Braised Snake Gourd

A Nepalese Dish

Garlic

Garlic

The plant we call Snake Gourd is probably native to India, and is popular throughout the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, with many local recipes.

This is one way of preparing the vegetable that is popular in Nepal.  You can also Continue reading

Ginger Tomato Chutney

Good with Naan or Pita

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes

Tomatoes

This Fusion recipe illustrates some of the ways Ginger can enhance the flavors of other foods, like the Tomatoes used to make this spread.  It would be good with Naan or Pita bread and can be made Continue reading

Saag Panir साग पनीर

A Nepalese Classic
Limes and Garam Masala Essential

Cooking with limes

Limes

Saag Panir   साग पनीर  is a dish made from soft Panir cheese and Spinach or other greens in the cuisines of Northern India and Nepal.

Recipe adapted from Mrs. Ratna Sarat, head of the Yak and Yeti Hotel, Kathmandu. This recipe makes enought for six to eight servings and takes about 20 minutes to prepare and anther 20 minutes cooking time. Continue reading

Bitter Melon Braised with Eggplant

An Indian Dish
Another Affinity with Eggplant

Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon

Bitter Melon teams up with Eggplant in another attractive dish, this time from India, confirming the affinity between Bitter Melons and Eggplants, as in the Philippine Bitter Melon Salad, which matches them up, although in a different way.

Bitter Melon Braised with Eggplant Continue reading

Indian Cuisine

India - Sculpture head, Buddha meditating, India 12th century

Buddha Meditating, India 12th c.

Fish Curry From Bananas
Halva From Meat

“It is possible to eat what you believe to be a fish curry only to learn it was made from unripe bananas, or to taste a sweet halva and find it was made not of fruit or vegetables but meat.” — Attia Hosain and Sita Pasricha

An Ancient People and Cuisine: The Indian civilization is one of the oldest and most important in Continue reading

Anticuchos

Hawaiian Satay
The Taste of Steak, a Fraction of the Price

Using garlic to make Vietnamese soup with pork cabbage rolls

Garlic – a Key Ingredient

The same day my cousin Hank and I drove to Wauluku to see the Squid and Starfish and have the Hawaiian Picnic Vegetables, we also grilled some Beef Steak on skewers over the hot coals.

When I was raving about Continue reading

Indonesian Cuisine

A Nation of Islands
Rijsttafel, Sate, and Sambals

“Indonesia isn’t a country, it’s a happening.” — Christopher Lucas [1]

Garjda, Indonesia 14th cent.

Garuda, Indonesia, 14th cent.

Indonesia stretches from the Asian mainland towards Australia, like a jade necklace across the southern ocean.  The nation contains more than 17,000 islands, and its people represent several hundred ethnic groups, speaking many different languages.

Indonesia is an ancient country and its Continue reading

Malaysian Cuisine

Durian Cake and Zuberbuhler’s Special
Raffles, Maugham and Lord Jim Country

“At the end of the tenth century Canton carried on direct trade with the Malay Peninsula.” —Friedrich Hirt and W. W. Rockhill [1]

Tang Dynasty horse from the Silk Road

Tang Dynasty Camel
From the Silk Road, 8th Century

For centuries the Malay Peninsula has been an important corridor in the southern sea route of the Spice Route.

The Strait of Malacca was an important Continue reading