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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Malaysian Chicken Curry #2

N started traveling again for his job and I am trying to put A back into routine, with mom and brother visiting the last 3 months and N working from home the last few weeks. A's bedtime has been greatly affected, he was having so much fun playing with everybody that he fights his sleep every night until much later. It is really not to my liking, I am at the opinion that toddler should go to bed around the latest 8.00 pm, he has been pushing it to 9.30-10.00 pm almost every night!

I started putting him earlier to be the last two days, it was tough as he protest and will do everything he could to stay awake when I brought him into bed. I guess I just have to persist and keep trying!

So coming back to this curry that I am posting today. It has been long time since I last cook Malaysian Curry, the reason mainly due to that some of the essential ingredients, especially the fresh herbs are not easily available. Even if I do find them, they are scattered in different Asian supermarkets around town that I have to make various shopping trips to gathered them all.

One day last week I was browsing on the internet and bumped into a Malaysian blog post that explained if you simmered the curry powder slowly until the oil breaks, a very tasty curry can be produced with having to add so many types of fresh herbs! I mentally noted the cooking method and prepared the curry the next day.

It was indeed really delicious and taste even better the day after! 

Thank you Madam Azie of for this great idea!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Toddler Food -- Apple Crepe

A just recovered from fever couple of days ago and yet to regain his appetite. He refused most of the foods I offered and will eat only fruits in the last few days. He looks a little better today and was playing like his normal self. So I decided to make something different with apple, hopefully the apple in this crepe will lure him into having few more bites.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tauhu Sumbat (Vegetable Stuffed Tofu)

It's the Ramadhan month again, my FB page was flooded with all the yummy foods my friends back home bought from the street and night market, it got me craving for the street foods back home so much that I decided to make this stuffed tofu at home today. It is my favourite street foods from Malay stalls and it goes so well with my homemade Thai Sweet Chili Sauce 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rajma (Curried Kidney Bean)

Rajma was the very first Indian food I learnt to cook, and remained one of my best dishes. The funniest thing is that I realised I have never made a post on it after all these years. Its about time.. no?

The secret to a good pot of Rajma (Kidney Bean Stew) is in the simmer, the longer you simmer it, the better it taste!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Pickled Green Chillies(Chili Hijau Jeruk)

Mom went back to Malaysia the night before. I had to leave A with N when I sent mom to the airport as he was suffering sore throat and fever. On our drive to the airport, mom keeps on talking about how bad she felt leaving A when he is not well. It made me very emotional and felt equally bad for A as he has accustomed to a life style with grandma where they spent a lot of fun time out door walking and playing.

I was feeling terribly down after coming back from the airport, I was also exhausted from not having enough sleeps for days. A was cranky at night and was not able to sleep, one night I had to sit downstairs in the sofa holding him the whole night as he couldn't lie flat on bed to sleep and refused to leave me.

Having mom home for the pass few months was so much better and she took care of many things while I care for A, not having her around leave me feeling very sad and somewhat empty. I cried a couple of times at night and missing her so much already.

Yesterday when I was going through my fridge to find ingredients for dinner, I saw this green chilies that mom bought to make Stuffed Chilies earlier, it is still slightly more than half packet left. I decided to make this chili pickle that is known to accompany most Malaysian dishes.

Guess Wonton noodle the Malaysian style is going to show up in my dining table soon!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Palak Paneer (Spinach with Cottage Cheese) # 2

My family in Malaysia loved North Indian Cuisine, there is a very nice Indian restaurant that sells naan and Tandoori chicken name "Pak Putra" in Melaka, it is a road side hawker style restaurant, they have all the chairs and tables lined up at the roadside every evening. The foods are delicious. 

We will definitely go there at least once when N and I visiting Malaysia, he is always delighted to go there for his Indian food fixed. 

Pak Putra made very good spinach curry without paneer, I find it very funny at first, they called it "Palak", without the word paneer. I guess it is hard to find fresh indian Cottage cheese in Melaka, that is why.

So my family in Malaysia are so used to the palak gravy that they thought it is how it should be eaten. They have no idea about the famous Northern Indian dish called Palak paneer. Until mom and brother visited USA and I made it one day and they were like :" Oh this is the real thing?". 

They liked it very much though mom couldn't really get along with the idea of eating "tofu" with spinach. She have learnt it somewhere on the internet that calcium in tofu will react to oxalate in the spinach and promotes the formation of kidney stones or some sort of rumors like that.

So, even though I have repeatedly told her that it is just a myth and paneer isn't really tofu, she still eats only the spinach gravy but not the paneer. I guess old habit die hard then, really.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Coffee Ice cubes & Ice Coffee

My mom is a coffee lover and she craves for coffee most afternoon, so we sort of starting a routine of having afternoon coffee ever since she is here.

I got a bag of very good organic coffee from BJ's the other day, when it is brewing, the kitchen smells like a coffee house. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mooli Paratha (Radish Pancake)

Mooli paratha is another type of paratha well loved by Indian. I make this mooli paratha quiet frequently for breakfast at home.

I also modify the recipe a little to make it less oily and healthier. Thus this is a lot less in calorie compared to the famous potato and cheese/paneer Paratha.
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