Monday, 27 January 2014

Mohingha - Burmese Breakfast Soup

This delicious soup I first ate when I visited Myanmar/Burma 8 years ago . At that time I wasn't that obsessed with cooking so while I found the soup delicious and ate it whenever available , I never gave the recipe a second thought . 3 Years ago I returned to Myanmar / Burma and this time I made sure I returned with the recipe from the hotel where this was served daily as a part of breakfast .There are many versions to this soup depending upon availability , chickpea flour and/or crushed toasted rice form the base to which pungent and sour flavors are added to make this a wholesome meal for the day . The soup is considered to be the National Dish of Myanmar and is served with rice noodles. You can make a vegetarian version too .
2 Tablespoons Yellow Lentil ( Besan is used too )
1.5 Tablespoons Rice.
1.5 Lts Water.
300 Grams Fish.
1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce.
4" Lemon Grass - Bruised and used for the stock.
Chili Paste  (3 Dried Red Chilies + 4 Cloves Garlic ground + 1 Tablespoon Chopped Onion + 1/2 Teaspoon Minced Lemongrass ground with some peanut oil )To Taste.
1 Teaspoon Haldi.
1 Teaspoon Lemon Grass Bulb Minced.
1 Tablespoon Chopped Onions.
1 Teaspoon Garlic Minced.( or more )
1 Teaspoon Ginger Minced ( or more )
Salt & Pepper.
6" Banana Trunk - The inner most part cut in 1" pieces - OR 1/2 Teaspoon Fennel Powder.
1 Hard Boiled Egg.
Garnish of Fried Onions.
In boiling water add whole lemongrass , chili paste , haldi and fish sauce - Cook covered 20 minutes then add fish , cook fish 5-7 minutes till fish is done . Remove fish from soup and break up into small pieces - set aside.
Boil rice and lentils , mash and puree . Set aside.
Saute Onions , garlic , ginger and lemon grass in a bit of oil and add to the soup.
Whisk pureed rice & lentils into the soupand cook 3-5 minutes on low heat to marry flavors hen add broken fish to the soup.
Now when you have all ingredients in the soup , bring to a boil , adjust flavors , sourness/spiciness  and serve with rice noodles , garnish with fried onions , eggs ....
This comes out totally delicious !

Sikandalous Cuisine

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