I am married to a man from Banjar clan. This is a clan originated from Indonesia. That is why, despite being a Johorean, the culture and norms that are practised day to day are some what different from the normal Johorean.
In MBH's kampung, I can safely say almost everyone is related to each other either by birth or by marriage. MBH is the only who got married to someone out of Johor hence I need to learn and try to adapt to his culture. One of the things which his family loves doing is kenduri i.e. to feast the kampung with delicious food.
Last weekend, another kenduri was held. And this time, the chosen dishes were one of Banjar speciality i.e Nasi Gaul. This is some sort like Nasi Minyak served with either boiled beef or chicken with salad and coconut milk with Dhal Curry as the gravy. And that was my assignment, to cook Dhal Curry for about 300 people. Not just normal people, but people in his kampung aka his relatives aka S.T.R.E.S.S!!!
Let's see how to cook it
* to be blended
** cut into thin slices
Rempah tumis (spices)
Potatoes (cut into 4)
Dhal (boiled until soft)
Chicken (cut into small parts)
First, heat the pot and once it's hot add the cooking oil. Once the oil is hot enough, fry the items ** with the rempah tumis until this turn golden brown with awesome aroma.
The add items * and fry until the aroma of the ginger comes out
Next, add the curry powder which has been pre-mixed with water. Not to thin, not to thick. At this stage, you need to stir quite frequently to ensure it will not be "hangit" and stick to the pot. Fry until it is cooked. If the curry powder is not cooked properly, this may caused people to get stomach ache.
Add potatoes and chicken. Add some water as well and wait until it boils.
Once the potatoes are half cooked, add the dhal into the mixture. Again, don't forget to stir.
Add the santan and some water so that it will not be too thick
Once the potatoes and chicken are 3/4 cooked, add the brinjals
Add salt and seasoning
If you see the curry starts to boil then it's time to add the tomatoes and red chillies.
There you go, the curry is ready. I was so nervous when this was served. Gila kau, satu kampung nak makan! Harus dikata orang menantu Haji Hamzah tak pandai masak!
Alhamdulilah, it turned out well.
I enjoy cooking, perhaps this passion can be turned into something profitable one day, Insyallah.