Pulut Hitam Thosai with Kerabu-inspired Salad

A few weeks ago, I was approached to work on a social media video series for Singapore Tourism Board by Viddsee Original Productions. It was for a series – Memories on a Plate, which is about recollections and stories behind dishes that are part of the culinary narrative of Singapore.  It was fantastic experience working…

Step-by-step, No grind Thosai (Dosa)

No grind thosai with coconut chutney, tomato chutney and podi with gingerly oil Growing up, thosai and idli with chutney, thuvaiyals (thick stoneground chutneys) or sambhar was a breakfast staple. I’d never seen a cereal box until I was a school-going, 7 year old girl! In the 80s, my maternal grandparents sold thosais and chutneys….

Jaggery Banana Bread with Cashew Crumble

I’ve never had a fondness for banana bread because I find them bland, not worth the calories and unexciting. It seems completely contradictory to begin a post about banana bread and then declaring that I don’t fancy any. There’s an explanation for that. Most Asians, and that includes me, have a predilection for lighter, sponge-like,…

Seafood Mamak Mee Goreng

Wat’cha goreng about ? Mee Goreng translates simply as ‘Fried Noodles’ in Malay and Bahasa Indonesia. When the Chinese traders sailed to these shores, they introduced the wok and noodles. Soon after, came the myriad of street food dishes, which are still popular today in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. In Malaysia and Singapore, the more…

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…

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…

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…