Potato gnocchi with coconut and mascarpone sauce and coriander coconut dukkah by Silvena Rowe

For this, use fresh coconut for the best flavour although desiccated coconut can be substituted if more convenient

Ingredients (for 8 to share)

For the gnocchi
  • 500g starchy potatoes, such as russets
  • 1 egg yolk
  • pinch of salt
  • 150g plain flour for the sauce
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 150g mascarpone cheese
  • 40g fresh coconut, grated
  • ½ small bunch of fresh coriander, finely chopped
For the dukkah
  • 100g blanched almonds
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh coconut
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

To serve

Nasturtium flowers


To make the gnocchi, preheat the oven to 200°C fan/gas mark 7. Bake the potatoes for 1 ½ hours. Remove and leave until cool enough to handle. Halve the potatoes, and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Put the potato flesh through a potato ricer, to mash finely. Add the egg yolk, salt and three quarters of the flour, mixing well to form a smooth dough, adding the remaining flour if required.

Divide dough into 4 pieces, then roll into sausage shapes, about 2.5cm thick. Cut the sausages into 1cm long pieces and arrange on a floured tray. Gently press each of the gnocchi with a fork to flatten slightly.

Boil a saucepan of water and drop in the gnocchi. Cook for 2–3 minutes, until they rise to the surface of the water, then drain immediately.

To make the sauce, in a small pan, cook the coconut milk and mascarpone on a medium heat for 3–4 minutes. Season to taste and stir in the grated coconut and coriander.

To make the dukkah, place all the ingredients in a hot dry frying pan and gently toast for 2 minutes, stirring all the time. Cool and grind roughly with a mortar and pestle.

Add the cooked gnocchi to the coconut and mascarpone sauce and coat well. Serve sprinkled with the cumin coconut dukkah, and decorate with a few nasturtium petals.

From Orient Express by Silvena Rowe
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