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Cooking Mutton Peratal for Dummies (Without Pressure Cooker)

Cooking mutton might be a costly one for beginners. It might be a bit difficult to be cooked due to the fact that one can easily get tired waiting endlessly for the mutton to cook properly. Having said that, keep your worries aside as I will guide you on how you could cook 'Mutton Peratal' without a pressure cooker in just 5 easy steps (with pictures).

This recipe will be ideal for college students or those who are staying at hostel with limited utensils. Additionally, I won't be using pressure cooker for this since only a normal pan will be used throughout the end (makes your life easier!).

Ingredients:

[Preparations for 4 pax]
[Preparation time: < 15 minutes]
[Cooking time: ~45 minutes]
 

  1. 500g mutton (cut in cubes)
  2. Spices (cinnamon stick 1 inch, 2 or 3 cloves, mustard seeds and cumin seeds)
  3. 2 medium potatoes (cut almost the same size as the mutton)
  4. 2 medium chopped tomatoes
  5. 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  6. 2 tbsp onion paste
  7. Curry leaves
  8. 1 tbsp ground cumin
  9. 1 tbsp ground coriander
  10. 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  11. 2 tbsp chilli paste (optional)
  12. 2 tbsp Baba's meat masala powder
  13. 10ml-20ml coconut milk
  14. Salt as required
  15. 3 tbsp cooking oil
  16. Fresh coriander leaves (optional)

Methods:

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  1. Heat some oil in a pan and add in all the spices at one go followed by items (5 ~ 7). Let them cook for 5 minutes or until the paste turns into golden brown. (TIPS: Make sure that the spices are not burnt and always keep the flame in medium heat)

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  2. Add in the mutton and potatoes and allow them to mix well with the paste. Pour a cup of water (250ml) to boil the mutton and add in some salt. (TIPS: This is to ensure that the mutton won't smell and the addition of salt will amplify the taste)

     

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  3. After 5 minutes, add in chopped tomatoes and continue boiling. Once the tomatoes are mashed in the mixture, add in the items (8 ~ 10) and keep stirring it. This is followed by adding chilli paste after 5 minutes. (TIPS: Chilli paste is added to increase the spicyness. You may skip this if you are not into spicy foods. The chilli paste can also be replaced with chilli powder)

     

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  4. Meat masala powder shall be added after 15 minutes together with salt as needed. Add in more water and allow the mixture to keep boiling. This will allow the mutton to cook properly and blend in with the masala powder. Keep stirring it every now and then and more water can be added if the mutton is not fully cooked.

     

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  5. Add in coconut milk a few minutes before taking the dish off heat. Turn off the heat once the meat had became tender and garnish it with coriander leaves. (TIPS: Coconut milk is added to thicken the gravy and to eradicate the raw masala taste. Coriander leaves are added as a decorative purpose and you may skip this as well if you want to)

     

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  6. And here's the end result

     

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Enjoy cooking everyone and sorry for my bad photography skills. Will definitely improve it in the near future. 🙂

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Regards,
Nea

One Single Wedding Event? Mudiyathu!

"Pakkethu vittu Amsavalli magalleku reception vechange, appo unnekom vekinom!"

"Sonthokarengge kepangge yen reception/dinner vekille'nu"

"Athe vecha than nambelekku perumme"

"Terille, reason ille, aana veche aagenum!"

For Malaysian Indians, it has been a norm for married couples to have a separate wedding reception (usually at night) in a bigger and grand scale. It can be a reception held only by the bride or bridegroom or even a combined one. I have to admit that there are many valid reasons for the couples to have one such as the distant location of both families, expectation of massive crowd, wee hours wedding ceremony and so on.

However, I would like to stress on a particular category of couples who will have no idea on why they are having a wedding reception. These couples would usually be so eager to have one but when asked why they decided to have it, they will definitely be staring blank at each other. These couples' only intention would be to either gain some fame, compete with others or just having it for the sake of having it.

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There's a proverb in Malay that goes like the following: "Sesal dahulu pendapatan, sesal kemudian tidak berguna". Irregardless of how we knock some sense on one's head, they will still stick to their very own priciple; do first, regret later. If you (and your partner) are kind of broke, own a not-so-gempak car, yet to own a property, working 9~6 earning peanuts and in the midst of planning to have your wedding, please consider having a single wedding event (unless you have some valid reasons like mentioned above) and don't bother wasting your time impressing 1000 strangers guests in which half of them might not even know your existence until your wedding date. A single wedding event can be categorised as a wedding ceremony that is being held in a temple with a massive crowd or held in a hall that is large enough to accommodate decent number of guests.

That being said, here are some general rules of thumb in getting married for newbies:

1) Do not take any kind of loans just to have the best wedding reception
This is definitely a BIG NO-NO. Don't plunge into debt for the rest of your life just for a 'oru naal kuuthu' and for the sake of impressing your guests. I've heard enough stories on how many couples are suffering post-marriage abuses and sleepless nights caused by Ah-longs and debt collectors. ONLY SPEND THE MONEY WITHIN YOUR BUDGET!

2) Suggestions are welcomed, but you and your partner should be the final decision-makers
Unless the whole reception is funded by your family members or someone else, you and your partner should be solely responsible for the budgetting and disbursement of money. Tips: Create an Excel sheet in Google Docs and give the permission to yourself and your partner. Create four columns for 'Tasks, Deposit Paid, Full Amount, Balance Payable". For every cent that comes out from your savings for wedding purposes, please update the sheet concurrently.

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3) Research and survey properly
Please allocate some time to survey for the best caterers, entertainers, DJ's, photographers and so on. Lately, we've seen many cases of married couples being cheated by a so-called "professional photographer" who went missing together with their wedding photos, totally untracable. Imagine how would you feel after going through a hectic zombified week tying the knot in the end just to know that your wedding memories are nowhere to be seen the week after? Dayuummmmnnnn.

4) Talk openly to your spouse and his/her family members
This, my friends, is the most important thing. By talking out and expressing your views, there is a chance that your views might influence and motivate others to think from your perspective. For instance, parents of ponnu might say that: "Wedding reception is a MUST! Athuke ungge side oru RM30k kudungge!" You, as the mappilai, could simply barge in and tell them:

Uncle, ille uncle, nangge oru house vanggulam nu plan potturkom, so we are planning to invest some of our savings into that. Additionally, we also plan to invest in a Europe-tour honeymoon and do some massive shopping over there.  Yenggelekku ithu than santhosam

Fact is, not many mappilais have the balls to talk like that. Again, let me reiterate that the example given above is merely for those who are planning to have a wedding reception without any valid reason. At the same time, I won't deny the fact that there are many parents out there who understand our intention and give us the freedom to decide our marriage life.

Nalla yosingge, nalla plan panungge. If you are running out of time, I totally understand but please try to plan wisely and not emotionally. Do tons of research and calculations on how you could save cost on every aspects. Talk to some friends about it or you could even ask us if you needed some advise (heck I'm not a genius but at least I can share my experience). Necessities and priorities dear readers, it's all about necessities and priorities.

Ithe padichiyom, ningge poi loan yeduthe, kalyanam panni, approm kastham pattu vanthu complain paningge naa, I only have one message for you:

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This is just a teaser post to kickstart our M1 articles and there will definitely be a part 2 of this soonest.

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Reshaping our Purpose for Malaysian Indian Makkals

There might be around 20, if not 30+ Malaysian Indian related Facebook pages out there that tend to 'educate' the makkals on what to do and what not to do. Unfortunately, some of their intentions deviated from their initial purpose and all they could care about now is to post videos on one getting chopped, one taking a selfie video of them stripping singing, conversations screencap on how someone is talking shit to each other, feminazis talking about men all the time and the list goes on (look, we are not saying that posting all these is a no-no but perhaps they might want to slot in some beneficial articles as well from time to time).

Makkez.com used to post M1 articles which are mostly social-related by stating the obvious either directly or indirectly. Viknea.com tend to do the same except that there will be a new author in town – My beloved wife Nea. She will cover most of the cooking and travelling parts as well as sharing some of her life journey and experience with everyone. We've already brainstormed the type of articles that we will be posting in the next few days and rest assured that we'll try to make it as fun as possible! Here are some teasers:

1) Buying a House For Dummies – Catered for Malaysian Indians

2) Buying a Car For Dummies – Catered for Malaysian Indians

3) How to travel cheaply to <insert some place here>? – Catered for Malaysian Indians

4) Applying a Job For Dummies – Catered for Malaysian Indians

5) Writing a Resume For Dummies – Catered for Malaysian Indians

6) Cooking for Dummies – Catered for Malaysian Indians

7) Getting Married for Dummies – Catered for Malaysian Indians

You see, by posting all the above, we are not saying that we are a bunch of experts in those field(s). We will be merely sharing our experience with everyone so that you all won't be going through the same hassle that we went through and at the same time we would want to make your life easier by suggesting some tips, tricks, shortcuts and freebies when and wherever possible.

Stay tuned and do LIKE/SHARE our FB page!

Kabali (2016) Tamil Film Review by A Malaysian

For me, the movie Kabali is really nice. Probably those who don't seem to like it couldn't comprehend the harsh reality and bitter truth depicted in that movie albeit everything went in a fast-paced mode.

One need to try to fathom the message delivered instead of grumbling on how the movie is NOT the usual Rajini-type movie (please, could someone explain in detail on what kind of story they were expecting?). The way the film crews researched everything about the Malaysian Indian gangsters as well as the poverty-stricken estate people are highly commendable. Even the gang numbers (Gang 00 and Gang 43) were carefully derived not to imitate the current gangs in Malaysia.

Apart from that, we were informed that the ending scene of Kabali in Malaysia is different compared to those in India (or perhaps even rest of the world). In Malaysia, the movie will end like this:

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For those of you who are yet to watch this movie, please at least watch this movie once.

Where is Makkez.com and What is Viknea.com?

The above might be the first question that pops in your mind if you still remember my first blog, Makkez.com. It is not dead yet as all I've done for now is merely redirecting the domain and traffic over here.

So, what is Viknea.com?

Viknea.com was opened with the intention of having two bloggers (probably more than that in future) under one platform. The bloggers are none other than myself  (Viknes) and my beloved wife (Nea). Together, we've decided to bring you the best of both worlds in terms of sharing our traveling experience, food / baking stuffs (wife's section of course), tips and tricks, 'For Dummies' articles and so on. In short, this will soon be a AIO (all-in-one) blog that covers almost everything!

What happened to your M1 (Maire Satu) articles?

Well, the M1 principle still applies and will always be applied regardless of where I go (too bad, my wife is forced to adapt the M1 style). My old articles in Makkez.com have been archived for now and so far I have no plans to revive them or what-so-ever. However, all the articles posted in this blog WILL carry the M1 essence henceforth.

Last but not least, just sit back and relax while we'll share our journey and experience that may or may not benefit you. Nevertheless, we hope that we won't be wasting your time. 🙂

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