20 Minutes Nasi goreng

Life is much easier if you can create your meals in few minutes. We all are having busy lives and find hard to create a good & well nutritious meals for the family. This  Nasi Goreng will help you to create a quick and simple dish in 20 minutes for the whole family.

This recipe will serve 4-6 people.

Prepare the ingredients and leave them next to you. I cut some red chilles , giner and garlic, onions, and get the oil .

Prepare chicken meat by cutting in to little pieces. Add oil in to the pan and add the chopped ingredients in to the oil and stir fry until golden brown.

Later add the chicken in and stir fry well. Add salt and pepper to season. I always use chinese chilli paste  to flavour the rice.

Add the chilli paste on to the chicken and stir fry well.

Add a table spoon full oyster sauce, a table spoon full soy sauce and 1/2 tsp corriander and cumin powders.

Grate carrots, leeks and some cabbage. Add the cut and grated vegetables in to the chicken. After add the rice.

Add the rice and add the sauces. Mix well.

 

After portion control in to a  bowl  and press well. Put it upside down. Take the bowl out.

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Serve with a porched egg, sliced cucumber and tomatoes.

Black Rice with coconut Milk

Black rice is creamy in texture and nutty in flavour when cooked.  I like black rice either as plain or even with coconut milk.  You can serve this with a spicy dish with some spiced chilli sauce or even with fresh fruits like mangoes or pineapple.

I have uploaded how to cook black rice . Click here to get the recipe……….

 

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You can get the black rice from organic section from your super market.

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I am cooking about 2 cups of black rice.

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Wash thoroughly and add water.  How to cook black rice…..

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Add salt to your taste. Cook until the rice is tender.

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I used one can of coconut milk. (400 ml)

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When the rice is tender add the coconut milk.

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Cook until not much coconut milk left.

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Serve hot or cold.

Chicken, Mushroom & Leek Risotto

Chicken and leek risotto is a simple and easy one pot meal for a busy day. All in one dishes makes the life easy too. This will be a real treat for a busy week day nights dinner. If you have left overs make sure to freeze them for future use too.

When you cook risotto there are simple things to remember. It helps you to get the perfect and the nicest risotto ever.  It needs cooking in several steps. Its called the absorption method. For this you need to stir fry rice fist with the oil or the butter. Then cook with the alcohol and adding hot stock in several batches for the perfect cooked risotto.

 The Italian risotto rice the best for this. But as a cheaper option you can use medium grain rice too.

I used one kilo risotto rice for this as I always freeze the leftovers. You can get the amount you like and use this as a guide for your meal too.Used about 750 g diced chicken rice too.

Cut one or two large onions and several cloves of garlic. Get some bay leaves too. Slice about 300 g mushrooms.

I used about 300 g finely sliced leeks in this too. Other than that you need about a cup of whipping cream and a cup of dry white wine or dry sherry too.

Add about a table spoon or two oil or butter in to a pan and fry the chicken until slightly brown .

When the chicken is slightly brown add the mushroom and the leeks in to the pot , season with salt and pepper.

Cover the pot and cook until the it is well cooked.

Take the chicken, mushroom and leeks out and  add some butter in to the pan. Add the chopped onions, garlic, and the bay leaves .

Stir fry really well.  When the onions are translucent add the rice.

Stir fry the rice really well until the rice is looking glassy. After add a glass of wine and let it absorb to the rice completely.

Add the stock 1/2 cup and Stir continuously. And add later another 1/2 cup and keep on doing it until the rice is firm and creamy.

Keep on adding stock and stir until the rice is firm and creamy.

When ready add the cream. Stir well.

After add the chicken , mushroom and leek mix and stir well serve hot.

Chicken & Vegetable Fried Rice

Its really handy to have some left over rice in fridge sometimes.  We can make different types of  rice dishes from leftover rice. This is one way of doing it. Instead of making with raw chicken you can always use the left overs from a roast too.

Adding lots of vegetables in to this dish  makes it more colour full.

This recipe will serve 4 people. Cut 300 g chicken thigh fillets in to small pieces. Take about 4 cups of cooked left over rice. For sauteing chicken  prepare several inches ginger , several cloves of garlic, one large onion sliced, some curry leaves , or parsley and some green chillies.

 

Grate some carrots, cut some beans,cabbage, leeks and some capsicums. Prepare 1 teaspoon curry powder, pepper, and some chilli powder to the taste.  Add some oil in to a pan and leave it to be hot.

Add the sliced onion, garlic and herbs and fry well. Add the chicken and stir fry really well.

After ad the vegetables and stir fry well about one to two minutes. After add the rice.

Stir the rice well. Add soy sauce and the tomato or chilli sauce and mix well. Serve hot.

 

How to Cook Black Rice

Black Rice is called as forbidden rice. Its originated in Asia and famous all over the world for its health benefits. Mostly for the level of antioxidants, vitamins , Minerals and fibre. It was a precious rice that only the emperors used in some Asian countries.  The black colour comes from anticyclonic, a powerful antioxidant. Some times the colour of this rice may vary from dark purple to black.

For me I find its very nice and creamy in taste. The colour goes light once cooked but this rich and the creamier taste makes it goes well with anything.

This recipe is for one cup of black rice. Black rice needs overnight soaking. Now you can buy parboiled rice that doesn’t need soaking at all. Soaking makes it easy to cook.

You can buy black rice online or in health shops.

Measure one cup rice and wash thoroughly several times and soak 30 minutes.

For each cup of rice add 2 cups of water.

Add enough salt and cook on high and bring the water to boil and then reduce the flame and cook on low until dry.

Once well cooked it will look like this. Serve with anything as you wish. You can freeze this rice individually up to 3 months.

 

How to Cook the Perfect Basmati Rice

Basmati is a long grain rice famous all over the world. Its an aromatic long grained rice with very light nutty flavour. There are different brands but when you buy go for the best quality.

Cooking Basmati is very simple but to get it right there are few steps to follow. 

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This recipe is for 2 cups of Basmati rice. Add the rice in to a bowl.
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Soak the rice for 1/2 an hour.  
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Wash several times and drain the water completely.  Better to pass it through a strainer. If you leave any that will count on to the water and your rice can go sticky. Add salt to the rice to your taste.
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For each cup of rice add 11/2 cups of water.
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Put it on the stove cover well and bring the water to boil. Lower the heat and simmer until there is no water. Switch off and leave covered about 5-10 minutes. 
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The steam in rice helps to cook the rest and it becomes fluffy. Fluff using a fork or a chopstick.

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It stays nice and fluffy. This rice can be used to serve as it is or use for fried rice.

Eggs and Butter Free Nut Cake

This is a real easy and a simple cake. This a vegetarian and a vegan recipe. I used almond milk for this recipe. You can use any milk for this. Adding mixed nuts to this cake will give a nice and taste to the cake. Make sure to grind them coarsely.

All you need to do is to mix all the ingredients together to make the batter and bake it. The temperature may vary from oven to oven. make sure to insert a skewer to see the cake done.

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Ingredients

  • 200ml milk (Almond or rice milk)
  • 75g Sugar
  • 80g plain flour
  • 50g Nuts
  • 1/2 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking powder
  • 50g Strawberry jam Melted

Method

  1. Into a mixing bowl  add all the dry ingredients and mix well.
  2. After add the melted strawberry jam and milk little by little and make a batter with out lumps.
  3. Put it in to a baking pan. (I used a 6×3 inch round pan..)
  4. Pour the mix in and bake on 180c about 30-40 minutes or until  a skewer inserted comes out clean.

How to Cook Quinoa.

Quinoa is gluten free superfood that you can use instead of rice. Replacing quinoa instead of starchy products will give you lots of proteins as well as a lot of minerals and vitamins. Its very famous for its omega 3 fatty acid levels too. quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese.

Cooked quinoa seeds become fluffy and creamy, slightly  crunchy. It has a delicate and  nutty in  flavour, Its good for salads side dishes or even making snacks. I want to show the right way of cooking quinoa with a bit of flavour as cooked in restaurants. When you add flavour it can be eaten with anything too.

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When you buy Quinoa make sure to buy organic quinoa. There are 3 types.white , black or mixer of black and white. If you are doing this for a salad black and white the best. I always buy the organic quinoa.
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This recipe is for 2 cups of Wash the quinoa several times well before using.
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For every cup of quinoa add 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring it to the boil and reduce the heat to low and cook covered until no water. It will tale 10-15 minutes.
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I normally add 1 tsp stock powder and a tablespoon full olive oil. Instead you can use stock water or butter. Instead of adding water add stock water directly
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Always cook covered.
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Use a chop stick to stir.It should be nice and fluffy
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Serve with meat or vegetables or even a curry.

Sri Lankan Style Devilled Tuna

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Tuna is a very common fish used in Asian countries. They cook tuna in different ways. Tuna has a commercial value too. People consume tuna than any other fish in the world. In Sri Lanka it comes as a dried flaky fish (Maldive fish flakes)  too to use in all the other cooking to give an extra taste and protein too.

This type of a dish is very good with a special  rice to serve as one pot dish.as it contains everything in one dish. If you are not a chillie lover you can omit chilles from this to cook this adding some extra tomato sauce.

Bon Appetit!

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This recipe is for 500g Tuna. When you buy Tuna buy the fresh tuna with red flesh.
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Add several table spoon oil in to a pan. Let the oil comes to a high temperature.
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Add the tuna in to very hot oil. Lower the temperature to medium high.
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Stir fry. I normally toss the tuna than using the spoon. Stirring can damage the cubes.
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meanwhile prepare the ingredients. needed.I am using several green chillies cut in length ways. You can use banana chillies instead. One to two onions sliced, one medium size carrot cut in to wedges or diagonally, 0ne tomato, leeks and garlic with ginger.
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The spices I am using or 500g tuna are, 1/2 ts p pepper, Enough salt, 1 Tablespoon full chilli powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder.
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Fry tuna and take out. After it will look like this.
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In to the same pan add a table spoon full oil. Make it very hot.
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In to the hot oil add garlic, ginger and curry leaves. Stir fry few seconds.
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Next add carrots. Stir fry 30 seconds. Always leave the carrots nice and crunchy.
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Add the spices in to it.
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Sir well with the spices. When the spices fry in oil it gives a nice colour as well as a nice flavour to the dish.
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After add all the other vegetables and fry one to two minutes on a high temperature.
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After add 1/2 cup of tomato sauce.
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Stir well to get coat with all the spices.
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Add the tuna in to it.Stir fry well about a minute.
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After stir frying the it will look like this. take off from the stove. Serve with , fried rice, plain rice, yellow rice or even

 

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