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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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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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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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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

Kashmiri Garam Masala

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Ingredients

30 g/1 oz cumin seeds
30 g/1 oz large brown cardamom pods
30 g/1 oz fennel seeds
15 g/1/2 oz green cardamom pods
2 cinnamon quills
3 cassia leaves, optional
(do not substitute bay leaves)
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons ground mace
1 whole nutmeg, finely grated

Directions

Jackfruit Curry

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For cooking, jackfruit should not be ripe with yellow and fragrant flesh, but at the stage when the pericarps (fleshy sacs which cover the large seeds) are pale. Slices of this large fruit are cut like wedges of watermelon and sold by weight at markets. Experienced cooks rub their hands with oil before handling the fruit as it oozes a sticky latex which is hard to remove, and the oil gives protection.

Ingredients

Indonesian Egg Sambal

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Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

4 eggs
3 tablespoons peanut oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried shrimp paste
1 tablespoon sambal ulek
or chopped red chillies
1 teaspoon finely chopped galangal,
fresh or bottled
6 candle nuts or macadamia nuts,
finely grated or pounded
2 teaspoons palm sugar
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup coconut milk
salt to taste
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice

Directions