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Saffron Rice Pilau

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4-5.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb basmati rice
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons ghee
2 teaspoons salt
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups hot water or stock
1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
2 tablespoons sultanas (golden raisins) (optional)

Directions

Rice with Fried Bean Curd

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Serves 6.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb short grain rice
750 ml/1 1/2 pints/3 cups cold water
4 sheets fried bean curd (aburage)
500 ml/1 pint/21/2 cups dashi or chicken stock
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup shoyu (Japanese soy sauce)
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup mirin or dry sherry
1 tablespoon sugar
6 spring onions (scallions) finely sliced diagonally

Directions

Rice in Coconut Milk

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This is served on New Year's Day, to augur prosperity for the coming year. In many homes it is also served at breakfast on the first day of each month.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb/2 1/2 cups short grain or broken rice
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups water
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
2 teaspoons salt
1 stick cinnamon (optional)

Directions

Taro Leaves in Coconut Cream

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

30 taro leaves or spinach leaves
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup canned coconut cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
banana leaves and breadfruit leaves
or aluminium foil for wrapping

Directions

Wash taro or spinach well in cold water, remove stems and any tough veins. Blanch spinach leaves briefly just long enough to soften or boil taro leaves for 45 minutes. Drain in a colander.

Red Lentil and Rice Kitchri

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Serves 4 as a main dish.

Ingredients

200 g/7 oz/1 cup long grain rice, preferably basmati
200 g/7 oz/1 cup red lentils
2 tablespoons ghee or oil
5 cardamom pods, bruised
4 whole cloves
1 stick cinnamon
2 medium onions, finely sliced
750 ml/11/2 pints/3 cups hot water
2 teaspoons salt

Directions

Pad Thai

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Ingredients

Water Lily Sour Soup

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In the Philippines the water from washing rice is used as the cooking liquid. It is the second washing water which is used, the first rinse carrying away dust and impurities.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 litre/2 pints rice water
4 whole pods green tamarind, fresh or bottled
4 small fish steaks
or 500 g/1 lb fillets cut in pieces
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 cup sliced water-lily stems
1/2 cup sliced spring onions (scallions)
with green leaves salt and lime juice to taste

Vietnamese Sour Soup with Pineapple

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It may be made with chicken or beef, thinly sliced, instead of the prawns.

Serves 2.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz raw prawns
4 spring onions (scallions), sliced
2 tablespoons oil
750 ml/11/2 pints/3 cups water
or light chicken stock
2 tablespoons fish sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 small pineapple, peeled and cored

Directions

Vietnamese Pho

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Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

Soup
2 kg/4 lb beef bones
500 g/1 lb shin (gravy) beef
1 whole onion, peeled
6 cloves
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 knob of ginger, sliced
1 stick cinnamon
3 star anise
5 cardamom pods
2 carrots
1 sprig celery leaves
2 tablespoons fish sauce

Thai Soup with Lily Buds

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

60 g/2 oz bean thread vermicelli
20 dried lily buds
6 dried shiitake mushrooms
300 g/10 oz raw prawns
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Thai pepper-coriander paste
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 spring onions (scallions), sliced

Directions