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4th Of July Dessert: Vanilla Coconut Panna Cotta with Mango Lime Sauce

July 3, 2019

Vanilla Coconut Panna Cotta

  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin powder
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup evaporated cane sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, sliced length-wise and seeds taken out
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 (8 oz) ramekins

In a small bowl dissolve the gelatin in the cold water. Keep aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the yogurt, coconut milk, vanilla extract and seeds from vanilla bean.
In a heavy saucepan, heat the cream and sugar on medium heat until just simmering. Remove from heat and add the gelatin mixture. Add the cream mixture into the cold yogurt mixture.
Pour into the ramekins and chill thoroughly- at least 6 hours if not over night. Dip bottoms of cups into hot water and invert into a serving plate. Serve with mango lime sauce.

Mango Lime Sauce

  • ½ cup mango pulp
  • 2 tablespoons evaporated cane juice
  • Juice of ½ lime (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 mint leaves

Combine mango pulp and sugar in a small saucepan. Add the mint leaves and heat over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes and turn the heat off. Add the vanilla extract and lime juice. Take the mint leaves once the sauce is cool. Serve with the panna cotta.

4th of July Recipes- Thai Style Potato Salad

July 2, 2019

Thai Style Potato Salad1

  • 3 pounds red skinned potatoes, boiled, peeled and cut into ¼ inch cubes
  • 3 sweet peppers, cut into ½ inch cubes (a mix of red and yellow or orange)

Add to a large serving bowl and keep aside.

Dressing

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • Salt

Mix the peanut butter, coconut milk, honey, tamari, sriracha sauce, lime juice, rice wine vinegar and salt. Mix well and add to the potatoes. Taste for seasonings and add salt if needed.

Garnish

  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup salted peanuts, chopped

Top with cilantro, green onions and peanuts. Serve room temperature.

Thai Style Potato Salad

Malaysian Style Pork Coconut Curry

March 19, 2018

If you are in the mood for a really, really yummy dish and don’t mind turning the oven on for a few hours- this recipe is for you… truly one of my favorites…I had a version of this at a yummy Singaporean restaurant in the city and I still dream of the yumminess….

  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2-3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 2 inch pieces with excess fat taken off
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • Salt
  • 1 star anise
  • 3 to 4 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves

Spice Paste

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup chopped shallots
  • 3 to 4 dried red chilies, seeds taken out and soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste (Asian store)
  • 2 lemongrass (white part), chopped

Process all spice paste ingredients in a food processor until a paste is formed. Keep aside.

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 3 to 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 to 4 medium yellow potatoes, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
  • Salt
  • Sugar

Heat a large, heavy saucepan with the peanut oil. In the meantime, dredge the pork pieces in the flour and then sprinkle them with a bit of salt. Brown the pieces in the hot oil, in batches for at least 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Set the pork aside and add the star anise, cloves, cinnamon stick and curry leaves. Saute on medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the spice paste and sauté on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the pork pieces, coconut milk and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer and cook with the lid on for at least 3 to 4 hours. Add the potatoes half an hour before serving. Reduce the gravy according to taste and serve with coconut rice.

 

Shrimp with a Cilantro and Mint Sauce

February 5, 2018

This is a yummy green curry made with coconut milk, cilantro and mint! It was a delicious combination I served with lemon rice  and it was a bit hit. Overall- it was a successful attempt at a green coconut curry… I was very satisfied.

  • 1 pound medium sized shrimp, cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil

Green Curry

  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup mint, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 serrano chili, chopped
  • ¼ cup water

Blend the cilantro, mint, green onions, white onion, garlic, ginger, chili and water till a smooth sauce.

  • 3 teaspoons coriander seeds, toasted and ground
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 10 to 15 curry leaves, chopped
  • 1 (14 ounces) light coconut milk
  • Salt
  • Juice of one lemon

Saute the shrimp on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes in a wok like sauce pan with the extra light olive oil. Take the shrimp out on a paper towel lined platter. Keep aside.

Reheat the wok like sauce pan and add the mustard seeds and curry leaves. Saute for a minute on high heat or till the seeds start to sizzle. Add the sauce and sauté on medium high heat for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the coriander seeds, salt and coconut milk. Mix well and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on medium heat. Add the shrimp, cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the lemon juice, taste for seasonings. Serve with plain or lemon rice.

Mango Coconut Green Chicken Curry

March 27, 2017
  • 2 + 1 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tablespoon green curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 cups mango chunks
  • 1 can coconut milk (13 ½ ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 cup Thai basil, chopped and divided in half
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 large red pepper, sliced
  • 1 pound chicken breast, sliced thin
  • Sugar to taste
  • Salt to taste

Heat a wok like pan with 2 tablespoons coconut oil. Add the ginger, garlic, kaffir leaves, curry paste and coriander powder. Saute on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the mango chunks, coconut milk, fish sauce, lime juice and ½ cup basil. Bring to a boil. Take off the heat and blend till smooth in a blender. Keep aside. Heat the same pan with 1 tablespoon with coconut oil on medium heat. Add the onion and pepper. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the chicken and the blended sauce. Bring to a boil and cook the chicken till done. Add sugar and salt to taste. Garnish with the remaining basil. Serve with rice.

 

 

Penang Curry- My Version

February 8, 2017

Panang Curry

A great version to make at home…

Curry Paste

  • 2 to 3 dried chilies, soaked in warm water until soft and seeds removed
  • 1 inch galangal, grated
  • 3 to 4 stalks lemongrass, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 small shallots
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro stems
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds and peanuts in a small frying pan till aromatic, about 2 to 3 minutes. Take out and grind in a spice grinder. Add to a mortar and pestle. Add the soft red chilies to the spices in the mortar and pestle.
Add the grated galanga, lemongrass, cilantro stems, garlic and shallots to a small food processor and process till smooth. Add the mixture to the mortar and pestle. Add the shrimp paste to the whole mixture and pound the paste till incorporated together and relatively smooth. Add the salt and keep aside.

  • 1 can low-fat coconut milk
  • 3 to 4 kaffir lime leaves, sliced thin
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breast, sliced thin on a bias
  • 1 cup haricot verts (green beans), cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Juice and zest of one lime
  • ½ cup basil, shredded

Heat a saucepan on medium heat and add the curry paste. Add ¼ cup of coconut milk and sauté on medium heat while stirring constantly. Make sure the milk does not burn. Keep adding as the liquid evaporates and more is needed. This should take about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the beans and bring to a boil and cook for a minutes. Add the chicken and bring to a boil. Simmer and add the lime leaves, palm sugar, fish sauce, juice and zest of the lime. Mix well and check for seasonings. Turn off as soon as the chicken is cooked through. Garnish with basil and serve with rice.

Shrimp and Mushroom Laksa

February 6, 2017

Popular in Singapore and Malaysia, this noodle dish is a labor of love. I have tried to make a bit easier but it is still a bit time consuming and requires quite a few ingredients- but it is so worth it. I would recommend this for a Sunday dinner!

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, cleaned, deveined and shelled, shells reserved
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut in half
  • 2 carrots, sliced in one inch pieces
  • Salt

In a large saucepan, add the reserved shells, onion, carrots and 8 cups water. Bring to a boil and simmer till reduced to about 5 cups, about 45 minutes. Strain and keep aside.

Marinate the shrimp in 1 to 2 teaspoons salt and keep aside.

Paste

  •  2 large shallots, cut in quarters
  • 3 green onions, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 large lemongrass stalks-bottom 7 inches only, outer layer removed, stalk cut into 1 inch length

Transfer all the ingredients to a food processor and puree until smooth. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 10 ounces Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • One 14 ½ ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 pound Thai flat rice noodles, cooked according to package instructions
  • Juice of a lime
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 bunch Asian greens (I used yu choy, a leafy green), bok choy or spinach, about 4 cups

Heat a large saucepan with the peanut oil and add the puree and sauté on medium heat for 9 to 10 minutes, till the mixture is dark brown. Add the mushrooms and sauté another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the coconut milk and bring to a boil. Add the 5 cups of broth and bring to a boil. Add the honey, fish sauce, lime juice and soy sauce. Check for seasonings as the broth is simmering and add more soy, lime juice or honey as needed. Add the shrimp and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or till the shrimp are cooked but not over done.

Divide the noodles and greens in 4 to 6 bowls and top with the shrimp and hot broth. Serve immediately.