Originating in northern Vietnam, Phở (Pho, pronounced fuuh) is a Chinese and French-influenced soup of carefully-crafted beef stock flavored with roasted ginger, star anise, coriander and cinnamon. It is typically served with rice noodles, thinly-sliced beef, lime and fresh herbs such as cilantro, basil and mint.
I followed Steamy Kitchen’s recipe, and thoroughly enjoyed the results..
Phở (Vietnamese Beef and Noodle Soup)
A traditional, healing curry of tomatoes, onions, chiles, cashews and spices fried in ghee with chickpeas, plump raisins, fresh pomegranate seeds and cilantro.
2 cups cooked chickpeas
2 plum tomatoes
1 small white onion
2-4 small green chiles
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly-grated ginger
2 tablespoons ghee or clarified butter (substitute olive oil for vegan option)
1/2 cup large black raisins
1/4 cup cashews, chopped
1/4 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
1 teaspoon crushed star anise
1/2 tablespoon turmeric
1/2 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sweet cinnamon shards
1 1/2 teaspoons hulled cardamom
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon minced curry leaves
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup filtered water
Heat ghee in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onions and all of the whole spices (including bay) and sauté until onions are browned, about 5 minutes.
Stir in turmeric and paprika to form a thick paste.
Add chiles and tomatoes and continue to cook until tomatoes have released their water, about 5 minutes.
Add chickpeas, water, raisins and remaining spices and simmer 15 minutes.
Add cashews, pomegranate seeds and cilantro and stir to combine.
Serve accompanied with aged basmati rice or flat-bread.
Raw milk, cacao beans, star anise, Ceylon cinnamon, raw almonds, hemp seed and vanilla bean. Hot cocoa for grownups..
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Simmer raw milk, split vanilla bean and fresh stevia leaves over medium-low heat. Do not allow to boil.
Meanwhile, toast raw cacao beans, anise, cinnamon, almonds and shelled hemp seed in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 5-10 minutes.
Crush toasted spices in a mortar, add to the milk and simmer another 15 minutes.
Strain into a coffee mug, swirl in a little fresh cream and garnish with cinnamon and stevia leaves.
Sleep tight, friends..
Lanka is the name given in Hindu mythology to the island fortress capital of the king Ravana in the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, and is the ancient name for present day Sri Lanka. The fortress itself was situated on a plateau between three mountain peaks known as the Trikuta Mountains Trincomalee.
Rama preparing for war against Ravana
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