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For MasterChef’s Sashi Cheliah, showcasing the flavours of his Indian Singaporean upbringing has always been a passion.

So, it was a shock to all when Sashi was recently eliminated from MasterChef Fans & Faves for a failed fish curry with dosas, something the popular foodie says he could practically make in his sleep.

“Honestly, I have no idea what went wrong!” laughs Sashi. “I make dosas every day. I think perhaps it was the pan. Perhaps the base was too thick, so the mix wasn’t spreading right. When I make dosas at home I use a flat, thin pan.

“With the fish I didn’t monitor the temperature as there was too much going on – I know it wasn’t a good cook! Having said that it was so amazing to be back in the MasterChef kitchen. Pushing myself creatively was the highlight for me.”

Since leaving the show, Sashi has been busy spreading the word about his own meal kit brand Sashi’s Secret. “After I won MasterChef in 2018 everyone wanted to try my food so I created these meal kits including all the spices for traditional Singaporean and Malay dishes like beef rendang and Malaysian Chicken Curry for time poor people.

“The kits are currently available in Woolworths, but I’ll be appearing at the 2022 Naturally Good Expo in Sydney from June 6-7 hoping to introduce the range to other distributors. Usually, curry takes a long time to make from scratch but I wanted people to just add protein and vegetables so they could whip up a meal in less than half an hour.”

One of the dishes in the range is curry laksa – a traditional Malaysian curry soup with Chinese, Indian and Malay influences. Sashi has these tips for busy mums to make the perfect dish:

  • If pressed for time, thinly slice the chicken pieces to reduce the cooking time or use pre-cooked prawns.
  • Cut your vegies so they cook at the right speed. Thinly slice hard vegetables like carrots but keep softer vegies larger so they retain their texture and flavour.
  • For a more traditional dish, just add a boiled egg and chopped tofu.
  • To amp up the heat, add some sambal chilli sauce or fresh chopped chilli.
  • To tone down the heat – particularly for kids – either use a little less paste or add more coconut cream.

Curry Laksa

MasterChef Laksa

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

Sashi’s Secret Curry Laksa meal kit

2 tbpns cooking oil

200g sliced chicken or fresh prawns

200 ml water

200g chopped vegetables

fried shallots

 

Method

In a medium sized saucepan boil 1litre water and cook the noodles from the kit for 4-5 minutes or until soft. Drain and set aside. Using a medium saucepan heat the 2 tbspns of cooking oil, add curry paste from kit and cook for 1 min on a medium heat until fragrant. Add 200g of sliced chicken or prawn, stir to coat with fragrant curry paste and cook for 2 mins.

Add the sachet of coconut milk with 200ml of water. Raise the cooking heat to bring the curry to a boil, then reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Add mixed chopped vegies and cook for 2 mins.

Divide the noodles equally into 4 bowls and ladle the laksa over the top of each. Remove from heat, serve in bowls and garnish with fried shallots.

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  • I love laksa, and love how simple this one looks to make!

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  • I love Sashi from Masterchef so nice to see him bring out his Meal kits

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  • Just love laska! Great tips there!

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  • Never made laksa, I love curry though. We always end up using recipe base for the first time. If we like it then we generally will find an actual simple recipe online and use it. I like knowing exactly what is going into it.
    Might have to try Sashi’s bases, I loved watching him on masterchef.

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  • I’ve never made laksa but I may have to give it a try. My husband loves it.

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  • Looks delicious! Fave curry for me was in the UK. Dont go crazy for it as takeout but do try to cook it sometimes

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  • Yum! I do like a good laksa in cold weather like this


    • Me too! This type of food goes with cold weather

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  • I’m not really into curry but I do love a good laksa!
    Tone down the heat for me, I’m not good with spice but I do prefer the tofu and veg option for laksa.

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  • I don’t like curry, myself, but these tips look helpful for others.

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  • I was so sorry to see Sashi leave Masterchef. I’ve tried a couple of his sauces and they’re delicious.!

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  • these looks fantastic!

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  • These meal kits look great! I’ll definitely be giving them a try…

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  • We all fail sometimes making a dish.
    Good on him for starting his own meal kit brand


    • I should check it out, my husband loves a good curry

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  • Yum these look amazing worth trying

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  • Our family lovers a good laksa but since we have the kids we have had to tone it down a fair bit, I’d love to try these

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