Masaman (muslim) curry paste (kruang koeng masoman)

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
10 mediums Dried Red Chillies OR
2 teaspoons Chili Powder
2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
2 mediums Onions, Chopped
1 tablespoon Chopped Garlic
1 teaspoon Dried Shrimp Paste
2 teaspoons Finely Chopped Lemon Grass OR
2 teaspoons Lemon Zest
1 tablespoon Galangal OR
2 teaspoons Powdered Galangal
2 tablespoons Coriander Seeds Or Ground Coriander
2 teaspoons Cumin Seeds Or Ground Cumin
1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds Or Ground Fennel
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
½ teaspoon Ground Cardamom
½ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg Or Mace
¼ teaspoon Ground Cloves

Yield: 6 Fluid Ounces (About ¾ Cup) Influenced by the Muslims from India, as evidenced by the use of fragrant spices.

Break the chilies and shake out the seeds. Soak the chilies in boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes.

Heat the oil and fry the onions and garlic, over low heat, until they are soft and starting to turn brown. Add the shrimp paste and fry for a minute longer, crushing it in the oil with the back of a spoon.

Remover from the heat and when cool, put it into the container of an electric blender with the soaked and drained chillies, lemon grass and galangal. Blend to a smooth paste, adding a little water, if necessary, to facilitate blending.

In a dry pan, toast the coriander seeds until brown, shaking the pan or stirring frequently. Turn out and allow to cool while toasting the cummin and fennel seeds slightly. Pound all the seeds, in a mortar and pestle, to a fine powder. If using ground coriander, cummin and fennel, they may be combined and dry-roasted in a small pan, using low heat and stirring constantly to ensure they do not burn. Roast until they are a rich brown colour and have a fine aromatic smell. Combine with the pureed ingredients and add the ground cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg and cloves. Bottle and store in the refrigerator. Submitted By ROBERT MILES On 08-17-95

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