Cook dinner This: Three recipes from the Ottolenghi Take a look at Kitchen’s Further Good Issues

Our cookbook of the week is

Ottolenghi Take a look at Kitchen: Further Good Issues

by Noor Murad and Yotam Ottolenghi. Learn

an interview with the authors


Bounce to the recipes:

turmeric fried eggs with tamarind dressing


coconut broth shrimp with fried aromatics

, and

sunshine salad with carrot-ginger dressing


Noor Murad’s Bahraini roots influenced the primary recipe we’re that includes from the newest instalment within the Ottolenghi Take a look at Kitchen (OTK) collection:

turmeric fried eggs with tamarind dressing

. “It is a very mishmash of cultures, which is what I discover myself; I’m that,” says the chef and head of the OTK in London, laughing. “We use loads of turmeric to fry our eggs in Bahrain, the place I’m from. And in addition, loads of spice.”

To make a extra substantial meal, Murad added garlicky spinach. And for a pop of acidity, she finishes the chili-studded eggs with pickled shallots and tamarind dressing. Murad and co-author Yotam Ottolenghi embody an inventory of “wow-factor dishes” on the finish of the e book. This recipe made it on the record, as did the 2 others they shared with us.

“It doesn’t actually take that a lot time to make. And it made it to the ‘wow-factor dishes’ as a result of it’s a type of dishes that’s simply so easy utilizing very humble elements, nevertheless it makes use of them in fairly a intelligent approach. And also you get that ‘wow’ mouthful,” says Murad.

The tamarind dressing is the “additional good factor” on this recipe. It retains within the fridge for as much as 5 days (minus the cilantro), and the authors suggest drizzling leftovers over roasted greens or grilled steak.

The second recipe,

coconut broth shrimp with fried aromatics

, was impressed by Southeast Asian flavours: lemongrass, makrut lime and coconut. The entire shrimp is used within the dish, carapace and all. The shells create a deeply flavourful broth; the meat is fried and added to the broth proper earlier than serving. You may add another kind of seafood you want, Murad and Ottolenghi be aware — simply prepare dinner it straight within the broth.

“It’s very oily and crimson and scrumptious and hanging,” says Murad. “Something brothy and seafood-y is one thing that all of us love (within the take a look at kitchen).”

The fried aromatics added on the very finish are the takeaway right here. They add crunch to gratins, and the authors additionally recommend utilizing them to prime rice or fish dishes. Ultimately yr’s New York Wine & Meals Pageant, Murad and Ottolenghi served the fried aromatics atop

saffron orzo

. “It has so many makes use of which you can take it and run with it,” says Murad.

Lastly, we’re brightening issues up with a

sunny salad

. Murad’s pupil days on the

Culinary Institute of America

in New York (the place she accomplished a three-year bachelor’s diploma in culinary administration) have been the inspiration for this contemporary and vibrant dish.

She and her college mates have been regulars at a Japanese restaurant, the place Murad’s order was tempura prawns with a bowl of rice, miso soup and salad with carrot-ginger dressing.

“I used to like the salad a lot. And (this dish) simply got here to life after I considered that dressing. It was an attractive orange, virtually like a savoury smoothie. After which, to Ottolenghify it, we considered including sesame seeds, crimson onion and cucumber. It’s very hanging and it’s very, very completely happy. So, naturally sunshine got here to thoughts.”


Prep time:

5 minutes

Cook dinner time:


1 shallot, peeled and sliced into skinny rounds (1/2 cup/60g)

2 tsp lime juice

3 1/2 tbsp olive oil

2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

7 oz (200 g) child spinach

1/2 tsp floor turmeric

4 massive eggs

1 serrano chili, finely sliced into rounds, seeds and all


Tamarind dressing:

2 tbsp tamarind paste

1 tbsp lime juice

1 tsp fish sauce

2 tsp mild brown sugar

1/4 cup (5 g) cilantro, roughly chopped

Step 1

Put the shallot, lime juice and a pinch of salt right into a small bowl and use your fingers to softly therapeutic massage every thing collectively. Put aside to pickle evenly when you proceed with the remaining.

Step 2

Make the tamarind dressing by placing all of the elements right into a bowl and whisking to mix and dissolve the sugar. Add between 2–4 teaspoons of water, to loosen the combination (this may range in line with totally different manufacturers of tamarind paste).

Step 3

Put 1 tablespoon of oil into a big frying pan over medium-high warmth. As soon as sizzling, add the garlic and prepare dinner for 90 seconds, stirring, till aromatic and evenly colored, then stir within the spinach and 1/8 teaspoon of salt and prepare dinner till wilted, about 4 minutes. Switch to a serving plate and wipe out the pan.

Step 4

Add the remaining 2 1/2 tablespoons of oil plus the turmeric to the identical pan, stirring to mix, and return it to medium-high warmth. As soon as sizzling however not smoking, crack within the eggs and rapidly sprinkle the whites with the chili slices. Season the eggs throughout with a great pinch of salt and use a spatula to separate the whites in order that the eggs aren’t joined collectively. Fry for 3-4 minutes, spooning a few of the oil over the whites. You need the whites to be crispy across the edges and the yolk to be runny (fry them for longer should you like your eggs extra cooked).

Step 5

When prepared, use a spatula to switch the eggs to the plate of spinach, drizzling with any additional turmeric oil within the pan. High with the pickled shallots after which drizzle with a few of the tamarind dressing, serving any remaining alongside.



Tamarind dressing:

– Make the dressing, minus the cilantro, and hold refrigerated for as much as 5 days.

– A bit of goes a great distance with this dressing: drizzle onto roasted potatoes with loads of contemporary herbs, or spoon over grilled steak for a tangy addition.


Prep time:

25 minutes

Cook dinner time:

45 minutes

1 lb 10 oz (750 g) massive shrimp, shells and heads on

2 1/2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp tomato paste

6 garlic cloves, peeled and bashed with the aspect of a knife

1 1/2 oz (40 g) contemporary ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

1 3/4 oz (50 g) lemongrass stalks (about 4), roughly sliced

8 massive makrut lime leaves

3 Fresno chilies, roughly sliced, seeds and all (1/4 cup/45 g)

1 x 13.5-oz (400 mL) can of full-fat coconut milk

1/4 cup (60 mL) whipping cream, plus 2 tbsp additional to serve

1 3/4 cups (450 mL) water

9 oz (250 g) datterini or cherry tomatoes

1 lime, reduce into 4 wedges


Fried aromatics:

7 tbsp (105 mL) olive oil

6 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced

2 Fresno chilies, thinly sliced at a slight angle, seeds and all

1 oz (30 g) contemporary ginger, peeled and julienned

3 tbsp dried coconut flakes (a.okay.a. coconut chips)

3/4 cup (15 g) basil leaves

Step 1

Peel the shrimp — take away the heads and shells and set these apart. Devein the peeled shrimp and refrigerate till wanted.

Step 2

Warmth the oil in a big sauté pan, for which you’ve gotten a lid, over medium-high warmth. Add the tomato paste and shrimp heads and shells and prepare dinner, stirring often, for 3 minutes or till deeply crimson. Add the garlic, ginger, lemongrass, lime leaves and chilies and prepare dinner for 1 minute extra, till aromatic. Add the coconut milk, cream, water and 1 teaspoon of salt, carry to a simmer, then flip the warmth right down to medium-low, cowl with the lid and prepare dinner for 25 minutes. Pressure by means of a sieve set over a big bowl, urgent down on the solids to extract as a lot flavour as doable (discard the solids, or save them for an additional use). Rinse out the sauté pan; you’ll use it once more later.

Step 3

In the meantime, make the fried aromatics. Put the oil, garlic, chilies and ginger into a big frying pan over medium warmth. Cook dinner for 8 minutes, stirring often, then add the coconut flakes and a tiny pinch of salt and prepare dinner for 4 minutes extra, or till the garlic and coconut are golden and the chilies clear. Use a slotted spoon to switch the solids to a plate lined with paper towels. Add the basil leaves to the frying pan and prepare dinner for 2-3 minutes extra, or till deeply inexperienced and translucent. Drain them in a sieve set over a bowl, reserving the fragrant oil. Switch the basil to the plate of fried aromatics. Wipe out the frying pan; you’ll use it for the shrimp.

Step 4

Add 1 tablespoon of the fragrant oil to the big sauté pan and place over medium-high warmth. As soon as sizzling, add the tomatoes and prepare dinner for 6-7 minutes, or till charred and beginning to burst. Add the strained broth and produce to a simmer. Simmer for 3 minutes, then carry on low warmth when you fry the shrimp.

Step 5

Lastly, warmth the big frying pan on medium-high warmth. Toss the shrimp with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a couple of 1/2 tablespoons of the fragrant oil. As soon as the pan may be very sizzling, fry the shrimp for 60-90 seconds per aspect (flipping simply to get them good and colored). In the event you’re overcrowding the pan, do that in two batches.

Step 6

Divide the broth amongst 4 shallow bowls and prime with the fried shrimp. Squeeze a lime wedge over every of the bowls and drizzle every bowl with 1/2 tablespoon of the additional cream and a small spoonful of the fragrant oil. High with the fried aromatics.



Fried aromatics:

– Finest fried on the day they’re served, use these to prime rice dishes, roasted fish or perhaps a creamy potato gratin.


Prep time:

10 minutes

Cook dinner time:


Salting time:


1 lb 10 oz (750 g) Lebanese/Persian cucumbers

1/2 crimson onion, peeled, thinly sliced into rounds (1/2 cup/60 g)

1 tbsp lime juice

1/4 cup (5 g) Thai basil leaves

1 massive ripe avocado, peeled, halved, pitted and thinly sliced at an angle

2 tsp sesame seeds, well-toasted

2 tsp toasted sesame oil


Carrot-ginger dressing:

2-3 carrots (9 oz/250 g), peeled and roughly chopped into 3/4-inch (2-cm) items

3/4 oz (20 g) contemporary ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 1/2 tbsp white miso

2 tbsp rice vinegar

2 tbsp lime juice

5 tbsp (75 mL) olive oil

1/4 cup (60 mL) water

Step 1

Place the cucumbers on a chopping board and use the flat aspect of a knife to bash each alongside its size just a few instances, or till the cucumber begins to interrupt in locations. Halve the cucumber lengthwise (don’t fear if it’s a bit damaged) and take away and discard the seedy insides. Slice at an angle into 3/4- to 1-inch-thick (or 2- to 2 1/2-cm) slices. Put the sliced cucumbers right into a bowl with 3/4 teaspoon of salt, tossing to mix, and let relaxation for half-hour, drawing out as a lot water as doable. Drain in a sieve, discarding the salty water, then return the cucumber to the bowl and add the onion, lime juice and basil, tossing gently to mix.

Step 2

In the meantime, make the carrot-ginger dressing by inserting all of the elements in a meals processor or blender with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and blitzing till fully easy (this would possibly take a couple of minutes). Pressure the combination by means of a sieve set over a bowl, pushing to extract as a lot dressing as doable (save the pulp for an additional use).

Step 3

Sprinkle the sliced avocado with a pinch of salt.

Step 4

Pour the dressing onto a big, lipped plate, swirling to coat the bottom. High with half the avocado slices, adopted by all of the cucumber combination and the remaining avocado. End with the sesame seeds and sesame oil and serve straight away.


4, as a aspect

Carrot-ginger dressing:

– Maintain refrigerated in a sterilized jar for as much as 3 days. Make sure to whisk every thing collectively once more, as there’ll be a pure separation of liquid and solids.

– Toss with crunchy inexperienced leaves like iceberg or little gem lettuce, or with thinly shredded crimson and white cabbage.

Recipes and pictures excerpted from

Ottolenghi Take a look at Kitchen: Further Good Issues

by Noor Murad and Yotam Ottolenghi. Copyright ©2022 Yotam Ottolenghi LLP. Pictures copyright ©2022 by Elena Heatherwick. Revealed by Urge for food by Random Home®, a division of Penguin Random Home Canada Restricted. Reproduced by association with the Writer. All rights reserved.

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