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Penang Curry Paste



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Spice mix

  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, whole
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, whole
  • 4-6 cloves, whole
  • half a stick of cinnamon or cassia
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 8 white peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder

Curry paste

  • 2-3 red shallots, halved
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 3 cm cube of galangal, peeled and sliced, (The lighter in colour, the easier it is to peel and slice
  • 1/2 tablespoon krachai, (Thai/Chinese root, available pickled or dried at Asian grocers
  • 1 stalk lemongrass stem, finely sliced, (White base part only)
  • zest of one kaffir lime (or lime)
  • 4-6 coriander roots, (Cut stems about 2cm above the root base, and make sure you wash between the stalks really well to get rid of any dirt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon shrimp paste (balachan)
  • 6
    Preparation 30min
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Recipe's preparation

    Spice mix
  1. Add all of the spices to the bowl EXCEPT nutmeg and chilli powder.

  2. Toast spices Speed 2/90 Deg/10 minutes (or until the spices are aromatic).

  3. Add chilli and nutmeg and grind spices Speed 10/2-3 minutes, to a fine powder blend.

  4. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. I find a silicone pastry brush very useful to get the powder from around the rim of the lid and from under the blades.

  5. Curry paste
  6. Add all ingredients EXCEPT shrimp paste to the bowl (no need to wash after spice mix).

  7. Blitz with 20-50 grams of water until there are no lumps, Speed 8/3 minutes or until a fine mixture forms with no visible pieces.  

    Adding the water allows you to make a 'smoothie' which I find is a much quicker process than without water, because the mixture flies up the sides of the bowl and needs to be endlessly scraped down. The added step to fry off the water also helps to preserve the paste for a longer shelf life.

  8. Cook the paste in a frying pan on medium heat to boil off the water, until it forms a paste. You can probably do this in the bowl to reduce washing up, but I can't bear the thought of leaving a single scrap of mix under the blades!

  9. Add the spice mix and shrimp paste to the mixture, and stir to a uniform paste.  A tablespoon of sweet paprika can be added for depth of colour at this point.

  10. Spoon the paste into a jar and store in the fridge for 2 weeks (if it lasts that long!).


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Recipe for the prepared curry coming soon!

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