Sindhi fote bhugi khichdi with fusion potato sabji.

Sometimes the simplest of food can bring such comfort. For me, my comfort soul food is sindhi fote bhugi khichdi, accompanied by a potato sabji, crispy brinjal or karela and a piece of fried fish. Being a Sindhi, I have grown up  eating delicious simple food cooked by my mom. Sindhi food is really simple and easy to put together.
When I got married,  every sunday our food was FOTE BHUGI KHICHDI( khichdi cooked with cardamom)  methi patata, dahi and fryums.. it was  the family sunday meal. Over time I changed the methi aloo to a fusion aloo sabji( aka malaysian and Bengali fusion).  Now its  cooked twice a month😊But its a meal I look forward to . Please do try this combination.

2 cups rice
1/2 cup split green moong dal( with skin)
2 tsps freshly ground elaichi powder
2 tsps shah jeeri
2 tsps salt
2 to 3 tbsps oil

Mix the dal and rice , wash well and soak for an hour.
Drain out the water.
Heat a pan, add oil, jeeri and elaichi powder . Once fragrant, add the rice and dal mix.  Saute for few mins, Add salt and enough water to cook the khichdi. We want each grain seperate. Not a mushy khichdi.
Done.
Ps…I cook the khichdi with enough water to cover, once water dries up I shift the rice to a steamer. And steam cook for 20 mins.

Aloo sabji
3 boiled, peeled and cubed potatoes.
1 small  onion sliced
1 small onion chopped finely
2 medium tomatoes..finely chopped
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp minced garlic.
1/2 tbsp paanch phoran( mix mustard seeds, cumin seeds, methi seeds, onion seeds, saunf).
1 sprigs..about 10 curry leaves.
2 heaped tsps curry powder( I used malaysian baba brand)
2 tsps red chillie powder.
Salt to taste
Corriander ..finely chopped.

Heat 2 to 3 tbsps mustard oil in a pan, add panch phoran, followed by curry leaves.
Now add minced garlic and ginger., saute. Add the diced onions and saute till onions become translucent.
Add chopped tomatoes, curry powder, salt, red chillie powder  and mix well. Add the cubed potatoes and sliced onion. Mix and finally add corriander leaves. Done.

For the fish, I took one boneless fillet of  snapper.  Marinated in turmeric and salt, gave a lime rub and shallow fried in oil.

Remove and sprinkle generously with red chillie powder, corriander seed powder, amchoor.
This is a typlcal Sindhi  sprinkle mix for fried fish or  fried arbi.

Sindhi Phote(cardamom) Bhugi Khichdi with fusion Potato Sabji

Sometimes the simplest of food can bring such comfort. For me, my comfort soul food is sindhi fote bhugi khichdi, accompanied by a potato sabji, crispy brinjal or karela and a piece of fried fish. Being a Sindhi, I have grown up  eating delicious simple food cooked by my mom. Sindhi food is really simple and easy to put together.
When I got married,  every sunday our food was FOTE BHUGI KHICHDI( khichdi cooked with cardamom)  methi patata, dahi and fryums.. it was  the family sunday meal. Over time I changed the methi aloo to a fusion aloo sabji( aka malaysian and Bengali fusion).  Now its  cooked twice a month😊But its a meal I look forward to . Please do try this combination. SOULFOOD FROM MY HOME TO YOURS.

2 cups rice
1/2 cup split green moong dal( with skin)
2 tsps freshly ground elaichi powder
2 tsps shah jeeri
2 tsps salt
2 to 3 tbsps oil

Mix the dal and rice , wash well and soak for an hour.
Drain out the water.
Heat a pan, add oil, jeeri and elaichi powder . Once fragrant, add the rice and dal mix.  Saute for few mins, Add salt and enough water to cook the khichdi. We want each grain seperate. Not a mushy khichdi.
Done.
Ps…I cook the khichdi with enough water to cover, once water dries up I shift the rice to a steamer. And steam cook for 20 mins.

Aloo sabji
3 boiled, peeled and cubed potatoes.
1 small  onion sliced
1 small onion chopped finely
2 medium tomatoes..finely chopped
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 tbsp minced garlic.
1/2 tbsp paanch phoran( mix mustard seeds, cumin seeds, methi seeds, onion seeds, saunf).
1 sprigs..about 10 curry leaves.
2 heaped tsps curry powder( I used malaysian baba brand)
2 tsps red chillie powder.
Salt to taste
Corriander ..finely chopped.

Heat 2 to 3 tbsps mustard oil in a pan, add panch phoran, followed by curry leaves.
Now add minced garlic and ginger., saute. Add the diced onions and saute till onions become translucent.
Add chopped tomatoes, curry powder, salt, red chillie powder  and mix well. Add the cubed potatoes and sliced onion. Mix and finally add corriander leaves. Done.

For the fish, I took one boneless fillet of  snapper.  Marinated in turmeric and salt, gave a lime rub and shallow fried in oil.

Remove and sprinkle generously with red chillie powder, corriander seed powder, amchoor.
This is a typlcal Sindhi  sprinkle mix for fried fish or  fried arbi.

KETAN SERUNDENG aka sticky rice cakes with coconut flakes

KETAN SERUNDENG..
( STICKY RICE CAKES WITH SAVOURY COCONUT FLAKES)

Ketan is a hearty snack quite popular in Indonesia.Ketan is usually made from glutinous rice. Rice is soaked and steamed  in steps, usually with an addition of coconut milk. The steamed sticky rice is then quickly formed into balls and rolled in either plain or flavoured coconut flakes, and served with a spicy peanut sauce.
Coconut which is grated and cooked with a spice paste, is called SERUNDENG, this has a long shelf life if stored in the fridge.
Serundeng is used as a topping on yellow rice, served on the side with other dishes and usually a staple at many homes. You can actually call it the podi powder of Indonesia..
Ketan is usually served as a starter or snack.
Glutinous rice or beras ketan can be used to make a sticky sweet porridge also.

Today I have made it in 2 colours, one white and one blue. The blue ketan is made using butterfly pea flower. Soaking these dried flowers in hot water gave it a lovely indigo colour.  Do try this recipe if you can source GLUTINOUS RICE.

250 gms beras ketan( glutinous rice)
1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1/2 cup water.
1 tsp salt
10 gms of dried butterfly pea flowers, soaked in half cup hot water.( about 1/4 cup) strain when water cools down.

Wash and soak the ketan for 4 hours.
Drain the ketan and put in a hot steamer.
Steam for 15 mins.
Remove into 2 bowls.
To one bowl add 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1/4 cup water and 1/2 tsp salt. Mix and keep aside for 15 mins…the liquid will be absorbed by then..
To the other bowl of ketan, add 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1/2 tsp  salt and 1/4 cup blue liquid from the strained flowers. Keep aside for 15 mins.

After 15 mins put both the soaked rice back into the steamer and steam for 20 mins.
Remove into 2 bowls, make balls while still warm.
Roll the blue ketan balls in plain grated coconut.
Roll the white ketan balls in serundeng.
Serve with peanut sauce.

To make serundeng.
Grind together..
3 garlic pods
5 shallots
4 to 5 red chillies
1 tsp corriander powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
6 shredded kaffir lime leaves.
1 tbsps grated gur.
Small pc of fresh turmeric.

Take a pan, add 2 tbsps oil
Add ground paste and saute till cooked.
Add 1 cup grated and steamed coconut.
Saute till well mixed.
Cool and pulse in mixer to get semi powdered mix.

For white coconut..
Grated and steam coconut for 10 mins.

Tip…we normally grate and steam coconut. To keep handy in the fridge.
It does not go sour , using this method.

Peanut sauce..

100 gms fried peanuts with skin or without
1/2 tsp white pepper
Salt to taste
Veg stock powder, or msg 1/4 tsp
6 bird chillies, 6 red chillies
3 pods of garlic
30 gms palm sugar( I have boiled the palm sugar with little water , and strained to get rid of impurities.)
3 tbsps tamarind pulp or juice of 1 lime.

. Saute the red chillies, bird eye chillies and garlic in 2 tbsps oil.
2. In a mixer jar, add fried peanuts, chillies and garlic. Add salt, pepper and veg stock powder. Add some water and blend to a thick paste.

MARTABAK/AKA BAIDA ROTI/ AKA ASIAN PARATHA

MARTABAK aka ASIAN PARATHA aka BAIDA ROTI

This stuffed Pancake or paratha is probably known to many of us. Arabs, Indians, south asian, chinese etc each nation has its own way of making it. Here in Jakarta its very common to see martabak carts on most streets. They sell the sweet version( shared the recipe earlier) and the savoury version.
But the street version uses a lot of MINYAK SAMIN( a local ghee) and also mostly uses duck eggs which are bigger than hen eggs. They also keep dough balls dunked in oil( maybe to give the dough more elasticity) and use bigger skillets than our home tawas.
I prefer making a healthier  fusion version at home using eggs and stirfried vegetables . This on its own is a complete meal.
Most nights when I don’t know what to cook…we make martabaks.
Please do try out this simple martabak recipe.

2 cups flour
2 tbsps oil
1/2 tsp salt
Cold water.
Mix the oil and salt  into the flour, and add some cold water to make a medium soft dough..cover with a wet cloth and keep aside.

1/2 cup carrots.. julienned
1/2 cup french beans cut diagonally
1/2 cup cabbage ..thinly sliced
1/2 cup beansprouts. Or young corn( cut into small strips)
1/2 cup spring onions finely chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic
1  tsp white pepper
1 tsp sesame oil.
Salt to taste

Heat a wok and add 1 tbsp oil, add the garlic, white pepper and salt.
Saute for a minute, and add all the prepared vegetables… saute on a high flame and cook just for few mins. Add sesame oil and remove the vegetables in a bowl. The vegetables should still have a crunch… keep aside.

For this recipe you will need 8 medium eggs.
I normally make 8 small size martabaks from this quantity.

Divide the dough into 8.
Preheat the tawa or skillet on very very low.

Take one part of the dough, roll into a very thin chappati…as thin as you can ,
Gently place the chappati on the tawa, pour the filling, and spread it a bit, now fold 3 parts of the chappati to form a triangle, try not to leave any space, and let grill on one side, gently flip over, apply butter or oil..and let cook.
Once both sides have brown spots , remove and cut into smaller triangles. Serve with a chillie sauce.

Filling..
For each martabak beat one egg in a bowl, season very lightly with salt and pepper. Add about 1/4th cup of stir fried vegetables, and mix.,,( can add 1 tbsps grated cheese at this point)

Options for vegetarians..
Just spread the stir fried vegetables on the chappati ( on the tawa,) sprinkle grated paneer or cheese.

Ayam /Chicken Nanking

AYAM NANKING/CHICKEN NANKING.

A fusion Indo chinese fried chicken dish which is crispy on the outside and silky on the inside, due to the combination of prawns and chicken. This is served with a light sauce, and some steamed vegetables on the side. There are 2 ways to make this..
The old fashioned way is to roughly mince chicken and prawns, mix together with spices..pat onto a banana leaf and deep fry.
The newer method is to thinly slice chicken breasts, apply shrimp paste and egg wash and bread the chicken.

I Prefer the old fashioned way
It is still served like this in old chinese restaurants. Some sources say that this dish originated in the city of Nanjeng in China. Hence the name chicken Nanking.
Its a non spicy  dish reminicent of olden days cantonese cooking.
Worcestershire sauce also known as KECAP INGGRIS ( english soya sauce) gives a good flavour here.Do try this recipe..

200 gms roughly minced chicken breast
( I used the underside of the chicken breast)
200 gms prepped shrimp/prawns.
( peel, clean and then weigh the prawns)
Roughly chopped.
1 heaped tbsp minced garlic
1 tbsp sesame oil.
1 heaped tsp white pepper powder.
1 tsp sugar
1 tsps salt
1/2 tsp msg..optional.
2 heaped tbsps tapioca starch powder or cornflour.
2 heaped tbsps all purpose flour.
1 big egg.
2 tbsps water.
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce.

Mix everything in a bowl and keep aside for 15 mins.
Take banana leaves and cut into rounds of 18 cms..approx.
Divide the chicken prawn mixture into 2(if you like it a bit chunky) or 3.(if you like it thinner)
And pat onto the banana leaves.
Heat a wok, add enough oil for frying the chicken.
When oil is hot..slide in the banana leaf .
After a few mins, it will seperate from the patty..remove and discard.
Continue frying the patty till crispy.
Remove and cut.
Serve on a platter with the sauce, french fries and steamed vegetables.
Sauce.
300 ml water
3 tbsps of tomato ketchup
3 tbsps worcestershire sauce
2 tbsps sugar.
1 tbsp sesame oil.
1/2 tsp salt.
1 tbsp cornflour( mixed with little water)

Put everything in a saucepan, bring to a boil and add cornflour slurry.

Ready to serve.

BUBUR KACANG IJO/ MUNG BEANS PORRIDGE

BUBUR KACANG IJO.

A very close cousin to our desi Payasam, this bubur( porridge) is made with green moong dal aka Kacang ijo( pronounced KA-CHANG).
Here in Indonesia Buburs are very popular, and made  with lot of pantry friendly ingredients..such as rajma, green beans, banana, glutinous rice, coconut etc. These are mainly made or sold for breakfast and tea time.
Todays recipe uses ginger as a flavouring as well as for healing and warmth.
Ginger is used alot in teas and buburs to aid in digestion and for warmth.
Have this warm and relish it. Soothing and delicious.  Perfect in the awesome rainy weather in India.

1 cup green moong beans soaked overnight or minimum 6 hours.
2 pandan leaves knotted or use 4 cloves.
100 gms ginger…peeled and bashed in big chunks.
1/2 tsp salt.
250 gms jaggery.( chopped or grated)
3 tbsps white sugar ..if required.( I used, as it yin to the yan of jaggery)😊
200 gms thick  coconut milk( I used a tetra pack)
100 ml water for coconut sauce.

Rinse the soaked moong dal
Add to a pan along with bashed ginger and pandan leaves.
Cover with enough water and boil  till soft and mushy.
( I boiled for 3 whistles in a pressure cooker)

Meantime take the jaggery in a pan and add 1/4 cup water. Boil till dissolved, and strain, to remove impurities.

Now take the cooked moong beans, another 2 cups of water, salt , jaggery water in a pan and cook further till it becomes thick. Keep aside.
To make the coconut sauce topping,
Put 200 ml thick coconut in a saucepan, add about 100ml water, a knotted pandan leaf( or 1/2 tsp vanila essence)  1/4 tsp salt.
Simmer on a low flame for 10 mins. Remove in a bowl.

To serve..
Put some warm  bubur in a bowl, top with 1 or 2 tablespoons of coconut milk..

No sugar is added to coconut sauce.
This helps in balancing the sweetness of bubur.😊



TELOR PINDANG ( INDONESIAN HARD BOILED BRAISED EGGS)

TELOR PINDANG( INDONESIAN HARD BOILED BRAISED EGGS)

Over the years I must have eaten these eggs a number of times, especially in restaurants where they are served mostly with set rice dishes. And have never given them a second thought
But this once I decided to make them at home since my mom and sister are here from India and are eggitarians.
PINDANG refers to a style of cooking.
Years ago when chinese labourers came to Indonesia, they married the local women and thier cooking merged to become pernakan style cooking.
These eggs are a cousin to the chinese tea eggs.
The traditional old fashioned way is to boil the eggs , peel them and reboil with guava leaves, onion peels, teak leaves, etc.
Not all of these are readily available, so onto an easier method which I saw on a local channel. Delicately flavoured, and a lovely brown look. These eggs taste good.
Today I will share the recipe for hard boiled Pindang eggs as well as the batik design ones.
The batik ones to tell you frankly, are very pretty no doubt. But one needs to patiently remove the egg shell without loosening the membrane as the design is stronger on it.
These eggs can  be served with fried rice, or even as starters with a home made chillie sambal sauce..
Do try out this simple recipe.
And pls excuse the not so perfect looking eggs, as this was my first time in making these eggs.

10 boiled eggs.
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp white sugar
1 tsp corriander seed powder.
50 gms chopped palm sugar( do try to get the dark brown gur)
3 tbsps Indonesian Kecap manis( sweet soya sauce)
4 fresh bay leaves
1 inch pc ginger
1 inch pc galangal
4 garlic pods.
1 tea bag.
750 ml water.

Shell 5 of the boiled eggs and place in a saucepan.
Take the other 5 eggs, and tap each with the back of a spoon, cracking the shell without peeling it.

Place these eggs in the saucepan along with the peeled eggs.

Take ginger and  galangal and roast lightly on an open flame till the skin is charred. Bash lightly to release flavours and add to the saucepan containing eggs,  add rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Once the water boils, add the tea bag.
Lower the heat, cover and let the eggs braise for 45 mins.

Shut the fire, and let eggs cool down in the water itself.
The longer you let them sit, the deeper the tinge on the eggs.

Remove the peeled eggs and either serve whole or cut into 2.
Peel the cracked eggs very carefully without lifting the inner membrane.
These make for a pretty plate..

Asinan serut or liquid fruit salad

ASINAN SERUT OR LIQUID FRUIT SALAD
Here in Indonesia, people love Asinans and Rujaks.
Rujaks are cut fruits and raw vegetables, served with a thick palm sugar sauce.( will put up recipe soon) .
An Asinan has fruit or vegetable,which are marinated in a tangy, spicy sweet syrup. And sort of pickled.
These can be bottled and kept upto 2 weeks, depending on the fruits and vegetables used.  Asinans vary from region to region. Todays recipe is ASINAN SERUT( Grated fruit Asinan )

The recipe I will share with you is an instant fusion Asinan. Fusion because I have added young coconut strips, which is not normally added, but I love the taste of it.😊 this recipe is very forgiving, you can add or omit any fruits, you can either chop the fruits or grate.
You can use this as a palate cleanser, amuse bouche,  between courses or even before meals to give your appetite an edge😊.
Best served chilled.

1st step..syrup.
Take 500 ml of water in a pan,( can use the water from coconut, as I have done)
add paste of 3 red chillies( can reduce or increase as per your choice)

5 tbsps of sugar
3 tbsp of vinegar.
1/4 tsp salt.

Boil till sugar melts, for about 5 mins.

Cool completely. .

To this add
1/2 cup grated semi ripe mango
1/2 cup grated cucumber with the skin
1/2 cup young drinking coconut, cut into thin strips.
1/2 cup grated apple.

Mix everything and let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Serve in small glasses
Topped with some peanuts, and chopped red chillie.

Enjoy this refreshing liquid salad chilled.

SINDHI PHOTE BHUGO CHICKEN / CARDAMOM CHICKEN.

SINDHI PHOTE BHUGO CHICKEN.

Today’s recipe is SINDHI PHOTE BHUGO CHICKEN, cardamon/Elaichi chicken.
After someone asked me for an authentic sindhi recipe for phote bhuga TEEVARN( mutton), I went straight to the source of my sindhi recipes, MY MOTHER. While I was on a short trip to India. Sadly Mom’s health has detoriated as well as her memory. But she immediately could recall this recipe, and told me. In fact I asked her if we could add tomatoes, she said not at all.😊 so this recipe is more like a stew with a strong cardamon flavour and peppery undertones.A very light on the tummy dish.

Memories of my mom making this super fragrant dish( phote bugo teevarn) on sundays for my grandparents are so clear. My mom is a masterchef of sindhi delicacies, but sadly cannot cook any longer at the grand age of 90. But I am so thankful to have learnt most of my sindhi cooking from her.

Pls try it and have this accompanied by parathas and tawa toasted bread. The simplicity of this dish is what makes it so special.
The last time I made it was years ago for my mother in law , but with mushrooms. ( vegetarians please note).

500 gms chicken with bone( 6 good size pieces) make slashes on the chicken.
2 tsps of freshly ground cardamon with skin
4 to 5 whole cardamons..lightly bashed.
2 tsps freshly ground black pepper.
1 tsp shah jeera
1/4 tsp turmeric powder.
1/4 tsp garam masala
1.5 tsps salt.
3 cups water.
Finely cut corriander leaves with stems.
3 tbsps oil
2 tbsps Wheat flour mixed with 1/2 cup cold water.
( DO NOT USE CORNFLOUR).
Heat oil in a pressure cooker, and add the shah jeera, whole cardamons and the powdered cardamom. After a few seconds add the chicken and start sauting for at least 10 mins. The cardamom will start sticking to the chicken, keep going. Now add the corriander leaves, black pepper powder, turmeric and salt, mix for another 5 mins. The combined flavours of corriander, pepper and cardamom are amazing. Add the water and close lid. After 3 whistles, shut the flame and let the cooker cool down.
Open the lid and bring the chicken to a boil. Add the wheat flour slurry and simmer for a few more minutes.
Serve hot, sprinkled with black pepper and corriander.
Serve with parathas, and tawa toasted bread.or pao.

Kolak Candil.. Indonesian sweet dish.

The holy month of Ramadhan all over the world, has different traditions for breaking the fast,  one thing common will be sweetmeats, whether its dates or a glass of sharbat.
Here in Indonesia, people will mostly drink hot sweet black tea to be followed by various KOLAKS.
Kolaks are mostly soupy,  palm sugar  and coconut milk based. Various things are added, like jack fruit or banana, or sweet potato etc. Mostly served warm as the people here believe that breaking a fast with something cold will surely harm the stomach.😊
Kolaks are made with many twists. Here at home during Ramadhan helpers make different types of sweets. Will share some more recipes soon.
Today I will share kolak made with sweet potato dumplings. CANDIL ( pronounced Chandil) is balls of sweet potato. Hence the name.  Easy to make and light on the stomach. No oil goes in the preparation.

Step 1
Peel and chop 500 gms of sweet potato
( I have used orange sweet potato)
Heat a steamer and steam cook the sweet potatoes.
Avoid boiling them .
Once cooked, ( it took about 15 mins in my steamer) remove into a plate and mash using a fork.
Put in a  big bowl along with 150 gms TAPIOKA  flour. Add a pinch of salt and mix the warm mashed pototes with the flour. Knead into a smooth ball.
Divide and roll into small balls. Work quickly, I had help doing these, so it took about 10 mins for 2 of us .😊
I got about 75 small balls( good enough for a nice big bowl of kolak) keep aside.

2nd step.
In a sauce pan,  add 200 ml of coconut milk( I used a tetra Pack) and 100 ml of water.
Put in a knotted pandan leaf.
( or use 1/2 tsp of vanilla powder)
1/2 tsp of salt
Simmer, stirring continuously for 10 mins…keep aside.

3rd step.
Heat 600ml water in a saucepan
Add 200 gms of chopped palm sugar
( jaggery)
1 tbsps of  sugar
1/2 tsp of salt
1 knotted pandan leaf
Or you can add a little vanila essence at the end.
Boil till palm sugar dissolves, strain the water into another pan to get rid of impurities.
Boil once again and add a slurry of 2 tbsps tapioka flour mixed with 50 ml of water.
Bring to a boil and keep aside.

Final step.
Take a big pot, put about 1.5 liters of water, bring to a rolling boil and add the sweet potato balls. They will sink and rise within 5 mins. Keep on boil for another few mins, strain off the water, and add the balls to the palm sugar syrup. Give one boil and done.

AASSEMBLING.
Put few balls and palmsugar syrup in a bowl, drizzle few spoons of coconut milk on top…and enjoy warm.

Tip… to get things done faster, I put the sweet potato to steam on one stove, made the palmsugar syrup on another, and the coconut milk on another. 😊so I was done within 45 mins.

**The bland coconut milk balances the sweet palmsugar syrup.