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A must-have concoction in my pantry is this garlicky spice-and-herbed-infused olive oil that is good on almost everything. With this oil, a little goes a long way. It can be used as a bread dip, rubbed onto chicken or seafood, added to sauces & noodle soups, incorporated into savoury bread and muffin mixes, in meat and vegetables stir-fry, drizzle over salads and spaghetti (perfect in aglio olio!), and much much more – the possibilities are endless! And the good news is that it’s so easy to prepare. There’s no fixed ratio on the amount of herbs and spices; it all depends on your personal taste preference but a good quality olive oil is essential.




(A) Chop coarsely the following ingredients together :
several cloves of garlic
1 or 2 bird’s eye chilli (add more if you like it real spicy)
1 or 2 stalks curry leaves

extra virgin olive oil for frying

kosher salt, to taste


1) Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan on low flame.

2) Add (A) and gently stir-fry ingredients until lightly brown and fragrant (you’ll have to keep stirring the ingredients until it’s done to keep it from being burnt). Add salt to taste

3) Leave to cool thoroughly and transfer into a clean sterilized jar (challenge: wipe the pan at this point with a piece of bread – my bet is you won’t stop at just one!!!)

don't you love that smell ??

don’t you love that smell??

4) Keep unused portion refrigerated.

See some recipes using this fragrant oil:
Thai-Style Steamed Fish
Chinese Dumplings
Pork/Chicken Stir Fry with Curry Leaves