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.
TO MAKE THE PASTE
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)
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
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
Labels: coriander, mint, noodles, shallots, soup, tofu, vegetable stock