Veronica’s South Indian Chicken Curry

So this is a basic version of a go-to recipe – robust, tasty, easy to make, and quite the staple with rice, chappattis, naans, parathas … 2 chicken breasts, in pieces 1 big onion, chopped 2 tomatoes, skinned, pureed 2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste 1 tsp turmeric (haldi) chili powder – to taste, depending on how…

Pam’s Masala for Curries

Mona brought with her a small bottle of masala powder and produced magic in the kitchen. This was her mother, Pam’s, basic masala powder, made fresh every year, which she   sent to her daughters in Dubai and Shanghai. The curries are to die for. Masala for Chicken and Meat Curries 1/2 kg dry chilies…

Sylvia’s Poached Chicken

With Syl’s recipes, the making is as easy as the reading. Thanks much. 2 or 3 chicken breasts Garlic paste or ginger-garlic paste whatever herbs you have lying around tiny amount of salt and pepper (just for the flavour) few peppercorns a bay leaf few cloves 1 tsp chicken stock powder boiling water, to cover…

Veronica’s Sambal Tomat (tomato hot sauce or relish)

A sambal (or sambel as in Javanese) comes in many varieties and tastes; they are piquant, spicy, chili hot … and are made from a mixture of variety of chili peppers and secondary ingredients like shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, palm sugar, lime juice, and rice or other vinegars … in myriad…

Veronica’s well-loved ‘Ayam Kuning’ aka ‘Yellow Chicken’

Veron is an ace in all dishes Indonesian and this was a particular hit with my niece, visiting from university and interested in trying out different dishes. This one is for you, Pooj ! 5 chicken drumsticks a 2″piece of fresh ginger a 3″ piece of fresh turmeric a 2″ piece of galangal 1 stem…

Christmas is Coming ! (3)

I wanted an easy recipe for mulled wine. This is by Ina Garten and sourced from Food Network. For 8 servings : 4 cups apple cider 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon 1/4 cup honey 2 cinnamon sticks 1 orange, zested and juiced 4 whole cloves 3 star anise 4 oranges, peeled,…

Mulled Apple Juice

During Lent, and for those who abstain, this one was googled off the net and went down a treat. Dinner for 10 and many refraining from alcohol, so it was chaas (spiced buttermilk) or fresh tender coconut water with chia seeds and mint or mulled apple juice. 1 liter apple juice strips of orange peel…

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…

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…

Spice Options

I can’t see myself making these, but found the idea appealing – freshly ground spice mixes for the occasion ! Found this in a magazine, as I do on the odd occasion I read magazines, usually in waiting rooms … Caribbean Jerk (makes 2 tablespoons) Use as a marinade mixed with a little honey and…