This week WHB returns home to Kalyn´s Kitchen. Kalyn is passionate about coriander (cilantro) so today I am going to seduce her with coriander, from the roots to the leaves. 😉 Coriander is such a popular herb that you can find its presence in various cuisines from Southeast Asia,
For this week WHB, I will use coriander as the main theme. The dish I cooked up presents very well the use of coriander in
The paste presented, Pepper, Garlic & Coriander Paste, is simple yet very aromatic. The recipe is from Charmaine Solomon, a food writer who is well-known for her knowledge about Asian cuisine. The quantity given here yields about 1 cup, which can be kept in the fridge for about 3 months. I normally have one jar ready which I can use to marinade meat, toss through salad or steamed vegetable. One point though, you do need to roast and pound your own black pepper. Do not use the ground product, which has lost most of the strong fiery taste. I have used this paste to marinade and grill some chicken, which is very aromatic and flavoursome. Highly recommended if you love the herby and refreshing flavour of Thai food.
For those who may wonder about the plant I used to present the chicken in the photo. It is a lovely Vietnamese herb used commonly in southern cooking. I will feature this herb soon when I can get some other ingredients. But for this week WHB, the glory belongs to coriander!
Pepper, Garlic & Coriander Paste
Ingredients (for 1 cup)
200g fresh coriander with leaves, stems and roots (about two bunches)
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
2 tsp sea salt
1-2 tbsp whole black peppercorns
2 tbsp lime/lemon juice
Wash the coriander carefully, especially the root. Chop coarsely
Crush garlic with salt to a smooth paste.
Roast the peppercorns in a frying pan until fragrant. Crush coarsely. Add coriander and pound or process in a food processor until become a paste. Mix in garlic & lemon/lime juice.
Store in clean jar in the fridge for three months.
Marinade the chicken pieces with the paste above. For 6 thigh or breast fillets or 1.5 kg whole chicken, use about 3 tablespoons of paste and some oil (I also added a little bit of fish sauce to enhance the flavour). If using whole chicken, make swallow slits in breast and thigh. Marinade for 1 hour or overnight.
You can barbeque or grill the chicken. Serve with salad, rice, noodle or even slices of bread.