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Sri Lankan Dark Roasted Curry Paste

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Ingredients

Squid Sambal

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Food & Recipes

This is a hot sambal, popular in Malaysia and Indonesia. Its heat can be adjusted by adding more sambal ulek or chilli powder (or less, for timid tastebuds).

Since it is eaten in small amounts, it will serve 6-8.

Ingredients

Sambal Ulek

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This is about as basic as sambal can be: crushed chillies, vinegar and salt. With this in the refrigerator, simply spoon out a quantity when fresh chillies are required for a recipe.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz fresh red chillies
white vinegar
1 tablespoon salt

Directions

Sambal Bajak

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250 g/8 oz fresh red chillies
125 g/4 oz peeled shallots
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped galangal, fresh or brined
3 tablespoons candle nuts or macadamia nuts
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup peanut oil
30 g/1 oz dried shrimp paste
1 teaspoon salt
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup tamarind liquid
2 tablespoons palm sugar or brown sugar

Directions

Salt and Szechwan Pepper Mix

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon Szechwan peppercorns (without seeds)
1 teaspoon white peppercorns

Directions

In a small, heavy pan toast salt and peppercorns over medium heat, shaking the pan or stirring constantly, until they are smoking hot and smell fragrant. Remove from heat and grind to powder using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle.


Recipe excerpted from Encyclopedia of Asian Food by Charmaine Solomon (Periplus Editions, 1998)

Roasted Shrimp Paste Relish (Ngapi Htaung)

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Ingredients

60 g/2 oz dried shrimp paste
2 medium onions
4 whole large cloves garlic, unpeeled
2 tablespoons dried shrimp floss
2 teaspoons chilli powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice

Directions

Red Coconut Sambal

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Ingredients

75 g/2 1/2 oz/1 cup fresh grated
or desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chilli powder or to taste
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons pounded Maldive fish or dried prawns
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
If using desiccated coconut, sprinkle with
3 tablespoons hot milk or water and toss to moisten.

Directions

Red Bean Paste (An)

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Ingredients

220 g/7 oz/1 cup adzuki beans
250 g/8 oz/1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Peanut Sauce

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It makes a delicious spread, or relish with grilled meats. When required as a sauce, simply spoon out a quantity and mix in sufficient coconut milk or water to give a thick, pouring consistency.

Ingredients

Panch Phora

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2 tablespoons brown or black mustard seeds
2 tablespoons cumin seeds
2 tablespoons nigella (kalonji) seeds
1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds

Directions

Combine in a glass jar. Shake before use to ensure seeds are evenly mixed as the heavier seeds tend to gravitate to the bottom.


Recipe excerpted from Encyclopedia of Asian Food by Charmaine Solomon (Periplus Editions, 1998)