How often do you think it would be great to prepare Asian food at home? Now answer how many of those attempts that you have left midway after messing the recipe and headed out for a restaurant. Well, worry no more as we’ve got your back with some of the simplest yet mouthwatering dishes lined up for you to cook at home.
Asia is a continent known for some of the best foods you can try. The misconception of only exotic recipes available here has limited the homemade dishes over the world. You have plenty of simple but genius dishes that will turn your plain dinner into an exciting one. The recipe you will see here has been approved by the locals. Most importantly, there are specific tips in each of them so that you won’t confuse or mess up even on your first try. Without further ado here are five easy and delicious Asian Food Recipes to try at home.
1. Momos- The Himalayan Dumplings
Momos are steam-filled dumplings popular in South Asia. Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet are known for different variants of this dish. Easily available and could be served in a large quantity through single production are the major attractions of Momos. Through different fillings inside you can make your ideal Momo in your home kitchen.
Preparation Time: 1 hour
- All-Purpose Flour 2 cups
- Spring Onion 2pcs
- Soy sauce 1tsp
- Salt and Black Pepper
- Minced meat 200 gm
- Momo Masala 3 tsp
- Coriander Leaves
- Tomato, Onion, and green chili.
Make a smooth dough by mixing flour, oil, and water. Let it rest for a while. Take the finely minced meat in a bowl and add the seasonings. Add spring onion and coriander leaves to it. For everything to mix better add some oil and at last add the Momo Masala.
Roll the dough into a thin sheet and cut a circular part of about 2.5 inches. Enclose the meat fillings in there. Once aligned heat your steamer. Depending on the heat steam for 6-8 minutes and the Momo is ready. For chutney heat the pan. Fry the onion and chilly with some salt and let it simmer with water. Add coriander and salt to complete it.
Serve the Momos hot with each serving constituting about 10 dumplings each.
You can mix the fillings better with hand. Always enclose the dough completely for the flavors to stay in.
2. Tom Yum: – The King of Soups
Tom Yum is easily one of the most recognized dishes from Thailand. Thai cuisine is known to elevate the flavors using local ingredients and Tom Yum is no different. Although you can see a variety of luxurious dazzling garnishes in restaurants a simple savory Tom Yum soup at the kitchen is delicious too.
Preparation Time: 35 minutes
- Medium-sized raw shrimp 500 grams
- Thai Chilies 6 pcs
- Fresh lemongrass 5 stalks
- Kaffir Lime Leaves fresh or frozen
- Sliced button Mushroom 1 cup
- Minced onion 1 cup
- Fish Sauce 1 tsp
- Lime juice 1 piece
- Cilantro and lime wedges for garnish
- Olive Oil (flavorless) 1/2 cup
- Water 6 cups
- Salt and Pepper
Prepare the shrimp first. Clean them thoroughly. Pull off its head and peel them aside. Add oil to your pan and keep it at medium heat. Season the pan with some salt and add the shrimps. Sauté the shrimps until golden brown (3 minutes). Heat the soup pot next and add water. Mash the lemongrass Kaffir leaves, onions, and chilies with a mallet and add to the pot.
After boiling for about 10 minutes remove any hard segments of the lemongrass from the pot and add the mushrooms. Turn the heat high for a couple of minutes and finally add the shrimps. Add the fish sauce and let it boil for a minute. Turn off the heat and add lime as well as shrimp oil while constantly stirring. Serve it in a bowl with cilantro and lime wedges as the garnish.
Although Kaffir Lime leaves are important ingredients of Tom Yum, you can use bay leaves too.
3. Butter Chicken/MurghMakhani- Smooth Gravy delight
Butter Chicken is the highlight of Indian Style cooking. Creamy and flavor-packed, this dish easily makes the way for the top spot among hundreds of other dishes in Indian cuisine. Paired with Naan Roti it is one hearty meal for your family to enjoy.
Preparation Time 40 minutes
- Evenly chopped Chicken breasts 500 grams
- Butter 2 tsp
- Medium Diced Onion and Tomato
- Garam masala 1 tsp
- Finely minced garlic 4 cloves
- Grated Ginger 1 tsp
- Chilli Powder 1 tsp
- Fenugreek and Mustard seeds 1 tsp
- Cumin Powder 1 tsp
- Heavy cream 1 cup
- Yogurt for marinating 1 cup
- Oil, Salt, and Water
- Naan or similar bread for serving
Marinate your chicken with chili powder, salt, and lemon juice. Rub it thoroughly and let it rest for 15 minutes. For the second marination prepare a ginger garlic paste and mix it with fresh yogurt, turmeric powder, and Garam Masala. Mix the chicken evenly and marinate it for a while.
Take your pan out and add the butter. Heat it till it melts completely and add the Fenugreek and Mustard seeds. Add onion and tomatoes here and let it cook for 3 minutes. Next, add the marinated chicken and let it cook. Season the chicken a bit more according to your taste.
After 6 minutes of high heat add the heavy cream to the mixture and cook it further for 10 minutes. Add slices of butter and turn off the heat. Your butter chicken is ready to be served with some coriander a garnish.
Butter Chicken can be served with rice as well. Use the fragrant long-grained Basmati rice to perfect pair with butter Chicken.
4. EmaDatshi:- Shielding the cold with taste
Ema Datshi is the star of the lesser-known Bhutanese cuisine. In short, it encapsulates the taste of the mountains in Asia perfectly. A cheese and chilly stew balancing perfectly to serve your taste buds, Ema Datshi is a must-try Asian dish. Requiring minimal ingredients and simple recipes have made the kitchen of many who are looking for a new taste in their foods.
Preparation Time 25 minutes
- Chilli Peppers (Thai or Red) 10 0z
- Sliced onions 1 piece
- Minced Tomatoes 2 pcs
- Crushed garlic 3 pcs
- Unsalted Butter 1 tsp
- Cheese 1 tsp
Heat the pan and toss in the butter. Once melted add the sliced onion, garlic, chilies, and tomato. Cook them for a while and add the water. Put it in mild heat and let the chilies cook until they become tender. In the boiling mixture add the cheese and turn off the heat. Let the cheese melt and cook with the residual heat for some minutes and the dish is ready. Serve Ema Datshi in a bowl accompanied by a serving of rice.
For an authentic taste of Ema Datshi, one must use Yak Cheese for preparing it. If you can’t find it, the Parmesan Cheese is fine too.
5. GadoGado:- The Indonesian Nutrients-Puncher
As fun as GadoGado is to say it is simple to make and delicious to enjoy. We will change your perception about salads today. What most people think of when the term Salad is tossed is some variety of plain vegetables and fruits that look like a bush. Well here comes the Indonesian GadoGado Salad full of necessary nutrients and a treat for your taste buds. Here, the Salad and the peanut sauce are the main components to make this dish click and loved by people around the world.
- Chopped Tofu 200 gm
- Cooked Potatoes 250 gm
- Green beans (Cut Lengthways) 100 gm
- Finely shredded cabbage 250 gm
- Beansprouts 100 gm
- Shredded Carrot 1 piece
- Eggs 3 pcs
- Chopped Coriander half cup
- Crispy Onions 4 tsp
* For Peanut Sauce
- Peanut Butter 50 gm
- Honey 1/2 tsp
- Soy Sauce 2 tsp
- Fish sauce 1 Tsp
- Red Chillies 2 pcs
- Coconut milk 150 ml
- Lime juice 1 piece
Take a large frying pan and pour the oil. Cook the tofu and potatoes one after another. The tofu must be brown and crispy to be cooked properly. Let them rest aside to cool. Prepare the eggs as a soft-boiled version. That is cooking for 7 minutes and plunging it in ice water immediately. Boil the beans next for about 3 minutes. Mix the peanut butter, honey, and soy sauce until it is smooth. Add fish sauce and chilies to it and finish the peanut dressing with coconut milk and lime juice added as well.
In a large bowl put the tofu and potatoes with the cabbage, carrot, beansprouts, and coriander added to it. Mix them all properly with half the peanut sauce. Keep the other half for addition while eating the salad later. Serve them in a bowl with the peeled eggs sitting right at the top of the salad.
GadoGado salad goes well with rice paper, vegetable patties, mince, and lettuce cups. You can combine it for an Indonesian way of enjoying GadoGado Salad.
Bonus tips for Cooking at Home
- Keep restocking your pantry. It saves you the hassle to shop at the moment.
- Shop fresh. Remember one thing, not all frozen items are unhealthy. Know what you are shopping for while gathering your ingredients.
- Keep multiple kinds of oil. Olive oil is healthy but some dishes can be made better by using specific oils.
- Season your foods lightly if you are not sure. Remember you can always add seasoning but it is difficult another way around.
- Balance the healthy and tasty if both are not your options. Stirring and steaming are proven to
- Pay much importance to palate ratio and portions.
- Keep your knives sharp and try using them more safely through training.
- Get creative with the foods you have. You never know what delicacy you’ll discover from some stuff you have in your Kitchen.
- If possible, make your own sauce and large batches of it too.
- Don’t overestimate the food quantity you prepare.
It is always great to try something new and share it with your family. These dishes are made for just that. Having them on your vacation to Asia will be amazing but following the recipe at your home is the next best thing.