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The Asian Herb Which Brings Flavour & Health Benefits

The Asian Herb Which Brings Flavour & Health Benefits

Lemongrass is an herb which is packed with many health benefits and endless cooking possibilities. It is a type of grass grown and used in Asian cuisines like Thai and Vietnamese. Like its name suggests, it has a mild citrus flavour and fragrance. It is used in cooking to add flavour in curries, soups and curry pastes. Lemongrass tea is also a popular drink, known for its delicate and citrus flavour which can sooth sore throats and aid digestion.

Nutrition

Lemongrass has many important nutrients and contains a high source of antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties, as well as a strong source of iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium.

Health benefits

Apart from the added depth of flavour lemongrass comes with many health benefits when you include lemongrass in your cooking, some of them include:

  •  Headache relief
  • Calming down the nervous system
  •  Detoxifying the body, especially your liver, pancreas and kidneys
  •  Preventing pimples and acne from developing
  •  Reducing your cholesterol level
  •  Improving your digestive system
How to cook with lemongrass:

It's best to remove all the outer layers of the stalk when cooking with lemongrass, so that you are left with the tender white inner stalk. Some recipes suggest that the lemongrass be bruised to release its flavour. This can be done by lightly crushing the lemongrass stalk with a pestle, meat mallet, or the side of a large knife.

Combine lemongrass with our Vietnamese Chicken Curry (Ga Cari) spice paste to create a fresh and creamy curry. If you're in the mood for some heat and lemon infusion, add fresh lemongrass to our Thai Green Curry (Kaang Kiew Wan) or Thai Tom Yum Soup spice pastes.

Storing lemongrass:

You can store fresh lemongrass in a few ways:

  • Fridge: Wrap the lemongrass in a damp paper towel and place it in a plastic bag in the fridge. It can last for 10-14 days. 
  • Freezer: Wash, trim and chop the lemongrass and dry thoroughly before placing it in a heavy-duty freezer bag. It can last between 4-6 months.
  • Pantry: Freeze-dried whole lemongrass can be stored in a cool, dark place if kept wrapped up.

Sauces That Add A Little Heat

Sauces That Add A Little Heat

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If you love a bowl of fiery soup, or you're the type of person to eat fresh chillies without breaking a sweat, this guide is for you! Here's a list of the best dishes to give your tastebuds a kick.


Indian Vindaloo

Vindaloo curry originated from the Portuguese of Goa who would often have 'Vinha De Alhos' which is meat infused with wine or garlic. Indians eventually adapted this dish by swapping the wine with vinegar and adding a variety of chillies, garlic and spices. Many people enjoy the dish when potatoes are added as well.

To make this dish, simply sauté the Asian Home Gourmet Vindaloo spice paste with onions and add your choice of meat. It is best served with beef but is also excellent with lamb. Spice lovers can amp up the heat by adding 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the paste. Alternatively, you can offset the intensity by adding a spoonful of yogurt alongside the finished meal.

Fun fact: Vindaloo tastes much better the next day. This is because there's more time for the flavours to infuse into the meat.


Thai Green Curry

Curry is a staple dish in Thailand, and is eaten daily in most homes. Green curry is amongst one of the most famous Thai dishes and can be served with chicken or beef over rice. Vegetarians can also enjoy this Thai classic, by replacing the chicken with zucchini, eggplant or tofu.

Our Thai curry paste is made with fresh chillies, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, shallots, kaffir lime leaves, cilantro root and shrimp paste. The fresh green chilies give our green curry spice paste its vibrant green colour as well as a kick of spice to the palette. Green curry also has a complexity in flavour offering a sweetness which is often not found in red curries, this comes from the addition of palm sugar to balance the flavours.


Szechuan Chilli Ginger Garlic

If you're a fan of Kung Pao chicken, you've got to try our Szechuan Kung Pao Stir Fry! Made with red pepper flakes and dried chillies, it certainly packs a punch! The Szechuan cuisine, originates from the southwestern province of China and is known for its liberal use of garlic and chillies, particularly the Szechuan variety. The traditional combination of chilli, ginger & garlic gives this stir fry spice paste the mark of a true Szechuan base.  

This sauce can be cooked in a variety of dishes which are popular to the region including; Shredded pork, Spicy deep-fried chicken, kung pao chicken and Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry. Whichever you choose, you'll be guaranteed to turn the heat up with our range of Asian inspired cuisines! 

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