Monday, November 13, 2017

Eggplant Burger

Sunday is a day I will think of cooking something nice for the two of us.  A satisfying SUNDAY. To kill two birds with one stone, I decided to make this for our dinner.  Healthy Eggplant Burger with home sprouted sugar snow peas and homebaked burger buns. Craving to knead is strong and at the same time, the sprouts are ready for harvesting.  

It took me a few hours to make this delicious and at the same time healthy.  Hubby asked why I am making this for dinner, I told him simply because my hands are itchy to knead and my sprouts are ready for harvesting :)  Burger patties made from eggplant !!! For him a meat eater , it doesn't sound exciting for him , for I have a few tins of SPAM  ready for him, in case he doesn't like the vegan style of burger :p  Anyway, this is a to die for burger. The eggplant is so tasty .  I enjoyed two at one go while the hubby had his with slices of luncheon meat.  Hard to convince a meat eater :)  He missed a good healthy burger though :)

I am happy my burger buns turned out so good , shape and texture

the egg plant burger looks like beef burger :)

added cucumber pickles and tomato slices besides the
home sprouted peas shoots

 this added extra nutrients to the burger :)

love to stack up the burger 

Taste awesome... and who say
vegan burger doesnt taste good...

 you dont know what you are missing...this is yummy
good that I have added to my table menu

 the peas shoots taste good, young and tender
and fragrant..nothing beats homesprouted ones

my home sprouted dwarf sugar snow peas shoots

Eggplant Burger

Makes about 6 burger size patties

2 large japanese eggplant , peeled and diced
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small onion (or 2 scallions), thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup / 3.5 oz / 100 gr grated sharp Cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup / 3.4 oz / 96 gr almond meal (or gluten-free breadcrumbs)

*use vegan cheese to make them vegan

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large (preferable non-stick) skillet over medium-high heat, add onion and salt and saute’ for 5 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and saute’ for 1 further minute, until fragrant.

Finally add eggplant cubes and saute’ - stirring every now and then - until browned and soft, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Transfer to a large bowl and puree/mash with an immersion blender (you can also use a food processor or a blender to do this).
Add cheese, parsley, black pepper and stir until well combined.
Add almond meal (or GF breadcrumbs) ¼ cup at a time and mix with your hands until it reaches a firm consistency and will hold up as patties (you might need to use more or less almond meal).
Transfer mixture to the refrigerator for 20 minutes to allow the almond meal to suck up some of the moisture.
Take the bowl out of the refrigerator and with dampened hands form 6 burger size patties.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the same skillet you used before over medium-high heat.
When sizzling, add patties (in batches if necessary) and cook for about 4 minutes on each side until browned.

Homemade Burger Bun


210g bread flour
60g plain flour
125ml full cream milk
42g caster sugar
half teaspoon of salt
4g instant yeast
30g beaten eggs 
84g water dough
22g unsalted butter

Recipe for the water dough "water roux":
Cook 125g water with 25g bread flour at medium low heat, keep stirring until it become thicken and no lumps left. If you've a candy thermometer, measure it until the temperature turn to 65C then turn of the heat. Cook it until quite liquid consistency like the baby porridge. Transfer to a clean bowl to cool down. Use only amount required. The rest can be kept in the fridge for 2 to 3 days only. If there is grey mold, throw away.

Method of making the bun :

Place all the ingredients for kneading except the butter until everything come together and become a smooth dough then add in the butter a little at a time.

Let the dough slowly absorb the butter. Gently knead till dough is smooth and not sticking to hand.

Let it proof for 50 to 60 minutes in a clean bowl cover with cling warp.

Divide the dough into even size of 6 portions or any size you like it to be then let it rest for 10 minutes.

Shape the dough into smooth round shape. Prepare some water on a a clean plate and place a kitchen towel on the top. Damp the surface of each dough and run the damp surface around a bowl of sesame seeds. Place the dough on a baking tray and let the it proof for 40 minutes. Bake at 180C for 15 minutes.

Enjoy !

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sambal Prawns With Stink Beans

Stink beans or Petai as Malaysians called them petai.  I started eating stink beans when I was 7 yrs old, and that is the time when I had my first taste of chilli.  Thus anything that is cooked with chilli has become my favourite.  My grandma was the first to introduce me and my brothers to spicy food.  And needless to say stink bean is the favourite of the family.  Whenever there are petai or stink beans sold in the market, be assured that we will be served this dish for our dinner.  That was the only time when the whole family sits together to have our meal.  

My grandma cooked the stink beans in simple style.  Just with dried shrimps and the pounded rempah that consists of serai, toasted belacan, dried chillies, fresh turmeric and shallots.  Simple and yet delicious.  With no assam paste, this taste good too.  Today , I will share my grandma simple sambal prawns with stink beans that can be served as side dish to nasi lemak and fried vermicelli. This is really good and I am sure you will want to cook this simple sambal prawns with stink beans for your family.

I bought 6 papan for RM9 from Tesco
 no worms , so worth it though it could
have been cheaper if I had bought from the orang Asli :p

this is how I cut open the skin of the stink bean,
cut a slit right across vertically and push out the bean

 red onions added for extra oomph
hubby loves red onions in his sambal petai

with just this one dish, I can have second helping
of rice :p

Sambal Prawns With Stink Beans


6 papan / stalks of stink beans - cut open and cut the beans into halves - wash and soak in cold water for extra crunch
1 large red onion - sliced
10 pieces of med sized sea prawns - remove shell, leave the tail intact
1/4 cup of dried shrimp - soak and pound coarsely
4 tbsp of rice bran oil or any vegetable oil
a pinch of salt and sugar for taste
1/4 cup of water

rempah paste for pounding

a handful of dried chilli ( if you want more heat, add more) - soak, and remove seeds
10 shallots
3/4 inch sq toasted belacan
1/2 thumb fresh turmeric
1 stalk of serai - sliced


Heat up oil in wok,  add in rempah and stir fry till fragrant, add in the pounded dried shrimps and continue to stir fry for another 15 mins till fragrant.  Add in 1/4 cup of water and continue to cook  till the rempah has thicken, add in the, sea prawns,  petai / stink beans and sliced onions, salt and sugar to taste. Continue to stir fry till the  prawns and stink beans are cooked through .  Dish up and serve.

Note: you can keep some in air tight container and serve as side dish for your fried noodles. Can keep a week in the fridge.

 Enjoy !

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Canned Sardine Fish Curry And Soft Chapati

I seldom serve canned sardine on the table unless it is for making sandwiches.  I have eaten many times canned sardine fish curry from the chapati stall but have never thought of cooking it myself until I discovered that it is actually an easy dish to prepare.  Of late , I have been making my own chapati from home as I have found an easy and foolproof recipe online.  Chapati goes well with dhal curry, but hubby asked to make canned sardine curry for a change.  I took up the challenge and googled for one that is easy to prepare and yet delicious.  I checked out my favorite blog - Nasilemaklover  and found the one that I have been looking for.   Her recipe is simple and looks good.  As I was cooking it, I knew hubby will love it, it smell really good and after tasting it, I knew this dish will be a popular demand from the hubby . I used Sonia's recipe but added green chilli and bird's eye chillies for extra heat.  It goes really well with the soft and fluffy chapati made from home. Nothing beats homecooked canned sardine curry and homemade soft and fluffy chapati.  This dish is a keeper for sure. Can be eaten with chapati or rice.

 the brand of sardine I used for making 
this sardine curry is King Cup, our fav brand

  I added green chilli and bird's eye chillies
 for extra heat

 homemade chapati are healthier as I omit using
it is still soft and fluffy even without the ghee

Canned Sardine Fish Curry - adapted from Nasi Lemak Lover


1 large can sardine  -  tomato sauce flavour
1 large tomato - diced
1 tbs of chopped ginger,garlic and onion
3 sprigs of curry leaves
1 red onion sliced
*1 green chilli - sliced  - optional
*3 bird's eye chillies - sliced  -optional
2 tbsp of cooking oil
100 ml water

1/2 tsp mixed mustard seeds
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp fish curry powder -  * I used Alagappa brand
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder

1. Remove sardines from can, retain the tomato sauce
2. Pan fried sardines (without oil ) in a non stick pan, till both sides turned brown, set aside
3. Heat oil in a wok, add in ginger, garlic and onion paste and curr leaves, saute till fragrant.
4. Add in mustard, coriander and cumin seeds, mix well.
5. Add in the canned sardine's tomato sauce and water, add in the seasonings.
6. Once sauce boiled, add in the pan fried sardines, cook for another 1 min.
7. Add in diced tomato and onion slices, cook for another 1 min.
8. Dish out, serve hot with steam rice.

* this dish can be eaten with chapati, rice or bread

Soft Chapati
(make six 4 inch round Chapatis )

1 cup Atta flour
1/2 cup hot water
1 tsp salt


1. Put one cup of atta flour in a bowl. Add half a cup of hot water and mix with a spatula or spoon. When there is no more water visible, stop mixing. Cover bowl and let it rest for 30 mins.

2. After 30 mins, add the salt, gently mix the dough for 2 mins, just enough to gather the dough into one piece. Cover the bowl and set aside for 30 mins.

3. Divide the dough into lime size balls. Set an iron griddle on medium high heat. Let it become hot. Take a dough ball and generously dust it with flour. Roll the dough into a 4 inch round . Place the chapati on the hot griddle. Let it cook for 10 to 15 seconds until bubbles starts to form on top. Flip the chapati and cook for 30 seconds more. Gently press on top of the chapati to make the chapati fluff up. Flip one more time and press on top. Chapati should beautifully fluff up.

Storing Chapati:
Line a bowl with cotton towel. Place the cooked chaapati on the bowl and cover with a towel. Chapati will stay beautifully soft for a long time.

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