Kaeng Masaman Thai Islamic Curry Beef

Course : Curry
Serves: 1
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7 medium dried chiles
2 tablespoons coriander seed
1 tablespoon cumin seed
1 tablespoon shredded ginger
1 piece bruised lemongrass
1 teaspoon sea salt
5 whole black peppercorns
1/4 teaspoon shredded nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon terasi -- (shrimp paste)
2 tablespoons oil
8 small shallots
6 cloves garlic
3 pounds beef -- (or chicken, duck, pork)
4 cups coconut milk
150 gram roasted peanuts -- briefly ground
1 tablespoon fish sauce
5 whole cloves
2 pieces cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Preparation / Directions:

Method: Heat the oil and fry the shallots and garlic till it is golden brown. Add the fried shallots and garlic to the other ingredients in the food processor and make into a paste. Cut the meat into pieces and put them in a pan with the coconut milk. Add the peanuts and the fish sauce. Bring to boil, lower the heat and cook for approximately 1 hour till the meat is nearly done. Add the prepared paste, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom and cook till the meat is tender. Take out the meat and cook the sauce until it becomes thicken. Add the meat again and bring to taste with extra fish sauce, lemon juice and palm sugar. Heat a few minutes and serve with Thai pandan rice.

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