Mussels with Coconut, Turmeric and Rice (3-4)

A cheap and aromatic supper with Asian flavours from Thomasina Miers.

Mussels with Coconut, Turmeric and Rice (3-4)
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Mussels with Coconut, Turmeric and Rice (3-4)
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  1. Warm two tablespoons of the oil in a medium pan over a medium heat, add the onion, season with a few pinches of salt and fry for 10 minutes, until coloured and soft.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger and chilli, cook for another three minutes, then add the spices and stir-fry for a minute. Pour in the coconut milk and 150ml water, season to taste with the fish sauce, then bring to a simmer and leave to cook very gently while you make the rice.
  3. Wash the rice once under cold, running water, then tip into a pan and add 650ml cold water. Bring to a boil, cover, turn down the heat to its lowest setting and leave to cook undisturbed for 10 minutes. Take off the heat and set aside somewhere warm, still covered.
  4. Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over a high heat in a wok or other large pan for which you have a lid. Once smoking, throw in the mussels, shake once and cover the pan.
  5. Cook for a minute, then pour in the coconut milk mixture and cook for a few minutes more, until the milk is simmering and the mussels have opened (discard any that don’t).
  6. For a final flourish, warm the tempering oil in a small frying pan over a medium-high heat, add the mustard seeds and, as soon as they begin to pop, add the curry leaves and cook until crisp and translucent, then take off the heat.
  7. Fluff the rice with a fork, then divide between bowls, ladle the mussels on top and spoon on the temper to finish.
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