New cookbook Beef mussaman curry

600 g stewing beef steak (trimmed off fat and cut into bite size chunks)
2+1/2 cup coconut milk
1 cup coconut cream
3 tbsp. homemade mussaman curry paste
2 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. muscovado sugar
4 tbsp. tamarind juice (tamarind paste mixed with warm water)
6 green cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
2 potatoes, around 225 g (cut into bite size chunks)
1 big onion (cut into wedges)
1/2 cup rosted peanuts
fresh coriander

Pour the coconut milk in a large heavy bottom pan and bring to a boil. Add the beef and reduce the heat to low. Partially cover the pan and gently simmer for about 40 minutes, or until the beef is tender.

Transfer the coconut cream in a separate pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly (5 minutes), until separates. Stir in the mussaman curry paste and cook on high heat for 2 – 3 minutes, until fragrant and thoroughly blended.

Stir this mixture with beef and simmer for further 4 – 5 minutes.

Stir in the fish sauce, cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, potato and onion wedges into the beef curry. Simmer on low heat for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are cooked.

Add roasted peanuts, cook for 5 minutes more.

Serve sprinkled with fresh coriander and rice.

Homemade Mussaman curry paste

12 large dried chilies
4 tbsp. chopped shallots
5 garlic cloves
1 lemon grass stalk base
2 tbsp. fresh galangal (chopped)

1 tsp. cumin seeds
1 tbsp. coriander seeds
2 cloves
6 black peppercorns

1 tsp. shrimp paste
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
2 tbsp. olive oil

Halve the chilies, discard the seeds and soak them in hot water for 15 minutes. Remove them from water, dry and chop finely.
Place the chopped chilies in a mortar and pound them with chopped shallots, garlic cloves, lemon grass base and galangal. Set aside.
Toast cumin and coriander seeds with cloves and black peppercorns over low heat for 1-2 minutes.
Grid toasted spices to a powder then combine with shrimp paste, salt, sugar and olive oil.
Add the shallot mixture to the spice mixture and stir well to make a paste.

Refrigerate in a sterilized jar with a tightly closed lid.