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Red Lentils in Coconut Milk

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Food & Recipes

There are many versions of dhal, or lentil puree. This one has Southeast Asian flavors.

Serves 6 with rice.

Ingredients

400 g/14 oz/2 cups red lentils
1 tablespoon oil or ghee
sprig of fresh curry leaves
2 onions, thinly sliced
2 strips pandan leaves
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 dried red chillies (optional)
1 stem lemon grass, bruised
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup canned coconut milk
salt to taste

Directions

Plantain Flower with Spices

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb plantain flower
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons chilli powder or to taste
3 tablespoons oil
sprig of fresh curry leaves or 6 dried curry leaves
2 medium onions, finely sliced

Directions

Discard tough outer layer and cut the tender portion into bite-sized pieces. Add salt and chilli powder and mix well.

Green Bean Sambal

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Ingredients

250 g/8 oz tender green beans
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 fresh red chilli, seeded and chopped
3 shallots or 1 small white onion, finely sliced

Directions

Custard Steamed in Squash

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Food & Recipes

Use a sweet, dry-fleshed, small squash and allow one for every two servings. Or choose a larger squash and cut it into wedges to serve.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 medium-sized turban squash
or 2 sweet dumpling or golden nugget squash
300 ml/10 fl oz canned coconut cream
4 eggs, beaten
220 g/7 oz palm sugar
4 tablespoons water
rose or jasmine essence (optional)
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

Cucumber Sambal

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

1 large or 2 small seedless cucumbers
1 teaspoon salt
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup thick coconut milk
1 fresh red chilli
1 fresh green chilli
1 small red onion, sliced paper thin
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice

Directions

Peel cucumber if skin is thick, otherwise wash and dry the cucumber and slice very thinly.

Chick Peas with Vegetables

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Food & Recipes

Serves 6.

Ingredients

Burmese Cucumber Relish

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

2 large green cucumbers
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup malt vinegar
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons peanut oil
2 tablespoons oriental sesame oil
2 teaspoons instant minced garlic, or 2 tablespoons sliced garlic
1 onion, finely sliced or 2 tablespoons crisp fried shallots
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Directions

Breadfruit with Coconut Cream

Serves 8.

Ingredients

1 half-ripe breadfruit, about 1.5 kg/3 lb
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups freshly squeezed
coconut cream or 400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut cream
1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste

Directions

Banana Flower with Petai

Serves 6.

Ingredients

220 /7 oz banana flower
2 tablespoons dried shrimps
1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
185 g/6 oz can petai, drained or 100 g/31/2 oz fresh petai
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon tamarind puree
1 bulb pickled garlic, chopped

Directions

Banana Blossom Guinatan

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb banana blossom
salt
2 tablespoons oil
1 medium onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small tomato, diced
2 tablespoons vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup thick coconut milk

Directions