The malaysian kitchen — 150 recipes for simple home cooking

Containing easily prepared, yet flavorful recipes, “The Malaysian Kitchen” combines personal reflection, cultural perspective, and a useful introduction to Malaysian home cooking. Kolambi fry recipe in marathi language The recipes are surprisingly simple in a good way, giving the reader a sense of “I can actually make this.” In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with access to most of the ingredients, but the book accounts for those not so fortunate. Prawns fry recipe in marathi language By giving alternative ingredients that actually work well, Christina Arokiasamy removes many of the obstacles novices stumble over when trying new cuisine types without sacrificing a sense of authenticity.

If I could describe the book in one word, it would be “useful.” I have many cookbooks where I simply look at the index and find the recipe I want. Prawns curry recipe in marathi language For people just beginning to explore Malaysian cuisine, the words between the recipes are not only enjoyable, but actually add value. Kolambi curry recipe in marathi language The included spice chart and commentary on using a mortar and pestle are worth the read regardless of cuisine type. Prawn biryani recipe step by step with pictures Arokiasamy’s attention to history — her own as well as Malaysian history — is quite useful to understanding the food.

Influenced by the diverse influences of Malaysian cuisine (Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, and Portuguese), recipes range from preparation of simple sauces like sambal (an Indonesian/Malaysian hot sauce) to popular Penang street food like mee goreng (fried noodles), to tandoori broiled salmon. How to make prawns biryani in malayalam After a gentle but informative foundation section, the recipes are logically grouped into basic core groups like soups, salads, vegetables, rice and noodles, meats, etc. How to make prawns biryani by sanjeev kapoor There is even a fascinating section on health benefits of various spices.

Hokkien noodles with shrimp and cabbage.


How to make prawns biryani in hindi (Photo provided by Christina Arokiasamy)

Fortunate enough to live near Arokiasamy, I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon of conversation, learning, and cooking with her. Recipe of prawns biryani by sanjeev kapoor Talk about an author standing by her book. How to make prawn biryani in tamil language She not only explained what we were doing, but the far more useful why we were doing it. How to cook prawn biryani in tamil Arokiasamy made the wok-fried spaghetti with kale and sambal, a modern take on the classic comfort food mee goreng. Prawn biryani recipe by shireen anwer She then had me use the exact same dish. Recipe for shrimp biryani The only difference is that she used a wok and I used a non-stick skillet found in most kitchens, which shows that these simple, yet flavorful meals could be done in any kitchen by a cook of modest skill. Chicken biryani kerala style video Not only did I understand what she was doing (in part thanks to reading the book), I found myself believing I could make the dish before I even put on an apron. Chicken biryani kerala style Before cooking, I sat down and asked her a few questions over tea and edamame.

A: I have a lot of favorites. Simple biryani I could never pin down just one. Simple biryani recipe Every dish is a memory preserved. Simple biryani rice recipe Memories of my mother’s school box lunches. Chicken biryani in hindi Memories of family gatherings on Saturdays. Chicken biryani video recipe Some of my favorites are the Malaysian laksas. Chicken biryani video It’s noodles. Shrimp biryani video It’s warm and sustaining. Simple biryani rice It encompasses all of Malaysian aromatics. Simple biryani in urdu There are layers of flavors — shallots, garlic, lemongrass, galangal, and more. Chicken biryani recipe in marathi When I am cutting and preparing, it brings back memories of plucking from our garden. Chicken biryani recipe in hindi with captions in english If this was my last meal, I would be very happy. Chicken biryani recipe in hindi Not something I would make every day, but something I would make if I wanted to indulge myself.

Tumeric fried chicken. Vahrehvah biryani (Photo provided by Christina Arokiasamy)

Q: How would your mother feel about some of the non-traditional ingredients used in the book?

A: I was once die-hard “authentic.” This is the way my mother cooked. Vahrehvah biryani recipe My grandmothers cooked. Vahrehvah biryani masala As I traveled, I realized not everyone is able to park their car, go into an Asian shop, beat traffic, get a ticket just to get one ingredient. Chicken biryani in telugu I learned that if I take everyday ingredients that are in most homes, like dried pasta and cook it softer, it becomes very much like Asian noodles. How to make chicken biryani kerala style The beauty of Malaysian food is, it is so multicultural. Chicken biryani recipe kerala My book teaches you the difference between how my mother cooked and how the Western world cooks. Chicken biryani recipe kerala style They would learn to cook with all the joy and the authentic flavor using familiar ingredients. How to make chicken biryani in hindi I think my mother and grandmothers would be very proud because I literally took their recipes and translated it for new generations and generations to come.

Q: Do you worry as Malaysian food gains more popularity, it may experience a “watering down” to cater to American tastes?

A: You have to have a broad look. How to make chicken biryani in hindi language Whenever you take something authentic and dilute it, there is danger it can lose its soul. Chicken dum biryani in hindi However, safeguarding to the point where people won’t approach it is not good either. Chicken biryani by sanjeev kapoor in hindi The beauty of Malaysian food is, it is many cultures in a spoonful. Shrimp biryani recipe video Someone who has tasted Indian food will say “I taste that.” Someone who has eaten Chinese food will recognize the influence, already a beautiful tapestry of flavors. Chicken biryani recipe video hindi If a creative person wants to add touches of their own, it makes the food more interesting. Chicken biryani recipe video Food is not a restriction.

Q: With so many influences, what would distinguish something like Malaysian fried rice (nasi goreng) and say Chinese fried rice?

A: The layering of flavors is unique. How to make simple biryani rice From the shallots, to the sambal to the sweet soy sauce, there is a familiarity of flavors going on that is unique to Malaysian fried rice. Chicken biryani recipe by sanjeev kapoor It’s like your palate is at a party.

The thing I appreciated most about Arokiasamy’s hospitality and willingness to share her insights on food was how similar her in-person style was to her writing. Chicken biryani recipe in malayalam Gentle, friendly, patient, her instructional style will make a serviceable cook out of the willing. Beef biryani recipe in hindi With minimal frustration. Vahrehvah chicken biryani recipe video I am looking forward to trying every recipe in this book and adding my own unique twists (stir-fried bok choy with bacon and garlic being my next meal). Vahrehvah chicken biryani recipe ¦

Filed Under: Feature stories, Food Tagged With: 2017, Christina Arokiasamy, THE MALAYSIAN KITCHEN, VOL 36 NO 12 | MARCH 18 – MARCH 24

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