Shallots are annual herbaceous plants. Underground bulbs comprise garlic-like cloves. Shallot bulbs contain a volatile oil, and are used as flavouring or seasoning agents. Shallots are used to ease stomach discomfort, and as antidiarrrhoeal, expectorant, diuretic and antiflu agents.
Outlining the difference between the different types of coconut, between coconut water, milk and cream, and ways to get to and use the flesh. Read on …..
This is the small, brown, nail-shaped spice, once found only in the islands of the Moluccas, east of Bali.
Cinnamon is the bark of a tree – a type of cassia, used in various parts of the world in very different ways.
Chillies are a common ingredient in many cuisines. There are many different species, all containing capsaicin, a biologically active ingredient beneficial to the respiratory system, blood pressure and heart. Did you know there are more than 300 varieties of chilli?
Cassia – Bark and Leaves. Quite useful if you can get them.
These little nuts are not well known outside of SE Cuisines, but are well worth investigating further.
A tea to take you back to Bali.
This is a great Balinese Sambal based on tomatoes and shallots. It has been vegetarianised, using miso and seaweed flakes to add the salty sea taste to the sambal.
This is a basic Balinese spice paste that goes well with vegetable dishes that are sauteed with coconut and spices, and a Green Bean Salad, scrumptious, that uses the spice paste.
Delicious and crunch, fried shallots add texture to salads, soups, gravies and many other dishes.