Worldwide Locations

Worldwide Locations

Asia Blog

Fried Chili Sambal

(Photo by avlxyz/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

This sambal keeps well in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup oil
sprig of curry leaves
500 g/1 lb finely sliced onions
2 tablespoons chilli powder
125 g/4 oz Maldive fish
2 cardamom pods, bruised
2 whole cloves
1 small stick cinnamon
strip of fresh, frozen or dried pandan leaf
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 teaspoons salt or to taste
1 tablespoon sugar

Directions

Fresh Petai Sambal

Petai Sambal (Photo by <a href=w3ndy @ flickr/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/petaisambal.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Serves 6-8.

Ingredients

Fresh Anchovy Relish

Food & Recipes

Serves 6.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz fresh small anchovies, about 5-8 cm/2-3 in size
2 pieces dried gamboge or small knob dried tamarind or half a lime
3 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
sprig of fresh curry leaves
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons chilli powder

Directions

Feijoa Conserve

Feijoa (Photo by <a href=niznoz/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/feijoa.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Makes about 6 cups.

Ingredients

1.5 kg/3 lb feijoas
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups water
1.5 kg/3 lb/6 cups sugar
juice of 1 lemon, strained

Directions

Cucumber Raita

Cucumber Raita (Photo by <a href=dejahthoris/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/cucumberraita.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Ingredients

2 green seedless cucumbers
1 teaspoon salt
2 spring onions (scallions), finely chopped
375 ml/12 fl oz/1 1/2 cups thick natural yoghurt lime or lemon juice to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds
2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander or mint

Directions

Crisp Fried Shallots and Shallot Oil

Fried Shallots (Photo by <a href=biberfan/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/friedshallots.jpg">
Food & Recipes

To store crisp-fried shallots, first cool thoroughly then pack into airtight containers and freeze.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb shallots
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups peanut oil

Directions

Country Mustard

Mustard Seeds (Photo by <a href=Dennis Wilkinson/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/food_country_mustard.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Ingredients

6 tablespoons black or brown mustard seeds
vinegar
3 cloves garlic (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
sugar and salt to taste

Directions

In a non-metal bowl soak mustard seeds overnight in just enough vinegar to cover. Puree all ingredients in an electric blender, adding sugar and salt to taste. Store in a glass jar with non-metal lid.

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

Coconut Chatni

Coconut Chatni (Photo by <a href=drumecho/flickr)" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/coconutchatni.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Ingredients

half a fresh coconut, grated or 1 cup desiccated coconut
1 lime or lemon
3 fresh red or green chillies
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ghee or oil
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
1/2 teaspoon urad dhal
1 teaspoon nigella seeds
small sprig fresh curry leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground asafoetida, optional

Directions

Coconut and Dried Shrimp Mallung

(Photo by alex the greek/Flickr)
Food & Recipes

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

Photo by <a href=keong-zai/flickr" src="http://www.asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/chilisambal.jpg">
Food & Recipes

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