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Aug 1

Another vegetarian dish that is favorite of mine is the Chana Masala or Chole Masala or Chickpea Curry. I love it with roti or with hot boiled rice. Preparing Chana Masala needs planning since the chickpeas must be soak for overnight, if not, it will not be cooked. In outside India though, canned chickpeas are available, so in this case, there’s no need for soaking. Below is the recipe of Chana Masala. Ingredients: 1 cup chick peas (if using canned, skip #1 & 2) 1 Onion 1 Tomato 1Green... 

Jul 29

Prawn is one of my favorite ingredients. It is easy to cook and so tasty too. One of my favorite dish is prawn curry. What I love this curry is that the gravy is full of prawn’s powerful taste that even without eating the prawn, you’ll feel that you have it. I love to eat prawn curry with steamed rice, since the rice absorbs the flavor of the prawn through its gravy. Want to try prawn curry? Here’s the recipe: Ingredients: (Serves 4) 400g large raw prawns, shell on ½ tsp ground... 

Jul 19

Pasta is one of my favorite ingredients. I usually use spaghetti but for a change, a fusilli or penne are great too. I occasionally cook lasagna, only when there are friends and guests around but for every day meal, a spaghetti or fusilli always comes handy and easy to cook. Last night, I had some prawns I bought last weekend, so I thought a fusilli pasta with tomato sauce would be a great dinner. I also made a garlic bread stick as a side for the pasta. As for the sauce, I just blanched the tomatoes... 

Jul 16

Matter Paneer – Cottage Cheese Green Peas Curry Every week, I would buy a pack or two of paneer. Paneer or cottage cheese is a typical ingredients in Indian cooking. Paneer is like tofu but has a silky and creamy taste because paneer is made from milk. Uncooked paneer should be stored in the refrigerator. Mattar Paneer (Paneer Green Peas Curry) is one of the common dishes using paneer and mostly cooked and ordered in a restaurant. It is a vegetarian dish but non-vegetarian eater like me loves... 

Jul 6

caramel with lemon custard I recently saw a travel show in TLC which showed a Mexican flan recipe and I thought it was very similar to a caramel custard which are both made of eggs, milk, and baked/steamed with a caramelized sugar. The host of the show said that Spanish brought it to Mexico, so I wonder who brought it to India. Here in India, we have an eggless version of caramel custard, in this case, there is a custard powder which can be bought in store. The custard powder is then just dissolve... 

Jun 28

I have been wanting to bake a perfect cake and have actually been trying for several times with much failure and waste of ingredients. Until recently I saw an episode from Rachel Allen Bakes in TLC which showed baking of chocolate vanilla marble cake. I thought it was easy to make but considering that I don’t have the regular oven, I was quite nervous of trying it. I use my griller/oven for all my roasting, baking, and reheating. With no proper weighing scale to measure my flour and sugar... 

Jun 22

As I was searching for the recipe of a beef stew today, I noticed the several options on the left side of the browser. Google has given users the options to refine recipe searches from ingredients, cook time, and calories. I say that these are great search tools addition by Google as the users will be able to refine searches according to our own liking. Haven’t seen it? Try it now, just go to google.com, and search for any recipes you like and you’ll see results like this one below:  

May 28

My homemade red wine When a friend gave me more than a kilo of red grapes, the first thing that came to my mind was to make those dark red grapes into wine. I love wine and I’ve tried once of making my own wine last year, though not really much of a success but it turned out well. So, I thought that this time, I would make an improvement with my wine-making, and alas, it was a big improvement, the color, the smell, and the taste, it’s much better than the cheap wine I buy from the liquor shop. The... 

May 15

I believe that one of the reasons why man lives is to indulge sweet treats, and aside from chocolate, ice cream, and cake, the next best sweet treat is candies. When sugar and  corn syrup were invented, people had not stopped to have a simple treat in the form of candy. No children will refuse to any sweet and colorful candies, and not only kids but adults like me too. So, last time I went to a candy store, I bought several grams of assorted candies. I got gum balls, rainbow strips, jellybeans,... 

May 3

From my last trip in Israel, I got this sachets of coffee from the airline. If you are a coffee lover, I mean not like the India way of drinking coffee, no cream or milk please, then you would like the coffee I got from the airline. It’s like the usual coffee served in the coffee shops in Middle East. Of course the smell is fantastic and the bitter taste amazing. Oh, don’t just gulp the coffee, anyways, it should be sip only :p Well, I said don’t just gulp the coffee because...