Chilli Cabbage

Cabbage doesn’t feature often on our menu, and there is no real reason that that should be the case. I love it raw and cooked (if cooked properly).

Cabbage is much more than what English-influenced cuisines tend to recognise, and it matches well with chilli, coconut, ginger, mustard seeds, fennel and other flavourings more common in other cuisines.

In this recipe we take some of those flavourings in a dish that will lift your respect for this green vegetable, and, can I say it? Make your winter a little brighter!

Are you after Cabbage recipes? Try Simple Cabbage Thoran, Kimchi and Cabbage and Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing.

Or browse all of our Cabbage dishes, and explore our Mid Autumn collection of recipes.

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Spicy Radish or Jicama Salad with Coconut Milk

This salad can be made with white or red radish, jicama (yam bean) or kohlrabi. It is crunchy and delicious and full of spicy tropical flavours.

Crunchy vegetables are just made for summer time lazy eating, and this salad is perfect. In fact it can be made at any time of the year, using red or white radish, kholrabi and/or Jicama. As at least one of these vegetables is in season at most times of the year, there can be no excuse!

You might also enjoy Vegetable Sticks with Spices, or A Host of Spring Salads. Browse our Jicama recipes here and our Radish recipes here and here. Our Salads here and here are worth exploring, or just browse the Bittman Salads. Be inspired by our Summer recipes here and here.

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Aubergines in Coconut Milk | Thenkapal Varadhiniya | A Dish from Kerala

Another delicious recipe from Kerala.

There is something amazing about aubergine. Not only their colours and shininess, their taste varies from dish to dish. This recipe is from Kerala, a coastal Western state of India, where coconuts and bananas abound. Kerala is an amazing state, cleaner than many others with a very high literacy rate, and the only communist state in India. It is an easy state to be in, to visit and stay in, and the food is as good as anywhere. Several of my favourite Indian dishes come from Kerala.

Aubergines cooked in Coconut has a beautiful and flavoursome base of onions, garlic, ginger & spices, which is turned into a sauce with coconut milk. The sautéed aubergines soak up the sauce and the thickened gravy coats the pieces.

You might also want to try other dishes from Kerala, such as Avail, Aubergines in Coconut Milk, Cabbage Thoran and Neyyum Parippum. All of the Kerala recipes are here and here, and the Eggplant Recipes here and here. The basis for this recipe is Madhur Jaffrey and you can see her recipes here.

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Lemony Sago in Coconut Milk | Sabudana | Sago Coconut Payasam

Sago is back in fashion!

Sago is back in fashion! It is wonderful when it is paired with enough lemon juice that it is tangy, and enough jaggery that it is sweet, and swimming in coconut milk. A truly delicious and cooling dessert, just made for hot weather. It can be served hot, cold and at room temperature.

There is a similar recipe from the Retro Recipe Series on this site’s sister site, Heat in The Kitchen, but it has  been updated here with changes in technique. It is a bit simpler, too. The recipe appears there as part of the Retro Recipes series.

You might like to browse all Sago recipes here. Or explore all of our Dessert recipes here and here. See the complete set of Indian recipes here and here.  Be inspired by our Spring recipes here and here.

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Nasi Lemak| Balinese Coconut Rice

This Coconut Rice will have you hooked from the moment you start cooking. The aroma is awesome and the taste is heavenly. Straight from Bali to you, for you.

An aromatic rice that will have all of your neighbours coming to your door hoping for a taste of this beautiful rice. A Balinese recipe that I bought back with me from a food trip to Bali.

Check our different Coconut Rice Recipes. In previous years I was making Peppered Rice, Makhana Palak, and Making Ghee.

You might like to browse all of our rice recipes here and here. Balinese recipes are here and here. Be inspired by our Spring recipes here and here.

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