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"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

Pork hocks with anchovies, green split peas and lentils


You'll need

1 tbsp olive oil 180 gm golden shallots (about 5), thinly sliced 4 anchovy fillets 100 gm (½ cup) each of split green peas and small green lentils 1 carrot, coarsely chopped 3 garlic cloves, halved lengthways 750 ml (3 cups) chicken stock 4 pork hocks (about 2.3kg), boned and tied (see note)   Parsley and garlic breadcrumbs 80 gm crustless day-old ciabatta, cubed 30 gm butter, melted 2 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 garlic clove, finely chopped

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 150C. Heat olive oil in a large flameproof casserole, add shallots and sauté over low-medium heat until soft (5 minutes). Add anchovies and sauté until they start to break down (1-2 minutes). Stir through split peas, lentils, carrot and garlic, then add stock and hocks. Bring to a simmer, cover, transfer to oven and cook until pork hocks are very tender (2½-3 hours).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for parsley and garlic breadcrumbs, pulse bread in a food processor until coarse crumbs form. Mix through remaining ingredients, season to taste and spread out on an oven tray. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden and crisp (10-15 minutes).
  • 03
  • Divide hocks, split peas and lentils among plates, spoon over sauce, scatter with breadcrumbs and serve immediately.
Note Pork hocks may need to be ordered in advance. Ask your butcher to bone and tie them for you.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

Alsace riesling.

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