December 7, 2023
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6 Raya Show-Stopper Recipes

Cook something different for your open house this year with our selection of show-stopper recipes. Your guests will look forward to it year after year. 

A Memorable Open House!

Are you looking to impress your guests at your next open house gathering? Look no further than these six show-stopping recipes that will leave your guests wanting more. Whether it’s your first time hosting or you’re a seasoned pro, these recipes are sure to delight your taste buds and those of your guests. Let’s start with the Lamb Tagine…

1. Lamb Tagine

If you’re short on time but still want to serve a delicious main course, Lamb Tagine is the recipe for you. Simply put all the ingredients together and let the oven do the rest. The result is tender, off-the-bone lamb with fragrant spices that will tantalize even the pickiest eater.

Cooking tip: Brown the lamb in a hot pan before putting it in the oven to seal in the juices and give the lamb a nice crust.

2. Laksa Johor

Laksa Johor is a unique and delicious dish that uses spaghetti instead of the usual laksa noodles. The dish is accompanied by a hearty fish gravy and fresh herbs, creating a burst of flavor in every bite. To save time, prepare the fish gravy a day in advance and let the flavors intensify. Make it even more fun for your guests by letting them build their own bowls.

Cooking tip: Experiment with different spices and herbs to add your own twist to the recipe.

3. Nasi Dagang Gulai Ikan Tongkol

This Kelantanese version of Nasi Dagang uses brown rice and a delicious tuna curry. The sauce is best served with whole bird’s eye chili for an extra kick of flavor. Your guests are sure to love this crowd-pleaser, which is best washed down with a hot cup of tea.

Cooking tip: Don’t be afraid to experiment with the spices to adjust the recipe to your taste preferences.

4. Simple Lamb Briyani

This one-pot wonder briyani is perfect for serving at parties. Cook it in the morning and let it rest for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to marry in the pot. The subtle, light, and fragrant spices make it a hit with everyone, even the kids.

Cooking tip: Use high-quality Basmati rice to ensure that it stays fluffy and doesn’t become mushy when cooked.

5. Chocolate Cake

What’s an open house without dessert? This Chocolate Cake recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the batter for an extra moist and fluffy cake. Don’t worry about it being too rich; a small slice will satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth without leaving them feeling too full.

Cooking tip: Experiment with different flavors of frosting and toppings to give your cake a unique twist.

6. Pavlova

For a beautiful and delicious dessert, try this Pavlova recipe. The meringue is crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Fill it with tangy citrus curd to balance out the sweetness.

Cooking tip: Use room temperature egg whites and add sugar gradually while whisking to create a stable meringue. Add a pinch of cream of tartar to help stabilize the meringue even more.

Remember, to make your open house gathering a success, prepare some dishes in advance and don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices and ingredients. With these tips and recipes, your open house is sure to be a memorable one. When the kitchen gets crowded and the pots are overflowing, just remember to #keepcalmandrayaon… Good Luck and Enjoy!

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