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Coconut and Dried Shrimp Mallung

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Mallung may be translated as 'mixed up' or 'tossed together'. The consistency should be dry and the flavors strong, as their place in the meal is as an accompaniment. Coconut is a favorite main ingredient for these small dishes, with strong-flavored ingredients added--in this case, the tiny, transparent dried shrimps about the size and shape of a fingernail paring.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

Chili Sambal

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Ingredients

500 g/1 lb onions, finely sliced
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup oil
250 g/8 oz pounded Maldive fish
1 strip pandanus leaf
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
60 g/2 oz dry red chillies, pounded
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons lime juice
salt to taste

Directions

Chat Masala

Homemade Chaat Masala  (Photo by <a href=Michelle Peters - Jones/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/food_chat_masala.jpg">
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Try it on crisp snacks such as bhel puri or chiura, or as a seasoning on steamed vegetables.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons cumin seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon amchur (dried mango powder)
or 1 teaspoon powdered citric acid
1 tablespoon black salt
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon hot or mild chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon asafoetida powder
(mixed with ground rice)*

Directions

Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Curry Powder

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Ingredients

75 g/2 1/2 oz/1 cup coriander seeds
60 g/2 oz/1/2 cup cumin seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon cardamom seeds
2 tablespoons dried curry leaves
2 teaspoons chilli powder (optional)
2 tablespoons ground rice (optional)

Directions

Cashew Nut Curry

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Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz raw cashews
750 ml/1 1/2 pints/3 cups thin coconut milk
1 large onion, finely sliced
2 fresh green chillies, seeded
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 cinnamon stick
strip of dried pandan leaf
sprig of fresh curry leaves
2 stems lemon grass
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup thick coconut milk

Directions

Carrot Relish

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Ingredients

500 g/1 lb carrots
3 tablespoons oil or mixture of oil and ghee
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
1 teaspoon jaggery
finely chopped mint or coriander

Ingredients

Carrot and Dried Fruit Chutney

Dried Fruit Chutney (Photo by <a href=Jennifer LaSuprema/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/food_carrot_and_dried_fruit_chutney.jpg">
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Ingredients

Buttermilk Sauce (Karhi)

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Ingredients

600 ml/20 fl oz/2 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
30 g/1 oz/1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander
2 finely chopped green chillies, seeds removed
2 tablespoons besan (chick pea flour)
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup cold water
1 tablespoon ghee or oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
2 dried red chillies
1/2 teaspoon powdered asafoetida (optional)

Directions

Burmese Dried Shrimp Relish (Balachaung)

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This dish may be crisp and dry, or it may be oily.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz/2 cups dried shrimp
20 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
or 3 tablespoons dried garlic flakes
185 g/6 oz/1 cup thinly sliced shallots,
or 60 g/2 oz/1 cup crisp-fried sliced shallots
375 ml/12 fl oz/1 1/2 cups peanut oil
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup sesame oil
ground dried chillies to taste
2 teaspoons salt
2 cm/1 in square of dried shrimp paste
1/2 cup vinegar

Directions

Breadfruit Coconut Curry

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Ingredients

750 g/1 1/2 lb firm, unripe breadfruit
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
1 onion, finely grated
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
2 fresh green chilies, split
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
3 short strips pandan leaf
1 small stick cinnamon
2 sprigs fresh curry leaves
1 teaspoon salt or to taste

Directions