Thai Tofu Laksa

Serves 4

300g Thai flat rice noodles

300g tofu, cut into cubes

2 Tbsp olive oil

4 garlic cloves, peeled

5cm piece of ginger, peeled

2 red chillies, deseeded

2 Tbsp fish sauce

2 Tbsp tamari soy sauce

1 tsp ground turmeric

2 tsp coconut palm sugar or dark brown sugar

2 limes, juiced

2 400g cans of coconut milk

coriander, to serve

100g beansprouts, to serve

 

Rinse the rice noodles in cold water and place them in a large bowl, covered with plenty of boiling water.  Leave to soften – 5-10 minutes depending on the brand. Drain and rinse under running cold water to stop them from going too soft.

Heat the olive oil in a wok and then stir fry the cubed tofu until golden.

Blitz the garlic, ginger and chillies in a food processor along with the fish sauce, soy sauce, turmeric, sugar and lime juice.  Heat this mixture for a couple of minutes in a large heavy based pan until fragrant.

Add the coconut milk plus 200ml of water and simmer for 5 mins.  Add the tofu (and cooked prawns if using) to heat through.

Divide the noodles between bowls and ladle over the hot laksa.  Top with coriander and beansprouts and serve.

Chickpea and coconut curry

Serves 4

3 cardamom pods

3 onions, finely chopped

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

2cm piece of ginger, finely chopped

2 fresh green chillies, finely chopped

extra virgin olive oil

½  cinnamon stick

2 cloves

1 pinch of fennel seeds

½ tsp ground turmeric

1 level tsp chilli powder

1 heaped tsp ground coriander

1 level tsp garam masala

1 heaped tsp tomato purée

4 ripe tomatoes

2 x 400g tins of chickpeas

1 bunch of fresh coriander

200- 400ml tin of coconut milk (according to taste)

100g baby spinach or kale

 

Place a heavy based, large pan over a medium heat to get hot.  Crush the cardamom pods to release the seeds.

Pour a good drizzle of oil into the pan, add the cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and fennel seeds.  Then add the garlic, ginger and green chillies.

Stir fry for a couple of minutes, then add the onion. Cook for a further 15 to 20 minutes, or until soft  and golden, stirring occasionally.

Add the turmeric, chilli powder, ground coriander, garam masala, tomato purée and a pinch of sea salt and stir so that everything is well combined.

Chop and add the tomatoes, then pour in 450ml water. Bring to the boil. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add to the pan.

With the lid on cook over a medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pick and finely chop the coriander leaves, and set aside to garnish.

Reduce the curry to a low heat and pour in the coconut milk. Simmer gently for 5 minutes, until well combined, adding the spinach/kale to wilt for the last couple of minutes.

Season with sea salt and black pepper. Remove the pan from the heat, scatter with the reserved coriander and serve with some brown basmati rice.