Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vegetarian Laksa


HI

When Pamela of the "4 VELVETEERS" challenged the us to cook Laksa and interpret it in our own way, i was a little worried to go ahead with this challenge since i had never heard ,tasted or even seen this dish:-(.Laksa is a spicy noodle soup which is very popular in Malaysia ans Singapore. To read more about this dish click HERE .

After searching for vegetarian Laksa frantically in google , i did get some reference here and for the paste the reference is HERE. I tweaked this recipe to suit my taste and the ingredients available to make my very own Laksa............


One of the challenges i faced here was the unavailability of Laksa leaves which are the main ingredients of this dish.I learnt that i could substitute this with mint leaves.To know more about substitution click HERE.



INGREDIENTS


TO MAKE THE PASTE

Shallots 10

garlic pods 3

Coriander seeds 1 tsp

Fresh coriander few stalks

Fresh basil 3 to 4 leaves

Dry red chillies 3 to 4

Ginger 2 ' piece

Lemon grass 2 small pieces( fresh)

FOR THE SOUP

Vegetable stock 3 cups

Mint leaves or laksa leaves few

Coconut milk 1 cup

Fresh corainder 1 tbsp finely cut

Fresh Mint 1 tbsp finely cut

Curry powder 2 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

Oil 1 tsp

Salt to taste


FOR THE FINAL DISH

Tofu 200 gms cut into cubes and shallow fried

Noodles 200 gms noodles( cooked)


PREPARATION

Take 1 tbsp oil in a pan and saute the ground paste till the raw flavour of the onion and garlic goes away.

Add the whole Mint leaves to it and and then add the vegetable stock. Continue to boil. Now add the curry powder, turmeric powder and salt and cook for 2 more minutes.

Now add the coconut milk , boil for 2 minutes on medium flame, add the cooked noodles and carrots. Finally add the fried tofu and serve hot.Garnish with the finely cut coriander and mint leaves


This is definitely a spicy soup which which all liked. Though i was a little apprehensive to taste it at the beginning since i am not a great lover of Chinese food, i did taste it after my husband came asking for a second helping. I t was definitely very good. Thank you Pamela for challenging us with this lovely dish

" The 4 Velveteers* was started by Pamela, Aparna, Asha, and Alessio
, who are passionate about different cuisines
and food in general. Each month, we will attempt a new dish and share
our experiences and the recipes we used. If you're interested in
joining the Velveteers, please feel free to drop by our Google group
"4 VELVETEERS"
Do check out the creations of other velveteers

Aparna's vegetarian curry laksa

Alessio's fragrant almond laksa

Asha's Laksa Lamak

Lindsay's curried moules Frites

Shall update this list as and when the members post