Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Chicken Kurma (Kurma Ayam)

Kurma Ayam

Dear Readers,

In this outing I am sharing with you a spicy dish called Chicken Kurma. The reason is because this dish is versatile.You can eat Chicken Kurma with almost anything. If you don't feel like eating it with rice you can eat kurma with Nan bread,Prata or Chapatti, Roti Chanai,white/wholemeal bread,buns or any other type of bread.This dish would make a lovely dish for Iftar in Ramadhan.

You can use meat if you like as well as vegetables instead of chicken. My mum used to make Cabbage Kurma.It tastes as good as the meat variety.There are various methods of preparing this awesome dish.I am sharing with you my family recipe.

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Here's the recipe:
Chicken Kurma (Kurma Ayam)

6 pcs. chicken
5 pcs. potatoes (cut into half or quarter)
1 pcs. tomato (cut into wedges)
2 big onions (cut into wedges)
3 fresh green chillies (cut into half)
1 stalk coriander leaf and spring onion
1 stalk of curry leaf
1 cup Kurma powder
2 tbs butter
3/4 cup oil
1 cup coconut milk (can be substituted with fresh milk or cream)
3 tbs yogurt (plain)
1 tbs black pepper (grind)
1 tbs kaskas (poppy seeds)(grind)
1 tbs almond (grind)
1 tsp spices: cloves,cardamom
2 pcs cinnamon
1 star anise
10 shallots or small onions (slice thinly)
6 cloves garlic (slice thinly)
1 in ginger (slice thinly)
salt to taste
1 and 1/2 litre water (or according to the quantity of gravy that you want)

1) Heat oil and butter. Fry the small onions,garlic,ginger and curry leaf
2) Add cinnamon,star anise and the spices.Fry until brown.
3) Add the Kurma powder,almond,kaskas and pepper.Stir for a minute or two.
4) It will be aromatic.Now we add the water.The quantity is up to you as to how much gravy you want.
5) Stir well. Add in the potatoes. Let it simmer until the potatoes has soften.
6) Now we add in the chicken,tomatoes,green chillies,raisins,cashew nuts,fried onions,cocomut milk and yoghurt. Stir well and let it simmer until the chicken is cooked.
7) Add in the spring onions and coriander leaf. Stir and its ready to be served.

Kurma Ayam



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I was asked recently by a friend and a fellow blogger Luke of Jakarta News.

about Ramadhan.Therefore I am taking this opportunity to introduce in brief the holy month of Ramadhan Al Mubaraq to him and to all my fellow non Muslims readers.

The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This means that each month begins with the sighting of the new crescent moon. A lunar year is 354 days long whereas the solar year is 365 days.As in solar calendar lunar calendar has 12 month.

Ramadan is the name of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; meaning "scorching heat".

Even though a scientific calculations can predict exactly when the astronomical new moon occurs, and can predict with accuracy when the first crescent will be visible, there are many factors that can complicate this, such as the weather. For this reason, the rule is that the new crescent moon must be sighted by human observers. This is to allow ordinary Muslims who are not astronomers to take part.Hence, we don't know exactly when it will appear until it's seen.

What does Ramadhan signifies.The first verses of the Quran were revealed in the month of Ramadan.The entire Quran was revealed over a period of about 23 years, starting in 610 CE and ending in 632 CE.

So why do the Muslims fast.

Quran Surah al-Baqarat verse 183 states that the purpose of the fast is to develop a quality called in Arabic "taqwa". Taqwa may be defined as, "Worshiping God as if you see Him because if you don't, He sees you."

Nobody but God and the person fasting know if that person actually observed the entire fast or not.Thus one has to remember that God is always watching and will see any lapse.

The fast is from dawn to sunset each day of Ramadan. The fast involves refraining from food, drink, and (for married people) sexual relations during the daylight hours.

Note: In addition as pointed out by my friend and fellow blogger MULTIBRAND we should also refrain from anger and bad feelings toward others. It was an oversight and I am happy that he had noticed that. I'd like to add as well that during fasting we must also watch our language and refrain from talking bad about others.

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Who has to fast?

The fast is obligatory on all sexually mature adult Muslims except:

1) Those who are mentally handicapped or insane.
2) People who are ill do not have to fast if it would further damage their health.
3) Women who are pregnant or nursing are considered "ill" because fasting would harm their babies.
4) Women who are having their menstrual period or who are experiencing post-partum bleeding because it is feared that the combination of blood loss and fasting could damage their health.
5) Children who have not yet reached puberty are not required to fast.
(However, it is good for them to practice, and for this reason many Muslim children are trained as early as age seven or nine to fast.)
6) People who are traveling may also break their fast if they feel that keeping it would harm them.
7) Soldiers on guard duty for whom maximum readiness is a must may break their fast.

(In all cases of illness or fear of illness, the missed days need to be made up later.)

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What is special during Ramadhan that is not found in any other month.

1) Recitation of the entire Quran, in imitation of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who did so. This is usually done for the community from the mosques or (in Muslim countries) on the radio or TV; individuals or families may also get together for their own recitation

2) Observance of special night vigil prayers in the late evening or middle of the night called tarawih.

3) Withdrawing to the mosque during the last ten nights of Ramadan for prayer and Quran recitation, which is called itikaf meaning "seclusion".

4) Celebration of the "Night of Power" marking the specific date of the beginning of the revelation of the Quran on the 27th of Ramadan

5) The fast is broken each evening with a meal called "iftar" (meaning "breaking the fast"), and the last meal in the morning before dawn is called "suhur" (meaning "morning meal").

In Muslim countries it is quite common to have feasts that last all night and run from iftar to suhur. These feasts are a time of celebration and community. There is also a special holiday marking the end of Ramadan, called Eid al-Fitr.

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What's Eid al-Fitr?

The name Eid al-Fitr means "feast of the fast-breaking". It takes place on the first day of the month that follows Ramadan. There is a special salat (prayer) in the morning, which the whole community should come together for. As well, those who can afford to do it should provide a small amount of food for the needy so that everybody can celebrate. Most communities have a variety of festive celebrations and meals to mark the day.

I hope this info has been helpful for Luke and my fellow non-Muslims readers, in understanding Ramadhan.

Till we meet again,take care of yourself.


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