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From Pulao to..Walao!! Part Deux

[I just realised that I deleted the first part of my original content by accident yesterday, so I'll invent a new one.]

The more I cooked, the more I am convinced that epic fails are a part of the cooking process.

I think it doesn't define you as a failure, or a loser. But if you have a thick enough skin, a healthy sense of humour, especially the gift of laughing at yourself, teetering on the brink of failure or sometimes just tipping over into it can be quite exhilarating.

I couldn't say that my first .. I don't know what to call it, accidental risotto was a spot on success because it still requires some tweaking, for example skip the cloves, remove the cardamom pods etc (You can refer to my first article here)

But I'm happy with my other two consecutive new risotto recipes or shall I say Malaysianized risotto and I want to share the recipes with you:

This is so easy, the Alfredo Risotto. Also can be known as the Bachelor's Risotto. Also possibly a Drunken Night Out Risotto.

Alfredo Risotto

For 1 pax (Meatless):


Japanese Rice - 1/3 bowl

Bay Leaf - 1

Dried Chillies - 3

Garlic Cloves - 3

Onion Powder - 1 tsp

Sliced Cheese - 1

Salt to taste


  • Wash the rice and set aside

  • In a sauce pan, add 1 tbsp of oil. Wait for the heat to rise and add bay leaf, dried chillies and garlic cloves

  • When the aroma intensifies and pan start to dry, add water

  • Fry a bit more, then remove the chillies and bay leaf

  • Now add onion powder. After a few stirs, add rice

  • Add water to just a few mm above the rice. Keep adding water slowly until the rice becomes creamy

  • Turn fire off and now add cheese. You can add a little salt here if risotto is not salty enough for you


The next recipe is great for Friday night-ins when you want a hearty home cooked meal that warms your tummy. Then you can put your feet up, tune into your favourite channel on Netflix, or in my case Youtube and savour the most comforting mix of soft rice and curried chicken.

Dry Chilli Chicken Risotto

Dry Chilli Chicken Risotto

The flavour of this dish is not just derived from the fats and juices from the chicken. It won't be enough, if you don't plan on adding MSG or canned broth.

I love the combination of bay leaf, cardamom pods, ginger paste and dried chillies to flavour the oil and eventually adding another layer to the chicken juices later.

Dried Chilli Chicken Risotto

After 1 minute, or if you are eyeballing it, when the dried chillies become brown, quickly remove them along with the cardamom pods.

Next, add the garlic cloves.

Dried Chilli Chicken Risotto

Now add curry leaves.

Dried Chilli Chicken Risotto

Whenever I cook, curry leaves are never far away from me. Sometimes I find it so odd that I cook dishes like these, because they were never in my family's tradition, so when I have time to reminisce in between the cooking process, I laugh to myself thinking what an oddball I am. But I love spices and chilli.. lots of chilli.

Dried Chilli Chicken Risotto

This is one of my favourite parts. The moment the dish turns.

Dried Chilli Chicken Risotto

When I add the chopped mushrooms, coriander, cumin, tumeric and a little bit of cayenne powder, the aroma is so beautiful as the mushrooms brown and create the most comforting sauce.

(Add some sea salt here too)

Dried Chilli Chicken Risotto

At this point, when you have tasted the sauce and if it's amazing, you have achieved home-run. From here on, it will be smooth sailing. You can breathe easier and probably check your Instagram updates, if you are an IG addict like me.

Add the browned chicken pieces into the mix.

Dried Chilli Chicken Risotto

Add water, let the juices and sauce mix. It should be a beautiful golden yellow.

Dried Chilli Chicken Risotto

Add the Japanese rice. Watch it slowly boil. This should be about 20 mins of slow cooking.

When rice is about done, if you wish for greens, just add it in.

Dried Chilli Chicken Risotto

I'm in the sweet peas phase.

Dried Chilli Chicken Risotto

If I could redo this, I would reintroduce the dried chillies I had fishes out earlier for colour and drama.

My list of ingredients as below. Til the next time...:)

Bay Leaf - 1

Cardamom Pod - 6

Dried Chilli - 6

(All the above and remove cardamom pods and chillies to balance the sauce)


Ginger Paste - 1/2 tsp

Garlic Clove - 6

Coriander Powder - 1 tsp

Cayenne Powder - 1/2 tsp

Cumin Powder - 1/4 tsp

Turmeric Powder - 1/6 tsp

Mushrooms - 5-6 buttons

Chicken drumstick - 3

Sweet Peas (optional) - 1 cup

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