Dal Karela

This is a typical Pakistani dish. I always liked dal, but not karela (bitter gourd) until now or should I say till I tried this dish from this quaint little restaurant in Dubai. When I had it the first time, I was blown away as you really cannot taste the bitterness from the karela and…

Fried Carrot Cake

Fried Carrot Cake is a very popular local hawker dish and Singaporeans love their fried carrot cake, that’s also known as Chai Tow Kway. It does not contain any carrots and is made from a combination of white radish, rice flour and water, which is then steamed into cakes. I remember mum buying fried carrot…

Tomato Fry

If you love tomatoes, this just may be the one for you. It’s loaded with tomatoes and goes so well with plain white rice or chappati. This was another favourite dish of my friends in the UAE and they used to request for it frequently, together with the tofu sambal and paneer bhurji. It’s really…

Tofu Sambal

Tofu or most commonly known here as Tauhu, is bean curd and I may have mentioned before that I love tofu in almost any form. Besides the paneer burji, tofu sambal used to be the most requested dish my office colleagues in the UAE used to ask me to make. When they tried it for…

Aloo Methi

Aloo is Potato and Methi is Fenugreek. This delicious and easy to cook dish is prepared with fresh fenugreek leaves, that has amazing health benefits including lowering cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Methi with Aloo is a wonderful combination. This dish is very common in North Indian homes and goes very well with fresh,…

Kangkong Stir Fry

This is a very easy and simple dish to prepare. Kangkong is also known as Water Spinach or Morning Glory and is one of my favourite green veggie. I love the sambal kangkong that you get from the Malay stalls here, as they add belachan (shrimp paste) or the dried prawns. I made this suitable…

Coconut Fish Curry

Every time I want to make fish curry, I remember my friend, Sushma’s favourite combo of fish curry with fish fry. It truly is a nice combo but generally I am happy either having fish curry or fish fry. I usually prefer the gravy in the fish curry to be thick. My usual go-to recipe…

Sambal Goreng

Sambal Goreng is my favourite dish and it is always the first thing I choose from the wide range of cooked food served with white rice from the Malay stall at the various food courts in Singapore. It’s basically made from tofu, tempeh (fermented soya) and long beans. ‘Sambal’ is basically chilli paste and ‘Goreng’…

Karela Fry (Bitter Gourd Fry)

I don’t know if you recall reading in my blog about how I’m not a huge fan of karela (bitter gourd), but of course over the past 4 years or so, I have developed a liking for it, provided it’s cooked my way and must ensure the bitterness is minimal…. ha ha! I tried to…

Channa Dal

I wanted to inaugurate my new kitchen with my favourite dishes and had planned to make dal fry. I soaked the dal in water (cos I don’t use pressure cooker!) and after a few hours, I started boiling it. As I usually use toor dal for this preparation, I only realized that I had used…