Thai Curry and Shrimp Soup

  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp

2 tablespoons coconut milk

1 small yellow onion, quartered

2 tablespoons chiffonade fresh Thai basil leaves

1/2 fresh lemon

1 bay leaf

5 cups water

Salt

2 to 3 tablespoons Masamam Curry Paste, recipe follows

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/4 cup minced onions

1 roasted red pepper, small diced

1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic

MASAMAM CURRY

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

Directions

  1. Peel the shrimp, reserving the heads and shells. Refrigerate the shrimp until ready to use. In a saucepan, over medium heat, combine the reserved heads and shells, onions, lemons, bay leaf and water. Season with salt. Bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and set aside. Season the shrimp with salt. Toss the shrimp with the curry paste. In a saucepan, over medium heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onions. Season with salt. Saute for 2 minutes. Add the peppers, garlic and seasoned shrimp. Saute for 2 minutes. Add the reserved shrimp stock. Bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk. Adjust the seasonings. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil. Ladle into serving bowls and serve.

MASAMAM CURRY

Yield: about 1 cup
  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.
  2. Recipe adapted from Adriana's Spice Caravan: Storey Communications, Inc. 1997

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