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Monday, April 2, 2012

Taste of Summer - Chilli and Lemongrass Salsa



by Megan @ The Byron life

Hello.
We are definitely feeling the coolness of autumn these days and for someone who is a summer girl through and through, I've been trying to hang on to the last rays of summer warmth wherever I can find them - even in my cooking!


Today I share a recipe with you that was used consistently throughout summer in my house, and with the basil still in good health in my garden, the Vietnamese mint and lemongrass in constant supply and a chilli or two still hanging in there, I reckon I can push this summer recipe out for a little bit longer...

This salsa is a spicy Thai-style that works wonderfully with either tofu, chicken or fish on a bed of rice. 

CHILLI AND LEMONGRASS SALSA

1 x red chilli (seeds removed)
2 x lemongrass stalks
1 x tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
Good handful of Coriander
Good handful of sweet basil leaves
A few Vietnamese Mint leaves (or Thai basil if you have some)
2 x tablespoons soya sauce
Juice of 3 limes (or more if you want it more watery)
1 x teaspoon sugar or honey

METHOD:
Very finely chop the herbs and chilli. Make sure you remove the chilli seeds and the tough outer leaves of the lemon grass. Finely grate the ginger
Combine these with the sugar, soy sauce and lime juice.
Cover and refrigerate for an hour or more.

Serve over cooked tofu or meat on a bed of rice.
You could also use this as a marinade.

x
Megan

4 comments:

Kristy @ SeeMyFootprints said...

I almost have all those things in my garden... might be time to try something new :)

africanaussie said...

I too have the ingredients in my garden! I wonder how long it will keep? It seems as though it would be a good thing to have around just to add a dash of flavour.

amanda brooke said...

wow...this looks really yummy Megan!

Megan.K. said...

@africanaussie - good question! I haven't tested it out, it always gets used up too quickly. Wonder if freezing it would work? Might have to make a big batch now that you have mentioned this :)
~Megan