Vegetables and Rice Noodles in a Coconut Broth

Recipe courtesy Anjum Anand
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 30 min
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

  • 3 1/2 ounces potato, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable or coconut oil
  • 20 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 15 curry leaves*
  • 5 whole green chiles, pricked with a knife
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ounces cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 3 ounces broccoli, cut into florets
  • Boiling water, as necessary
  • 3 1/2 ounces fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 3 ounces frozen peas
  • 9 ounces coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 9 ounces rice noodles, cooked according to packet instructions, drained**
  • Handful chopped fresh cilantro, leaves and stems
  • *Can be found at specialty Asian or Indian markets.
  • ** Cook's Note: The noodles will stick together once cooked, so be sure to place them straight into the hot broth. I like a pristine white broth, so I only cook the onions until soft and translucent and just turning golden at the edges, but before they brown.
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Directions

This subtle soupy dish is actually a combination of two Keralan dishes, vegetable stew (ishtoo) and rice noodles (iddiyapam).
Boil the potatoes in a pan of salted water until tender, then drain well, and mash with a potato masher or ricer until smooth, and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the peppercorns, cinnamon, and cloves, and fry for 20 to 30 seconds, or until the spices are fragrant. Add the onion, and fry for 3 to 4 minutes, or until softened and golden brown.

Add the curry leaves, chiles, and ginger, and cook for a further 20 to 30 seconds. Season the mixture, with salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Add the cauliflower and broccoli florets, and then add enough of the boiling water to cover the ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until the florets are just tender. Add the green beans, mashed potato, peas, and 1 cup boiling water, and stir until the mashed potato has absorbed all of the water, and the mixture is thick, and well combined.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer, and add the coconut milk and garam masala. Season the mixture, to taste, with salt, and freshly ground black pepper.

To serve the dish, divide the cooked noodles among four serving bowls, and spoon over the vegetable stew. Garnish with the chopped cilantro.

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