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3 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup onion
2 cloves garlic
3/4 teaspoon ginger, minced
3/4 teaspoon cumin, ground
1/2 teaspoon coriander, ground
3/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups yellow lentils
4 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 red chili, whole
3 cups stock

Takes 2 1/2 hours to cook.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Sweat the onions, garlic and ginger until soft, about 3 minutes.

Add the cumin, coriander, curry powder, turmeric, salt, pepper and yellow lentils and cook for 3 minutes.

Add the coconut milk, lime juice, red chilies, and stock. Bring to a boil and reduce heat.

Simmer for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the lentils are very soft. Puree the soup if you like it smooth.

Season with salt and pepper.

If soup is too thick, thin with a little more stock. Serve the soup into warm bowl and garnish with the Coriander Chutney.

Serves 4

Coriander Chutney – never made
1 1/4 cup coriander, rough chopped
juice of 2 limes (6 tablespoons)
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup cashews, toasted
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablesppon ginger, minced
water to loosen
1 teaspoon salt

In a blender or food processor, combine the coriander, lime juice, coconut, cashews, garlic, ginger, salt and a couple tablespoons of water. Blend until smooth, loosening the mixture with more water if necessary. Use as a garnish for soup.


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1 tablespoon Cumin Seeds
1 tablespoon Oil
2 tablespoon Cumin Seeds
½ teaspoon Black Peppercorns
4 Green Cardamom Pods
½ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
2 Garlic Cloves, Crushed
1 in piece Root Ginger, grated
1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
2 teaspoon Ground Cumin
½ teaspoon Salt
8 Chicken Pieces, such as thighs and drumsticks, skinned (We use drumsticks)
1 teaspoon Garam Masala

Serve with Cucumber Raita (to be posted later)

1. Dry roast 1 T of the cumin seeds for 5 minutes and then set aside.
2. Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan and fry the remaining cumin seeds, black peppercorns and cardamoms for about 2-3 minutes.
3. Add the chillies, garlic and ginger and fry for about 2 minutes.
4. Add the ground coriander, ground cumin and salt and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
5. Add the chicken. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
6. Add the garam masala and reserved toasted cumin seeds and cook for a further 5 minutes.

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This sauce is excellent with salmon and prawns. I learned about it while dining at a restaurant in Vancouver and I’m very grateful they shared their recipe with me.

2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
5 tablespoons mayonnaise

Combine ingredients and serve. Mixture should be fairly thick. Delicious!

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This is our absolute favourite marinade for salmon and prawns. I usually double the recipe in order to have enough marinade to coat the salmon pieces.

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, crushed

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Juice from each of:
1 lemon (or use 3 tablespoons lemon juice)
1 lime (or use 2 tablespoons lime juice)
1 orange (or use 4 tablespoons orange juice)

2 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons olive oil
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 inch ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon red pepper

Combine all ingredients and marinate salmon for 1 hour – no longer or salmon will start to cook. If salmon starts to turn pink, remove from marinate.

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You can substitute the same quantity of black beans, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, if you prefer.

1 1/3 cups Dried Red Kidney Beans
2 tablespoon Oil
½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
1 Onion, thinly sliced
1 green Chilli, finely chopped (substitute: ¼ teaspoon Red Pepper)
2 garlic Cloves, crushed
1 in piece root Ginger, grated

2 tablespoon Curry paste (substitute 2 teaspoons curry powder with a little bit of water)
1 teaspoon ground Cumin
1 teaspoon ground Coriander
¼ teaspoon Chilli powder (reduced from ½ teaspoon)
½ teaspoon salt

14 oz can chopped Tomatoes
2 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander

1. Leave the kidney beans to soak overnight in a bowl of cold water.
2. Drain the beans and put in a large saucepan with double the volume of water. Boil vigorously for 10 minutes. Skim off any scum. Cover and cook for 1 1 ½ hours or until the beans are soft.
3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large heavy-based frying pan and fry the cumin seeds for2 minutes until they begin to splutter. Add the onion, chilli, garlic and ginger and fry for 5 minutes. Stir in the curry paste, cumin, ground coriander, chilli powder and salt and cook for 5 minutes.
4. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the beans and fresh coriander, reserving a little for the garnish. Cover and cook for 15 minutes, adding a little water if necessary. Serve garnished with the reserved fresh coriander.

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1 ½ lb Chicken Thighs, boneless and skinless
1 tablespoon Oil
1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Green Pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 Red Pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 Garlic Cloves, crushed
¾ inch piece Root Ginger, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Curry Powder and little water (substituted for 1 tablespoon Curry Paste)
¼ teaspoon Chilli Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Coriander
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
½ teaspoon Salt
14oz can Chopped Tomatoes (used Stewed Tomatoes)
2 tablespoon chopped fresh Coriander

1. Remove any visible fat from the chicken and cut the meat into 1 inch cubes.
2. Heat the oil in a wok or heavy-based frying pan and fry the cumin seeds for 2 minutes until they splutter. Add the onion, peppers, garlic and ginger and fry for 6-8 minutes.
3. Add the curry paste and fry for about 2 minutes. Stir in the chilli powder, ground coriander, cumin and salt and add 1 tablespoon water; fry for a further 2 minutes.
4. Add the chicken cubes and fry for about 5 minutes. Add the canned tomatoes and chopped fresh coriander. Cover the wok or frying pan with a lid and cook for about 15 minutes or until the chicken cubes are tender. Garnish with a sprig of fresh coriander and serve with rice.

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