Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Mortar and Pestle

My marble rolling pin need not be lonely any more.

I bought this 4" mortar and pestle from Amazon. It cost about $10.00 and I had free shipping because I also bought something else, so I qualified.

I used it for the first time yesterday when I revisited the Coconut Rice with Ginger, Chiles, and Lime that I posted in April. I can now see why some chefs say they can't do without.

The recipe calls for minced garlic and ginger. I thought it would be nice if those ingredients were in the form of a paste instead of of mince, especially the ginger.

I roughly chopped the ingredients and added them to the mortar.

To begin to break them down, I started smashing them with the pestle. Then I used more of a grinding motion to get them to the desired consistency.

Okay, I could have continued past this point. I didn't quite reach the paste, but I felt that what I had was good enough.

The consistency of the garlic and ginger helped them to spread throughout my rice evenly. I liked how they visually disappeared when they sauteed with the chunks of onion and the bits of jalapeƱo. It made for a pleasant rice experience because I didn't have to worry about biting into big chunks of either ingredient.

1 comment:

Lisa said...

I inherited my grandmother's marble mortar and pestle. I love it. Great idea grinding down the garlic and ginger.

(I'm a new reader and I really like your blog. I just bought some hummus yesterday and I can't wait to finish it so I can try your recipe.)