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Thai-Style Tempeh

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz tempeh
4 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
2 teaspoons palm sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 fresh, frozen or dried kaffir lime leaves
fresh basil leaves or coriander

Directions

Thai-Style Asparagus

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Food & Recipes

Serves 2.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz fresh green asparagus
1 small red capsicum (optional)
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
2 teaspoons green peppercorns in brine, crushed
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons Maggi seasoning (see Golden Mountain Sauce)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon cornflour (cornstarch)
2 red chillies, sliced
2 tablespoons peanut oil

Directions

Thai Stir-Fried Eggplant

Thai Eggplant (Photo by <a href=preetamrai/flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/thaieggplant.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Serves 4 as an accompaniment to steamed rice and other dishes.

Ingredients

300 g/10 oz slender eggplants (aubergines)
4 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon Thai pepper-coriander paste
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon palm sugar or brown sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 fresh red chilli, sliced

Directions

Stir-Fried Green Amaranth with Coconut

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz/4 cups green amaranth leaves
2 tablespoons oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
6 tablespoons grated fresh coconut or 3 tablespoons desiccated coconut

Directions

Spiced Drumstick Leaves

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

1 small onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
juice of 1 lime
4 tablespoons grated coconut
or desiccated coconut
125 g/4 oz drumstick leaves,
washed, shaken dry and stripped off the stems

Directions

Put all ingredients except leaves into a saucepan with 3 tablespoons water, cover and simmer until onion is soft. Add leaves and toss. Cook uncovered, to preserve their green color, for about 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Sesbania Leaf Stir-Fry

Sesbania Leaves (Photo by <a href=Forest and Kim Starr/flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/food_sesbania_leaf_stirfry.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Serves 6-8.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz sesbania leaves
1 onion or 3 shallots, finely chopped
3 fresh chillies, seeded and sliced
75 g/21/2 oz/1 cup freshly grated coconut
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon salt or to taste

Directions

Sesbania Blossoms, Fried and Curried

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

Curry sauce
1 tablespoon oil
6 shallots, finely chopped
3 fresh chillies, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon pounded Maldive fish or dried shrimp
small stick cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
125 g/4 fl oz/1/2 cup canned coconut milk
squeeze of lime juice

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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Food & Recipes

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