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  1. 1. Recipes of Asia Comp ed by C o m p iille d b y Dhamm ka Jayas nghe D h a m m iik a J a y a s iin g h e From Collection of RecipesSri Lanka, India, Thailand, Pakistan and Nepal.
  2. 2. Recipes of Asia Table of Contents Sri Lankan Recipes 1. Stuffed Yellow Chili 4 2. Butter fried Cauliflower 4 3. Gotu Kola Sambola (Salad) 6 4. Pineapple Curry 6 5. Radish Tempered (Raabu) 7 6. Okra Curry 7 7. Okra Sambol 7 8. Green Jackfruit (Polos) 8 9. Green Jackfruit (Polos) Mallun 8 10. Beet Salad 9 11. Cucumber Salad 9 12. Stuffed Eggplant (small) 10 13. Eggplant with potatoes 10 14. Thai Eggplant Curry (Thalana Batu) 11 15. Thai Eggplant Curry 11 16. Apple Curry 12 17. Tempered Banana Blossoms (Kehel Muwa Thel-dala) 12 18. String/ Yard long Beans Curry (Mae Karal) 13 19. Sri Lankan Hurb Salad (Generic) - Mallung 13 20. Broccoli Mallun 14 21. Kale Mallun 14 22. Bitter Gourd (Karavila) Sambol 15 23. Bitter Gourd with Eggs 15 24. Mint (Minchi) Sambol 16 25. Tomato Curry 16 26. Sweet and Sour Cabbage 17 27. Egg Curry 17 28. Devilled Pork 18 29. Devilled Prawns 18 30. Cuttle fish (Squid) Black Curry 71 31. Mutton Curry 20 32. Ginger Chicken 21 33. Roasted Chicken 22 34. Simmered Beef in Coconut Gravy Recipe 23 35. Black Pepper Beef 23 36. Pork Curry 24 37. Roast Pork - Sri Lankan Style 24 38. Pork Curry with Goraka (Ambul Thiyal Style) 25 39. Yellow Rice 25 40. Easy Cous Cous Dish 26 41. Rotti 26 42. Bread Pudding 27 43. Watalappan 27 44. Godhamba Rotti 28 45. Kothu Roti - Fried Bread with Curry Mix 28 46. Crab Curry (Sri Lankan) 29 47. Hot Fried Shrimp (Isso Thel Dala) 30 48. Deviled Chicken Wings 30 49. Mango Curry 31 2
  3. 3. Recipes of Asia 50. Pumpkin Curry (Wattakka) 31 51. Ash Plantain White Curry 32 52. Tamarind Fish Curry 32 53. Iced Coffee 33 54. Coconut Green Chillie Chutney 33 55. Manioc Stir Fry 34 56. Capsicum, Tomato and Dried Sprats Curry 34 57. Cuttle Fish with Mushroom Curry 35 58. Oven Fried Fish 35 59. Sri Lankan Garlic Curry 36 60. Lumprice 37 61. Parota – Jaffna Style 40 62. Mutton Curry – Jaffna Style 41 63. Prawn Varai – Jaffna Style 41 64. Uppuma – Jaffna Style 42 65. Crab Curry – Jaffna Style 43 66. Raw Curry Powder 43 67. Roasted Curry Powder 44 68. Roasted Curry Powder (**the works) 44 Thai Recipes 1. Chicken in Peanut Sauce – [Thai] 45 2. Red Chicken Curry - Gaeng Daeng Gai – [Thai] 46 3. Red Curry – [Thai] 47 4. Ginger Chicken – [Thai] 47 5. Chicken in Coconut Milk – [Thai] 48 6. Green Curry with Pork – [Thai] 49 7. Massaman Curry – [Thai] 50 8. Red Thai Curry Paste – [Thai] 51 9. Vegetarian Fried Tofu with Garlic and Pepper – [Thai] 52 10. Stir-Fried Eggplant – [Thai] 53 11. Stir-Fried Bok Choy – [Thai] 54 12. Vegetable Stir-Fry – [Thai] 55 13. Shrimp Coconut Curry – [Thai] 56 14. BBQ Pork on a Skewer – Mu Ping [Thai] 57 15. Stir-fried Wide Rice Noodles with Chicken [Thai] 58 16. Basil Ground Chicken [Thai] 59 Indian Recipes 1. Fish Korma – [Indian] 60 2. Chicken Curry – [Indian] 61 3. Cucumber – Mint Raitha – [Indian] 62 4. Thick Garlic Curry – [Indian] 62 5. Thakkali Kulambu – [Indian] 63 6. Vindaloo Pork – [Indian] 64 7. Palak Paneer – [Indian] 65 8. Kerala Stir-Fried Zucchini – [Indian] 66 Nepalese Recipes 1. Chicken Bhutua – [Nepal] 67 2. Potato Curry - Alu-Tarkari – [Nepal] 67 3
  4. 4. Recipes of Asia Pakistan Recipes 1. Ginger Chicken – [Pakistan] 68 2. Lamb Pasanday – [Pakistan] 68 Global Recipes 1. Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce [Israel] 69 2. Arroz a la Mexicana – Mexican Rice 69 3. Potato Salad 70 Useful Websites for Foodies 71 4
  5. 5. Recipes of Asia 1. Stuffed Yellow Chili Ingredients: 6 yellow chili peppers (Malu Miris) 2 red onions, chopped 1 Tbsp Maldives fish 1 tsp Sri Lankan curry powder 1 tsp chili powder 4-5 curry leaves 2 cloves of garlic, chopped 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1 small piece cinnamon 1/2 cup coconut milk 2 Tbsp oil Salt Preparation: Split yellow chili in lengthwise and remove seeds, set aside. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a pan put garlic and sauté about 20 seconds. Put onion, Maldives fish, curries leaves, 1 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp chili powder and salt. Cook until onions are tender and brown. Stuffed yellow pepper with onion mixture and set aside. In a small bowl mix remaining curry powder, chili powder, turmeric powder, coconut milk, and little bit salt. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a frying pan put stuffed yellow pepper and fry about 2 minutes until all sides are cooked. Pour coconut milk mixture and cook for another 2 minutes. 2. Butter fried Cauliflower Ingredients: Cauliflower - 500 g Butter - 2-3 tbs 2 finely chopped garlic cloves Dried Chili pieces - 1/2 tsp or if you want it hot you can add more 1 chopped tomato 2 chopped green chili Salt to taste Pepper - optional Frozen Green peas - optional Preparation: Cut florets of the cauliflower and put it in to a pot cover with water and add salt to taste. Simmer it for 10 minutes or till the florets are boiled. Drain and keep aside. Put butter to a frying pan, when melted; add garlic fry until its light brown. Add onions and fry till onions are transparent. Add cauliflower mix well; add tomato, chili pieces, green chili, and pinch of salt, if you want, add some ground pepper also. Stir well. Simmer for 5-8 minutes. Add the green peas lastly and stir. 5
  6. 6. Recipes of Asia 3. Gotu Kola Sambola (Salad) If Gotu kola is not available, you can use Parsley. Ingredients: 3 cups Gotu kola cleaned 3 tbsp fresh grated coconut* 1 green chilies 3-4 red pearl onions (ratu lunu)** 1 tsp powdered Maldivian fish (optional) 1/2 lime Salt to taste Preparation: Shred the gotu-kola finely. Chop the green chilies and onions finely. Mix all the ingredients and add lime juice and salt to taste. Serve immediately. * If fresh coconut is not available, you can use desiccated unsweetened coconut. Add about 1 tbsp of water to it and microwave for few seconds before using. 4. Pineapple Curry 1 ripe pineapple peeled and diced into 1"chunks OR 1 20 oz can of pineapple chunks drained 1 tsp mustard seeds 1-2 tsp of chili powder 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp curry powder 1/2 onion chopped 1-2 green chilies chopped 2" piece of cinnamon 2 cloves garlic chopped 3 cardamoms, crushed 2 cloves crushed 1 tbsp sugar 1/2 cup of coconut milk 2 tbsp cooking oil salt, pepper to taste Curry leaves (optional) Heat a medium size pan under medium fire. Fry the mustard seeds in oil. Cover and let the seeds pop. Next reduce heat add turmeric, chilies powder, curry powder and fry for about 20 seconds. Next add onion, green chilies, garlic and curry leaves and fry till fragrant. Finally add all the ingredients except the coconut milk. Cook covered for about 20-30 mins under low heat. Add the coconut milk, cook for another 3 mins. 6
  7. 7. Recipes of Asia 5. Radish Tempered (Raabu) Ingredients 1 lb radish(roots) 1/4 lb Onions 1/2 oz. green chilies 1/4 tspn turmeric powder 1-2 tspn lime juice 4 dessert spn oil 1 sprig curry leaves 2 tspn chillie powder 2 tspn maldive fish 1 tspn crushed dried chilies 2 tspn maldive fish(optional) salt to taste Method Peel radish, grate, cover with water and add 1 dessert spoon salt. Allow to soak for 1/2 hour. Slice onions and green chilies. Heat oil and add onions, curry leaves, green chilies and fry until onions are golden brown. Then add radish well squeezed and mixed with lime juice, chillie powder, turmeric powder, salt , Maldive fish if added and crushed red chilies and stir well. Fry 2-3 minutes on high heat and then reduce the heat and cook until tender. Add a little tamarind juice for extra sour taste if desired. 6. Okra Curry Discard stem of okras and cut them an angle. Put cut okras, onion, green chilies, curry powder, chili powder, saffron, curry leaves, cinnamon and salt into a bowl, mix well. Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a pan on medium heat put okra mixture and sauté for about for 2-3 minutes. . When vegetable is tender pour coconut milk and cook about 2 more minutes. 7. Okra Sambol Ingredients 200g Bandakka (ladies fingers/okra) salt to taste 2-3 tsp lime juice 2 green chilies chopped 1 big onion chopped 1/2 tsp pepper powder Method Boil or steam bandakka (ladies fingers/okra) till cooked but firm. Slice into thin pieces. Mix all the ingredients, add to the boiled bandakka (ladies fingers/okra) and mix well. 7
  8. 8. Recipes of Asia 8. Green Jackfruit (Polos) Curry Ingredients 3 cans of Young Green Jack fruit 1 onion, chopped 1-2 green chillies 2 tsp garlic, chopped 2 tsp ginger, chopped 1 sprig of curry leaves (optional) 1-2 tsp chillie powder 1 tsp turmeric powder 2-3 tsp curry powder 3-4 cardamoms 3-4 cloves 1 inch piece of cinnamo 2-3 pieces of goraka 1 can of coconut milk salt to taste Fry the onions, green chillies, ginger, garlic and curry leaves in about 1 tbsp of oil, till golden brown. Next add all the spices, fry for a minute for so till fragrant. Now add the rest of ingredients, except coconut milk, stir to coat. Add salt. * Transfer the mixture to a slow cooker, add coconut milk. Stir and cook on low heat for at least 6 hours. The curry would turn a dark brown color when done. (I usually let it cook over night) Serve hot. 9. Green Jackfruit (Polos) Mallun Ingredients 1 Green jack fruit (2 cans of green jack fruit) Turmeric powder Salt to taste (a)Ingredients 2 tspn Mustard powder 1 tspn black powder chopped 1 clove garlic 1 tbsn curry powder shredded coconut(1/2 cup) (b)Ingredients 1 tspn mustard seeds Sliced onion Curry leaves Rampe (pandan leaves) 2 or 3 dried whole red chilies 8
  9. 9. Recipes of Asia Method Peel the outer skin of the Green jack fruit and chop it into very small pieces. Now add salt and turmeric powder and a little bit of water and cook for awhile. Chop all the (a) Ingredients together with shredded coconut and add a little salt and add to the boiled green jack fruit mix. When the coconut mix is well heated take it out of the stove. Heat a pan with a little cooking oil and temper the (b) ingredients and add it to the cooked dish and mix well. 10. Beet Salad Ingredients: 1 Can of Sliced Beets 2 Tomatoes 1 Onion 2 Green peppers 1 tblsspn black pepper powder to taste salt 1 tblspn lime juice Slice onions and green pepper and tomatoes. Take salad dish. Add beet, tomatoes, onions and sliced green peppers. Add black pepper salt and lime juice and mix well. Rearrange the tomatoes, green pepper and beets for visual effect. 11. Cucumber Salad Ingredients 1 large Cucumber 1 medium size tomato 1/2 of a bell pepper (green or any other color) 1/2 cup pineapple chunks salt to taste lime juice black pepper powder(optional) Method Remove the peel of the cucumber and cut into small cubes. Now cut the tomato, bell pepper and pineapple (if the chunks are too big) into small cubes as well. Place all the ingredients in a bowl add sufficient salt, lime juice and a little bit of black pepper. Mix well and enjoy with rice and curries. 9
  10. 10. Recipes of Asia 12. Stuffed Eggplant (small) Cut egg plants into lengthwise and remove the middle parts. . Cut middle parts into small pieces. . In a pan heat olive oil, add ground chicken and cook until chickens are brown. . Add garlic, malu miris, onions, crushed pepper, and cook until onions are tender. . Then add curry powder, green peas, tomato and cilantro, mix well. . Put egg plant shell into a greased baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper. . Stuffed shell with mixture and bake for about 35 minutes in 350F oven until cook. . Serve with biryani or yellow rice. 13. Eggplant with potatoes Ingredients 2 eggplants 1 large potato 1 large onion Few green chilies 2 tomatoes Garlic paste Cumin seeds Fresh coriander leaves Salt Turmeric powder Mix masala powder Oil for frying Method Wash the eggplant and cut in to small cubes. Peal and wash the potato, cut in to the similar cubes. Cut the onion, green chili and the coriander leaves in to fine pieces and keep separate. Cut the tomatoes into very small cubes. Heat the oil in a pan. Deep fry the potatoes until light golden brown. Drain it and leave a side. Fry the eggplant same and drain it as well. Heat 3 table spoons of oil in a separate pan; add few seeds of cumin seeds. Add the onion, green chili and the garlic paste, fry until golden brown. Add tomatoes, turmeric powder and mix masala powder, salt and mix together. Leave until tomatoes get soft. Add the fried potatoes and the eggplant. Mix well. Finally add the fresh coriander leave and serve hot with chapattis or rice. 10
  11. 11. Recipes of Asia 14. Thai Eggplant Curry (Thalana Batu) Ingredients: 6 Thai eggplants, sliced 1 small green pepper, cut 1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 tsp ginger, grated 2 green chilies, chopped 1 tsp vinegar 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp mustard paste 1/2 tsp sugar salt to taste 2 tbsp oil Method: - Cook the eggplant and green pepper in a microwave safe bowl for 4-5 minutes, until soft. Keep aside. - In a pan, heat oil. Add ginger, garlic, onion, turmeric, mustard paste and vinegar. Saute for a few minutes. - Add the cooked eggplant and green pepper and salt to taste. - Add about 2 tbsp water and mix well. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 minutes. - Stir in sugar just before serving. 15. Thai Eggplant Curry Ingredients 2 lbs Thai egg plant (ela batu) 1/2 onion sliced 1 clove garlic chopped 1 tspn maldive fish 1 green chillie chopped 1 tspn turmeric powder 2 tspn unroasted curry powder Few curry leaves 1 cup coconut milk Method Place the Thai egg plant (ela batu) in a shopping bag and seal it by tying a knot. Then tap on the batu using something heavy until they cracks. Remove from bag and discard the stem and the seeds in the middle and wash them well. Cut if the pieces are too big and set aside. Now heat a pan and add a little cooking oil and add the sliced onions. When its light brown add chopped garlic, green chilies, curry leaves and maldive fish and stir well. Then add the ela batu pieces and add a little turmeric powder, curry powder and salt to taste. Add a little water and let it simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. When its done add coconut milk and cook for few more minutes and remove from fire. Add a little lime juice if desired. 11
  12. 12. Recipes of Asia 16. Apple Curry Green Apples -4 onion -1 green chilies 2 garlic 2pcs ginger small piece turmeric powder 1/4 tea spoon red chili powder 1 tea spoon curry powder 1/2 tea spoon mustard seeds 1 tea spoon olive oil 1 table spoon dried red chilies 2 salt coconut milk 1 cup water 2 cups Wash & cut the apples in to medium pieces (take out the seeds).Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, curry powder with the sliced apples. And also add the thinly cut green chilies and mix everything well. Place a pan on the cooker & put the olive oil, when it boil add dried chilies, mustard seeds, curry leaves, onion, crushed garlic & ginger. When everything is frying you will get a nice smell & at that time put the apples in to the pan & add 2 cups of water & let it cook till the apples get soft. (15-20mints) then add the coconut milk & add salt. 17. Tempered Banana Blossoms (Kehel Muwa Thel-dala) One large Kehel Muwa (Banana Flower) Two table spoons of crushed red chillie 3 Cardamoms 3 Cloves Tiny pieces of lemon grass 3 table spoonfuls of Maldive fish crushed Salt to taste Pinch of saffron powder, One teaspoonful of roasted curry powder One teaspoonful of sugar Finely chop the Kehel Muwa and soak it in salt water. Add a bit of saffron powder into it to give a nice color. Chop finely the cardamoms, cloves, lemon grass, maldive fish and leave it aside. Remove the Kehel Muwa from salt water and squeeze well to remove any additional water in it. Warm three table spoonfuls of oil, add curry leaves plus crushed spices and stir couple of times. Add the Kehel Muwa into it. Mix well. Add the rest of curry powder salt, saffron and sugar and cook in low fire. Once it is cooked add a tablespoon full of tamarind pulp and mix well. It should be dry like Seeni Sambol. That way you can keep it in the fridge for months. 12
  13. 13. Recipes of Asia 18. String/ Yard long Beans Curry (Mae Karal) Serves 4-6. 3 cups long beans (mae karal) cut into 2 inch pieces 1 tsp of chilies powder 1/2 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp curry powder 1 onion chopped 1-2 green chilies chopped 2" piece of cinnamon 2 cloves garlic chopped salt to taste Curry leaves (optional) 2 tbsp cooking oil 1/2 cup of coconut milk Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except coconut milk and oil. Heat a medium size pan under medium fire. Add oil. Add the mixture from above and stir. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir every 2 minutes or so. Next add the coconut milk, cook for another 5 minutes. 19. Sri Lankan Herb Salad (Generic) - Mallung Ingredients: 2 cups finely shredded green leaves 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 green chilies, seeded and chopped, optional l/2 teaspoon ground turmeric 2 teaspoons pounded Maldive fish 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 2/3 tablespoons freshly grated or desiccated coconut Directions: Put leaves into a saucepan with all the ingredients except coconut. If there is not much water clinging to leaves after washing, add a sprinkling of water. Stir well, cover and cook over medium heat, about 6 minutes. Uncover, add coconut and toss over low heat until coconut absorbs all the liquid. Remove from heat. Serve hot or cold as an accompaniment to rice. 13
  14. 14. Recipes of Asia 20. Broccoli Mallun Ingredients 1 lb Broccoli florets Sliced Onions 2 or 3 dried red chillies 1 clove garlic Unroasted curry powder 1 tspn red chillie powder 1 tspn mustard seeds 1 tbsn Vinegar Method Grate or chop the broccoli florets in to very small pieces. Heat a pan and add a little margarine or cooking oil. When its hot add the chopped onions, mustard seeds, halved dried red chilies and temper well. Now add the broccoli and vinegar and cook for a while. 21. Kale Mallun Ingredients 1 Bunch Kale 2 small red onions sliced 1 tspn Maldive fish 1 chopped green chilli 1 tspn cumin powder Lime juice Shredded coconut Method Wash Kale leaves well and take the stems out. Then chop it very thin(you can use a food processor)and put it into a pan. Now add chopped onions, maildive fish, chopped green chilies, cumin powder and salt to taste. Cook it for a short while in the stove and add shredded coconut and lime juice and mix well. *To preserve the nutritional values do not cook leaves for a long time 14
  15. 15. Recipes of Asia 22. Bitter Gourd (Karavila) Sambol Ingredients 1lb Bitter gourd (karavila) Sliced Onions 1 Tomato(cut into small squares) 1tspn Maldive’ Fish (umbalakada) Shredded coconut Lime juice Salt to taste 2 green chillie peppers(chopped) Method Wash the bitter gourd (karavila) well. Use a grater and grate the bitter gourd or finely chop it (Discard the seeds).Then add all above Ingredients and mix well. *If its too bitter add more lime juice. 23. Bitter Gourd with Eggs Ingredients: 1/2 lb Karavila (bitter melon or bitter gourd) 1 tbsp salt (or to taste) 1 scallion (loonu kola) 2 medium-sized onions 4 tbsp veg oil 6 cloves garlic, minced 3 small tomatoes, chopped 3 large eggs, lightly beaten Trim away the two pointed ends of the Karavila and cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the pale, seeded section with a spoon and discard it. Cut the darker green outer shells crosswise, at a slight diagonal, into 1/4 inch wide strips. Prepare a solution of 2 cups water and 1 tbsp salt in a bowl. Put the Karavila strips into this bowl and set aside for 2 hours. Drain the Karavila and rinse the strips under running water. Drain again and pat dry. Cut the scallion into 2 inch lengths and then cut each section lengthwise into thin strips. Peel the onions and cut them in half lengthwise; then slice them into fine half rings. Heat the oil in a skillet over a medium flame. When hot, put in the garlic, fry until garlic is light brown. Add the onions. Stir and fry for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes. Stir and fry 2 minutes. Add Karavila, turn down the heat. Stir occasionally and fry around 10 minutes or until Karavila is tender. Stir in beaten eggs and the salt. Stir and cook as you would scrambled eggs until eggs have reached a consistency you like. Remove from heat, add scallion strips and serve. 15
  16. 16. Recipes of Asia 24. Mint (Minchi) Sambol Ingredients 1 bunch of Mint leafs 1 tbspn shredded coconut 2 green chilies salt to taste 1 clove garlic lime juice Method Wash the mint leaves and remove the hard stems. In a food processor add all the above ingredients and chop well until it becomes a smooth paste. 25. Tomato Curry Ingredients: 425 gms canned peeled tomato roughly chopped 2 tsp oil 1/2 tsp turmeric 1 1/2 tsp chili powder 1 1/2 tsp good quality curry powder 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 1" piece of ginger crushed 2" piece of cinnamon 1 tblsp fenugreek seeds Sprig of curry leaves 1" piece rumpe 2 tblsp maldive fish 2-3 cardamoms and cloves crushed together 1/4 cup coconut cream 3 medium onions chopped 1 green chili Salt and sugar to taste Method: Heat the oil and gently fry the onion until golden brown. Add fenugreek, curry & rumpe leaves and cinnamon stick to the oil, then fry for 2-3 minutes. Add chili powder, turmeric, curry powder, cardamom/clove mix, garlic, ginger and mix with 1 1/2 tsp of water. Fry this on low fire until this become fragrant. Then add Maldive fish, chopped tomatoes and coconut cream to the mix. Let this simmer until oil float on top. Adjust the seasonings with sugar and salt. Serve hot. 16
  17. 17. Recipes of Asia 26. Sweet and Sour Cabbage Serves 2, Time 5 minutes Ingredients 1 cup finely shredded cabbage 2 tbsp minced red cabbage 2 tbsp oil 1 tbsp vinegar 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp sugar Method Heat the oil in a pan and fry the shredded cabbage over medium heat. Stir in the vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly and remove from heat. Serve hot. 27. Egg Curry Ingredients 3 or 4 Eggs Sliced onion 1 green pepper sliced 1 clove garlic Curry leafs and Rampe 1 tbsn Cooking oil Red chillie powder Unroasted curry powder Turmeric powder Vinegar or Tamarind Sliced tomato Salt to taste Method Heat a pan and add 1 tbsn cooking oil. Now add sliced onions and stir till it turns golden brown. Then add chopped garlic, sliced green chillie, Curry leaves and rampe and stir well. Add a little turmeric powder and red chillie powder. You will get a nice aroma. Now add a little water and let it simmer. Then add Salt, sliced tomato, Vinegar or tamarind and coconut milk and make a nice curry. Now break the eggs one by one and drop it to the curry mix and cook well. While the eggs are cooking add a little salt and red chillie powder on top of it. 17
  18. 18. Recipes of Asia 28. Devilled Pork Ingredients 1 lb Pork Crushed red chilies 1 large onions cut into 2 inch square pieces 1 Bell pepper or Banana pepper crushed garlic and ginger Salt to taste Ketch up or tomato sauce Vinegar Red chillie powder 1 tsn Sugar cooking oil Method Remove the excess fat from the pork and cut them into small pieces and wash well. Season it with salt and red chillie powder. Heat a pan with cooking oil and add the pork and let it fry until golden brown on the sides. Add vinegar and cook well. When all the water has been absorbed add a little cooking oil and toss the onions and peppers with crushed garlic and ginger. Add a little soy sauce and stir well. Now add crushed red chillies and ketchup. Finally sprinkle a little sugar and remove from the stove. 29. Devilled Prawns Ingredients 1 lb Prawns, shelled and deveined 1-2 onions, sliced 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges 2-3 banana peppers, cut into diagonal pieces 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 inch piece of ginger, minced 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp tomato sauce/ketchup 1-2 tsp chillie powder 1 tbsp vegetable oil Salt to taste Fry the garlic, ginger and chillie powder till fragrant. Add the prawns and cook till it turns pink. (Dont overcook) Add the remaining ingredients and cook till the onions are wilted a bit. 18
  19. 19. Recipes of Asia 30. Cuttle fish (Squid) Black Curry Ingredients: Cuttle fish (dhallo) cleaned, washed and cut into 2 inch strips - 1Kg Curry Powder freshly ground (may be about four or five lumped table spoons) Cinnamon (about a 1 inch piece) Cloves (about ten) Garlic (three or four) Cardamoms (about ten) Lemon or lime juice (five table spoons full - to taste) Lemon grass (a four inch piece) Coffer lemon rind (grated) - about a table spoon - This is not compulsory but it adds an exquisite taste to the dish Salt - to taste Red Chillie powder - to taste Curry leaves chopped up - a couple of sprigs A bit of butter (or oil or Ghee) - about three table spoons One full Bombay or Spring Onion (Chopped) Green Chilies (Chopped) Coconut milk (thick) - One and a half cups First put the curry powder on to a dry saucepan and roast it on a medium flame until it becomes black (but not burnt). When it is nearly done add the red chillie powder and roast it as well. It is good to have a mask or something on as the fumes of roasting chillie powder can get into your nose and eyes etc. Once this is done leave it aside. Then take another saucepan, add the butter into it and keep it on a medium to high flame. When the butter is fairly hot add the chopped garlic, curry leaves and the chopped onions. When the garlic and onions are turning light brown in color add the roasted curry powder and the chillie powder. After a couple of minutes increase the flame to high and add the well drained pieces of cuttle fish into the saucepan and stir it well until all the ingredients spread on all the pieces of cuttle fish. Also make sure that all the pieces of cuttle fish get fried a little bit in the hot butter as well. Then add the rest of the ingredients (except the lemon juice) with the thick coconut milk and let it cook on a slow fire with the saucepan three quarter covered. Stir it once every three minutes or so. Please note that you dont have to add a lot of liquid as when you cover dhallo and cook it produces a lot of liquid on its own. Once the dhallo is cooked let it simmer with the saucepan lid removed until the gravy thickens. If the gravy is not thick it doesnt taste as nice. When the cuttle fish is cooked and the gravy is thick, remove it from the fire and let it cool before adding the lemon juice. Notes: Usually I cook Dhallo at least a day before it is used as it tastes better. It does not taste as good if eaten immediately after it is cooked. 19
  20. 20. Recipes of Asia 31. Mutton Curry Ingredients: 1 lb Mutton 1 medium onion chopped 2 green chilies chopped 4-5 curry leaves 1 inch piece of Rampe (optional) 1 piece of lemon grass (sera) (optional) 3 cloves of garlic 1/2 inch piece of ginger 1 ripe tomato 1 tsp chillie powder 1 tsp roasted curry powder 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp mustard seed (crushed) Salt to taste 1 tbsp cooking oil 1 tbsp vinegar Method: Trim any excess fat from the meat then cut the meat into 1 inch cubes. Grind the ginger and garlic into a paste. Mix the chillie powder, curry powder, turmeric, pepper, salt and the lemon grass with the meat, cover and marinate for about 1-3 hours. Fry the onion, green chilies, curry leaf, Pandan (Rampe) and the ginger garlic paste in the oil under low heat. When the mixture is golden brown add the chopped tomato, mustard seeds and cover and simmer for about 3 minutes. Now add the meat, add vinegar and stir. Cover and cook under low heat for about 30-40 minutes or until the meat is tender. Remove from heat and serve hot. 20
  21. 21. Recipes of Asia 32. Ginger Chicken Ingredients: 1 tbs dry sherry 2 tbs soy sauce 1 tbs oyster sauce 1 tbs water 1 tsp cornstarch 2 tbs oil 1 tbs grated ginger 1 carrot sliced 2 chicken breasts 1 baby Bok Choy or cabbage 3 green onions - cut long pieces Method: Stir first 5 ingredients together to make a sauce and set aside. Cut chicken into bite size. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add 1 tbs of oil. Stir and fry grated ginger in hot oil for 15 seconds. Add carrots and stir for 2 minutes. Then add bok Choy, green onion and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Remove vegetable from the skillet. Add chicken to same skillet. Fry for 2-3 minutes or until chicken turn into golden brown. Add remaining oil as necessary while cooking. Remove chicken from skillet. Pour sauce mixture and cook until sauce is thickened. Transfer chicken and vegetable to skillet. Stir to coat with sauce. Cook and stir about 1 minute. 21
  22. 22. Recipes of Asia 33. Roasted Chicken . 1 whole chicken . For seasoning: . 1 Tbsp salt . 1 Tbsp pepper . 1 Tbsp Chili powder . 2 Tbsp olive oil . For stuffing: . 1 French baguette, cubed . 1 stalk celery, slices . 1 yellow onion, slices . 1 carrot, slices . 1 chicken liver and giblets . 1 Tbsp fresh Rosemary, chopped . 2 Tbsp chicken stock . 2 sausages . 1 potato, cubed Method: . Remove chicken giblets and livers from chicken. . Wash chicken and pat dry with paper towel. . Rub olive oil all over the chicken. . Mix salt, pepper, chili powder and sprinkle over the chicken. . Put into a refrigerator to about 5 to 6 hours. . Cut chicken livers and giblets into small pieces. . In a heated oil pan, add onion, celery, carrots, potato and sauté about 1 minute. . Add chicken giblets, liver and sausages. . Cook until Giblets and potatoes are tender. . Add chopped rosemary, salt pepper and bread cubed. . Mix well. . Stuffed chicken with stuffing mixture. . Place the chicken into a roasting pan. . Roast in 375 F preheated oven for about 1/2 hours until the top is brown. . Put remaining stuffing in a baking dish. . Pour chicken stock over stuffing. . Bake same oven about 20 minutes. 22
  23. 23. Recipes of Asia 34. Simmered Beef in Coconut Gravy Recipe 2 kg blade steak 2 tablespoons cooking oil 4 tablespoons curry powder 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger 3 tablespoons chopped fresh lemon grass 2 medium onions, chopped 3 tablespoons tamarind concentrate 3 tablespoons vinegar 2 cups beef stock 2 cups coconut milk Method: Remove all the fats and sinew from the steak. Tie with strings for the meat to hold its shape. Heat a large heavy-based pan with oil. Add the meat and cook over high heat until it browns. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the garlic, lemon grass, curry powder, ginger and onion. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the oil begins to separate from the spices at the surface. Return the steam to the pan. Add the beef stock, vinegar, tamarind and coconut milk and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and simmer for 1 hr 45 minutes or until the meat is tender. Remove the meat from the pan and keep it warm. Bring the grave to the boil and cook it uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the gravy thickens. Slice the meat and serve with the gravy at the top. 35. Black Pepper Beef Ingredients 1 lb Beef 1 large onion sliced sliced green chilies or sliced bell pepper black pepper powder 1 tspn red chilies powder chopped garlic and ginger 1 sprig curry leaf 1 1/2 tspn curry powder Salt to taste Cooking oil Vinegar Method Cut the meat into very small cubes, wash well and drain the water. Now add red chillie powder, about 2 tspn black pepper powder, salt to taste and mix well and let it marinade for a while. Heat 2 tbsn cooking oil in a large non stick pan over high heat. Then add beef and stir fry for a while. Now add about 3 tbsn vinegar and cover the lid and cook the beef well. When the vinegar has absorbed and theres no more juice add a little bit of cooking oil and let the beef get dark. Now add the sliced onions , sliced green chilies or bell pepper and chopped garlic and ginger and stir well. Lastly add more black pepper powder if desired, stir well and remove from the stove. 23
  24. 24. Recipes of Asia 36. Pork Curry . Wash pork and cut it into cubes. . Mix ground mustered, cumin, vinegar, salt together. . Put pork cubes and marinate for about 30 minutes. . Heat oil in a pan on medium heat put onion, green chilies, ginger garlic, curry powder, chili powder, pepper curry leaves, Pandan Leaf, lemon grass and fry for about 1 minute. . Put marinated pork and fry for another 3 minutes. . Pour 1/2 cup of water and salt cook until meat are cooked. . Finally put tamarind juice and mix well. . Adjust salt. 37. Roast Pork - Sri Lankan Style Ingredients: 750 g pork, lean 3 cardamom 3 clove 4 pepper, blackcorns 3 garlic cloves 3 sl ginger 2 onion 2 chile, fresh 50 ml vinegar 1 ts salt 5 cg cinnamon stick 1 ts curry powder 50 ml oil 1 curry leaf sprigs Method: Wash the pork and place in a pan. Crush the cardamoms and cloves and grind peppercorns, garlic and ginger. Slice the onions and chilies. Prick the pork all over with a fork, and then add the cardamoms, cloves, garlic, ginger, vinegar, salt, pepper, cinnamon stick and curry powder and leave to marinate for 1 hour. Cover the pan and cook over a medium heat until the pork is tender. Remove the pork and gravy to a bowl. Heat the oil and stir fry the curry leaves and onion for 2-3 minutes. Place the meat back into the pan together with the gravy and cook for a few minutes Discard the cinnamon stick, then slice the meat and garnish with sliced chilies. 24
  25. 25. Recipes of Asia 38. Pork Curry with Goraka (Ambul Thiyal Style) Ingredients 1 lb Pork 3-4 pieces goraka ground fine 10 oz water Salt to taste 1 tspn chillie powder 1 tspn cumin powder 1 tspn sweet cumin 2 tspn coriander powder 1 sprig of curry leaves 2 cloves garlic chopped 6 cloves 2 tspn pepper powder 2 inch piece Lemmon Grass/Pandan Wash and cut Pork into small pieces. Boil the goraka pieces until tender. Grind it to a fine paste in a food processor. Roast the ingredients mentioned above into a dark color. Mix all ingredients well with Pork. Add water and bring to a boil. Simmer until gravy is thick and meat is tender. 39. Yellow Rice Ingredients: Serves 6 3 cups long grain rice 4 tablespoons ghee 2 onions, sliced finely 6 cloves 20 black peppercorns 12 cardamom pods, bruised 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric, ground 3 1/2 teaspoons salt 10 curry leaves 1 stalk dried lemon grass 4 pieces Pandan (Rampe) leafs 5 cups coconut milk Method: Wash the rice and drain thoroughly. Heat up a wok with ghee and add in the onion. Fry until the onions is golden brown. Add cloves, peppercorns, turmeric, cardamom pods, curry leaves, salt, pandan leaves and lemon grass. Add the drained rice and fry for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly until the rice is well coated with ghee and turmeric. Add coconut milk and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover with a lid and cook for 20-25 minutes without opening the cover. When rice is cooked, the spices will be at the top. Remove the spices and leaves used for flavoring. Fluff up the rice lightly with a wooden fork. Serve hot with curries and other accompaniments for a sumptuous meal. 25
  26. 26. Recipes of Asia 40. Easy Cous Cous Dish Ingredients 2 cups Cous Cous 1 chicken or any other flavored soup cube 1/2 Onion sliced 2-3 dried red chilies 1 sprig curry leaves 1/2 cup grated carrots and chopped green onions (optional) Method Boil 2 cups of water and dissolve the soup cube in it. Turn off the heat and add the 2 cups of Cous Cous and cover with a lid. After a while open the lid and mix the Cous Cous with a fork. Now heat a pan on the stove and add a little cooking oil or margarine and temper the onions well. When it turns golden brown add the curry leaves and dried red chilies and stir well. You can add chopped vegetable if desired and let it cook for few minutes. Finally add the Cous Cous and mix well and serve it with a meat curry and a salad. 41. Rotti Ingredients 5 cups flour (Self-rising flour will make the rotti softer) 1/2 cup coconut scraped 6 small onions sliced About 1.5 cups water Curry leaves, finely cut Salt (about 1 teaspoon) Method Wash your hands. In a large bowl, using your hands, mix flour, scraped coconut, sliced onions, curry leaves and salt adding little bit of water at a time. Make the dough into 1 large ball. The dough should not be too wet, but just wet enough to make it to a ball. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water. If the dough is too wet add more flour. Then divide the dough into equal size 9 to 10 balls. Flatten on a floured board or plate using your palms or using rolling pin. You can sprinkle a little dry flour anytime if the dough is too wet to work with. Optionally, you can also use the opening side of a plastic container to cut the rotti nicely into a circular shape. Put a little oil or butter on a large flat pan, heat the pan and put the flattened rotti and cook until golden brown on both sides in medium heat (Make sure not to overcook or else it will be too hard). Remove from the pan and serve hot with pol sambol or lunu miris. 26
  27. 27. Recipes of Asia 42. Bread Pudding Ingredients 5 eggs 2 oz butter or margarine 2 cups milk 6 oz sugar 1/2 lb old bread broken into small pieces Sweet marmalade jam 1/2 cup raisins(optional) 2 tspn Vanilla Method Boil the milk and remove from heat and add the small pieces of bread. Soak in milk for 15 minutes. Then beat the eggs and sugar well and add the soaked bread with vanilla and mix well. Can add raisins if desired. Coat the insides of a baking dish with marmalade jam (about 8 oz). Now pour the pudding mixture in to the baking dish and cover with a foil. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the dish in a baking tray and add a little water and bake it in the oven for about 40 minutes or until well done. Remove from oven and carefully flip it over to a serving dish and enjoy. 43. Watalappan Ingredients 10 eggs 400g Jaggery or 1 lb brown sugar 1 tspn nutmeg powder (optional) 1 tspn cardamom powder 1/2 cup cashews cut (optional) 1 can of thick coconut milk Method Grate the Jaggery very finely and set aside. Beat the eggs. Then add the grated Jaggery (or Brown Sugar), nutmeg powder, cardamom powder, thick coconut milk and mix well using a beater. Pour the mixture into a baking dish and cover it with a foil. The mixture now needs to be steamed. To do this, place the dish in a baking tray filled with a little water and bake it in the oven at 400 F for about 30 to 40 minutes or till well done. Sprinkle with the cut cashews before serving. 27
  28. 28. Recipes of Asia 44. Godhamba Rotti Ingredients: 2 cups all purpose Flour 1 tsp table salt 1-2 cups warm water Vegetable oil Method: - Mix the salt & flour well in a mixing bowl. - Add 3-4 tbs vegetable oil. Mix well. - Add warm water gradually while mixing the flour to form dough that does not stick to the sides of the bowl. - Knead the dough for a few minutes until soft. - Make into four separate balls. - Slightly flatten the balls and generously coat with vegetable oil, leave it in the mixing bowl. - Cover the bowl and let it stand for 4-5 hours. - Grease a frying pan with a little oil and heat. - Meanwhile, take each ball of flour and flatten it to a thin circle or square. - Put it on to the hot frying pan and cook, turning on both sides. - Serve with hot curry. 45. Kothu Roti - Fried Bread with Curry Mix Ingredients: 4 Godhamba Roti (see recipe) cut into strips of approx. 2" x 1/2" (inches) 2 cups of Curried meat (beef, lamb or chicken) : Follow recipe for beef curry but make it dry without too much gravy. If using chicken, use chicken breast cubes without bones. 2 eggs lightly beaten 1 onion sliced 1-2 green peppers sliced 1 cup cubed tomatoes 4-5 curry leaves 1 inch piece Rampe (optional) 3-4 tbs. Vegetable oil Salt & pepper to taste Method: - Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add curry leaves, Rampe, onion and fry until the onion is lightly brown. - Add green peppers & tomatoes and stir for few minutes. - Add egg and stir well to coat all the onion & tomatoes. - Add the curried meat. Stir well. Cook for few minutes. - Add the stripes of Godhamba Roti, stir and allow to cook for few minutes longer on reduced heat. 28
  29. 29. Recipes of Asia 46. Crab Curry (Sri Lankan) Ingredients 5 large crabs, washed and split (w/ legs on) 1/2 tsp. turmeric 1-2 tbsp. cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp. allspice salt to taste 1 tbsp. raw rice 1/2 tsp. black peppercorns 1 tsp. cumin seeds 3 tbsp. shredded coconut 5 cloves garlic 2 tbsp. oil 1 onion, chopped 1 sprig curry leaves 1 tomato, chopped 2” piece pandanus (optional) 1 bunch murunga leaves (optional) 1/2-cup water 1-cup coconut milk 2 tbsp. tamarind Directions 1.) Wash and clean crabs (remove gills and dirt). Split down the middle and crack legs so gravy can penetrate. 2.) Toss crabs with turmeric, cayenne, allspice and salt. Set aside. 3.) Roast rice, peppercorns, and cumin together. Then roast coconut until brown. Grind all ingredients with garlic and set aside. 4.) Heat oil in medium pot. Sauté onions, curry leaves, tomato, pandan and murunga leaves. 5.) Add crabs and 1/2 cup water. Cover and steam. 6.) Combine rice mixture with coconut milk and add to pot. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes. 7.) Soak tamarind in 1/4 cup water. Strain seeds and add liquid to pot. Simmer additional 5 minutes until done. The gravy should be dark and rich. 29
  30. 30. Recipes of Asia 47. Hot Fried Shrimp (Isso Thel Dala) Ingredients: 2 lbs. deveined shrimp 4 tablespoons oil 3 cloves of garlic 2 large onions 2 tablespoons Chillie Powder 1/2 teaspoons Turmeric Powder 3 teaspoons pounded Maldive fish powder 2 teaspoons sugar 1 tablespoon tomato sauce 4 curry leaves ( optional ) Heat oil in a frying pan. Add onions and garlic and cook until onions have turned a golden brown. Add chillie powder, salt and turmeric fry a little more. Then add Maldive fish and the shrimp and stir fry for about 3-5 minutes. Add water and simmer for a few more minutes. Add sugar and tomato sauce and cook uncovered till the gravy coats the shrimp. Serve with rice. Serves: 5-6 48. Deviled Chicken Wings Ingredients: 1 lb chicken wings (to serve 2-4 -people) 2 c vegetable oil for frying 1 c cider vinegar 1 1/2 c jaggery * 2 tb chili powder 2 tb garlic; chopped 2 tb gingerroot; minced 5 cardamom seeds 5 whole cloves 1 one-inch piece cinnamon stick 2 ts salt Method: Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet. Clean the wings (disjointing if you prefer smaller pieces--I do) and fry until golden brown. Set aside and keep warm. In a saucepan, dissolve the jaggery or sugar in the vinegar over low heat. Cook until it is a thick syrup, then add the chili powder, garlic, ginger, cardamom seeds, cloves, and cinnamon stick; adjust the chili powder to make it more firey to taste. Continue cooking over low heat. Add salt and stir continually so that mixture doesnt stick to pan. Cook slowly over low heat for 20 minutes. Blend the sauce with the wings, coating them thoroughly, and serve hot. The cinnamon and cloves are *not* removed before serving. 30
  31. 31. Recipes of Asia 49. Mango Curry Ingredients: 1 raw mango 1/2 onion, chopped fine 2 tsp crushed garlic 1 tsp crushed ginger (or use 2 tsp ginger garlic paste) 1 tsp mustard seeds 2 tbsp vinegar 4-5 curry leaves 1 pandan leaf cut/torn into bits 1" cinnamon stick 1/2 cup thick coconut milk 1/2 cup light coconut milk 1 tbsp oil Method: 1. Peel mango and cut into long, thin pieces. I made the mistake of not peeling the mango and the curry came out slightly bitter. So please take the time and do it! 2. Grind mustard seeds and vinegar together to form a paste. 3. Heat oil in a pan and add the onion, ginger, garlic, curry leaves and cinnamon. Sauté until onion turns golden - about 5-7 mins. 4. Add the mango, light coconut milk, pandan leaf bits and the mustard seed mixture and bring to a boil. 5. Reduce heat and simmer until mango is cooked and tender. Add the thick coconut milk and simmer for another 10 mins. Add salt. 50. Pumpkin Curry (Wattakka) Ingredients: 1 Pumpkin 1 onion, chopped finely 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely 4 fresh green chilies, seeded and chopped 12 curry leaves 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, ground 1 1/2 cups thin coconut milk Salt to taste 1/2 cup thick coconut milk 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds Method: Peel the pumpkin and cut into large chunks. Heat up a wok and add in all the ingredients except the thick coconut milk and mustard seeds. Slowly bring to the simmering point and cook gently without a lid until the pumpkin is almost tender. While cooking the pumpkin, grind the mustard seeds and mix with the thick coconut milk. Then add the ground mustard seeds and coconut milk into the simmering pot of pumpkin. Cook for about 5 minutes on very moderate heat. 31
  32. 32. Recipes of Asia 51. Ash Plantain White Curry Ingredients: 3 Ash Plantains 1 onion sliced 2 green chillie sliced 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds 1 cinnamon stick 1 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp curry powder 1/4tsp chillie powder 2 cups light coconut milk (add 1 cup water to coconut milk) 1/2 cup coconut milk Method: Wash the plantains well and remove the skin by cutting along its length with a knife. Cut the ash plantains in half and cut each piece into quarters. Put the pieces in slightly limed water. Drain water and rub the pieces in little grated coconut and wash pieces well. Add the pieces to a cooking pot along with all the ingredients except 1st extract coconut milk. Cook till the plantain is almost cooked and gravy is reduced. Add 1st extract of coconut milk and bring to boil and take off fire. Serve with rice as a side dish. 52. Tamarind Fish Curry Ingredients: Fish cut in to large cubes 600g Ground black pepper 1tsp Salt 1tsp Ground turmeric 1/2 tsp Onions, finely chopped 2 Fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp Garlic, finely sliced 2 cloves Finely chopped fresh ginger 1tsp Small stick cinnamon 1 Curry leaves 8 Ceylon curry powder 1 and 1/2 tsp Tamarind liquid 1/4 cup Coconut milk 2 cups Oil for frying 32
  33. 33. Recipes of Asia Method: Wash fish steaks, dry on kitchen paper and rub each steak well with a mixture of pepper, salt. Keep aside for 15 minutes. Heat oil in a large frying pan and fry fish quickly to a lightly golden color. Drain on paper while preparing the gravy. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan and gently fry onions, fenugreek, garlic and ginger until onions are soft and golden. Add cinnamon, curry leaves and curry powder, turmeric and fry for 1 minute, stirring. Add tamarind liquid stir well for a minute and coconut milk and simmer, uncovered, until gravy is thickened and slightly reduced. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Sprinkle pinch of sugar. Put in the fish steaks. Cook till the fish are well cooked by simmering for 10 minutes. Serve hot with rice as a side dish or roti. 53. Iced Coffee Ingredients: Nescafe (instant coffee) 1tsp Little hot water 50 ml or less Full Cream milk powder 3tsp full Cold water about 3/4 of a tall glass Brown Sugar 3 full tsp 9 (to taste) Ice cubes 4-5 Vanilla essence 2-3 drops Method: Dissolve instant coffee in hot water then dissolve sugar. Add in milk powder and dissolve to a smooth cream and slowly add cold water and mix well. Transfer to a blender, add vanilla drops and ice cube and blend till frothy. Serve in a tall glass chilled. 54. Coconut Green Chillie Chutney Ingredients: 1 cup grated coconut 1/4 cup finely chopped onion 5-6 fresh green chilies 1/2 fresh lemon juice Salt to taste Little water 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds Cilantro 1/4 cup Method : In a food processor or blender grind coconut, onion, green Chillie, mustard , lemon juice, cilantro leaves and salt with as little water as needed for a moderately thick (not watery) consistency. Set aside. 33
  34. 34. Recipes of Asia 55. Manioc Stir Fry (Casava/Tapioca) Ingredients: Manioc Root (about 1 cup boiled) 1 onion red chilli flakes 1 tsp dried shrimps 1tbsp salt mustard seeds 1/2 tsp oil for frying 1tbsp Method: Wash and peel the skin of manioc root. Cut the manioc into cubes. Cook the manioc in boiling water and salt. Do not cover when cooking. Drain the manioc. Let it cool and dried. slice onion, mixed with dried shrimps and chilli flakes. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add the onions shrimp and chilli flake mix stir for a minute and add in the manioc cubes and stir fry till for 5 minutes. Serve as a side dish with rice. Serves 2 56. Capsicum, Tomato and Dried Sprats Curry Ingredients: Capsicum 5 Tomatoes 2 Dried Sprats handful Onions 2 Fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp Chillie powder 2tsp Curry powder 3/4 tsp Coconut milk 2 cups Little salt (be careful when adding as sprats are salty too) Method: Wash, drain and make splits in capsicums from the bottom upwards. Cut the tomatoes in to quarters. Remove heads and wash the sprats well. Slice the onions Add all ingredients together with coconut milk and cook until the capsicum and onions and tender and the tomatoes have just broken down. Serve with plain rice 34
  35. 35. Recipes of Asia 57. Cuttle Fish with Mushroom Curry Ingredients: Cuttle Fish 500g Mushroom (oyster) 100g 1 Onion sliced finely 2 Green chillies cut lengthwise 1 large tomato chopped 1 of Lemongrass 1 tsp Red Chillie powder 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder 1/2 Black pepper powder 1tsp garlic paste 1tbsp Madras curry paste 2tsp soya sauce Thick Coconut milk 1 cup Salt to taste 2 tbsp Sunflower oil Method Wash and cut the cuttle fish in to 1/2 size rounds. Cut the mushrooms in to fairly large pieces. Marinate the cuttle fish with little salt and turmeric and keep for 15 minutes. Heat oil in pan and when heated add the cuttle fish in and stir fry until they start to curl and water comes out. Take the cuttle fish out of fire and separate the pieces and liquid. Keep the pieces aside. Heat 1tbsp oil in the same pan and add garlic paste, onion, green chillie, and lemongrass and stir fry until the onions are translucent. Add the madras curry paste and salt, red chillie powder, pepper powder. Add the mushrooms in and stir in the liquid from the cuttle fish and cook for a minute and add in the chopped tomatoes and cook until the mushrooms are almost cooked and tomatoes liquidized. Add in the coconut milk and bring to boil. Add in the cuttle fish and cook for 5- 7 minutes making sure not to overcook the cuttle fish as they will be chewy. Add soya sauce and adjust the salt to taste. Sprinkle a 1/4tsp sugar if desired to enhance flavor. Enjoy with rice, bread or roti. 58. Oven Fried Fish Ingredients: 500g fish steaks 1 large Bombay onion sliced 6-8 whole cloves Olive oil knorr fish cube 1/2 Soy sauce Marinate: Tamarind 5 pieces, de-seeded and dissolved in little water Ground black pepper 1/4 tsp salt to taste 35
  36. 36. Recipes of Asia paprika 1/4tsp 1/4 tsp dry oregano Coating 1: 1 cup plain flour seasoned with salt and pepper Coating 2: 2 eggs beaten lightly and seasoned with salt and pepper Coating 3: 1 cup bread crumbs or corn flake crumbs seasoned with salt, chili powder and pepper Method: Wash the fish well with some sea salt and turmeric, drain and pat dry with kitchen paper towel. Marinate the fish with the marination ingredients and keep aside for 15-30 minutes. Pre heat the oven to 200C. Grease the baking tray with extra virgin olive oil. Scatter the slice onions and cloves on the tray. Now for the coating for the fish: Coat the fish in plain flour mixture, then with egg mixture and finally with breadcrumbs mixture well. Place the fish on the baking tray on top of scattered onions. Repeat the procedure till all the fish steaks are coated. Now drizzle some extra virgin olive oil on top of the fish pieces. and pour 1-2 drops of soy sauce on top of fish steak. Blend the knorr fish cube (1/2) with hand and scatter it on top of the fish pieces. If marinade is left, pour it to the tray as well. Now place the tray in the oven and bake the fish for 25-30 minutes turning the fish once on half time. (Baking time and temperature will depend on the size of steaks. So reduce heat if necessary at last stages) Take the fish out and cover with aluminum foil and keep aside for 15 minutes before serving. 59. Sri Lankan Garlic Curry Serves 4 – 6 1 kg/ 2 1/4lb of fresh garlic, peeled 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil 1 sliced red onion 3 sprigs of fresh curry leaves 1 heaped teaspoon of curry powder 1 heaped teaspoon of chilli powder 1 small teaspoon of turmeric 3 chillies sliced (leave the seeds in) 725ml (24 fl oz) coconut milk 1 teaspoon salt Heat two tablespoons of sunflower oil in a saucepan over a medium heat; 1 sliced red onion, and the leaves of fresh curry sprigs. Stir and cook over medium heat until beginning to brown for 7-8 minutes. Add one heaped teaspoon of curry powder, one heaped teaspoon of chilli powder, and one small teaspoon of turmeric, stir and then add three sliced chillies. Cook for one to two minutes. Add 15fl oz coconut milk. Bring to the boil then add the kg of fresh, peeled garlic. Cook for approx 15 minutes on medium heat. Add one teaspoon salt to taste; continue to cook on a low heat for a further ten minutes. Add another 8 fl oz coconut milk and continue to cook for about 30 minutes or until the garlic is fully cooked and deliciously tender. 36
  37. 37. Recipes of Asia 60. Lumprice All Curries that goes in to Lumprice Ingredients 1 small fowl, 1/2 lb beef, 1/4 lb mutton, 1/4 lb lean pork, 1/4 ox liver,(optional) , 1 dst spn sliced red onions,1 dst spn ghee or dripping, 1/4 tspn fenugreek , 1 dst spn roasted curry powder ( coriander, white cumin, sweet cumin), 3" piece of rampa, 25 dry chilies ( roasted dark and ground), 1/4 lb dried prawns ( roasted and pounded), 1/2 stem lemon grass, 10 cardamoms(ground), a sprig of curry leaves, juice of 1 lime, 1 tblspn vinegar, 5 cloves garlic(chopped), 3 slices green ginger, 1/4 tspn of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp saffron, 3 cups thick coconut milk, salt. Method Partially boil the fowl, beef, mutton, and ox liver, and keep the stock for boiling the rice .Cut the different meats and the pork and the fowl (removing all the bones) into very small pieces and place in a clay chatty pot with the coconut milk, the ground ingredients, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, fenugreek , and half each of the onions, rampe, lemon grass and curry leaves, and boil until the meat is tender. Add the prawns, cardamoms and lime when the curry is half cooked. Heat the ghee in another clay chatty pot and fry the remainder of the ingredients. Then turn in the meat preparation and allow to simmer for a few minutes longer. Add salt to taste. a. Frikkadels (Dutch forced meat balls) Ingredients: 1 lb minced beef, 1 thick slice of bread (slightly roasted & grated), 1 tblspn chopped red onions, 1 1/2 tsp sweet cumin (slightly roasted and ground), a pinch of saffron, 1 tsp chopped fennel, 3 cloves of garlic,(chopped), 2 slices green ginger (chopped) 1 tsp powdered cinnamon, 5 cloves, pepper and salt, 1 egg, juice of 1/2 lime, biscuit powder, ghee for frying. Method: Season the meat with pepper, salt, cloves and cinnamon; add the onions and grated bread and moisten with the lime juice and egg slightly beaten. Mix well together and make into small balls. Dip in the beaten egg, roll in biscuit powder and fry in hot ghee. 37
  38. 38. Recipes of Asia b. Brinjal Paella Ingredients 4 medium sized brinjals (Egg fruit), 1 tblspn each of pounded Maldive fish, sliced red onions, coriander seed, ground mustard seed, 1 1/2 tspn white cumin and 1/2 tspn sweet cumin (ground together), 1 tblspn sugar, 1/4 stem lemon grass, a small sprig of curry leaves,4 cloves of garlic(chopped), 3 ripe chilies (sliced), 3 slices of green ginger (chopped), 2" piece of cinnamon, 2" piece of rampe, 1 wine glass coconut vinegar, 1 1/2 oz. tamarind (squeezed in salt water), coconut oil, salt, 1 teacupful thick coconut milk, a pinch of ground saffron and 20 dry chilies (ground). Method: Slice the brinjals lengthwise, rub over with salt and saffron and fry in oil. Mix the ground ingredients with the vinegar and tamarind and mix in the rest of the ingredients, except the coconut milk and sugar. Heat 2 tblspns oil in a "chatty pot and when very hot turn in the brinjal mixture , add the coconut milk and let it simmer on a slow fire for about 15 minutes, stirring all the time. Mix in the sugar just before taking off the fire. c. Chillie & Onion Sambol Ingredients 1/2 lb finely sliced bombay onions , 1/4 lb sliced red onions,3 chopped green chilies, juice of 1/2 lime, salt. Method.: Mixed the sliced onions with the chillie. Moisten with the lime juice. Add salt to taste. Keep in fridge till required for use. d. Prawn Blachang Ingredients: 1/2 lb dried prawns ( roasted and pounded), about 15 dry chilies roasted , 1 1/2 tblspns roasted coconut , 3 cloves garlic, 3 slices green ginger chopped fine, 4 oz chopped red onions, juice of 2 large limes, 1 tablespoon sugar, salt. Method: Grind together the prawns, chilies, onions, garlic, ginger and then moisten with the lime juice. Mix well after adding salt to taste. Keep in a closed container in fridge till required for use. 38
  39. 39. Recipes of Asia e. Ash Plantain Fries Ingredients: 4 medium sized ash plantains, 2 tspn saffron powder, salt, vegetable oil. Method: Skin the plantains and cut into rectangular lengths ( 1 1/2 " x 1/2" x 1/2" approx.). Mix well with saffron and salt to taste. Deep fry in oil. f. The Rice Ingredients: 1 1/2 measures white rice (parboiled) 1/4 lb ghee, 1/4 lb gr red onions, 20 pepper corns, 6 cloves, 4" piece of rampa, 1/2 stem lemon grass, a sprig of curry leaves, 3" piece of cinnamon, 15 cardamoms (powdered), salt. Method: ,ĞĂƚ ƚŚĞ ŐŚĞĞ ŝŶ Ă ΖĐŚĂƚƚLJΖ͕ ĂŶĚ ǁŚĞŶ ǀĞƌLJ ŚŽƚ ƉƵƚ ŝŶ ɏ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ŽŶŝŽŶƐ͕ Ă ƐŵĂůů ƉŝĞĐĞ ĞĂĐŚ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ƌĂŵƉĂ͕ ĐƵƌƌLJ leaves and lemon grass and stir until the onions are fried. Then turn in the rice (which must be washed well) and stir for a few minutes. Then add the stock and the rest of the ingredients (except the cardamoms) and boil until the rice is almost cooked , at which time stir in the cardamoms and continue to boil till the rice fully cooked.. g. Wrapping & Baking Items needed: 1, About 8-12 plantain leaves , cut into pieces of approx 16" x 12", washed, and wiped dry and thereafter warmed by holding over a flame, till the leaf loses its moisture and crispness. (Care must be taken not to burn the leaf). 2. Thick coconut milk. 3. Baking tray . Method: Put about a large teacupful of rice on each leaf. Pour two dessertspoonful of thick coconut milk over the rice. Arrange a little each of the previously prepared dishes on the rice. Place 2 frikadels and 2or3 ash plantain fries on the side of the rice. Then fold up the leaf, making it into a neat oblong packet. Fasten the two ends with a piece of tooth pick. Place all packets in the baking tray, and bake in a moderately hot oven (300ю &Ϳ ĨŽƌ ĂďŽƵƚ ϭϱ ŵŝŶƵƚĞƐ͕ ǁŚĞŶ LJŽƵ ƐĞĞ ƚŚĞ plantain leaves just starting to turn brown. 39
  40. 40. Recipes of Asia 61. Parota – Jaffna Style Ingredients: All purpose wheat flour 280 Gms Luke warm Water as needed Salt to taste Oil as needed Method: Sieve and mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Add warm water and mix to a smooth non sticky dough by hand. Knead well and make a ball. Cover the bowl with a wet muslin cloth and leave for 1 to 2 hours. When ready divide the dough into small balls of the size of golf ball or little larger. Apply some oil on a ball of dough. On a flat surface like chopping board, apply little oil and roll the ball of dough into thin layer with a roller. Make this as thin as possible irrespective of size and shape. Now apply more oil over the rolled dough. Using both hands, make pleats on the rolled dough like making pleats in a saree starting from one end to the end of the dough. Holding at one end of the pleated dough, rotate and make a spiral of the dough. Keep this aside covered with wet muslin. Repeat this pleating and spiralling with the other balls of dough and cover them with wet muslin. Now heat a skillet and apply oil on top. As this gets hot, take a spiral of dough and place on the chopping board and use a roller to roll over. Do not make it thin. Keep the shape rounded. This spiral has been made into a rounded roti shape. Fry these one by one on the hot skillet until each turns specked brown on both sides. When three or four Parottas has been made, place the cooked Parottas on a flat surface one on top other and hold by both hands and move the hands in a clapping fashion in order to gently beat the Parottas in order to separate the layers. 40
  41. 41. Recipes of Asia 62. Mutton Curry – Jaffna Style Ingredients: Mutton 500 g - can include some bones Roasted curry powder 1 ½ tablespoon Onions 1 large Ginger 1 inch piece Curry leaves 10 Fennel seeds 1 teaspoon Oil 2 tablespoon Lime juice ½ tablespoon Coconut milk or milk 1 cup Salt to taste Method: Wash and cut meat into ¾ inch pieces, drain and set aside. Dice onions and cut ginger into very small pieces. In a pan place the fennel seeds and heat until they turn golden, add the oil and fry the onions until golden brown. Now add curry leaves and ginger pieces and fry further for one minute. Add the meat, salt, curry powder and ½ cup warm water and stir, cover and cook in low flame until all the liquid has been absorbed, occasionally stirring. Add the milk and cook further until meat is cooked and soft. When the gravy has thickened, remove from fire and add the lime juice and leave for 20 minutes to rest before eating. This can be cooked in microwave as well. Fry onions etc as in paragraph one and mix with meat, salt and water and cook in microwave for 20 minutes in low heat occasionally stirring. When cooked add the milk and cook further until well cooked and liquid has reduced to half. Remove dish from heat and add lemon juice and rest for 30 minutes before consuming. 63. Prawn Varai – Jaffna Style Ingredients: Raw prawns 500 Gms Onions 1 large Coconut scarped 150 Gms Turmeric powder ½ teaspoons Jaffna Chilli powder 2 teaspoons Curry leaves 6 Dried chillies 2 Oil Salt to taste Method: Shell, clean and wash prawns. Then mix the prawns with turmeric powder and salt and boil them in little water until soft and firm. Drain if there is excess water and let prawns to cool. When cool, grind in a grinder coarsely. In a dish, transfer the ground prawns, add chilli powder, coconut scrapings, add curry leaves and mix by hand well. Taste and add salt if necessary. In a frying pan, fry some diced onions until soft, add cut dried chillies and fry further. Add the prawn coconut mixture and keep stirring until the mixture is dry. Do not over roast this. 41
  42. 42. Recipes of Asia 64. Uppuma – Jaffna Style Ingredients: Semolina 1 cup Water 2 cups Onions 1 medium Dry chillies 2 Mustard ½ tsp Salt to taste Method: This dish requires two measures of water for each measure of semolina as a rule. Dry roast semolina in a pan and remove and set aside. Dice the onion, and cut dry chillies into small pieces. In little oil in a pan, fry mustard seeds until they start to pop, add diced onions and dry chillies pieces and fry until onions are golden brown. Reduce the heat and add roasted semolina, water and salt and stir until all the mixture gets cooked well. Keep stirring to avoid lumps. Variation: With vegetables - Can add vegetables if preferred - carrots, beans cauliflower. Clean, Wash and cut into small pieces and steam these before and add to the fried onions etc and stir before adding semolina. 42
  43. 43. Recipes of Asia 65. Crab Curry – Jaffna Style Ingredients: Crabs 4 large Onions 2 large Green chillies 4 Roasted curry powder 3 tablespoons Curry leaves 10 Fennel seeds 1 teaspoon Coconut milk or milk 3 cups Lemon juice 2 tablespoons Salt to taste Oil 2 tablespoons Ginger 1 inch piece Water 2 cups Method: Dice onions, cut green chillies into small pieces and cut ginger into very small pieces. Clean and divide the crabs into four pieces each. Keep the claws on. In a large pan dry roast the fennel seeds until they turn golden, add oil and add the diced onions and fry until onions turn golden and now add the curry leaves and fry for a minute. Now add the crab pieces, curry powder, salt and the water and cover and let it cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Stir and add the milk and simmer in low fire until the liquid is reduced to half. Add the lime juice and remove from fire. The gravy should have reduced to a thick consistency. This dish can be done with fresh raw crabs or cooked whole crabs. Cooking with fresh raw crabs gives a much tastier dish. Frozen uncooked crabs are available in the West in Indian and Sri Lankan shops. This dish requires a large wide mouthed pan to cook and a lid to suit it. 66. Raw Curry Powder Ingredients: 2 tsps Coriander seeds 1 tsp. Cumin 1/4 tsp. Fennel Method: Crush all ingredients separately to a fine powder and thoroughly mix them together. 43
  44. 44. Recipes of Asia 67. Roasted Curry Powder 1 cup Coriander seeds 1/2 cup Cumin seeds 1 tbs Fennel seeds 1 Cinnamon stick 1 tsp whole Cloves 1 tsp Cardamom seeds 10-15 dried curry leaves 5-6 dried red Chillies (optional) 5-6 dried Rampe pieces 1 tbs black pepper seeds 2 tbs raw rice Method: In a dry pan, over low heat, roast each ingredient separately. Stir constantly (Coriander, Cumin, Fennel and rice must be fairly brown but do not let them burn). Mix all the roasted ingredients, put into a grinder and grind to a fine powder. Store in an air-tight jar. 68. Roasted Curry Powder (**the works) Ingredients: Cinnamon Stick – 3’ inch Cloves – ½ tsp Curry Leaves – 10 Coriander seeds – 2 tsp Fennel – 1 tsp Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp Cumin – 1 tsp Raw Rice – 1 tbsp Fenugreek – ½ tsp Cardamom – 2 Pepper – ½ tsp Dry Red Chilly – 3 Mustard – ½ tsp Method: First Roast the Raw Rice in a heated pan for about 3 minutes till it turns golden colour, remove the rice to a plate. Roast other spices one by one. Roast the spices till they turn almost brown. Cool the roasted spices and grind along with roasted rice into a very fine powder. 44
  45. 45. Recipes of Asia ------------------------------------------------------ Thai Food ------------------------------------------------------------ 1. Chicken in Peanut Sauce – [Thai] Ingredients x 1 lb Chicken breasts 1/2" x 1/2" strips x 1/4 cup Green onions chop coarse x 2 tbsp Curry powder/paste (Thai Red) x 1 tbsp Garlic chop fine x 1 tbsp Ginger chop fine x 1 tbsp Lemon grass chop fine x 1 tbsp Galangal chop fine x 1 tsp Chili paste x Peanut oil x 1 tbsp Fish sauce x 1 cup Coconut milk x 2 tbsp Peanut butter x 2 tbsp Roasted peanuts crushed x 1/2 tbsp Palm sugar x 2 cups Snow peas or Broccoli florets Directions Cut chicken into strips Mix green onions, garlic, ginger, lemon grass, galangal, curry powder and chili paste. Add chicken and toss to coat. Set aside for 20 minutes. If using broccoli, blanch 2 minutes. Heat wok. Add peanut oil, chicken mixture. Stir fry 3 minutes until chicken loses pink color. Add coconut milk, peanut butter, crushed peanuts, fish sauce and palm sugar. Cook 3 minutes until sauce begins to thicken. If using snow peas, add and simmer until color changes. If using broccoli, add and simmer until heated through. Serve over rice. 45
  46. 46. Recipes of Asia 2. Red Chicken Curry - Gaeng Daeng Gai – [Thai] This authentic spicy coconut milk based red curry uses homemade red curry paste. Flavored with both fresh and dried spices, kaffir lime leaves and fresh sweet basil leaves it is a harmonious dish with chicken. Finish the cooking with the addition of Fish sauce to taste and serve with steamed jasmine rice. Ingredients x 1 lb boneless chicken breast x 1 can bamboo shoots, sliced x 3 tbsp red curry paste x 2 cups coconut milk x 2 fresh red chili, sliced diagonally x 1/2 cup Thai sweet basil leaves (bai horapah), torn x 2 tbsp fish sauce (nam pla) x 1/4 tsp sea salt x 1 1/2 tsp palm sugar x Thai sweet basil leaves (bai horapah) for garnish Directions Preparation: Wash the chicken, slice diagonally into 1/2 cm thick, 3cm wide and 3 cm long pieces. Thinly slice the bamboo shoots (if not already sliced). Pour 1 cup of coconut milk into a wok. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Add the curry paste; stir until red oil comes to the surface. Add the chicken and sauté until it turns white and is cooked through. Add the remaining coconut milk, follow with the bamboo shoots. Season with fish sauce, sugar, and salt and bring back to a boil. Sprinkle with kaffir lime leaves, chilies, and sweet basil leaves. Turn off the heat. Arrange on a serving dish and garnish with sweet basil leaves before serving. Serves 5. 46
  47. 47. Recipes of Asia 3. Red Curry – [Thai] This curry can be made with any meat or seafood Ingredients x 2 T red curry paste (use a little more for hotter curry; Mae Ploy brand is excellent x 3 T vegetable oil x 3/4 lb boneless chicken meat, cut into 3/4-inch pieces x 2 cans (unsweetened) coconut milk (approx. 3 cups in all) x 1 c water or chicken broth x 1/2 c baby corns x 1/2 c straw mushrooms (or substitute other mushroom of your choice) x 1/2 c sliced bamboo shoots 5 kaffir lime leaves (dried are fine; these are available in packages on the bottom -- usually dusty -- shelf of the Asian market; they look like dried, curled-up leaves) x 1/2 t salt (more or less to taste) or Fish sauce x 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into matchstick-size strips Directions Fry curry paste with the cream off the top of the coconut milk in oil in saucepan until oil separates. Add chicken (if using) and sauté for about 1 minute over medium high heat. Add remaining ingredients except basil leaves or red bell pepper. Bring just barely to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes. Just before serving, stir in basil leaves or red bell pepper. Serve with cooked Thai Jasmine rice. 4. Ginger Chicken – [Thai] Ingredients x 3 tablespoons of peanut oil x 1 tablespoon chopped garlic x 1 cup chicken, cut into bite sized pieces x 1 cup mushroom, sliced x 3 tablespoons grated ginger x 2 tablespoons fish sauce x 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce x 2 tablespoons oyster sauce x a pinch of sugar x 3 tablespoons chopped onion x 2-3 Thai Chile peppers x 3 tablespoons scallion/green onion, cut into 1" pieces x Thai pepper powder x optionally you can add a cup of jalapeno peppers x The bulbs of 3/4 scallions, and some cilantro/coriander leaves for garnish 47
  48. 48. Recipes of Asia Directions Mix the fish sauce, soy and oyster sauce ready for use, Bring the oil to the smoking point in an adequately large wok, and add the chicken and garlic, and stir fry until the chicken begins to change color (this is quite quick, so dont overcook). Add the sauce and stir until it returns to a bubbling consistency, then add the remaining ingredients, and stir until the chicken is cooked. The recipe for pork is identical, beef if it is used should be marinated in a mixture of 2 tablespoons of whiskey and the fish sauce, soy sauce and oyster sauce, which should be retained after marinate to be added to the cooking. Sprinkle Thai pepper powder over the dish and serve over Thai jasmine rice, or in a serving bowl with other Thai dishes. 5. Chicken in Coconut Milk – [Thai] Ingredients x 2 Tablespoons Siamese ginger, sliced x 1 stalk lemon grass, cut into, 1" pieces x 1 1/2 Tablespoons hot pepper, chopped x 1/3 cup mint leaves x 4 cups coconut milk x 3 - 4 Kaffir lime leaves x 1 1/2 cups chicken breast, slices x 3 1/2 Tablespoons fish sauce x 2 Tablespoons lime juice x 2 green onions, cut into 1" pieces Directions Using a medium - sized pot, add coconut milk and place over medium heat. Add Siamese ginger, lemon grass Kaffir lime leaves. Cook 1 - 2 minutes. Add the chicken meat and bamboo shoots. Bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes. Pour in fish sauce and green onions. Remove from heat. Stir in chopped hot peppers, lime juice, and mint leaves. 48
  49. 49. Recipes of Asia 6. Green Curry with Pork – [Thai] Ingredients 1. Peanut oil 2. 1/4 cup Shallots chopped fine 3. 1 tbsp Garlic chopped fine 4. 1 tbsp Galangal chopped fine 5. 1 tbsp Lemon Grass chopped fine 6. 1/4 cup Coriander leaves chop fine 7. 1-1/2 lb Pork cut into 1" cubes 8. 1-1/2 cup Coconut milk x 2 tbsp Curry paste (Thai Green) x 1 tbsp Lime zest x 1 tbsp Lime leaves shredded x 2 tbsp Thai basil shredded x Fish sauce to taste x 1 tsp Chili paste (green) x 2 cups Peas Directions First, prepare the curry paste and coconut milk separately. Add the paste with some of the cream form the coconut milk and heat until the oil starts to separate. Then, in a separate pan, heat peanut oil, shallots, garlic, galangal and lemon grass. Stir fry 1 minute until oil is aromatic. Add pork, stir fry 3 minutes until browned and add the curry paste/coconut milk mixture. Add the rest of the coconut milk, coriander leaves, lime zest, lime leaves, basil, fish sauce and chili paste, bring to a boil, and reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes until pork is tender. Add peas, simmer 5 minutes until tender. Yield - 4 cups 49
  50. 50. Recipes of Asia 7. Massaman Curry – [Thai] Ingredients: ͻϭ ƚŽ ϭ͘ϱ ůďƐ͘ ;Ϭ͘ϲ Ŭg) chicken or beef pieces ͻϭ-2 potatoes, chopped into bite-size chunks ͻϭ ϭϰ Žnj͘;ϰϬϬ ŵů͘Ϳ ĐĂŶ ĐŽĐŽŶƵƚ ŵŝůŬ ͻϭͬϮ ĐƵƉ ĐŚŝĐŬĞŶ ƐƚŽĐŬ ͻϭ ůĂƌŐĞ ĐĂƌƌŽƚ͕ ƐůŝĐĞĚ ͻϲ ΖƐƚŝĐŬƐΖ ŽŬƌĂ͕ ĐŚŽƉƉĞĚ͕ Žƌ ϭͬϮ ƚŽ ϭ ĐƵƉ ŐƌĞĞŶ ďĞĂŶƐ ͻŽƉƚŝŽŶĂů͗ ǁŚŽůĞ ƌĞĚ ĐŚŝůŝĞƐ͕ ĚƌŝĞĚ Žƌ ĨƌĞƐŚ ͻ2 bay leaves ͻϭͬϮ ƚƐƉ͘ ǁŚŽůĞ ĐƵŵŝŶ ͻŐĂƌŶŝƐŚ͗ ĨƌĞƐŚ ĐŽƌŝĂŶĚĞƌ ĂŶĚ ƌŽĂƐƚĞĚ ƉĞĂŶƵƚƐ PASTE: ͻϭͬϰ ĐƵƉ ƌŽĂƐƚĞĚ ƵŶƐĂůƚĞĚ ƉĞĂŶƵƚƐ ͻϭ ƐŚĂůůŽƚ KZ ϭͬϰ ĐƵƉ ƉƵƌƉůĞ ŽŶŝŽŶ͕ ĐŚŽƉƉĞĚ ͻϭ ĨƌĞƐŚ ƌĞĚ ĐŚŝůŝ KZ ϯͬϰ ƚƐƉ͘ ĚƌŝĞĚ ĐƌƵƐŚĞĚ ĐŚŝůŝ͕ ƚŽ ƚĂƐƚĞ ͻϮ dďƐƉ͘ ŵŝŶĐĞĚ ůĞŵŽŶŐƌĂƐƐ ;fresh, frozen, or bottled) ͻϭ ƚŚƵŵď-size piece galangal OR ginger, thinly sliced ͻϭ ƚƐƉ͘ ƚĂŵĂƌŝŶĚ ƉĂƐƚĞ͕ KZ substitute 1.5 Tbsp. lime juice ͻϯ ĐůŽǀĞƐ ŐĂƌůŝĐ ͻϭͬϮ ƚƐƉ͘ ƚƵƌŵĞƌŝĐ ͻϭͬϮ ƚƐƉ͘ ŐƌŽƵŶĚ ĐŽƌŝĂŶĚĞƌ ͻϭͬϮ ƚƐƉ͘ ĨĞŶŶĞů ͻϭͬϰ ƚƐƉ͘ ĐĂƌĚĂŵŽŵ ;Žƌ ƐƵďƐƚŝƚƵƚĞ ĐŝŶnamon) ͻϭ dďƐƉ͘ ƉĂůŵ ƐƵŐĂƌ KZ ďƌŽǁŶ ƐƵŐĂƌ ͻϯͬϰ ƚƐƉ͘ ƐŚƌŝŵƉ ƉĂƐƚĞ ͻϭ dďƐƉ͘ ĨŝƐŚ ƐĂƵĐĞ Preparation: 1. Place all Paste ingredients in a food processor or chopper and blitz to create a fragrant Thai curry paste. If needed, add 2-3 Tbsp. coconut milk to help blend ingredients. You can also use a pestle & mortar, pounding dry ingredients together, then stirring in wet ingredients. 2. Heat a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of vegetable oil, then add the paste you just made. Stir-fry paste 1 minute to release the fragrance. 3. Add coconut milk and stir. Bring to a boil. Add chicken or beef, potato, carrot and okra (if using). 4. Add stock, plus bay leaves and whole chilies (if using). If you used fresh lemongrass, add the leftover (upper) stalks as well. Stir well and bring to a light boil. 50
  51. 51. Recipes of Asia 5. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover curry. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, stirring occasionally, or until both chicken and vegetables are well cooked. Alternatively, you can transfer everything to a covered casserole dish and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. 6. When chicken is done, add the whole cumin seeds and stir them into the hot curry. Remove from heat and taste-test, adding more fish sauce if not salty or flavorful enough. If too spicy for your taste, add more coconut milk. If youd like a stronger sweet-sour flavor, add another 1/2 to 1 tsp. tamarind paste, plus 1/2 to 1 Tbsp. brown sugar. 7. Serve the curry with toppings of fresh coriander and whole peanuts. Serve with plain steamed rice, or also delicious with Easy Thai Coconut Rice. ENJOY! 8. Red Thai Curry Paste – [Thai] Ingredients: ͻϭ ƐŚĂůůŽƚ KZ ϭͬϰ ĐƵƉ ƉƵƌƉůĞ ŽŶŝŽŶ͕ ĐŚŽƉƉĞĚ ͻϭ ƐƚĂůŬ ůĞŵŽŶŐƌĂƐƐ͕ ŵŝŶĐĞĚ ;ƐĞĞ ŝŶƐƚƌƵĐƚŝŽŶƐ ďĞůŽǁͿ KZ ϯ dďƐƉ͘ ĨƌŽnjĞŶ Ɖƌepared lemongrass (available at Asian stores) ͻϭ-2 red chilies, OR 1/2 to 1 tsp. cayenne pepper, OR 2-3 tsp. Thai chili sauce ͻϰ ĐůŽǀĞƐ ŐĂƌůŝĐ ͻϭ ƚŚƵŵď-size piece galangal OR ginger, sliced ͻϮ dďƐƉ͘ ƚŽŵĂƚŽ ŬĞƚĐŚƵƉ͕ KZ ƐƵďƐƚŝƚƵƚĞ ϭ dďƐƉ͘ ƚŽŵĂƚŽ ƉĂƐƚĞ н ϭ ƚsp. sugar ͻϭͬϮ dďƐƉ͘ ŐƌŽƵŶĚ ĐƵŵŝŶ ͻϭ ƚƐƉ͘ ŐƌŽƵŶĚ ĐŽƌŝĂŶĚĞƌ ͻϭͬϰ ƚƐƉ͘ ŐƌŽƵŶĚ ǁŚŝƚĞ ƉĞƉƉĞƌ ;ĂǀĂŝůĂďůĞ ŝŶ ƚŚĞ ƐƉŝĐĞ ĂŝƐůĞͿ ͻϯ dďƐƉ͘ ĨŝƐŚ ƐĂƵĐĞ͕ KZ ĨŽƌ ǀĞŐĞƚĂƌŝĂŶ͗ Ϯ dďƐƉ͘ ƐŽLJ ƐĂƵĐĞ͕ ƉůƵƐ ƐĂůƚ ƚŽ ƚĂƐƚĞ ͻϭ ƚƐƉ͘ ƐŚƌŝŵƉ ƉĂƐƚĞ͕ KZ ĨŽƌ ǀĞŐĞƚĂƌŝĂŶƐ͗ ϭ dďƐƉ͘ ŽůĚĞŶ Mountain Sauce, both available at Asian stores ͻϭ ƚƐƉ͘ ƐƵŐĂƌ ͻϭнϭͬϮ ƚŽ Ϯ dďƐƉ͘ ĐŚŝůŝ ƉŽǁĚĞƌ ĨƌŽŵ ƚŚĞ ƐƉŝĐĞ ĂŝƐůĞ ;ƐĞĞ ŶŽƚĞ ďĞůŽǁ ƌĞĐŝƉĞΎͿ͕ ĚĞƉĞŶĚŝŶŐ ŽŶ ŚŽǁ ƐƉŝĐLJ LJŽƵ want it ͻϭͬϰ ĐĂŶ ƚŚŝĐŬ ĐŽĐŽŶƵƚ ŵŝůŬ ;Žƌ ũƵƐƚ ĞŶŽƵŐŚ ƚŽ ŬĞĞƉ ƚŚĞ ďůĂĚĞƐ ƚƵƌŶŝŶŐͿ - reserve remaining for cooking the curry ͻϮ dďƐƉ͘ ĨƌĞƐŚ-squeezed lime juice ͻKƉƚŝŽŶĂů͗ ϭͬϮ ƚƐƉ͘ ĐŝŶŶĂŵŽŶ ;KZ ĂĚĚ ϭ ĐŝŶŶĂŵŽŶ ƐƚŝĐŬ ƚŽ LJŽƵƌ ĐƵƌƌLJ ƉŽƚͿ Preparation: 1. For complete instructions on how to buy and cook with lemongrass, see: All About Lemongrass: Your Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking with Lemongrass. 2. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process well to create a fragrant Thai red curry paste. Note that it will taste very strong at this point, but will mellow when you add your ingredients plus remaining coconut milk. 51
  52. 52. Recipes of Asia To Create a Curry out of Your Paste: 1. Fry the paste in a little oil to release the fragrance before adding your choice of meat, tofu, wheat gluten, or vegetables. Add remaining can of coconut milk to create the curry sauce. (if more sauce is desired, add some good-tasting chicken/vegetable stock). Some vegetables that work well with red curry include: tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, snow peas, cauliflower, and spinach. 2. If using fresh lemongrass, add leftover pieces of lemongrass (upper part of the stalk) to the curry as you cook it - this will add more flavor. You can also add a cinnamon stick and 2-3 whole kaffir lime leaves OR substitute 1-2 bay leaves. 3. Before serving, always do a taste test. If not salty or flavorful enough, add more fish sauce or salt. If too salty, add another squeeze of lime juice. If too sour, add a little more sugar. If too spicy, add more coconut milk. If youve run out of coconut milk, add a little yogurt, sour cream, or cream. 4. Before serving, sprinkle over a handful of fresh coriander/cilantro and basil. ENJOY! 9. Vegetarian Fried Tofu with Garlic and Pepper – [Thai] Ingredients 3 cloves garlic, smash gently with the side of a knife or cleaver to peel 2-3 shallots, peeled 1 tsp whole white or black peppercorns 2 tbls Thai soy sauce or Golden Mt. Seasoning Sauce 1/2 tsp sugar 4 tblsp vegetable oil (not olive oil) 8 oz firm tofu, cut in half lengthwise, then cut each half into 4 triangles (8 altogether) Garnish: thinly sliced shallots, cucumber slices, coriander leaves, tomatoes Preparation 1. In a mortar and pestle or electric coffee grinder (used only for spices, etc) pound or grind together garlic, shallots, and peppercorns to make a paste. 2. Remove to a small bowl. Add soy sauce and sugar and stir to combine. 3. Spread the tofu out on a flat dish, cover with the mixture and allow to marinate 30 minutes or overnight. 4. Heat the oil in a skillet or wok, over medium heat, until hot, but do not allow to burn. Fry the tofu until golden brown. Turn on each side to brown evenly (including the cut edges). Drain and place on a serving dish. Garnish if desired with thinly sliced shallots, cucumber, coriander and tomato slices. 52
  53. 53. Recipes of Asia 10. Stir-Fried Eggplant – [Thai] Ingredients: ͻϭͬϮ ĐŽŽŬŝŶŐ ŽŶŝŽŶ ;ƉƵƌƉůĞ ŽŶŝŽŶƐ ǁŽƌŬ ǁĞůů ĨŽƌ this recipe) ͻϲ ĐůŽǀĞƐ ŐĂƌůŝĐ͕ ŵŝŶĐĞĚ ͻϭ-3 red chillies (including seeds ͻϭ ŚŝŶĞƐĞ ;ůĂƌŐĞ͕ ǁith dark purple skin) eggplant ͻϭͬϰ ĐƵƉ ǁĂƚĞƌ Ĩor stir-frying ͻϮ-3 Tbsp. oil for stir-frying ͻƌŽƵŐŚůLJ ϭͬϮ ĐƵƉ ;Žƌ ŵŽƌĞͿ ĨƌĞƐŚ ďĂƐŝů ͻϮ dďƐƉ͘ ƐŽLJ ƐĂƵĐĞ ͻ^ h͗ ͻϭ dďƐƉ͘ ĨŝƐŚ ƐĂƵĐĞ KZ ϭнϭͬϮ dďƐƉ͘ Soy sauce ͻϮ dďƐƉ͘ ŽLJƐƚĞƌ ƐĂƵĐĞ KZ ǀĞŐĞƚĂƌŝĂŶ ŽLJƐƚĞƌ ƐĂƵĐĞ͕ KZ sĞŐĞƚĂƌŝĂŶ ^ƚŝƌ-Fry Sauce (Lee Kum Kee brand) ͻϭ ƚƐƉ͘ ďƌŽǁŶ ƐƵŐĂƌ ͻϭ ƚƐƉ͘ ĐŽƌŶƐƚĂƌĐŚ ŵŝdžĞĚ ǁŝƚŚ Ϯ dďƐƉ͘ ǁĂƚĞƌ ;ŵŝdž ƵŶƚŝů ĐŽƌŶƐƚĂƌĐŚ ŝƐ ĚŝƐƐŽůǀĞĚͿ Preparation: 1. First, prepare sauce by mixing together all sauce ingredients except cornstarch. Prepare the cornstarch and water mixture in a separate cup or bowl. Set both aside. 2. Chop the eggplant up into bite-size pieces (be sure to leave the peel on - this is where most of the nutrients are). 3. Place 2-3 Tbsp. oil to a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, half of the garlic, chilli, and eggplant. Reserve the rest of the garlic for later. 4. Stir-fry for 5 minutes. When the wok or frying pan becomes dry, add a little of the water (a few Tbsp. at a time) - enough to keep the ingredients frying nicely. 5. Add 2 Tbsp. soy sauce and continue stir-frying for 5 more minutes, or until the eggplant is soft and the white flesh is almost translucent. Add a little more water when the pan becomes too dry (up to 1/4 cup). 6. When the eggplant is soft, add the rest of the garlic plus the sauce. Stir fry to incorporate. 7. Lastly, add the cornstarch/water mixture. Stir well so that the sauce thickens uniformly (this will only take a minute or less). Remove from heat. 8. Taste test the eggplant for salt. If not salty enough, add a little more fish sauce. If too salty, add 1 Tbsp. lime juice (or substitute 1 Tbsp. lemon juice). 9. Now add 3/4 of the fresh basil, stirring briefly to incorporate. 10. Slide onto a serving platter and sprinkle the rest of the basil over top. Serve with jasmine rice. Enjoy! 53
  54. 54. Recipes of Asia 11. Stir-Fried Bok Choy – [Thai] Ingredients: ͻϰ-5 heads of baby bok choy ͻϭ dďƐƉ͘ Žŝů ĨŽƌ Ɛƚŝƌ-frying STIR-FRY SAUCE: ͻϮ dďƐƉ͘ ŽLJƐƚĞƌ ƐĂƵĐĞ ;Žr vegetarian oyster sauce) ͻϮ dďƐƉ͘ ƐŽLJ ƐĂƵĐĞ ͻϮ dďƐƉ͘ ĨŝƐŚ ƐĂƵĐĞ ͻϮ dďƐƉ͘ ƐǁĞĞƚ dŚĂŝ ĐŚŝůŝ ƐĂƵĐĞ ͻϮ dďƐƉ͘ ďƌŽǁŶ ƐƵŐĂƌ ͻ Squeeze of lime juice (about 2 tsp.) ͻϭ dďƐƉ͘ ƉƵƌĞĞĚ ŐĂƌůŝĐ͕ KZ ϳ-8 cloves minced garlic Preparation: 1. Rinse the bok choy and cut off the bottom stem part at the base of each head. Separate into individual leaves. If the white sections of these leaves are very wide or large, you can slice them in half lengthwise, or into thirds. Tip: If stir-frying larger bok choy, slice off the green leaf tips. Add the thicker white sections to the wok first, then throw in the leaves at the end (these will cook very fast). 2. Mix all the stir-fry sauce ingredients together in a bowl or cup. Stir well to dissolve the sugar. 3. Heat a wok or large frying pan over medium-high to high heat for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add oil and swirl around. 4. Now add the bok choy plus 2-3 Tbsp. stir-fry sauce. Stir-fry 1-2 minutes, or until pan/wok starts to become dry. 5. Now add another 2-3 Tbsp. sauce and continue stir-frying another 2-3 minutes, or until the bok choy is bright green and the white stems are softened but still crunchy. 6. Taste-test the bok choy with the sauce. Add more sugar if too sour for your taste, or more lime juice if too salty. Also, fresh minced chili or dried chili can be added if you prefer it spicier. If you prefer more sauce, add a little more, as desired. 7. To serve, lift out the bok choy and place on a serving platter or in a serving bowl, then pour the sauce (from the bottom of the wok or pan) over. Serve immediately with plenty of Thai jasmine-scented rice. ENJOY! Stir-Fry Sauce Tip: Keep extra stir-fry sauce (in a covered jar or container) in your refrigerator for up to 1 month. This sauce is excellent with many different kinds of stir-fried vegetables, as well as with chicken, tofu or wheat gluten, pork, and seafood. Enjoy! 54