Calamari (Squid) in Red Curry (Pla Meuk Gaeng Phed) Recipe

Calamari (Squid) in Red Curry (Pla Meuk Gaeng Phed) Recipes

Ingredients :

10 dried red chili peppers

1 tbsp cumin seeds

2 tbsp coriander seeds

2 tbsp white vinegar

1 tbsp blachan

4 tbsp vegetable oil

2 medium onions, chopped

2 tbsp chopped ginger

4 cups water

1 stalk lemon grass

750g calamari (squid), cleaned

2 tsp tamarind water

1 tbsp granulated sugar

salt, to taste

Method :

Dry roast the chili peppers, cumin and coriander seeds. Grind to a fine powder in a spice or coffee grinder. Transfer to a small bowl. Add the vinegar and blachan to make a paste, using a little water if required. Set aside. Heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until transparent. Add the ginger and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add the chili or cumin paste and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and add the water and lemon grass. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Add the calamari, tamarind water and sugar. Cook stirring continuously for 45 minutes, until done. Check the seasoning and adjust with salt if necessary. Remove and discard the lemon grass. Serve hot with boiled rice.

Seafood is very popular in south Asia, where most countries are bordered by bountiful oceans. In this recipe, prawns (shrimp) can be substituted for the calamari.

Serves 4 - 6

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