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Gaeng Paa Pla Dook (Jungle Curry With Catfish)

Cuisine: Thai
Type: Fish
Serves: 4 people

Recipe Ingredients

  Curry Paste
2 tablespoons 30mlChopped lemon grass
8   Shallots
6   Garlic
1/4 cup 36g / 1.3ozChopped lesser ginger
8   Dried jalapeno peppers
1 teaspoon 5mlCanned peppercorns
1 teaspoon 5mlShrimp paste
1/2 teaspoon 2.5mlSalt
2 tablespoons 30mlOil
1 1/2 lbs 681g / 24ozCatfish - cut into 1" slices
1/4 cup 59mlFish sauce - (nam pla)
3 cups 711mlWater
1/2 cup 99g / 3.5ozThai eggplant
1/4 cup 59mlSliced green jalapeno pepper
1/2 cup 20g / 0.7ozSweet basil leaves
10   Kaffir lime leaves

Recipe Instructions

In the days when travel through various parts of Thailand required journeying through areas of jungle, the people had to make do with what was available there. This recipe is so named because the ingredients and cooking method made it a suitable dish for the jungle. Best eaten in the presence of monkeys, tigers and snakes to keep it more authentic.

Combine all the ingredients for the curry paste, using a mortar and pestle or a blender.

Heat a large saucepan and add the oil and curry paste. Stir-fry for 1 minute on medium-high heat.

Add the fish, fish sauce, water and eggplant and heat to boiling. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and remove from the heat. Serve.

From: Thailand The Beautiful Cookbook.

July 1993 issue of Bon Appetit


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