Green Beans and Mushroom Bhaji ग्रीन बीन एंड मशरुम भाजी

Comfort Food in Monsoon Season
Popular Street Food

Shiitake Mushrooms cooked Japanese style for Bento

Mushrooms

Bhaji or Bhajji  भाजी i s a spicy Indian snack, similar to a fritter, with several variations.  Frequently served as a Continue reading

Beef Sate Malay Style

Beef Sate Malay Style


Malaysian

Fragrant Notes from Fennel, Cumin, Coconut

Cooking with Coconut Milk

Coconut Milk

In this Malaysian Sate we have a nice mixture of aromatics, including Fennel, Cumin, Coconut Milk, and Cilantro.

Ingredients:

1 ½ pound boneless Beef Steak
2 teaspoons ground Turmeric
2 teaspoons ground Cumin Continue reading

Tandoori Mixture

A Mughal Style Dish
Yogurt in a Clay Oven

Cooking Asian dishes with onionsThe name Tandoori refers to a clay oven in which meats –and sometimes seafood and breads — are roasted over live coals.  The blend of spices Continue reading

Chicken Curry Indo-Japanese Style

Indo-Japanese Fusion Dish

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes

Tomatoes

There are so many ways to make Chicken Curry. This version was adapted from a Japanese acquaintance who was interested in South Asian spices and food preparation and researched cooking techniques of South Asia, adapting them to the Japanese kitchen. Continue reading

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

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

Basmati Rice ( बास्मती)

Unique Rice Variety
Greatest Long-Grain Rice

How to cook delicious Asian dishes with Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice

Basmati बास्मती)Rice, which comes from India and Pakistan, is one of the very special rice varieties, and highly prized for its texture and fragrance.

Basmati Rice is different from every other Rice in the world.

Basmati Rice is available in both brown and white varieties. It is unusual in that it does not expand when it cooks, but the grains lengthen.  It is prized for its nutty 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