Monday, May 3, 2010

Mutton Soup/Sup Kambing

Another round of mutton in soup (Indian Mutton Meatball Soup)? Yes. Obviously right? Why, are you asking me? Honestly, I myself don't have the answer. I just felt like. I just wanted to make an Indian style mutton soup (Mutton ParathalIndian Crab Soup & Crab Curry) and when we speak about Indian style mutton soup on the whole, it must be spices and all things nice, and, also some vegetables swimming alongside tender mutton? Conclusively. Basically, like a curried version (Home Made Curry Mee) and the better the taste once you make a day or two days ahead prior to warming up, even the balance for another meal. Mutton Soup/Sup Kambing! The Indian pride to a delicious hearty mutton soup.  

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Home Made Curry Mee

Home Made is always the best. Don't you think so? Of course. Anything home made is always the biggest food pleasure. Then again, these days, there are food outside claimed or maybe really, is home made style. I am rather confused actually on how far further should we discuss or take up the food matter about homemade food sold outside. Home made in our house on the other hand is pure, clean and cooked by pouring lotsa love. Basically because, we cook meals for our love ones by considering who eats what, or who don't eat what not. In my house. noodles are our food happiness. We simply adore a piping bowl of mostly soupy noodles. Like this Home Made Curry Mee. A halal version, due to my other half-half does not eat pork. See, I told you? We cook by considering our love ones and what they eat or not? Home Made Curry Mee. Broth a produce of prawn shells and head, and curry paste an amalgamation of our Malaysian ingredients. Power rocker curry (Mutton Parathal & Crab Curry) generously poured over yellow noodles and a fact to a seafood curry mee, garnished with spring onion. Sounds sincerely appetizing right?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tom Yam Fried Mee Hoon

Tom Yam. I think, we all know what is tom yam? What is tom yam by the way? Tom yam is a Thai paste and not the name of any particular Thai dish mind you. Of course, with tom yam paste, you can coin various types of Thai dishes. Whether you make the paste or you use store-bought tom yam paste. Actually, come to think of it, ready made tom yam paste is quite good. I have tried a few types, of course between these, there are some of my favourites, and overall store bought tom paste is the way to cutting short your time in your kitchen. In fact, store bought tom yam paste showed me the way to this Tom Yam Fried Mee Hoon. Fantastic! Once mee hoon is fried alongside the ingredients listed below and tom yam paste, of course the scent of kaffir lime leaves is just so loved by your truly and Tom Yam Fried Mee Hoon. Lemme me repeat again. Fantastic. The Thai style to fried mee hoon

Friday, April 9, 2010

Assam Fish Curry

Most probably, if I am not mistaken or as far as I know and according to my Malaysian palates, Assam Fish Curry must be branded as our Malay dish. Of course, there is also the Chinese style to Assam Fish Curry, but this my version, definitely is how the Malays will cook. My favourite. I don't only love saltiness (Kangkung Belacan), I also love sourness (Fried Kembung with Assam Sauce). And within the food context of this Assam Fish Curry, sourness from assam keping (dried tamarind pieces). Of course, you can use any other tamarind, no harm done. As long as sourness, you will do fine. Assam Fish Curry? Cooked to the right texture fish in a spicy, sour and Malaysian herbs scented curry, alongside brinjal.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Indian Mutton Meatball Soup

Mutton meatballs in soup. Quite a nice food thing actually. The soupy version to a mutton dish for a change (Mutton Parathal)? But not the kinda just a plain soup as an appetizer or starter before your main course. Instead, its a hearty and tummy filling soup. In fact, a one pot dish. Vegetables and meat in soup obviously. Ample enough by itself or for dipping toast while slurping in. We Indians on the other hand treat our soups as a main dish. Even this Indian Mutton Meatball Soup is poured over our rice (Indian Crab Soup) before? Our fingers are most of the time our fork and spoon to food tucking in and if your concern is, what if mutton meatball is going to have a strong mutton smell, fear not what not. Mutton meatballs mixed with ginger juice and dried rosemary I vouch will get rid of the smell. Indian Mutton Meatball Soup. Our Indian style soup delight. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kampung Fried Rice/Nasi Goreng Kampung

Kampung Fried Rice. Nasi Goreng Kampung. From the land of Malaysia and from my kitchen village style fried rice. In fact, an authentic style and if you are asking me, I am not wrong in saying that the key ingredient is ikan bilis/anchovies. We Malaysians, especially this Malaysian woman, she just can't leave anchovies alone. Saltiness I think should have been my middle name. Jokes aside, the how to Kampung Fried Rice? An uncomplicated cooking matter. Leftover cooked white rice fried alongside ingredients as listed below. Of course, my style to my Kampung Fried Rice which I know will be your one complete wholesome, delightful meal. 

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fried Kembung (Mackerel) With Assam Sauce

Fried Kembung (Mackerel) With Assam Sauce. For a matter of fact, nothing much is expected in terms of cooking or making, and the type of fish? Boiled kembung. Boiled kembung? You should know if you are a Malaysian? Unless you don't eat fish. Boiled kembung, aka, mackerel according to google translation, basically is kembung boiled in salt you can buy in wet market. As well as in hypermarkets. Now, to the recipe. Frying of kembung (Chilli Soy Fish) after rinsing. Just a light rinse. Otherwise, fish will break up and make sure you pat dry to prevent oil from massively splattering or close with a lid while frying. Done. The curious case to fish frying over and done. Thereafter or while fish is being fried, we shall make the raw dip. Chop or slice ginger, onion, birds eye chillies or red chillies and kaffir lime leaves, and season with salt and palm sugar. Mix all the ingredients together. Fried Kembung (Mackerel) With Assam Sauce. Really appetizing, fish simplicity in the simplest form and an undisputed Malaysian fish hero dish. Oh, you must also try Fried Kembung (Mackerel) With Assam Sauce alongside Rasam. Try and you will know what I mean. 

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Crab Curry - My Indian Malaysian Style

When crab claws and legs had made their way into Indian Crab Soup (Rasam), what must follow through? For crab body? Of course, Crab Curry, Nandu Curry, Nandu Kulumbu or Nandu Peratal. In my house, crab soup and crab curry must be side by side. Meaning? Both in tandem. Alongside each other for our meal. Crab curry after pouring crab soup on rice? Walla! This my Indian Malaysian Style Crab Curry? Including claws and legs. Imagine biting into claws and legs soaking in a spicy thick flavorful curry? Pretty much a crab curry which will shoot you right up to the stars Mutton Parathal).  

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Indian Crab Soup/Nandu Rasam

Indian Crab Soup, aka Nandu Rasam. Yes, crab claws or legs into this Indian soup. Remember the humble plain and simple Rasam I have already shared with all of you? That's right. Of course, we shouldn't doubt the humbleness and simplicity of plain rasam, but trust me, crab claws or legs, no matter how big or small they are, they do pretty much elevate rasam to a higher above level. The double doze of double packing healthy power as a remedy for cold and flu or maybe even other benefits as well maybe. Anything else should I say? I guess not. Except, you should give a go this my version of Indian Crab Soup/Nandu Rasam.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Spinach (bayam) Sambar/Dhal Curry

The sambar story. Like a standard food story in most Indian households. In my house too. Though I must tell you that I am really quite tired of sambar/Indian dal curry. What do you expect? Almost so often until sometimes you can't take it anymore. Then again, if your husband is an Indian husband, you better continue making sambar. Otherwise? These Indian husbands, they never get tired of sambar. Must be because sambar is already embedded in their genes. Most probably. The sambar style today? Spinach Sambar. Leafy veggie sambar. Laced with coconut milk and wondrous aroma of spices Spinach Sambar.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mutton Peratal

Mutton Peratal? Tell me about it? Always a pleasure right? I know. In my house, such a mutton dish is always a fancy frilly food diviners. Mutton by itself is a favourite, and when elevated alongside spices and all things nice and aromatic ingredients? Mouth packing, tummy filling and hand licking deliciousness. Of course a good heapful of potatoes is also like a must for mutton dishes? Say all you want, I personally believe that there's something about adding potatoes into mutton curries. These two ingredients, mutton and potatoes do bond and jive with each other for building Indian curry magical connection. And Mutton Peratal, trust me, tastes pretty much tastier when warmed up for next day's meal. Oh, if you like mutton peratal to be really dry, cook longer till gravy really thickens up. We on the other hand? We still prefer some gravy soaking up mutton.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Chilli Soy Fish

A fishy day today. Hahahaha! Really a fishy day. Obviously because its a fish recipe today. A no-frill, humble and I believe one of the most loved Malaysian fish style. Must be spicy, salty and tangy until we want to feel the explosion of flavours on our mouth, throat and tongue right? Exactly! Then again, it is your food right to the number of birds eye chillies because these chillies, as small as they are, trust me, they can reap your tongue apart with their extreme spiciness. Other than that, all should be well and good for the rest of the ingredients. Fish deep fried, and the spicy, tangy and salty sauce. atop. Happy cooking love.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Spicy Sardine Sambal With Potatoes

Canned sardines. I must say my savior. And sardine is actually quite a favorite as well in my house. Overall too, when we speak about Spicy Sardine Sambal With Potatoes? Tell me about spicy sardine alongside floods/banjir of Rasam on rice. Pow-wow right? All fingers swimming in rasam and spicy sardine, of course potatoes mashed in as well when tucking in? Mouthwatering right? Spicy Sardine Sambal With Potatoes. I know. My pictures are quite disheartening, but my recipe I vouch is not. Believe me. Make this my style to Spicy Sardine Sambal With Potatoes for your food love and you will believe in me deeply. 

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Instant Rasam

When you are at an infant stage of cooking, cooking must be infant too. In other words, what I am trying to say is that, let's not get ambitious if we really don't know the meaning of cooking. Henceforth, if you are a first timer to rasam, I like to suggest you make do with instant rasam powder first and even if you have along the way obtained your Masters in Cooking, no harm done if you keep instant rasam powder close to your heart? Why? The uncomplicated cooking matter to a pot of rasam. Of course, I know many of you must treasure your mum's rasam recipe, go ahead and please be faithful now and forever to your mum by making her version to rasam. Otherwise, Nava K is here to help you out. Instant Rasam. Like I have already told you, instant rasam powder and the rest of the ingredients listed below. Tadaa! Sour burst and tadbit of heat of rasam is ready. 

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sambal Bilis Petai

Petai! I don't know about you, I so love stink beans and stink beans as far as I know, is like an acquired taste. You taste for the first time, you don't like it, but over time you may fall in love with it or you outrightly hate it. We Malaysians on the whole, or I shouldn't say all of us, maybe a good number, generally love petai. And petai, no doubt the smell can kill you once you piss after eating, in fact even for the next day too, yet, petai is one of the best nutritious beans. Basically, holding big bags of health benefits and petai, is really appreciated when cooked as a Malay dish,  In fact, that's how it should be for a fact. This Sambal Bilis Petai? Handed down from my mum's Malay friends and then, of course, mum to me.  Sambal Bilis Petai must be regarded as a semi-style cooking. Just a light cooking. Light frying of the pounded ingredients. Petai, bilis/anchovies, boiled eggs, chillies and shallots, and seasoned by lime juice and salt. A different kinda recipe, but trust me petai lovers, Sambal Bilis Petai is unregrettable forever. I bet you will yearn for more once you have pleasured in. Of course, alongside rice.  

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