Green Curry Recipe with Mooloolaba prawn dumplings

Fragrant Green Curry Recipe with Mooloolaba prawn dumplings and Asian vegetables.
Tamarind Restaurant, Spicers Tamarind Retreat Sunshine Coast Hinterland Queensland.
Daniel Jarrett, Head Chef.

Serves 2

Home made green curry paste:

  • 10 white peppercorns
  • 1tsp coriander seeds
  • ½tsp cumin seeds
  • ½tsp shaved nutmeg
  • 2 long green chillies, deseeded, sliced
  • 1-2tbs birds eye chillies, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2tbs lemongrass, finely sliced
  • 1tbs galangal, peeled, finely sliced
  • 2tbs coriander root
  • 1tbs kaffir lime, zest
  • 1tbs grachai, finely chopped
  • 1tsp sea salt
  • ½tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp kapi shrimp paste

In a small pan over low heat, roast the spices – peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin and nutmeg. Move around the pan to ensure they don’t burn. Remove from the pan when the spices start to release fragrance. Transfer to a mortar and pestle, grind to a powder.

Remove the spices from mortar and pestle. Place aside.

In the mortar and pestle, add the chillies, garlic, lemongrass, galangal, coriander root, lime zest, grachai and salt then pound until a smooth paste. Add the roasted spices to the curry paste. Combine. Add the turmeric and kapi. Combine.

Steamed prawn dumplings

  • 500g prawns, peeled, deveined, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled, chopped
  • 4 coriander roots, cleaned of grit, chopped
  • 1tsp white peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 egg
  • 10tbs tapioca flour
  • 1½tbs fish sauce

Place the prawns, garlic, coriander roots and pepper into a food processor and blend until well mixed to a smooth paste. Add the egg and tapioca flour. Blitz until all of the ingredients are just combined. Place the mixture in the fridge to cool for 20 min.

Shape into 25 mm approx balls. (quail egg size).
Steam for 8 min until cooked. Reserve. Keep warm.

Combine with vegetables

  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 3tbs green curry paste
  • 3tbs fish sauce
  • 1tsp palm sugar
  • 1 large green chilli, sliced length-ways on an angle
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 apple eggplant, quartered
  • 3 baby corn, halved
  • 500ml coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup bamboo shoots, sliced
  • ½ cup Thai basil leaves

In saucepan, over low heat, add the oil and curry paste. Fry until fragrant and the oil is released. Season with the fish sauce and palm sugar. To the paste, fold through the chilli, lime leaves, eggplant and baby corn. Add coconut milk and bring to a slow simmer for 3-5 min. Add the prawn dumplings and bamboo slices to the curry sauce and cook for approx 4 min. Season to taste. Reduce heat. Fold through the Thai basil leaves and serve immediately with rice.