Tomato Chicken Masala (Thakkali Kozhi Masala)

In February this year, we made our very first trip to Tamil Nadu. We were mainly in Karaikudi, an area known as the land of the Chettiars – Chettinad. Chettiars are a mercantile community who made their wealth overseas in the early to mid-twentieth century and returned to their ancestral homeland to build palatial homes….

Spiced Skillet Roast Chicken

It was our second holiday as a couple. We’d intended to celebrate Christmas away from the crowds and so we decided to have a simple meal in our serviced apartment. I’d never cooked for him before and had no idea what we were going to cook together.  A short walk to a supermarket in Bukit…

Everyday Egg Masala

If you haven’t heard, eggs have taken over the Instagram world. Tags like #yolkporn and #eggporn and open face sandwiches with molten yolk centres have invaded social media. The simple reason why eggs have become the superstars of the food instagramers is that they’re easily available, cheap, nutritious and beautiful to look at. I love…

Ayam Kalio (Lazy Man’s Chicken Rendang)

  A quick internet search for ‘rendang’ will yield several thousands of recipes for rendang as this is a much loved dish in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Ancient maritime trade and shared histories have ensured that this dish crossed over from its West Sumatran origins to Malaysia and Singapore. It is not known when this…

Ultimate Seafood Pilaf

Aromatic basmati rice infused with a rich prawn stock and a vivacious scent of ceylon cinnamon, cloves and green cardamom all swaddle this luxurious take on a simple, mildly spiced pilaf. A pilaf is completely different from a biryani. The pilaf is a lightly spiced rice dish that is usually accompanied by gravy and other side…

Rich Prawn Stock

      A simple way to add a natural umami boost to your cooking is to make your own stock. So much of basic, good cooking is about the extraction, distillation and concentration of ingredients’ flavours. As such, I have never understood the allure of cooked, frozen prawns or deshelled prawns as all the…

Lamb Bhuna

In many non-vegetarian households, a lamb or goat dish is often found amongst a plethora of other decadent dishes on Deepavalli day. My family usually ate vegetarian breakfasts before heading out to the temple and in the evenings when we had guests over, we almost always had a lamb or goat curry with idli (steam…

Photoessay: Temples and ruins in Siem Reap

This will be a very quick post of mostly photos I’d taken during our trip to Siem Reap last July (!!!) We took 3-4 full days to see the some of the ancient temples of Angkor on our own. We read up on the ruins using Micheal Freeman’s and Claude Jacques’ Ancient Angkor before each…

Self-saucing Double Chocolate Pudding

The answer to all chocolate cravings that creep up on unsuspecting weeknights – Self-saucing DOUBLE Chocolate Pudding. Rich, moist and delectable Warm chocolate sponge Ooey, gooey brownie-like layer Magical creation of chocolate sauce  Under 1 hour to chocolate ecstasy Need I say more?  Puddings are a quintessentially British comfort food. The texture of most puddings is…

Crispy Malaysian Pancakes (Crispy Apam Balik)

  The mere mention of Apam Balik (Malay) or Min Chiang Kueh (Mandarin) evokes a sense of nostalgia in many Singaporeans and Malaysians. So adored and relished is this childhood tea time treat that there are variations of this versatile pancake all across South East Asia – a namesake fluffier, yeasted version and  Murtabak Manis…

Spicy Fish Head Curry

Look away if you’re squeamish about heads, eyes and odd food bits … Welcome to the delicious world of the tender, flakey flesh of a gorgeous fish head. Fish Head?! Let’s pause for a second and consider this – What do you think happens to the heads of the filleted fish in your supermarket aisles?…

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings in Mango Chili Sauce

  Just a warning …. Short recipe but long post. While the other half of the world is going nuts over the arrival of strawberries and rhubarb, in this part of the world things are looking up for mangoes, durians, longans, mangosteens, rambutans and many summer fruits that start appearing in the markets just about…

Making Sabudana Khichdi with Aunty Meena Newaskar (Melting Pot #2)

For the second feature of my blog series ‘Melting Pot’ , I’ve interviewed my childhood friends’ mother, Mrs Meena Newaskar, who was kind enough to share the recipe for her daughter’s (my friend Neeti) favourite – Sabudana Khichdi and how she learnt to create this popular breakfast and snack originating from Maharashtra. Sabudana, also known…

Mumbai-inspired Crispy Baked Potatoes with Avocado Chutney

A couple of weeks ago in early February, we took a short trip to Mumbai for my sister-in-law’s traditional wedding. Amidst the chaos of Indian wedding preparations, we managed to sneak out for a day to explore Mumbai’s city centre, around Colaba and Marine Drive. This was my husband’s first time to Mumbai and I…

Photoessay : Morning Market Scenes in Siem Reap

Last July, we made a short trip out to Siem Reap, Cambodia and we took two food tours during our five day stay. Both our morning and evening tour was with Steven Halcrow , co-founder of Siem Reap Food Tours and an experienced chef. Steve’s familiarity with the Khmer language, food and the sprawling Pasar…

Scarlet Nonya Chicken Curry (Kari Kay)

” Is it simmering? Sizzling? Browning? Steaming? Good cooks heed these signs – the landmarks that will guide you to deliciousness, rather than precise temperatures on oven dials and specific cooking times.” Samin Nosrat for The Guardian This could not be more true than for cooking a curry.The way your ingredients react to heat is…