Deep-Fried Yellow Bean Paste (Baa Yir)

Course : Curry
Serves: 3
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4 ounces dried moong beans soaked in water for 30 minutes-- and drained
1 tablespoon plain flour
2 teaspoons red curry paste
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
2 medium kaffir lime leaves rolled into a cigarette and finely sliced
2 cups oil -- for deep-frying
---the sauce---
4 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation / Directions:

In a mortar pound the drained moong beans to form a paste. Add the other ingredients in turn, stirring well. Pluck a small piece of the paste and form into a ball the size of a walnut. Do not mould too tightly. Deep-fry the balls until golden brown, drain and serve with the thick sweet sauce below. THE SAUCE: Gently heat the three ingredients until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool before serving. Source: Thai Vegetarian Cooking by Vatcharin Bhumichitr

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