Sunday, February 6, 2011
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)
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.
4 cloves garlic (pounded)
5 shallots (pounded)
1 in ginger (pounded)
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.
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
Floods in Malaysia: (themalaysianinsider.com)
Queensland: (BBC News Asia Pasific)
Pakistan: ( unicef.org)
Anuar Zain video:(youtube.com/user/Zeeajijah)
Rain graphics: (allgraphics123.com)
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Here's wishing all my Chinese readers a happy and prosperous New Year. May the days ahead bring peace and stability to us all.
EGYPT OH EGYPT
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