Sunday, January 31, 2010



One of my favorite cookies, if you are like me prefer not so sweet biscuit this  Sesame Cookies are for you to try out, very crunchy and eggless too. You can shape it into the ball then flatten or use desired cookies cutter of your choice. Do take note, the dough must be placed in between the plastic sheet to avoid sticking to the board. If the dough is a bit sticky to work with, add a tablespoon or two flour.

Saturday, January 30, 2010



This dish made of dried cuttlefish which is soaked for 1-2 hours to soften then cooked with blended dry chillies and tamarind juice. Best eaten with white rice or coconut milk rice. It is optional to add the shrimp paste (belacan) but mine done without it.


2 large pieces dried cuttlefish, cut and soak for 1-2 hours
1 tablespoon tamarind add 1/2 cup water to extract juice
5 tablespoons oil
salt and sugar to taste


20 dried chillies cut and soak
2 big onions
2 teaspoons shrimp paste (optional)


1. Heat the oil, add the ground ingredients together with salt and sugar, fry until fragrant.

2. Add cuttlefish, fry for few minutes then add the tamarind juice.

3. Cook until semi dry and stir occasionally to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan.

4. Check salt and sugar then remove from heat.

Source : Zarinah Anwar

Friday, January 29, 2010


Chicken Porridge Recipe @

My children are craving for this Chicken Porridge since we had it quite sometime ago. It's simple comfort food and healthy too. Boil your own chicken stock to get best taste or you could use ready made chicken cube. Instead of chicken, thinly sliced meat or fish would be the best alternative. The following recipe serves 4-5 persons.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Photobucket Banana Bread Muffib Recipe @

There are various ways to bake your banana muffin but this one by far the best I've baked.  Banana Bread Muffin was easy to whip up, hardly takes a few minutes and you can serve them for breakfast or as afternoon snack fresh  from the oven.

Banana Bread Muffin was so moist and delicious, not overly sweet.  Instead of nuts you can replace with chocolate chip or dried fruit and the combinations are endless.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


One of the simplest fried rice you could have cooked, using less spices and minimum ingredients but great taste. Occasionally love to cook this dish for my children.


3 cups cooked rice
1/2 cup shelled prawn
1/2 cup chicken cubed
1/2 cup green peas
2 cloves garlic chopped
2 eggs beaten with pinch of salt
3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon soya sauce
salt to taste


1. Heat oil, pour beaten egg and scramble it.

2. Push the egg to the side of the pan, add garlic,prawn, salt and chicken cook until the colour changes.

3. Add rice, peas, soya sauce and black pepper, stir well.

4. Transfer onto a plate, serve hot.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010



Just cooked very simple meal consisting of spicy sardine, bok choy fry and an omelette. My family enjoyed them very much since it's totally different from the normal menu we used to have.

Monday, January 25, 2010


All time favourite for the young and old, simply irresistible. This snack is stuffed with potato, cooked in spices, deep fried until golden brown. The outer wrap is rather crispy but filling is quite spicy. Addition of meat or chicken is optional. It is so famous and easily obtainable from hawker stalls as well as upmarket eateries.


3 cups plain flour
3 tablespoons hot oil
3 tablespoons butter/margarine melted


5 potatoes cubed
3 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
2 onions chopped
1 teaspoon ginger paste
1 teaspoon garlic paste
1 carrot cut into small pieces
coriander leaves



1. Heat the oil, saute the onion till light brown, add ginger, garlic, curry powder, chili powder and little water, fry until fragrant.

2. Add in potato, carrot, salt and enough water, cover pot. Water level should be slightly above the potato. Stir occasionally.

3. After the potato turns soft, sprinkle coriander leaves and remove from heat. Cool.

4. Combine together flour, salt, oil and butter, mix until resembles bread crumb.

5. Add water little by little until soft dough is formed.

6. Shape the the dough into small disc about 3 inches diameter, stuff with a tablespoonful of filling. Seal the edges in a pleated manner.

7. Repeat the process until dough is completed.

8. Deep fry in heated oil until golden brown.

9. Best eaten hot.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010



This dish is made from flat rice noodles and this is soupy type not the typical one sold at hawker stalls which is fried, laden with fat. If you prefer spicy one add more pepper.


500g kway teow fresh or dry
300g minced meat/chicken
200g chye sim (mustard green) cut
200g medium prawn keep the tail intact
100g bean sprout tail removed
4 tablespoons tomato soup
2 tablespoons corn flour
3 shallots chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 teaspoon pepper powder
salt to taste


1. Combine minced meat, shallot, salt, pepper and corn flour together, mix well.

2. Shape into balls and fry in hot oil. Remove and strain.

3. In the same pan, remove excess oil then fry the garlic until fragrant.

4. Add in prawn and tomato soup, cook until the prawn turns orange in color.

5. Pour in the meat balls, chye sim, kway teow, some water and salt, stir for a few minutes.

6. Just before removing from heat, add the bean sprout, a dash of white pepper, stir again.

7. Serve hot.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010



Cooked this Spicy Cauliflower Sabzi  vegetable dish which is simple but tasty. You can increase or decrease the spice level to suit your taste. It is best accompaniment for capati/roti or even plain rice.

Friday, January 22, 2010



This is very healthy and delicious muffin. It contains oat that has wonderful flavor when added for baking. Oat contains fiber, thiamine and iron along with antioxidants that is beneficial to the heart and circulatory system. Any dried fruit like raisin, cranberry or cherries could be added to enhance its taste.


1 cup rolled oat
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 cup butter melted
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup dried fruit


1. Preheat oven at 190C, combine oat and milk, let stand for 10 minutes.

2. Grease muffin pan or use cake cases.

3. Add sugar, egg and butter to oat mixture, stir until just combined.

4. Sift together flour and baking powder, add oat mixture, essence and dried fruit. Mix well..

5. Fill muffin cup about 3/4 full, bake for 20-25 minutes until a tester comes out clean.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010



There are vast varieties of dosa available. They used few type of flour and I've tried this recipe  taken from Preety's Kitchen.  Made slight modification to the original recipe by adding  mashed tofu and chilli powder since my family loves spicy food. Do adjust the spice level according to your taste. We really love the addition, it was a huge hit with my children. This is now becomes our regular meal during weekend..


1 cup oat soak in hot water for 15 minutes
1/2 cup rice flour
1/4 cup semolina
1 in ginger chopped
1 piece hard tofu mashed
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
2 green chillies sliced
pinch of asafoetida/hing
1 big onion chopped
salt to taste
coriander leaves chopped


1. Combine rice flour, semolina, chilli powder, hing and salt in a mixing bowl.

2. Add oat, tofu, ginger, green chillies, onion and coriander leaves to the flour mixture.

3. Slowly add enough water to form a thick batter same as you make dosa. Mix well.

4. Heat a non stick pan, drizzle the oil and pour a ladleful of batter, cook both side until golden brown.

5. Remove onto a plate, continue the process until the batter is used up.

6. Serve hot.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010



Tried this recipe taken from Akal's Saappadu but made slight changes to suit my taste. Vegetables like eggplant and drumstick could be added but at the moment using potato. Serve with naan, my family love this dish, would definitely make again.


500g mutton/beef cut into small pieces
3 big onions chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/2 in ginger
2 sprigs curry leaves
2 tablespoons tamarind add 1/2 cup water to obtain juice
3 tablespoons oil
2 potatoes cut
1 cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons meat curry powder
1 tablespoon chilli powder
1 stick cinnamon
3 cardamoms
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt to taste


1. Heat oil, fry cardamom and cinnamon then add onion fry until golden brown.

2. Add ginger, garlic. curry leaf, curry powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder and little water
cook until oil seperates.

3. Pour in mutton, stir until well coated with spices.

4. Add coconut milk, tamarind juice, water and salt, cook until tender.

5. Now add the potato, simmer until soft.

6. Adjust the salt, remove from heat.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Photobucket Simple Meal @

Since my children are unwell so dish up something light and simple. Our menu today are Rava Payasam and Savoury Pancake.

For both recipes kindly refer my earlier post. Look out under "dessert" for rava payasam and for savoury pancake fall under "breakfast" category.

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Monday, January 18, 2010


Mochai kottai is a tasty bean originating from villages of Tamil Nadu, South India. I have tasted it cooked with dry fish in my former workplace. Dry roasted the dry field bean until light brown, rinse then soak overnight. Boil until soft before preparing this dish. Other vegetables like eggplant or drumstick could be added to the gravy.


1/2 cup dry field bean (soak and boil)
2 tablespoons tamarind add 1/2 cup water to obtain juice
5 shallots sliced
2 cloves garlic slice
2 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons coriander powder
1 tomato chopped
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 green bananas cut into bite size
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seed
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons oil
salt to taste
curry leaves


1. Dry roasted the bean, rinse then soak overnight. Boil until soft, keep the stock.

2. Heat the oil, fry fenugreek, mustard, cumin and curry leaves until fragrant.

3. Pour in the shallot, garlic and tomato, cook until soft.

4. Add chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, tamarind juice and salt, bring to a boil.

5. Now add the green banana, bean, the stock from boiling the bean and water, cook until tender.

6. Add more salt if required. The gravy should not be very thick or too runny. Add more water if needed. Remove from heat.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010


Photobucket Menu of the day @

We had something special today consisting of tomato rice, chicken masala and tomato paceri. Recipes for tomato rice and chicken masala have been posted earlier. Enjoy the pictures.....

Menu of the day @

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Friday, January 15, 2010


Ayam Masak Merah Berempah Recipe @

This chicken dish was a popular  choice to pair with  biryani , ghee rice, pulao or even bread.

Made with blended dry chili, tomato puree and spices,  hence it got its name from the color of this dish Merah (Red).

For this recipe, the chicken pieces are coated with turmeric and salt then deep fried until half cooked prior to cooking of this dish. It was quite spicy but you can always reduce the chili used according to your tolerance.  If you want to try out, here is the recipe:

Ayam Masak Merah Berempah Recipe @

Thursday, January 14, 2010


Photobucket Fried Rice m/Tuna Recipe @

Fried Rice w/Tuna  is very versatile dish, you can add whatever  ingredients available in your pantry either meat or seafood together with vegetables making them a complete meal.

 Now I'm using canned tuna together with carrot for a quick meal. Despite of easy method,  Fried Rice w/Tuna turns great and becomes my family favorite dish. Squeeze the limes to get rid of fish smell. Cabbage or long bean could be added when preparing this dish.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010



This is South Indian style of stir fry vegetable. It's so easy to prepare and perfect side dish for capati/roti or rice. Other vegetables such as potato, peas, leafy vegetable, beetroot, cabbage, bitter gourd and okra can be used for stir fry method.

Cauliflower & Carrot Poriyal  is an easy and quick to prepare.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


The dish is originally from Padang, Indonesia. It is widely served in most nasi padang restaurant in this region. Very simple yet tasty way to cook with fish. Fried fish is coated with a sauce made of fresh chili which is coarsely pounded using pestle and mortar if not food processor could be used.


500g spanish mackerel or any fish
3 lime leaves
1 tomato chopped
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
salt and sugar to taste
lime juice

15 fresh red chili
10 shallots
4 cloves garlic



1. Wash fish then coat with salt, turmeric and lime juice. Keep for 15 minutes.

2. Heat oil, fry the fish until golden brown, drain on absorbent paper.

3. Using the same pan, remove the excess oil but leaving about 3 tablespoons, add in the pounded ingredients, tomato, sugar, lime leaves and salt. Cook until fragrant.

4. Add the fried fish, lime juice and salt if needed. Stir for few minutes until well coated.

5. Serve hot.

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Monday, January 11, 2010


Rendang Rempah Recipe @

This South East Asian dish has loads of fragrant, spicy flavors and the coconut milk  gives it a creamy richness.  Rendang Rempah  takes  time to prepare it but is well worth the effort.

The meat is cooked together with the spices using slow heat until tender. This Rendang Rempah recipe requires your attention and constant stirring from liquid form to semi thick gravy.  Best to use non stick pot to avoid sticking to the bottom. Let have a look at the recipe:

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Photobucket Menu of the day @

Our menu today are Naan with Mutton Dalcha since my children love this dish very much so cooked them again today. For the recipes, please check the archive since already posted them in the past.

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Friday, January 8, 2010



This is very simple dish using sweet soya sauce, vinegar and chili paste thus you have 3 in one of hot, sweet and sour taste. The fish to be fried first before adding the soya sauce. Lime juice could be added instead of vinegar.


500g spanish mackerel or any meaty fish
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1-2 tablespoons chili paste
2 medium onions sliced into ring
2 cloves garlic sliced
1 inch ginger sliced
1/2 cup sweet soya sauce
1 cup water
2 green chili sliced
2 red chili sliced
2 tablespoons vinegar or lime juice
salt and sugar to taste


1. Rub fish slices with turmeric, salt and little water then deep fry until light brown. Drain.

2. Heat 3 tablespoons oil, fry onion, ginger, garlic and chili paste until fragrant, add little water if it is too dry.

3. Add soya sauce, water, sugar and salt, let it boil.

4. Put in fried fish, red chili, green chili and vinegar. Cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.

5. Serve hot.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010


Prawn and Tofu Curry Recipe @

Tofu is one of the healthiest food on earth. It has no cholesterol and low in saturated fat. It contains rich source of protein. Women with diets high in soy protein appear to have low rates of breast cancer, reduce the risk of heart diseases and colon cancer.

It is so beneficial by consuming the tofu and we should include them in our diet. For vegetarian version do omit the prawn. The amount of red chili is variable to your preference. Here is the recipe for Prawn and Tofu Curry:

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Onion Bread Recipe @

Inspired to bake this bread by  Yani  for our breakfast. Using sliced onion which is heated in a microwave oven for five minutes uncovered in order to reduce its water content. Totally sweet taste comes from the onion. Have slightly modified the recipe to suit my taste.



Actually my son requested fried yellow mee but not in hand so decided to cook the fried spaghetti. The recipe is quite similar to fried noodle but this time using minced meat and diced potato for the ingredients. Let have a look what you need for this dish:


400g spaghetti (boil until aldente)
350g minced meat
2 tablespoons chilli paste
1 big onion sliced
3 cloves garlic minced
1 teaspoon ginger paste
4 tomatoes chopped
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 tablespoon sweet soya sauce
3 potatoes boil and dice
300g bean sprout remove tail
2 eggs beat lightly
4 tablespoons oil
salt to taste
2 green chillies sliced
2 red chillies sliced


1. Heat the oil, fry onion till light brown, add ginger, garlic and tomato, cook until tomato turns soft.

2. Add chilli paste and little water, cook until fragrant.

3. Now add mince meat, salt, tomato sauce, soya sauce and water, stir until slightly dry.

4. Push ingredients to the side of the pan, pour the eggs in the middle and let eggs cook.

5. Mix in the potato, green/red chillies, bean sprout and salt, stirring after each addition.

6. Remove from heat.

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Sunday, January 3, 2010


Mutton Dalcha Recipe  @

Mutton Dalcha is a  meat stew made with lentil and tamarind.. Used mutton ribs if possible since it is much tastier than using the meat. The lentil and mutton are boiled then added to the curry after the meat turns soft. In addition vegetables like brinjal, carrot, potato or green banana are used in cooking this dish.

I would say the dalcha is almost a complete meal by itself. Green mango could be included if available to enhance the flavor thus giving slight tangy taste.  Adjust the chili powder to suit your taste. You could also use chicken, lamb or beef for dalcha.

Mutton Dalcha tends to become thick when cool so dilute with hot water. Let's see what you need for preparing this healthy food.

Mutton Dalcha Recipe  @

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Photobucket Menu of the day @

MENU OF THE DAY - Once a week have to prepare this menu consisting of naan, beef curry and kadai chana (garbanzo bean), a typical North Indian cuisine. Since need to cook regularly, I boiled the dry garbanzo bean until soft after soaking overnight and kept it frozen.

As and when needed just thaw for several hours in a refrigerator. A bit of work but get best taste free  from artificial colouring and preservative. This has became regular menu in our household.

For Naan recipe click here. For kadai chana please follow this link.

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Friday, January 1, 2010



I had a big bag of hazel nut sitting in my pantry. Since my sons have requested to bake a cookies so decided to use up my nut for this recipe.

These cookies are crunchy and nutty. For healthier option, I'm using corn oil and butter but you may use a cup of butter for a richer and buttery taste. Instead of hazel nut and almond you can substitute with walnut, peanut or sunflower seed. The choice is entirely up to you.