South East Asian Mussel CurryFrom danadooley 8 years ago
- 1 kg mussels in shell (scrub off barnacles and beard then rinse thoroughly and drain) shopping list
- 200ml coconut milk (canned) shopping list
- 250 ml water or light chicken stock shopping list
- 1/2 inch piece fresh turmeric (scraped) shopping list
- 2 inch knob fresh ginger (scraped) shopping list
- 2 thick large slices fresh galangal (scraped) shopping list
- 2 stalks fresh lemongrass (discard coarse outer leaves and use bottom half of stem only - no more than 5 inches up from root stump) shopping list
- 5 cloves garlic (peeled) shopping list
- 5 shallots (peeled) shopping list
- 5 fresh large red chilies (discard stems and seeds) shopping list
- 6 fresh makrut leaves or leprous lime leaves shopping list
- 1 fresh turmeric leaf, torn into 8 (if you can find it) shopping list
- 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste) shopping list
- 1 tsp granulated chicken stock or to taste (optional) shopping list
- pinch of sugar shopping list
How to make it
- Roughly chop up turmeric, ginger, galangal, lemongrass, garlic, shallots and chilies then pop in a blender or liquidiser and process to a smooth paste using as little water as possible. Don't use a food chopper - the result will be much too coarse. If you prefer, you could pound everything in a pestle and mortar.
- Heat 1/2 cup OR 6 tbs vegetable oil in a wok, deep pan or pot. When oil begins to smoke, put in spice paste and keep stirring over medium heat till paste is fragrant and you start coughing or sneezing. This should take about 5-8 minutes of stirring and frying.
- Dump in mussels and mix well. Pour in coconut milk and water OR stock and bring to the boil. Add makrut and turmeric leaves, put lid on and lower heat. Simmer gently till mussels open. This should take 3 - 5 minutes, tops. Do not overcook (tough, rubbery mussels *Yuck*)
- Season to taste, turn off heat and serve immediately with white rice or over scalded rice noodles. I like a sprinkling of coriander leaves and a squeeze of lime over it.