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Deep-Fried Crisps (Sev, Murukku)

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250 g/8 oz/2 cups besan (chick pea flour)
125 g/4 oz/1 cup ground rice
2 teaspoons garam masala 2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ajowan seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly crushed
1 teaspoon chilli powder (optional)
4 tablespoons melted ghee approx. 250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup water


Deep-Fried Basil Leaves

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1 bunch of fresh sweet basil
oil for deep frying


If the leaves are from your own garden or are organically grown and you know they have not been sprayed, there is no need to wash them. If they have been washed, dry them as thoroughly as possible. Strip Leaves from stem.

Coconut Pancakes

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Do not use desiccated or shredded dried coconut for this recipe. It needs the moist, delicate texture of grated fresh coconut to be a success.

Serves 4.


2 milk
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup water
pinch salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
125 g/4 oz/1 cup plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
butter or ghee for frying
1 coconut, freshly grated
125 g/4 oz jaggery or brown sugar


Cheese Koftas

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Only home-made cheese is suitable for this recipe (cottage cheese, farm cheese and ricotta cheese don't work).

Serves 4-6.


Cambodian-Style Spring Rolls

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Makes about 20.


250 g/8 oz finely minced pork
250 g/8 oz fresh mung bean sprouts
1 cup soaked bean thread vermicelli
6 dried Chinese mushrooms
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 packet frozen spring roll pastry
oil for deep frying


2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 hot red chilli, seeded and chopped

Gaji Jjim (Steamed Eggplant)

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Jjim is a casserole dish cooked slowly over a long period so that main ingredients absorb much of the stock.

2 eggplants
3 pyogo (brown oak mushrooms)
1/2 small carrot
2 small Korean green pepper (medium to hot)
3 tbs. soy sauce
4 tbs. sesame oil
1 tsp. sesame seeds

1. Finely chop the mushroom and green peppers. Grate the carrot. Halve the eggplants lengthwise and cut into long strips.
2. Mix soy sauce, sesame oil and sesame seeds.

Boiled Cassava

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Boiled Cashews

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If fresh cashews are not available (even in the countries where they grow, they are mostly earmarked for export), the effect can be successfully duplicated with raw cashews.

185 g/6 oz/1 cup raw cashews
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt


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Makes 1 full sheet
Preparation time: 35 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes


2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup rose water

1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon syrup (prepared)
1/4 cup rose water
1 egg
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

2 pounds of blanched almonds, ground
2 cups sugar

Ray Lee’s Chicken and Choy Sum

Ray Lee’s Chicken and Choy Sum
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Serves 4 as part of a multicourse meal.


12 ounces boneless chicken breast with skin
2 teaspoons Shao Hsing rice wine or dry sherry
23⁄4 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
11⁄2 teaspoons black soy sauce
2 tablespoons egg white, beaten
6 ounces choy sum
1 cup chicken broth
7 slices ginger
4 small garlic cloves, smashed
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1⁄4 teaspoon salt