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A True Taste Of Asia

Masala Egg

6 eggs
2 onions
1/2 kg tomatoes, dried
2 tsp chilli powder
5 tsp oil (sesame)
1" ginger
4 garlic flakes
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

Boil eggs and peel the skin.
Cut into square pieces.
Grind tomatoes and onion.
Heat the oil and fry the paste.
Add ginger-garlic paste and simmer for 2 minutes.
Add turmeric powder, salt and chilli powder.
Add 1/2 cup water and let it boil for 2-3 minutes.
Add the egg pieces and let the gravy thicken.

Methi with Fish

Fish-1/4 kg, cleaned and cut into slices
2 cups cooked dal
2 tbsp tamarind extract
1 tbsp fenugreek
1 tbsp jaggery
1 tsp chilli powder
Salt to taste
1 cup methi leaves

For seasoning
1 cup oil
1 cup onion, chopped
5 green chillies
Heat oil and season the seasoning items.
Fry fish till it is cooked.
Mix tamarind extract, chilli powder and salt with 3 cups of water.
Let it come to a boil.
Mix cooked dal with all the other items (fenugreek, jaggery) and boil for 2 minutes.
In a separate pan, fry one cup of methi leaves in a little oil and add it with the other items.

Chilli King Prawn Skewers with Pistachio and Coriander

30 king prawns
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/4 tsp chilli flakes
2 green chillies, chopped
2 tsp coconut
2 tsp fresh ginger
2 tsp almonds, roasted
2 tsp pistachios, roasted
140 ml coconut milk
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 tsp warm water
2 tsp fresh coriander leaves

Shell and de-vein prawns.
Thread four prawns onto each skewer.
Blend or process spices, green chilli, coconut, ginger, nuts, coconut milk and oil until mixture forms a paste.
Transfer to a small bowl and stir in water.
Rub paste into prawns.
Cook skewers on heated oiled grill plate (or grill or BBQ), brushing occasionally with remaining paste, until prawns have changed colour and are cooked through.
Serve skewers sprinkled with coriander leaves.

Tommy's Vegetarian Chilli

1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 can chilli-style tomatoes
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained of water
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained of water
1 can fat-free refried beans
1 cup salsa (choose spiciness based on your preference)
1 can tomato sauce
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tbsp cilantro

In a large pot, combine all ingredients.
Heat on medium-high, bring to a boil and reduce heat to low and simmer.
Serve over brown rice, with Healthy Choice shredded cheddar cheese on top.
Serve with tortilla chips.

Check It Out

Radisson raves… The Indo style

Well-famed commonplace cuisines everyone has heard of: Thai, Chinese, South-Indian, Turkish and so on. But who ever heard of Indonesian cuisine? Does not seem to ring a bell up there, does it?

Radisson Water Garden Hotel Dhaka will ring that bell for you. From the 21st to the 28th of April, Radisson is hosting an Indonesian Food Festival, to bring in something new for your taste buds. The Indonesian culture is a diverse mix of food from India, the Middle East, China, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. So make a point to swing by Radisson, and get that bell up there fixed for a change.

-LS Desk


Phone prone…

Buy them. Use them. Flaunt them. But what happens when they give in on you? Yes, the “they” are the mobile phones that have become an integral aspect of our lives. It is an indispensable gadget to check if your children have come home, to affirm business contracts, to transfer files, to play “Snake” while waiting in the doctor's chamber. What a mobile phone can do goes unquestioned. But the fact of the matter is that they are like all other gizmos: they need to be bought and used with care. So, here are a few pointers…

When you buy a phone, make sure the package includes a warranty card. A phone without one is most likely to be fake or of an inferior quality. Usually, they have a one-year warranty. Assuming that you do have a warranty, in case any problems arise, take the phone to the customer care centre as soon as possible. Be sure to look into the terms of warranty- most centres refuse free service for water damage, neglect or if you have gotten the set checked by other mobile-servicing shops.

Many people like to charge their phones overnight, or for more-than-an-adequate length of time. By all means, keep your mobile charged. But mind you, excessive charging can weaken the battery and shorten battery life. Disconnect the phone from its charger once the battery sign flashes “full”.

One of the major drawbacks of having a big friend circle: you are constantly bombarded by SMS-s that eventually end up flooding the inbox. Keep your inbox clean. It has its limits. Keep a selected few SMS-s and delete uninteresting ones that say things like “OK” or “Will b late 2nite”. Otherwise, the new messages that you receive will come through incomplete or even blank!

Mobile phones, unfortunately, are very much vulnerable to theft and damage. For security, you can attach a strap to your phone, and dangle it by your neck. To prevent damage from water or an accidental drop, get a cover for the set.

As the saying goes, “If you love it, it will love you back.

By Shahmuddin Ahmed Siddiky


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