All posts tagged: dinner

Methi ko Achaar

My mum is currently over in Australia living with us for a few months. And while she is having a ball taking care of her first granddaughter, I am trying to take advantage of her presence in my kitchen and take note of any of her Nepalese/Newari cooking. This particular pickle doesnt just burst with flavours, it literally explodes! And a big hit on the table. As with most of the Nepalese recipes on this site, I warn you, its not for the faint hearted as this one is spicy!  (My Nepalese brothers and sisters craving for more spice, you are welcome 😀 ) Here we go: Roast & grind the seeds: 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds 1/2 teaspoon thyme seeds 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds Roast them all and grind them in a pestle Heat 1 tablespoon oil in frying pan. To that, add in 3 cloves of garlic and about a 1cm of garlic sliced, 3 dried chillies broken into small pieces, a pinch of turmeric. Remove from heat, once the garlic is slightly charred. (Keep your exhaust …

Homemade Nepalese raddish pickle – Not for the faint hearted

So this is a raddish pickle often found in most Nepalese kitchen. If you cannot stand spice the smell of radish, or have a sensitive stomach, this is definitely not for you. I prepared this pickle following a couple of recipes online (see links below). I will have to admit the output was nothing close to my grandma’s pickle but not bad for a first attempt. And this “not-so-perfect” output has nothing to do with the recipes I followed but it was more because of I believe I didn’t go right with the proportion of ingredients I used. I hope to perfect it in my second attempt but here is how I went anyway: Ingredients: 700gms of radish – peeled and thick julienne cut 3 green chillies – cut lengthwise 2 tablespoons of roasted sesame seeds (I actually used 4 spoons of sesame and that was a bad, bad decision. I know I should have halved this) 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder 2 tablespoon of chilli powder 4 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced. And the same amount …

‘Goldbera ko Achaar’ – my new found love

I miss my mom’s home cooked Nepalese food. In several attempts to be like her… I have earned myself the title of a ‘disaster chef’. But I am getting better at this… for real. A typical Nepalese dinner of rice & curry is usually accompanied by ‘Goldbera ko Achaar’ which directly translates as Tomato Pickle. But its not really a pickle since its not fermented. In fact, its more of a salsa since its a fresh mix of tomato with herbs and spices, with a Nepalese twist of course. And this ‘goldbera ko achaar’ is my new found love. I thought I would share this – especially for my sister – and all those that miss the feel of a typical Nepalese dinner. Get your ingredients together: 2 ripe medium sized tomatoes. 1 small/medium old whiting fish (optional). 3 red chillies. 4 cloves of garlic. about 10-15 stalks of coriander (or as you like it). 1/2 a medium sized lemon. Roast them: The tomatoes – Cut up the tomatoes into 5 pieces each and grill them on …

Nepalese chicken curry

Nepalese Chicken Curry

I am often asked what a typical Nepalese meal is like. And my answer is simple – Lots of rice and curry, needless to say with lots of spices. I thought I would share this Nepalese style chicken that I made for dinner today and is quite a regular one in every Nepalese kitchen. What you need: 6 chicken drumsticks – skin removed, each chopped into 3 pieces, washed and drained 1 large onion – sliced 1 large tomato – sliced 1 cup green peas 1/2 cup carrots diced Usually there is coriander to garnish but I am not too fond of it, so I never add it 🙂 2 fresh red chillies vegetable oil all the usual nepalese spices – cumin powder, chilli powder/flakes, turmeric powder How its done: Heat up a saucepan or a crockpot, add about 4 tablespoons of oil. Add a teaspoon of tumeric. Once the oil has heated add in fresh chopped chillies along with the chilli flakes (we love it hot!) and the onions as well. Then goes in …

The easiest crowd pleaser – in my books

I have been in a festive mood the last few days – firstly  it’s Dassain (Dassain = Food + MORE Food) AND it was the long weekend here in Sydney AND I had an extra day off. Double Bonanza! So, of course I had to try out something in the kitchen. This time my food adventures got me making a Nepalese favourite – Chicken Choella. If you were to eat this in Nepal, I am sure it is prepared in  more elaborate way and you will most certainly get a more spicier plate, but then who’s got the time for elaborate cooking, right? So, I do the best I can. I especially like this my modified version of the Choella recipe because its easy. I mean it. It IS easy. (I am sort of a lazy cook and go for anything shortcut and with less effort). I used: 800gms of chicken thigh fillet 1 big bunch of shallots –  but it depends on whether or not you like raw shallots. 3 fresh red chillies – go crazy. add more if you like. 4 tablespoons of mustard oil …

Creating History with Fish Curry

I am sort of a disastrous chef. But that does not stop me from trying to cook. This time, I attempted the dreaded Fish Curry – Nepalese style. And guess what, for a change, it was not disastrous – with my mum’s help, of course. When following my mum’s recipe… umm, sorry…there is no recipe. I call it going by “ratio and proportion” and instincts. That’s primarily because she didn’t really learn these recipe from a book. It was merely passed down to her and she watched and learnt. I am expected to do the same, which is incredibly hard but this a proof that I made it!  And this is my attempt to document my victory 😉 And just like that, I made history in my kitchen with my first ever fish curry! Thank god for creating mums & skype. Ready, Set, Done!

Me – in a flash

This is me in a flash … a really quick flash 😀 Greatly value the Nepalese culture. I was born there and am Nepali at heart. Love experimenting in the kitchen. Don’t be fooled though. I am just a disaster chef. Married to my college sweetheart – A nerd. Mental note: Aawww how cute. Lead the digital department of a very challenging industry. Pretty cushions & cute puppies aren’t the only things I like. A good breakfast is all it takes to make me happy. I could even have breakfast for dinner. Daily Prompt: Flash Talk