Prik Kaeng Phet (Hot Red Curry Paste)

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Title: Prik Kaeng Phet (Hot Red Curry Paste)
Yield: 1 Servings
Categories: Sauce

Ingredients:

1 c Prik ki nu daeng (red
-chilis); prepared
5 tb Lemon grass; finely sliced
10 tb Shallots (purple onions);
-chopped
10 tb Garlic; minced
5 tb Galangal (kha); grated
5 tb Coriander or cilantro root;
-chopped
2 tb Coriander seed
1 tb Cumin seed
1 tb Freshly ground black pepper
2 tb Shredded bai makroot (lime
-leaves)
4 tb Kapi (fermented shrimp
-paste)


Date: Fri, 19 Apr 1996 12:20:50 -0700

From: "Colonel I. F. K. Philpott"
The remaining three pastes are all made from dried red chilis: those sold
in Thailand are frankly stale. Those sold in Europe and America are
generally barely fit for human consumption. If you must use them then break
them up and shake out the seeds, and soak them in tepid water for about 30
minutes before use.

Preparing red chiles: Preferably dry fresh red chilis. All these recipes
call for one cup of fresh red chilis, or half a pound of red habaneros, or
one pound of red jalapenas, deseeded. Dry them in the sun, or if the
climate doesn't allow then dry them in a herb desicator, or smoke them in a
smoker or over a barbeque.

The dried chilis (which need not be tinder dry - it is enough to remove
most of the water) are then toasted under a broiler until *almost* burnt.

WARNING!!! Treat this stage with extreme caution: if you overcook them a
noxious gas closely related to Mustard gas is released. This is quite
dangerous -- at a minimum cook them in a very well ventillated room with a
fan on and have a damp cloth ready to cover your mouth and nose in case of
emergencies -- and disconnect your smoke detector/fire alarm!

phet means hot incidentally.

Note that except for the sugar and the use of red chilis this is the same
as the prik kaeng kiao wan.

Coarsely chop the chilis. Toast the dry seeds in a heavy iron skillet or
wok, and grind them coarsely. Add all the ingredients to a food processor
and process to a smooth paste. Place in tightly stoppered jars, and keep in
the fridge for at least a week for the flavors to combine and develop
before use.

See recipe "Thai Curries (Help)" for information on Thai curry pastes.

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