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Mussels in coconut & lemongrass broth

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 / Topics:

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

1 cup white rice

2 shallots, thinly sliced 2 long red chillies, seeds removed and roughly chopped

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

thumb-sized piece of ginger, roughly chopped

1 lemongrass stalk, white part roughly chopped

½ bunch of coriander, leaves picked and stems finely chopped

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

6 kaffir lime leaves, scrunched

400ml tin coconut milk

500ml reduced-salt fish or vegetable stock

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1kg mussels, de-bearded

juice of 1 lime



  • Bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil. Boil rice for 8-10 minutes or until just cooked. Drain well and keep warm.
  • Meanwhile, combine shallots, chillies, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, coriander stems and a pinch of salt in a mortar and pestle. Bash and grind until a rough paste forms.
  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook paste and kaffir lime leaves for 2-3 minutes or until fragrant. Add coconut milk, stock and fish sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Add mussels to coconut broth and cover with lid. Cook mussels for 3-4 minutes, shaking the pot occasionally, or until shells open.
  • To serve, spoon mussels and broth between four soup bowls. Squeeze over lime juice and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve rice at the side to mop up broth.


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