Vegetable coconut sayur

Vegetable coconut sayur

Sayur lemeng

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South East Asian Food

This dish is similar to a Malay vegetable lemak. It is quite a rich dish and if you make it thick (i.e. use less thin coconut milk) it could be served with a sour poached fish dish such as Pangé Ikan Padang or in place of a gulai. The same is true of both the previous and the following recipes. If you serve it as a stand-alone dish, however, try adding a little sugar and lime juice to taste.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups thin coconut milk
50g fresh young coconut, very thinly sliced
or 1-2 tablespoons dried shredded coconut, steamed
3-4 cups mixed vegetables, sliced, (choose from corn kernels; snakebeans; French beans or broad beans; pumpkin; choko or marrow; cabbage; eggplant; canned bamboo shoots)
100g peeled raw prawns, or more to taste
1 cup thick coconut milk
salt, to taste

Paste spices

Quantity Ingredient
1 teaspoon coriander seed
3-4 red chillies
2cm piece resurrection lily, if available
5 roasted candlenuts or raw almonds or macadamia nuts
2 x 2cm slice shrimp paste
2 garlic cloves, sliced
6 shallots, sliced

Method

  1. Grind the coriander finely in an electric grinder. In a mortar grind the other spices to a paste, adding each one in the order in which it is listed, adding the ground coriander last. Alternatively grind everything together in an electric food processor attachment.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok or a saucepan and fry the spice paste until it smells fragrant. Add the thin coconut milk and bring it to the boil, then add the coconut slices, the vegetables that take longer to cook, and the prawns, and allow to simmer. Add the vegetables that require less cooking a little later, the thick coconut milk and salt to taste. Simmer, stirring, until all the vegetables are cooked and the gravy thick, with its oil floating on top.
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