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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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Kung pao tofu – how to cook in 5 easy steps

Kung Pao tofu (宫保豆腐) is an improvised dish from the famous Szechuan cuisine Kung Pao chicken. It is an excellent vegetarian dish for those who do not eat meat but want to appreciate the same flavor of the famed Kung Pao chicken.  This recipe is based on the kung pao chicken on this blog, which I published sometimes …

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Chinese eggplant recipe – How to cook perfect eggplant

In this article, I want to show you how to cook a popular Chinese eggplant dish with some basic ingredients. However, it is tricky to cook eggplant because it changes color quickly easily turns soggy, and potentially absorbs too much oil.  Therefore, I want to share with you my understanding of how to preserve its …

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Sweet and sour tofu – Quick & easy vegan recipe

Tofu should not taste bland if it is properly cooked and seasoned. This sweet and sour tofu (糖醋豆腐) will surely make your mouth foaming uncontrollably! The tofu is pan-fried, then doused in a sweet and sour sauce, with the intermingling of flavors from ketchup, vinegar, and soy sauce. It is then stir-fried with crisp and …

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General Tso’s tofu – How to cook in 3 simple steps

This General Tso’s tofu recipe is the response to the request of my readers who want more vegetarian dishes. It is a pan-fry tofu dish coated with the same sauce for General Tso’s chicken. The tofu soaks up the flavor like a sponge and makes it exceptionally flavorful. This recipe involves a few steps. First, …

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