Recipe for fresh, tangy Thai salad with deep fried, Curry-flavoured Rice Balls

1 cup jasmine rice
4 tbsp curry paste
1 red cabbage – slice finely
20g fresh coriander – chop roughly
20g fresh mint – chop roughly
20g fresh basil – chop roughly
1 red onion – slice finely
4 cloves garlic – crush, peel and chop finely
1 fresh chilli – de-seed and chop finely
2 limes – halve and juice
2 tsp fish sauce (optional)
2 tsp brown sugar
8 tbsp olive oil (for salad dressing – from your pantry)
vegetable oil (from your pantry)
salt and pepper (from your pantry)
roller towel (from your pantry)

How to
Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the rice and boil gently for 15 minutes on medium heat. Drain in a colander and allow to cool.

Prepare all ingredients as indicated above.

Make the salad dressing by mixing the following ingredients in a cup or small bowl: garlic, chilli, lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, olive oil (see quantity above). Stir well to combine.

Spoon the rice into a large bowl and mix in the curry paste (to taste). Make rice balls by scooping up a tablespoonful of the rice at a time and squishing it down into the spoon with the palm of your hand. Then gently slide each rice ball off the spoon onto a chopping board.

Place a large deep saucepan onto high heat and add about 5cm of vegetable oil to the pot to heat up. When very hot, gently drop a few rice balls at a time into the oil and deep fry for about 1 to 2 minutes until brown. Remove from the oil and drain on roller towel.

Mix the salad ingredients in a large bowl: red cabbage, red onion, fresh coriander, mint and basil. Drizzle over the salad dressing and toss to combine.

To serve, divide the salad between the plates and top with a few crispy curry rice balls.

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