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Cucumber Raita

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

2 green seedless cucumbers
1 teaspoon salt
2 spring onions (scallions), finely chopped
375 ml/12 fl oz/1 1/2 cups thick natural yoghurt lime or lemon juice to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander or mint

Directions

Crisp Fried Shallots and Shallot Oil

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Food & Recipes

To store crisp-fried shallots, first cool thoroughly then pack into airtight containers and freeze.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb shallots
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups peanut oil

Directions

Country Mustard

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

6 tablespoons black or brown mustard seeds
vinegar
3 cloves garlic (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
sugar and salt to taste

Directions

In a non-metal bowl soak mustard seeds overnight in just enough vinegar to cover. Puree all ingredients in an electric blender, adding sugar and salt to taste. Store in a glass jar with non-metal lid.

Recipe excerpted from Encyclopedia of Asian Food by Charmaine Solomon (Periplus Editions, 1998)

Coconut Chatni

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

half a fresh coconut, grated or 1 cup desiccated coconut
1 lime or lemon
3 fresh red or green chillies
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ghee or oil
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon urad dhal
1 teaspoon nigella seeds
small sprig fresh curry leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground asafoetida, optional

Directions

Coconut and Dried Shrimp Mallung

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Food & Recipes

Mallung may be translated as 'mixed up' or 'tossed together'. The consistency should be dry and the flavors strong, as their place in the meal is as an accompaniment. Coconut is a favorite main ingredient for these small dishes, with strong-flavored ingredients added--in this case, the tiny, transparent dried shrimps about the size and shape of a fingernail paring.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

Chili Sambal

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb onions, finely sliced
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup oil
250 g/8 oz pounded Maldive fish
1 strip pandanus leaf
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
60 g/2 oz dry red chillies, pounded
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons lime juice
salt to taste

Directions

Chat Masala

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Food & Recipes

Try it on crisp snacks such as bhel puri or chiura, or as a seasoning on steamed vegetables.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon amchur (dried mango powder)
or 1 teaspoon powdered citric acid
1 tablespoon black salt
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon hot or mild chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon asafoetida powder
(mixed with ground rice)*

Directions

Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Curry Powder

Food & Recipes

Ingredients

75 g/2 1/2 oz/1 cup coriander seeds
60 g/2 oz/1/2 cup cumin seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon cardamom seeds
2 tablespoons dried curry leaves
2 teaspoons chilli powder (optional)
2 tablespoons ground rice (optional)

Directions

Cashew Nut Curry

(Photo by CorinthianGulf)
Food & Recipes

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz raw cashews
750 ml/1 1/2 pints/3 cups thin coconut milk
1 large onion, finely sliced
2 fresh green chillies, seeded
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 cinnamon stick
strip of dried pandan leaf
sprig of fresh curry leaves
2 stems lemon grass
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup thick coconut milk

Directions

Carrot Relish

(Photo by anthro_aya)
Food & Recipes

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb carrots
3 tablespoons oil or mixture of oil and ghee
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 teaspoon jaggery
finely chopped mint or coriander

Ingredients