Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lamb Fried Rice

From Ghee Rice (Ghee RiceTomato Rice & Jeera/Cumin Rice), lets proceed to Lamb Fried Rice. Of course rice story in my house will forever be on the go. After all, we Malaysians? I don't know about you, I must admit I am the biggest fan of rice and when we speak about fried rice on the whole, there will be on end (Kampung Fried Rice, Belacan Fried Rice & Chinese Fried Rice). Lamb Fried Rice (Lamb Pho/Vietnamese Noodle Soup)? Leftover cooked rice, minced lamb, potato, red capsicum and we Malaysians, how can we say no to spiciness. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Ghee Rice (Nei Choru)

Ghee Rice, aka Nei Choru! Walla! Imagine the scent and richness of ghee and also spices in ghee rice (Tomato Rice & Cumin Rice). Furthermore, ghee rice made from basmati rice? What a mini or major revelation of tastiness right? Pairing for ghee rice? Endless (Mutton Dalca, Mutton Kurma, Masala Mutton Curry, Ayam Masak Merah, Chicken Curry Potatoes & Bitter Gourd Prawn Curry). Oh, add some cashew nuts as well.   

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Grilled Salmon

If you are beginner to salmon, in other words, you have not much explored salmon or have not cooked before, let me show the way. The cooking way of course (Malaysian Indian Fish Curry, Chilli Soy Fish, Fried Kembung Assam Sauce & Ikan Pari/Stingray Sambal). Salmon unlike our local catch. They pretty much don't need much messing around in terms of ingredients. All you need? Some seasoning of dried oregano, dried mint leaves or other suitable dried herb, plus some crushed black pepper, salt and a tiny bit of oil for pan grilling (Grilled Fish In Banana Leaf, Otak-Otak Grilled Fish Stuffed With Sambal). In fact, can be done in a jiffy and a dash of lemon juice atop grilled salmon. My-My!  

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bitter Gourd Prawn Curry

Bitter Gourd. I know. Of course I know. Bitterness right? Obviously. Think again. Bitterness of bitter gourd is healthiness and when bitter gourd and prawns have become best friends in this spicy Indian curry. Believe me. Tolerable bitterness which also will be overpowered by spiciness and sourness (Tamarind Prawn Curry) and in return, Bitter Gourd Prawn Curry on the whole as a mouth packing delightfulness (Prawn Spinach Sodhi). So, what are you waiting for. Get the ingredients ready and get cooking. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Valakkai Chips/ Plantain Chips

Valakkai, plantain or green raw bananas? They sure are a delight when fried as crispy chips? Of course. For a matter of fact, anything fried (Lotus Root ChipsCrab Stick Chips & Fried Shrimp Wantons)? I bet you know what I am talking about? Valakkai Chips. For crunching as a snack or as a side for our rice meals. What is outstanding about my style to frying valakkai? I added curry leaves and shallots. Otherwise, its all equal as other valakkai chips. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tomato Rice

Plain rice daily or you will prefer for a change this Tomato Rice? Trust me, effortless made. Thus, why not, why don't you consider (Jeera/Cumin Rice) Tomato Rice? For me personally, sometimes plain rice can be a killer on my palates and even when I heightened rice to another level by adding some ingredients, I am still rice cooker depended. So (Chinese Fried Rice, Belacan Fried Rice)? Rice elevated by tomato, shallots, ginger and garam masala.  

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Fried Black Pomfret (Bawal Hitam) In Soy Sauce

What's with black pompret/bawal hitam in my house? Mostly, like directly or indirectly insisted by my other half-half. Why? His favorite amongst the rest of the catch. What about me? I just go with the fish flow because? We women. We are always putting our husbands and our family members in front of us even when food is a concern? We accommodate, or shall I say, as the years passes by, we just tolerate? Think about it, while I move on the recipe. Recipe. Not a winding road cooking show. The start is frying black pompret, thereafter make the sauce and tip over fish (Fried Fish in Soy Sauce & Spicy Grilled Black Pompret).

Monday, April 25, 2011

Tanni Saar (Sweet Leaf In Dhal Gravy)

Tanni Saar. A runny watery Indian dal curry/gravy (Sambar/Indian Dhal Curry) and the two prominent ingredients are? Obviously, we need dal/lentil and the other is tausi murunga keerai/sayur manis/sweet leaf. We are doing fine up to now right? Of course. Making of Tanni Saar? The know how? Get going to the recipe (Dalca/Dhal Mutton Curry) please. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sambal Belacan

Let's for a start talk about belacan before anything else. Even before I tell you about Sambal Belacan and how we can make Sambal Belacan. What is belacan? Wish I had a picture to attach, but nevermind. Words sometimes are more profound like belacan instead of picture speaking for itself. Belacan is shrimp fermented in salt over a period of time and prior to being dried in sun. The types of belacan we have in Malaysia. The dark brown in color pieces of belacan or these days, you can easily buy already roasted and powdered belacan, and the best belacan as far as I have tested tasted, is Malacca Belacan. Wonder what is the magic for Malacca Belacan, but it sure taste different and outstanding. The how to belacan? Unless we are referring to belacan powder, the start to belacan before you cook, obviously is roasting and a tiny bit goes a long way mind you. Remember, belacan is salty, so. Thereafter, belacan can be an ingredient for our Malaysian sambal dishes (Grilled Fish Stuffed With Sambal, Sambal Udang & Ikan Kembung Cabai Hijau) and mostly for seafood dishes as far as I know. Of course, we shouldn't discount belacan for vegetable stir fries (Kangkung Belacan) and by the way, have you tried Belacan Fried Rice?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Dum Aloo

If there is Chilli Aloo or even Mysore Bonda, there must be Dum Aloo right? Or maybe I must also include our Malaysian Spicy Potato Ikan Bilis? Most probably. But this Dum Aloo. No. no. Not the standardized kinda. Its actually the Malaysian version to a Dum Aloo. Why? Potatoes (Aloo Gobi) stir fried alongside lemongrass and chilli paste, dried shrimps, tomato and of course, we need shallots and curry leaves. A winning Malaysian cooking formula right? For a vegetarian version, do the right thing. Omit dried shrimps.        

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Chinese Fried Rice

When you don't know what to cook, yet, you feel its better to cook instead of dwelling on the battle where we should have our meal with the family? For a fact, fried rice most probably can show you the way to what you should cook? For me personally, yes. (Kampung Fried Rice & Belacan Fried Rice). Fried rice and this Chinese Fried Rice? Leftover cooked white rice, garlic, prawns, dark soy sauce and spring onion garnished? Your meal. For breakfast and right up to supper. 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Beans Thoran

Beans Thoran. The Kerala dish made in Malaysia. Of course, obviously, made in my kitchen right? Sure (Four Angled Beans Tempe, (Kacang Buncis Tempe Goreng & Tofu & Green Bean Stir Fry). Obviously too, Kerala is in India? Well, if you don't know. Thereafore, Beans Thoran is also an  Indian and specifically Malayalee style stir fry (Brinjal Anchovies Stir Fried Curried Tamarind Ladies Fingers). No, no. Don't press your cooking panic button just because I said Malayalee. Not a complicated matter I will vouch to making Beans Thoran. Long beans, onion, coconut milk, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, curry leaves, oil and salt. That's it?  I said it right. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pandan Jelly With Coconut Milk

Nothing like a jelly made from our Malaysian ingredients. And our Malaysian ingredients (White Fungus Ginkgo Nuts Chinese Dessert) for this jelly making? Coconut mIlk, palm sugar, pandan leaves and of course, our jelly to a certain extent is made from agar-agar. Of course, you can use jelly powder, but I decided it will be agar-agar. Pandan Jelly With Coconut Milk. Make and you will find out for yourself what a sweet Malaysian delight it will be.    

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Salted Egg Chicken

No, no. Not an Indian dish. Salted egg and Indians? I really don't know how many Indians and how many salted eggs for them, but this Indian lady? She and salted eggs? They go back many years down the memory lane. In fact, even my dad? Both of us just so love salted eggs. Pretty much says it all. Why I made Salted Egg Chicken. Ask the Chinese and they will reveal all of it about not only salted egg, but salted egg chicken (Kam Heong PrawnsChicken Wanton Soup & Chicken Black Vinegar Ginger). Even I can tell you right now. Crispy fried chicken cooked alongside salted egg yolk, chillies, shallots and scented by coriander leaves.  

Monday, March 28, 2011

Four Angled Beans & Tempe Stir Fry

Stir fry again. I told you (Tofu & Green Bean Stir Fry)? We need our fiber daily. What's in store today as our stir fry? Four Angle Beans & Tempe Stir Fry (Kacang Buncis Tempe). Tempe, like tofu is an affordable source of protein and of course four angled beans, aka winged beans, is another favourite from our Malaysian soil. Really affordable. A bunch will cost you only maybe like a dollar and fifty. In fact, you can grow four angled beans rather easily if you want to (Kangkung Belacan). Four Angled Beans & Tempe Stir Fry is the router for a vegetarian stir fry side dish. Of course, also simplicity. 

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