Work is so hectic and yesterday I just had to take five minute to have a quick scroll on FB before I start pulling my hair out… and I came across this:
I can make this in 30 minutes?! That sounds easy enough.
So, I got some lamb from the butcher, rushed to pick up Little Bee from Nursery, got home and asked her to play in the front room while I got everything together, leave it simmering in the pot while I supervise her showering… viola! Dinner was ready by the time she was dressed and her hair combed.
Well done MAS! You saved me from having to think hard on what to cook last night. I would be ever so grateful if you put up another recipe today
Oh… the picture I quickly took last night didn’t look very appetising and would not do this recipe justice… maybe next time
Photo from MAS FB page.
Since Eid might be tomorrow, I thought I’d make something to mark the occasion. So tonight, we will be having rendang ayam (chicken rendang) and nasi himpit (squashed rice).
These are currently cooking on the stove.
Yes, I’m still on panic mode!!!! So, I thought I’d better post now as I don’t know when I’d calm down for a proper post!
Hubby mentioned my name in a conversation on G+ and the person was thinking of making nasi goreng… not with rice but noodles! Well, hubby rightly pointed out that he can’t make nasi goreng with noodles.
Nasi = (cooked) Rice (as opposed to Beras = (uncooked) Rice)
Noodles = Mee
So, if he is going to make it with noodles, it will be mee goreng
The funny thing is, I was thinking of nasi goreng for iftar.
People in Malaysia tend to make nasi goreng if there’s left over rice from the main meal, so the next day for breakfast, there will be nasi goreng. At least that’s what my mom used to do when we were kids. I loved and still love it as it is a very simple and filling dish… and you can use up all the left over. As long as you fry them up together… it’s nasi goreng… literally translated fried rice.
Nasi goreng, a simple dish… a yummy dish.
Today is 10 Muharram. I’ve been reminding myself that today will be 10 Muharram the whole week… but come the day, I totally forgot about it and did not fast. It’s like last week when I went for a blood test and kept reminding myself not to eat anything until I had given my blood… what did I do? Woke up and had coffee… with milk.
10 Muharram is a very important date for all Muslims and as stated on the website of the Islamic Centre in Leicester:
Ashura day is the 10th day or Muharram (the first month of the Islamic calendar). Since the beginning of this world, Ashura day has been a very important day. On this day great signs of Allah’s power and glory have appeared in the world. On this day many Prophets were born and they were instituted to the office of prophecy. On this day, Prophets, Saints and Sincere servants of Allah were blessed with miracles and spiritual powers.On Ashura Day the following have taken place:
1. Repentance of Prophet Adam (Allah’s blessing be upon him) was accepted by Allah
2. The ship of Prophet Nuh (Noah) (Allah’s blessing be upon him) came to rest on a mountain called Al-Judi.
3. Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was born on this day.
4. He got the title Khalil-ullah (friend of Allah) on this day.
5. The fire in which Prophet Ibrahim (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was thrown by the kingNamrud become cool and means of safety for Prophet Ibrahim, by the order of Allah.
6. Allah delivered Prophet Ayub (Job) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) from distress and he was restored to prosperity.
7. By the Grace of Allah, Prophet Yunas (Jonah) (Allah’s blessings be upon him), after being swallowed by a huge fish (whale) for forty days, was casted out on the shore.
8. Prophet Mussa (Moses) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) got victory over Pharaoh.
9. Prophet Suleman (Solomon) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was made a king to rule over mankind, Jins, Animals and the air.
10. Prophet Idris (Enoch) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) and Prophet Issa (Jesus) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) were lifted up alive.
11. Imam Hussain (Allah be pleased with him), the grandson of our beloved Prophet, got martyred at Karbala in Iraq.
12. The day of resurrection and judgement will take place on this day (Ashura)
As said on point 2, when Prophet Noah’s ark came to a rest at Mount Al-Judi, a meal was prepared and this meal was Bubur Ashura.
Each State in Malaysia has its own version of bubur Ashura; it’s sweet in most Northern State and from my State of Johor, it is savoury… and being a Johorean, I prefer the savoury version. It is also known as bubur lambok. What ever it may be or called or for, it is yummy and filling.
1 large onion
1 garlic cloves
3cm fresh ginger
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1tbsp curry powder
300g minced beef
1 cup rice
1 large carrot, diced
1 medium potato, diced
Handful of green beans, chopped
salt to taste
250ml coconut milk
- Mince the onion, garlic and ginger and put to the side
- Place a pan on medium heat and heat the ghee. Add cinnamon, star anise, cardamom and cloves and fry for a minute before adding the mince onion, garlic and ginger and fry for a further 5 minutes.
- Add the curry powder and minced beef. Mix well and add the rice and water (I used about 750ml). Bring it to a boil, add the diced carrot and potato and chopped green beans, cover and simmer. Stir every few minutes and make sure that it does not dry up.
- Once the rice is cooked, add a bit of salt and the coconut milk. Stir and bring it back to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook until carrot and potato are cook. Again make sure that you add more water when needed.
Most recipes have pulses in it like lentil or chick peas. I prefer it without.
And that is it. I serve mine with thinly sliced omelette and chopped coriander leaves.
This is the simplest and filling and, I think, the most understated yummiest dish ever. This is the first dish that I remember eating as a child. This is the dish that I will make when I’m feeling ill… it is to me chicken soup to others. When I have a sore throat, it much easy (and yummier) to swallow than any other food out there. This is the first ever dish I made for Little Bee during her baby led weaning stage and still gives to her as it’s the only dish she would eat her vegetable with.
It is the humble bubur – rice porridge.
It is usually cooked plain (boiling the rice in water with a bit of salt) but I like to cook mine with chopped up onion, garlic (quickly fried before adding the rice and water) and vegetables (without salt), hence the reason I love cooking this for Little Bee as the vegetables are boiled together with the rice, so even if she push the vegetables away (which she never does when I make this) at least I know the goodness is in it.
And when serve it to Little Bee, it’s with egg, ground fried ikan bilis (white bait) and kicap manis… and mine with the additional sambal belacan.
Tonight, we had bubur and Little Bee licked her bowl clean
Moo was asking for nasi lemak recipe on facebook… which made me realize that I haven’t made it for ages!
Nasi lemak is one of Malaysian’s favourite dish… if not ‘the’.
Again… everyone has their own way of cooking nasi lemak and this is mine… healthier version… in my head at least as it contains no additional salt
1 1/2 cup rice
400ml (1 tin) thick coconut milk
1 cup water
1tsp fanugreek (halba) seeds
1 inch ginger, bruised
2 clove garlic, sliced
3 shallots, sliced
2 lemongrass, bruised
> wash the rice and put it in a saucepan.
> add all the ingredients into the saucepan and cover. Put the saucepan on the hob on high heat and bring to boil.
> turn the heat right down and let it simmer until all the liquid has evaporated. Flake the rice with a fork and now it is ready to be served.
Nasi lemak is usually accompanied by prawn sambal, hard boiled egg, sliced cucumber, crispy fried ikan bilis (whitebait) and peanuts. However, hubby doesn’t like seafood… so instead of making prawn sambal straight away, I made sambal without any prawns first. Then I fried some chicken breast for hubby and add the sambal on top… and as for me… I added prawns to my sambal
So here’s my sambla recipe.
10 dried chillies or 7 fresh red chillies
4 garlic cloves
1 red onion or 10 shallots
100g molasses or grated palm sugar
1tbsp tamarind pulp
1/2 cup water
> If you’re using dried chillies, remove the seeds from the chillies and soak them in hot water for 15 minutes. For fresh chillies, deseed and chop.
> Place the chillies in a food processor and add chopped capsicum, garlic, onion/shallots and belacan, and blend untils smooth. Add a bit of oil or water to keep the blade moving.
> Heat wok/frying pan over low heat and pour some oil. Add the chilli mixture and stir fry until the oil separates.
> Mash the tamarind pulp in water and squeeze and strain to obtain the juice. Add the tamarind juice and sugar and simmer until it reaches a jam-like consistency.
Now you can add prawns or ikan bilis to the sambal; or as I mentioned, you can fry some chicken and add the sambal on top. Delish…