Nam Phrik Kaeng Daeng (Thai Curry Sauce)
At a typical meal Thais have two or three different sauces. "Nam pla" mixed with lemon juice, shallots and chillies goes well with fish and seafood; "nam prik" - based on chilli usually mixed with shrimp paste - is excellent with all vegetables whether they are raw, steamed, boiled or fried, and even when served with coconut cream. These "nam prik" curry pastes are also called for as an ingredient in many Thai dishes.Ingredients13 small dried chillies, soaked in hotwater for 15 minutes and de-seeded3 tbsp. chopped shallot4 tbsp. chopped garlic1 tbsp. chopped galangal2 tbsp. chopped lemon grass2 tsp. chopped kariff lime rind1 tbsp. chopped coriander root20 pepper corns1 tsp. shrimp paste1 tbsp. coriander seed1 tsp. cumin seedPreparation1. In a wok over low heat, put the coriander seeds and cumin seeds and dry fry for about 5 minutes, then grind into a powder.2. Into a blender, put the rest of the ingredients except the shrimp paste and blend to mix well. The add the coriander seed-cumin seed mixture and the shrimp paste and blend again to obtain about 3/4 cup of a fine-textured paste.3. This can be stored in a glass jar in the refrigerator for about 3-4 months.
Paneer: 500 grams
Corn Flour: 4 tbsp
Green Chilli: 12 - 14
Tomato Sauce: 2 tbsp
Soya Sauce: 2 tbsp
Chilli Sauce: 1 tbsp
Capsicum: 1 (green)
Salt to taste
Drain excess water from the paneer. Cut the paneer according to your choice. Mix paneer pieces with corn flour. Fry corn flour coated paneer with oil till it turns brown. Keep it aside. Now fry onion till it is brown. Mix chilli (cut in to small pieces) with onion with green capsicum (cut in to small pieces) with onion and fry it further for few minutes. Now add all sauces in the pan including soya, tomato and chilli sauce. Add fried paneer. Fry it for further few minutes. Finally add salt and cook for a 5 minutes. Now your Chilli Paneer is ready. Remove it from heat and serve hot with naan, roti or rice.
Scotch Bonnet Chilli
Please bear in mind this is for serious aficionados only.
500 gr Minced/Ground Beef10 to 15 Fresh Chillies6 Tablespoons of Hot Chilli powder2 Cans of Premium chopped Tomatoes1 Can Red Kidney Beans4 Tablespoons Tomato Ketchup (adds sugar)2 Good sized Onions 1 chopped, 1 Finely sliced6 Cloves of Garlic roughly chopped and crushed1 teaspoon Cumin powder1 Pint WaterOilButterSalt and Pepper to tasteSoured CreamGrated Cheddar/Parmesan Cheese
Method:In a large pan, warm enough oil to cover the base. Add Chilli powder and stir for 2 minutes, add onions and finely chopped chillies, stir for 4 minutes until soft and onions begin to colour, add garlic, Cumin and Beef. Continue to cook on a low heat for 10 minutes. Add the Tomatoes and drained Kidney Beans, gently simmer for 60 minutes adding water to desired thickness. Add a knob of butter and season to taste. Simple but very effective, if you like it HOT!
Sprinkle with large amounts of the Cheese.
Serve with Garlic Bread and Soured cream, for that added relief.
This is an African (Mozambique) curry that can be done with chicken, shrimp, or crab. Goes well with tomato chutney and onion hot sauce. For shrimp or crab, use 1 pound.Original recipe yield: 4 servings.Prep Time:20 MinutesCook Time: 40 MinutesReady In: 1 Hour Servings: 4 (change)INGREDIENTS:1 tablespoon olive oil1 onion, chopped2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped1 bay leaf1 (14.5 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained2 teaspoons curry powder1/8 teaspoon salt1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken, bones and skin removed, cut into pieces1 (14 ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk1 lemon, juicedDIRECTIONS:Heat olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion, garlic, and bay leaf, and saute until onion is lightly browned. Mix tomatoes, curry powder, and salt into the skillet, and continue cooking about 5 minutes. Mix in the chicken, and cook 15 to 20 minutes, until no longer pink and juices run clear.Reduce skillet heat to low. Stirring constantly, gradually blend in the coconut milk over a period of about 10 minutes. Mix in lemon juice just before serving.
Chinese Chili Oil
1 cup peanut oil1/2 cup sesame oil1 cup dried hot chillies, quartered4 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper
Heat peanut oil in a small saucepan. Add sesame oil and warm for a minute. Stir in chopped peppers and ground cayenne. Stir well and let stand for 1 hour. Strain and pour into a jar. Store in the refrigerator.
Scotch Bonnet Pepper Sauce
Handle Chillies with extreme caution. It's best to wear gloves when cutting and cleaning them. The tiniest drop of pepper juice on your hands can result in incredible pain should you inadvertently wipe your face or rub your eye. Enjoy this Chilli sauce, but use it sparingly!
1 tablespoon vegetable oil2 onions, diced2 ripe mangoes or pawpaw (papayas), skinned, seeded, and diced to 1/2 inch6 carrots, diced2 cho-cho squashes, peeled and diced12 pimento (allspice) berries10 whole black peppercorns4 thyme sprigs1 ounce ginger root, finely diced1/2 cup sugar8 to 12 Chillies1/4 cup cane or cider vinegar
In a no reactive pot, heat the oil. Sauté the onions until they are translucent but not brown. Add the mangoes or pawpaws, carrots, cho-cho, pimento berries, peppercorns, thyme, and ginger. Sauté the mixture 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the sugar and Scotch bonnet peppers. When the sugar has become syrupy, add the vinegar, and cook until the carrots are soft, about 5 to 10 more minutes.
Puree the mixture in a blender, and strain it. Store it in a tightly closed bottle in the refrigerator.
Yields 3 to 4 cups
Grandma's Sizzling Relish
This relish is used as an accompliment to the main meal. It incorporates elements of Turkish and Middle Eastern fare. It has been known to fell Pashas at 5 kilometres, use with extreme caution.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Hour
Ready In: 1 Hour
INGREDIENTS:6 to 8 Large hot red/green chillies
1 Head of Garlic
2 Large tomatoes
DIRECTIONS:Place chillies in a hot grill turning regularly for 10/15 minutes till they have changed color (do not burn). Place in a plastic sandwich bag and tie the bag. Leave till cool. Open the bag and peel the chillies. Slice open and remove seeds.Peel tomatoes (place tomatoes in a bowl and pour steaming water over and leave for 5/7 minutes).
Chop the chillies and tomatoes - finely. Peel the whole cloves of garlic and fry in oil till soft, then add the tomatoes and fry till soft. Add chillies, salt and cook on a low heat for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.