Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tapioca in Palm Sugar Syrup (Sira Ubi Kayu)

sira ubi kayu

Hello my dear Readers,

Assalamualaikum.In this outing I am sharing with you a sweet dish called Sira Ubi Kayu or Tapioca in Palm Sugar Syrup.This dish doesn't take long to prepare and it is also cheap. Sira Ubi Kayu is also very popular during Ramadhan. If palm sugar is not available,we can substitute it with brown sugar.Tapioca in Palm Sugar Syrup makes a nice treat for afternoon tea. You can reduce or add more sugar according to your preference.One thing to remember, choose tapioca that is fresh,to get a soft fluffy texture after boiling.

Enjoy the video.

Here is the recipe:


3 tapioca (cut into small pieces wash and boil until soft)
3 palm sugar
1 cup sugar
a pinch of salt
pandan leaf (substitute with cinnamon if not available)
1/2 liter water

1) In a pot put in palm sugar,sugar and pandan leaf.Add in water and boil.
2) Boil until the sugar dissolve and add salt.
3) Let the syrup simmer until it is reduced by 3/4.
4) Add the boiled tapioca and simmer further until the tapioca have absorbed the syrup.
5) Remove from stove.Ready to serve.

Have fun trying.


I felt like having dinner while watching the news on Al Jazeera.


I made this simple dinner of Black Pepper Beef Hailam Style. The weather has been extremely warm,I didn't feel like eating much coz I have been drinking plain water all day.Feel so thirsty and dehydrated.

I want to share with you the news.

North Korea stricken by flood.


About 46,000 hectares (113,666 acres) of fields in South Phyongan and South Hwanghae provinces also known as the "main granaries of the country."were destroyed by the flood.The flood was caused by the heaviest rains ever recorded in North Korea.At least 600 people are dead or missing , approximately the homes of 240,000 families were detroyed, leaving some 900,000 others flood-stricken.Unfortunately about 200,000 hectares of cropland was submerged and buried under silt or washed away just before the farmers could harvest.

South Korea hit by deadly mudslides

Heavy rainfall of about 400mm in 17hrs has hit South Korea this week starting on Tuesday afternoon.More than 250mm fell on Chuncheon in the last two days causing two landslides in separate areas.Five people were killed and two are missing in the landslide that occurred in a mountain resort in Chuncheon. In the second landslide which occurred in Southern Seoul,there were five casualties and 800 houses were flooded.

My sympathy for the people of North and South Korea.How unfortunate.This come at a time when the leaders of the two countries are supposed to meet for talks in a landmark summit between the two Koreas sometime end of August.The summit is now postponed to early October.

I am still hoping for some rain.I am positively wilting here.I see you soon.Take care.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan

source & pix from:
Al Jazeera
umidishes album

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sweet and Simple - Bubur Cha Cha

bubur cha cha
Dear Readers,

Assalamualaikum and hello to all.

What better way to end a good meal than with a sweet dish. However during fasting month Muslims break their fast with liquid, dates or fruits and a sweet dish.I am sharing with you a dessert called Bubur Cha Cha; an all sweet potatoes in coconut milk plus other treasures like corn,sago,yam/taro and ripe jack fruit. Of course the main ingredient is the 'tepung cha cha' or cha cha dough. It is made from simple coloured dried dough and. To use them we have to boil until they are soft but not too long. In northern Malay slang cha cha means a mixture of everything..and this sweet dish is certainly a mixture of everything.

Do try this simple sweet dish. As usual we can substitute coconut milk with milk or diluted cream or evaporated milk. It is alright if you couldn't get hold of "cha cha dough". The taste would still be awesome with sweet potatoes,corn,taro and sago or just plain sweet potatoes. Serve this sweet dish hot or cold as dessert or for your afternoon tea.

Lets watch the video.

Here's the recipe:



5 cups coconut milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 pandan leaf
1 cup cha cha (boiled)
1 cup sweet potato of various colours (cut into cubes and boiled)
1 cup yam/taro (cubed and boiled)
1 cup fresh corn
1 cup jack fruit (optional)
1/2 cup sago (boiled; this is a thickening agent; can be substituted with corn flour)


1) Pour the coconut milk into a pot.Add in sugar,sweet potatoes,yam,corn,sago,jack fruit,salt and pandan leaf.
2) Under medium heat slowly stir the bubur cha cha mixture until boiling.
3) Remove from stove and serve.

I hope you will try this colourful and interesting sweet dish/dessert.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Savoury French Toast (Roti Goreng Pedas)

savoury french toast

Dear Readers,
Assalamualaikum and hello to my readers.In the last post, I have shared with you the Baked Chicken Bread. This time, the bread is fried instead of baked.

I am sharing with you the recipe for a delightfully simple to make,Savoury French Toast. This savoury dish is suitable for afternoon teas and tea parties. I just love finger food and this one is so good to eat as is or with chilli sauce. We can use tuna or sardine. For those who are not partial to fish can use mince chicken or mince meat. Lets watch the video.

Here's the recipe:


10 pieces of sandwich bread (remove the sides and cut into 4)
7-8 eggs
1 tin sardine/tuna
1 big onion (chopped finely)
1 fresh red chilli (chopped finely)
1 fresh green chilli (chpped finely)
1 stalk spring onion (chopped finely)
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg
enough oil for frying.

savoury french toast


1) Place the sardine in a mixing bowl. Mash them with a fork.
2) Add in onions,spring onion,chillies,salt and 1 egg.
3) Fold the mixture until they combine well.
4) Using a fork, place a small amount of the sardine mixture on the bread pieces.
5) Whisk the 7 eggs and dip the bread pieces.
6) Heat the oil and fry the bread pieces until golden brown.
7) Drain on rice paper or muslin cloth before serving.
7) Serve with chilli sauce.

savoury french toast


Jazakum Allahu Khairan

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Baked Chicken Bread (Roti Ayam Bakar)

Baked chicken Bread

Dear Readers,

Assalamualaikum and hello everyone. I'd like to remind my umidishes friends that I am currently in the process of importing all the recipes of Tea With Umi over to umidishes.For those of you that are familiar with the recipes in Tea With Umi, I hope will bear with me during this process because I am merging all my recipes into one blog only i.e umidishes.

The recipe for today is called Baked Chicken Bread(Roti Ayam Bakar). This is an afternoon tea treat and is also good for picnics or small gathering. You can substitute the minced chicken with mince meat or prawns as you wish. So here's the video.

Here's the recipe.

Baked Chicken Bread (Roti Ayam Bakar)
1 loaf bread ( buttered and cut diagonally)
2 eggs beaten (add 1 tsp salt)

5-6 potato (boiled and mashed)
1 cup chicken (boneless and cut into small pieces)
2 tbs Lea & Perrins sauce
1 cup processed peas
1 big onion (cubed)
1 tbs pepper
1 cup diced Chinese celery
2 tbs butter
salt to taste

baked chicken bread

1) Melt butter and fry onions for 1 min.
2) Add chicken,peas,pepper,salt,sauce Lea & Perrins and chinese celery.
3) Cook until a bit dry.Takes about 2-3 minutes.
4) Remove from stove.
5) In a bowl containing the mashed potato,add in the cooked chicken.
6) Mix well.
7) Place the mashed potato mixture on top of the bread.
8) Brush or spooned some beaten eggs over the topping.
9) Place in a baking dish lined with aluminium foil.
10) Baked for 5 minutes.
11) Ready to serve. (with chilli sauce)



An Apple a Day

Surgical Doctors


..keeps the doctor away. I don't really like apples..the juice is alright though. I prefer durian,banana,watermelon,papaya and all the lovely seasonal tropical fruits. Hope that would also keep the doctors away .

I went for a medical checkup recently. I don't like to go actually. Make me nervous. I am afraid of the outcome... diabetes, high blood pressure, breast cancer ...etc..What would I do if I were diagnosed having one or any of those. I don't know. Scary thoughts.

Then I regretted not having a regular check up.Early detection is important. From now on I will. I also will try to watch my diet and exercise regularly. The latter is kinda hard...I will also make a point of finding out more about symptoms and alternative remedies of diseases.

mmm..this clnic is more like a spa. All kind of products being sold. Beauty and skin care products, slimming products, hair loss treatment product, hormones supplement..very soon clinics might turn out to be like Watson LOL.

To all my friends that are not in the best of health..get well soon.Take care of yourself ya

Jazakum Allahu Khairan

THE THREE DEGREES = DIRTY OLD MAN ..hahaha..enjoy the jazzy breezy song.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fried Kuey Teow

kuey teow goreng

Dear Readers,
Assalamualaikum and hello to all.I am bringing back the recipe for Fried Kuey Teow for umidishes readers, which was previously posted in Tea With Umi,due to the numerous request from friends for the recipe.This is also a favourite dish for breaking fast even though it is a common enough dish, consumed by Malaysians at all hours of the day and nite.

Like all dishes in Asia, there are various ways of preparing Fried Kuey Teow, Chinese style, Mamak style, Malay style and also Thai style. This is my favourite style, taught to me by my mum, coz of the taste of the crunchy peanuts used in this dish. If Kuey Teow is not available in your area you may use pasta or spaghetti or noodles.

So I hope you will give this dish a try. Enjoy the video.

Here's the recipe:

Fried Kuey Teow (Kuey Teow Goreng)

900gm Kuey Teow (wash and drained.Alternatively you may use pasta or spaghetti or yellow noodles)
20 pcs dried red chillies (boil and blend with 1/2 cup water)
1 big onion (slice thinly/pounded)
6 cloves garlic (slice thinly/pounded)
2 pcs tofu (fried and slice thinly)
1 cup meat (slice thinly)
1 cup shrimps
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup peanuts/groundnuts (roasted and grind coarsely)
1 cup chives (cut roughly size of matchstick)
4 tbs black soy sauce
2 tbs tomato sauce
1/2 cup fish sauce (salt if fish sauce is not available)
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
4 tbs oil for frying

3 fresh red chillies (slice thinly)
1 cup fried onions
4 pcs kalamansi lime (ordinary lime can also be used)
1 stalk spring onions (slice thinly)
1 stalk chinese celery (slice thinly)


1) Heat the oil and fry onions followed by garlic
2) Fry for few minutes until slightly brown.
3) Add in the chilli paste and the meat.Add in half cup of water to tenderised the meat. Let it simmer until the meat is tender.
4) Add in the prawns and tofu. Let it simmer for few more minutes.
5) Add in the fish sauce or salt to taste.
6) Add the Kuey Teow and stir until all the ingredients are well mixed.
7) Make a space in the centre of the wok and pour the egg. Scramble with a fork.When the eggs are about to set cover them with Kuey Teow.
8) Add in the bean sprout and chives. Stir for few more minutes.
9) Sprinkle some groundnuts.Ready to serve.
10) Garnish when serving.

Bon apetit

kuey teow goreng

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Welcoming Ramadhan

Assalamualaikum and hello to all my readers,

Very soon Ramadhan Al Mubarak will be with us again. As per the custom in my family we usually do a spring cleaning of the house...discarding all the stuff that has long exceeded their usefulness but somehow can't bring myself to throw them all away. Likewise I have also done some pruning online. Tea With Umi is shelved temporarily at the moment until I decide it's future course. And I will be sharing the dishes of Tea With Umi with you here especially for the Ramadhan. Apart from that, my facebook account Umihoney Azizan will also undergo a transformation. It will be known as Umidishes henceforth.

The first recipe from Tea With Umi that I am sharing with you here is Cucur Udang Utara or Shrimp Fritters

cucur udang utara
(pix from teawithumi collection)

Cucur Udang or Shrimp Fritters is one of the favourite 'kueh' for afternoon tea or supper in the northern states of Malaysia like Penang, Kedah and Perlis. This fritters is also a favourite 'kueh' for the breaking of fast during Ramadhan. The cucur in the north is normally served with fried tofu and cucumber slices dip in peanut sauce. In other places the cucur is not served with cucumber and fried tofu; and chilli sauce usually accompany this cucur instead of peanut sauce.

Enjoy the video.

And here's the recipe

cucur udang
(pix from teawithumi collection)


Peanut Sauce
3 cups peanut (fry in oil and grind/pounded)
20 dried red chillies ( fry in oil and grind/pounded)
1 in shrimp paste (fry in oil and pounded)
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup tamarind juice
2 big onions (quartered and fry lightly in oil and pounded)
salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients with some water. The gravy shouldn't be too runny nor too thick.

cucur udang utara
(pix from teawithumi collection)


500 gm flour
1 cups bean sprout (wash and drain)
4 stalk spring onions (wash and cut into small pieces)
1 tbs tumeric powder
1 cups shrimp
1 egg
salt to taste
enough water for mixing
5 cups vegetable oil for deep frying


1) Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with some water. The consistency shouldn't be too thick nor runny.
2) Using a spoon scoop the batter and deep fry the batter until golden brown.
3) Drain on tissue or dish cloth. Cut into bite pieces and serve with fried tofu, cucumber slices and peanut sauce or Chilly sauce if you prefer.


Ramadan Comments
Ramadan Comments

Ramadhan will be here soon. As always we will undergo a one month compulsory training programme. The question is are we a better Muslim now than we are last year and the year before that and the year before that. Have we make a difference to our fellow human beings regardless of religion, colour or creed. Have we become a good embassador of Islam especially Muslims leaders ,following in the footsteps of our beloved prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who was just,fair, kind,loving, forgiving and tolerant to all mankind. He upheld the right of the masses, men and women, young and old, rich or poor. believers and non-believers alike. I am positive if we do that, dictators in the Muslim world would be non existent.

This Ramadhan may we take the time to do a much needed Jihad within ourselves. What is this Jihad? I am not asking anyone to take up arms. The Jihad that is most pressing is the acquisition of knowledge.Seek the knowledge within Quran. Don't be a Muslim by birth only. Learn the true teachings of Islam. Read the Quran and understand the words of Allah that will guide us here and beyond. Self-improvement is also key. Make a point to learn new things and new skills.Pursue knowledge so that you may be honourable and respected. Do not hate what you do not know; for the greater part of knowledge consists of what you do not know.That is why man is at enmity with what he does not know.

Allow me to share with you some quotes from Saidina Ali (r.a)about knowledge:

1) The man the most secure in his knowledge is he, whose convictions are not weakened by doubt.

2) Choose the best part of each science, as the bee sips the most delicate part of the flower.

3) Gain knowledge: it adorns you, if you are rich, and feeds you, if you are poor.

4) By knowledge you are saved; by ignorance, lost.

5) Riches diminish by expenditure, while knowledge is increased by dissemination.

6) The rare a thing, the more its value increases, except knowledge: the more diffused it is the more valuable.

However do remember that:

7) The knowledge the most useful is what one puts into practice.

Last but not least I leave you with this reminder:

That knowledge is very superficial which remains only on your tongue; the intrinsic merit and value of knowledge is that you act upon it.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan

p.s. Each day think,reason,reflect and ponder.

- Imam Ali (r.a)
Book Reference :
Quoted from "Maxims of Ali"

Friday, April 8, 2011

Happy Birthday Abah

Happy Birthday

Dear Readers,

Here's wishing a very happy 79th birthday to my dad Haji Azizan Ahmad.May Allah bless him with rahmah,good health and happiness for always.My gratitude and love for him is endless.

On 6th April,2011 we organized a birthday dinner for him and I'd like to share the occasion with you my dear readers. On behalf of my dad I thank you all for the get well wishes and doa. His health is better and I hope he will continue to get better insyaAllah..he continue to ride his bike though..can't stop him doing that unfortunately.

Happy Birthday

For you my readers, this song is for you;Jamal Abdillah with Kasihnya Ibu. This song always make me cry. Theres no love apart from the love of Allah and his prophet (pbuh) for us; greater than mum's and dad's. Make them happy while they are still with us.

Till we meet again,take care of yourself.
Jazakum Allahu Khairan


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Chicken Varuval

Chicken Varuval

Assalamualaikum Dear Readers,

I am so excited to share this Chicken Varuval dish with you; my umidishes readers. A friend on the facebook has taught me how to cook this dish. Her name is Carolyn and she is currently residing in London. Chicken Varuval according to Carolyn is a Madurai Tamilian dry dish. The recipe that she shared with me was for Mutton Varuval. I couldn't find any in the supermarket so I have substituted the mutton with chicken. I am sure Mutton Varuval would taste just as marvelous.

The first time I tasted Chicken Varuval was when I went for a holiday a few months back in Port Dickson. It was so good that I wanted to try cook this dish.When Carolyn shared this recipe with me it was like a wish come true. I thank you Carolyn for sharing this recipe with me.

So here's the video. Enjoy.

Here's the recipe:

4 breast of chicken (wash and cut into cubes)
1 tomato (cubed)
1 stalk coriander leaves (chopped)

For marinate:
1 tbs yoghurt
4 cloves garlic (pounded)
1 in. ginger (pounded)
2 tbs chilli powder
1 tbs corriander seed (grinded)
1 tbs black peppercorn (grinded)
1/2 tsp tumeric powder
1 tsp fennel (grinded)
1 tsp cumin (grinded)
salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients and marinate the chicken for few hours.

For frying:
4 cloves garlic (pounded)
5 shallots (pounded)
1 in ginger (pounded)
2 cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cloves

For last frying to pour over the chicken:
5 dried red chillies (slice thinly)
5 shallots (slice thinly)
5 stalk of curry leaf

1) Heat 3 tbs of oil. Fry the spices, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom until aromatic.
2) Add in the onion. Fry for a minute. Add in the ginger and garlic paste. Fry until slightly brown.
3) Add in the tomato and fry for a minute.
4) Add in the marinated chicken. Cover and let the chicken simmer.
5) Let the chicken cooked until all the juice is all absorbed or you can also choose to have some gravy.
6) Fry in a separate pan, onions, dried chillies and curry leaves until brown.
7) Pour over the cooked Chicken Varuval and stir in the chopped coriander leaves.
8) One last stir and the chicken is ready to serve.

Chicken Varuval

Bon appetit.




My sympathy for the people in Queensland Australia.Fierce winds and driving rains brought by the most powerful storm ever to hit Queensland. Yasi was classed as a category five cyclone as it crossed the coast, then to category three, but still it was as dangerous.Tully Heads in far north Queensland was hit the most.Houses were torn apart, trees shredded by winds that roared like jet engines.The cyclone follows the worst floods in Queensland's history, triggered by tropical storms.

In the home front, flood hits the southern states of Melaka,Negri Sembilan, Pahang and Johor.However the flood situation is reported improving with more victims returning home and evacuation centres closed today though some roads in Johor are still only passable by heavy vehicles.

In Pakistan, seven months after the devastating flood hit the country, millions remain without food or shelter, and the situation could get from bad to worse now that winter has set in. Nearly 20 million people are affected.The floods submerged one-fifth of Pakistan, an area the size of the United Kingdom.Large numbers of people in the flood-affected provinces still desperately need assistance – including hundreds of thousands of Pakistani children who are now battling malnutrition.With the arrival of winter, the need for shelter, safe drinking water, food and health care has become more acute, whats more donations have already slowed to a trickle.There is a danger that we might forget that Pakistan still need a great deal of help.

So far the first month of the new year has been plagued by natural disasters and unrest. Earthquake magnitude 6.9 hit Argentina,earthquake magnitude 5.2 hit Southern XinJiang, China,earthquake 7.1 magnitude hit Chile,earthquake hits south-east Iran, heavy floods leave at least 35 dead in Brazil,earthquake 4.5 magnitude hit California earthquake, measuring 7.4 hit Pakistan and huge waves destroy homes on the coastal area of Sikka Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.

What will the next few weeks bring.Wallahuallam. I pray for peace and safety for us all.

To all my friends I dedicate this song to all of you. Name of song is Teman Terulung by Anuar Zain.

I see you soon,take care in the meantime.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan

source of:
Floods in Malaysia: (
Queensland: (BBC News Asia Pasific)
Pakistan: (
Anuar Zain video:(
Rain graphics: (

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Gong Xi Fa Chai


Here's wishing all my Chinese readers a happy and prosperous New Year. May the days ahead bring peace and stability to us all.




I have been following the events in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt since January 25th,2011 i.e. the historic moment when unprecedented protests with tens of thousands of protesters taking to the streets calling for an end to President Mubarak's 30-year rule.And yesterday February 1st,2011, Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president, has announced in a televised address,which aired at 11pm local time on Tuesday, that he will not run for re-election but refused to step down from office - the central demand of millions of protesters who have demonstrated across Egypt over the past week.

The turmoil, in which more than 100 people have died, is affecting Egypt's tourist industry, the oil price and unsettled financial markets around the globe. Internally the crisis deepened with Egyptians facing lawlessness on the streets with the army and citizens trying to stop looters and robbers from rampaging the cities and homes. Banks and shops are closed indefinitely causing shortage of money and food except for shops selling locks and keys which are doing brisk business.

The interesting thing about the protest is that it is not instigated or organized by any political parties. It is an organic and spontaneous protest by the people from all walks of life, young and old, men and women and children,Muslims and Christians alike.

Earlier I was touched by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speech when he addressed members of his AKP party in parliament, appealing to Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president: "You have to listen to the wishes of the people in order to create security and stability. First you must take steps that are good for Egypt. You must take steps that satisfy the people.Everyone has the right to fight for freedom, but without violence.You must not forget that the people who oppose you are still human, still your brothers."said the Turkish PM. In what he said was both a warning and piece of advice for Mubarak, Erdogan said, “We are all passing, and we will be judged by what we left behind.”

This is so true. As the Malay proverb says:

Harimau mati meninggalkan belang
Manusia mati meninggalkan nama

The tiger dies leaving behind its stripes
Man dies leaving behind his name

How we wished to be remembered when we have passed away depends on our deeds when we are alive. There's nothing else we take with us when we die except the shrouds that we are buried in; the palace, families, wealth and power are left behind.

Whatever power we posses now are ours because Allah has willing it.

"Say O Muhammad (sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam): "O Allâh! Possessor of the kingdom, You give the kingdom to whom You will, and You take the kingdom from whom You will, and You endow with honour whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will. In Your Hand is the good. Verily, You are Able to do all things.

You make the night to enter into the day, and You make the day to enter into the night (i.e. increase and decrease in the hours of the night and the day during winter and summer), You bring the living out of the dead, and You bring the dead out of the living. And You give wealth and sustenance to whom You will, without limit (measure or account)."

(Al Baqarah 3:26-27)

Let us not be possessive of power because with power comes responsibility and accountability. Ultimately rulers have to answer to the Almighty for the use or misuse of the power that have been given to them.


Will the people of Egypt has a better government if their current President stand down?

Islamic wisdom says the conduct of the people determines their destiny, and based upon the same Allah changes their rulers.I hope and pray that Allah ease the path for a better government for the people of the great nation of Egypt.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan

source :

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nasi Dagang

Nasi Dagang

Assalamualaikum Dear Readers,

In this outing umidishes presents Nasi Dagang literally means Trading Rice. I don't know why it is called that. Perhaps someone could shed some light on this.It is a popular dish in the East Coast states of Malaysia i.e Kelantan and Trengganu as well as Southern Thailand. In Kelantan the rice is prepared using the Nasi Dagang rice while in Trengganu the rice used is a ratio of 1:3 i.e 1 part of glutinous rice is mixed with 3 parts of Thai scented rice. The rice is eaten with tuna gravy,boiled egg and vegetables pickle and chilly sambal. Nasi Dagang is a breakfast dish actually but nowadays it is eaten at all times.

If you don't like to use fish you can substitute the fish with chicken and use meat curry powder instead of fish curry powder.

Here's the video.

Here's the recipe:


Nasi Dagang

The Rice
3 cups Nasi Dagang Rice or
1 cup glutinous rice mix with 3 cups Thai scented rice
(soak overnight or 6-7 hrs)

3-4 cups coconut milk (boil with pinch of salt)
1 in. or thumb size ginger (slice thinly)
6 shallots (slice thinly)
1 tbs halba or fenugreek

1) Wash and drain rice. Steam for 1 and a half to 2 hrs.
2) Place the rice in a bowl. Add the shallots,ginger and fenugreek.
3) Stir in the coconut milk a bit at a time until the rice has absorbed the coconut milk.
4) Place in a steamer and steam again until rice is cooked.

Ready to serve

Tuna Gravy or Gulai Ikan Tuna Nasi Dagang
Gulai Ikan Tuna Nasi Dagang


2 pcs. Tuna fish (clean and wash. Boil with 5 asam keping or 2 tbs. vinegar and salt)
6 cups of coconut milk
2 tbs fish curry powder
salt to taste
1 tbs sugar

Chilly paste:
20-30 pcs of dried chillies (boiled until soft)

1 in or thumb size galaghal
6 shallots

Blend all ingredients until fine.

1) Boil coconut until bubbly and oil surface on the top.
2) Add in the chilly paste and curry powder. Boil again for 5 minutes until the chilly and curry powder are cooked.Keep the fire at low.
3) Add in the fish and boil for few more minutes.
4) Salt and sugar to taste.
5) Lastly add the Thai fresh chillies. Ready to serve with the rice.


The other day I went to an old part of Kuala Lumpur; Chow Kit Road. This is an amazing place to shop. I went to the wet market section. Here I can get food supplies from all over Malaysia. I don't have to go to Penang to get authentic Penang prawn paste or belacan nor I have to go to Kedah to get fermented fish or ikan pekasam. The arrays of herbals in any form be it roots or shoots found here could make me a jamu/traditional herbal medicines producer if I want to.

Here too I can see the extent of immigrants influx; Indonesian,Phillipinos, Bangladeshis, Africans and so on. They seemed to like to congregate here. Most likely because the prices are cheaper here due to the many bundle traders and wholesale malls and shops as well as the numerous cheap lodgings.

The shops and stalls are old and some are downright derelict. It would be a good idea to rebuild the market area. Make the area free from fire hazards and most importantly a hygienic and healthy place for all to trade and shop.Cleanliness should be the order of the day.

Till we meet again take care of yourself.I leave you with an oldie by our late Sudirman.May Allah place him among his beloved servants.AlFatihah.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan

1)source of Chow Kit road photo:

2)source of video on Chow Kit:

3)source of pix: umiazizan album

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Happy Thaipusam


Wishing my Hindu readers a Happy Thaipusam. In Malaysia, since 1892, the Thaipusam festival is celebrated in the Tamil month of Thai (which falls in late January/early February) at Batu Caves. Batu Caves is said to be 400 million years old. Originally the caves were inhabited by the indigenous Temuan Tribe and later around the 19th century was frequented by the Chinese to excavate guano for fertilisers. A Tamil trader K. Thamboosamy Pillai, inspired by the veil-shaped entrance of the main cave,dedicated it as a temple to Lord Muruga. Wooden steps up to the Temple Cave were built in 1920 and have since been replaced by 272 concrete steps. It's pretty steep to climb. So if you want to burn some calories and see the splendour of the caves at the top of the steps have a go at climbing the steps of Batu Caves.

Happy holidays to all Malaysian.


See you soon,

pix :

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Chicken Thai Green Curry

chicken thai green curry

Assalamualaikum Dear Readers,

My first dish for 2011 in umidishes is Chicken Thai Green Curry. Preparing this curry require patience but the end result is very satisfactory. As we are all aware eating out is becoming costlier and so I hope you can try this at home for the entire family to enjoy.

Here's the video.

Here's the recipe:


3 boneless breast of chicken (cut into small cubes)
10 pcs baby eggplant or apple eggplant (if not available cut into small pieces 1 eggplant)
500gm thick concentrated coconut milk
2 tbs fish sauce
2 tbs vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
salt and palm sugar to taste(optional)
a stalk of basil leaf for garnishing


1 tsp cumin
1 tsp corriander seeds
1 tsp white peppercorn

Roast and grind all.


2 fresh green chillies
20 Thai small green chillies
1 lemon grass
1 in. galanghal
1 in. fresh turmeric (2 tsp turmeric powder if fresh ones are not available)
1 kaffir lime leaf (remove the vein)
1 stalk coriander leaves and roots
kaffir lime rind from 1 kaffir lime
4 pcs. shallots
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tbs shrimp paste

1) Wash and cut each ingredients roughly into small pieces

2) Pound in a stone mortar each ingredients according to the sequence above until the last one i.e shrimp paste.

3) However if a blender is being used put all ingredients into the blender and blend with half cup of water or less.


1) Mix the spice mixture with the green chilly paste
2) Heat the oil and pour in the green chilly paste. Remember to maintain slow fire the entire time.
3) Fry for few minutes. Add in few spoonful of coconut milk. Let it simmer for few minutes.
4) Add in a few spoonful of coconut milk again and let it simmer for few minutes. Repeat until the coconut milk is finished.
5) Add in the chicken and let the chicken simmer until its cooked.
6) Add in the baby eggplant and add in a quarter to half cup of water (depending on how thick you want the curry to be) and let the curry simmer for few minutes.
7) Add salt and fish sauce to taste and palm sugar if preferred. Finally add in the basil leaves and simmer for the last time a minute or two.
8) Ready to serve.




What is on my mind right now is the upheaval in Tunisia. My heart and sympathy goes out to our brothers and sisters there. May Allah bless the people with guidance,wisdom, peace and prosperity in the days to come.

In Islam, every believer is a brother or sister to the other; we are one body, one nation, one Ummah. Each of us is entrusted to uphold another's right. Islam holds people’s rights in high esteem. The guidelines and regulations in Quran and hadith are intended to uphold the rights Islam gives to the believers.Islam strongly condemns the violation of God-given rights. Trustworthiness is therefore an essential characteristic that must be evident in all our actions. Being trustworthy implies being honest, fair in dealings and keeping promises and commitments in every aspect of our life be it moral,social,business,politics or religion.If we claim that we are a believer we therefore must be reliable, honest and trustworthy.

From the man in the street to the mightiest ruler all are equal in Islam, the only thing that makes any of us better than the other is his piety or righteousness.

Trustworthiness in Arabic is amanah. The opposite of amanah is betrayal i.e failure to keep the trust or amanah in the way the person/citizens who entrusted it expect or want bearing in mind the needs, the well beings and aspirations of all its citizens. This is a reminder to me,to you and all leaders whether you are the head of a household, a club, a village or a nation,when God commands us to keep the trust, to be trustworthy, we must take this seriously. Be very afraid of the court of Allah on judgement day.

Till we meet again .Take care.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan

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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Adieu 2010 Welcome 2011

new year

Dear Readers,

It's good to be back. I have had a pretty long break during which I had worked towards realising my dream of having my own catering business. InsyaAllah it will be launched very very soon. I am also happy that other business projects will be taking off soon as well, very likely by mid-year. I will try my best to find time to blog.

Here's to a wonderful New Year and a warm adieu to the old.To happiness,good times,good cheers and joys yet to unfold. As always it's also the time to assess past successes and failures.

Having said that I'd like to share with you my thoughts. You may agree or disagree.It's a matter of opinion. As the clock strike midnight millions of people around the globe took to the street, dancing and rejoicing, to usher in the new year. The reason for celebrating actually defeats me. Take 2010. Has it been a peaceful and bountiful year for the citizen of our good earth. I don't need to go into details on the plight of the people in the war torn countries. I don't have to paint you the faces of hunger and poverty in Africa. I don't need to mention the unjust and oppressive governance of many nations. Neither do I have to regale you with the tales on the sufferings of women and children due to men's obstinacy to relinquish customs and traditions that are not even tolerated by any human values and faith. We are all aware of that fact.So how will 2011 be.

“ The Originator of the heavens and the earth.

When He decrees a matter, he only says to it:

'Be' – And it is.”
Holy Qur’an 2:117

That is how I see 2011. I leave it up to our Creator.As we say Allahu Akbar, Allah the almighty 5 times a day we must have the firm believe that He alone can make possible what we may think impossible.Only Allah the almighty, not America not Israel nor any other force on the entire universe. Let us strive to do our best to make this world a better place for all of us and the next generation to come.

On that note I take my leave until we meet again.Take care of yourself ya.

New Year

Jazakum Allahu Khairan



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