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  1. 1/2 Lb, cleaned weight fish

  2. 6 Shallots or 1 lg Onion

  3. 2 Cloves garlic

  4. 2 ts Ground coriander

  5. 1 ts Ground ginger

  6. 1/2 ts Powdered lemon grass or 1 Blade fresh, lemon grass

  7. 1 ts Chilli powder

  8. 1 Salam leaf or bay-leaf

  9. 1/2 ts Turmeric

  10. 1/2 c Tamarind water

  11. 1 c Of thick santen (coconut -milk)

  12. 2 tb Vegetable oil Salt sl Cucumber Mint

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  1. Fish curry is the literal translation of kare Ikan; but I should explain that Indonesian ‘curry’ is rather different from Indian curries. The recipe may be used for almost any fish. In the former version of this book I suggested salmon steaks, which it suits well; but these are now rather expensive. It is better to select a white fish with firm flesh, such as haddock, angler-fish, swordfish or dogfish. In Australia the various fish known as whiting would be a good choice. Americans might like to use snappers. Whatever fish is used, it can be cut into small cubes or slices before frying. Heat a little oil in a heavy frying-pan, and carefully brown the fish in it. Meanwhile, in another frying-pan, fry the chopped shallots (or onion) and garlic until tender. Stir in the chilli, ginger, turmeric, coriander, lemon grass, salam, salt and tamarind water. Let this mixture simmer for 10 minutes, then put in the fish. Cover, and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add the santen and cook for a further 5 minutes. Serve hot, garnished with very thin slices of cucumber and chopped mint. (Alternatively, put the cucumber and mint into the kare itself for the last 2 minutes of cooking.) Incidentally, the same kare can be made with prawns. There is no need to fry the prawns separately; but fry them in the mixture of onion, etcetera for a few minutes before you put in the tamarind water. Makes 4 servings. From ‘Indonesian Food and Cookery’, Sri Owen, Prospect Books, London, 1986.’ ISBN 0-907325-29-7. Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; March 1 1993. Archive January 2010 December 2009 July 2009 June 2009 April 2009 March 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008


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