Thai vegetable soup, Chinese dumplings and vegetable fried rice.
Once in a while I get hooked to the thought of cooking only Chinese… and I have been dreaming about dumplings for quite some time… so I ventured into searching the net for the ideal recipe that can be followed ( and I did find some really good ones). Then I thought why not make the rest of chinese or near chinese items.. that was when I thought of making thai soup since I had some lemon grass waiting to be used and typical vegetable stir fry.
Talking about lemon grass….Once I happen to see some lemon grass stalks in the shop, I bought them and explored options with lemon grass. I looked around and saw some tips to make vegetable soup . Did you know that lemon grass is considered to be a very healthy item rich in vitamin C and good in improving our immunity against cold and fever during winter.
So we are going to have a full course vegetable thai soup, vegetable dumplings and Stir fry rice recipe.
Thai vegetable soup
Lemon grass stalk – 2, chopped to small pieces lightly mashed or pressed
Capsicum – one, preferably red, chopped to small pieces.
Tomato – One, chopped to small pieces
Carrot – one chopped to small pieces
Spring onion – few stalks chopped to small pieces
Beans – 3 or 4 chopped thinly
Coconut milk – half glass
Corn flour – 1 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Glarlic pod – 3 small
Ginger thinly sliced – ½ tsp
Pepper powder – as per taste
Salt – as per taste
Sugar – 1 tsp
Coriander leaves – few sprigs
Any other vegetables like broccoli, baby corn, peas, cabbage, fresh basil leaves, celery etc finely chopped can also be used.
Boil the lemon grass in 2 glass of water for 5 minutes so that the flavour is extracted out, then sieve and remove the lemon grass pieces and use the stock
Boil and cook all other vegetables you wish to add to the soup in vegetable stock or water till the vegetables are well cooked and tender. Drop the vegetables like carrot, beans in water initially and follow it with tomatoes, capsicum etc, also add the lemon grass stock, coriander leaves, pepper, sugar and salt and cook.
Once vegetables are well cooked, add the corn flour diluted in 2 tsp of water, the soup will thicken on addition of corn flour. If we are adding American corn or baby corn, then we can avoid corn flour. Add coconut milk and switch off the fire and add lemon juice. Do not let it boil after adding coconut milk. Enjoy your soup which is ready to be served with chilly sauce and tomatoes sauce to be added to taste.
I came across this interesting link with detailed description of steps for chinese dumplings. I took tips from here and made my version of dumplings with things available at my home.
Finely chopped vegetables – carrot, beans, ginger, garlic,spring onion.
Cooked and mashed potato, one egg.
Mix everything together along with salt to taste and some pepper powder.
Dumpling cover – Make dough with flour and make small balls and roll them into circular wrappers.
Make dumpling with 1 spoon filling and place them in idly vessel and steam cook to perfection.
Other possible variations for fillings
Minced vegetables like cabbage, spring onions, ginger, garlic, mushrooms, egg, minced meat ( or minced prawns) and little binder of corn flour, with salt and pepper to taste.
Finely chop all vegetables, ginger and garlic and keep aside.
Wash jeera rice and cook it, do not over cook it, so that grains are separate. Cook in water flavoured with spices and salt. Drain water and keep ready.
In a wok, heat oil and add the minced ingredients and stir and cook them. Keep adding some tomato sauce or vegetable stock it gets too dry. Add salt and pepper powder to taste. Add a tsp of soya sauce. Add the cooked jeera rice to the stir fried vegetables and toss for another minute, add coriander leaves. You can also add scrambled eggs or cooked minced chicken and tasty stir fry rice is ready to be served.
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