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Feb 28, 2010 01:06 PM

ratio for lemongrass--powder vs fresh??

When I cook Indian (and some Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, etc) dishes, lemongrass is often called for. Of course, I use fresh, whenever I have it. But I also have the powder, which I keep for emergencies, cooking on the road, etc..

But I have no idea , for example, how many stalks of fresh lemongrass equals 1 Tbl of the powder? One stalk? Half a stalk? 3 stalks??

Has anyone used the powdered version?


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  1. I was looking for the same answer when I came across your question. I continued looking and found this:

    "If using fresh lemon grass, use only the lower bulbous portion of the stem. It can be pounded and used whole or cut in slices. When using the ground powder (sereh) use one teaspoon as an equal to one stalk of fresh. It is advisable to soak dried sliced lemon grass for two hours before using. When wrapped in a paper bag, lemongrass grass stems can last 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. The stems can also be frozen for several months. Always wrap and store separately, as lemon grass will impart its flavour to other foods."

    I realize this is an old question. Just thought I'd post this in case anyone else was looking.

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    1. re: keg0406

      Any time you get fresh lemon grass, put the bottoms in water. They will root, and you can plant them. I haven't bought lemongrass in maybe 10 years...everything I have is descended from a few stalks bought then.

      1. re: keg0406

        Thanks so much. 1 tsp. I'll try using it "straight". And also (based on your other advice), with a bit of water to first rehydrate it before adding to the recipe.

        mucho appreciado :-)