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Cornmeal Roti

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These discs of flat bread have a warm yellow color and slightly sweet flavor, and stay moist and pliable after cooking. The type of cornmeal to use is a very finely ground yellow cornmeal usually available in Indian grocers and not the coarser Italian type sold as polenta.

Makes 8-10.

Ingredients

Chinese Steamed Bread

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Ingredients

30 g/1 oz fresh yeast or 1 sachet dried yeast
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup warm water
3 tablespoons sugar
approx. 625 g/1 1/4 lb/5 cups plain
(all-purpose) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
sesame oil

Directions

Chapati

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Ingredients

375 g/12 oz/3 cups atta flour or roti flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon ghee or oil
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup lukewarm water

Directions

Chick Pea Flour Bread (Besan Roti)

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Known as besan roti, these are nutritious because of the protein content of chick peas.

Ingredients

140 g/4 1/2 oz/1 cup besan
250 g/8 oz/2 cups atta or roti flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed ajowan seeds
1 tablespoon ghee or oil
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup water
ghee or oil for shallow frying

Directions

Cardamom-Scented Semolina Shortbreads (Naan Khatai)

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This cookie, rich with ghee, is a glorified version of shortbread. It does not have quite the same quality when made with butter or margarine.

Makes 2 dozen.

Ingredients

125 g/4 oz ghee
125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup caster sugar
200 g/7 oz/1 cup fine semolina
3 tablespoons plain (all-purpose) flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom

Directions

Spring Onion (Scallion) Pancakes

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These are crisp and brown on the outside, flavored with salt and spring onions. Serve as a savory hors d'oeuvre, or to accompany rice porridge. Traditionally they might be made with melted lard, but you may prefer to use a light vegetable oil mixed with oriental sesame oil with its wonderful toasted sesame flavor.

Ingredients

Singapore-Style Filled Pancakes (Popiah)

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This is a version of a fresh spring roll, sold at every open-air eating center in Singapore.

Makes about 25 rolls.

Ingredients

Shanghai Sticky Rice Siu Mai

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You don't have to travel to Shanghai to discover how different their siu mai is from the classic Cantonese version. It is not surprising that the regional cuisines of China have similar items that are made from different ingredients. This is one such item. Shanghai siu mai is made with sticky rice, or glutinous rice, while the Catonese version is made with ground meat. This version is from the Shanghai Cuisine Bar and Restaurant in New York City's Chinatown. You can freeze the dumplings before steaming for up to one month.

Makes about 60 dumplings.

South Pacific Crabs with Mayonnaise

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Directions

Serve the boiled crabs at room temperature or chilled, accompanied by a good mayonnaise and with claw crackers and slender pointed crab forks to enable diners to extract every bit of meat from the shells. This is then dipped in the mayonnaise or after a small pile of crab meat has been extracted, it is mixed with the dressing.

Simplicity itself, and the sweet flavor of the crabs is given pride of place, especially if they happen to be coconut crabs.

Red Amaranth (Hin Choy) with Garlic and Oyster Sauce

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Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 bunch red amaranth
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons cornflour (cornstarch)

Directions