A taste of India

I picked up Taylor’s instant sauce for Kashmiri Butter Chicken the other day. I’m a huge fans of curry, be it red, yellow or green. Indian, Thai, Malaysian or Indonesian. Thick or thin. My taste buds really take well with the taste of curry.

The kashmiri butter chicken sauce have that curry-ish taste but it’s very rich and creamy. It resemble one of those really thick curry sauce with really strong pungent taste. This sauce however, even though thick and creamy but since it’s western made is not as pungent as what I might have thought at first. Which is terrific.

I added chicken and onion that I put on the pan until it’s slightly browned, add the sauce and a little bit of cilantro leaves. I should have put more cilantro, next time! Because the cilantro really add that pop of taste to the dish. Love the result. I’m not sure whether Indian used cilantro but I’m taking cue from Thai curry. They go perfectly well together. I also add mushroom to the pot. It’s a lovely blend with the creamy sauce.

To thin out the sauce, since I don’t have coconut milk, I used plain milk instead. It thin out the sauce as well as thin out the taste by quite a bit. I think if I would have used coconut milk it will solidify the taste of the curry and make it rich. With the milk, it make it creamier.

However, I would used coconut milk instead on my next attempt.

As for the side, I made butter rice. I should have used generous amount of butter although it would be too oily but I would not mind. Maybe a dash of finely chopped cilantro. You could never have enough cilantro. It’s like my Asian version of asphyxiation to Basil for Italian dishes.

Lastly, what perfected the dish was the crispy thinly sliced fried shallots that really wrap the flavour with a bit of crisp and savoury flavour.

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A taste of India

I used to worry

When there’s a stranger parked at the surrounding area near my house and give an investigative look.

A phone that ring but then no one answering at the end of the line every time someone picked up.

Passed by someone at the mall with a knowing look like as if there’s something to tell.

I used to worry

I Miss Winter Night

Tika asked me before she head home from Melbourne if I want anything from there. I told her, that I’m missing Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries. So. Very. Much! She text me back telling me that they only got the normal Special K. I wasn’t expecting much.

To tell you the truth, the craving for the cereal is kinda silly. It’s too simple but somehow it actually brought back a lot of memories. A bowl of Kellogg’s Special K Red Berries, a half cup of warm milk and a half teaspoon of sugar is what I would called comfort food during the winter night back in the days.

It brought instant warmth physically and emotionally everytime I had this formulation of cereal. So I guess, I want to feel again that momentarily emotion that lasted only as long or should I say as fast as you can finish off your bowl of cereal.

Heart warming and familiar. That’s what I’m looking for.

Thank you dearest Tika, for bringing me back a little piece of my youth.

I Miss Winter Night

Initial Thought on Sekkisei Lotion Mask

At the rate that I’m with trying on new beauty products and in specific skincare, It’s only natural that I forgot details. So better keep a log on my initial thought. Because that’s what I need to come back to after I’m satisfied with the result. If I’m not satisfied, it’s easier to write them off from my list.

The sheet feels too thin unlike many other sheet mask I’ve tried that are made of cloth. It’s plainly made out of tissue, much like one of those capsule one you get from Muji or Daisho. So the lotion drips easily and the sheet feels very wet!

The alcohol smell really get on my nerve. I almost think that I’m half drunk by the time I settle myself on my bed to get my 10 minutes of Zen. It’s so bloody strong! But you know what, the smell of alcohol on my skincare is on par of the smell of gasoline to some people, it has a nice twist on my nose that after a while it is somewhat relaxing. I think my skin is kind of drunk from all of that alcohol content on the lotion.

What surprises me is that my skin is not dry at all! With that much alcohol smell, I’m surprised.  It feels so fresh on my face.

The thing is, at Sekkisei USA I saw this capsule mask (that you can also get at Muji and Daisho) that you can pour your own Sekkisei lotion into it to make your DIY mask should you need one. But if you’re not using Sekkisei lotion, then this one will come handy at only Rp 25,000.

Will give a thought on buying the Sekkisei lotion so I can contemplate more on this mask. This can be an alternative to couple of glasses of Gin.

Initial Thought on Sekkisei Lotion Mask