Gaeng Pa Nuea Yaang (Grilled Beef Curry, Country Style)

Course : Curry
Serves: 4
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9 medium dried red chile peppers -- chopped and soaked in boiling water
7 cloves garlic
5 cloves shallots
1 teaspoon peppercorns -- black or white
1 tablespoon cilantro root -- chopped
5 tablespoons lemon grass -- sliced
2 tablespoons galangal -- sliced
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon shrimp paste
2 cups grilled beef -- sliced
5 tablespoons fish sauce -- Thai
1 teaspoon palm sugar
2 cups eggplant chopped
1 cup balsam leaves
1/2 cup serrano peppers -- shredded
1/2 cup kaffir lime leaves -- shredded
5 cups water

Preparation / Directions:

Drain chiles and reserve water to go as part of the 5 cups water called for later. In a mortar and pestle or food processor grind together the first 8 ingredients into a paste. Add shrimp paste and mix well. Put the reserved water and enough more to make 1 cup in a wok and bring to a boil while bringing 4 more cups of water to a boil in a pot. Add paste mixture to wok and boil until fragrant. Add grilled beef to wok, stir until blended. Season with fish sauce and palm sugar, then pour mixture into the pot of boiling water. Add eggplant, balsam leaves, chile and lime leaf shreds and mix well. Transfer to serving platter and garnish with more chile shreds and whole balsam leaves. Serve with steamed rice.

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