Showing posts with label Porridge/Congee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Porridge/Congee. Show all posts

Monday, 2 September 2013

Sweet Fragrant Wheat (Gandum) Porridge

Are you having the same breakfast beverages such as Milo, milk, coffee, tea, etc over and over again?  Instead, why not prepare a healthy breakfast porridge for your family?  It's Wheat Porridge and it's simple and yummy.  In order to have a very sweet aroma of wheat porridge, you need to add lots of pandan leaves (screwpine leaves).  Adding pandan leaves into your wheat porridge is a MUST.  Without it, it's like eating nasi lemak without the sambal!
Ingredients : (depending on individual's preferences and to taste)
- 1 cup wheat (washed and soaked overnight)
- 100ml santan/coconut milk (I used ready packed)
- 2.5 litres water
- 1 bunch of pandan leaves (washed, slit the leaves in the centre and knotted)
- sugar (to taste)
- a dash of salt (to taste)
Method :
1)  Fill water in a pot and add drained wheat.
2)  Boil over high heat for 20 minutes. 
3) Then, lower the heat, add pandan leaves and slow boil for another 1 hour or until the wheat is cooked and expanded.  
3)  Should you need to add extra water in between, be advised to add only hot boiling water.
4)  Add sugar and simmer for a while.
5)  Lastly, add santan and keep stirring.  Season with a dash of salt.
6)  Serve hot.
Hope you enjoy this simple breakfast :)

I am submitting this Post to Little Thumbs Up September - Pandan hosted by Joceline @ Butter, Flour & Me, organized by Z OE @ Bake For Happy Kids and Little Mui Mui @ My Favourites DIY .

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Sweet Bitter Gourd Porridge (Meatless Recipe)

Have you ever heard or tried cooking porridge with bitter gourd? Sounds weird, isn't it? This dish is the result of my 'spur of the moment' recipe. I wasn't feeling well and wanted to eat something simple and refreshing and yet feeling lazy to do all the preparation, cooking, washing, mopping, etc. Then I realized that my homemade salted duck eggs are due for 'harvest' (exactly 21 days) and I was so excited to try it. Ahaa... let's have plain porridge with salted eggs... but...I doubt my children would like it just with salted eggs! So, while 'ransacking' my fridge, I found 1 miserable bitter gourd which had ripened! BUT... I don't want to do any frying..... So, my weird idea and 'lazy mode' is the result of this porridge. Guess what???? Surprisingly, it's quite delicious and not bitter at all but slightly sweet due to the Chinese Wolfberries (and the bitter gourd was fully ripened!) So, if you are curious how you are going to react to this weird porridge, just give this a try.
Get a ripe bitter gourd if you don't like the bitter taste.

Ingredients :
- 1.5 cup rice (I used brown rice)
- 1 bitter gourd - use a spoon to discard the seeds (washed and sliced thinly)
- 2 tbsp fresh wood ear mushroom (washed and sliced thinly) - you can use dried ones
- 1 tbsp Chinese Wolfberries (washed)
- 1 tbsp shredded ginger

Seasonings : (to taste)
- salt
- soy sauce
- miso
- sesame oil

Method :
1)  Wash rice and add water accordingly; as to your usual porridge requirement.  Cook porridge at medium high heat. 
2)  When the porridge is semi-cooked, add bitter gourd and wood ear.  I added hot water as my measurement of water was not accurate.  Cover.
3)  Let it boil for about 5 minutes and lower the heat to medium low. Add shredded ginger and slow cook for about 1/2 hour or until the porridge is ready.

4)  Add the Chinese Wolfberries and salt to taste.  Stir and mix well.  Turn off the heat.  Cover and let it stand for about 20 to 30 minutes before it's ready to be served.
Season it with soy sauce and some sesame oil.  Have it with homemade salted duck eggs.
Or if you don't like salted egg, then what about some miso?  It's yummy too :)

Or, like me, have it both; miso and homemade salted duck eggs and seasoned with a dash of soy sauce and sesame oil. You must be wondering how 'salty' am I!!! Well, NO, just nice as I added a bit of everything!
Do give this porridge a try if you DARE to be different! hahahaha...

I'm linking this post to Little Thumbs Up organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Alvin of Chef and Sommelier.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Bubur Lambuk or Spiced Porridge/Congee (using Toshiba Rice Cooker)

This year the fasting month for Muslims began on 10 July.  As such, a month-long  Ramadan Bazaar can be seen in most of the places offering a variety of delicacies to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Those days, I really enjoyed going to Pasar Ramadan as we were be spoilt with a variety of mouth-watering delicacies, be it savoury dishes or sweet desserts.    Yesterday I went to Ramadan Bazaar near my place to pack some food for dinner.  I also bought a tub of bubur lambuk (spiced porridge/congee).  It's so expensive. Imagine a very small tub of this porridge was sold at RM5.  Instead of beef, they had shredded chicken in it and what I got was a miserable one or two shredded chicken!  Luckily the taste is quite good.   So what, I decided to cook my own bubur lambuk when I saw Wendy's Bubur Lambuk which she posted for KL Selangor Food Fest.  My recipe is basically based on Wendy's recipe with some minor changes.  Wendy, thanks for sharing your recipe!
This porridge is really superb and great!  I adjust the measurement accordingly and the flavour of the spices is just amazing!  I added extra coconut milk (santan) as I love santan.  It's very creamy and smooth.  However, my hubby doesn't like too much santan.  I'm sure there will be many more rounds of  Bubur Lambuk from me but will reduce the santan or omit it, just to please the man of the house!! hehehehehe...
Do give this a try.  It's packed with sweet aroma of spices.

Ingredients :
- 1.5 cups rice
- 1 bowl finely sliced chicken fillet (marinated with soy sauce and pepper)
- 1 medium red onion (sliced)
- 4 cloves garlic (chopped)
- 4 lemongrass (slit and crushed)
- some pandan leaves (cut)
- 1 tbsp dried shrimp (rinsed and finely chopped)
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp ghee or butter (I used ghee)
- 1 Tbsp oil

Spices :
- 2 inches cinnamon stick (kulit kayu manis)
- 1 tsp fenugreek (halba)
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds (jintan manis)
- 1/2 tsp fennel powder (serbuk jintan manis)
- 1 star anise (bunga lawang)
- 5 cardamoms (buah pelaga)
- 4 cloves (bunga cengkih)
-1 tsp kurma spice (rempah kurma)

Garnish :
Sliced chinese celery
Sliced spring onions
Crispy shallots and garlic

Method :

1)  Wash rice and add water accordingly.  Tear pandan leaves into the rice cooker.
2)  Close and press the  'Congee' button.
3)  Meanwhile, heat oil and ghee in a wok.  Saute onions and garlic until fragrant.
4)  Then, add in spices and chicken meat.
5)  Stir fry until the chicken meat is blended with the spices and almost dry.
6)  Add in chopped dried shrimps.  Stir and mix well.
7)  Dish out and set aside.
8)  When there is a beep sound from the rice cooker, transfer the spiced chicken  into the rice cooker.
9)  Close and press 'Quick Cook/Steam' button.
10) When there is a beep sound, open the lid and remove the pandan leaves.
11)  Add in hot water as required.
12)  Season with salt.  Stir and close.
13)  Press the 'Quick Cook/Steam' button.
14)  Continue cooking and add in hot water if necessary.  Wait for the beep sound.

15)  Add santan.  Stir and mix well.  Close.
16)  Press 'Quick Cook/Steam' button .
17)  Let it keep 'Warm' for about 1 hour before serving.
18)  Serve hot.
19)  Garnish with Chinese celery, spring onions and crispy shallots & garlic.
Note :  The whole process takes about 2.5 to 3 hours depending on your method of cooking (either using slow cooker, rice cooker, pressure cooker or gas stove).  I am using brown rice.  So, if you are using white rice, the cooking time is faster than brown rice.

I am submitting this post to Malaysian Food Fest Kuala Lumpur Selangor Month hosted by Shannon of Just As Delish.

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