Monday, October 31, 2011


Corn & Potato Paratha

Paratha or unleavened flat bread is usually pan fried on griddle, stuffed with potato, leaf vegetables, cauliflower, lentil or paneer. It is so light yet filling. They  can be served during breakfast, lunch or at dinner time with chutney, pickle, yogurt, meat or any  vegetable curries.

For this recipe, had combined whole kernel corn with mashed potato. Green chili is added to improve the flavor of this nutritious paratha. They turned out so soft and best eaten hot immediately after you have cooked them.

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Pumpkin Banana Muffin Recipe @

I did a little baking for our breakfast. Since I had pumpkin and banana in hand so the best thing to do is to incorporate them in this experiment.

Pumpkin Banana Muffin  turned out incredibly moist and delicious. Really happy with the result, yet you can creatively think of other tweaks. Perhaps adding chopped nut or chocolate chip to the batter.  They're a perfect way to start the day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


This is a common recipe from our household using fully ripe banana. It is normally steamed but my recipe below is baked. Have also added instant yeast to rise.

For sugar,  either increase or decrease according to the sweetness of the banana you had used. After mixing all the ingredients together, pour onto greased pan and let rise until doubled. Make sure your pan is deep enough to accommodate the increase, mine rose to the rim of the pan or use muffin pan but filled only half full..

Yield     :    One loaf

1+1/4 C  all purpose flour
1 C  mashed banana
1/2 C  castor sugar
3/4 C + 1 TB  warm evaporated milk
1/2 tsp salt
1+1/2 tsp instant yeast


Grease 8 in deep cake pan. Whisk together milk, yeast and sugar in a small bowl.

In a mixing bowl, put in flour, banana and salt. Stir well.

Now add the milk mixture to the flour, stir to combine.

Pour mixture into greased  pan and let sit for 1 hour. Towards the end of rising time, preheat oven @  170C.

Bake for 40-45  minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Let sit in the pan for 10 minutes, transfer onto rack to cool.

Linking to  Yeastspotting 10-28-11  

Monday, October 24, 2011


2C Pulao Recipe @

Instead of plain white rice, try adding colorful vegetables to them, not only it improves the flavor but colorful and healthy as well.

Corn  is rich in fiber, contains Vitamin B1. B5, Vitamin C and helpful for detoxifying your colon while carrots are an excellent source of  beta-carotene.

If using basmati rice, soak it for 30 minutes then drain. Add in the rice after the water has reached boiling point.  2C Pulao  is best eaten with spicy gravy of your choice..

Friday, October 21, 2011


Jemput2 Pisang/Banana Fritters (Baked) Recipe @

Undisputedly our traditional kuih serve for generation. It is served during breakfast or as teatime snack. There are many variations to prepare Jemput2 Pisang/Banana Fritters (Baked),  some added sugar and coconut. But I prefer to omit those since banana is already sweet and opt for healthier version by baking them.

Jemput2 Pisang/Banana Fritters (Baked) Recipe  tasted as good as you have fried them but the only missing is the golden color you get when deep frying.

Jemput2 Pisang/Banana Fritters (Baked) Recipe @

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


This recipe is taken from  here but I have converted them into Jam Filled Bun since a certain ingredient is not available at my pantry.

It is semi rich dough,  won't rise much and you can bake them using lightly greased silicone mold or muffin pan.  The easiest way to fill the bun is by flattening the dough then place the jam in the middle, close the edges, shape back to a ball.  I shaped the dough into a coil about 10 inches long.  Choose one that you are comfortable with, either way they turned out fabulous though.

Yield      :    9 buns

2 C  all purpose flour
1/2 C  evaporated milk
4  TB  soft butter
3 TB  sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp  instant yeast
1/4 C  fruit preserve/jam


In a small bowl, combine milk, sugar and butter. Heat the mixture in a microwavable bowl until warm to touch.

Place flour and instant yeast in a mixing bowl, stir to combine.

Now add the milk mixture and salt, forms into soft dough.

Transfer onto floured work space and knead by hand for 6-8 minutes. If too sticky at a tablespoon of flour.

Place the dough into greased and covered bowl for 1-11/2 hour until puffy, may not double in bulk.

Divide dough into 9 balls. Flatten each ball and stuff with a teaspoon of jam, roll back into a round again. Or. make coil by rolling the ball between your hand about 10 in long.  Coil dough strip with the folded side down onto baking sheet. Make a deep indentation in the middle and fill with jam.. Let sit for 1 1/2 hours. Towards the end of rising time, preheat oven @ 180 C.

Bake the buns for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Linking to  Yeastspotting 10-21-11

Sunday, October 16, 2011


Strawberry Bread Recipe  @

Easy bread to be enjoyed at any time of the day. Fresh strawberries are added to the batter  This makes a nice treat with your coffee or a great addition to brunch..

The final product yielded an incredible results. The bread was studded with a little moist chunk of fruity goodness. All  members of my family liked it.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Baked Beignets Recipe @

Baked Beignets are sweet baked treat that are part bread, part doughnut. It was introduced by French families in Louisiana  during  mid 1700 along with their chicory coffee.

 Never baked beignets before but  when I saw them on the net, decided to bake them myself. There are two types of beignets - fried or baked. Of course my choice goes to healthier version and easy method.

Combination of  Baked Beignets and sweet coffee  are  so satisfying and filling too.  Start baking yours to enjoy this lovely bake!

Baked Beignets Recipe @

Monday, October 10, 2011


This is a wonderful recipe combining lentil and meat. Though it requires constant stirring to ensure that the gravy does not stick to the bottom of the pot, it is so satisfying and absolutely delicious.

Instead of toor dal, you can use kidney bean, bengal gram or a mixture of all the dal. Another option, add vegetables like cauliflower, potato, yam or turnip to this dish for a more healthier version.

Serves 4-6
Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor

1/2 C  masoor dal (split red lentil)
750g mutton cut into bite size
1 big onion
2 green chili
2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1+1/2 tsp chili powder
1+1/2 in ginger chopped
6 cloves garlic chopped
1 tsp cumin seed
1/2 tsp garam masala
2 TB cooking oil
2 TB lemon juice
3 TB chopped cilantro
salt and sugar to taste


Place dal, onion, green chili, cumin powder, turmeric, half of the ginger and mutton in a deep pot.

Pour in 4 cups of water and bring to boil. Cover and cook until meat and dal are tender, stirring in between.

Heat the oil, add cumin  seed, when it begins to change color, add remaining ginger and garlic, saute until fragrant.

Add chili powder, stir then remove from heat.

Pour this mixture together with the oil into cooked dal and meat.

Add lemon juice, salt, sugar and garam masala. If more gravy is needed add more water. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.

Serve hot, garnish with chopped cilantro.

Friday, October 7, 2011


Sesame & Almond Slice Recipe @

Breakfast slice is a great way to serve your kids on busy mornings. It barely take a few minutes to prepare. Not only that, you can customize to suit the taste of your family members, the ingredients include many things you probably have on hand.

Next time, when you need an easy and healthy breakfast on the go, give this Sesame and Almond Slice a try. Definitely you will love them!

Sesame & Almond Slice Recipe @

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


There are various recipes to bake Cinnamon Swirl Bread found on the net but settled with this one from Nestle and  made changes to the filling used.

It turned out fabulous and  my family love them so much. I  have to confess that bread baking is now part of my regular routine and enjoy every minute of the whole process.

If your evaporated milk is chilled, do add hot water but if it isn't, just add warm water. The temperature of the liquid should be warm to touch if too hot, let it cool down a bit.

Yield     :     One loaf

2 + 1/2 C  all purpose flour
1/2 C evaporated milk
1/2 C hot water
1/4 C  sugar
3/4 tsp salt
2 TB butter
1 + 1/2 tsp instant yeast


1/4 C sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp all purpose flour
1 tsp cocoa powder (optional)
1 TB melted butter


Combine milk, hot water, sugar, butter and salt in a mixing bowl.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour with instant yeast.

Make a well in center, pour the wet ingredients and forms into soft dough.

Place dough onto floured board, knead by hand for 10 minutes until smooth.

Transfer into greased and covered bowl, leave to rise until doubled for an hour.

Gently deflate the dough, roll our into rectangle. Brush with butter, spread the filling evenly leaving 1 in border.
 Tightly roll the dough jelly roll style.

Pinch the ends to seal. Pinch the long seam closed. Place into greased loaf pan, let sit for an hour. Towards the end of rising time, preheat oven @ 180C.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Brush with melted butter if desired after removing from the oven.

Cool on rack. Slice to serve.

Linking to Yeastspotting 10-07-11  

Monday, October 3, 2011


Pasta w/Spicy Tomato Sauce Recipe @

For a change, I love to cook this pasta cooked in spicy tomato sauce.  Pasta w/Spicy Tomato Sauce  has slightly tangy and sweet flavor. Besides prawn, that I'd added you can opt for chicken pieces. Throw in some vegetables of your choice, this has became a complete meal by itself..

For chili paste, you can buy a tub from supermarket or make your own using 10-15 dried chili, soak in hot water for a few minutes then drain and blend. If you love spicy food, it is economical to grind a lot more for future use.

In case you are vegetarian, do omit the  prawn/ chicken, replace them with tofu.
Pasta w/Spicy Tomato Sauce Recipe @