This recipe uses all the leek!
Looking for a great mid-week supper? This Leek recipe is easy and delicious. Made just as it is, it is suitable for vegans or vegetarians. Add prawns for those who eat fish. The crispy leek topping gives a great contrast to the smooth leeks and potato. Not only are they delicious, it means you use the tops of the leek that you might usually throw away.
Recipes from Kerala in the south of India often include coconut. This recipe includes a fine blend of spices and chilli – flavoursome but not too hot.
If you can, seek out coconut milk powder – I usually buy the Maggi brand. I find it so useful in recipes. No more having to open a can of coconut milk for a small quanity of coconut.It has a long shelf life.
Try my Kerala Style Leek Recipe
Kerala Style Leeks with Crispy Leek topping
- Sharp knife
- Spatula or wooden spoon
- Kitchen paper
- Sieve to drain vegetables
- For the sauce
- 20 ml coconut oil
- 2 gr mustard seeds about 1/4 teaspoon
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic chopped or minced
- 1 chilli medium hot
- 10 curry leaves dried are fine
- 5 gr turmeric
- 5 gr ground coriander
- 2 gr black pepper about 1/4 teaspoon
- 20 ml tamarind paste
- 40 gr coconut milk powder
- 10 gr fresh ginger grated or minced
- 200 ml water approx
- 5 gr salt or to taste
- For the crispy leeks
- Finely shredded leeks - dark leaves
- 50 gr Chickpea flour
- salt and pepper
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 100 ml Cooking oil approx
- 3 medium leeks
- 300 gr potatoes waxy potatoes are best such as Charlotte or Anya
- 150 gr raw prawns OPTIONAL frozen are ideal, defrost first.
- Coconut sauce
- Heat the oil in a pan and when hot, add the mustard seeds and curry leaves and cook until the seeds pop.
- Add the ginger, garlic, chilli and sliced onions. Cook slowly until the onions are soft and not coloured. Using a lid on your saucepan will help stop it cooking too quickly.
- Stir in the turmeric and coriander. Pour in half the water and the tamarind. Then add the coconut milk powder, remainder of the water and a pinch of salt.
- Simmer until the sauce is thick. Add more water if it is very thick. Remove from the heat and set aside until needed. Remove the chilli.
- Prepare the Vegetables
- Peel the potatoes and cut into 1 cm pieces. Clean the leeks, cut off the dark green leaves and set aside to use for crispy leeks. Cut the remainder of the leeks into 1 cm pieces.
- Boil the potatoes in salted water until just cooked. Drain and set aside
- Cook the leeks gently in a little water until cooked. Drain really well and set aside.
- Prepare the crispy leek topping
- Finely slice the dark green leek tops. Cook in boiling water until softened. Drain well and pat with kitchen paper to remove most of the moisture
- Sprinkle 50 gr chickpea flour into a small bowl and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Tip the leek tops in and mix with your hands to cover the leeks.
- In a small saucepan, add a few centimetres of cooking oil. Heat up. Test if it ready by dropping one piece of leek top in. It should sizzle. Add a couple of tablespoons of the leek and chickpea flour mixture and fry until crisp. Drain and place on to kitchen paper to drain. Repeat with the remainder of the leek tops. Set aside whilst you reheat the other elements of the dish.
- If you are using prawns, cook them gently in the sauce for a minute, then add the vegetables and ensure they are completely pink
- If you are not using prawns, reheat the sauce and add the potatoes and leeks and heat through. Check the seasoning.
- Serve in individual bowls topped with the crispy leek tops. Serve with black or plain rice.