Coriander&Ginger Dip


… or dressing, better. This is actually really easy, I wouldn’t even call it a recipe, but I wanted to share it with you. I understand that the world is sort of divided in two categories: people who love coriander and people who hate it. I proudly belong to the first one…I find it fresh every morning at Chapel Market in London.

It’s really good dressing for lighlty steamed or raw vegetables.

fresh coriander, a huge handful
2 tablespoons of  fresh ginger, pureed
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of seeds oil (even extra virgin olive oil is good but too strong maybe)
chili (this is to taste)
white pepper, freshly ground if possible
2 drops of lemon juice
enough water to mix

Wash coriander and remove the stems. They’re not very tasty but I  used them then in a creamy soup that I’ll post sooner or later . Peel and grate the ginger (but it’s not necessary, actualy, as everything goes in the blender).
Put all in blender and blend well. And I would say that’s it!
I use it gladly, especially at night, because the ginger is good for digestion.

Let’s talk about wine & co. I know wine is often clarified with eggs white, which brings down the cloudy part of the wine. In UK there are some  wines labeled with the words “suitable for vegans”.  I suppose the same thing applies with balsamic vinegar. I found one that is good :-). This is Sainsbury’s, one of the largest supermarkets in the UK.

For all other sauces, vinegars, dressings…,  Clearspring is really good, as they prodce only vegan stuff.

  1. Mimi 17 December 2010 at 09:26

    must be very good .. shame not find fresh coriander 🙂

  2. ascanio 18 December 2010 at 08:32

    Interesting! I like coriander. This dip must have quite a distinctive flavour

  3. Mariagrazia 19 December 2010 at 22:16

    Here near Rome we can find ginger, but no fresh coriander… I can only imagine the flavour! I wonder if lemon verbena could replace it…

  4. EleonoraNW3 19 December 2010 at 22:19

    Hi Mariagrazia! Actually, I’ve never tasted lemon verbena! Is it similar to thyme, for instance? Coriander has quite a distinctive flavour…well, you can always plant it!

  5. Mariagrazia 19 December 2010 at 22:30

    Lemon verbena is very aromatic… not quite like thyme… Maybe I will try to grow coriander one day, or I might bump into it in some market like piazza Vittorio which has many oriental specialties.

  6. Kitchen Shaman 29 December 2010 at 03:29

    This sounds amazing, and I’ll probably try it out this next week. Thanks for the heads up on Balsamic Vinegar, I did not know, and I use it a lot.

  7. EleonoraNW3 29 December 2010 at 15:06

    Thanks Kitchen Shaman! Yes, it was really good, quite a distinctive flavour actually 🙂
    I guess it would be nice to add a little bit of miso as well…but it’s just an idea

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