Lately, we have all been baking a fair bit of sweet stuff for the food exchange program, and not that I am complaining. I think I have not one sweet tooth, but all 30 over sweet teeth in this big mouth of mine. But something savory would make a nice change. Whilst I was doing my supermarket shopping yesterday morning, I decided to go pick up about 1 kg of chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks and wings. Bought the rest of the ingredients like coconut milk and that wonderful bag of premixed spices from Mak Nyonya. Decided to stick with this recipe as the previous one that I made for the potluck turned out dark and really not the type of curry that I like. In my haste to run through my marketing so that I could venture up to the Exhibition Hall at Mid Valley to view the Malaysian International Bakery & Confectionary Exhibition, I completely forgot to buy the Basmati (long grained) rice. Oh well, only realized after dinner when I was preparing to cook for the food exchange program.
The curry again turned out in the color that I like my curry to have.. heehee.. red and not brown. I also went back to cooking nasi briyani the simple way that I am used to.. and not the totally complicated recipe that I used during Joyce's potluck.
I used the one pot cook all manner of cooking this rice, i.e. washed the rice and place all the ingredients which included the ghee, the 1stick of cinnamon, 6 Cardamom pods, 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds, 3 star anise, 6 cloves, some cumin seeds and a sprinkling of mustard seeds. For garnishing, I added some cashew nuts and golden raisins. For 3 cups of rice, I used roughly 3 1/2 cups of water. Didn't use milk this time as in the previous time as it made the rice a little too mushy for my liking.
The curry and the rice were ready at about 11am and after letting it cool, packed the curry into little plastic containers. Ran out of these containers, so, had to pack the nasi briyani into aluminum foils. Reminiscence the time when I was a factory girl in Australia during my Uni days. Use to pack fried rice this way to work and factories in Australia has utilities like the Convectional Ovens, Microwave Ovens, Coffee-makers at the disposal of the workers. Hence packed lunch is a norm back then.
Anyway, hope this week's food for the food exchange program meets the expectations of those who are in the program. Sue, I am so sorry that you have to be left out this round as I knew that the traffic condition would definitely set your mood to register "LOUSY".. with all the road blocks coming into the city that it would not be wise to ask you to swing by my office to pick up this load... and (haha).. curry is going to further fuel that "seeing red" mode.
By the way, the food exchange program group has grown overnight to include PuayAun of Thought Bubbles and dcyk of See a lil bit of evil, Hear a lil bit of evil, Talk a lil bit of evil