Friday, September 27, 2013

Andhra Sambar

Sambar. Indian dal curry. Do I have to like say anything? Indians and sambar, or dal curry and us Indians? I am actually lost for words. But one thing is certain. I have been making, and making and making, and I have not stopped because if sambar is not one of the dishes in my house at least once a week, my other half-half's food life is not complete. Says it all and pretty much the logic to my sambar story, and I don't think my sambar story will ever stop. Of course, me being like a small time home chef, I try to vary sambar each time I make (Palakura Pappu, Mulligatawny Soup, Bitter Gourd Sambar, Drumstick Sambar & Simple Sambar). More or less, or less or more, for celebrating lentils/dal (Dhal Rice & Mysore Sambar) and thank god for the various types. This Andhra Sambar is the outcome of moong dal/green gram and tempering cumin seeds, mustard seeds and curry leaves in ghee I must say infused an amazing and wonderful aroma (Fish Sambar, Palak Sambar & Tanni Saar).

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Khasi Ko Masu ((Nepalese Mutton Curry)

I have been searching. Searching for new recipes and just then, I couldn't help but notice the varieties of Nepalese style mutton curries. Ohhhhh! What a food joy for testing my cooking skills to Nepalese cuisine. Recipes checked through and digested, in fact, most of them sounding like the mutton curries I have already made before. To tell you the truth, I didn't really notice much difference in the ingredients. Nevertheless, I felt good I actually found out that Nepalese Mutton Curry is known as Khasi Ko Masu. Did I plagiarise those recipes? I don't think I did and like I have already told previously (Moo Gook/Korean Radish Soup), remember, I have already showcased recipes from other parts of the world (Cari Poisson/Mauritian Fish Curry, Kiri Hodi/Sri Lankan Coconut GravyMoroccan Chicken Stew, Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani, Malabar Fish Curry, Tofu Manchurian & Goan Prawn Curry), and me having quite an experience in making mutton curries, what would have been the possibilities, you tell me? Honestly guys, I didn't feel any pressure in making Khasi Ko Masu. Yet, I decided I will stick to my style of cooking. Making the wholesome curry paste instead of adding spices individually and also for simplifying cooking by itself, and opting specifically mutton bone marrow (Mutton Bone Marrow Curry). The outcome and result? This delectable, zesty and appealing Khasi Ko Masu/Nepalese Mutton Curry (Aloo Gosht, Shahi Mutton Curry, Rogan Josh, Masala Mutton Curry, Mutton Keema & Mutton Varuval). 

Monday, September 9, 2013

Khao Niaow Ma Muang

I think I must start off by mentioning the Thai savoury dishes I have already shared with all of you. Quite a variety mind you. From the non-vegetarian and vegetarian various types (Thai Crispy Fish, Tom Kha GaiShrimp Pad Thai, Thai Tomato Soup & Thai Vegetable Curry) and believe me, the list is on-going. Nevertheless, this is my time I am sharing a Thai dessert, of course a Thai drink has already taken its spot (Thai Lemonade) and on the whole when its a sweet Thai pleasure, how can we not do this Khao Niaow Ma Muang? Thai Mango Sticky Rice, aka Thai Glutinous Rice Mango. So easy. So simple. So uncomplicated. Steam Glutinous rice alongside pandan leaves/screwpine leaves (Pandan Coconut Jelly) till plump, and obviously you need sweet mangoes (Mango Salad, Mango Mocktail & Mango Cucumber Salad) and I think we did speak about coconut milk for Asian desserts previously (Sago Gula Melaka). My version of Khao Niaow Ma Muang if you have noticed is served as separate compartments. Meaning, steamed glutinous rice by itself, palm sugar syrup by itself, coconut milk by itself and mango by itself, but as one delight. Why, are you asking me? Well, let's tuck into Khao Niaow Ma Muang as we wish. We decide on how much of sugar, coconut milk and mango we want alongside glutinous rice. Regardless, I must stress that this version of mine Thai Mango Sticky Rice is still a proud and pride sweet pleasure in your mouth (Baked Rice Pudding, Watermelon Sorbet, Saffron Poached Pears & Pineapple Bread Pudding).

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Moo Gook (Korean Radish Soup)

We are going places, are we not, or should I say that I am actually the one taking you all over the world for home cooking food trail? I think I am. Pretty much we have been food travelling together, obviously in the virtual world, we can be at home and still head to all the different food destinations in any part of the world? Shall we now recall where we have gone so far? Of course everything must begin in our home ground Malaysia (Chinese Mixed Vegetable Stew, Onion Soup, Lentil Vegetable Soup & Burdock Root Soup) and particularly for soups, we did head to other countries as well. More or less (Vietnamese Fish Soup, Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup & Tom Yum Goong), then again, with cooking invention and cooking thinking, anything is possibly? I mean, the marrying of cooking technics and ingredients from different parts of the world (Salted Fish Bone Soup) and in Malaysia by itself, there's not only the three main races? In fact, there is no short of, you name it, the various types of food from the rest of the ethnic community? Furthermore, when we speak about vegetarianism, vegetarianism in our country and elsewhere too (Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup, Portuguese Caldo Verde SoupThai Tomato SoupJapanese Vegetable Soup & Chinese Tofu Soup). What about this Moo Gook, aka Korean Radish Soup? A vegetarian soup, or if you really feel you like to convert it to a non-vegetarian soup, I think beef is the meat you should add. Otherwise, just stick to my version of vegetarian Moo Gook. Moo Gook, aka Korean Radish Soup? Super smooth utter satisfaction by our home affairs common ingredients, except for buying Korean radish and Korean soy sauce. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cari Poisson

Cari Poisson! Are you going like, where is this fish curry from? Well, from the shores of Mauritius. Cari Poisson/Mauritian Fish Curry, as I have already told you, is the fish curry made in Mauritius. Of course when we speak about fish curry of Indian descent, obviously spices will lead the way, wouldn't you agree (Bengali Fish Curry, Malaysian Indian Fish Curry & Malabar Fish Curry). In fact, spices are generally the needed ingredients for most Indian curry dishes throughout the world (Goan Prawn Curry, Devil's Curry, Sura Meem Kulambu & Indian Okra Curry) and shouldn't we include chillies as well? Chillies alongside spices in the curry paste or mixture, or chillies as in other Asian dishes (Ikan Balado, Thai Green Fish Curry, Fish Sambar & Kerala Fish Fry). We in Malaysian are also not short of spices and our spice roots originating from Straits of Malacca? My this version of Cari Poisson? I opted for ikan kembung, our affordable local catch and instead of aubergine, brinjals are also spectacular for the outcome of this thick,scrumptious and waking up your palates immediately Mauritian Fish Curry (Indian Spiced Salmon, Unagi Kabayaki & Vietnamese Fish).

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sambal Terasi

Is it possible, can we possibly or should we put our Malaysian Sambal Belacan side by side to Sambal Terasi (Sambal Belacan), aka Indonesian Belacan Sambal? If you are asking me, I won't deny. Why shouldn't we by the way (Kangkung Belacan & Ikan Belacan)? After all, belacan is terasi and terasi is a popularity for our Malaysian local dishes (Stingray Sambal, Nyonya Fish Sambal, Sambal Sotong & Sambal Kentang Ikan Asin)? Moreover, you are now speaking to a belacan queen. Yes me alright. I so love  belacan into savory dishes and sambal belacan by itself, trust me, I can have sambal belacan every day for my rice meals (Nyonya Steamed Fish, Sardine Masak Cili Padi, Asam Pedas & Sambal Udang Petai). Alright guys, enough said I suppose on belacan and lets now move on to Sambal Terasi recipe. Pretty much the same ingredients as our sambal belacan and its not like a magical or out of this world recipe. Those ingredients listed below, mainly birds eye chillies and terasi being the central ingredients and then, we need the seasoning from palm sugar, lime juice and salt (Ikan Balado, Dried Shrimp Sambal & Gado Gado). 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vegan Pumpkin Soup

Month of August and sure, rain is falling from sky. So far, nothing worrying nor rain has flooded our area, but when it rains almost daily, our life is woman interrupted right? Potentially. Clothes taking longer to dry up and we must be careful on the roads due to puddles of water sometimes we can't see from the distance. Having said that, food must go on because we either live to eat or eat to live. If you are asking me, basically, food must enter our tummy. Whatever kinda food, but wouldn't you agree that soups (Mixed Vegetable Soup, Corn Soup & Turmeric Tomato Soup) will complete us for rainy weather? Especially for a night meal and when you don't want to pack yourself with heavy meal, yet a meal for keeping us warm and cuddly? Maybe not as in the light, runny and watery mild soups I have already mentioned (Chinese Tofu Soup & Lentil Vegetable Soup), but this thick and creamy (Creamy Avocado Dip) and a totality to veganism (Vegan Potato Curry) absolutely wonderful Vegan Pumpkin Soup, paired alongside toast (Caldo Verde, Thai Tomato Soup & Creamy Mushroom Soup). Sort of also can be considered as a cousin to my previous (Pumpkin Soup) and definitely for celebration pumpkin (Pumpkin Salted Fish Curry).

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lemon Butter Salmon

So, a different kinda fish recipe today though fish is still the central ingredient. Yes foodies. Looks like there will be no end to my fish story and fish supposedly will forever be trended in my house (Nyonya Steamed Fish, Malabar Fish Curry & Thai Crispy Fish). Regardless, I broke free from those traditional and typical Asian style fish recipes. Yes I did. We need the change right? Of course. And the change in this form of a Western style dish (Tuna Burgers, Batter Fried Fish, Fish Sandwich & Baked Cornflakes Chicken), I decided to do Lemon Butter Salmon. Lemon Butter Salmon (Butter Prawns) baking basically (Baked Lemon Chicken). Of course when we put together salmon especially (Indian-Spiced Salmon & Grilled Salmon) alongside lemon (Thai Lemonade & Lemon Cashew Rice) and butter, we must include rosemary for the beautiful smell as well right? I know. As if these four ingredients must be in tandem? You bet. What else did I do? Pairing gorgeous and mouthwatering baked lemon butter salmon alongside baked potatoes and coleslaw. What a perfect, complete and simply inviting salmon platter food right? 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Kiri Hodi

We spoke about coconut milk, didn't we. Of course we did, if you can recall (Masak Lemak Cili Padi) and I also mention that coconut milk is one of the favourites for Asian cooking? Me too. I can be said as a fan of cooking milk, though I don't go overboard mind you.(Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani, Goan Prawn Curry & Palakura Pappu) and do I have to actually mention the popularity of cooking milk for Sri Lankan dishes? Especially for this Kiri Hodi, aka Sri Lankan Coconut Milk Gravy/Stew which can be eaten alongside string hoppers and even rice. For us rice is the best food deal and when we drench Kiri Hodi on our rice, oh-so-food-diviners while also adding a scoop of Tomato Chutney (Tamatar ki Chutney) prior to tucking in. As usual, I must say that there's various types of Kiri Hodi? Then again, how different can each be? Either a, actually mostly vegetarian version, but some do add some dried fish. Not for this my version though. Instead I added boiled egg. Acceptable right? Sure, stop disputing. Why should we not by the way into this creamy, tangy, attractive and mouth watering Kiri Hodi/ Sri Lankan Coconut Milk Stew? Coconut milk, like I have already told you is the central ingredients and the rest are pretty much I can say as our pantry friendly ingredients (Sodhi, Prawn Spinach Sodhi & Tanni Saar).

Friday, August 23, 2013

Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani

Oh-my-my! Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani! Those simple, easy going and effortlessly put together rice dishes I have already shared, put together for the outcome as a top-notch Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani (Vegetable Biryani, Rice Pilaf & Ghee Rice). Tell me about it. Tell me about when you are in full force and energetically driven in your kitchen? Of course prior to that, we need to buy or get and organize the ingredients. A whole lot of them compared to for the rest of the rice dishes of mine (Dhal Rice, & Lemon Cashew Rice) or for those we can make do with our common staples we usually stock up at home (Coriander Rice, Turmeric Rice & Curry Leaves Rice). Then again, if you look through the ingredients listed below, I am certain you will notice the pantry friendly ingredients as well? Moreover, I am going show you how to can make Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani in rice cooker. As usual. And since I had no vegetables in my fridge except frozen peas (Vegetable Raita), I will still go ahead and convince you that my Hyderabadi Vegetable Biryani shouldn't be disputed as a pride and delightful joy to our taste-buds (Tamatar ki Chutney, Tofu Manchurian, Vegetable Kadhi, Navratan Korma & Vegetable Acar).

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sardin Masak Lemak Cili Padi

Guys, I need to tell you something prior with regards to this Sardin Masak Lemak Cili Padi, our Malaysian Malay famed dish (Gado Gado, Asam Pedas Ikan & Sambal Petai Bilis). Perhaps you already know it, or best for me to let you know. Masak Lemak is basically comparable to our Indian coconut stew (Sodhi) because the core ingredient is coconut milk, which is also a favourite ingredient for Asian savory and sweet dishes. However, generally, sodhi is a vegetarian stew, whereas masak lemak is an amalgamation of meat or fish. Remember, I have already shared a similar recipe before (Masak Lemak Ikan Masin Nenas) in which I added salted fish and pineapple for the bold profound Malaysian tastes (Salted Fish Pickle, Pumpkin Salted Fish Curry, Pineapple Salted Fish Curry & Sambal Kentang Ikan Asin)? Sardin Masak Lemak Cili Padi (Sardine Coconut Birds Eye Chilli) is also not short of an explosion of, most or less, similar explosion of spicy, creamy and tangy tastes. But its a different style to cooking, in the sense we will make the spice paste first, made from our forever favorite local herbs and ingredients, followed by the actual simmering of coconut milk and sardine alongside. Alright. What's your say on Sardin Masak Lemak Cili Padi and will it make an appearance on your dining table? If you are asking, Sardin Masak Lemak Cili Padi is unforgettable (Nasi Dagang, Laksam Kelantan, Sayur Lodeh & Nasi Lemak Sambal Udang). 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Nyonya Steamed Fish

Back to fish and steaming. Yes foodies. However its not another same style to steaming and fish. Nope. Not at all. Today, I am sharing with all of you how to make this Nyonya Steamed Fish. Nyonya cuisine? Much has already been spoken about before (Nyonya Lam MeeNyonya Curry LaksaNyonya Assam Fish Curry)? Furthermore, I also mentioned the concept to steaming and also fish by itself is a food familiarity in my house due to my other half-half and fish is the food for him mostly (Ikan BaladoMalabar Fish CurryUnagi KabayakiThai Crispy FishKerala Fish Fry & Chilli Lime Fish). Alright foodies, let's now get down to making this Nyonya Steamed Fish. A sambal style whereby you need to ground or blend the needed ingredients as listed below before frying sambal and then tipping it over fish which has already been steamed with ginger. Nyonya Steamed Fish? A revelation of the customary and much needed Nyonya loud and bold tastes (Vietnamese Steamed Fish, Thai Steamed Fish, Teochew Steamed Fish & Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish). 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Tamatar ki Chutney

To tell you the truth, I can count the number of chutneys I have already shared. In fact, there's only the other, the Indian Mango Chutney, though tomatoes are a must for most of my savory dishes produced in my kitchen. Tomatoes (Thai Tomato Soup)? They just so complete our dishes for the burst of tanginess and sweetness (Tomato Rice), don't they? Of course (Turmeric Tomato Soup & Tomato Spinach Soup) and if you are asking me. I sometimes even do away with lime juice or even tamarind juice if the tomatoes I use can produce the same result. Having said that, there's no assurance all those tomatoes we buy can pack up tanginess? Henceforth, tasting is crucial for balancing the tastes to tanginess and sourness (Pavakkai Puli Kuzhambu & Navaratan Korma) and you got to do the same as well  for this North Indian Tomato Chutney, known as Tamatar ki Chutney, which by far can be an accompaniment for anything for the matter (Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip). Of course, for us, tangy and absolutely inviting and vibrantly attractive Tamatar ki Chutney was our side dish for our rice meal. Wow!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Kek Lok Si Temple - Ayer Itam, Penang

After tucking into the sensational, my kind of Asam Laksa, I walked to Kek Lok Si Temple (also known as Temple of Supreme Bliss). The largest Buddhist temple in South East Asia, perched against a hill slope. Before walking further, I stopped at the "Pond of Longevity" to see the hundreds of tortoises set free by the devotees.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa

 
Guys,
In case, just in case you are wondering what is Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa, of course we Malaysians don't need any explaining, but to the rest of you, I must mentioned that Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa (Ayam Masak Merah, Ayam Goreng Berempah, Rendang Ayam & Sambal Serai Ayam) is known as Chicken Cooked Three Flavours, or even Chicken Three Tastes.Three flavours or three tastes (Ikan Asam Pedas)? Obviously, we Malaysian love spiciness, sourness and sweetness as one in a dish and specifically today, its in ayam or chicken. Of course, if you are asking me, there are hundreds of recipes for Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa and to each I suppose their best known style of cooking and ingredients too. How about my style to making Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa? I think its a totality of a different kinda and unique too. Why? If you take a look at the ingredients, I am sure you can understand why and I also didn't want to stick to the traditional type of Ayam Masak Merah. The common and as if we must follow the standard guideline to the ingredients (Sesame Chicken & Honey Chilli Chicken). I don't know about you, but I have never been comfortable with conforming to ingredients others opt for, as well as cooking technic because, like I always tell you, cooking begins with the ingredients we already have at home and we should set our own benchmark against our own cooking instead of comparing with others (Chicken Curry PotatoButter Chicken, Chicken Varuval, Chicken Kebab, Masala Chicken Curry & Chicken Stew). I am sure you are agreeing? Alright guys, grab this recipe of mine to a Malaysian style spicy, sweet and sour Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa.

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