Friday, 4 September 2015

Quick Sambar Rice

At last we have settled down in our new nest and the best part is the huge kitchen. My very own kitchen after 2 yrs of moving about. Yup it's big, more than 20 feet long and I just love you can see me doing more cooking n more yummy posts ;)

Now, to the dish of the day... a quick Sambar Rice cooked using the rice cooker. It tasted great and a great option for a quick dinner fix on weeknights. Since I've been doing more weeknight dinners lately, I thought of compiling it all in a category for easy referral in the future. So you can check out the tab 'Weeknight Dinners' for other yummy recipes.

 I used :

1 cup ponni rice
1/2 cup toor dhal (soaked)
1 large onion, sliced thinly
1 small carrot, sliced
a handful of french beans, sliced
2 tsp sambar powder
1/4 tsp asoefatida
2 stalks curry leaves
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
some tamarind, dissolved in some water

Method :

Heat oil in a non-stick pan and add mustard seeds and cumin. Saute and add onion and curry leaves. Once onion is soft and fragrant, add beans, carrot and cook.
When vegetables are half cooked, add in sambar powder, asoefatida, and season with salt. Mix well and let it cook. You may add a little water here if needed. Once vege is 3/4 cooked, turn off heat.
In a rice cooker pot, add in washed rice with enough water according to the rice you choose.
Now add in the soaked dhall, cooked vegetable, tamarind extract and some salt.
Mix it and press or choose setting to cook. ( I used a digital rice cooker and chose White Rice setting).

Garnish cooked sambar rice with fresh coriander leaves and serve it with your favourite side dishes and raita.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Strawberry Overnight Oats

Gd morning!! Today I'm sharing with you My breakfast for today : Strawberry Overnight Oats.
Let me tell you..This was GOOD..I mean, really really'll love it even if you're not a fan of oats. Like me...haha..

Super easy and yummy...

All you need to do is blend together 1/2 cup of plain or strawberry greek yogurt with a handful of fresh strawberries (sliced) and 1/2 cup of milk.

Pour this into a bowl, Add rolled oats, abt 1/2 a cup (can add more or less according to your liking). Mix it and pour it equally into 2 glass jars. Top it with a tbsp of pure honey and sliced strawberries. Cover and refrigerate overnight. You may also add nuts, sliced bananas and chia seeds...YUMMMM

That's it....Strawberries Overnight Oats ready to be eaten! Do give it a try.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

I never thought cooking a one pot pasta meal will be much easier than easy pasta draining, no messiness and tasted even better. This is gonna be my go-to method for weeknight pasta meals. My 2yo is a pasta lover and she really liked this dish, so did the husband. Why don't you give this a try and let me know how it turned out for you ;).


- 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces, add a tbsp of dried italian herbs, salt, ground   black pepper (to taste) and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese. Mix well. Set aside.

- In a medium sized non-stick pot, add 1 1/4 cup water and bring to a simmer. Add in the contents of a medium sized bottle of  traditional pasta sauce to the water and bring to a boil.
 Once it starts to boil, add in spaghetti enough for 3 people (broken into half). Let it cook.

- Meanwhile heat a pan with some olive oil, and cook the chicken pieces till cook through, about 5 mins.

- When pasta is tender, add in 1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese and the cooked chicken pieces. Mix well and serve hot.

Easy one pot pasta meal is ready!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Ayam Paprik

This is a recipe which combines chicken, prawns and vegetables all in one dish, kind of like a one pot meal.
Best served white white rice or fried rice.

Ingredients :

1 skinless, boneless chicken breast - cut into pieces
10 prawns - cleaned
1 big onion, sliced
3 garlic gloves, minced
2 red chillies, sliced
10 button mushrooms, sliced
1 carrot, cut thinly
a handful of beans, sliced thinly

3 kaffir lime leaves
1-2 tsp chilli paste
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp tomato sauce
salt to taste

Method :

Heat oil in a wok and saute onion, garlic and red chillies. Add chilli paste and saute. Add in chicken pieces and carrot. Once partially cooked, add beans, mushrooms and mix well. Let it cook. Add a little water if needed.
Then add prawns and all the sauces and seasonings. Add kaffir lime leaves. Mix well till cooked.
If not thick enough can add a tbsp of cornflour mixed in water. This will thicken the dish but I did not add this.
Adjust salt according to taste.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Baked Fish In Banana Leaf

Baked Fish Masala in Banana Leaf is an Indian style fish dish, very flavourful and keeps the fish moist and soft. I made this as one of the dished for Father's Day dinner and it was enjoyed by all. I saved this recipe from online some time ago and only now managed to try it out.


1 large pomfret, cut into big slices - I used 6 slices, baked in 2 batches
2 banana leaf and aluminium foil to wrap

- Rub fish slices with some turmeric, salt, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice and set aside.


2 big onions, sliced thinly
2 big tomatoes, sliced thinly
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
1/3 cup grated coconut
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
3 tsp garam masala
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
1/2 cup chopped mint leaves
olive oil for cooking
salt to taste
mustard seeds and curry leaves

Heat olive oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and curry leaves. Next add onion and grated coconut. Saute till onion become soft. Then add ginger-garlic paste, tomatoes and cook till tomatoes are soft.
Add chilli powder, garam masala, black pepper, cook well. Then add mint and coriander leaves and salt to taste. Cook covered with some water sprinkled (if needed) till no raw smell. Turn off fire. Let it cool.
Once cool blend the masala to a paste.

- Heat oven to 200C.
- Take a banana leaf and heat it a bit over direct flame so it doesn;'t tear.

Now place masala in a layer on the leaf, arrange 3 fish slices on top of masala and cover the fish with more masala. Fold leaf to form a parcel and now cover the parcel with a layer of aluminium foil.

Bake for about 30 mins at 200C.

Meanwhile make another parcel using the balance masala and fish slices.

This dish best to be served hot with white rice.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Aglio Olio with Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Salmon

I've been a fan of angel hair pasta since the first time I tried it and it's also super quick to cook with unlike spaghetti or fettuccine. I choose to cook with it for quick weeknight dinners. This is one recipe I tried yesterday for dinner, as I had this pack of Italian spices from a dear friend of mine who visited Italy recently and I was eager to try it out.

Verdict : The spice was fragrant, smelled spicy ;) and went well to give a great flavour to the pasta. I was careful on the amount I added as I don't want it to be too spicy and inedible.
Overall a lovely meal which even my 2yo enjoyed despite it being spicy. She's a fan of anything noodles / pasta. Only change I would make in the future will be doubling the amount of mushrooms and tomatoes.
I have edited the recipe with more mushrooms and tomatoes so you can follow as it is.

The dish

Spices from Italy

Angel hair pasta (cooked al dente in a pot of boiling water with a dash of olive oil) - enough for 3 persons
This pasta cooks in less than 5 minutes so you need to watch it while it cooks to get the perfect texture.

Drain and set aside.

1 big salmon fillet, cut into bite size pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced
olive oil
ground black pepper
dried oregano / italian herbs

Heat oil in a non-stick pan, saute the garlic, then add the salmon and seasonings, mix and once salmon is cooked, take and keep aside.

5 garlic cloves, minced
10 button mushrooms, sliced
10 cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
5-6 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp Dried mixed Italian herbs
Dry chilli flakes (according to level of spiciness you prefer)

In a big pan, heat olive oil and saute the garlic, add in the mushrooms and tomatoes.
Add herbs, chilli flakes, salt.
Combine well till mushrooms cooked. Adjust seasonings to taste if needed.
Now, add in the cooked pasta to the pan and mix it all together till pasta coated well.

Serve hot topped with the cooked salmon.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Potato Pancakes

Hi. I made these yummy pancakes for Mother's Day dinner following a recipe from GoodFood Magazine Asia May edition.
It was served with sour cream with pan fried salmon n mango salsa.
It was delicious, enjoyed by everyone at home and added to my go-to recipes list.

Potato Pancakes

Pan fried salmon, mango salsa, potato pancakes n sour cream

Recipe :

4 medium sized potatoes, boiled n mashed well
85 gm plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1 egg
125 ml milk
1 tbsp finely chopper chives
some oil / butter
sour cream to serve

Add flour and baking powder to cooled mashed potatoes. Whisk egg and milk together in another bowl.
Then add to the potato mash with the chives, salt and pepper. Whisk till batter is smooth. You can add more milk if too thick or more flour if too thin.
Heat a non-stick pan/ tawa and add some butter. Pour pancake batter using a small ladle. Cook till both sides are golden.
Ready to serve.

This joins the May Week 3 Cooking from Cookbook Challenge Group.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Mother's Day lunch at The Bee @ Publika

The husband being away and since we haven't seen him for over 2 weeks, me and the little one decided to go pick him up at the airport and off we went for a day out.
Publika was a 30 minutes drive from Subang airport and we reached fairly early, about 10.30 am.
Finding a parking at that hour was so easy.

Shweta started demanding for ice-cream, knowing we're out 'shopping' and we gave in and got her a scoop of World Class Chocolate at Baskin Robbins (her favourite btw).
Then off she and the husband went to JKids for some playtime while mummy got her toes done ;).
Then the husband took us to The Bee for lunch where he had made a reservation. It wasn't too crowded and they had a baby chair as well as a kids menu so we're quite happy on that.

I ordered the Moroccon Shredded Lamb Pasta - cooked perfectly, tasted good and a big portion too.
The husband had the Spicy Chicken Burger which he enjoyed and sausages and fries for the kid (ended up being finished by the daddy).

Food was fast, tasted good and importantly Shweta behaved throughout the meal ;)

After the meal, we made some groceries shopping for dinner at Ben's Independent Grocer and headed home with a sleeping toddler ;).

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