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Episode 22 - Basic spice paste

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Basic spice paste


300g large red chili halved, seeded and sliced

100g garlic, peeled and sliced

75 g ginger, peeled and sliced

500g shallot, peeled and sliced

75g galangal (laos) peeled and sliced

100g kencur, washed and sliced

175g turmeric, peeled and sliced

2 tbsp dried shrimp paste, roasted

2 tbsp coriander seed crushed

75g candlenuts crushed

1 tbsp black pepper corn crushed

¼ tbsp. nutmeg, freshly grated

8 cloves crushed

2 stalks lemongrass bruised

2 salam leave

150ml vegetable oil

250 ml water

¾ tbsp. salt


1)      Combine all the ingredients except water, oil, salam leaves and lemongrass in food processor or stone mortar and grind coarsely

2)      Place in heavy sauce pan, add all remaining ingredients and cook over medium heat for approximately 60 min or until all water is evaporated and marinade changes to golden colour

3)      Cool before using.