Wednesday, June 29, 2011


This Guest Post , will also be published on the same day in Purabi Naha’s blog
-Her article "Legacy of the Royal Indian Biryani" (with recipes in her blog) was originally published in the International food magazine called Zomppa in June 2011

-Winner of the Food Frenzy Blogstew challenge for June awards
I knew Purabi Naha at the Ambreen awards. On my first visit to her blog, her impressive looking citrus-zest fried rice, makes me feel that Purabi has put her recipe the best looking and most appetising fried rice in culinary.
Thereafter, she published an exquisite West Bengal recipe- the Mughlai Kheema Paratha,- which is paratha stuffed with aromatic spicy mutton kheema (minced meat of a male goat) filling, topped with eggs, marinated onions and chili.
This is a traditional royal side dish recipe, to none other than the Mughal kings of the bygone empire ! Do go visit Mughal kitchen at Purabi’s. Here is the Link to Mughlai kheema paratha :

This is my second guest post and this time it is for my friend Wan Maznah from Malaysia, having her amazingblog called Cooking-Varieties. I am so happy and excited to write this guest post for her wonderful blog! When you visit her blog, you will see an amazing variety of scrumptious dishes, explained in an easy and interesting manner.

When Maznah approached me to write for her blog, I decided to share this wonderful South-Indian-style cauliflower curry, but with a twist. Since I wanted to break the monotony of a regular cauliflower curry, I decided to add a handful of fresh, juicy lychees (inspired by the Thai Cuisine, where lychees are added to curries with coconut milk in them, and they taste divine!) to the coconut-milk-smeared curry with the aromatic curry leaves and mustard seeds in them, topped with lime juice.

This is a white curry, so no turmeric powder is added to this dish. As you read on, you will see for yourself the wonderful balance of the amounts of each ingredient in this non-spicy dish, imparting a magical taste at the end. This Indo-Thai-inspired curry turned out to be heavenly! Don’t believe it? I bet you will

Medium-sized cauliflower (cut into medium-sized florets): 1
Potato (big, cut into medium-sized cubes): 1
Whole lychees (peeled): 12
Tomato paste: ½ cup
Onion paste: ½ cup
Ginger paste: 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds: ½ tsp
Curry leaves (extra for garnishing): 12
Coconut milk: 1 cup
Red chillies (whole): 3
Water: ½ cup
Salt (divided): 2 tsp
Sugar: ½ tsp
Lime juice: 1 tbsp
Oil (divided): 7 tbsp

Method of preparation:

The first step is to shallow-fry the cauliflower florets in 3 tbsp oil and ½ tsp salt, till they are light-brown-tanned and soft, yet firm. One should cover the wok while frying and stir the content from time to time, sprinkling a little water. This helps the cauliflower to get soft faster, while they get fried. On a medium flame, this takes about 15 min. Keep the fried cauliflower aside.

Repeat the process with potatoes, but with 2 tbsp oil and ½ tsp salt. After 15 min, check the softness of the potatoes with the end of a kitchen spoon: these should break on applying a little pressure. Keep the fried potatoes aside.

Add 2 tbsp oil to the wok and let it smoke. Add the mustard seeds and let it sputter (on a medium flame). Add the curry leaves.

Add the onion paste immediately and stir. After 2 min, add the garlic and tomato pastes, along with the remaining salt and sugar. Stir continuously till the paste is cooked (i.e., till you feel that the water in the paste has almost evaporated) and oil starts leaving from the paste

Add the fried cauliflower and the potatoes and smear the paste with them very well. Continue to mix and stir over a medium flame for 5 min.

Now add the red chillies, lychees and coconut milk. Mix well.

Add water and cover. Simmer for 15 min. Switch off the gas. Add the lime juice and mix well. Garnish with a few fresh curry leaves.
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  1. Thank you, Wan, for publishing my guest post. I am really elated and honoured!!

  2. great idea coming up with ones own creation, salute to her. Btw, I too create my own recipes rather than following others although must admit I do read some for ideas.

  3. This sounds really good, different from what I'm used to eat in my country. I'm so curious how it tastes. :X I think I'm going to try it in the weekend :D

  4. Thank you, Nava.K and Andrea. I really appreciate the fact that you love experiments! And when they turn out your way, then you feel so satisfied, isn't it?

  5. Another yummy thing...:)Hi wan, you know what? I always checking your place during eating time and it makes me hungry looking at these yummy recipes. :) Nice one here. speedyklaat ( I guess I log in to my other gmail address)

  6. Hello, thank you for your visit and follow me

  7. I love Indian curries, a once a week must for me and my family. Probably from where I came, very close to Penang where they serve those "special nasi kandar curries". hmmmm irresistable!

    Have few Indian cookbooks and even asking for tips from Indian old ladies when I meet them at the wet markets. Irony, can never get to cook them right, ie texture or taste.

    Some Indian friends (they know I am crazy about curries) even obliged by sending me a bowl for me to taste - their traditional family recipe esp seafood, prawns/crabs/squids or fish curries.

    However this the first time I come across having lychee in them? How I wish Puraba is nearby, sure would like to taste one cooked personally by her.

  8. Sounds very delicious and the pictures tells the same!
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  9. i love curry! love the idea of using lychee in this mix!

  10. I've never had whole lychees but I'd love to try them. This curry looks very healthy and delicious!

  11. Good day to all. Honestly, I haven't tried to eat any Indian food. How thus it taste?The pictures above convince me that it was another yummmmy post here...:)

  12. Very interesting combination, I love the flavours and spices in it. Looks very yummy!
    BTW I remember you asking me about a winter squash recipe, sorry I couldn't follow up on that since I was busy with our relocation. Do I still have time to do regarding that, please let me know.

  13. Hi, Thank you for getting me back, can I do
    something with South Indian recipes, since at the moment I'm planning to blog about South Indian delicacies,let me know your views regarding this.
    BTW sorry that you find trouble in commenting in my blog :)

  14. Many thanks to nava, andreea, romelyn, atelie, katrina,
    sailor, junia, faith, bennix and umm maimoonah
    for your kind visits and sweet comments.
    @ Katrina..thanks, didn’t realised you are an
    ardent curry keep in touch with purabi.
    She’s a great chef on curries too
    @ bennix.. Indian curry is one of the gourmet food/ dish in the world.
    If you dont try, you are missing something for your taste buds for sure :)

  15. I love curry and will have to try out this recipe. I'm sure it smells wonderful while you are cooking it and tastes wonderful while you are eating it! Lovely photos to accompany the recipe.

  16. @ romelyn- sorry, I don’t know how to be in touch
    with your blog, I hope speedy can help me on this

  17. Salam umm maimoonah- oh you still remember, I know
    you are busy moving from germany for good..hope you are fully settled now.
    On this guest post, since you have been long in the west, I thought a recipe for beef baguette would be just fine..
    But then, you are now on south indian series.. a guest post for me on south Indian recipe will be excellent and looking forward..
    many rhanks, do E mail me when you are ready :)

  18. Thats look yummy.
    I love to eat cauliflower but the price here in malaysia has been going up. :(

  19. this lychee looks great. i imagine it gives a sweet flavor to the white curry or may be a bit sour too. what a great combination

  20. I love good food, desserts and appreciate a good health tip. Check out one of my latest blogs and follow me. I also invite you to share your blog with us.

  21. I love this recipe! I have always wanted to make my own curry from scratch and this just inspired me to finally do it!

  22. Many thanks to mari wilbur sheril, lunaticg, marieclv54 and eatliveblog for your kind visits and sweet comments

  23. Thank you, foodie friends, for leaving such nice comments on my guest post here. I am really motivated now. I appreciate each of your valuable comments.

    Wan, thanks once again for giving me this opportunity. You are a wonderful person and this guest post made us strengthen our relationship even further. Loved my stay at cooking-varieties and sharing some space here. And thank you for making the URL thumbnail for my blog too!! Happy blogging!!

  24. lychee curry..sounds interesting and yummy..usually lychee is associated with sweet desserts around here..well, something new to learn and thanks for sharing..

  25. Wan, just wanted to tell you that the main picture of this post has been featured on Tastespotting. Have a nice day!
    Thank you, Alfandi, for your comment. I am happy that you liked it.

  26. Hi and CONGRATULATIONS to you and your beautiful artsy, delicious food and recipes blog we so enjoy!
    For this and much more, you have now been elected
    for the Sunshine Award. We also are so appreciative of your kindness and compassion and caring heart.
    Most of all, we enjoy your blogger friendship and gifts and creativity you share on bloggers! Thank you! We knew right away you deserved this award as you bring great beauty and cheer to the blogging world. Congratulations! ~Addy and Lynne

  27. (Visit us at the menagerie to read the latest posts about this award! Thank you!)
    (Our blog is loaded with recipes,poetry, photos, games, giveaways, etc.)

  28. Cauliflower! Thats my favourite. Eating healthier and tasty is great. Your blog is realy great.Cauliflower! Thats my favourite. Eating healthier and tasty is great. Your blog is realy great.

  29. hi lynne, thanks you so much for your beautiful comments and visit . Of for course the awards too.
    will visit you more often , didnt realise that you blog on recipes too :)

    @sarang mangi, glad you came by and thank you for the sweet comment :)

  30. Thanks, all,for these sweet comments! Happy blogging!!

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