Sunday, April 23, 2006


This concoction of mine came about when I was staying with my brother. My nephew, an apprentice chef then, had a couple of herbs planted in the patio. I used to cook dinner before my evening classes, and my nephew would have whatever I had set aside when he came back from work late at night. I didn’t want to cook some ordinary spaghetti that my nephew could out-cook me. So I used kaffir lime from the pot, and viola! A citrus flavored dish without the lime (sourish) taste and yet the tomato provides a different type of sourness, and the hot chilies tingle the palate.


500gm. minced beef
5 cloves garlic (minced)
1 large onion (diced)
1 large carrot (minced)
1 can (15 oz. / 425 gm.) button mushroom (minced)
6 kaffir lime leaves (minced)
1 tsp kaffir lime zest
6 dried chilies or chili padi (minced)
1 tbsp parsley
½ tbsp tarragon
½ tbsp oregano
1 large can (28oz. /794 gm.) whole tomato
1 small can (103/4 oz. / 305 gm.) tomato puree
1 tbsp chicken granular
1 tbsp sugar
Olive oil
About 250 ml. water

  • Have the carrot and mushroom blended in the food processor separately. Finely chop the kaffir lime leaves and chilies. All the other herbs used are dried ones.
  • Pour enough olive oil to fry the onion, garlic and chilies. When the onion is soft, put in the kiffir lime leaves and zest. Stir for a few seconds before putting in the minced beef. Toss the meat to cook evenly.
  • When the meat is no longer pink, add in the carrot and mushroom. Stir for a while before putting in the tomato. Use a wooden spoon to crush the whole tomato.

  • Put in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for an hour. Stir occasionally to prevent burning at the bottom of the pot. Water should be added at your own discretion. Add salt to taste before serving.

  • Boil spaghetti as per instruction of product. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

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