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Cardamom-Flavored Lamb Chops (Tabak Maaz)

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Chops make their appearance in various guises during a Kashmiri feast and this is one of several versions of this Kasmiri dish. The main flavoring is cardamom, both from the large brown pods and from cardamom powder. The chops are first cooked in a cardamom-flavoured milk and then fried and finally simmered in yogurt and spices and flavored with saffron and Kasmiri garam masala.

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Tartar of Tuna, Hamachi and Salmon with Taro Root Chips

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Pork Tenderloin (Babi Kecap)

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Almond Tofu with Kiwi in Rock Sugar Syrup

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Almond Tofu with Base
1 tablespoon gelatin powder
1 ½ cup almond milk (available in health food stores)
1 ½ cup soy milk
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond oil
pinch of salt

Kiwi in Rock Sugar Syrup
4 ripe kiwis (mix green and gold kiwis if in season)
¼ cup Chinese yellow rock sugar (2 ounces)
½ cup water

Directions
Sprinkle gelatin over almond milk in a large cup and let sit for a

Chinese Barbecued Pork (Char Siu)

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Special barrel-shaped ovens are used to cook this popular item in those shops which specialise in Chinese roasts. This recipe suggests two ways to get almost the same effect at home.

Ingredients

750 g/1 1/2 lb lean, boneless pork
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Chinese wine or dry sherry
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
1 tablespoon hoi sin sauce

Quince Sambal

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1 large quince
salt and chilli powder to taste
1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot (optional)

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Plantains with Coconut and Chilli

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2 green plantains
90 g/3 oz/1 cup freshly grated coconut
3 tablespoons finely sliced purple shallots
1 or 2 fresh green chillies, seeded and sliced
1 tablespoon thick coconut cream
salt to taste
squeeze of lime juice

Directions

Peel the plantains and boil them in lightly salted water until soft. Drain and mash, adding the coconut, shallots, chillies and coconut cream. Add salt to taste and a good squeeze of lime juice to sharpen the flavor.

Mangoes (Moghul-Style)

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Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

2-3 firm ripe mangoes
125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup white sugar
125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup water
3 green cardamom pods, bruised
or few drops cardamom extract
1 tablespoon pistachio kernels


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Jackfruit Mallung

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Mallung or mallum is a Sinhalese word which means 'mix-up' and is usually applied to the leafy green preparations with everything chopped finely and mixed over heat. This dish is an accompaniment to rice, and is always without a sauce, the liquid that comes out of the leaves or other ingredients is evaporated. This version is made with very tender jackfruit shredded finely and cooked with chillies and other spices.

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Kare-Kare (Filipino Beef or Oxtail Stew)

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Every good cook in the Philippines has his or her own version of this stew. One thing remains constant, and that is the fact that this is a big, heavy meal usually served for lunch on Sundays or holidays, so that it may be followed by a siesta.

Serves 8.

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