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Mixed Vegetable Stew with Mustard

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A hearty vegetable stew featuring vegetables in season. Make a selection of 4 or 5 varieties and if any need longer cooking than the others, blanch them briefly in a little water first and use the cooking water for the liquid in this dish. Serve with rice.

Serves 4

Ingredients

Lentils and Vegetables with Meat

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This recipe is a perfect example of how many different kinds of lentils may be used together, and even combined with meat which can be omitted for the vegetarian version. An example of Parsi cooking, the recipe has many parts, but is not a difficult one.

Serves 10-12

Ingredients

Indian Sweet-Sour Potatoes

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

750 g/11/2 lb potatoes
2 tablespoons ghee or oil
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
2 fresh chillies, sliced
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder or to taste
1 tablespoon dried tamarind pulp
2 teaspoons palm sugar or brown sugar

Directions

Herbed Mashed Potatoes

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb potatoes
2 tablespoons melted ghee or butter
3 tablespoons boiling milk
3 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
6 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves
3 tablespoons finely chopped spring onions (scallions)
mint sprigs for garnish

Directions

Eggs on Spinach

Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 bunch spinach
1 tablespoon ghee or butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
pinch chilli powder (optional)
salt and ground black pepper to taste
6 eggs

Directions

Wash the spinach thoroughly, discard any tough stems and cook the leaves in very little water in a covered pan for 10-12 minutes or until soft. Drain and chop the spinach.

Cauliflower Pilau

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Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

375 g/12 oz/2 cups basmati rice
500 g/1 lb cauliflower
2 tablespoons ghee
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons Indian green masala paste
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup natural yoghurt
3 cardamom pods, bruised
1 cinnamon stick
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sultanas (golden raisins)

Directions

Water Spinach, Chinese Style

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb water spinach
3 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons shrimp sauce
1/4 cup hot water
1 teaspoon sugar

Directions

Wash the water spinach well and break into short lengths. Heat the oil and stir-fry the vegetable over high heat until wilted. Add the shrimp sauce mixed with hot water and sugar, toss well to mix, cover and simmer for a few minutes.

Szechwan Eggplant

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Serves 6.

Ingredients

2 eggplants (aubergines) about 500 g/1 lb each,
or 1 kg/2 lb smaller eggplants
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups peanut oil
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

Sauce
4 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons Chinese wine or dry sherry
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon oriental sesame oil
1 teaspoon chilli oil (optional)
1-2 teaspoons sweet chilli sauce

Directions

Stir-Fried Purslane, Chinese Style

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 or 2 bunches purslane
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon oriental sesame oil

Directions

Wash the purslane, shake dry and trim off the roots and tough lower ends of stems. Cut into bite-sized pieces.

Heat oil and fry garlic on low heat until fragrant. Toss in the purslane and stir-fry for 1 minute, add soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and mix quickly.

Stir-Fried Long Beans, Chinese Style

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 bunch long beans
1 tablespoon oil
4 slices fresh ginger
1 clove garlic, bruised
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
few drops oriental sesame oil

Directions