Prik kaeng phet (phet means hot)
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Prik kaeng phet (phet means hot)
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      Title: Prik kaeng phet (phet means hot)
 Categories: Thai, Condiments, Spices
      Yield: 2 Cups
      1 c  Prik ki nu daeng
           (red chilis), prepared
      5 tb Lemon grass, finely sliced
     10 tb Shallots (purple onions),
     10 tb Garlic, minced
      5 tb Galangal (kha) grated
      5 tb Coriander/cilantro root,
      2 tb Coriander seed
      1 tb Cumin seed
      1 tb Freshly ground
           Black pepper
      2 tb Shredded bai makroot
           (lime leaves)
      4 tb Kapi (fermented shrimp
  (Note that except for the sugar and the use of red chilis this is the
  same as the prik kaeng kiao wan)
  Follow the same procedure: toast and grind the dry seeds, and then
  blend all ingredients to a fine paste
  If you can't get prik ki nu, you can use half a pound of habanero
  chilis or one pound of jalapena chilis. If you use the latter deseed
  them before use. Note that if you use a substitute you will get a
  different volume of paste, and that you will need to use different
  amounts in subsequent recipes.
  If you can't get kha use ginger if you can't get bai makroot use lime
  zest if you can't get coriander root, use coriander leaves. Thai
  'curries' are typically made using a 'curry' paste. However that is an
  oversimplification: firstly the word used for these dishes in Thai is
  kaeng (pronounced 'gang') and it covers soups, stews and of course
  curries. A paste which is used could be used just as well for a soup
  as for a curry.
  Secondly of course it is not true that Thais call them curry: the
  word for curry is kari and it is only applied to a small number of
  dishes: the dishes that appear on western Thai restaurant menues as
  'curries' are kaengs, and they are made not with curry paste but with
  a sauce made from prik kaeng (which in this case could be translated
  better as chili paste).
  There are many different prik kaeng in Thai cuisine and from them you
  could make a vast number of different dishes by using different
  protein ingredients, and vegetable ingredients and so on to the
  extent that it is said that most Thai housewives could cook a
  different kaeng every day of the year.
  However if you know the four basic pastes listed here, and the basic
  techniques from my next posting, you can make a vast array of dishes,
  if not perhaps quite one per day for a year.
  A rough rule of thumb is that one cup of raw chilis yields a cup or
  so of paste (since there is air in the chilis). Further it will keep
  about 3 months in a preserving jar in the fridge.
  Since the average kaeng will require (depending on how hot you make
  it) between 2 and 8 tablespoons of paste, and since there are roughly
  16 tablespoons in a cup, you can scale this recipe up to suit your
  needs. Suffice it to say that we make these pastes on a cycle over 8
  weeks and make 6-8 portions of each of them. As they say in US motor
  advertisements: your mileage may vary!
  Colonel Ian F. Khuntilanont-Philpott
  Systems Engineering, Vongchavalitkul University, Korat 30000, Thailand

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Recipe ID 50307 (Apr 03, 2005)

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