Ginger Broccoli Coconut Curry

A ticket to the tropical island or a delicious saving grace after sinfully indulgent days…

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Last weekend my husband was at a bachelor party. What happens at a bachelor party stays at the bachelor party but we all know what goes down at these parties – booze, meat, more booze to wash the meat down and then some more meat as an attempt to keep the hangover away. 

So after a weekend full of fun and games, my husband resigned to the couch and desired something light and healthy for dinner. The good wife that I am, I had a fully stocked fridge (for a change!). It was an obvious choice to cook with the fresh greens gracing my fridge. While a stir fry would have been effortless, I decided to make a curry – you can always pack more love in a curry! 

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You would have to agree when i say – Food has such power in bringing back memories and teleporting you to places with just one bite. With the weather getting cooler in Australia and summer in all its glory in India and other parts of the world, I am sure all you desire is being on a tropical island savouring some lip smackingly delicious cocktails and some tantalising curries.

While you dream of the tropical island let me bring you one step closer to it with this delicious ginger broccoli coconut curry. Today’s curry is inspired by Thai flavours such as coconut milk, ginger and kaffir lime. This flavour combination can bring any dish to life. Not only is this curry your ticket to a tropical get away, it is an absolute saving grace if you have had many indulgent days.

 

Ingredients: 15   Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

  • One medium sized broccoli, cut into florets
  • One bunch of asparagus, wood ends trimmed, halved
  • One bunch of choi sum (or any other asian greens), roughly chopped
  • One brown onion, finely sliced
  • Two to three green chillies, finely chopped
  • One tablespoon of crushed ginger
  • Four to five pods of garlic, roughly chopped
  • Four spring onions, finely chopped
  • One kaffir lime leaf
  • 300ml of light coconut milk
  • Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • One teaspoon of sugar
  • Salt to season
  • Fresh coriander to garnish
  • One tablespoon of black sesame seeds, toasted

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Heat two tablespoons of vegetable oil in a wok. Add onions and spring onions, cook until onions are translucent.

Now add garlic, ginger and green chillies. Followed by broccoli and choi sum, I have used choi sum because of its mildly bitter flavour that gives this curry another flavour dimension. You can use any other Asian greens and if you can’t find asian greens you can use baby spinach. 

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Add the coconut milk and about one cup of water, followed by the kaffir lime leaf, one teaspoon of sugar and salt to taste. Cover the wok with a lid and let the curry simmer for seven to ten minutes.

Finally add the asapargus and cook the curry for another four to five minutes or until asparagus is stems are tender.

Your lip smackingly delicious curry is ready to serve. Serve with a side of steamed rice and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and fresh coriander.

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Spicy Vegetable Noodle Soup

Winter is coming…bring out your stock pots…

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My favourite season is here, yes you heard that right – I love winter! I mean let’s be honest what’s not to love – you can eat what you want, sit in front of the fire snuggled up in your favourite blanket all day (yes on a cold winter day it is totally ok!) and winter fashion, seriously how can you not fall in love with those beautifully tailored woolen pants or that perfect trench coat?

Another thing that is great about winter – it’s the perfect season to enjoy delicious soups. Creamy soups, chunky soups, dumpling soups or noodle soups, the variety is truly endless!  This season I will be posting a lot of soups for you to try, but for starters here’s a spicy noodle soup recipe. To be honest this noodle soup is so delicious, it can be enjoyed all year round.

Don’t let the list of ingredients bring you down, most of these are pantry staples and as for the others you will be using them a lot if you intend on cooking some of my lip smackingly delicious recipes.

So without further ado here’s presenting my…Spicy Vegetable Noodle Soup

Ingredients:  19    Cooking time: 1 hr 15 mins

Serves: 2

For the broth

  • One large brown onion, coarsely chopped
  • Four celery sticks, coarsely chopped
  • Five pods of smashed garlic
  • Two inch piece of smashed ginger
  • Five to six pieces of sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • Two kaffir lime leaves
  • Half a lime, deseeded
  • Three to four red chillies chopped
  • Coriander root, coarsely chopped
  • Two tablespoons of soy sauce
  • Two tablespoons of chinese rice wine
  •  Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Salt to season
  • Five cups of water

Noodles

  • You can use flat rice noodles, Singapore noodles or udon noodles (I used udon noodles)

Toppings

  • Bunch of Asian greens
  • One cup of carrots, sliced
  • One cup tofu, cubed
  • One cup of broccolini, florets and stems sliced

We will start by making the broth, which is the centrepiece of a good noodle soup

To make the broth – heat two tablespoons of vegetable oil, add the coarsely chopped onion, smashed ginger and garlic, cook until the onion is translucent and you can smell those beautiful aromas.

Now add the chopped coriander root, celery, red chillies, shiitake mushrooms and give all the ingredients a good stir.

Add water, followed by soy sauce, chinese rice wine, sliced lime and kaffir lime leaves. Bring the broth to a boil on a medium heat and the cover the pan with a lid, letting the stock simmer for one hour on a low heat.

Strain the broth and keep hot until ready to serve.

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While the broth is simmering, cook the noodles as per packet instructions and keep warm until ready to serve.

For the toppings, lightly blanch the greens and carrots. In a wok add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and quickly stir fry the vegetables and tofu with some finely chopped ginger and a tablespoon of vegetable oil (Please note: stir frying the toppings is optional).

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To serve – divide noodles between two bowls, arrange toppings over noodles and finally ladle about 2 cups of broth into each bowl. Garnish with extra chopped red chillies for that extra fiery zing! Enjoy!

Pea, Mint and Goats Cheese Salad

Summer beckons and the salads are calling…

With daylight savings kicking in, Australia is truly on its path to embracing summer and what better than fresh salads to beat the heat. Being a true Indian foodie I don’t consider salads as a meal, but definitely think salads make a great side dish. Particularly when you are indulge in some rather heavy meals. Salads are the source of all things good, fresh and healthy.

You remember the last spaghetti recipe I posted. Well to make myself feel less guilty about indulging in those carbs, I served the spaghetti with a side of this delicious pea, mint and goats cheese salad. To make it more nutrient rich and slightly sexy I added toasted crushed almonds, sesame seeds and crispy shallots too.This salad would be a perfect accompaniment to a weeknight meal or a lazy weekend lunch because it is so light, refreshing and quick to make. Try it for your next party and take my word, it will be a hit.

Ingredients: 7   Preparation time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

  • Three cups of fresh/frozen baby peas
  • One tablespoon of finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1.5 tablespoons of toasted crushed almonds
  • 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds
  • Three tablespoons of goats cheese (you can add more if you like your salad saltier)
  • 1.5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tablespoons of crispy shallots

Whether you are using fresh or frozen peas, we need to blanch them. So add three cups of water in a saucepan and let it come to a boil. Now add the peas for about two-three minutes and once they are slightly soft, strain the peas and run them under cold water to prevent them from cooking further.

To assemble the salad, put the peas in a bowl and add the chopped mint and mix them well. Crumble the goats cheese, add it to the peas and mix it well. Now add the olive oil and mix again. Your salad is ready!

For the garnish add the toasted, crushed almonds, sesame seeds and crispy shallots. Enjoy this light and healthy salad and make it an accompaniment with your mail meals. I served this LSD salad with my Spaghetti con Pomodoro e Basilico and it was finito in a matter of minutes