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 :http://travelmalaysiaguide.com/

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

pix: umiazizan album
pix on riots: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/

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

pix http://www.coolfreeimages.net/
video http://www.youtube.com/user/michaeljacksonVEVO


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