Monday, October 19, 2015

Roti Jala Kari Kambing

Roti Jala? How should I pretty much translate roti jala? Maybe best said as our Malaysian roti and a Malay style (Ayam Buah Keluak, Nasi Kerabu Biru, Sambal Belimbing Ikan BilisKerabu Taugeh & Ikan Goreng Asam) roti or savory flat pancake. Making roti jala, meaning, the roti batter is not a brain cracker. But for me personally, since I made these roti jala for the first time, oh-god, what a killer. Not the batter lemme repeat again, the streaming of it out of the cup actually. The cup you need and this cup with like long teeth below where the batter will be stream out. The first few roti jala I made? Definitely out of shape. Then, after a few rounds, not bad, but still not perfection. And when it came to the much remaining batter thereafter, I decided roti jala will be made as thin pancakes. Ohhhh! Roti Jala by far must be paired alongside a spicy curry and what can be like the match in heaven for roti jala but kari kambing, aka mutton curry (Shahi Mutton Curry, Lamb Rogan Josh, Mutton Kurma & Mutton Keema). Sensational? Ah sensational? Yep. When you dip roti jala in the spicy Indian style curry, millions of knocks on food haven. Delicious. Utterly. Trust me. So, how about you making Roti Jala Kari Kambing? 

For roti jala
1 cup all purpose flour/tepung gandum/wheat flour (mine is all purpose)
1 egg
1 1/2 cup milk (carton milk)
1/2 tsp turmeric/kunyit powder
Water as needed
A pinch of salt.

Method
Add all the ingredients in a bowl except water. 
Whisk together while pouring water bit by bit and continue to whisk for a smooth consistency to stream down the cup.
Heat a flat pan.
Rub a little butter.
Stream the batter from the cup while circling out. 
Cook on both sides.
Careful when you lift the roti as not to break. 
Then either fold or gently roll the roti. 
Do the same to the balance of the batter.
For kari kambing/mutton curry
400g mutton - cut into bite sizes
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp plain chilli powder
** mix mutton with turmeric powder and chilli powder. Keep aside.
Note: you may consider pressure cooking to soften mutton. 
1 large onion - sliced 
Spices - 1 cinnamon, 3 clove, 1 star anize and 3 lightly crushed cardamom
1/2 tbsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp crushed black pepper
2 or 3 dried chillies - snipped
3 potatoes - sliced
2 sprigs coriander leaves - sliced
Salt for taste
1/4 cup oil

Method
Sauté onion, spices and dried chillies.
Add mutton and stir in.
Add coriander powder, and cumin powder.
Stir in.
Pour enough water for gravy.
Stir and simmer to 1/2 soften mutton.
Add potatoes. 
Stir and simmer to soften potatoes.
Add black pepper and season with salt.
Stir, off the heat and combine in coriander leaves. 



Monday, October 12, 2015

Sambal Goreng Udang Pete

Sambal Goreng Udang Pete basically is, Prawn Petai Sambal and petai in Indonesian language is known as pete. Pretty much the pod beans from the flat and bulging in the centre part long beans. The bulge is where the pod beans are in and which you need to remove. Or for easy cooking, just buy the pod beans in packets. My take all the time instead of doing the removing of the pod beans from the long beans. This sambal goreng udang pete is the Indonesian style. Of course, I have previously rolled out a couple of our Malaysian petai recipes (Sambal Petai Ikan Bilis, Sambal Sotong Petai, Sambal Udang Petai)? Remember? Can you recall (Sambal Tumis Bilis Petai, Sambal Petai Udang Kering & Sambal Bilis Petai)?  

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Steamed Fish with Fermented Bean Paste

Fish and steaming. We have spoken about before right (Nyonya Steamed Fish, Vietnamese Steamed Fish, Thai Steamed Fish & Hong Kong Style Steamed Fish)? Of course. If I am not mistaken. In fact, I can clearly remember I spoke about fish and steaming in a couple of my recipes (Teochew Steamed Fish & Steamed White Pompret)? Now, what about fermented bean paste, also known as taucu or taucheo? For this, you should refer to my previous recipe of Mee Siam Kuah. Anyway for the gist of it, lemme tell you that fermented bean paste is? The outcome of soy beans fermented in salt over time. And these days, there's a couple of types. The sweet and salty ones, the spicy and salty ones and what not maybe you will discover if you are buying fermented bean paste.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Malaysian Banana Pancakes

Malaysia my, Malaysia mine and Malaysian me! Thus, the banana pancakes I made must be a Malaysian style right (Malaysian Style Sambal Sandwich, Malaysian Lamb Stew, Malaysian Indian Fish Curry & Malaysian Fried Mee Hoon)? Of course. If you asking me. Me the typical Malaysian and me, like, always fancying our Malaysian food and most of the time, my touch of Malaysia for my cooking as well (Malaysian Sour Spicy Fish Soup NoodlesMalaysian Fried Rice, Malaysian Chilli Crab, Malaysian Fried MeeMalaysian Egg Benedicts & Malaysian Fish Sambal).

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Ayam Buah Keluak

Buah Keluak? What is buah keluak? Its the hard nut. If I am not mistaken, only from Malacca and one which is a popular take for Nyonya and I think for Eurasian dishes too (Nyonya Acar FishChicken Vindaloo, Ayam Pongteh & Masak Lemak Ikan Masin Nenas). Picture is attached, so? Have a look and find out if you have seen Buah Keluak before, or you have tasted before, or you have no clue whatsoever what is buah keluak. I? I am quite a buah keluak hero. Tasted. Love it. And not only once. To prepare the buah keluak before you cook? Quite a thing actually. Soak overnight. Enough. Overnight will do and do not fall for the wise cracks who will tell you, you must soak for a week. What a madness advice? Lemme repeat myself again. One night will do or a whole day and while at it, scrub the nuts as many times as possible. Why? You want to ensure that all those, whatever clinging on the nuts are thoroughly scrubbed away and before cooking, give a good crack. Just a crack or a bang with whatever you have for a crack on the nuts. That's about it for cleaning the nuts. Next of course is the cooking and this is the chicken (Rendang AyamAyam Goreng Berempah, Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa Ayam Masak Merah), cooked buah keluak. Just a simple recipe. The curry style with our pantry friendly ingredients and our Ayam Buah Keluak will be ready. The taste? Well, what should I say? Quite like a muddy gooey inside of keluak which definitely will click and jive with spicy and aromatic curry. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Kuih Kodok (Mashed Banana Fritters)

Modernised, trendy, healthy and the latest trend Kuih Kodok/Mashed Banana Fritters. Why not? Why shouldn't we modify or tweet our back then been existing for years recipes? I have no qualms actually. After all, there is no limit to cooking invention (Wajik Pulut, Pumpkin Sago Dessert, Malaysian Sago Pudding & Bingka Pisang)? Otherwise, we won't be moving forward and we shouldn't praise those who modify recipes in cooking shows? Pretty much. In fact, for this my Kuih Kodok version, instead of frying the mashed banana (Banana Chocolate Cake & Easy Banana Bread), grated coconut and sugar batter in round balls, which by far can be soaking in oil, I decided I will do the grilling on the, over the stop portable grill. Plus, coconut and sugar not incorporated in the batter. Instead rolled over grilled fritters. Basically, for not overdoing it with sugar loading. That's it guys. The grilled and modernised Kuih Kodok. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Nasi Kerabu Biru Kelantan

Up next after Nasi Bunga Telang Serai/Blue Pea Lemongrass Rice? Do I have to really say? Its obvious right? Another blue rice. Not any other, but Kelantan calling. Nasi Kerabu Biru Kelantan. The blueish blushing and brimming delightfully rice dish. Moreover, must I blow my own trumpet by mentioning that I quite know it to Kelantanese dishes (Laksam Kelantan) or even our Malay cuisine on the whole (Nasi UlamNasi DagangKerabu Taugeh, Asam Pedas Ikan, Nasi Lemak Sambal Udang & Sayur Lodeh) and my Malay cooking list can go on and on for a matter of fact? But the other fact is that I have never stepped into Kelantan before, though I have much tummy and mouth explored Nasi Kerabu from where I am. Easily available and you should try the ones sold in night markets as well. Oh, plus, do I have repeat myself again and again? Like I have already told you many times, rice being my bestie (Burmese Biryani, Hyderabadi Biryani & Vegetable Biryani)? 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nasi Bunga Telang Serai /Blue Pea Lemongrass Rice

I threw some bunga telang, or blue pea flower seeds in my garden and they grew. They literally grew without even me realising and without even any tender, loving care. Just like that. By the time I knew, bunga telang which can be addressed in other names greeted me. Beautiful. They are such bluish beauties and me after a few days, getting down to making this Nasi Bunga Telang Serai /Blue Pea Lemongrass Rice. I did. And rice by far, do I have say anything furthermore? Me and my love for nasi or rice. For this typical Malaysian who must have rice at least once a day though usually its plain rice, of course, every now and then, the easy varieties, cooked in the rice cooker are such a delight for breaking free from the monotony and boredomness of our daily meals (Tomato Rice PilafRice Pilaf, Coriander Rice, Turmeric Rice, Dhal Rice & Lemon Cashew Rice). What's the cooking story to Nasi Bunga Telang Serai? Such an easy uncomplicated story. Just a couple of ingredients. In fact, just five. Basmati rice, bunga telang/blue pea flowers, serai/lemongrass, salt and water. The best part of all is, I will and must vouch that you will simply love the floral scent of bunga telang and lemony scent of lemongrass in, and around cooked to the right texture rice. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

Pineapple Rasam

Rasam and more and more and more? Yes please. I think I have already told you about our undivided love for rasam? Not once though. In fact, countless times and each time I share a rasam recipe (Pepper Garlic Rasam, Rasam, Mor Rasam, Egg Rasam, Nandu Rasam & Instant Rasam). Enough said right? I think so. I know so. And so, let's just stick to the guns of making this latest rasam. Pineapple Rasam? How? Honestly, nothing out of this world or you must kneel on the ground for saying a prayer. Of course not. Pretty much like every other rasam and  we still the customary ingredients. The only difference is pineapple and me using canned pineapple. Otherwise, its a clean sweep in making and for my version, I blended the ingredients for rasam paste. Oh, I did also tip in some gingerly oil for a change. Pineapple Rasam? Truly yours and mine.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Ikan Goreng Asam

The other side to the previous Ikan Goreng Kunyit/Turmeric Fried Fish. The other side which is my favourite as well. Speak about sourness, me, myself and I? Honestly, I so love sourness to every bit. Any kinda sourness in our Malaysian dishes (Nyonya Acar Fish, Asam Curry Fish & Fried Kembung With Assam Sauce). Sourness from our local fruits (Sambal Belimbing Bilis & Masak Lemak Nenas) and of course, lime or asam jawa/tamarind are the other two for streaming into curries or our sambal dishes (Tamarind Prawn Curry, Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa, Sambal Udang PetaiAsam Pedas Ikan), or maybe I should include vinegar as well. For this Ikan Goreng Asam, its tamarind. Tamarind juice and salt as the marination for fish, followed by fish being fried and of course, we need a dip right? Dip which must be spicy, salty and along a touch of sweetness? Potentially (Fried Fish with Soy Sauce, Ikan Masak Kicap & Crispy Chilli Fish). Ikan Goreng Asam? Sourness is definitely our Malaysian food appreciation.   

Monday, July 6, 2015

Ikan Goreng Kunyit

Ikan Goreng Kunyit. Or Turmeric Fried Fish. Pretty much a simplicity in regards to fish fried after lathering/dusting alongside cornflour, rice flour, turmeric powder and salt. Done with frying, we then move on to making the dip. The dip which does not require cooking. Instead its a raw dip made with, as usual, must be our local affordable ingredients for me right? Of course (Terong Balado Pedas Manis). Without a doubt. Furthermore, chillies forever will be our love (Malaysian Fish SambalGrilled Fish Sambal Stuffed, Spicy Grilled Fish & Chilli Soy Fish) and like I have told you before, why bother paying for imported ingredients when our local produce, in fact, you can grow our local herbs in your garden effortlessly (Fried Fish Soy Sauce, Fish Head Curry & Asam Pedas Ikan Bawal), are so spectacular for the bold and and waking up our tastebuds anytime tastiness. You bet. Sincerely. Ask me more and I can proudly speak about our Malaysian cuisine none stop. In fact, I can quote a whole list of dishes we can effortlessly make or we may have to throw in more time and more ingredients (Nyonya Acar Fish, Crispy Chilli Fish & Ikan Masak Kicap). Right. Ikan Goreng Kunyit? Absolutely yummy-tummy satisfaction! Crispiness, spiciness, sourness, saltiness and must I mention the aroma of kaffir lime leaves. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Terong Balado Pedas Manis

Terong Balado Pedas Manis is? Fried Brinjal in Spicy Sweet Sambal/Sauce. Says it all right? I am back to my Indonesian cooking and back again to eggplant, aubergine or brinjal? Admittedly. My previous balado cooking lingo (Ikan Balado) and other Indonesian dishes (Sate Kambing, Indonesian Grilled Fish, Sambal Goreng Teri & Sambal Terasi)? Plus, we did speak to a certain extent about terong? The bright purple sparkled fruit or veggie or said as warna ungu in Indonesian language and even in our Malay language?  A popularity in fact. Terong being a take for any cuisine around the world for the matter (Thai Style Eggplant). We too quite fancy terong (Japanese Eggplant Saute). Perhaps why I have already rolled out a couple of dishes and whatever said, brinjal in sambal must be one of the food prides. I don't know about my other half-half, most probably for him will still be Indian style to brinjal (Bengali Begun Bhaja, Baingan Bharta, Eggplant Tikka & Brinjal Stir Fry) but me myself can't be separated from sambal (Sambal Belimbing Bilis & Kacang Buncis Belacan). Terong Balado Pedas Manis? The modern twist or a modified version and according to Malaysian ingredients for a satisfying and fabulously exquisite Terong Belado Pedas Manis.   

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Kuih Kosui Gula Melaka

The other jiggly and wobbly kuih-muih. Remember the other? Kuih Sagu Kukus (Steamed Sago Cake)? That's right. Kuih Kosui Gula Melaka on the other hand? Like I have already told you, jiggly and wobbly, but made from flour. The rest of the ingredients? Gula Melaka, white sugar if you wish,  pandan leaves, coconut, salt and water. See, I told you? Our Malaysian ingredients for another type of our Malaysian sweet delicacy (Wajik Pulut, Kuih Buah Melaka, Bingka Pisang & Malaysian Sago Pudding)? What else is new. Nothing much I can think of, except, can we get cooking to Kuih Kosui Gula Melaka? We shall. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dubai - One Day Tour


Plan all your want for an uninterrupted holiday, whether on your own or in a tour, sometimes somethings are bound to happen for catching us off guard. Believe me. I honestly know what I am talking about, I hope you are not doubting me. Look, I am in no way trying to brag. Of course not, for someone like me who have already trigger started seeing the world, I do come with my share of the interrupted and unexpected. It all started during my first ever, yes, my first, across the sea Italy holiday (Rome 2 Days) with my other half-half whereby the interrupted caught up with us when our coach broke down. By the time help came and coach was back like a transformer, we had to ditch aside Milan sightseeing (Verona & Milan). Akin gone forever, unless I make another trip to Milan. Then came my Malacca holiday (Philea Resort). Another first time ever, yes, my first out of my house exploring another place compared to all the years of staying put on my familiar ground, the couple I travelled with did open my mind on why it is important to travel with the right people. They of course were not, hell, not only I had to spend my money, the worst of it was putting up with their antic (Malacca Malaysia Part 2). Nevertheless, I must thank them. Otherwise, I wouldn't even have considered travelling on my  own. Solo and Nava K.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pudina/Mint Chutney

I must take off my hat to my mum and her cooking. She can be hours in the kitchen for pounding, grinding and doing whatever it takes for preparing a meal for us. But lemme tell you that I don't think I want to be like her. Not in the sense of cooking a meal for the two of us, but hours in my kitchen can literally kill me softly and slowly (Chilli Hummus, Tamatar ki Chutney, Avocado Dip & Mango Chutney). Honestly, unlike those days, try being in your kitchen for just an hour and see how you sweat drip? The weather. Climate change and the heat is on forever even when its raining or thereafter. Moreover, I think I am one of those who sweat for no apparent reason and twenty fours a day just like that. Thus, I keep it as short as possible in cooking. Take this Pudina/Mint Chutney as an example. Made in the jiffy in the blender. Into the blender went sauteed together mint leaves (Mint Chutney), dried chillies and white dal. Next, tipping in oil, yogurt (Curd Chutney) and salt before pulsing for this minty and tangy Pudina Mint Chutney (Nasi Pudina/Mint Rice). An accompaniment as a side for our rice meals or have it your way.  

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