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I was born and brought up in Kota Bahru,Kel,Malaysia From a very young age I was very interested in cooking. My sisters were all married by the time I was ten it fell on me to help my mother to do the household chores. Slowly I started cooking. After doing our household chores I go and help our neighbour Mok Wan who happened to be a kuih seller, helping her with the task of grinding rice, beating eggs, peeling onions and packing the kuihs usually fell on me for just 20 cents. Mok Wan was very good in making all those traditional Kelantanese kuih whicn are known for their variety and distinct taste. It was she who give me the best lessons in Malay culinary arts. It have been years since she passed away but her art of making kuih is still with me. It was my mother who gave me the lessons in Indian culinary arts, I helped her cook, learning all the time without realising it. Every time when I cook for my friends, the first thing they ask me is "Did you learn cooking?" Far from protesting vehemently that I was self-taught, I must admit I that I gained my knowledge of cooking partly from my family, partly from helping people who are masters of their arts and partly from cookery books.

About the cuisine

Our food is a delicious blend of flavours coming from the Malays,Chinese,India and indigenous communities living in Malaysia

Saturday, December 30, 2017



This is my own version of the coconut rice.

1 cup basmathi rice,soaked for 1/2 hour

2 cup thick coconut milk

50 gm shallot, pounded

20 gm ginger, pounded

½ tsp fenugreek seeds

A few curry leaves

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

Mix all the ingredients in a rice cooker and cook till the rice is well cooked. Keep a side.

¼ cup ground nut,fry till cook and keep a side

¾ cup grated coconut

2 dry chilies, broken*

1 tsp mustard seeds*

1 tsp ulutham parupu*

1 tsp kadalai paruppu*

¼ tsp asafetida powder

1 stalk kari leaves*

2 tbsp coconut oil

1.     Heat the coconut oil and add in the * ingredients and fry till fragrant.

2.    Add in the grated coconut and fry till well mix and fragrant.

3.    Add in the rice and mix well add in the peanut and mix well.serve with potatoes masala.


  1. Hello Mr Thyaga. I've tried this coconut rice.. Taste very delicious. Thanks for the simple and easy recipe.. Can u please give a link for your potato masala..thank you very much

  2. I am so sorry for replying very late. i am very busy that why i did't see your comment http://karileaves.blogspot.com/search?q=potatoes+masala this the link. tq so much for trying my recipe.