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Peanut Sauce

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Food & Recipes

It makes a delicious spread, or relish with grilled meats. When required as a sauce, simply spoon out a quantity and mix in sufficient coconut milk or water to give a thick, pouring consistency.

Ingredients

Panch Phora

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Food & Recipes Ingredients

 

2 tablespoons brown or black mustard seeds
2 tablespoons cumin seeds
2 tablespoons nigella (kalonji) seeds
1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds

Directions

Combine in a glass jar. Shake before use to ensure seeds are evenly mixed as the heavier seeds tend to gravitate to the bottom.


Recipe excerpted from Encyclopedia of Asian Food by Charmaine Solomon (Periplus Editions, 1998)

Mustard Pickle

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Ingredients

90 g/3 oz/1/2 cup mustard seed
750 ml/1 1/2 pints/3 cups vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
6 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 tablespoon brown sugar
250 g/8 oz dates, stoned and cut in quarters
1 cup peeled shallots or small red onions
1 cup stringless green beans, sliced
1 cup small cauliflower sprigs
1 cup carrot strips
few fresh red or green chillies

Directions

Mustard Cabbage Relish

Mint or Coriander Chatni

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Ingredients

1 bunch fresh mint or coriander
5 spring onions (scallions)
2 or 3 fresh green chillies
1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon garam masala
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup lime or lemon juice
2 tablespoons water

Directions

Milagai Podi

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Also called idli podi, paruppu podi, dhal powder or 'gun powder', this crunchy spice mixture is stored in an airtight jar. When required, a spoonful or two may be mixed with melted ghee and used like a chatni. This can be sprinkled on bread and butter, either crusty Western style loaves or flat Middle Eastern bread.

Ingredients

Maldive Fish Sambal with Onion and Chilies

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Food & Recipes

Also called called lunu miris in Sri Lanka, this is one of those preparations which needs a mortar and pestle to achieve the right consistency: an electric blender would require too much liquid to purée the ingredients.

Ingredients

60 g/2 oz dry red chilies
or 3 tablespoons sambal ulek
15 g/1/2 oz pounded Maldive fish,
60 g/2 oz shallots or onions, peeled and chopped
lime juice
salt

Directions

Madras Curry Paste

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

90 g/3 oz/3/4 cup ground coriander
41/2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon chilli powder
3 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black mustard seed
4 tablespoons vinegar
5 tablespoons peeled, chopped garlic
2 tablespoons peeled grated ginger
200 ml/7 fl oz/3/4 cup vegetable oil

Directions

Korean Marinade with Sesame Seeds

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons finely chopped or crushed garlic
2 teaspoons finely chopped spring onions (scallions)
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon toasted, crushed sesame seeds
2 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 teaspoons honey or sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

Korean Fish Cake with Chili Paste

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Ingredients

100 g/3 1/2 oz fish cake
3 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
2 teaspoons chilli paste with fermented
soy beans
2 teaspoons Korean chilli bean paste (gochujang)
1/2 teaspoon sugar
squeeze of lime juice (optional)

Directions