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

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. So, everything was made-from-scratch because it was cost effective and practical as the…

Pork Rib Vindahloo

It was 7pm, Thursday. My husband and I were ravenous after exploring Old Goa. We were on our first trip exploring Goa and despite a weeklong adjustment to local time, our tummies were still operating two hours ahead in Singapore time. Pinto’s, a small family-run restaurant in the heart of Panaji, was where we’d planned…

Chettinad Pepper Chicken Masala (Kozhi Milagu Masala)

  “Necessity is the mother of all, if not most, inventions.” -Someone Nope. By no means did I invent this dish. The people of Chettinad from South India did. This necessity was more like desperation.On a said Sunday, at noon, we felt the need for a very South Indian fix. Not the so-called British Indian…

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,…

Creamy Spicy Tomato Soup

I’m breaking out of this writer’s block and long silence with a simple recipe that uses some basic pantry ingredients but delivers in flavour and wholesomeness. I almost always have canned tomatoes in my pantry as do most of you, I suspect. In such uncertain times, I turn to recipes that give me a lot…

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…

Hot Smoked Salmon Kedgeree

The Anglo-Indian Kedgeree is a one pot dish that’s dead easy to make and infinitely versatile. Originally a vegetarian rice and lentil dish ,Khichari, hailing from India, the Anglo-Indians brought it to Britain and adapted the dish to include fried onions, fish and hard boiled eggs as it was served for breakfast. According to Lizzie…

Singapore-style Curry Chicken Noodles

A rainy day, a food love story fuelled by greed and a sort of happy ending That fateful rainy day: It was a nondescript evening. We had no dinner plans as yet and because it had been raining all day, a bowl of chicken curry mee sounded like the perfect cure to an uneventful day….

Nonya Curry Powder

Hello Everyone! I’m back after a long hiatus with two recipes this week. The first of which is a recipe for Nonya Curry Powder made from scratch. This will be followed by a Singapore-style Chicken Curry Noodles which will require the use of this curry powder. Happy Cooking! ——- This curry powder is a versatile…

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….