Friday, July 30, 2010
The last several days have been very trying for me and have prevented me from being online.Alhamdulillah, everything is back to normal and by His grace and mercy I am able to post new recipe again.
In this outing I am sharing with you a rice dish which I think is very suitable for Ramadhan or even Eid. It's a complete meal by itself if you were to add some vegetables to it as well like carrot or cauliflowers or green peas or even mushrooms if you like. The rice dish is called Nasi Daging or Meat Rice. You can substitute the meat with chicken or seafood or just vegetables if you are not a meat eater. Garnishing is totally up to you.The side dish can be salad or curry or both.
I'd like to point out that the cup that I am using in all my recipes is the standard measuring cup used in cake making.Same goes for the spoon measurement,they are the standard measuring spoon in cake making too. For the rice you can use any available measuring utensils that you have at home as long as the ratio of rice to liquid is 1:1.For example if you use a bowl to measure then its one bowl of rice and one bowl of liquid..and so on.Another thing is, this recipe and for my other recipes,normally its for 5-6 people average..depending on how big an eater the people are in your family or friends :) Therefore if we are cooking for one or two persons then reduce the amount of the ingredients proportionately by half or quarter.The reason I normally prepare for 5 or 6 people is because I am taking a standard number..not too many and not too few.
This is my late mum's favourite dish. Whenever any of us visited her in Penang she would always have this Meat Rice waiting for us. We can smell the aroma as we enter her house..so welcoming and so full of love.I am very happy to share this recipe with you hoping that your house would also be filled with the aroma of this lovely rice dish and also with lots of love.
Enjoy the video.Forgive the slight inaudibility and noises in the background. Have to bear with the neighbours' dogs barking for no reason, must be asking for TLC from the owners..and my cats can be so naughty sometimes asking for food when I am shooting :)
Here's the recipe:
Nasi Daging (Meat Rice)
5 cups rice (any rice is alright if you don't have Basmati rice.Note also 5 cups=1Kg)
5 cups meat stock
1 Kg meat (boiled,cut into preferred pieces and set aside 5 cups of the stock for the rice)
1 cup evaporated milk (can use fresh milk if evaporated milk is not available)
2 tbs yogurt
5 tbs ghee or butter
1/2 cup oil
1 big onion (slice thinly, use 10 shallots if you don't like big onion)
6 cloves of garlic (slice thinly)
1 in ginger (slice thinly)
2 pcs cinnamon (kayu manis)
1 tsp cloves and 1 star anise (tied in a pouch)(cengkih & bunga lawang)
1 tsp cumin (jintan putih)
1 tsp fennel (jintan manis)
1 tsp cardammom (buah pelaga)
1 tsp nutmeg (buah pala)
1 tbs corriander seeds (biji ketumbar)
some curry leaves,coriander leaf,spring onions and pandan leaf (screw pine)
3 pcs fresh green chillies (halved,remove seeds if you prefer)
6 pcs candlenut (grind) (buah keras)
1 tbs salt (to taste)
2 tbs sugar
some fried onions for garnishing.
1) Heat oil and ghee. Fry onions until brown.Add the garlic and ginger and cinnamon and curry leaf.
2) When the garlic and ginger are brown add in the spices.
3) Stir for one minute until aromatic and add in the stock, evaporated milk,yogurt,candlenut,salt,sugar,spice pouch,green chillies,the corriander leaf and spring onion and the meat. Stir and let it boil for a bit.
4) Add in the pandan leaf and rice. Let it boil until 3/4 cooked and closed the pot with aluminium foil.Cover and place something heavy on top to prevent the steam from escaping.Lower the fire to very low and cook for 20-25 minutes.
5) Open the lid and stir the rice well before serving. Garnish with fried onion or any other preferred garnishing.
KITCHEN TABLE TALK
MY PC AND I...wuvya
The last few days has brought home to me how important is the internet to me. I have online friends that I want to keep in touch with, I have blogs that I need to maintain, blogs I need to visit, mails I need to look at etc etc.I have this online life that I have probably taken for granted.
I logged on Saturday morning and I have no internet connection. Could I have missed paying the bills. Called up the net provider. Nope.No missed bills. So kindly tell me whats the problem. It could be your modem said the all learned one at the other end of the phone.The noob me went out to buy not one but 2 modems..just in case la...one with a separate router and one with inbuilt router.So if they come I have the new modem ready. Then the waiting game began. No one came till evening. Call up the learned one. Sorry Maam, its half day today and tomorrow is Sunday so we can only settle this issue on Monday. Ah well..can't do anything about that.
Monday noon called the learned one. Maam you can log on now everything is ok now..just a problematic port at our end. Wow thats a relief..I got my connection back 2 and half days later plus 2 new modems including the current one ..hahaha..I was kinda hysterical for a while. Now I can finally post my new recipes. I have also bought a few thumb drives..wanna back up some files.Will do that Tuesday la..been wanting to do that for sometime but I am always so busy and kept postponing. So this time will definitely do it.
Tuesday afternoon was a lovely afternoon. Perfect for posting a new blog entry.Perfect for doing backup. Logged on. Voila I got the blue screen of death. Disc crashed.HAHAHA (hysterical laugh)
Till we meet again take care of yourself.I see you all soon insyaAllah.
pix from umidishes album
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
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.
Enjoy the video.
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.
KITCHEN TABLE TALK
AHLAN WA SAHLAN RAMADHAN AL MUBARAQ
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.
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.)
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
How time flies. Very soon the Muslims will be welcoming the month of Ramadhan al Mubarak. In view of that I have decided to share with you a simple dish to prepare either for Iftar (breaking fast) or for the dawn meal or sahur.
The type of fish is really up to you. The amount of vinegar is also as per your preference. So have fun viewing the short video.
Here is the recipe:
Sambal Ikan Tenggiri (Mackerel Fish Sambal)
4 pcs. Mackerel fish steak (rub with some tumeric and salt and deep fry until brown)
30 pcs. dried red chillies (boiled and blend with 1/2 cup of water)
5 small onions (slice thinly)
6 cloves garlic(slice thinly)
2 big onions (slice thinly into rings)
1 in. ginger (slice thinly)
1 tomato (cut into wedges)
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tbs sugar
3 lemon grass (bruised)
salt to taste
oil for frying the fish
3/4 cup oil for frying the sambal
1/2 cup water
1) Heat the 3/4 cup of oil and fry the small onions and garlic until brown.
2) Add the lemon grass and ginger. Fry for one minute.
3) Add the chilli paste and half cup of water. Fry until oil separates and bubbles are formed.
4) Add sugar and salt to taste and vinegar.
5) Stir and mix well.
6) Add the tomato wedges and onion rings and the fish. Stir and mix well for few minutes.
7) Remove from stove and serve.
KITCHEN TABLE TALK
I am so looking forward to Ramadhan Al Mubarak. All my memories of Ramadhan has been good and beautiful. Ramadhan in the village is not the same as in the urban areas. The exchanging of food between neighbours contributed to the excitement of Iftar (breaking fast)...and the food prepared during Ramadhan are extra special coz they are not often cooked at other times.
Of course in the urban areas those food will be available at the Ramadhan Bazaar..however they are quite pricey too. If you know how to prepare those dishes then I feel it's better to cook them at home. The reason is simple..when we visit the food bazaar with an empty stomach, we tend to over spend. More often than not we end up throwing away the left overs coz we will be fasting and will not be able to eat them anyway.
I hope to share with you some special dishes for the Ramadhan in my future postings.
So till we meet again, take care.
pix from umidishes collection
graphic from: http://www.goodlightscraps.com/ramadan-kareem.php