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Cooking for besties

Menu: Friendships must be tended and when it comes to ‘best friends’, we all always want to go a step up and make them feel special in every possible way. Try making some of these easy and unique recipes and surprise your besties with the delicious flavours – start off with a Cold Watermelon Soup, next in line a Garlicky Fish and an awesome Thai Fried Rice with Pineapple to end with.

Shopping list

1 kg Basmati rice

1 tin pineapple slices

1 green capsicum

1 yellow capsicum

1 red capsicum

1 packet roasted peanuts

1 packet green curry paste

20 grams Thai red bird chillies

20 grams kaffir lime leaves

1 packet brown sugar

50 grams basil leaves

500 grams fish fillet

1 bottle crushed black peppercorns

1 bottle paprika powder

1 medium watermelon

1 bottle Tabasco sauce

1 bunch mint leaves

For faster preparation

Process the watermelon and ginger. Blend all the ingredients of soup till smooth and strain. Refrigerate till chilled. Blend together half the garlic, green chillies along with lemon juice till smooth and marinate the fish with it. Also to it add chutney, crushed black peppercorns, paprika powder, refined flour and salt, mix well and set aside. Process all the vegetables and cook the rice for the fried rice. 

How to go about it

Serve the soup into individual glasses and serve chilled garnish with mint sprigs. Heat oil in a pan, add remaining crushed garlic and marinated fish pieces and fry till golden brown on both the sides. Serve hot. Heat oil in another pan and toss all the vegetables, spices and rice. Toss well and serve hot.