Dahi vadas aka dumplings in spiced yoghurt a la South India

Delish beyond belief. Now craving South Indian cuisine. curry leaves 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1 inch knob ginger 2 green chilies (or more, according to taste)  2 handfuls urud dhal, washed, cleaned and soaked for 6 hours or overnight in water Grind all of the above with minimum water added, adding it judiciously and a…

Rice Dishes

Tried out a number of easy rice dishes, all good, all quickly done. You could either use a rice cooker or make it in a pan. Coconut Rice 1 cup rice big onions, chopped green chili cinnamon stick, broken 1 cup coconut milk 1 cup water Salt Sputter the cinnamon stick in hot oil, add…

Murgh Methi Malai aka Chicken with Cream and Methi

This chicken dish was done in a very short time. The fresh fenugreek leaves made all the difference, I think, compared to the dried ones. Whatever the reason, this one is a winner. 500g chicken breasts or thighs, cubed 3 big onions, on the smaller side 6 cloves garlic 1 inch knob of ginger 2…

Ambrosia

This quintessential southern American salad (or dessert) was a light and refreshing to end a light and refreshing plated dinner at the peak of Singapore’s hot, humid, steamy summer (having jettisoned the traditional cherries, marshmallows and cream). I don’t know where I discovered the recipe years ago, but the slip of paper in my book…

Vasu’s Tomato Chutney

… to go with dosas … crisp dosas and this piquant accompaniment … 1 tomato 2 big onions a knob of ginger, about a cm all round 1 clove garlic 2 to 3 sprigs fresh coriander curry leaves salt Fry all of the above in a bit of oil, cool a bit and grind to…

Prawn Aglio Olio

Mona has been turning them out, dish after dish, and here’s the latest. Spaghetti, cooked al dente in salted water with a dash of olive oil, reserve a bit of the water Prawns, marinated for 10 minutes with oregano, black pepper, salt and a dash of lime juice (optional) Red chilies, sliced garlic, finely diced…

Bombay Masala Scrambled Eggs aka Anda Burji

A breakfast staple in India, good with either bread or parathas, this is Mona’s delish version.   8 eggs, whisked with pepper, salt and a dash of milk 2 tomatoes, chopped lots of fresh coriander, chopped 2 big onions, chopped 1 tsp cumin seeds 2 green chilies, finely diced pinch of haldi (turmeric powder) a…

Saturday Lunch

When family visits, its food, drink and long conversations well into the afternoon. Menu : Bubbly Roast chicken with pumpkin and sweet potatoes Blanched asparagus spears with brussel sprouts and diced prosciutto Greek Salad (a variation) The leaves were fresh and crisp, the avocado just right. Added pomegranate arils, cubed feta, sliced button mushrooms and…

Mona’s Pumpkin with Black-eyed Beans

Another of her simple superlatives … great with plain rice. South Indian to the core, and lovely. A sprig of curry leaves a handful of fresh grated coconut 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds) 1 or 2 green chilies, deseeded 1/2 tsp haldi (turmeric powder) Grind the above ingredients to a fine paste. black-eyed beans red…

Mona’s Fish Curry with Raw Mango

My sister in law is visiting, she is one of those gifted people, intuitive and instinctive around food (like Syl, Jen and Kalpana) and everything she makes is simple and superlative. This is her South Indian fish curry, whipped up in no time. 1 kg mackerel   (aka tenggiri, batang … ), cleaned, sliced and…

Authentic Indian ‘Curry’ Powder

So Mum has moved to Singapore and is being cared for. She has been very unwell and weak, and the mandate is to feed her but she is picky, picky, picky. Mealtimes, and she becomes mutinous, begins arguing, turns her face away, refuses to eat. Vasu, her helper, has got into the cooking act and…