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Help with Indonesian/Thai ingredients

Paula76 Aug 13, 2009 07:17 AM

First and foremost, I would like to clarify that I am not after a thoroughly authentic dish as I haven't got all of the necessary ingredients for a proper Indonesian or Thai curry. What I do have is tamarind paste, ketjap manis, lemongrass, ginger, chillies, coconut milk and rice noodles (plus onions, garlic, scallions, peppers, carrots, leeks and courgettes).

Any ideas will be much appreciated!



  1. Paula76 Aug 14, 2009 04:11 AM


    In the end I took some inspiration from several Pad Thai recipes and Thai curry recipes and it turned out beautiful. I made a paste on the mortar with the garlic, chilli, ginger and lemongrass, added to the fried onions and scallions and then mixed in some tamarind paste, ketjap manis, coconut milk, stock, cashew nuts and grated carrots and zucchinis. I added the rice noodles at the end and served. Easy and very flavoursome.

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    1. re: Paula76
      alkapal Aug 14, 2009 04:20 AM

      congratulations, paula!

    2. JungMann Aug 13, 2009 08:27 AM

      Were it me, I would make a tamarind soup like sinigang. Without fish sauce, the flavors a tom yum or tom kha ghai would fall a bit flat, but in sinigang, you would get plenty of freshness from the vegetables and aromatics with a pleasant tart tamarind flavor.

      1. k
        KiltedCook Aug 13, 2009 08:20 AM

        Paula, you've got everything you need right there. Just make a flavorful sauce, by taste. Then add some shrimp or some pork meatballs if you want it non-vegetarian

        1. Paula76 Aug 13, 2009 07:30 AM

          I've never made a tamarind-based curry sauce before and I was wondering if anyone had a recipe for it. I've been surfing the net but I seem to be lacking a couple of ingredients from every recipe I come across!

          1. alkapal Aug 13, 2009 07:25 AM

            paula, what are you looking for? ideas about what?

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