Singapore, being such a cultural melting pot, has a lot to offer in the food scene! There are so many local delights as well as cuisine-fusion varieties available. The Chinese, Malay and Indian as well as the Peranakan food stalls are a plenty. I feel lucky to call this place home. A foodie’s dream land, really.
Today I am sharing, the recipe for a trendy style Biryani Rice that is showing up in many of the Indian Stalls here. Butter Chicken Biryani.. It combines the method of cooking the ‘Nasi Minyak’, or Malaysian Ghee Rice and a diversified and simplified version of the Indian Butter Chicken. Unlike traditional Indian Biryani dishes, here the rice and chicken is cooked separately and simply served together. The aroma itself is is quite drool worthy. You are going to love how easy and quick this is to make!!! Let me know in the comments section if you try it. ( Scroll down for the video).
Quick Sambar | Speedy Breakfast Recipe
For those of you who love to have idli or dosa for breakfast, here is a Quick Sambar recipe. Made with just whole, peeled shallots and potato, it is very easy to make. God knows we all need easier dishes for breakfast time, being so hectic – especially if you pack lunches and need it all to be done before 9 am. Use you favorite sambar powder or use the recipe for home made sambar powder given below. A quick and tasty recipe that will come in handy, I am sure.
Simple Kabsa | Saudi Arabian Fragrant Rice
Kabsa, the National dish of Saudi Arabia, is quite the humble dish. Each home making it their own, with various methods.. but the most common, daily dish is a very simple one -pot dish. Check out my other popular Kabsa recipe, which has more steps involved and used for more special occasions. For your daily meal however, I am sharing this favorite family method.
Butter Cake | Soft Simple Yummy
Every now and then, something as simple as this Butter Cake makes an otherwise dull day into something to look forward to. It is so easy to make, and you probably already have all the required ingredients in your pantry already! You can dream it up and serve it within an hour. This cake is perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. It also makes for a simple base cake to decorate with fondant or buttercream. You can make cupcakes with the batter too. To play around with the recipe you can add grated orange or lemon zest to the batter.
Butter based cakes become denser upon refrigeration. Although I dont mind this at all, you might want to let it come to room temperature if taken out of the fridge.
I dedicate this recipe to my friend Afrah 🙂
Malabar Fish Curry with Coconut Tamarind and Tomato
Kerala is known for its delicious fish and seafood. There are so many varieties of fish curry that are so very delicious. While in many curries, ‘kudampuli’ or gambooge is used, in the Malabar region, most curries only use tamarind as the souring agent. Ground coconut, tomato and tamarind flavors this curry, which is so simple to make but so heartwarmingly comforting to eat as well! Served over rice with papad and vegetables or even for breakfast with puttu. For this curry, I love to use the milk pepper (thondan mulaku, ney mulaku (ghee pepper) or sambar chilli). It has the loveliest buttery or milky aroma. It can be replaced with any mild green chilli. The curry is also best made with fish like Seer Fish.
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Brik | Delicious Tunisian Pastry
No No, we are not into eating brick! Brik (بريك) is a famous Tunisian deep fried pastry. This is absolutely scrumptious, if you’ve never tried it before. This version (one of the more popular ones), has a filling of whole egg , seasoned tuna, onion, parsley and capers. Some versions add Harissa to spice things up, but here I use the Tunisian spice mix ‘Tabil’. You might compare it with a samosa, but the filling is entirely different … imagine cutting into the pastry and getting delicious oozilicious egg!! My kids are bonkers for oozy egg yolk, so they adore Brik!
Brik pastry is known as Malsouka ملسوقة or Warka.Brik pastry is a very thin pastry that comes wrapped in cellophane. The thin, round sheets are made by slapping a sticky dough onto a hot non-stick surface in overlapping circles and cooked for a short amount of time.
The tuna filling may be substituted with chicken, or minced meat. I will also be adding the recipe for ‘Swebaa Brik’ – Brik Fingers, soon which is finger sized spring roll shaped pastry with minced meat, egg and cheese filling. Thanks again to my friend Nadege for helping me with My Tunisian recipes.
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Delicious Green Chutney | Green Coriander Dressing
This is my take on a Delicious Green Chutney or ‘Dahi Wala Hara Chutney’. My recipe is slightly different, but give you a perfect, creamy sauce like chutney that is perfect for all types of Tikkas and Kebabs. It is also great in sandwiched like my Chicken Tikka Baguette or a Bombay Sandwich.
Thai Spicy Chicken with Cashew Nuts
This Thai Spicy Chicken with Cashew Nuts, is an identical recipe of the Thai Beef Recipe, that I recently posted. I usually never post a recipe so identical but so many of you messaged me to ask if the recipe would be suitable for Chicken. Thanks, cause it made me realize that the Spicy Chicken with Cashew Nuts, would be well received too. It’s practically the same recipe, with the typical flavors of Thailand, except the seasoning will be slightly milder for the chicken. Made the video for you ‘special people’ who requested it 😉 I am also realizing that a lot of you can’t get enough chicken recipes 🙂 Lol, I am only too pleased to deliver more and more chicken recipes! Do let me know, what you’d like to see here.
Salted Egg Yolk Chicken | Batter Fried Chicken in Egg Yolk Sauce
Salted Egg Yolk Chicken is a delicious and rich tasting Fried chicken in a special creamy sauce that is very popular and trendy here in Singapore. The salted egg yolk sauce is also used in many other dishes, prawns, crabs, rice etc…
Salted eggs are a preserved food product, very common in Chinese cooking. Duck Eggs or Chicken Eggs are soaked in brine or packed in salted charcoal to preserve them. The eggs are sold in the supermarket, often covered with a thick layer of salted charcoal paste. Sometimes, they are sold with the salted paste, removed and vacuum packed. I have seen salted eggs in Philippines cuisine as well, where they undergo a similar process. These are dyed pink to be be distinguished from the fresh eggs.
I was introduced to cooking with these by my friend in Singapore, Michelle. These preserved eggs have a briny aroma and the yolk is bright orange in color as well as firm textured! The whites are quite salty and the yolk has a rich and less salty flavor. There are many dishes that use these salted eggs, and are popularly used in the Chinese Mooncakes. The salted eggs, from chicken taste somewhat different, the yolk being less rich.
The salted egg yolk sauce is really popular in Zi Char dishes! Zi Char ( ZCze Char/Tze Char/Zhu Chao) is a term used to describe Chinese home-style dishes cooked to order. They are cooked quickly in very hot woks , usually. They are wallet friendly and mouth watering!
This recipe for Smoky Chicken Tenders, served with Potato Salad was a spur of the moment meal idea, that turned into a quick favorite. The ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ combination of hot grilled chicken with cold delicious potato salad has won everyone over around here. We are all looking for those quick and easy meal plans, aren’t we? Those that are hassle free yet tasty! This fits the bill and is great to pack for a picnic as well.
Chicken tenders / tenderloins are the slender strips of additional meat hanging from the bottom-side of chicken breasts. There would thus be two tenders per bird. They are often sold separately from chicken breasts at the supermarket, often coming in thermo-packs of 5-6 strips. Sometimes labeled as chicken fillet. These cuts of chicken are quite cheap and can be used for frying (chicken strips) or cut up in stir fries or grilled as I have done. Cooked properly they remain moist and tender. This is my favorite quick recipe using chicken tenders.
Smoky Grilled Chicken Tenders with Potato Salad |Quick Meals (With Video)