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What you need:

FOR THE CURRY PASTE
1 tbsp whole coriander seeds, toasted
2 tsp whole cumin seeds, toasted
1 tsp whole black peppercorns, toasted
1 tsp coarse salt
3 serrano chiles, sliced
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves
2 stalks fresh lemon grass, trimmed and chopped
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 spring onions, chopped
2 tbsp chopped peeled fresh ginger
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp finely grated lime zest (from 2 limes)

For the stew:

2 oz spinach

14oz /1 tin  unsweetened regular coconut milk
14oz /1 tin  unsweetened light coconut milk
1 medium courgette (zucchini) quartered lengthwise and sliced 1 inch thick (21/4 cups)
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup fresh basil

What you do:

Make the curry paste: Grind coriander, cumin, peppercorns, and salt with a mortar and pestle, or with the bottom of a heavy skillet. Add remaining ingredients, and grind until a paste forms. (The Curry paste can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months.)

Make the stew:

Puree 5 tbsp curry paste, the spinach, and 1 cup regular coconut milk in a blender until smooth. Reserve remaining curry paste for another use.

Bring remaining regular coconut milk and the light coconut milk to a boil in a medium Dutch oven or heavy stockpot. Reduce heat, stir in curry-spinach mixture, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add courgette, and cook until slightly tender, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until courgette is tender and chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add basil, and garnish with serrano chiles.

Serve with rice and lime wedges.

 

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What you need:

2 cups long grain rice

2 tbsp olive oil

1 litre of hot water

2 bay leaves

salt & pepper to taste

1 vegetable stock cube

1 tsp paprika powder

1/2 tsp turmeric  powder

1 pinch of saffron

2 onions diced

1 leek sliced

1 small aubergine cut into cubes

1 courgette (zucchini) cut into semi circles

1 of each red & yellow  peppers diced

5 to 6 button mushroom quartered

What you do:

Wash and soak the rice in some hot water, while you prepare the vegetables. Chop into fairly large chunks and boil the water.

Pre heat a large sauce pan or wok on medium temperature.

Drain the rice, add the oil to the pan and all the ingredients and sauté for a few minutes, you will see a shine on the rice. Pour the hot water and cover and cook for 15 minutes. Mix and check to see if the rice is done, add more water if necessary and cook until all the water has evaporated.

serve with some lemon wedges.

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