Uncooked leek is crunchy and firm and has the taste of onions.Leeks can be used in a variety of dishes and it makes a delectable side dish.One of the most popular uses is for adding flavor to stock.The dark green portion is usually used for stir fries and stocks.This scrumptious stems can be used or cooked on it’s own or blended with many other ingredients to bring out the extra flavours.In my home country we eat leeks cooked with variety of ingredients. My children love it when its prepared with sliced onions and tomatoes. However the rest of my family members love to eat leeks cooked with a few tablespoons of coconut milk which makes the leeks tastier and gives a more delicate and creamier flavor.We eat this with steaming rice and a meat dish on the side.Raw leeks is ideal to bring the extra crunch to the salad and also used as a garnish.Leeks also bring a distinct flavor to stews and soups.So today,let me show you how leeks is prepared in my kitchen.
|saute the leeks with other ingredients|
A salad bowl of washed and chopped leeks
An onion sliced
2-3 cloves of garlic crushed
One tomato chopped
½ teaspoon mustard seeds
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon curry powder
1-2 tablespoons oil
½ cup water
2-3 tablespoon coconut milk powder
A sprig of curry leaves ( optional)
Salt to taste
Adjusting a little more or less of the ingredients won’t make a difference..
Heat the oil in the pan.Saute the onions,mustard seeds and the crushed garlic. Add the,turmeric powder and the curry powder and the curry leaves ( optional).At this stage a wonderful aroma will waft through the kitchen and will start tantalizing your senses.Mix in the chopped tomatoesand the leeks and cook in high heat for 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat add the salt and water.Let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes.Finally stir in the powdered coconut milk. ( this has to be mixed in quickly so that no lumps form).Enjoy with rice and any other curry.
|Final touch - with coconut milk|