March 13, 2010

Vegetables Curry/Sayur Lemak

Sayur Lemak is Malay for vegetables cooked in rich spicy coconut milk. The word, "Sayur" is vegetables and "Lemak" is rich flavor in Malay. This is a simple dish and is also one of my favorite--I could eat this everyday!
1 small cabbage, sliced in thick pieces
1 firm beancurd, or deep fried tofu (from Asian supermarkets)
1 small eggplant, sliced in small chunks
1 can coconut cream, diluted with 3/4 cups of water
3 ripe tomatoes, chopped in chunks
2 Tbsp. cooking oil
3-5 red chillies (if you like it spicy)
2 candlenuts
3 shallots
1 small piece turmeric, peeled and sliced
1 Tbsp. dried prawns, washed and soaked in some warm water (optional)
1. Blend spices to a smooth paste. Heat oil in deep pot and fry spices till fragrant until water evaporates and oil comes through. Add tomatoes and fry for another 5 minutes.
2. Add a little coconut milk to the spice mixture and stir to mix well, then gradually add the rest of the coconut milk. Bring to a oil.
3. Add the egg plants, cabbage, beancurd, and simmer till vegetables are just cooked.
4. Serve warm with rice.
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