Monday, November 17, 2014

Easy Cabbage Kootu

A recipe after some time...this is an easy, quick to do recipe which tastes good, too.
Something you can make for dinner after work or on a busy the thumbs-up from the husband.

All you need :

1/2 cup mysore dhall / dhall of choice, soaked for about an hour
2 cups sliced cabbage
1 large onion, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
2 cloves garlic
curry leaves
2 dried chillies
1 tsp mix spices / talipu
2 tsp sambar powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder / to taste
salt to taste
water - to boil dhall
water - for kootu

In a small pot boil water and cook dhall with garlic cloves and some salt till dhall is soft.

In another pot, heat some oil and sauté onion and curry leaves. Add cabbage, tomato, sambar powder, chilli powder, mix well. Add water just enough to cover ingredients and bring to a boil. Add salt. Once cabbage is cooked and gravy thickens, add cooked dhall with the garlic.
Meanwhile,  in a small wok, heat some oil, fry the dry chillies and mix spices. Add this to the kootu mixture, stir well to combine and turn off heat.
Easy cabbage kootu is ready. Can be served with rice / roti/ chappatis.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Visiting Bali With A Kid 2014 - Day 1

This is my 2nd visit to Bali and my husband's 1st. We have been planning this visit for quite some time now but planning a vacation with our 1 year old in tow is no easy task.

Finally we got some days off, things sorted out and was on our way for a family vacation after nearly a year. I booked the tickets and hotel thru Air Asia Go. It took weeks to decide on the right hotel, something not so expensive (as we'll be spending most of our time outdoors) yet it has to be comfortable enough for our kid, walking distance to shops, pharmacy, quiet with lovely grounds.

In the end we settled on Kuta Paradiso Hotel. You can read on reviews here .

Day 1.

Our flight was at 9.20 am and we had to leave home abt 6 am in order to be on time. This was my first flight from the new KLIA 2 and it was quite a walk from the check-in counters to the departure gate. It took us abt 30 mins (brisk walking and the kid on her stroller). I would suggest to those travelling through KLIA 2 to give yourselves enough time so as not to rush in.
We were glad to book the hot seats and was the first to be ushered in.

It was an uneventful flight though the little one was awake for the whole 3 hrs of the journey but couldn't keep her eyes open once we were at Bali Immigration. We were happy to be greeted at the airport by our friendly driver frm the hotel. It started to feel like a great start when you have someone carrying your bags and driving you around and all you had to do was sit back and enjoy sight seeing.

The hotel was near the airport and check-in was fast. The facilities were as stated in their site. Room spacious. TV channels very satisfactory and the little one had her fav Disney Junior. The hotel was very clean, toiletries, towels, water and such available upon check-in. I personally loved the pillows. Only thing was a need of furniture refurbishment in the room but overall a good hotel with lovely grounds.

Kuta Paradiso grounds

We spent the first day relaxing, taking a walk around kuta town, checking out the shops and had dinner at one of the smaller shops (warung) along Kuta Beach.

Chicken Satay

Indonesian Nasi Goreng

Indonesian Mee Goreng

The night was buzzing at Kuta with tourists and locals everywhere, restaurants were crowded and the weather pleasant. Though the day was hot, the night was cool with a lovely wind and truly pleasant to walk about.

We had an early night in being tired from the trip and as we have to wake early the next day for our day tour around Bali.

Thanks for reading Stay tuned for Day 2 at Bali ;)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thai Fine Dining in KL - Rama V

Dear friends,
Things have kept me occupied but I find that I've been using that excuse way too often lately and promises made to self to keep the blogging going just not kept.
So, rather than waiting to cook up a new yummy dish which I rarely do nowadays, I decided to blog on the random things in life...and this time I'll write about my fav Thai fine dining restaurant in the heart of Kuala Lumpur...a romantic yet reasonably priced place (compared to all the other Italian/ French fine dining around). A favourite of mine due to the ambience, accessibility and of course the delicious food which has never let me down.

So, here goes.... Rama V Thai Fine Dining

We had a full course meal..from starters to dessert and I would say we thoroughly enjoyed it.

What we chose : Starters: Crispy Fried Scallops served with sweet n spicy chili sauce
                            Salad   : Banana Blossom salad with minced chicken...yummms...our favourite of
                                          the day
                             Main : Fragrant rice with Green Curry Chicken and Stir Fried Okra in Belacan
                                         (couldn't resist the Green Curry whenever I go for Thai food)
                            Dessert : Mango sticky rice (for the husband) and Chendol for me...yumms
                            Drinks : Pomegranate Lychee Mojito for me and watermelon juice for the husband

Overall a delicious meal in a romantic setting. We got a seat overlooking the garden and it was indeed pleasant. There was a party going on at one of the private dining rooms but it was blocked by glass doors so no disturbance at all.
I'm looking forward to dine at one of those private rooms one of the days... ;)
The price we paid was worth the meal and will not hesitate to visit again..maybe next year ya.

More pics :

And special thanks to the husband for the pretty dress and awesome early treat for my 32nd birthday.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Father's Day Thai Fiesta

It's been ages since my last post...with the change of job, the temporary move back to my hometown after nearly 12 years...orient myself geographically and dealing with the little one's needs has been the main agenda this past few months. Now that we have sort of got the hang of it all, and things are starting to roll much smoothly, I've started a part time baking business with my sister and we call it Cake O'licious.
You can check out the FB Page ;).

We have slowly picked up the pace and I'm happy to say that it's running pretty smoothly too.... ;). This gives me the pleasure to bake and try out all kinda new stuff that I've been saving at the back of my mind all this years and definitely solves the issue of who will be eating all those sinful baked goodies....and gives me more reason to do therapeutic baking...yes you heard me right, baking is therapeutic to me...haha....

Now, enough of my musings....

The past weekend being Father's Day, I managed to cook up a feast for the dearest husband....and it was Thai food..being a fan of Thai food, I wanted to try out things from the scratch....I would say a simple version of it but it did take me a couple of hours to get it all on the table...and as usual the husband loved it all...and me too ;) here goes.....

Mixed Vegetables in Red Curry

Thai Fragrant Prawns

Thai Style Steamed Fish

Delicious and Refreshing Fruit Soup

And my, we both enjoyed the food including the little one but she could only try out the steam fish...

Here are the links to the recipes and do give it a try ;)

Fragrant Thai Prawns

Thai Style Steamed Fish

Vegetables in Red Curry

Will post the fruit soup recipe in a different post soon...happy cooking ;)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

My Little Angel Turns One !

Before I realized, my little one has reached the one year only felt like yesterday, when we went on shopping sprees for the newborn, dedicating day and night to be at her side....
It has been a super busy year with the husband going off to do his Masters and end up being a weekend father, me resigning my 5 year job that I loved and taking up an offer nearer to my parents with better working hours so I won;t be tired when I come home to an eager little one......
So, it definitely called for a celebration. People say 1 year olds won't appreciate birthday parties..well, to me it's a party to celebrate her reaching the 1 year mark and being a wonderful kid and mainly for both of us to have done an excellent job holding on during the ups and downs of this 1 year....
My daughter is a princess in the me, she does behave like, I chose the little, cute Princess Sofia as the theme party....with early planning, I managed to pull off the simple yet lovely party. Here are some of the shots....

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chicken n Mushroom Shepherds Pie

I made this yummilicious shepherds pie for dinner last week and the husband truly loved it ;)
There was nothing left at the end of dinner when I actually thought I've made loads and will have leftovers...haha...

You need :

300-350 gm boneless, skinless chicken meat, diced small
1 yellow onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 can of button mushrooms, sliced thinly
some olive oil
1 tbsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tsp paprika (or more)
1 tbsp flour
1 cup water

5-6 medium size potatoes, boiled, mashed well without lumps
1 tbsp butter
salt and ground pepper to taste

mix together the mashed potatoes with butter, salt and pepper. It has to be smooth. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Saute onion till soft, add in carrot. Let carrot cook a bit. Then and add in chicken meat and mushroom. Cook a little and add in the flour. Mix well and pour in the water. Let it cook well. Season with salt, pepper, oregano and paprika. The gravy should be thick, you can add more water while cooking if needed. Turn off fire. Now transfer it to a heavy oven proof casserole, spread it evenly.

Top it with the mashed potatoes, spread evenly, covering well. You can make simple design on the surface with a fork. Then drizzle some olive oil on the surface.

Heat oven 180 C. Bake for about 30-40 minutes. Serve with some salad.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fried Radish Cake

This is my second favourite hawker food in Malaysia....available for breakfast and dinner..I still remember the Chinese uncle with a big wok frying this deliciously smelling dish at the entrance of the morning market near my parents; house.....the only thing about this dish is that I find it a little too oily for my taste and so I decided to actually try making this at home and it resulted in my kitchen smelling gloriously delicious ;) and it tasted just like the one that you can get at the hawker stalls (maybe a little better , hehe) here goes, my fried radish cake :




Serves 3-4 persons.

1.Making radish cake :

1 medium sized white radish - grated thinly
200 gm rice flour
200 ml water
water for steaming
a bit of salt

Place grated radish in a heatpoof plate. Heat water in a pot and steam the radish till it turns translucent. You can also use a steamer. (whatever method convenient for you).

Remove  and let it cool. Add radish into a metal cake pan. In another bowl, mix together rice flour and 200 ml water. Add the solution to the steamed radish. Mix well.

Steam again on high for about 30 - 40 mins. It will be a bit firm to touch. Remove pan from heat. Let it cool and then place in the refrigerator for 7-8 hrs or overnight so it firms up.

2. Frying the radish cake:

1/2 tbsp. non spicy chilli paste (chilli boh)
2 eggs, beaten
3-4 cloves garlic , minced
a small bowl of beansprouts, rinsed
2 tsp fish sauce
dark soy sauce, accordingly
salt and white pepper to taste
spring onion, chopped
canola oil for frying

prawns (optional)

Remove radish cake from refrigerator about 10-15 mins prior to frying. Cut it into small pieces.
heat some oil in a non-stick pan. Stir-Fry the radish cake pieces till slightly browned. Add in the garlic and chilli paste. Add some salt. Fry till aromatic.
Add in the beansprouts, stir.
Add fish sauce, soy sauce and pepper, mix well. Now, pour in the beaten eggs, all around the radish cake. Let it set a bit and then flip over from side to side till it is all well mixed. Add more pepper and salt if needed.
Serve hot with spring onions...;)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Tandoori Chicken Pizza with Cilantro Yogurt Dressing

A flavourful indian style pizza.......deliciously mouthwatering...and the yogurt dressing compliments the pizza so well....

Pizza base :

Use ur best pizza base recipe
Use a frozen ready pizza base (follow packet instructions)
Try out this pizza base recipe :

Smitten Kitchen

If ur making ur own dough, follow the recipe above, roll out onto your pan, bake for about 5 minutes till slightly cooked at 200C. Then remove from oven, assemble the pizza and bake again.

I bought freshly cooked tandoori chicken from the restaurant nearby (I love their tandoori chicken..succulent) for this pizza (less time consuming)....but you can always make your is a recipe for it :


To assemble the pizza :

tandoori chicken pieces
1/2 yellow bell pepper , sliced thinly
1 onion, sliced into rings
1 red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced
a handful of low fat pizza cheese
 Leggo's tomato and mushroom pasta sauce / any pasta sauce of your choice

Spread a layer of sauce over your dough evenly. Sprinkle low fat pizza cheese..Then add sliced tandoori chicken pieces, yellow bell pepper, onion slices and red chilli slices. Sprinkle some salt and enough dried oregano....Bake at 200C for 10-15 mins or till pizza is cooked.

Serve with cilantro yogurt dressing :

2 tbsp. chopped cilantro
1/4 tbsp. minced ginger
juice of 1 small kalamansi lime
1/3 cup low fat greek yogurt

Blend all together...a delicious dressing...suitable for biryani as well...