Indonesian Curried Crab
Serving Size : 4
2 Stalks lemon grass
2 ts Tamarind
1/2 c Boiling water
1 Handful coriander leaves
3 Cloves garlic
1 tb Fresh galangal
2 To 3 birdseye chillies, -seeded
1 t Blachan
1 t Tumeric
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tb Oil
2 c Coconut milk
Cut the 4 crabs into quarters with a cleaver or large knife. With a hammer, gently crack the claws and harder
sections of shell.
Finely chop 6 shallots and 2 stalks lemon grass. Steep 2 teaspoons tamarind in half a cup of boiling water.
Chop a handful of fresh coriander leaves.
In a food processor, grind together 3 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon fresh galangal, 2-3 birdseye chillies,
seeded, 4 candlenuts (or substitute 8-10 cashews) and 1 teaspoon blachan (hard dark brown shrimp paste), 1
teaspoon turmeric and salt and pepper to taste. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large wok or pan, and fry the
paste until fragrant. Add shallots, lemon grass, crab pieces and 2 cups coconut milk. Simmer for quarter of an
hour. Strain the tamarind water and add half to the sauce. Taste and add more if you wish. Ladle curvy into a
serving dish and scatter the fresh coriander on top. Serve with plain rice.