Singapore Devil's Curry

    1 hour 10 mins

    This is a beautifully spicy dish and very popular in South East Asia, especially in Singapore, Malaysia and the Phillippines. Serve with white rice and a big smile.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 8 cloves garlic
    • Knob of galangal root or ginger, peeled and sliced
    • 5 small onions, roughly chopped
    • 2 fresh red chillies, chopped
    • 2 sticks lemon grass (1 layer of skin peeled)
    • Knob of fresh turmeric, peeled or 1 heaped teaspoon of dried turmeric
    • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
    • 10 macadamia nuts
    • 3 tablespoons prawn paste
    • 120ml water
    • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
    • 1 or 2 tablespoons chilli paste
    • 1 or 2 tablespoons English mustard
    • 5 cloves
    • 5 cardamom seeds
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 400ml water
    • 500g baby potatoes, washed and halved
    • 6 chicken breast fillets or 12 boneless chicken thighs
    • Bunch of fresh coriander leaves, chopped
    • Salt to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Ready in:1hr10min 

    1. Put the garlic, galangal, onions, chillies, lemon grass, turmeric, pepper, nuts, prawn paste and water in a blender and purée until very smooth.
    2. Heat oil in a large pot and add blended ingredients. Stir over medium heat for 10 minutes.
    3. Add chilli paste, mustard, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon; stir, and let sizzle for another 10 minutes.
    4. Add water, chicken and potatoes; increase heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium, cover pot and let simmer for 30 - 40 minutes, or until chicken and potatoes are cooked.
    5. Season with fresh coriander leaves and salt; simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick before serving.

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    This was a lovely curry, very tasty, though I added some chillies to give it a bit more heat. Warning, though, that Belcan stuff stinks to high heaven Also, as a tiny point, the colour was a bit offputting, so I added some appropriate spices just to make it a bit warmer and appetizing, but I cannot fault the taste and it was simple to make.  -  28 Jun 2011  (Review from Allrecipes UK | Ireland)