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Malaysian Curry Laksa by Caroline Mili Artiss

RECIPE

Malaysian Curry LaksaThis recipe for Malaysian Curry Laksa by Caroline Mili Artiss comes from www.malaysiakitchen.co.uk.

This is a classic dish found all over Malaysia from the Peranakan culture. There are traditionally two types of laksa – curry laksa and asam laksa. Curry Laksa is a spicy coconut curry soup with noodles while asam laksa is a sour fish soup with noodles. There are many different regional variations of Laksa in Malaysia including Johor Laksa, Penang Laksa and Sarawak Laksa. There are quite a few ingredients required to make this dish but it is well worth the effort!

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Ingredients for Curry Laksa

Spice paste:
5 macadamia nuts / or 5 brazil nuts
½ stalk lemon grass
½ inch piece galangal (or ginger)
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp ground black pepper (use 2 tsp if you like it to have a kick!)
1 tsp ground coriander
5 shallots
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp belachan
4 - 6 red chillies de seeded (depending on how spicy you like it)
½ litre water
½ a 400ml can coconut milk
1 tsp sugar (dark brown or palm sugar best)
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp. sunflower oil

Main ingredients:
1 small chicken breast cooked and shredded
125g fresh de shelled and cleaned king prawns
3 egg omelette shredded
Handful of fresh coriander chopped
250g Fine rice noodles – vermicelli / meehoon cooked (you can use whatever noodles you fancy)
Handful bean sprouts

How to make Curry Laksa

  • To start, add all the ingredients for the spice paste into your blender with 1 tablespoon of oil and whiz until it becomes a fine paste.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan and add the spice paste.
  • Cook on a low heat for 7 minutes to make all the flavours infuse together.
  • Add the sugar and salt, cook for a further minute or two then add the water.
  • Bring to the boil, then turn heat down to simmer and add the coconut milk.
  • Simmer for 15 - 20 minutes.
  • When you are ready to eat add the uncooked prawns to the curry soup and leave to simmer for a few minutes until cooked. They don’t take long to cook!
  • To serve this dish simply put a handful of cooked noodles and all your other cooked ingredients, chicken, egg omlette, bean sprouts and fresh coriander, into a large bowl. Then ladle the hot spicy curry soup over the top until it just about covers the ingredients and serve straight away.

You can cook and prepare this a day in advance and simply heat up again the next day. Perfect for a dinner party.

Serves 2

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