You can use seafood, poultry, or meat in this spicy salad, called laab in Thailand. Also substitute medium peeled shrimp for squid. The toasted rice powder keeps the dressing from becoming watery.
3 tablespoons uncooked long-grain rice
1 pound cleaned, skinned calamari (squid)
1 tablespoon grated lime rind
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons sliced shallot
2 tablespoons sliced green onions
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh green chile
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
5 lime wedges (optional)
How to Make It
Toast rice in a skillet over medium heat 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Place rice in blender; process until finely chopped. Set aside.
Cut the calamari into 1/4-inch-thick rings; set aside. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add calamari rings; cook 30 seconds or until calamari rings begin to curl around edges. Drain well; rinse with cold water.
Combine calamari rings, lime rind, and next 5 ingredients in a bowl; toss gently. Sprinkle with chopped chile and mint. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.
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