Monday, 6 May 2013

PUMPKIN CASHEW LAKSA





Ingredients - serves 4.

Paste.
2 onions or 6 - 8 shallots
3 stems lemongrass
1 tsp ground or fresh turmeric
4 cloves garlic
3cm piece of ginger
3cm piece galangal
2 - 3 of your favourite hot chillies
1 Tbsp vegetable oil

1 large cup of diced pumpkin
1 large cup of trimmed green beans
1 can (400ml) coconut milk
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock - I use Rapunzel cubes
200g rice noodles
250g fresh noodles
200g deep fried tofu sliced

Garnishes. 
1 lime cut into wedges
Sliced chillies
Cashews
Fresh coriander
Deep fried shallots

Method.

To make the laksa paste add the onions or shallots, lemongrass, turmeric, garlic, ginger, galangal and chillies to a food processor and mix until it forms a smooth paste. Fry the laksa paste for 3 - 4 minutes in a preheated large pan or wok with 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, it will sizzle and spit at you a bit but this is what you want! When it starts to smell really fragrant add the coconut milk and let it reduce down for a few minutes then add the stock. Season and leave it on a low heat while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.



















Add the diced pumpkin to a roasting pan and lightly coat with oil and a generous sprinkling of salt place in a preheated oven at 220ÂșC and roast until soft, about 15 - 20 minutes.











Blanch the green beans in boiling water for 1 minute then drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. Follow packet instructions to prepare noodles. Add the sliced tofu and roast pumpkin to the laska and cook for a few minutes to heat everything through. To assemble, place noodles in a serving bowl and ladle spoonfuls of the delicious creamy laksa over them. Top with the green beans, fresh coriander, cashews, sliced chillies lime and fried shallots.

This meal is perfect for a cold rainy day and you can listen to this song while you make it. How badass does she sound? Her name is Ellinor Olovosdotter and she's Swedish. Her video is my idea of a good time (excluding 2.42 which is just a dog humping a random object) and I like to think this is how I look when I cruise round with my friends. Just riding horses amongst some frickin amazing scenery looking all moody and interesting and stuff.







"I need you to take all my shadows for a walk tonight"

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