mine. Well, its another cooking story. Basically, another food love. After all, I believe food is one of the connections for friendship and food is the love to our soul. Any kind of food for the matter and sure, we have our favorites as well. Having said that, unsure I am if this "Vegetarian Tofu Sambal" (Plant Based Masala Tofu, Mapo Tofu & Tofu Manchurian) will be a hit to your palates? Then again, even when it comes to food, lets keep our option open please. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Sun Dried Mango Curry/Maangai Vathal Kuzhambu

Challengers are challenging! Of course, without a doubt, and I guess, challengers are part and parcel of our life. Furthermore, say what you like, challengers are unavoidable, if we are want to positively move forward in achieving whatever we have set in our mind. Unless otherwise, for those who are contented, doing what you are doing currently, or maybe, not even doing anything, there will no challengers. How about me & my challengers? Remember, I told you before (Plant Based Masala Tofu)? No, no, don't get me wrong. I am not sulking, neither complaining. I take challengers as the stepping stone for my future goals and achievements (Lemongrass Rice & Balinese Fish Sambal).  

Monday, August 1, 2022

Lemongrass Rice (Nasi Serai)

Hi Darlings, Hope, all of you are doing well and good. After all, hope is life. As for me, as usual, the hustle-bustle, and rimmed back to back with my daily chores, including managing and running my fitness zen. Ah! Challenging as usual as well. Having said that, if there's a will, there is always a path in front of you. Of course. Oh, I also must tell you that, I have found another hobby, apart from gardening, for fulfilling my soul. The hobby? My dance videos, shared across the board in all my social media accounts. How has it been so far? Well, the good and the ugly. The ugliness of receiving flitty, ugly, dirty, bad, brutal and hammer house of horror comments. Comments like, I'm a lonely desperate woman, I'm looking for men on social media, I am a mental case, I am a shameless old lady, I am doing drunk dancing, and the list goes on. Nevermind, let it be and let them be, because I am least bothered, and I care least. On the other hand, there are people who appreciate my dancing videos. These are, the people who don't judge, who don't label, who don't assume, and they should also be known as the "beautiful souls". Thank you, stay blessed you great people.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Turkish Carrot Yogurt Salad/Yogurtlu Havuc Salatasi

 Hi Darlings, 

Today, I bring you with lotsa love, happiness, peace, joy and laughter, another Turkish dish. Furthermore, its another salad dish. Turkish cuisine for me personally? Ah! Such a profound food joy and salad, of course, my food love as well. The question you are probably asking now, I'm assuming actually, must be, how does this Indian lady in Malaysia know about Turkish food? Is she pulling my legs, hands or any other part of my body, or she knows it? Darlings, the utter truth is, I have had my moment in time in Turkey and during this trip, I of course, being a foodie and home chef, I made sure I put my heart and soul in finding out about Turkish food (Turkish Cucumber Yogurt Salad, Turkish Saffron Rice & Chili Hummus). Literally, from wherever. From classy restaurants, and tasting street food too.  Alright, to the recipe now. Nothing complicated, nothing messy, neither a mind-wrecking matter. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Plant Based Masala Scrambled Tofu

Goodness gracious! I've been "MIA" from this precious space of mine, like a month already? Sort of. The story is none, but the same story (Indonesian Vegetarian Green Sambal Brinjal). The challenge of building my business, which involves, mainly and primarily, marketing. Not bad. Been quite favorable, step by step forward. Slowly and surely, my client base is growing. Alright, so much from my business perspective, clock is ticking, time is rushing, gushing and pushing, let me take you straight up, down, under, above and around the recipe of the day. Masala Scrambled Tofu. Tofu. One of the "besta" source of plant based protein, and simply loved by Ms. Nava K. However, tofu by itself, oh-well, can be rather subtle, bland and flavorless. Henceforth, lets amplify its taste alongside spices for kicking-in and out, the ohlalala-ness (Vegan Tofu Sambal, Tofu Manchurian & Spinach Cumin Tofu). Apart from, you don't have to curb tofu for Malay (Malay Style Vegetarian Coconut Milk Stew) and Chinese dishes (Vegetarian Bak Kut Teh) as well. Whatever said, trust me, my recipes are always user-friendly and your pantry-friendly ingredients will lead the way. 

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Indonesian Vegetarian Green Sambal Brinjal/Terung Sambal Hijau

 
Hi Darlings,

Its been a while right, since we greeted each other? I know. So, let me begin by extending to all of you darlings, my utmost best and ultimate beautiful greetings. What have I been up to? Ah! How challenging! Trust me, it is really challenging starting a new business, from a scratch. Endless! Some days, I feel like collapsing, other days I am like a shining star. Regardless, its a meaningful profound learning curve. Indeed, so much to learn, so much of growing up, so little time for paying attention to what others, especially those who brand you, judge you, label you, and put your down, without realizing how much I have on my business plate, for keeping my business going. Hah! The society we are living in today? People who try their level best in breaking your self-confidence. Nevermind, let them be. We move on positively and don't forget, promisingly.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Plant Based Spinach Turmeric Stir Fry (Vegetarian)

Where did I disappear to? Nowhere. Why then no pitching in this space of mine? Well, not everyday is a day the mind is activated for writing, furthermore, some days its pure laziness to writing, and I have been preoccupied with other things as well. One of those things, if not all, some of you know that I founded my home based, fitness Zen. That's right. Nava's Zen. Henceforth, time taken up for marketing and managing my business. Having said that, cooking is still on my list, albeit there are days its food from outside. These days, the cooking style of mine, as and when time permits, let's say, least to least, twice a week? Pretty much clean eating, healthy eating, and of course, simplicity to cooking too. Today,  its another one of my simple cooking, specifically, plant based cooking, Plant based spinach turmeric stir fry! Spinach? Oh-yes, (Chloe Palak/Spinach Chickpea, Saag Aloo/Spinach Potato, Vegetarian Spinach Coconut Milk Stew & Palak Paneer/Spinach Indian Cottage Cheese)  one of the favorites and turmeric, part and parcel of healthy cooking (Malaysian Sodhi/Coconut Milk Stew). Right now, its best we just zoom and vroom into the recipe to - plant based spinach turmeric stir fry. 

Friday, February 11, 2022

Turkish Cucumber Yogurt Salad (Cacik)

Turkish Cucumber Yogurt Salad, known as "Cacik" in Turkish language and supposedly its a dip. I on the other hand, named Cacik as a salad. Obviously, as you would have already noticed? Yeh, no harm done I suppose? To each our own? We can modify recipe names, after adapting, realigning and modifying  the recipe? Honestly, I have no qualms,. If you do, well, nothing much I can do about your cooking thinking. Anyway, lets move on. You still remember my previous Turkish recipe? Sincerely I hope you do, in case you don't, here's the recipe - Turkish Saffron Rice, which is a wonder food pairing for Turkish (Chilli Hummus) Cucumber Yogurt Salad. Sure, why not as well? You want it as a salad, no one can stop you, including Nava K. Otherwise, if you like it as a dip, as your food wish for your food pleasure. To the recipe now please. 

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Turkish Saffron Rice (Safranli Pilav)

Did this recipe, Turkish Saffron Rice, fly from high up, from the sky? No, of course not. I actually picked up it during my trip to Turkey (Istanbul, Turkey), 8 years ago, during one of my solo trips. This solo trip, for your information was one of those whereby I hopped in a fully-paid, all paid for tour, alongside unknown people. Plus, what a blessings, on our way out of Turkey (Topkapi Palace, Istanbul),  flight was delayed, and when we arrived in Dubai, our connecting flight to Kuala Lumpur has left. Henceforth, a free all paid for Dubai stay by the airline (Dubai). Tadaa! It was also during this trip, I sort of got a hold of Turkish Saffron Rice recipe. Somehow, I managed. Wasn't easy getting the recipe from the restaurant owner, where we dined in, still, yippie, I got it. Turkish Saffron Rice, nope, non-mind boggling, neither cooking complicated matter. Simple, easy-to-go-to, and taste-wise, ah, a wonder as a scented rice dish (Malaysian Cumin Rice, Vegetable Biryani & Rice Pilaf). Saffron? Yes, quite on a pricey side, but these days, you can get your hands to different types of saffron of different quality. See which you prefer and which you can afford, and let's get to the recipe now. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Malaysian Cumin Rice

Yep. I have been slacking in my recipe sharing compartment. I know. Well, it is nothing more than wanting to pitch other lifestyle stories. Whatever said, no excuses, I believe I shouldn't let down those who have been faithfully following this precious space of mine, from the initial years, and till now, for my recipes. Henceforth, obviously, a recipe sharing today! Malaysian Cumin Rice. Another version to the previous Jeera Rice/Cumin Rice. You choose whichever you prefer. Of course, this version, Malaysian Cumin Rice is an updated version. Yea, even recipes need updating. In other words, I mean, to keep our food, recipes and eating colorful, alive and kicking, we can play around with the ingredients, for a latest version. Malaysian Cumin Rice. The minimalist, in the vegetarian food category, the uncomplicated rice cooker cooking technic (Mint Rice, Curry Leaves Rice, Dhal Rice & Coriander Rice). and all good to go (Rice Pilaf & Vegetarian Briyani), for pairing alongside, literally, any of our Malaysian dishes. Take care everyone. See you all again in the next pitching of mine. Take care. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Plant Based Breakfast Platters


Hi Darlings, Seems like I am activated all over. All over, hah. After abandoning this precious space of mine, I am up, and about today. I told myself, what the hack, I shall find some time for pitching my cooking terminology today. Tadaa! Actually, the truth is, because I have rebranded, its pitching our “Nava’s Zen. Holistic Wellness” food and recipe stories, and also for informing all you darlings that, we will still willingly share our recipes. Apart from, letting you know again that, only if the founder, me alright, Nava K, have the time for splashing unlimited and undivided bundles of cooking love soul, you can most probably expect a breakfast platter. For our private, exclusive and only through referrals, “Home Dining” and “Homestay”. Featuring our zen grown plants, herbs and we are growing our own fruits as well. Of course, in certain instances, as and when required, we do scout for the best quality, organically grown “Plant Based” ingredients.

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