Some recipes, although not actually Jewish, just seem that way, probably because they are the favorite of so many traditional cooks. This egg salad recipe is an especially good example. It is often served at a brunch or the “break-the-fast” at the end of the Jewish Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) It is pretty enough to serve on a festive occasion.
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This recipe is a typical South African Malay Curry. The first Malay people in South Africa were brought as slaves from what is today Indonesia. As a result of the influence of the Malay and West Asians from the Indian sub-continent who came later, many curry dishes are popular in South Africa.
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Unlike in the U.S., in South Africa lamb and mutton are the most popular and widely cooked meats. I think this is the most popular curry dish in South Africa. It is important to use fresh curry powder.
- 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 large onions, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 ½ Tablespoons curry powder
2 Tablespoons cake flour
1 teaspoon turmeric
3 pounds lamb, trimmed of excess fat and cubed
1 pound medium tomatoes, skinned and chopped
6 to 8 dried peaches or apricots, finely chopped
30 ml fruit chutney
2 Tablespoons beef boullion
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
fresh ground black pepper
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onions for about 5 minutes, or until transparent.
Add the bay leaf, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, garlic, curry powder, flour and turmeric and simmer for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
Add the meat and brown lightly, adding a little more oil if necessary.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Simmer over moderate heat for 1 hour.
Serve immediately with basmati rice and bowls of sliced banana, dried coconut, diced pineapple and chutney.