Masamam Curry

  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 45 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: about 1 cup
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2 fresh lemon grass stalks

12 small dried red chili peppers, seeded

1 (1-inch) piece fresh galangal, chopped or 4 slices dried

2 red onions, chopped

12 garlic cloves

2 tablespoons coriander seeds

1 tablespoon cardamom seeds

2 teaspoons cumin seeds

1/2 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon cloves

1 teaspoon ground mace

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

1 teaspoon shrimp paste

4 bay leaves


  1. Remove and discard the outer leaves and upper half of the lemon grass stalks, and chop the bottom half into 1-inch pieces. Soak all the dried ingredients for 30 minutes, or until softened. Place all the ingredients in a food processor, and blend to a smooth paste. Add a little water if necessary to thin.