Monday, September 16, 2013

My Pages


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Assalamualaikum and hello,
I have added 2 new pages to my blog i.e Frankly speaking and Beginners Series. In Frankly Speaking I share topics of interest to me personally with no intention of imposing that view on the readers. I hope even if we disagree,we can disagree agreeably :)

I am starting the Beginner Series today with how to make kerisek.Very often I received questions on what kerisek is or how to make kerisek. So everytime you need to refer as to how kerisek is made just click on the Beginners page and refer.I shall In Sha Allah be using kerisek in my next dish,hence the need to have this kerisek video up now.
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The Beginner Series is intended for those who is just starting to learn cooking Malay dishes especially, and the South East Asian dishes generally. Most ingredients are common in this part of the region and the dishes are more or less similar with some variations of course.

Once again I wish to stress the fact that I am not a chef nor an expert in cooking.My intention is just to take you by the hand and share what I know in a similar way that my late mother and grandmother had guided me when I first started to learn cooking. It does not matter if we aren't an expert; cook with love and it becomes a gift or "sadaqah" according to Islamic tradition and may that becomes our good deed in bringing happiness to other people with our food.I hope in the process we all can enjoy cooking.Don't hesitate to ask me about dishes that I share with you.You can ask it here or email me at:
umijaja08@gmail.com or pm me at my youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/tanjunggirl


Hari ini bermulanya 2 muka surat baru untuk blog ini. Pertama Frankly Speaking atau Terus Terang, yang keduanya Beginners Series atau Siri Permulaan. Secara amnya Frankly Speaking akan menyiarkan tajuk2 yang dekat dihati saya.Tidak mengapa jika anda tidak setuju dengan kandungannya kerana kita masing2 punya pendapat sendiri.
Siri Permulaan pula adalah khas buat meraka yang baru hendak mengenali masakan Melayu dan nusantara amnya. Sukalah saya memberitahu disini yang saya bukanlah pandai setara mana.Niat saya cuma ingin membantu jika ada yang tidak tahu sebagaimana saya mula belajar dulu dari arwah mak dan nenek saya. Semuga apa yang kita lakukan menjadi sadaqah dan mendapat ganjaran Allah kerana telah membahagiakan yang tersayang dengan masakan kita meskipun kita bukanlah ahli atau pakar.
Sekian.

Assalamualaikum and take care

Umi

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Carrot Rice/Nasi Lobak Merah


Carrot Rice/Nasi Lobak Merah
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Here's the video on how to cook Carrot Rice
Ini video cara memasak Nasi Lobak Merah



Note: Recipe is in dual language
Ingredients/Bahan2nya:

4 cups/cawan Basmathi rice/beras Basmathi
soak in water with 1 tbs vinegar for 10 min. to prevent rice from breaking when stirred.Wash and rinsed.
rendam dengan air bercampur 1 sb cuka selama 10 min. bagi mengelakkan beras patah semasa mengacau.Basuh bersih2.

5 cups/cawan water/air
2 cups/cawan evaporated milk/susu cair
1 cup/cawan vegetable oil/minyak sayuran
1/2 cup/cawan ghee/minyak sapi (alternatively can use butter/atau mentega)
1 bulb/biji big onion/bawang besar (slice thinly/hiris halus)
1 bulb/biji big onion/bawang besar (pounded/ditumbuk)
1 clove/ulas garlic/bawang putih (pounded/ditumbuk)
1 in/inci ginger/halia (pounded/ditumbuk)
2 pcs/batang cinnamon/kayu manis
1 tsp/sk cloves/bunga cengkih
1 tsp/sk cardamom/buah pelaga
1 pc/biji star anise/bunga lawang
5 pcs/biji candle nut/buah keras (pounded/ditumbuk
1 stalk/pokok coriander leaf/daun ketumbar
some/sedikit mint leaf/pudina
1 pc/helai pandan leaf/daun pandan
1 pc/biji carrot/lobak merah (grated/disagat atau diparut kasar2)

For garnishing/Hiasan
cashew nuts/buah gajus (fried/digoreng)
raisins/kismis
fried small onions/bawang goreng

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Method/Cara Membuat

1) Heat oil and ghee
1) Panaskan minyak dan minyak sapi


2) Fry cinnamon,cloves,cardamom,star anise for a minute.Then add in slice onion.Fry until a bit brown.
2) Masukkan kayu manis,bunga cengkih,buah pelaga dan bunga lawang.Biar wangi sebentar.Masukkan bawang hiris.Goreng sehingga layu dan sedikit garing.


3) Add in the pounded onion,garlic and ginger.Fry until a bit brown.
3) Masukkan pula bawang,bawang putih dan halia tumbuk. Biarkan sedikit garing.


4) Add in the candle nut.Stir for a bit.Add in the rice. Stir and let in fry for a minute.
4) Masukkan buah keras.Kacau sebentar.Masukkan beras.Kacau dan biarkan seminit.


5) Add in salt,sugar,water,milk and stir for a minute.
5) Masukkan garam,gula,air dan susu.Kacau dan biarkan seminit lagi.


6) Add in the carrot and the leaves; mint,pandan and corriander. Let it boil until 3/4 cook.
6) Masukkan lobak merah dan daun pudina,pandan dan daun ketumbar.Biar mendideh sehingga 3/4 masak.


7) Cover the pot with aluminium foil and place something heavy on the lid.Lower the flame and let it cook for 15 minutes.
7) Letak aluminium foil dipermukaan periuk,dan tindih tutup periuk dengan benda berat.Biarkan selama 15 minit dengan api yang sangat rendah.


8) Stir.Ready to serve.Garnish rice with cashew nuts,raisins and fried onion.
8) Kacau nasi dan sedia untuk dihidang. Hias dengan buah gajus,kismis dan bawang goreng.


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My cat Princess was hurt.No idea who had done that to her.Poor baby.Her pelvic bone was broken and she had to undergo a surgery in order for her to walk and do her toilet normally again.

Princess at the vet after the surgery.
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She had to be spayed as well coz it's not safe for her to deliver kittens due to her injury.She was warded for 5 days and took about 2 weeks before she fully recovered.

Till we meet again.Take care.

Assalamualaikum.
Umi

Saturday, September 7, 2013


New Page for Beginners Soon
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Assalamualaikum and hello,

Good news is I have finally received the charger for the camera and insyaAllah,I shall shoot a new video 2moro and publish same the next day.
I plan to create a new page for beginners; i.e for those who may want to start learning how to cook.I will publish starter lessons on basic cooking,for example, how to cook rice etc. insyaAllah. It is not meant for readers who are already good in cooking.I believe that not all of us have rice as staple food and so cooking rice is not something that they know how to do.For some,maybe now they are independent and staying away from home and was not used to cooking for themselves,so, this may be a good time to start.Simple stuff like learning the various herbs and spices commonly used in Malay cooking or how to make sambal belacan or air asam, stuff like that.

I hope readers of umidishes will gain something beneficial from that,insyaAllah.


Berita baik ialah saya sudah pun menerima charger untuk kamera saya hari ini. InsyaAllah besok dapat shoot dan lusa dapat naik muat keblog.

Saya juga bercadang untuk memulakan satu page khusus untuk pembaca yang baru hendak belajar memasak, contohnya seperti cara2 memasak nasi atau cara2 membuat sambal belacan atau air asam dll. kerana saya percaya tidak semua pembaca yang makanan ruji mereka adalah nasi, jadi mungkin mereka tak tahu. Atau pun mungkin sekarang tinggal berjauhan dari keluarga dan baru nak belajar memasak untuk diri sendiri.Saya akan berkongsi benda2 asas seperti rempah ratus yang selalu digunakan dalam masakan Melayu dan sebagainya.

Semuga pembaca umidishes memperolehi munafaat dari page sebegitu,insyaAllah.


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I have nine cats at the moment and two walk-in guest cats.

Introducing the chief,ALI
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Next Mr.Kin
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Puan Mok
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recently given birth to Cik Tom,Mr.Panjang and Mr.Bear
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and the 3 youngsters,Mr.Bu,Mr,Teh and Princess
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Cats kept me busy and the past few months had been an anxious one with some of them had to spend time being warded at the vet.Tell you more next time.
I hope to see you soon,with new videos.Till then,take care.
I leave you with a video of Chief ALI.



Assalamualaikum

Umi

source:I Love Funny Cat Pictures A Lot
photos from Umi Azizan collection

Unagi Donburi

Unagi Donburi
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(Unagi Donburi)

Hello my dear readers. Today is a special day for all of us here in the umidishes community. One of our umidishes family member has been very very kind to share a Japanese dish with us called Unagi Donburi. Our member is none other than NGDlover.Thank you so very much.I am truly honoured that he is willing to share this dish with all of us here. To all my readers and my dear umidishes community members please feel free to share your dishes with all of us here.Drop me a line and I will publish your dish here. Thank you NGDlover.


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NGDlover's family in Nagoya,Japan enjoying Unagi Donburi

So here is the recipe for Unagi Donburi

Ingredients:


600 gm unagi (fresh water eel that is used in Japanese dishes)

Sauce:
(Mix all together)
140 ml mirin (a Japanese rice wine use in Japanese cooking)
(Umi's note: Muslims can substitute this with apple juice)

140 ml shoyu (Japanese soy sauce that can be obtained from Japanese food store)
200 gm granulated sugar

if the eel is grilled over open fire, add
1 tsp ginger (grated)
1 tbs honey

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Unagi Donburi

Method 1 (as prepared in Japanese Restaurant):

1) Steam the eel with the sauce until all the sauce has been absorbed by the eel.
2) Remove the eel and grill the eel in the oven until golden brown as per the photograph above.
3) Remove from oven and serve with rice with omelette as topping.

Method 2 (as prepared at Unagi outlet or food stalls)

1) Grill the Unagi eels over open fire and keep basting the eels with the sauce.
2) Constantly turn the Unagi eels over.Grill until the Unagi turn brown and cooked.
3) Remove from the griller and serve with rice topped with omelette.

Bon apetit everyone. Hope we could all try this Japanese dish. Arigato gozaimas NGDlover chan.
Sayonara , till we meet again, take care everyone.

Salam
Umi

Corn Rice and Meatballs Curry (Nasi Minyak Jagung & Kari Bebola Daging)

Nasi Minyak Jagung (Corn Rice)
Nasi Minyak Jagung (Corn Rice)
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Hello once again my dear readers. I am sharing with you this time a rice dish called Corn Rice (Nasi Minyak Jagung) and a curry dish called Meatballs Curry (Kari Bebola Daging). They are both suitable for daily meals as well as for special occasions. Hope you will try the dishes. Bon apetit.

(note: It was raining when I shot the videos, so there are some background noise :D ).

NASI MINYAK JAGUNG (CORN RICE)




Ingredients:

4 cups Basmati rice (soak in water with 1 tbs. vinegar for half hour)
2 cups fresh corn
4 cups water
2 cups evaporated milk
1 cup butter or ghee
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 big Bombay onion (pounded)
3 cloves garlic (pounded/grated)
3 in. ginger (pounded/grated)
1 big Bombay onion slice thinly
1 stick cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp cardamom
1 star anise
1 stalk of coriander leaves,mint leaves,spring onions,
2 pandan leaf (bay leaf if pandan not available)

For garnishing:
1/2 cup fried onions
1/2 cup fried cashew nuts
1/2 cup raisins

Method:

1) Wash rice and drain.
2) Heat the pot and put in the butter and oil.
3) Fry onions and the spices (cinnamon,star anise,cloves and cardamom)
4) When the onions are brown,add the pounded ginger,pounded garlic and pounded onions.
5) Fry for few more minutes and then add the rice.
6) Fry the rice for few minutes and add in the water, evaporated milk,salt,corn,coriander leaves,mint leaves and spring onion.
7) Let the rice boil until it's 3/4 cooked
8) Add pandan leaf (or bay leaf alternatively) and close the pot with aluminium foil to seal the
steam from escaping.Place a heavy stone on the lid.
9) Turn the fire to very low and place a metal/tin sheet beneath the pot to prevent burning the rice.
10) Let the rice cook slowly for 20 mins.
11) After 20 mins. give the rice a stir and add in fried onions.Close the lid again and cook a further 5 mins.
12) Switch off the fire. The rice is ready to be served. Garnish it with fried onions,fried cashew nuts and raisins.

KARI BEBOLA DAGING(MEATBALLS CURRY)

meatballs curry

In this dish I have used garam masala and poppy seed. Just for the benefit of readers that are not familiar with these ingredients I will explain what they are.

GARAM MASALA

Garam masala is derived from Hindi garam ("hot") and masala ("mixture"). It is a basic blend of ground spices common in Indian cuisines. It is used alone or with other seasonings. The word garam refers to spice intensity, not heat; Garam masala is pungent, but not "hot" in the same way as a chili pepper.

RECIPE
Ingredients:

3-4 bay leaf
2 tbs cumin seeds
1 tbs coriander seeds
1 tbs green cardamom seeds
1 tbs black cardamom seeds
2 tablespoons black peppercorns
1 (3-inch) stick cinnamon, broken up
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon saffron (optional)

Method:

1) To obtain the seeds from the cardamoms, just press the cardamom with the back of a spoon or ladle to break the cardamom. Take the seeds and discard the husks.

2) Except for the grated nutmeg put the bay leaf,cumin, coriander, cardamom seeds, black peppercorns, cinnamon, and cloves in a dry heavy skillet or a non stick pan over low-medium heat. Toast the spices, stirring occasionally, until they turn several shades darker and give off a sweet smoky aroma for about 3 to 4 minutes.Do not raise the heat to quicken the process, or the spices will brown prematurely, leaving the insides undercooked.

3) Remove from fire and cool completely.

4) Transfer the spices to a spice or coffee grinder and grind to a powder.Do this in batches, one type of spice after another. Stir in the nutmeg and saffron. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Garam Masala keeps for 3 months.

The Punjabi style Garam Masala:

1/2 cup Cumin Seed
2 tbs Coriander seeds
4 sticks Cinnamon
10 green Cardamom pods (take the seeds only)
5 black Cardamom pods (take the seeds only)
10 Cloves
1 Nutmeg (grated)
3-4 blades of Mace
1 tbs black Peppercorns
4 whole Star anise
5 Bay Leaf

Methods: similar to the above.

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GARAM MASALA

POPPY SEED

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Poppy plant is a native of Asia. Poppy seeds are founded in poppy heads. The white poppy seeds form part of the Indian spices and is commonly used in the preparation of Indian cuisine.They are added for thickness, texture and also give added flavour to the recipe.It is called kas kas in Malay and Khas Khas in Hindi.. Poppy seeds are quite hard to grind them.It is easier if we mix them with a little water and pound to a paste.

MEATBALLS CURRY



Ingredients:

Meatballs
400 gm mincemeat
1 cup chick pea flour
4 potato (boil and mash)
1 tbs curry powder
1 tsp tumeric
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1 big onions pounded
3 cloves garlic (pounded)
1 in. (ginger pounded/grated)
1/4 cup oil for frying

Curry

1 cup meat curry powder
1 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 cup oil
5 cups water
5 potato (quartered)
3 tomatoes (quartered)
3 green chillies (halved)
3 tbs poppy seed powder
1 tbs black pepper
2 tbs garam masala
1 stalk curry leaf
1 stick cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cloves
1 star anise
2 big onions (slice)
3 cloves garlic (slice)
3 in ginger (slice)
1 stalk corriander,spring onions, mint leaves
salt to taste

Method:
Meatballs


1) Mix all the ingredients except oil.
2) Make small balls and fry till golden brown.

Curry
1) Heat the pot. Add the oil and fry the onions,garlics,ginger and the spices.
2) Fry until the onions are slightly brown.Add curry leaves.
3) Add the curry powder,garam masala,poppy seed powder,pepper.
4) Fry for 2-3 mins and add half of the water.
5) Add tomatoes,green chillies and potatoes.
6) Simmer slowly until the potato is cooked. Add the rest of the water when the curry gets thick while simmering.
7) When the potatoes are cooked add the meatballs and coconut milk and the leaves (coriander,mint and spring onions)
8) Add salt to taste and let the curry simmer slowly for another 5 minutes.
9) Switch off the fire and serve.

Until we meet again. Take care.

Salam
Umi

OPOR NANGKA MUDA (JACKFRUIT IN HOT & SPICY COCONUT GRAVY)

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OPOR NANGKA MUDA
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During my schooling days I used to visit my aunt who at that time was living in Parit,Perak. The village she was staying in was mostly populated with descendants of Sumatran specifically the Minangkabau folks. I just love the dishes that were cooked during weddings there. One dish in particular was the Opor Nangka. It is hot and spicy. I'd like to share with you,my umidishes readers, the recipe of this delicious Indonesian dish ;the way my auntie taught me and hope you would try it. Enjoy :)



Ingredients:
1/2 kg. young jack fruit (cut into small pieces and boiled)
1/2 kg meat/ribs (boiled/pressure cooked)
2 cups concentrated coconut milk
5 cups diluted coconut milk
1 tbs. cinnamon powder
1 tbs. nutmeg powder
4 pieces tumeric leaf (slice thinly)
2 pieces kafir lime leaf
3 pieces lemon grass (bruised)
2 pieces asam keping (can be substituted with 1/2 cup lemon juice)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup kerisek (fry grated coconut from 1 coconut without oil until brown and grind/pound very finely)

Grind/pounded:
1 tbs cumin/jintan puteh
2 tbs coriander
6 pieces candlenuts/buah keras/kemiri
20 pieces dried red chillies (boiled)
20 pieces thai/bird chillies
4 pieces fresh tumeric
2 in. ginger
2 in. galangal/lengkuas
1 big onion
4 cloves garlic
(Note:The spices like cinnamon,nutmeg,coriander, candle nut and cumin have to be roasted first before grinding)


Method:
1) Heat oil in a pot and fry onions and garlic for few minutes until aromatic.
2) Add in the red chillies, thai chillies, lemon grass, galangal, ginger.tumeric, candle nut, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and asam keping (use lime or lemon juice alternatively).
3) Stir well and leave it to fry for few minutes until aromatic and the oil separated.(bubbles of oil will appear)
4) Add in the diluted coconut milk and the kerisek.Let the gravy boil and the liquid reduced a bit.
5) Add in the concentrated coconut milk,jack fruit and the meat. Simmer with slow fire until it boils again.
6) Add in the kafir lime leaf and the sliced tumeric leaf. Simmer a little longer until the gravy thickens. Remove from the stove.
7) Ready to serve.

That is all for now. Till we meet again with another umidishes, have a great week ahead. Take care of yourself ya.

Salam
Umi

Rendang Pedas Utara (Hot Northern Rendang)

rendang pedas utara

RENDANG PEDAS UTARA
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Hello dear readers. Umidishes presents Rendang Pedas Utara or Hot Northern Rendang. This dish is native to the northern state of Malaysia especially Kedah. The ingredients are pretty simple and few. I have used chicken for this rendang dish but you can use any type of meat instead..up to you. Those of you who are celebrating Chinese New Year on this coming February 14th. may try this simple rendang. The amount of chilly can be reduced or added according to your preference. Please excuse the slight noise in the recording.It was raining during the shoot hence the noise. I hope you will enjoy the video. Lets watch.





Here's the recipe:
RENDANG PEDAS UTARA (HOT NORTHERN RENDANG)

Ingredients:
1 whole chicken or any type of meat of your choice (cut into small pieces)
4 cups coconut milk
40 pieces of dried red chillies (boil and blend)
3 large big onions (pounded)
3 lemon grass (bruise)
3 in. galangal/lengkuas (pounded)
6 pieces candle nut/buah keras/kemiri (pounded)
(Umi's note:candle nut is optional to add taste and to thicken the rendang.)
1/2 cup tamarind juice
salt to taste

Method:
1) Heat the wok and put in the chilly,onions,galangal,candle nut and coconut milk.
2) Mix all the ingredients well and let it boil.
3) When the rendang mixture has boiled and the gravy has slightly reduced, add in the lemon grass, salt,tamarind juice and chicken.
4) Mix them well and let the rendang simmer under slow fire until the chicken has cooked and the gravy has thicken.
5) If you prefer the gravy to be thicker simmer longer else remove from the stove.
6) Ready to serve.



So that's my recipe for today. Do visit umidishes next time for other dishes. In the meantime take care of yourself.Happy trying...bye.

Salam
Umi

GONG XI FA CAI

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To all my Chinese friends I wish you a prosperous and peaceful New Year. Enjoy the coming holidays and be safe.


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Salam
Umi


Chinese New Year Myspace Comments

Nasi Minyak (Plain Buttered Rice)

nasi minyak/plain buttered rice
NASI MINYAK
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Hello dear readers.On this auspicious day, Chinese New Year, umidishes shares with you a popular rice dish called Nasi Minyak or Plain Buttered Rice. I am sharing this Nasi Minyak recipe due to request from friends.I have used a combination of ghee and vegetable oil. You may substitute these with butter or just plain vegetable oil. You may also reduce the amount of any ingredients according to your taste. Enjoy the video :)




Here's the recipe:

NASI MINYAK (PLAIN BUTTERED RICE)

Ingredients:

4 cups Basmati rice (soak in water for 1 hr with 1 tbs vinegar)
4 cups plain water (add 1 tsp rose essence for aroma)
2 cups evaporated milk
6 small Bombay onions (slice thinly)
2 in. ginger (grated or pounded)
4 cloves garlic (grated or pounded)
1 stalk of coriander leaf and some mint leaf/pudina (chopped roughly)
2 pandan leaf (can be substituted with bay leaf)
salt to taste
spices in a pouch: cardamom,cloves and star anise.
2 in cinnamon (break into 2)

Method:

1) Wash rice thoroughly and drain. Set aside.
2) Heat the pot and put in the oil and the ghee/butter.
3) Fry onions,ginger and garlic until slightly brown and aromatic.
4) Add the cinamon and rice. Fry for few minutes until the oil and ghee have combined well with the rice.
5) Pour in the water and milk. Add the spice pouch and salt.
6) Cook until the rice is about 3/4 cooked.
7) Add the coriander leaf,mint leaf/pudina and pandan/bay leaf.
8) Cover the pot with aluminium foil.Put back the lid and place a heavy thing on it.Place a sheet of tin or old pot lid beneath the rice pot to prevent the rice from burning.
9) Let the rice cook for half hour more under very slow fire.
10)Open the lid and foil. Stir the rice and remove from stove.
11) Ready to serve. Garnish with fried cashew nuts, fried onions and raisins if you prefer.


That's all for now. Buttered rice is excellent with Dalcha, Kurma or curry. Bon apetit. Till we meet again, take care of yourself and thank you for taking the time to read and watch the presentation. Bye.

Salam
Umi

Daging Masak Kicap Nasi Kandar(Beef in Soy Sauce Malaysian Indian Muslims Style)

Daging Masak Kicap Nasi Kandar


Hello my dear readers.Hope everyone have had a wonderful Chinese New Year celebration and a joyous holiday.I'd also like to extend my heartiest congratulation to one of our umidishes member, Rad alias Den Macho and his wife, on the birth of their 7th child, Muhammad Abdul Razak on the 17th February. recently. All in all the new week of the New Year of the Tiger has been a joyful one,alhamdulillah.

In this outing,umidishes wish to share with you a dish that is very popular in Malaysian among the Nasi Kandar fans.The dish is called Daging Masak Kicap Nasi Kandar or Beef in Soy Sauce Malaysian Indian Muslims Style. For those of you who are not familiar with Malaysia, the Indian Muslims community here are mostly restaurateurs selling Nasi Kandar and other Indian dishes.


Let us watch the video.Enjoy.



Here's the recipe:

DAGING MASAK KICAP NASI KANDAR

Ingredients:

1 kg. meat (boiled and cut as you wish)
1 cup sweet soy sauce
1/4 cup chilli powder
1 tbs cumin (grind)
1 tbs fennel (grind)
1 tbs garam masala
1 tbs pepper (grind)
1 tbs fried onions.
1 stalk lemon grass (bruised) this is optional.
2 cups water
3 big onions (slice thinly)
2 in ginger (slice thinly)
4 cloves garlic (slice thinly)
3 tomatoes (cut into wedges)
2 green chillies (cut into half lengthwise)
spices: 1in cinnamon,1 tsp cloves,1 star anise.1 tsp cardamom
1 stalk spring onion ( cut roughly)
1 stalk coriander leaf (cut roughly)
few stalks of curry leaf
1/2 cup oil for frying
salt to taste if you wish (optional because the soy sauce is already salty)

Method:

1) Heat oil and fry onion.ginger and garlic until brown.
2) Add the curry leaf and spices.
3) Add in the curry powder.cumin,fennel and garam masala.Stir for 1 minute.
4) Add in 1 cup of water and soy sauce. Stir well.
5) Add in the meat and another 1 cup of water.
6) Add in the fried onion to thicken the sauce and to give the taste some balance.
7) Add in the tomatoes,lemon grass and green chillies. Stir well.
8) Let the meat simmer in the soy sauce until the sauce thickens slightly and the meat is tender.
9) You can add salt at this point if you like.
10) When the sauce has thicken and the meat is tender add in the spring onion and coriander leaves. Stir and remove from the stove.
11) Ready to serve.

Till we meet again,take care and enjoy trying the Daging Masak Kicap Nasi Kandar.


Salam
Umi
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SUP AYAM ALA MAMAK (CHICKEN SOUP MALAYSIAN INDIAN MUSLIM STYLE)

Sup Ayam ala Mamak


Dear readers,
This is a continuation of our Malaysian Indian Muslim dishes.Umidishes is happy to present another Malaysian favourite; Sup Ayam Ala Mamak. The Indian Muslims specialised in this dish. The stalls and food outlet are frequented normally at night and opened till the wee hour of the morning. All types of soup is available, mutton,chicken and beef including the famous "Torpedo Soup"...specially made for the men.

So let us watch the video presentation.Enjoy.




Here is the recipe:
SUP AYAM ALA MAMAK

Ingredients:
1 chicken (clean and cut into small pieces)
1 big onion (slice thinly half of the onion,pounded the other half)
4 cloves garlic (grated/pounded)
1 in. ginger (grated/pounded)

spices
1 tsp. cumin (grind)
1 tsp. fennel (grind)
1 tbs. coriander (grind)
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cardamom
1 star anise
1 pc. cinnamon
1 tbs. white pepper (grind)

2 jugs of water (according to amount of soup you want)
1 carrot (cut into small pieces)
5 pcs. potato (cut into 4)
2 pcs tomato (wedges)
2 pcs. fresh green chillies (cut into half lengthwise)
1 tbs. corn flour (add with some water)
1 stalk of Chinese celery,spring onion,coriander leaves.
2 tbs. oil
salt to taste

Method:
1) Heat oil in pot and fry onions,garlic and ginger.
2) Fry for 1 minute and add in the spices except pepper. Fry for 2 minutes and add in 1 jug of water.
3) Stir the soup and add in the potatoes. Boil until the potatoes are soft.
4) When the potato is soft,add another jug of water (the amount is according to the amount of soup you want). Add the corn flour mixture.This is to thicken the soup.
5) Add the tomatoes,green chillies and carrot. Stir.
6) Add in the pepper,salt,chicken and the leaves (coriander,Chinese celery,spring onion).
7) Add in the fried onion. This is to thicken the soup and to balance the taste of the soup.
8) Boil until the chicken is cooked.
9) Remove from the stove.Ready to serve. Garnish with spring onion and Chinese celery.

Hope you will try this Sup Ayam ala Mamak. Bon apetit.

Salam
Umi

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I'LL BE BACK SOON

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My dear friends,

I will be away visiting families for a couple of days.I will be back soon.In the meantime take care of yourself ya.I will be missing all of you.

I leave you with a favourite song of mine.Enjoy.




Salam Sayang Buat Semua
Umi

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Pajeri Nenas (Pineapple in Spicy Gravy)

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Dear readers,

It's good to be back.Thank you for visiting me while I was away. I'm sharing with you now a popular dish that is served during wedding reception. It's called Pajeri Nenas or Pineapple in Spicy Gravy. This dish is interesting because it has a sweet fruity flavour and spicy at the same time. It's best to use a very ripe and sweet pineapple. Other fruits that can be used as pajeri is mango, cashew fruit and buah kedondong.(also known as Ambarella (spondias dulcis)/Great Hog Plum/Otaheite apple,Tahitian quince/Jamaica plum).

Enjoy the video everyone.



Here's the recipe:

1 small ripe pineapple (remove the skin and the "nose",cut into small pieces - see pix below.
note: thats not me cutting the pineapple LOL)

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1 cup meat curry powder (mix with some water
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup kerisek (roast coconut flakes and pound)
1/2 cup dried shrimp (pound coarsely)
10 pieces small Bombay onions (slice thinly)
5 cloves garlic (slice thinly)
1 in ginger (slice thinly)
1 tbs black pepper (grind)
3/4 cup palm sugar (brown sugar alternative)
1/2 cup oil
2 cups water
spices (1 in cinnamon,1 tsp cloves,1 tsp cardamom,1 star anise)
some curry leaves
salt to taste

Method:

1) Heat the oil and fry the spices,onions,garlic,ginger and curry leaves.Fry until brown.
2) Add in the curry powder.Add half cup of the water.Fry until the curry powder is cooked and the oil separates, forming bubbles at the top (about 3-4 minutes).
3) After that we add in the pepper,dried shrimp,palm sugar,kerisek and another half cup of water.Let the sugar dissolve and the mixture boils.
4) When the mixture has boiled add in the coconut milk,salt and 1 cup of water.Stir.Add in the pineapples.
5) Let the pajeri simmer slowly until the pineapples soften and the gravy thicken and reduced.
6) Ready to serve.

Do try this lovely dish.Pajeri Nenas is fruity sweet and spicy at the same time.Take care of yourself and thank you for making the time to watch the video and read my blog.



Salam
Umi

(pix from umidishes album)

Kari Ikan Tenggiri Cik Jah (Cik Jah's Mackerel Fish Curry)

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Dear readers,

I am happy to share with you a recipe that was handed down to me by my late mum Cik Jah. So I named this dish Kari Ikan Tenggiri Cik Jah (Cik Jah Mackerel Fish Curry). Cik Jah was a demanding teacher :)..she was a perfectionist when it comes to cooking and housework. Her curry was famous among our family and friends. The secret is in the curry mixture and slow cook. The fire has to be low and the curry has to simmer slowly. Usually she used the earthen pot. Mine has cracked recently and so I used normal pot this time.

Here's the video.Enjoy.



Here's the recipe:

KARI IKAN TENGGIRI CIK JAH

4 pieces Mackerel steak (wash and clean)
10 pcs small Bombay onion (slice thinly)
5 pcs garlic (slice thinly)
1 in ginger (slice thinly)
2 tsp mixed halba spice
1.5 liter water
1/2 cup tamarind (mixed with the water to make tamarind juice)
1 cup coconut milk
2 tomatoes (cut into wedges)
10 pieces ladies fingers
5 pieces green chillies (cut lengthwise)
3/4 cup oil
some curry leaf
salt to taste

curry powder mixture

1 cup fish curry powder
2 cloves garlic
5 small Bombay onion
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp black peppercorn
1 tbs salt

Method:

1) Prepare the curry powder mixture:
a) Pound the onion and garlic until fine.
b) Add in the cumin and black peppercorn.
c) Pound until fine.
d) Add the onion mixture and salt into the curry powder.
e) Mix the curry powder with the tamarind juice.


2) Heat the oil.Fry onions,garlic,ginger,mixed halba and curry leaf.
3) Fry until brown. Add the curry powder mixture.
4) Add a little tamarind juice and let the curry mixture boil until the oil separates and bubbly.
5) Add some more tamarind juice,half of the tomatoes and half of the green chillies.
6) When the curry has boiled add the rest of the tamarind juice and the coconut milk.
7) Add the fish. Let it boil and and add the ladies fingers and the rest of the tomatoes and green chillies.Check the taste.If needed add some salt.
8) Boil for a further few minutes.
9) Ready to serve.

Do try Cik Jah's Mackerel Fish Curry.It can be eaten with rice,bread or prata or chappati etc. We used to dip the butter crackers biscuits with this curry..awesome.Till we meet again,take care.

Salam
Umi

(pix from umidishes album)

Rendang Daging (Meat Rendang)

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Dear readers,

One of our favourite and famous dish is Rendang.I am happy to share with you this time Rendang Daging or Meat Rendang. I have used beef here.You can substitute the beef with any other meat that you prefer.Rendang is not hard to make but you need to stir this dish constantly to prevent the dish from getting burnt. The best way is to cook it under low fire and keep stirring until it's done. If you want it dry then keep simmering for 1 and half hour.However if you want the rendang to have some gravy then you can cook it until the meat is tender and serve.

So here's the video.Enjoy.




Here's the recipe:

RENDANG DAGING (MEAT REANDANG)

Ingredients:
1 kg. meat (cut into small pieces)
35 dried chillies (boil and blend with 1 cup of water)
2.5 cup coconut milk
1 cup kerisek ( roast the grated coconut and pound/grind)
1 tbs tamarind (make a juice with 1/2 cup of water)
salt to taste
some kafir lime leaf
some tumeric leaf

GRIND/POUNDED

2 small pieces of fresh tumeric
3 in ginger
3 in galangal
5 pieces lemon grass
15 small Bombay onion
5 cloves garlic

Method:
1) In a wok put in the meat,chilli,the pounded ingredients and coconut milk.Stir well to combine them.
2) Boil over low fire.
3) After about 5 minutes add in the tamatind juice and kerisek.
4) Stir well and simmer for another half to 40 minutes.Constantly keep stirring.
5) Add in salt,the kafir lime leaf and tumeric leaf and stir again.
6) If you wish the rendang to be dry keep simmering and stirring until it's as per your liking.
7) Serve.

Do try the Rendang Daging (Rendang Meat). It's good with any type of rice and bread.Take care.


Salam
Umi

(pix from umidishes album)

I'VE BEEN TAGGED

I've been tagged by Nensa Moon. Thank you my dear.I am honoured that you considered me worth tagging hehe. However this also means that I have to answer a few questions..well not a few. 14 questions..oh my.I am not good at talking about myself but for Nensa's sake I will do my best.

Here are the jackpot questions HAHAHA :-

1) Do you think you are HOT.
2) What is your current wallpaper.
3) Comment on the wallpaper.
4) When was the last time you had pizza.
5) What is the song you last listened to.
6) What else you do besides answering to the these tagged questions.
7) Your nickname besides your real name.
8) Tag 5 other friends.
9) Who is number 1 to you.
10)Say something to number 5
11)Who is number 3's currently having a relationship with
12)What about number 2
13)A love message to number 4
14)List 5 things about the person who has tagged you.

There you have 'em. Pretty long list ya.

So here goes:

1) Do you think you are HOT

How to answer this la. I'd like to quote a wiser and learned man Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826:

"Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es." [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are]....

Since I like hot and spicy food, I guess I am hot HAHAHA (joking guys).

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You tell me if I am hot or not.

2) What is your current wallpaper


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3) Comment on the wallpaper.

I took this pix on a holiday at the Glory Beach Resort,Port Dickson,Malaysia...from the apartment window around dusk.Lovely place to relax and rejuvenate.

4) When was the last time you had pizza.

mmm..last week..it was one of my once a week lazy day hehehe...kitchen closed.

5) What is the song you last listened to.



(source:http://www.youtube.com/user/ayul79)

6) What else you do besides answering to the these tagged questions.

Lots of other things like reading mails,going to social sites and bloggers sites, surfing the youtube,watch classic movies, play mmorpg and if I'm not online I love gardening or just curl up on the sofa with my cat to watch TV or catch up on my reading.

7) Your nickname besides your real name.
Umi :)

8) Tag 5 other friends.
TK
MyFairLady
Squirly.
Rachel Heath.
Amina.

9) Who is number 1 to you

TK is a wonderful person who blogs from her heart. Her sincerity shines through.

10)Say something to number 5
Amina has a friendly personality...make me feel like we have known each other for a long time.

11)Who is number 3's currently having a relationship with.

LOL..don't know about that. Squirly is an awesome blogger if you ask me..visit the blog and you will agree with me.I am a fan :)

12)What about number 2.
Ahh..MyFairLady. She is one strong lady.I love her gut and her sense of humour.Her tongue-in-cheek articles never fail to make me smile. Certainly my all time favourite girl :)

13)A love message to number 4
Rachel Heath. When you think about beauty you think about her.Her life is surrounded with beauty that is her art. Her creativity permeates her blog and her family life. My message to her is thank you for sharing and giving so much of beauty.

14)List 5 things about the person who has tagged you.

Nensa Moon.
1) She came to my blog and capture my heart. I couldn't have asked for a better friend than her.
2) Nensa is humourous and fun to talk to.
3) Sincere in giving friendship.
4) Her inner beauty shines through her words.
5) I am so lucky and blessed to have known this woman called Nensa Moon. Umi sayang Nensa.

My message to the 5 dear friends that I have tagged, have fun.Love all of you.

Salam
Umi

CUCUR BADAK ( SWEET POTATO FRITTERS WITH SPICY COCONUT & SHRIMPS FILLING)

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Dear Readers,

Assalamualaikum and hello. Of all the "kueh" that I have shared in Tea With Umi, this is my favourite. So, I am sharing this kueh again with you my readers in umidishes. This kueh is called Cucur Badak ( Sweet potato fritters with spicy coconut and shrimps fillings). This is also another winner for breaking fast.Some people prefer to place a shrimp onto the kueh. The sweet potato dough can be replaced with tapioca. My late mum preferred tapioca dough. The tapioca has to be grated and the liquid squeezed before it is turned into dough.

Hope you will have fun trying. Here's the video.




And here's the recipe.

CUCUR BADAK
Ingredients:

Fillings
2 1/2 cup coconut
1 cup shrimps
3 tbs. vegetable oil
1 tbs fennel (grind)

Blend:
10 pieces red chillies
1 big onion
2 lemon grass
1 in. ginger
3 pieces fresh tuneric
salt to taste

Dough:
4 cups mashed sweet potato
2 cups flour
5 cups vegetable oil for deep frying

Method:

Filling:
1) Heat oil in wok and fry the blended ingredients.
2) Add shrimps,salt and coconut.
3) Fry until the shrimps are cooked and the liquid are about dry. (Let the fillings be a bit moist)

Dough:
1) Mix the mashed sweet potato with the flour and knead until all flour are well mixed with the
potato
2) Pinch a bit of the dough and make into a small ball. (rub palms with flour to avoid the dough sticking to palm)
3) Flattened the ball in the centre and fill the centre with 1 tsp of the coconut filling.
4) Close the dough into a ball and press the top a bit to flatten it.
5) Heat oil in wok and deep fry the kueh until golden brown.
6) Drain the oil on a kitchen tissue or dish towel.
7) Serve with tea.

Bon Appetit.


MY THOUGHTS

Battle of the Bulge


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The problem with "the Bulge" is that it is positioned at the most strategic and highly visible terrain. Kinda hard to camouflage either. Hence the battle. A friend confided that she tried getting help from professionals to combat the bulge. So she went for a "trial" treatment. However she was quite unhappy over the "hidden cost". The treatment seemed quite reasonably priced in the advert. But the hidden cost were staggering. Whats worse; the hidden cost is not an option if you want to win the war. Its necessary. So she decided to forget the treatment.

Cellulite is hard to get rid of.Its a combination of fat globules,waste matter and water trapped in connective tissues.
Here are some suggestions to help us win the war.



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1) Eat more fruits and veges. Fruit and veges juices could also do some detox on our system.
2) Eat a healthy balance diet.


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3) Rest well
4) Constipation usually is one of the causes of cellulite. So we have to make sure this is out of the way. Some of the old folks remedies is worth trying ...fibers lots and lots of fibers, drink at room temperature, chew your food well and yes no midnite snacks.
5) Clear the exit on our skin so hopefully some cellulite can escape. Drink a lot of water and watch the salt intake coz salt retains water.

6) This is going to be hard ,speaking for myself hahaha...muscle-toning exercise.You have to ask the expert on how to do this.


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7) Gentle kneading massage on the spot of trouble after the exercise.
8) Learn proper breathing technique to get as much oxygen as possible. I think yoga has very good breathing technique..I have to look this up too.
9) Last but not least try to stay calm. Cellulite builds up when the muscles are tense. Again yoga is good in this area. The discipline helps in our breathing, stretching and overall relaxation.





The above may not make us the biggest looser but I hope we stay healthy while we loose some weight.Take care.

Jazakum Allahu Khairan
Umi




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http://www.glitter-graphics.com
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Crab Soup (Sup Ketam)

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Dear Readers,

Assalamualaikum and hello everyone.In this posting I am sharing with you a simple yet delicious soup. It is not time consuming and doesn't require much ingredients. It is called Crab Soup(Sup Ketam) It is an excellent dish as a starter or for the breaking of fast.

For those of you who aren't too thrill over seafood,may substitute the crab with vegetables. Have fun trying the soup.Here's the video








Here's the recipe:

Crab Soup(Sup Ketam)

Ingredients:
6 crabs ( remove the shells and cut the edges of the claws and legs and wash)
3 cloves of garlic (slice thinly)
1 big onion (slice thinly)
1in. ginger (slice thinly)
1 lemon grass (bruised)
juice from 1 lemon
2 tbs of cooking oil (as per your preference)
1 stem of lettuce (cut roughly)
1 stem of coriander leaf or about 2 tbs when cut
1 stalk of spring onion (cut roughly)
1 tomato (cut into small wedges)
1 jug of water (or as much as you want the soup to be)
salt to taste

optional:
some mushrooms
some thai small chillies or pepper


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Method:

1) Heat the oil in a pot or non-stick deep pan.
2) Saute the onion, garlic, ginger and lemon grass for a minute until a bit soft.
3) Add water, crabs and mushrooms. Let it boil for few minutes.
4) Add lemon juice,salt, tomatoes,all the leaves and chilies or pepper.
5) Let it boil for another minute or so.
6) Ready to serve.

Enjoy with hot rice or just have it as is with bread if you prefer.


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MY THOUGHTS

THE GIFT OF LIFE
(REMEMBERING SOMALIA)




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To me the gift of life is water. As we speak tens of thousands of Somalians are flooding into Kenya and Ethiopia to escape the famine that has befallen their homeland. The country has not had rain for several seasons killing the livestock and destroying all their crops. Children, the sick and the old died by the thousands daily. This is the worst drought and famine the world has ever seen in a long long time.

I hope in this hard time, God knows we are all facing some problems of our own too, we could still in a small way help to feed the dying people of Somalia.

Somalia is a country besieged by war, malnutrition, poverty and diseases...and now famine.May Allah give us the means to ease their burden and hardship.


Something to ponder about generosity:
Allah (SWT) says in the Noble Qur'an: "By no means shall you attain to righteousness until you spend (benevolently) out of what you love; and whatever thing you spend, Allah surely knows it." (3:92)



Till we meet again. Take care.


Jazakum Allahu Khairan
Umi

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http://www.youtube.com/user/XRanoushaX

Two sweet dishes for Iftar - Sago Pudding & Corn In Sweetened Coconut Milk

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Hello everyone,


Assalamualaikum. In view of the coming Ramadhan I am sharing with you two sweet dishes which is great for Iftar(breaking of fast).The first is Sago Pudding and the other is Corn In Sweetened Coconut Milk.They were previously featured in my other blog Tea with Umi.They are both delicious hot or cold and are usually eaten during afternoon tea and as dessert after meal. Enjoy the videos and hope you will try them.

Here's the video for Sago Pudding.



Here's the recipe:

SAGO PUDING(PUDING SAGU)

1.5 cups sago (boil)
2 cups coconut milk (alternatively evaporated milk can be used)
1 tsp salt
1 pandan leaf

SYRUP
2 pieces rock sugar
6 pcs palm sugar (small size)
(alternatively 2 cups brown sugar)
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 pandan leaf

Method:
1) Boil sago.Place in mould and let to set.
2) Boill coconut milk with pandan leaf and salt.Let it simmer slowly and boil only once.Set aside
3) Boil rock sugar and palm sugar with 2 cups of water.Boil until it's reduced to 1 cup.
4) Add salt and set aside.
5) Remove the sago from the mould onto a serving dish.
6) Pour coconut milk and syrup over the sago.

Happy trying.


CORN IN SWEETENED COCONUT MILK

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Here's the video for Corn in Sweetened Coconut Milk (Bubur Jagung)



Here's the recipe:

BUBUR JAGUNG

4 cups fresh corn
8 cups coconut milk
1.5 cups sugar
1/2 cups boiled sago
1 tsp salt
1 pandan leaf

Method:

1) In a pot put in corn,sugar,coconut milk,sago and pandan leaf.
2) Simmer slowly until the coconut milk boils and corn is cooked.
3) Add salt and stir. Ready for serving.

Bon Appetit

MY THOUGHTS




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Ramadhan is just around the corner however I am sure most families are already thinking of the coming Eid after the Ramadhan. With the current escalation of food prices there can be little joy in the preparation. I know this may sound a bit cliche but we have to place more emphasis on the spiritual aspect of the celebration rather than the merry making with lots and lots of food and everything-must-be-new mind set.It's time that we take the middle road in Eid preparation with more emphasis on the spiritual aspect of the ibadah of the fasting and Eid itself.

May this Ramadhan brings about the change for the better as the ibadah is intended to.


UPDATE ON DROUGHT SITUATION IN SOMALIA

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A child is dying every 6 minutes.There are about 380,000 Somalis in the UN controlled refugee complex of Dabaab with 30,000-40,000 more living on the outskirt of Dabaab.The Kenyan government is opening another camp to receive another 80,000 refugees within 10 days.Elsewhere, 93,000 refugees are sheltered in Mogadishu,Ethiopia with refugees numbering 1,700 arriving daily . The latest report is more than 3.7 million Somalis are affected by the drought.

Unfortunately there is virtually very few relief agencies providing humanitarian assistance inside Somalia itself due to the security situation there.Hopefully, with the lifting of the ban on international aid agencies by the Al-Shabab, help could now be on the way to the worst affected areas of Somalia.

TRAGEDY IN NORWAY

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I'd like to express my sympathy to the families of the Utoya Island shooting victims and the Oslo bomb blast.As it stands 7 were killed in the blast and 84 were killed in the shooting.

(For detail news on the above visit http://english.aljazeera.net/)


Till we meet again,take care of yourself.



Jazakum Allahu Khairan
Umi




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http://english.aljazeera.net/
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