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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Best of Both Worlds -- Home Made Soy Milk and Soy Bean Idli




I recently joined a chat-room formed by a group of Chinese-Indian couples, and came to know that many of them who stayed in China have problem finding Urad dal (small black bean). The main ingredient for Idli the south Indian Steamed Rice cake.

So I came up with the idea to make this steam cake from Soy and black bean, the common legumes used in China to make soy milk and tofu.

This way I could have my soy milk and my idli at the same time!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Coconut Chutney For Idli and Dosa



Coconut Chutney is my husband’s favorite accompaniment to go with south indian snacks like dosas and idlis. He loves his idli and dosa with coconut chutney and sambar.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Minced Meat Steamed Egg/肉末蒸雞蛋



This steamed egg with minced meat was my maternal grand mother's recipe. I loved mixing it with steam white rice before eating.

My son A also loves to eat rice with this steamed egg, he could finished one whole bowl of rice whenever I make this!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Chicken porridge/Congee (鸡肉粥)



I liked to make a big pot of congee whenever I am home alone, it serves as breakfast, lunch and sometimes even dinner!!

To make it more nutritious, I often add carrot pieces and vegetables, it is very easy to digest and easy to prepare.

我喜欢喝粥,有了宝宝之后更是经常地熬一锅粥和宝宝一起吃。鸡肉粥是经常熬的一种粥,有时也加点胡萝卜,青菜换着花样吃,是个容易消化也很好准备的食物。

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Oven Baked “Fried Chicken”


This spicy oven baked "fried" chicken is a real treasure I found from a Chinese website, I can't really remember the original recipe anymore. I whipped up this version using the method I remembered from reading the recipe earlier. It turned out sooo yumm!

I particularly love the way it was made without a drop of oil and still turned out to be crunchy, just the way I liked my fried chicken to be!

Masala Dosa/மசால் தோசை



Masala Dosa (மசால் தோசை) is a very famous snack/breakfast in Southern part of India.

When I made homemade Idli/Dosa batter at home, I will use it for Idli the first two days as the batter is at its fluffiest form and is less sourish. Dosa/Tosai or Uttapam will be on the menu third days onward when the batter turned a little more sourish and less fluffy.



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Oat & Barley Adai



This Adai is made of whole grains and mixed pulses, it also requires no fermentation, a very nutritious and healthy choice for breakfast or snack time.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dan Dan Noodle (Spicy Sichuan Noodles)



N and I both loved this Spicy noodles, we will surely order one whenever we visited Sichuan restaurant.

I made a box of Sichuan style spicy minced meat this morning and used it for this Dan Dan noodle, it is so yummy and satisfying!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Spinach Paratha (Palak Paratha)



Spinach Paratha is a good way to sneak in healthy greens into meals, adding a little sesame seeds gave it a hint of nutty flavor and some added nutrients.

A very nutritious and beautiful looking bread it is!

Homemade Chinese/Sichuan Red Oil





Chinese Red oil or fragrance chilli oil is an essential ingredients for many Chinese dishes, it also serves well as condiment and sauce as Chinese Style of Salad/Cold dishes/Starter. 

It is pretty simple to make it at home, just to make sure you use good quality of Chili powder/flakes and spices.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sambar (Mixed Vegetable Sambar)



Sambar is a very common south Indian lentil dish made with tamarind and fragrant spices, it is a good dish to go with most South Indian snacks/breakfast such as idli, dosa, uttapam and Vada.

Palak Moong Dal (Sprouted Moong bean Spinach Soup)



Pulses when slightly sprouted is at its nutrients height and is generally known to be good for health, together with spinach, this dish makes a complete and nutritious vegetarian dish!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tomato Raita (Yogurt and Tomato Condiment)



Raita is a kind of condiment that goes with almost every Indian dishes. It is believed that it aids digestion and is very high in nutrients.

This tomato raita is easy to make and taste very well, a good side dish indeed.

Idli/Idly (Idli/Dosa Batter recipe)



Idli used to be my breakfast everyday for a long time when I first visited India, I find it very light and nutritious. I was also amazed by the way the dough was prepared when I started preparing it at home, it is so natural and simple, yet the result is so intriguing.

Homemade idli/Dosa dough is so useful and could be made into different kind of snacks easily, the mix could be used for :Dosa,Uttapam, Besan Uttapam and Fried Idli.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Idli Milagai Podi (Gun Powder)



I had this powder the very first time in Bangalore, in a small tiny Biryani Chain near my then home, and almost instantly fell in love with the nutty, spicy and flavourful taste!

Shanghainese Scallion Oil Noodles



I had this noodle the first time at a gathering with my Chinese friends in NJ.

It was brought in by a Shanghainese friend, it is so tasty that I had way too much of this noodle that evening and made sure I had the recipe before leaving the party!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Teow Cheow Salted Pork Belly (潮州咸煎肉)



This Teow Cheow Salted Pork Belly recipe was given by a friend, it is a secret recipe passed down for generations in the family.

I didn't think such simple ingredients and preparation method could bring very tasty result.

But oh! Am I pleased that I was so wrong!

Banana Bread Baked By my 3 year old





My son A has been showing a lot of interest in baking lately. Since I have a few ripe bananas lying around at home, I decided to let him bake a simple banana bread.

We had a lot of fun baking and video taping!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ribs Congee--Grandma's Recipe



This Congee is one fond memory I had with my maternal grandmother, she cooks very traditional and tasty Hokkien Cuisine, and this Congee is one of them.

I used to fight my brother for the ribs, and now... I much prefer the tofu in it.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Oven baked Naan bread




I have tried several recipes for homemade naan, and this is by far the best I have made at home.  Add sesame, garlic or cheese to make different types of naan, it is yummy hot bread straight out of your oven!

Boondi Raita (Chick Pea Crisp in Yogurt)



Raita is a good thing to have during summer, especially summer in India.

There are many ways to prepare raita and this is one of them. It is easy to prepare with ready made Boondi from the shop, it is also a good side dish to go with rice or Chapati.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Homemade Ginger Garlic Paste



Many Indian recipes called for ginger garlic paste and I normally keep a bottle of shop bought ginger garlic paste at home to serve that purpose.

I saw a few bloggers making this ginger garlic paste at home recently, and was interested to try it out. When the last bit of my shop bought ginger and garlic paste used up,  I went to shop for lots and lots of ginger and garlic and off to make some of my own.

Evverything I made using this homemade ginger garlic paste turned out sooooo good! No kidding!
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