Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Assalamualaykum ...

Taddaaa.... I am presenting to you SHAKSHOUKA ...

Shakshouka is a Turnisian food. Being Malaysian we love to try food from various continent. And tonight I am trying Shahshouka, a dish that many has been talking about (at least within my colleagues and friends). It is actually runny egg in a spiced tomato gravy. And it's delicious. I fell in love with it on the first try.

For the ingredients:

The star ingredients would be
*1 large Tomato (diced)  and 2 tablespoon tomato paste (you can use canned whole tomato)
*1 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder
*1 large Capsicum - diced
(I called it star because it really makes a difference when you have less of any of these)

1 large Onion
2 cloves of garlic
Eggs - 2 or 3, but maximum is 4 (depends on how many serving you are preparing)
cooking oil 
plain water

Garnish with cilantro (but i used rosemary)

The method:
1. Heat the wok or pot
2. Saute the onion and garlic. Then add the diced tomatoes and capsicums. Let it cooked and tender.
3. Add water, tomato paste (puree) and let it simmer.
4. Add seasonings (salt, pepper and sugar)
5. When it reached the thickness that you prefer, lower the heat.
6. Break the eggs into it at different places in the wok. Cover the wok.
7. Do not let the egg gets too hard. A runny egg is very much better.

Quickly turn off the heat and serve with homemade bread. Sooooo .... delicious. Alhamdulillah

P/s. You can have it for breakfast or dinner.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Kacang Phool


Alhamdulillah... it's finally in the house,  the Foul Medammas in gravy.

My first taste of this dish was at  restaurant. But I disliked it. I made up my mind that this dish is not appealing to my tastebud. Second try was at a good friend's house and it changed my perception towards this dish immediately. It was delicious. Superb. To judge the food alone is unfair. We need several trials before making a decision.

For this:
1 can of Foul Medammas (I used Kimball's) - drained and crushed slightly
1 can of baked beans
1 large onion
3 garlics
1/2 inch ginger
About a small bowl of minced meat
1 table spoon of ghee and oil for frying
Salt to taste
Fresh black pepper
2 table spoon curry powder

Preparing it:
I came home from office and quickly work on the beef. Get it chopped and minced.
Then work on the onions, garlic and ginger. Get it blended.
Mix some water to the curry powder to form a paste.
Heat the ghee an oil in a pot. Put in the blended ingredients. Then add the curry paste. Let it cooked.
Then add the minced meat. Let it cook.
Then add the foul medammas and baked beans. Put the tomato juices in too. Add plain water if need to.
Add salt and pepper.
Let it simmer. Till to the thickness that you wish.
Ready to be served with the sunny side egg, chopped fresh onion and chilli.

Have it with whatever you wish ... bread, pratha .. all are welcome. E. N. J. O. Y.


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Gulai Sotong Cumi


We were actually on our quest to get all the dried seafood products from a trading center in Tanjung Dawai. While chit-chatting, the shopkeeper offered to sell us the fresh squid. Fresh from the sea. Without hesitation, we grabbed a kilogram of it. 

This is what becoming of it - Squid Curry

This curry is supposed to be similar to curry cooked at the Mamak Restaurant. But bearing a Malay hat, it turns out slightly different but tasty to our tastebud.

Quater kilogram of squid
2 large onions - sliced thinly
Curry leafs
2 Pandan leafs - washed and make a knot out of it
3 tablespoon curry powder - add some water to it to form a paste
Tamarind juice
Salt to taste
2 to 3 tablespoon cooking oil

Simple ingredient isn't it??
Now, making it:

Pour the oil in the pot. 
Add onion, pandan leafs and curry leafs. Fry till the onions are transparent or cooked (not burnt)
Add the curry paste. Let it cook.
You will know the curry powder is cooked when you see the oil coming to the surface.
Add the squid. Add plain water if need to.
When the squid is cooked (It did not take long to cook), add the tamarind juice and salt.
Let it simmer for a while.

Eat it with the hot rice. It's finger licking good.


Nasi goreng ringkas


Rushing from office to our home. Need a quick fix for the dinner? 
Fried rice is the simple answer.

A scenario.
You came home late. Rushing from the office and decided not to cook. 
Both the husband and you had not had a hefty meal for lunch earlier. Therefore you opted to eat out at a Malay restaurant.
What would you order?
Fried rice?

Well, why not make it yourself? 
Use all the available ingredients and kitchen tools.

How I made mine?
The rice: Entering the house, I placed my things near the counter. I quickly walked to the kitchen. 1 cup of rice is sufficient for the two of us. Washed and rinsed it, I cooked it in a Noxxa pressure cooker for 7 minutes. At times, I cooked using the Tupperware rice cooker (cooked in the microwave) for 15 minutes.

I get the ingredients ready for my fried rice.
1 onion
3 garlics
1 handful of anchovies
2 red chillies
Throw everything into the blender and blend it finely.

Next, prepare the vegetable to accompany it.

By then, the rice is cooked and cool it down by transferring into a large bowl. Cool to the room temperature.

Getting ready to cook:
2 table spoon of cooking oil
Fry all the blended ingredients till soften and brownish
Put in your vegies.
Flavoured it with salt and pinch of sugar (as I did not use any MSG)
Add the cool rice.
Mix well.

There you go ... a quick and easy fix,

You can add sunny-up egg, or fish crackers or fried prawn to your liking. It enhances the taste.

Happy cooking ...

#Note: You can also use Noxxa Pressure Cooker to prepare the fried rice, but my husband did not like it very much, therefore, I opted to traditional approach.