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Chinese okra recipe with garlic chili sauce

There are various ways to cook okra- make curry, gumbo, oven-roasted, stew, etc. Here is a different Chinese okra recipe – just blanch or steam the okra and dress with the chili garlic sauce. Okra dressed with chili garlic sauce is a quick and easy Chinese okra recipe often prepare in the ordinary household. It …

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Lotus root stir-fry – quick and easy vegetarian dish

If you ask any Chinese family whether they have ever cooked lotus root stir-fry (清炒莲藕) at home, chances are most of them will say yes.  However, if you are a non-Chinese living outside of Asia, you may not have heard these dishes as it is not the main item in most Chinese restaurants. Lotus root …

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Steamed eggplant with garlic sauce

Steamed eggplant is the simplest and healthiest among all the eggplant recipes.  I have posted a few eggplant recipes, which are either stir-fried or deep-fried. They are delicious, but if you prefer a lighter and healthier twist, this Chinese steamed eggplant recipe with garlic sauce 蒜蓉蒸茄子 will tantalize your taste buds with its tender texture …

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Aloo gobi – Indian potatoes and cauliflowers curry

What is aloo gobi? Aloo gobi (alu gobi) is a classic Indian vegetarian dish made with potatoes and cauliflower.  It is usually cooked with some spices and with onion and tomatoes.  It is a quick and easy comforting dish to be served as a side or paratha, naan, or jeera rice. How to make aloo …

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Dum Aloo – How to prepare (a wonderful vegetarian dish)

Dum aloo is an Indian potato curry, which has assimilated into our Malaysian culinary culture. The allure of dum aloo lies in the plethora of spices that transform the potatoes into a melting pot of flavors.  They are first parboiled, deep-fry, and then simmer in a mixture of spices. You will be greeted by a …

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Masoor dal – How to prepare (outstanding result and simple)

Masoor dal is my favorite lentil recipe for a few reasons. First, it is the fastest lentil to cook, only fifteen minutes after soaking. Secondly, it is high in protein, making it an ideal choice for vegetarians who want to obtain a balanced nutrition.  Masoor dal with husked removed and can disintegrate in a short …

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Dal tadka – How to cook (authentic recipe with useful tips)

Dal tadka is synonymous with Malaysian Indian restaurants for me. Whenever I talk about dal tadka, there will be a mental picture drawn immediately about these eateries that flourish in every nook and cranny in Kuala Lumpur. Dal tadka is immensely popular in Malaysia. The Malaysian Indians are Southern India’s descendants who populated dal tadka …

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Cabbage Thoran – How to cook (easy Indian side dish)

Cabbage thoran is my favorite Indian side dish. Growing up in Malaysia and a lover of Indian food, I’ve lunch regularly at the Indian Malaysian restaurant. They lay a large piece of banana leaf in front of me,  scoop a large pile of white rice on it that I can never finish, and inundated by …

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Chap Chye (how to stir fry delicious crunchy vegetables)

This Chap Chye stir-fry recipe ( 炒杂菜/ 快炒什锦菜/chap choy) is an attractive vegetable stir-fry popular in every Chinese household. It is multi-colored, tender-crisp, with a combination of vegetables os different texture and flavor. The word chap chye is the direct verbatim translation of two characters 杂菜, which means mixed vegetables. The recipe is not fixed. …

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