You can adjust the ingredients of this dish according to what you’ve got in the fridge, is in season or based on your individual health needs. Below I have provided an example of some of the ingredients that I might use with the additional benefit of the nutritional information:
2-3 cloves of garlic – for circulatory health including blood pressure, cholesterol and thrombosis. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties so suitable for most forms of infection.
Bunch of coriander – it contains vitamin B, folic acid, essential oil and is a natural antibiotic. It is recommended for indigestion, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, flatulence and IBS.
400ml coconut milk or 200g creamed coconut – this adds protein and natural sugars to the dish. Coconut milk is recommended for stomach ulcers and gastritis.
Green beans – aid kidney function thus preventing water retention. They are also recommended for rheumatoid arthritis and gout. The green bean contains
Broccoli – this leafy member of the cruciferous family is recommended for high blood pressure and antioxidants. It contains Vitamins A, C, Folic Acid, E, Calcium, Iron and Zinc.
Baby corn – yet another source of Vitamins A and C meaning it has antioxidant advantages. It’s a low-calorie type of corn, contains fibre and a small amount of protein.
1 lime (juice only) – limes promote tissue healing and increase iron absorption. They are a source of vitamin C, Folate, Calcium, Potassium and Fibre.
2 stalks lemon grass – this herb contains numerous essential oils, B Vitamins and antioxidants in the form of vitamin C and A.
Sliced ginger – recommended for the immune system especially when suffering colds. It may ease symptoms of morning sickness and nausea in men and women. It also stimulates circulation.
Red and green chillies – the capsaicin contained in chillies is believed to be good for the heart and circulation. They contain vitamin C and are recommended for digestive and circulatory problems. However, excessive consumption of chillies may cause chronic inflammation of the digestive system.
Spring onions – contain vitamins A, B and C, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, bioflavonoids, sulphur compounds and essential oil. They are recommended for circulatory health as they help prevent blood-clot formation and build up of cholesterol. They have medicinal purposes for arthritis, gout, diabetes, intestinal infections, parasites, diarrhoea and period pain.
Raw king prawns/scallops – shellfish contains iodine, iron, selenium, zinc and protein. Both zinc and selenium are antioxidants and have other beneficial properties. Shellfish provides a lower fat alternative to meat but will still give you ample energy and a source of protein.
In a deep wok bring to simmer the coconut milk and add finely chopped chillies, garlic, ginger, lemon grass, lime juice and coriander. Then stir in the remaining ingredients minus the prawns/scallops and allow to cook for about 30 minutes whilst the flavours release, stirring occasionally. Lastly add the raw king prawns/scallops until the prawns turn pink, this usually takes about 5 minutes. Serve with rice or rice noodles. Pre-soak rice for as long as possible before cooking it if you have the time. Let me know how you get on!